Tip o’ the Week 409 – Touchpad settings

Once upon a time, mice had balls, and there was even a joke field service bulletin telling customers how to manage them better. Microsoft has had a few funny KB articles over the years, too, though not necessarily intended to amuse. Barney sometimes plays on his own…, for example – who knew? Given that a…

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Tip o’ the Week 406 – A path! A path!

One issue that’s plagued the user experience of computer application design, is the traditional need to force the end user to understand the file system of their machine. In a nutshell, the hierarchy that operating system designers decided was a necessary way of storing or at least referencing files (and it is generally a Good…

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Tip o’ the Week 399 – What’s in Store?

The Windows Store was/is a key part of Windows 8 and 10, it being a place to distribute apps that conform to the “new” model (originally known as “Metro”apps, after the codename given to the design ethos that typified the redesign of apps and the OS itself, though thatname was later dropped in favour of…

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Tip o’ the Week 398 – New Dimensions in Sound

Sound technology has been advancing ever since the phonograph wax cylinder, through higher quality recordings and transmission formats, stereo, quadrophonic, multichannel home cinema and so on. High fidelity sound is delivered via a combination of lots of overlapping but distinct technology; from the quality of the original recording equipment, technique and media the sound was…

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Tip o’ the Week 395 – Resizing pictures in Windows 10

As smartphone cameras get better, it’s very common to have snaps with dimensions of 4,000 x 3,000 pixels, sized in multi-megabytes – great for capturing a bit more detail, but potentially tricky when handling the photos given the file size as well as their width & height. This is especially the case if you’re sharing…

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Tip o’ the Week 394 – Change your lock screen

As any fule kno, good corporate types should lock their PC every time they walk away from the machine. The Dynamic Lock function in Windows might help, and further tips were covered back in ToW #372. The simplest way to lock your machine when you get up and go to walk away, is to hit…

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Tip o’ the Week 390 – Paint it black

“SHOCK, HORROR!”, the internet & news media said, “Microsoft is killing Paint!”. Cue the opportunity to make Clippy comparisons, and reflect on a bit of software that appeared in its first version in Windows 1.0, bring out the odd eccentric who manages to produce quite amazing art using Paint (like Pat Hines, who’s tried other…

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Tip o’ the Week 389 – Jump to Windows Settings

There are many ways of jumping straight into bits of Windows that would otherwise take a load of clicking around the place. ToW #312 covered some of them – especially on how to go directly to special folders like your pictures or downloads, but there are many other ways of jumping right into important bits…

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Tip o’ the Week 388 – Crossing Time Zones

Another dip into the annals of ToW, dusted down and spruced up – this topic was first covered in #301, though the topic of time zones has also featured in #280, #244, #120, #26… When moving between countries, one of the tricks the traveller needs to decide is how to handle the switch of time…

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Tip o’ the Week 384 – Insiders Update 16215

The Windows Insider program has over 10m participants, and after the release of the Creators Update, the heat is being turned up again as the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update starts testing. If you’re an Insider on the Fast Ring, you can get hold of the newly-released build 16215, which contains a load of new…

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