Showing posts with label Windows 10. Show all posts
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Saturday, March 2, 2024

Speak Easy: Navigating Voice Typing on Windows

Step into the future of computing with Voice Typing on Windows 10 and 11. This beginner-friendly guide will show you how to command your PC with the power of speech, making typing a breeze.

By Rodger Mansfield
March 2, 2024

Voice Typing
Have you ever thought of dictating your thoughts to your computer and watching words magically appear on the screen? 

Imagine transforming your spoken words into written text with seamless precision.

Here's a Cool Tip.  Use Voice Typing in Windows.

Whether you’re drafting an email, jotting down notes, or crafting your next novel, Voice Typing on Windows 10 and 11 can make it happen. 

Here's how to do it.
  • Connect a microphone to your PC and ensure it’s recognized by Windows.
  • Activate Voice Typing with the shortcut Win + H.
  • Start speaking naturally to dictate text; pause briefly between sentences for best results.
  • Edit on the go with commands like “delete that” or “start a new line.”
  • Review the transcribed text and make any manual adjustments if needed.

Windows Voice Typing

fig. 1 - Windows Voice Typing in Windows


Voice Typing in Windows 10 and 11 is a game-changer for anyone looking to streamline their digital tasks. 

Voice Typing Enhances productivity by freeing up your hands for other tasks and offers greater accessibility for users with different abilities.

By embracing this intuitive feature, you’ll unlock a new dimension of convenience and accessibility in your daily computer use.

Enjoy!



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Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Boost Your Productivity with a Simple Windows Key Search Shortcut!

Are you harnessing the full potential of your Windows key? 

Have you ever wondered how a simple tap could catapult your productivity?

In today’s fast-paced digital world, efficiency is the name of the game. 

So what's the quickest way to search your PC?

Here's a Cool Tip.  Use the Windows key + Typing to quickly search.

The Windows operating system harbors a powerful tool right at your fingertips – the Windows key search function.

Unlike the Search icon, which requires an extra click, the Windows key + Typing shortcut shaves off precious seconds that add up throughout your day.

Here's how to do it.
  1. Press the Windows key on your keyboard.
  2. Start typing the name of the file, document, or application you’re looking for.
  3. Watch as Windows dynamically displays results – often before you finish typing.
  4. Select the desired item from the list and press Enter to open it.

Windows Key Search
fig. 1 - Windows Key Search

The Windows key search is a gateway to a more streamlined and efficient workflow. 

This Cool Tip works in both Windows 10 and Windows 11.

Of course, you can always use the Search icon or click on the windows key to find a search option.

But why not use this Cool Tip instead!

Embrace this feature, and you’ll wonder how you ever managed without it.

Enjoy!


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Sunday, February 4, 2024

Boost Your PC’s Performance With This Cool Tip

Microsoft PC Manager
Is your Windows PC running slower than it used to? 

Are you looking for a reliable solution to optimize your system’s performance? 

Microsoft’s latest offering, the Microsoft PC Manager, might just be the answer to your woes. 

This powerful tool promises to streamline your system, but does it deliver? Let’s dive in and find out.

Here's how to do it.
  1. Navigate to the official Microsoft PC Manager website or the Microsoft Store to download the application. 
  2. Ensure your system runs Windows 10 (1809 and above) or Windows 11.
  3. Launch the application and use the ‘PC Boost’ feature to clean up your system and free up space.
  4. Manage large files and utilize storage sense to let Windows automatically free up storage for you.
  5. With the integrated Microsoft Defender virus engine, perform a comprehensive antivirus scan to identify and neutralize unknown risks.
  6. Use the ‘Health Check’ feature to find and fix issues quickly with one click.

Microsoft PC Manager Home Screen
fig. 1 - Microsoft PC Manager Home Screen

Whenever your PC feels sluggish, you can simply click the ‘Boost’ button to give it a performance uplift. 

The “Boost PC” feature of Microsoft PC Manager is designed to enhance your computer’s performance by performing a quick cleanup. 

Here’s what it does:

  • Clears Temporary Files: It removes temporary files that can clutter and slow down your system.
  • Frees Up Memory: By closing unnecessary background processes, it helps to free up memory, which can speed up your PC.
  • Improves System Performance: The overall effect of the cleanup is a more responsive and faster system.

Designed with simplicity and efficiency in mind, it’s accessible even to non-tech-savvy individuals.

However, remember that it is limited to Windows 10 and 11.

If your PC is slowing down, download the tool and experience the benefits firsthand by using PC Manager.

Enjoy.


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Wednesday, December 27, 2023

Ditch the Mouse, Master the F Keys: Productivity Hacks for Windows

Have you ever wondered what those F keys at the top of your keyboard do? 

Want to boost your productivity by making full use of your keyboard? 

Do you get tired of endless clicking?

Here's a Cool Tip.  Use the Function Keys (F Keys) to Boost Productivity.

The F keys, also known as function keys, are a row of keys at the top of your keyboard labeled F1 through F12. 

Use them to quickly access a variety of functions (pun intended!).

F keys improve your productivity by offering easy access to help, searches, spelling and grammar checks and more.

Here's how to use them in Microsoft Windows.

F1: Opens the help menu in almost every application.  

Stuck on a task? Press F1 for instant context-sensitive help in most programs. 


F2: Renames a selected file or folder.  

Selected a file and itching to change its name? Forget right-clicking! Press F2 for instant editing.


F3: Opens the search feature in most applications.  

 Lost in a document or webpage? Unleash F3, the ultimate search bar summoner. 


F4: Closes the current window in most applications when combined with Alt.  

This one's a double-edged sword. Alt + F4 closes the current window, but be careful – it can close programs too! Use wisely!


F5: Refreshes the page in web browsers and other applications.  

Refresh, Refresh, Refresh!: Need a website or document update? F5 is your digital refresh button, bringing you the latest.


F6: Moves the cursor to the address bar in most internet browsers. 

Juggling multiple windows? F6 cycles through them like a seasoned juggler, saving you clicks and precious time.


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F7: Varies by program, but often checks spelling and grammar in word processors.

In most word processors and text editors, F7 activates the spell checker, ensuring your writing is polished and error-free.

In some programs with multiple panes, like Windows Explorer, F7 shifts focus between them for efficient navigation.

F8: Used to enter the Windows startup menu (only works during boot-up).

Press F8 repeatedly during computer startup to access the Advanced Boot Options menu, where you can troubleshoot issues or start in Safe Mode.

In certain text editors, F8 enables extended text selection for advanced editing tasks.

F9: Varies by program.

In Microsoft Outlook, F9 sends and receives emails, syncing your inbox with the latest updates.

In Excel, F9 recalculates all open workbooks, ensuring your formulas are up-to-date and accurate.


F10: Activates the menu bar in many applications.

In most programs, F10 highlights the menu bar, allowing you to navigate menus using the arrow keys or letters, often without a mouse.

In Windows Explorer, F10 acts as a right-click, opening context menus for files and folders.


F11: Enters or exits full-screen mode in most browsers.

In most web browsers, F11 immerses you in full-screen mode, hiding toolbars and distractions for a focused viewing experience.

On some computers, pressing F11 during startup can lead to a hidden recovery partition for troubleshooting or system restoration.


F12: Opens the ‘Save As’ dialog in Microsoft Word.

In many programs, F12 opens the "Save As" dialog box, allowing you to save your work with a specific filename and location.

 In web browsers, F12 usually launches developer tools, giving you insights into website code and functionality for debugging or customization.

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The F keys can greatly increase your productivity by providing quick access to commonly used functions.

Experimentation and exploration are key to discovering the full potential of your F keys!

What is your favorite F key?

How do you use it?

Let us know in the comments below.

Enjoy!


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Thursday, November 30, 2023

Don't Be a Victim: Update Chrome Immediately to Patch Zero-Day Exploit

In today's interconnected world, our online security is paramount.
With the ever-evolving threat landscape, staying vigilant and keeping our software up to date is crucial.
On November 28. 2023, Google warns that a  recent zero-day exploit requires Chrome to be updated. 
Chrome needs to be updated to updated to Chrome version 119.0.6045.199/.200 for Windows and version 119.0.6045.199 for Mac and Linux.
Google Chrome, one of the most popular web browsers, regularly releases security updates to address vulnerabilities and protect users from potential exploits.
Here's how to do it.
  • Launch Chrome and click on the three-dot menu in the top right corner.
  • Select "Help" from the dropdown menu.
  • Choose "About Google Chrome."
  • Chrome will automatically check for updates.
    • If an update is available, it will start downloading.
  • Once the download is complete, Chrome will prompt you to restart the browser to apply the update.
  • Click "Relaunch" to complete the process.

Update Google Chrome - Zero Day Exploit
fig. 1 - Update Google Chrome - Zero Day Exploit

That's it!

Enjoy!

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Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Use This Shortcut When Your Screen Blacks Out

Windows
Have you ever found yourself in the middle of an important task when your screen suddenly goes black? 

Or perhaps you’ve experienced graphical glitches that disrupt your workflow? 

What if there was a quick, easy solution right at your fingertips? 

Here's a Cool Tip.  Use the Windows keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Win + Shift + B.

The Ctrl + Win + Shift + B shortcut is designed to reset the graphics subsystem on your Windows machine. 

This can be particularly useful when you’re experiencing graphical issues or black screen problems.

Here's how to do it.
  • Press the Ctrl, Win, and Shift keys on your keyboard simultaneously, followed by the ‘B’ key. 
  • Your screen will go black for a split second and you’ll hear a beep, indicating that the graphics subsystem has been reset.

CTRL + WIN + SHIFT + B Shortcut

fig. 1 -  Use Ctrl + Win + Shift + B to Reset Graphics

This shortcut provides a quick and easy way to troubleshoot and resolve common graphical issues without needing to restart your computer or delve into complex settings.

While this shortcut can be a handy tool for temporary fixes, it’s not a permanent solution. 

If you’re working on a graphic-intensive project and start to notice visual glitches, this shortcut can help you quickly resolve the issue and continue with your work.

Enjoy!

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Wednesday, November 1, 2023

How to Rename Files on Windows and Macs

Have you ever found yourself lost in a sea of ambiguously named files on your computer? 

Ever wished there was a quick and easy way to rename them without going through a series of clicks? 

Here's a Cool Tip for Windows.  Use the F2 key.

Here's how to do it.


On Windows:
  1. Navigate to the file you want to rename.
  2. Click on the file to select it.
  3. Press the F2 key.
  4. Type the new name for your file.
  5. Press Enter to save the new name.
Renaming files using these methods is quick and efficient, saving you valuable time. 


Rename Windows File F2

fig. 1 - Rename Windows with File F2


On Mac:
  1. Navigate to the file you want to rename.
  2. Click on the file to select it.
  3. Press the Return key.
  4. Type the new name for your file.
  5. Press Enter to save the new name.
That's it.

Enjoy.

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Saturday, September 16, 2023

Windows Super Secret Keyboard Shortcuts to Open Microsoft Applications

Microsoft Windows
Do you think you know Windows?

Do you know the super secret keyboard shortcuts to open Microsoft Applications?

There's even one to open the Microsoft-owned LinkedIn website.

Here's a Cool Tip:  Secret Microsoft Application Keyboard Shortcuts.

 
Here's how to do it.

  • Press and hold the Control + Shift + Alt + Windows + a letter from the list below for each application.
  • For example, L for LinkedIn.

Application

Windows Keyboard Shortcut

LinkedIn

CTRL + SHIFT + ALT + WIN + L

Word

CTRL + SHIFT + ALT + WIN + W

Excel

CTRL + SHIFT + ALT + WIN + X

PowerPoint

CTRL + SHIFT + ALT + WIN + P

Outlook

CTRL + SHIFT + ALT + WIN + O

Microsoft Teams

CTRL + SHIFT + ALT + WIN + T

OneDrive

CTRL + SHIFT + ALT + WIN + D

OneNote

CTRL + SHIFT + ALT + WIN + N



The keyboard shortcut to open LinkedIn on Windows is CTRL + SHIFT + ALT + WIN + L. 

This shortcut opens LinkedIn in your default browser. 

You can also use this shortcut to open other Office apps, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Microsoft Teams, OneDrive and OneNote.

That's it!

Enjoy!


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Saturday, September 9, 2023

How to Enable Dark Mode in Microsoft Paint

Microsoft Paint
Do you find yourself squinting at your screen at night while using Microsoft Paint? 

If so, you're not alone. 

The light-colored interface can be harsh on the eyes, especially in low-light conditions.

Here's a Cool Tip:  Set MS Paint to the New Dark Mode in Windows 11

This Cool Tip makes Paint easier on your eyes inverting the colors of the interface, making it much easier to see in the dark.

How to Enable Dark Mode in Microsoft Paint
fig. 1 - How to Enable Dark Mode in Microsoft Paint

Here's how to do it:
  • Ensure you have the latest version of Paint from the Microsoft App Store.
    • The version that supports dark mode is 11.2304.17.02 or greater. 
    • If you need the newer version, go to the Start Menu, and search for the Microsoft Store App.
  • Open Paint.
  • Click on the Settings gear icon in the top-right corner.
  • Select App theme.
  • Choose Dark.
  • Select the back arrow to return to the home screen.
Cool Tip:
  • You can also enable dark mode for all of your Windows apps, including Windows 10, by going to Settings > Personalization > Colors and selecting Dark under Choose your mode.

That's it! 

Enjoy!


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Thursday, September 7, 2023

How to Unlock the Power of the Windows Character Map

Have you ever needed to type a special character, such as the British pound sign (£), but didn’t know how to do it on your keyboard? 

What about other special characters?

How to do you insert characters that don't appear on the regular keyboard?

Here's a Cool Tip:  Windows Character Map.

Here's how to do it.
  • Click on the Start menu and type Character Map in the search bar. 
  • Click on the Character Map app to open it.
  • Once the Character Map is open, you can browse through the available characters by scrolling through the list.
  • To copy a character, simply click on it to select it, then click the Select button. This will add the character to the Characters to copy field at the bottom of the window. 
  • Once you have selected all the characters you want to copy, click the Copy button to copy them to your clipboard.
  • Now you can switch to your document in Microsoft Word (or any other program) and paste the copied characters by pressing Ctrl + V or right-clicking and selecting Paste.
Windows Character Map
fig. 1 - Windows Character Map


Windows Character Map is a powerful tool that can help you find and insert special characters into your documents. 

By following these simple steps, you can unlock its full potential and make your writing more expressive and engaging.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2023

How to Use Windows Clipboard History

Windows 11
Have you ever copied something important, only to accidentally overwrite it with something else before pasting?

 Have you ever wished you could access your clipboard history and retrieve something you copied earlier? 

Here's a Cool Tip:  Use the Windows Clipboard History

With Windows 10 and Windows 11 you can use Windows Clipboard History and the keyboard shortcut Windows key + V on both operating systems to make your life easier.

Here's how to do it:

Windows 10 - Enable Clipboard History
  • Open the Settings app by clicking on the Start menu and selecting the gear icon.
  • Click on System, then select Clipboard from the left-hand menu.
  • Under Clipboard history, toggle the switch to On.
Windows 11 - Enable Clipboard History
  • Open the Settings app by clicking on the Start menu and selecting the gear icon.
  • Click on Bluetooth & devices, then select Clipboard from the left-hand menu.
  • Under Clipboard history, toggle the switch to On.

Windows System Clipboard Option Screen
fig. 1 - Windows System Clipboard Option Screen

If you want to sync your copies across devices, set that On as well.

Now that Clipboard History is enabled, you can access it by pressing the Windows key + V on your keyboard. 

Windows Clipboard History
fig. 2 - Windows Clipboard History


This will bring up a small window showing your clipboard history, with the most recent item at the top. 

You can scroll through the list and click on an item to paste it into your current application.



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Saturday, August 19, 2023

Stop Apps from Scrolling in Windows Task Manager with This Cool Tip

Windows 11
Are you tired of apps scrolling automatically in the Windows Task Manager? 

This can be a frustrating problem, especially if you're trying to troubleshoot a performance issue.

Here's a Cool Tip:  Use the Control Key.

The Windows Task Manager is a system monitor utility that allows you to manage all the processes running on your computer. 

You can use Task Manager to:
  • View performance: View the overall performance of the system, or the performance per package or process
  • Manage processes: Order processes by usage to see what's taking up your computer's resources
  • Turn off software: Turn off software that takes up excessive resources on your PC to improve the running speed
  • Restart or shut down system: Restart or shut down the system when it is busy or unresponsive
  • Terminate applications: Terminate applications and processes
And with this Cool Tip you can the Control key to pause the Task Manager screen.

This will stop apps from scrolling in the Windows Task Manager. 

Here's how to do it:
  • Open the Task Manager by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Escape.
  • Hold down the Control key while scrolling through the list of processes.
  • This will prevent the processes from scrolling automatically. You can release the Control key to resume scrolling.

Windows Task Manager
fig. 1 - Windows Task Manager




That's it!

Enjoy!

And Cool Tip Kudos to Jen Gentleman @Microsoft for sharing this Cool Tip this week.

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