Tip o’ the Week 375 – Edge improvements in CU

Now that the Windows 10 Creators Update is generally available, it’s worth looking at some specific new features that may delight users who are upgrading. The Edge browser has been given a bit of an overhaul, so that’s a good place to start. Battery improvements – as mentioned in ToW 335,  Edge browser has been…


Tip o’ the Week 373 – Copying Images for emails

A picture tells a thousand words, etc etc etc. We all know the power of adding images into presentations, documents, emails and the like… even forum posts into external discussions often feature reference to pics that exist elsewhere on the internet. If you want to use someone else’s imagery, especially if it’s something you plan…


Tip o’ the Week 374 – Creators Update arrives

this tip was originally sent in email inside Microsoft, on 7th April 2017   “Redstone 2”. That’s the codename given to the latest update for Windows 10, which itself was codenamed “Threshold”. Following the previous updates TH2 (aka the November Update) and “Redstone” (the Anniversary Update, released about a year ago), RS2 is the latest…


Tip o’ the Week 372 – Locking your PC

Back in the 1980s and up to the early 1990s, IBM had many employees – this author included, though most definitely not pictured to the right – who regularly used 3270 terminals to access the Big Iron, and there was a strict policy in place that when you left your desk, you had to lock…


Tip o’ the Week 370 – Using Bookmarks

Bookmarks feature in several places within Office apps – most obviously in Word, where they can be used to easily jump around a document, but they also show up in other useful ways too. Making an email or a document easy for people to read is only going to help the prospects of them actually…


Tip o’ the Week 369 – Edging forward?

There was a time when browser wars raged; different companies felt that if end users ran on their browser, they’d have control over the way the user got access to the web. The browser landscape is radically different today, though. It’s easy to think that everyone does most of their browsing on mobile devices but…


Tip o’ the Week 368 – Mail and Calendar apps mature

Ever since Windows 8 came out, there were simplified Mail & Calendar apps built-in. Reviews were initially fairly mixed – and even after a bunch of improvements and a refresh when Windows 10 arrived, it could be argued there was still work to do. The Mail & Calendar apps are essentially joined now – though…

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Tip o’ the Week 367 – Shortcut keys and Taskbar

Regular readers (and thanks to all of you) will know the predilection in ToWs passim for articles about shortcut keys in Windows. The simple truth being, if you’re able to use a keyboard with both hands and most of your fingers, it’s always going to be quicker than fishing about with a mouse or a…


Tip o’ the Week 366 – Night, Night, screen light

As many people use their phones or other digital devices just before going to bed, it’s worth exploring the impact that might have on their sleep. Quite apart from the alertedness you’ll have from having been fussing about with a gadget when you should be settling down to the land of nod, the blue light…