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Q. I heard that Microsoft is going to discontinue the desktop version of OneNote! Is this true? If so, what will take its place? You did hear correctly. This announcement was made within the last 24 hours by OneNote Program Manager William Devereux. He confirmed that active development of new features and capabilities is ending for OneNote 2016. This was the last version of OneNote built for the standard Windows desktop. It is compatible with the currently supported versions of Windows (7, 8.1, and 10.) Later this year, when Office 2019 is released as the last stand alone version of Office, there will not be a desktop version of OneNote included. However, there are still options for those of you who are fans of OneNote 2016 on the desktop. According to an FAQ posted by the OneNote team, this announcement does not mean the end of OneNote 2016 is imminent. OneNote 2016 will be under mainstream support until October 13, 2020, and extended support until October 14, 2025. You’ve got a little over seven years left with this product as-is. Installing Office 2019 when it is released later this year will not remove OneNote 2016 from your system. OneNote for … Read More
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One of the great strengths of Windows Secrets is the depth of expertise the writers bring to the Windows platform and the applications on it. One of our regular writers, Lance Whitney, has repeatedly plumbed the depths of Microsoft Office, and repeatedly emerged with how-to stories that help us do more with less effort. Today’s newsletter collects some of his best pieces on Microsoft Word in one place — this way, you get a comprehensive how-to that will allow you an easy reference for mastering Microsoft’s flagship word-processing program. Email subscribers will have the full text of all these articles: Format Your Microsoft Word Documents with Templates How to Boost Your Productivity in Microsoft Word Eight Tips For Tweaking Your Word 2016 Experience Try These Top Add-Ins for Microsoft Word How to Recover a Lost Word Document And one last programming note: This newsletter is taking a spring break. Regular publication will resume on Tuesday, April 10, 2018.
For such a large and complex operating system like Windows 10, there are obviously features Microsoft got completely right and then some that … not so much. Now that we have lived with the various versions and updates of Microsoft’s latest OS, isn’t it time we conduct a postmortem of all that Windows 10 comprises? What do we like and what are our pet peeves? With a selective feature by feature check, I plan to look periodically under a virtual magnifying glass to examine what’s good and bad (or just plain ugly) about each feature. This will be based on both my experience with the OS since its first release and with a composite of opinions from other users (media and end users). To get underway with this continuing series, Feature-By-Feature, here’s are the first three guinea pigs under the glass: Automatic Updates, the Start menu and Contana. In later installments Windows Secrets will examine the good and bad of the Command prompt, Edge browser, One Drive, and the Microsoft Store. Automatic Updates Until Windows 10, updates and patches were user customizable. You could select which ones to install or choose not to install any. Those days are over. With Windows 10, … Read More
You probably have tens of thousands of photos on your PC. Finding the one you want is a daunting challenge — unless you have a system for organizing them. Windows 10 comes with two programs that can help you organize and touch up your photos. One is plain old File Explorer — let’s assume you’re familiar with that one. The other is simply called Photos, although it’s often referred to as the Photos app. Each has advantages and disadvantages. This article contains a lot of my personal photos. For privacy reasons, I’ve avoided pictures of actual people (other than myself). When faces couldn’t be avoided, I blurred them. Why Use Windows Apps? Why Not Use Google Photos? Once upon a time, both Microsoft and Google offered very good, free programs for organizing and editing your photos: Windows Photo Gallery and Picasa. Both have since been discontinued. Google replaced Picasa with a cloud-based tool called Google Photos, which seems like an excellent choice for the job. It’s simple. It can create albums. It has face recognition. But it has a serious drawback: It’s a closed system, meaning you’re locked into organizing photos like Google wants you to — and it holds on … Read More
There are a few items sprinkled throughout the OS that tend to not get the headlines or perform any functions that are earth shattering but they deliver capabilities that can be very useful to many Windows 10 users. I have seven items that I want to share with you today. Now, it is likely you know about some of these if you have been using Windows 10 for some time now but I am also sure that there is at least one of these you have never heard about. So, in the spirit of discovery let’s take a look at these hidden gems in Windows 10. Windows 7 Style Start Menu If you are not a fan of the Start Menu with all the Live Tiles spread across your screen there is a way to return to Start Menu that is similar to the one we had in Windows 7. First step is to open the Start Menu and right click on each Live Tile and select Unpin from Start – repeat this for each individual Live Tile. Note: Unfortunately, there is no options for removing an entire group of Live Tiles at once, so the individual removal is necessary. … Read More
Working with multiple worksheets in the same workbook offers distinct advantages. Do most of your Excel workbooks contain only a single worksheet? If so, you’re missing out on the power and flexibility of using multiple sheets within a single workbook. By storing multiple sheets in the same book, you can tie them all together to save time and effort. You can perform the same data and formatting changes on all your worksheets in one fell swoop. You can create formulas in one worksheet that reference data in another sheet. And if any data changes in one sheet, it also changes in any linked sheets. For this article, I’m using Excel 2016, but the process for working with multiple worksheets is the same for the prior few versions of Excel. To illustrate the benefits of using multiple worksheets, I’ll be using a workbook that tracks product sales in four regions of the country – North, South, East, and West. For my example, I created the initial spreadsheet with names of products in the first column, months for the other columns, and amounts representing the number of sales for each. Feel free to recreate this one if you’d like, otherwise, you can … Read More
Out of the legion of free, shareware, and commercial utility software I have installed over the years on various versions of Windows, there are a mere handful of ultimately indispensable programs that I use almost daily. I’m going to share the five free utilities which I would pay for if I had to. These perform what Windows built-in apps cannot do: handle screenshots perfectly; play any format of video and audio; completely uninstall apps with no orphan code; create boilerplate phrases and macros for one button execution; and guard against ransomware infections. All are free and some come with optional, more robust paid versions. Here’s why they’re so great. PhraseExpress Eliminates Repetitive Typing I have been using Bartel Media’s PhraseExpress since version 3. As of 2016 it is up to version 12. And just like anything Microsoft, with each iteration more and more features – too many to count and maybe use – get added in. The main purpose of PhraseExpess is to create boilerplate templates, text snippets and canned responses, all activated with simple one-to-three key combos. One of the problems I had with the simpler early versions was the need to have to memorize all the key combos … Read More