Track Changes can help you modify a document while preserving the original. Maybe you’ve played around with Track Changes in Microsoft Word but bumped into difficulty with it. Or perhaps you’ve never used the feature but could benefit from it. Either way, you can tap into Track Changes to keep track of any modifications in your documents, whether you’re working on them by yourself or collaborating on them with other people. The feature comes in handy if you want to edit a document without losing the initial version of it. But sometimes Track Changes can be confusing. The trick is to enable Track Changes at the right time and then bounce back and forth between your original and revised document. You can also tweak what you see and what you don’t see when you enable Track Changes. How can you benefit from Track Changes in Word? I’m using Word 2016 on my end, but the process is the same for any of the past few versions of the program. Launch Word and open a document you want to revise. Click on the Review menu to display the Review ribbon. From there, either click on the top half of the Track … Read More
Q. I’m thinking about a smart speaker for my house? Does the Harman Kardon Invoke make sense if I have a Windows 10 machine? A. Well, let’s see how it fits into the overall smart speaker picture first. The Invoke is the first smart speaker to include Microsoft’s Cortana digital assistant, and retails for about $200 at places like the Microsoft Store and Harman Kardon’s website. This speaker is an entry into the same market occupied by Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home. Amazon already has a significant lead in this area with a reported 70% of the market share and a library of over 20,000 skills for users’ benefit. In comparison, Cortana’s Skill Library lists approximately 220 skills. Not helping: many of them appear to be low quality and Microsoft is listing standard Cortana skills you can already access within Cortana on any device that you have the assistant installed. So if you’re thinking, “The Invoke can go toe-to-toe with Amazon’s Echo,” we’re not quite there yet. This article is part of our premium content. Join Now.Already a paid subscriber? Click here to login.
You can create and add contacts in Outlook using a few different methods. Here’s how. You may already have a few contacts in Outlook or you might have an empty list. Either way, using a contact list is a helpful resource for keeping track of all the people who send or receive your email. With a contact list you can easily email someone by typing or selecting that person’s name. You can also refer to the contact list if you need someone’s mailing address, phone number, or other information. But how can you effectively and easily create and add new contacts to Outlook? You have a number of options. You can manually create a contact with all the necessary details. You can sync your contact list with a list from Gmail or another online service so you don’t have to manually add all your contacts. And you can select someone’s email address to add that person as a contact. Let’s check out the ways to set up your contacts in Outlook. I’m using Outlook 2016 via my Office 365 subscription, but the steps are the same for Outlook 2013 and similar for the previous couple of versions of Outlook. Open … Read More
It used to be the only data we saved on our desktop computers were Office documents and an occasional photo. Now, thanks to the rise of smartphone photos – easy to take, tough to store on a machine with only 32 GB of memory — PC hard drives have become by default overstuffed repositories for all our digital detritus. Coming to the rescue: versatile storage drives which can add up to six terabytes for an all-you-can-eat media dump, may include multiple ports and even offer the DVD read/write drive most PCs no longer include. We check out a trio of these drives. NewerTech MiniStack Max Offers Four-in-One Solution When I purchased my light, thin Windows 10 Pro laptop, I knew its smaller size meant giving up the DVD read/write drive my previous doorstop-cum-notebook included. I knew that USB peripherals were the assumed replacements most PC manufacturers were relying on. I knew I could easily get an external, USB DVD drive if I really wanted one. But I am glad I waited. NewerTech’s MiniStack Max supplies not only my coveted DVD (and Blu-ray) drive but also: a 7200RPM hard drive, an SD card port, three USB ports, and a couple of … Read More
You can beef up Excel through a host of free and effective add-ins. Microsoft Excel boasts a hefty number of features and functions on its own. But it can always use a helping hand. And that helping hand comes in the form of add-ins. An add-in enhances an Office program by offering greater functionality and flexibility. You’ll find a variety of add-ins for Excel at Microsoft’s Office Store. But here are some particularly helpful ones. XLTools.net Calendar lets you easily insert dates from an interactive calendar. Read My Document reads aloud selected cells in your spreadsheet. Symbols and Characters serves up special characters that you can insert into your spreadsheets. Merge Cells offers more options for combining cells than does the merge feature built into Excel. Stock Connector helps you keep track of any stock. And Excel Training and Tips provides videos, text, and quizzes to help you learn the program. I’m using Excel 2016 from my Office 365 subscription, but these add-ins also work with Excel 2013. Some add-ins support the free online version of Excel as well as Excel on the iPad. You can browse and search for an array of Excel add-ins at Microsoft’s Office store, some … Read More
You don’t necessarily need Excel to run calculations. Here’s how you can do it in Word. Microsoft Word doesn’t offer the level of formulas and functions found in Excel. But it’s not exactly a slacker when it comes to calculations. Yes, you can set up formulas in Word to add, count, average, and perform other mathematical wizardry on numbers. You start by creating a table of figures. You then add fields to perform calculations on the numbers in that table. And you can choose from an array of formulas. Why would you opt to use Word instead of Excel? Maybe you already have a table of numbers in Word and don’t want to move it to Excel. Or perhaps the table is part of a larger Word document that you need to use. For example, I keep my invoices in a Word document and use calculations to display the total amount each month for all projects for each client. Let’s check out how to perform calculations in Word. For this article I’m using Word 2016 as always, but the process works the same in the previous few versions of Word. In Word, you create a formula in a table cell … Read More
You can tweak the settings for your mouse or touchpad to make it easier to use. You rely on your mouse or touchpad to navigate and work in Windows. But your mouse and touchpad don’t always behave the way you’d like. Sometimes your mouse cursor seems to vanish on a page or document. Other times, your mouse cursor jumps to the wrong window or button. And still other times, your mouse or touchpad just seems to stop working. How you can resolve such problems? You can tap into a built-in Windows troubleshooter for correcting problems with your hardware. You can also nose around the Properties panel for your mouse or touchpad. Here, you can set how your mouse works, what it does, and how it looks. Let’s check out the different ways you can fix and control your mouse or touchpad. For this article, I’m using Windows 10, but most of the mouse settings and properties apply to Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 as well. Windows comes with basic settings for your mouse or touchpad. Depending on your brand of PC or mouse, additional settings specific to your device may also be part of the package. To start, let’s say … Read More
I’m already seeing some issues with the Windows 10 1709 update. To start with, if you use remote desktop and utilized printing over the remote connection, I am seeing that going from a Windows 10 to another Windows 10 caused the remote desktop client to immediately crash. As noted in this forum, one workaround is to disable printer redirection in the rdp client. I’m also tracking an issue where the Essentials 2012 r2 client is lost upon the upgrade of the clients to 1709. At this time I’m unaware of any workaround. I’m excited about the security features in 1709, but as I’ve said earlier, I don’t want folks to install this release quite so soon. Let us work out the bugs a bit before installing. What to do: Hold back on installing 1709 at this time. Hooking to WiFi? Think Again The lastest big security news has to do with the WiFi bug, also known as the KRACK attack. WiFi protected access has a bug whereby an attacker could steal information going between your router and your computer. However there are mitigating circumstances including the fact that the attacker has to be in the proximity of your network. This … 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 may find the Outlook app more efficient and effective than your default email app. Maybe you use Microsoft Outlook on your computer. But what do you use on your mobile phone or tablet? You can use the built-in email app on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device. Another option is the Microsoft Outlook mobile app. The Outlook app supports Microsoft Exchange, Office 365, Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo Mail, and other services so you can set up and access multiple email accounts. You can choose what happens when you swipe a message. You can attach files from a variety of sources. And you can view and work with your calendar. Let’s check out how to use the Outlook app on your mobile device. For this article, I’m using the Outlook app on my iPad, but it works similarly on an iPhone, iPad, and Android device. If you don’t already have it, you can snag the app for iOS from Apple’s App Store and for Android from Google Play. After you launch the app the first time, tap on the Get Started button. The app may suggest an account to add. You can add accounts for Microsoft Exchange, Office 365, Outlook.com (including … Read More