8/31/2015

How To Use Virtual Desktops and Task View in Windows 10

Windows 10 comes with two new features, Task View and Virtual Desktops. However, Virtual Desktops are not new in Windows system. They were first introduced with Windows XP Power Toys. Virtual Desktops are a powerful way to organize and access groups of multiple application windows. There are many third party utilities available, which can enable Virtual Desktops on your Windows System, but Microsoft has now embedded this utility right into Windows 10.

In Windows 10, you can add unlimited numbers of Virtual Desktops, quickly and easily. Let’s have a quick look, how to add and use multiple desktop on your Windows 10 system?

As I mentioned before, Task View and Virtual Desktops are two new features that has been introduced in Windows 10. So before we add some more Virtual Desktops, first let me tell you about the new Task View feature.

Task View is an alternative to the most popular, Windows + Tab key, which was introduced in Windows 7 as Flip 3D, to switch between open applications. However, the new designed has been changed into Tiles format, and these tiles stay there, until you choose an application to switch to, or press the Task View button again to close, or press Escape key. While in Task View, either you can use your Mouse to switch between applications, or you can use arrow keys to move between open applications, and then just hit enter to switch.

To create a new Virtual Desktop, you again need to use Task View. Press Task View once, and at the bottom right corner of the screen, you will find an option, “New Desktop”. Clicking this button will instantly create a new virtual desktop. If you want to add more virtual desktops, then just press New Desktop button that many times.

Switching between Virtual Desktops is easy. If you have more than one desktop available, then clicking Task View will not only show you the open applications, but will also display the number of virtual desktop available. Just click the desktop number where you want to move. If you just hover over these virtual desktops, then you can see the tiles view of open applications.

You can also switch between virtual desktops using Windows + Control + Left or Right arrow key. You can also watch our other video about, 25 best keyboard shortcut keys for Windows 10.

If you want to move an application to another desktop then, either you can right-click on the application icon in the task view, and then choose move to option, or you can simple drag and drop the application icons between virtual desktops.

To close a Virtual Desktop, click the Task View button, and then hover over the desktop that you want to close, until a cross appears on the top right corner. Click the Cross button to remove the desktop. The applications running on that virtual desktop will get automatically transfer to other virtual desktop.

So, this was all about the Task View and Virtual Desktop. Hope you may have learned something new.




Windows 10 - How to Burn ISO Image from Command Prompt

Want to try something new? What about burning an ISO image from Command Prompt? Yes, you can certainly burn an ISO image right from Command Prompt. Command Prompt is still very much popular among advanced computer users, and many of us like to do things, differently!

Burning an ISO image from Command Prompt is a real easy task, and what you should only know is, path and the file name.

So, let’s burn a disk using Command Prompt. The first step is to open Command Prompt. To do this, either right-click on the Start button, and then click Command Prompt, or open Run dialog box, and type CMD and hit enter key. You don’t need an elevated command prompt to accomplish this task.

As I said before, what you only need to know is the path and the file name, that you want to burn. So, do a pre-check before you type the command.

To burn ISO image, type, 

ISO BURN.E X E, /Q, PATH & FILE NAME.

For instance, I have two ISO images in Images Folder on Drive C, with the name of Image, & Image 2.ISO. So, the command will go like this, 

ISO BURN.EXE /Q C:\images\image.iso. 

Hitting the enter key will immediately pop-up Windows Disc Image Burner, and if there is no disc in the drive, then you will be prompted to insert a disc, and try again.
One more thing you should take care about while burning a disc from the Command Prompt is, the file name. If your ISO image file name contains spaces, then you need to type the command as follows:

ISO BURN.EXE /Q "C:\images\image 2.iso"

You need to type the folder and file name path inside the quotes. Once you are done with all that, hit the burn button. 


Open Commnad Prompt within Any Folder in Windows 10 / 8 / 7

In this short tutorial video, you will two easy and quick ways to open Command Prompt Window right from your Desktop or within from any window. The good part about this trick is that when you open command prompt, you will be right in the same folder from which you have opened the command prompt, so you don't need to change directories.



8/30/2015

25 Best Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 10

Keyboard Shortcuts are always the best way to perform certain Windows Tasks, quickly. Here we present, Windows 10 Top 25 Keyboard Shortcut Keys including the new keyboard shortcuts for snapping, task view, and virtual desktops. Keyboard Shortcuts accelerate and make easier your daily tasks. What you only need is to memorize them.





Pin Specific Settings to Windows 10 Start Menu





Windows 10 comes up with whole new design and the Settings App has a cool feature that you can try. In Windows 10, you will be accessing Settings App more often than Control Panel as most of the new settings are available only through Settings App. What's New about this is that you can now Pin your favorite settings right into the Start Menu. So, you don't have to search for your favorite settings in the Settings App.



In this tutorial, you will learn to Pin Specific Settings in Windows 10 Start Menu. Moreover, you will also learn to Pin your favorite Control Panel applets in to the Start Menu.

8/28/2015

Use Windows 10 Start Search as Calculator and Converter

If you think you have explored every new feature of Windows 10, then just wait. Here we have one more new hidden feature of Windows 10 to share with you. Do you know that you can use Windows Start Search as a Calculator and Converter? Yes, you can do instant calculation and can do various unit conversion right from your Windows 10 Start Search / Cortana Search. Watch this video to learn that how you can use Windows 10 Start Search as a Calculator and Converter.



Change Desktop Icon View To List or Details in Windows 10 / 8

The default view type for your Desktop Icons in Windows are Small, Medium and Large only. In this video, you will learn to change your desktop icon views to list and details view as seen in the folders.



Top 10 Fun Facts About Windows 10

Within a month of release, Windows 10 has achieved a new milestone in the operating system market. Here we present Top 10 Fun Facts About Windows 10.









Enjoy!!!

8/27/2015

Add and Monitor Child's Account in Windows 10

How to Configure Kid's (Child's) Account & Monitor them in Windows 10? A complete overview.





Enable Hibernate Option in Windows 10

Hibernate is a powerful way to quickly turn off your PC without actually closing any app or document. Later when you resume your PC it will start from the same state where you left it. In this tutorial, you will learn to Enable Hibernate option in the Power Button of your Windows 10 Start Menu. We will use elevated Command Prompt to enable Hibernate Command, if it is not available. Then we will use Control Panel's Power Options to turn this option in Power Button.



How To Remove Cortana, Task View and Touch Keyboard

With many new features, Windows 10 also comes up with default 3 new icons on your taskbar - Cortana, Task View and Touch Keyboard. In this tutorial, you will learn to remove these icons if you don't actually use them to increase more space on your Taskbar for other Windows Applications. However, if you use Cortana but don't want to cover so much space then you can change Cortana to icon view as well. Task View is an alternative to ALT+TAB key. So if use like to switch between applications through keyboard shortcut then you can remove Task View button as well.



If you are using Windows 10 on a device without touch functionality then it is a good idea to remove the Touch Keyboard from the Notification Area to have more space for other things.





8/26/2015

Internet Data Usage App in Windows 10

If you live in a area where internet connections are charged by data usage cap then Data Usage Utility in Windows 10 can come handy to you. In this app, you can track which applications are using bandwidth over network or internet. Tracking your data usage through this app can be very useful especially if you are using Metered Connection, where a limited data bandwidth is given for a fix price. To avoid any extra charges and to control application behavior over internet this little utility could be very helpful to you.



In this video, you will learn how to track application status using Data Usage App in Windows 10.



Download Offline Maps in Windows 10

With the great a new features in Windows 10, Microsoft has introduced a new feature called "Download Offline Maps". If you are going to an area where you think that internet connection will not be available and you may require to see maps. Then you can download maps of a specific region for later offline viewing. In this tutorial, you will learn to download and watch offline maps.



8/25/2015

Background Scrolling in Windows 10

In older versions of Windows, you can only scroll the active window and many times unintentionally you may have scrolled a wrong window assuming it as an active window. But in Windows 10, a new feature has been introduced called Background Scrolling. Now, you can scroll any window just by hovering your mouse over it. In this video, you will learn to enable and use Background Scrolling Feature of Windows 10.





Windows 10 Storage Sense - New Features

Storage Sense is a new feature that has been taken from Mobile Platform and is now embedded into Windows 10 system. Through Storage Sense you can have a brief overview of used Hard Disk Drive space. You can even manage contents right from Storage Sense. In this tutorial, you will get a brief info about Storage Sense feature and how to use them?



Remove Shortcut Arrows in Windows 10

In this video, you will learn to use Windows Registry Hack to Remove Arrows from Desktop Shortcut Icons. You will also learn to take backup of your Windows Registry before modifying. So, if something goes wrong then you will be able to Restore your Windows Registry back.



8/24/2015

Windows 10 | Remove Live Tiles & Get Classic Start Menu Back

In this short video, we will use a trick to revert the Windows 10 Start Menu back to the Classic Look as seen in the Video Thumbnail. This is an easy trick to Customize the Look of Windows 10 Start Menu. Later, you will place some most frequently used applications in the left side of your Classic Start Menu.



Set Processor Affinity in Windows 10



The modern multi-core processors are designed to work well with operating systems, so the operating system distributes their operations as evenly as possible across all the available cores. Processor Affinity was introduced in Windows 7 operating system. In Windows 7 or later versions, you can configure applications to use only one, or several cores of the processor, by using the Processor Affinity settings.


The easiest way to change the Processor Affinity is to use the Task Manager. To launch Task Manager, right-click on the taskbar, and then click Task Manager, or you can press Control + Shift + Escape key combination to open Task Manager. 


By default, you will be in Process tab, and you will see that applications processes are jumping around. You need to select an application, for which you want to configure Process Affinity. Then right-click on the application, and choose “Go to details”, or “Go to process”. Task Manager will than switch the tab from Processes to, Details. Right-click on the Process, and then click Set Affinity. After you select Process Affinity command, you will see Process Affinity dialog box, with all the cores that your processor has, and by default, “All Processors” is checked.


To explain you in brief, let’s see an example. I am going to run two processor intensive applications. The first application is Camtasia Studio, which is going to produce a video. The second application I am going to use is Disk Defragmenter. When Camtasia Studio will start rendering your project for creating a video, it is going to eat up all your processor, and ultimately slowing down your computer, and multitasking will be a pain for you at that time. So, I define separate cores for the both process. You can see the results using Resource Monitor from Task Manager. Open Resource Monitor and then click the CPU tab, where each CPU core is showing different usage measurement.


As my processor have only 2 cores, so whenever I render a project in Camtasia Studio, I always change Processor Affinity to a single core, so I may use my computer for other task at the same time. You can try experimenting with different applications of your choice.

Do remember that, restarting your computer will reset the Affinities to default for all the applications. If you found this trick useful, then don’t forget to hit like, share this video with your friends, and do leave a comment. Subscribe to our channel for more upcoming videos. Thanks for watching, and have a nice day!






8/22/2015

Ascent Windows Colors : Windows 10 Hidden Feature

Customizing the look of Windows Start Menu, Taskbar and Action Center is much easier in Windows 10. You can use a variety of options to give a new color and look to your Start Menu, Taskbar and Action Center. But there are a lot of features that are not accessible right from your computer mouse. In this tutorial, you will learn to customize the Windows Color using Custom Mixer, which you will reveal using some hidden commands.





Credit and Edit PDF Files in Microsoft Word

In Microsoft Word 2013 and later versions, you can easily create and edit PDF documents right from Microsoft Word and you don't need any additional third party software to create or edit PDF documents. In this tutorial, you will learn to edit and create new PDF documents within from Microsoft Word.



Turn On or Off System Icons in Windows 10 Taskbar

In this tutorial, you will learn to Show or Hide System Icons in the Notification Area of Windows 10 Taskbar. You can easily configure which icons you want in the Notification Area and which one to go. Moreover, you will learn to hide icons under the arrow which appears in the Notification Area.



8/21/2015

Create a System Image Backup in Windows 10

System Images are a perfect way to completely restore your PC to previous state. System Images were first introduced in Microsoft Windows 7. In this tutorial video, you will learn to create a system image of your Windows 10 PC. Later, you will learn that how you can restore a System Image in case of system failure.



Show or Hide Desktop Icons in Windows 10

If you have start using Windows 10 on your system, then you may notice that only the Recycle Bin is shown by default on your Windows 10 Desktop. In this tutorial, you will learn to Add / Remove Default System Icons on your Windows 10 Desktop. They are called System Icons because each System Icons (like Network, User Profile, My Computer etc.) have their own unique properties in the context menu. They are not just the application shortcuts.



8/20/2015

Enable Desktop Peek or Aero Peek in Windows 10

The Show Desktop was first introduced in Windows XP. Then later it is being improved with some new set of features in Windows 7 as Aero Peek. In Windows 8 & Windows 10, Aero Peek or Desktop Peek feature is disable by default. In this video, you will learn to enable / disable Desktop Peek feature.



Remove Duplicate Values in Excel 2016

While working in large Microsoft Excel Worksheets, sometimes you may require to find and remove all the duplicate values in the selected cell range. In Microsoft Excel 2016, you can easily accomplish this task using Remove Duplicates. In this tutorial video, you will learn that which values are consider as duplicates and how to find and remove them?



8/19/2015

Convert PPT To MP4 Within From PowerPoint

If you ever need to convert your PowerPoint Presentation into a Video File than you no longer need to use any third-party software, if you are using PowerPoint 2007 or above version. PowerPoint itself has the capability to convert your presentation into video. In this tutorial, you will learn to convert PPT to MP4 or WMV.



Convert PPT To JPG within from PowerPoint

Always humbling around converting your PowerPoint slides into separate JPG files. You can easily convert PPT to JPG within from PowerPoint in no times. Most of the PowerPoint users do not know about this features and they take separate screenshot and later crop them or convert their slides through third party utilities or from online websites. Watch this video to learn that how easily you can Convert PPT To JPEG format.



Hide Drives in Windows 10

In this Windows Tutorial Video, you will learn to Hide Drives or Partitions in Windows 10 to safeguard your data. Hiding Files and Folders is not always the best case in Windows, as any user can see your hidden files or folders with just a few clicks. In this video, you will learn four different and easy ways to hide drives in Windows 10.



8/18/2015

Manage Startup Programs in Windows 10 / 8.1 / 8 / 7

Have you ever notice that why your Windows System get slower day by day, even you are not doing any major configuration changes in Windows? Remember the day, when you had installed Windows on your PC and it was running smooth and nice. But as the day passes, the overall performance of your system drop down and especially the startup time. After the fresh installation of Windows, your system was working like a charm but now it took long to complete the startup process and load all the programs into memory.

The Startup programs are one of the other reasons, that actually slow down the performance of your system startup. If you are an intermediate user then you may already be managing what programs to load on Windows startup but for newbies, they are totally unaware that what is causing a slow system startup. This Windows Tutorial about Managing Startup Programs will help you to understand and manage the startup processes that run each time Windows load up. So, let’s get started!

When you install certain applications on your system then many of those applications place a startup link in your Windows Startup folder or add an additional service which runs every time Windows load. Most of the times, during the custom installation process, user is asked if he want to run that application during Windows startup and many time applications are just get automatically added to your startup folder or runs automatically in the background as a service. For instance, you can see the following two figures. In the first picture, you can see that the during the Torrent program installation, it is asking if I would like to run this program every time Windows Start up.

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But this is not always the case. Many programs add their entries to Startup without even notifying you or does not display any option or ask for user permission during Setup process. They just add an extra startup entry into your Startup folder. As you can see in the following figure, the Internet Download Manager didn’t ask me during the setup process that if I am want to run Internet Download Manager at Windows Startup or not. It just added automatically itself to my startup process list.

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So this happens a lot of time during various application installation process. What you need to do is to take care of everything that is running during the Windows Startup. So, how you can now manage those Startup programs as you may have already installed dozen of applications on your system. Enabling or Disabling Startup process is extremely an easy job and what you need to only take care about is which programs you want to allow or disallow at Windows Startup. I am especially mentioning this because few applications require certain process to be run at Windows Startup so they may run efficiently after Windows completely load itself and Anti Viruses are best example of those kind of programs. Almost every Anti Virus programs add several Startup entries and services so they may run prior to Windows Startup (before any other unwanted application may take over) and can then efficiently protect your system from viruses. Even they don’t ask for your permission during setup process that either you want to run them on system startup or not because it is necessary that Anti Virus load itself into the memory first and start scanning the rest of the process as they run.

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To Enable or Disable Startup processes in Windows 7, click the Start button and then click Run command, or you can press Control+R key to open the Run dialog box. Type MSCONFIG and press OK button. MSCONFIG stands for Microsoft System Configuration Utility.

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Once you are in MSCONFIG utility, click the Startup tab and from here you can manage which programs you want to enable or disable at Windows Startup. In Windows 8 and Windows 10, when you access the Startup tab using MSCONFIG utility and click the Startup tab, you are advised to use Task Manager instead. In Windows 8 / 10, Microsoft has changed the process to manage Startup applications through Task Manager instead of MSCONFIG. So, to manage startup applications in Windows 8 or 10, open Task Manager by pressing Control+Shift+ESC key, or right-click on an empty area of the Taskbar and then click Task Manager. If the Task Manager opens in collapse view then click More Details button to see the Task Manager in full view.

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Now, click the Startup tab and from here you will see all those applications with windows startup entries. These are the applications that run along with Windows startup during boot process. Generally, you will see for columns with headings like Name of the Process, the Publisher application corresponding to that particular process, the Status type that either it is enabled on system startup or disable, and the startup impact of the process is high, medium or low.

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Many of the processes that you see in the Startup tab can also be seen running in your system tray. Do note that, not every process is shown as icon in the system tray. Few processes just run in the background and do not have any corresponding icon.

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If you want to further investigate about the startup processes, click the Details tab in Task Manger, and then click the User Name heading to sort the list of processes running according to Users.

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The list shown in the above pictures shows all those processes that are mostly installed by the users and all those applications have added a windows startup entry. Here I would like to give you some more detail explanation that why disabling them will boost up your system performance.

As you can see that an approximate of 16 processes are currently running when I log-in to my windows account. Say that each process takes an approximate of 5 seconds to load and that means to completely load all these processes to memory, your system will take an approximate of 85 seconds. So, your windows startup is delayed to 80 more seconds. Not only that, you can also see in the above figure that how much system memory each process is using.

So disabling unnecessary process will not only boost the startup time but will also free up the system memory that other processes can utilize. But that does not mean that you should disable all of them. The processes that you want to run automatically each time Windows start should be remain enabled and other processes that you can even run after Windows completely load up can be disabled.

So, to enable or disable a particular process, go back to the Startup tab, select a process and then click the corresponding button from the bottom corner. If the process is enabled then you will see disabled button and if process is already disabled then you will see enabled button. You can also right-click on a process to enable or disable it. Do remember, not to disable those processes associated with your Anti Virus program.

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In the following figure, you can see that I have disable all the processes which I do not require to be run automatically on system startup except AVG Anti Virus.

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So, this is how you manage your startup process in Windows.

If you want more visual reference about
How to Enable / Disable Windows Startup Processes
then you can watch our following video on the same topic.


8/16/2015

Disable USB Drives / Removable Disks in Windows 10 / 8 / 7

In Windows 10, you can easily Disable USB Drives / Removable Drives. The most important aspect of doing this is to secure your system. If a Computer is used by more than one person, then it is important to Restrict Access to USB drives. So no one can transfer data from your PC to Pen Drives, or unknowingly transfer Viruses from their Removable Drives.



In this tutorial, you will learn to Disable / Enable USB Drives in Windows 10.



Slide to Shutdown in Windows 10 / Windows 8

Slide To Shutdown is a new hidden feature, which was first introduced in Windows 8. Slide To Shutdown is also available in Windows 10. It is an easier and fancier way to shutdown your PC with just a swipe. In this video, you will learn to use this feature and then we will create a shortcut and will place it to the Start Menu or Taskbar.



8/14/2015

Transpose Data From Rows To Columns in Microsoft Excel

If you ever want to swap your data from Columns to Rows or Vice Versa in Microsoft Excel, then transpose is the only option that you can use in Microsoft Excel. If you don't know how to use this command then retyping the data will be the only option. In this video, you will learn to Transpose Data From Rows To Columns or Vice Versa in Microsoft Excel.



Clear All Formatting in Word Document

You are working on a Microsoft Word Document and applied various styles and formatting but none is working for you, or you want to start over. Then Clear All Formatting option can help you to clear formatting from selected or entire document. Watch this video to know How to Clear All Formatting in Microsoft Word Document?



Switch Between Start Menu and Start Screen in Windows 10

Classic Start Menu is always been favorite of Windows users and now it is back with Windows 10 release. However, Start Screen is more convenient for the touch screen devices. In this tutorial video, you will learn to Switch Between The Start Menu & Start Screen in Windows 10.



8/13/2015

How to Change Case in Microsoft Excel 2016

The Change Case command is always been favorite of the Microsoft Word users. But unfortunately this command is not available in Microsoft Excel. In this video, you will learn that how you can easily Change Text Case in Microsoft Excel using two easy methods.



Change Default Search Provider in Windows 10 Edge Browser

In this tutorial video, you will learn to change the Default Search Provider in Microsoft Edge browser in Windows 10. The default search provider in Edge is Bing. But you can change it to your favorite one as the Edge uses the Open Technology. Watch this video to know how you can change the default search provider.



8/12/2015

How To Change The Default Browser in Windows 10

In this video, you will learn to download / install or upgrade Mozilla Firefox 40 for Windows 10. You will also learn that how you can change Windows 10 Settings to make your Favorite Browser as the Default Browser.



8/10/2015

Using Drop Cap in Microsoft Word 2016



In this tutorial video, you will learn using Drop Cap command of Microsoft Word 2016. Drop Cap is an enlarged capital character or word that you usually see in Novels and Newspapers.



8/09/2015

25 Best Microsoft Edge Browser Keyboard Shortcuts

Microsoft has announced a new web browser called "Edge" with his new Operating System Windows 10. In this video, we present the 25 Best Keyboard Shortcut Keys for Microsoft Edge Browser.







Note: Many of the shortcut keys will also work in previous versions of IE and other Web Browsers.

Windows 10 Command Prompt - Everything About New Console

Windows 10 has been launched and everyone is searching for the new features that Microsoft has provided in his latest operating system. Everyone's loving Command Prompt is here with a lot of improvements and you really need to look at them.



Watch this video to know - What is New in Windows 10 Command Prompt?



8/08/2015

Remove / Hide Menu Bar From Virtual Machine in Full Screen | VMWare Workstation Tutorial

While working in VMWare 11 using Full Screen mode, you will always seen an edge of the toolbar in the center top of the screen. Sometimes become annoying as it continuous to appear as you work. In this video, you will learn how to hide vmware toolbar completely.



Microsoft Word Tutorial | How to Insert Symbols or Special Characters

As you might know that, you can Insert Symbols or Special Characters in a Microsoft Word document, for those characters which are not available on your keyboard. The types of symbols and characters depend on the font type that you choose while inserting the symbol. After inserting a special character or symbol, you have limited formatting options that you can apply on special characters. You have the same options of formatting for special characters, which are available while formatting text. Symbols and Special Characters work similar to text. So, to overcome from limited formatting options, and to use Symbols more efficiently, you can convert them from simple text to objects. Let’s learn how to insert and use symbols and special characters in Word documents more efficiently.

How to Insert Symbols in a Word Document

  • To insert symbols, click the Insert menu and then click Symbols drop down button.

Insert Symbols or Special Characters

  • Here you will find some most common used symbols in the drop down list.
  • If the symbol or special character which you are looking for not in the list then you can click on the More Symbols link, which will then open the Symbols window.
  • As I said before, the types of Symbols and characters depend on the font type that you will choose while inserting a symbol.
  • So, first select an appropriate font type from the Font drop down menu. As an example, I will choose Wingdings font.

Insert Symbols or Special Characters

  • Select a desire symbol from the list and then click Insert button.

So, you can choose different font types from the list and can insert the desire symbols into your document. But the most common problem that you will face after inserting symbols is, positioning them at the right place and applying different formatting options. To position a symbol at your favorite location rather than at the cursor position, you can use the following method:

  • Draw a Text Box from the Insert menu’s Shape drop down button.

Insert Text Box in Document

  • Make sure that cursor position is inside the Text Box and then click the Insert menu again and then Insert the desire symbol from the Symbols drop down menu, as described in the previous steps.

Inserting Symbol inside Text Box

  • Place the text box at the desire location. You can even place the text box between the margin area and moreover, you can also change the text direction, if you want to from the Format menu.

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  • The only thing you need to do now is to hide the Text box.
  • First, make sure Text Box is selected and if it is not already then click the Text Box’s border to select it. Then click the Format menu and then click Shape Fill drop down button and choose No Fill.

No Fill Microsoft Word

  • Following the same above method, you need to remove the Outline by clicking on Shape Outline and then click No Outline.

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  • and there you have the Special Symbol at right place with right text direction.

As I had said earlier that you have limited Formatting option for inserted symbols because it just behave like normal text and you can only change the Symbol Size, Color or can apply Bold, Italic and Underline commands. If you want to enable more Formatting options, just like we have for WordArt, then you can convert a normal text symbol into WordArt. To Convert a Symbol into WordArt, follow these steps:

  • In Microsoft Word 2016, click the Insert menu and then click WordArt drop down menu and choose the desire style.

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  • Delete the default value “Your text here” and then insert a symbol by following the previous steps.

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  • There you have the Special Character as WordArt object. The benefit of doing this is, you can now apply all the Text effects which are available for WordArt from the Format menu like Shadow, Glow, Bevel, 3D Rotation and Transform and can make a simple symbol into an attractive object.

 

Symbols and Special Character

You can also watch our short video for a quick reference.


8/06/2015

Disable Bing Integration from Start Menu | Windows 10 Tutorial

Cortana is a new feature which has been introduced with Windows 10. You can use Cortana to directly Search for Files, Add Appointment to Calendar, Chat with Cortana, or Search the Web, right from the new Search Box available on Taskbar. But due to some privacy issues, if you no longer want Cortana to include or search web, you can then turn off Bing Integration or Web Integration from Cortana.

How to Disable Bing Integration from Start Menu in Windows 10

By default, Bing search is integrated into the Start Menu. So everything you search for, in the Start Menu, is sent to the Microsoft Servers, to give you best results from Bing Search. If you no longer require this feature, due to some privacy issue, and want to disable Bing Integration, or web integration from the Start Menu, you can easily do so by following the steps described below. But remember that, the settings dialog box may appear different, depending upon, if you have already configured and enabled Cortana.

  • To change the Bing or Web Integration settings, type “Cortana Settings” in the search box or, click inside the Search Box, and then search for Settings.

Cortana Settings

  • If you want to disable Bing Integration from Search, then you also have to disable Cortana. So, first turn off Cortana, by flipping the button.

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  • As you turn off the Cortana, rest of the settings will change, and you will see an option for, “Search Online and Include Web Results”. Flip this switch, to turn of the Bing Integration from the Start Menu.

Everything you will search onwards, will be searched from your own PC only.


How To Convert Files To PDF using Print To PDF | Windows 10 Tutorial

In Windows 10, Microsoft has introduced a new printer called Print To PDF. Now you can easily convert any of your document into PDF using Microsoft Print To PDF printer. In this tutorial, you will learn how to convert any of your document into Portable Document Format (PDF) without installing any third party utility in Windows 10.

Print To PDF

By default, Microsoft Print to PDF printer get automatically installed with Windows 10. At least, in my case, I was lucky to have one pre-installed with Windows 10 installation. To confirm either Print to PDF is already installed on your Windows 10 PC or not, follow these steps:

In the Start Search box, type Devices and Printers.

Devices and Printers in Windows 10

Click Devices and Printers from the Search Results. If Microsoft Print to PDF is already installed then you can see it alongside with other printers under Printers section.

Microsoft Print to PDF

If Microsoft Print to PDF is not already installed then you need to install it first before you can actually convert your documents into PDF.

How to Install Microsoft Print to PDF?

In the Start search type, Advanced Printer Setup and then click the link from the search results:

Advanced Printer Setup

Then Windows will start searching for Devices that are available on your network, if any.

Add Device Dialog Box

Click the link “The printer that I want isn’t listed”. Then a new window will pop-up asking how do you want to add a new printer?

Find a printer by other options

From Add a Printer dialog box, click “Add a Local Printer or network printer with manual settings”, and then click Next button.

Choose a Printer Port Windows 10

From Choose a printer port dialog box, select Use an existing port and then from the drop down menu, select FILE: (Print to File) and then click Next button.

Install the Printer Driver

From Install the printer driver dialog box, from the left side Manufacturer pane select Microsoft and then from the right side Printers pane scroll down the list and then select Microsoft Print to PDF and then click Next button.

Install Printer Drivers

Then you will be prompted either you want to Use the driver that is currently installed (recommended) or want to Replace the current driver. Select the first recommended option and then click Next.

In the end, either type a name for the printer for yourself or use the default one and then click Next button and then click Finish after copying files is completed. Once you are done installing the Microsoft Print to PDF printer, you are ready to convert your documents instantly into PDF format in Windows 10 without the help of any third party utility.

To convert a document into PDF, open your document in the corresponding application like a Microsoft Word or a Microsoft Excel Worksheet.

Click the File menu, and then click Print. Alternatively you can press Control+P to bring the Print dialog box.

File Menu Print Command

From the Select a Printer list, select Microsoft Print to PDF printer and then click Print. You can also specify number of pages which you want to convert (if your document contain more than one page) or you can specify additional settings like Page Orientation or Paper Size by clicking the Preferences button after selecting Microsoft Print to PDF printer.

Print to PDF

Once you are done selecting the desire options, click the Print button and Save As dialog box will appear, asking you to enter a file name and choose the location where you want to save your newly converted PDF document. You can notice the Save As File Type as PDF, which indicates that your document will be saved in PDF format. Type a file name and choose the location and then click Save button. For example, I want to save my converted document to the Windows Desktop and want to name it Letter (PDF extension will get automatically assigned).

Print To PDF

Once you are done, move to the location where you had saved your newly converted document and you will see a new PDF document has been created. Double-click the file to open with your default PDF viewer. Don’t you worry if you have not installed any PDF viewer yet because Windows 10 also included an inbuilt PDF reader which will then automatically open your converted PDF document.

converted PDF

 

For more information, you can also watch our video about Converting Files to PDF in Windows 10 using Microsoft Print to PDF utility.

 

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