Why type when you can speak? You can click on commands and type text in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Edge, and other Windows applications. Or you can speak what you want. Speech recognition can be especially helpful for people who can’t use the keyboard or mouse. But it’s available to anyone who’d like to try talking to Windows instead of typing and mousing. Windows offers its own Speech Recognition tool through which you can dictate text and speak commands in different applications. The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update expands on the voice recognition by allowing you to more easily dictate text in your Office applications and other programs. And you can always ask Cortana to run a variety of commands and tasks. But there’s more to voice dictation than just talking to Windows. You have to train your voice to ensure that the dictation is as accurate as possible. And you must know what you can say and what you can’t say. Let’s look at how to dictate your text and commands to Windows. Whether you’re running Windows 10, Windows 8.1, or Windows 7, you can tap into the built-in Speech Recognition feature. To access this, open Control Panel in icon … Read More
Your smartphone and PC can be on better speaking terms courtesy of the Windows 10 Fall Creators update. You use Windows 10 and you use an iPhone or Android phone. How can you tag team your Windows device and your smartphone? The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update can help. The latest update to Windows brings with it a new relationship between Windows and your smartphone. You can open a web page on your phone and then send it to your PC to pick up where you left off. With an Android phone, you can also send a photo, video, or document to your PC. And you can run the new mobile version of Microsoft Edge on your smartphone so your favorites and passwords are synced between your Windows PC and your phone. Let’s check out how to link your smartphone with Windows 10 courtesy of the Fall Creators Update. For the linking to work as I describe here, you’ll need an iPhone or an Android phone and you’ll need to have the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update installed on your PC. Note: If you’re not sure whether you have the latest Windows update, here’s one way to check. Open Settings … Read More
Since Windows 10 was introduced to the world in July, 2015 with version 1507 named for the year and month of its release, there have been four successive versions: 1511, 1607, 1703 and 1709 –the Fall Creators Update. For some users, this writer included, upgrading from an early version to the newer, more improved versions has proved problematic. Periodic updates – not upgrades– happen with the regularity of the ocean tides but they are exclusive to your currently installed version. After some online digging, here’s how I finally figured out how to move from early versions to the latest available version, the Creators Update, 1703. What Do Windows Updates Actually Update? I think it was easier upgrading from Windows 7 to Window 10 than it was upgrading from Windows 10 version 1511 to 1703. But in my attempts to move to the latest version of the OS, I learned how Microsoft has been updating whatever version currently installed on your computer. It’s important to understand the different between update and upgrade. Microsoft describes Windows 10 as “Windows as a Service.” With previous versions of Windows, we had the ability to turn off automatic updates. Windows 10 service updates are, by … Read More
You can remotely connect to any type of computer via TeamViewer. You want to be able to remotely access computers, not just Windows computers but also Macs and even Linux machines. Microsoft’s Remote Desktop program can help but it can only connect to Windows computers. For a more versatile experience, take Microsoft’s TeamViewer application for a spin. With TeamViewer, you can connect to any computer – Windows, Mac, and Linux, and to most mobile phones and tablets. You can see the online status of computers to which you want to connect. You can remotely reboot a computer. You can connect to more than one computer at the same time and switch among them all. And you can easily connect to computers behind firewalls. Under what scenarios would you want to access a computer remotely? Maybe you have a computer at home that you want to be able to use from another spot. Or perhaps you serve as unpaid tech support for family and friends who call you with computer problems and you need a way to access their machines remotely. Whatever the reason, let’s check out how to use TeamViewer to remotely connect to any computer. TeamViewer was designed as … Read More
These Windows-compatible productivity apps that will help you get things done effectively. If you’re feeling increasingly digitally distracted, you aren’t alone. Students check their smartphones in class for non-school purposes about a dozen times a day, according to one 2016 survey. And a 2014 survey from Salary.com found that 89% of respondents admitted to wasting time at work. But our computers, smartphones, and tablets aren’t just distraction machines: when used effectively, they can also help us tackle our daily lives more efficiently or collaboratively. A variety of apps available for the Windows OS, both desktop and mobile, provide powerful productivity features including cloud-based document sharing, collaborative project planning, and online time tracking. And many of these apps are designed to work together, allowing you personalize a suite of products that help you complete your tasks, on time, in the way that works best for you and your team. These 15 applications address all stages of productivity, from cutting out online distractions and tracking your time to employee collaboration and high-level project planning. Note-Taking Applications This article is part of our premium content. Join Now.Already a paid subscriber? Click here to login.
You can quickly create entire documents using Word’s built-in templates. Do you sometimes struggle to format your Word documents a certain way? Maybe you’re trying to create a resume or a report or a brochure but are having trouble with the design. Well, here comes Word to your rescue. The software offers one key feature that can help you in your goal, namely templates. Templates give your documents a certain look and layout right from the get-go. By using a preformatted template, all you need do is add your text. Let’s check out templates to see how they can enhance your documents. I’m using Word 2016 as my test base, but the steps I cover in using templates also apply to the past few versions of Word. The purpose of a template is to provide you with the necessary layout and design so you can more quickly and easily create a specific type of document. Word comes with several templates, including ones for resumes, cover letters, blog posts, reports, flyers, brochures, and thank-you cards. Each template contains certain design and layout elements already created. You can leave the existing elements in place or tweak them to your own preferences. You … Read More
As noted in Richard Hay’s recent article, on October 17, 2017, Microsoft will be releasing the Fall Creators Update. Just like Richard, I’m going to urge you now to take steps to push off installing the 1709 release, but I’ll be honest, I’m looking forward to the security enhancements that are included in this release. If you have a home version of Windows 10 I’ll first urge you to do an easy upgrade to Windows 10 Pro. It’s an easy upgrade but unfortunately not free. The reason I’m recommending that you upgrade to Pro is that it gives you the ability to push off feature releases. Once you get up to the Pro release, you’ll need to take steps to defer within the next couple of weeks prior to October 17. Recently the Defense Department sent out a notification that the end of life for various releases of Windows 10 is as follows: Windows 10 version 1507 – May 9, 2017 Windows 10 version 1511 – October 10, 2017 Windows 10 version 1607 – Tentatively March 2018 Windows 10 version 1703 – Tentatively September 2018 So if you have stayed on 1511, it’s time to get ready to upgrade and move off of … Read More
Yes, you can add, remove, and maintain your Windows fonts. Click on the font menu in one of your Office applications or another Windows program, and you’ll likely see a cavalcade of fonts, most of which you probably will never use. Other times, you may need a specific font only to discover that it’s not on your system. Whatever your beef with the fonts in Windows, you can get a better handle on them. Managing your fonts is accomplished through the Windows Fonts screen accessible from Control Panel. There, you can view and preview your existing fonts, remove fonts you don’t want to use or see, and view new fonts that you can find online and install in Windows. Let’s look at how to manage and use your fonts in Windows. Windows comes with several fonts already built into the operating system. Certain applications also add more fonts to your collection. Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, and other products come packed with their own fonts. Most fonts come in families that include assorted styles. So, for example, an Arial font will be available in regular, black, bold, italic, and bold italic. Viewing, adding, removing, and managing your fonts involves the … Read More