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How to Use Microsoft Office’s Panning Hand Instead of the Scroll Bar

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Older versions of Microsoft Office had a visible “panning hand” option that let you scroll through files using your mouse. The feature hasn’t been visible since around Office 2010, so here’s how to make this super-handy function available again.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/673555/how-to-use-microsoft-offices-panning-hand-instead-of-the-scroll-bar/
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How to Convert Google Slides to PowerPoint

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If someone sent you a presentation on Google Slides, but you’d rather work on it in Microsoft PowerPoint, you can easily convert it to a .pptx file in just a few simple steps. Here’s how it’s done.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/663556/how-to-convert-google-slides-to-powerpoint/
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Marshall Gunnell

How to Add Exclusions in Windows Defender on Windows 10

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Windows Defender, integrated into Windows 10, runs in the background and scans your files for malware. To improve performance for tasks like compiling code or running virtual machines, you can add an exclusion and Windows Defender will never scan those files.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/671233/how-to-add-exclusions-in-windows-defender-on-windows-10/
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How to Automatically Translate a Web Page in Microsoft Edge

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The new version of Microsoft’s Edge browser features automatic translation of web pages in foreign languages. Here’s how to use the built-in Microsoft Translator feature—and how to enable translation if it’s been disabled in your browser.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/672953/how-to-automatically-translate-a-web-page-in-microsoft-edge/
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Chris Hoffman

Windows 3.0 Is 30 Years Old: Here’s What Made It Special

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Thirty years ago this month, Microsoft released Windows 3.0, a graphical environment that represented a dramatic leap over its predecessors in terms of capability and popularity. Here’s what made Windows 3.0 special.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/674574/windows-3.0-is-30-years-old-heres-what-made-it-special/
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The original Xbox source code just leaked – and it doesn’t stop there

It’s an exciting day for classic console and operating system enthusiasts, as it appears that the source code for the original Xbox and Windows NT 3.5 have leaked online. The original Xbox was released way back in 2001 and marked Microsoft’s entry into the video game console business. Windows NT 3.5, on the other hand, was released in 1994 and … Continue reading

Source: https://www.slashgear.com/the-original-xbox-source-code-just-leaked-and-it-doesnt-stop-there-21621485/
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What’s coming in Windows 10 accessibility

I hope this blog finds you, your family and friends and your colleagues all healthy and safe during these changing times. I’m excited to share some of the updates we are incorporating within Windows 10 to make it easier to see and use for people with low or no vision.  These improvements, coming to Windows 10 users in the May 2020 Update, represent the next steps in our journey to empower every person on the planet to achieve more.

Thank you for all the feedback to date. Please keep it coming! Our users, especially Windows Insiders, are continuing to shape Windows 10 accessibility by helping us understand what improvements matter most. Information about how best to reach us is included at the end of this post.

Making Windows 10 easier to see and use

Text cursor improvements

We recently made text and pointers easier to personalize in Windows 10. Millions of people prefer larger text, and larger and brighter pointers to make Windows 10 easier to see and use. Perhaps not surprisingly, many low vision users asked us to continue to make it easier to work with text cursors. More specifically, they told us that text cursors are difficult to find when they are too thin and don’t contrast enough with text. Now users can easily make cursors wider and add a text cursor indicator; we’ve even included the ability to choose custom colors, making it even easier to find their text cursor on the screen.

New Ease of Access settings that make text cursors easier to see and use
Figure 1 – New Ease of Access Settings make text cursors easier to see and use.

We made some related changes in Magnifier. We recently added a Magnifier option to follow the mouse pointer, so that users did not have to scan their display to find the pointer. Instead, they could rely on the mouse pointer to be in an expected location in the center of their display. Again, not surprisingly, users asked us to make it easier to work with text cursors with Magnifier. Now Magnifier will follow the text cursor in the center of the display by default, so that users can find the text cursor in an expected location.

Magnifier reading reduces strain and fatigue

We’ve heard from many Magnifier users that it can be difficult to read and work with text throughout their day; they often strain to read text and end their day with severe fatigue or headaches. We added a new feature that makes it easy to have text read aloud to reduce the strain of reading. Magnifier now includes Play, Pause, Next sentence, Previous sentence and Read from here controls to make it easy to read text in popular browsers including Edge, Chrome and Firefox and other Windows applications like Microsoft Word, Outlook and PowerPoint. Magnifier will highlight each word that is spoken and will scroll content into view if it is not currently displayed.

Finally, we’ve improved the Magnifier user interface. Magnifier will now respond to larger text and Dark mode settings, so that it is easier to see and use.

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Figure 2 – New Magnifier features include reading and support for larger text and dark mode.

Making Windows easier to use without sight, with a screen reader

We’ve made a few sets of improvements to Narrator, which is the free, built in screen reader in Windows 10.

Narrator easier to use

We made reading more natural by reducing unnatural pauses and processing complete sentences to aid with proper pronunciation. We also redesigned Narrator sounds to enable Narrator users to be more efficient. We added sounds for the most common actions while reducing the total number of sounds to make them easier to learn and use. For example, rather than having to hear “scan on” or “scan off” when switching between scan mode and other modes, now you can choose to hear tones instead of the words. By default, both the words and sounds are turned on, to learn the new sounds. You can then change the level of detail that Narrator speaks about text and controls to hear fewer words for common actions. Finally, we improved support for announcing capital words and letters, e.g., when proofing a message or document. Narrator will handle initial, mixed and all cap words.

Smarter browsing

We made multiple improvements to the Narrator browsing experience.

First, Narrator will automatically start reading web pages from the top of the page. Automatic reading is intended to improve efficiency and give users confidence that the intended page loaded. Second, we implemented a page summary on demand. In addition to better understanding the complexity of a page, e.g., the number of landmarks, links and headings, you can also get a list of the most popular links generated by Bing to make it easier to get to where you want to go. Press Narrator key + S to hear the landmarks, links and headings on the page and press Narrator key + S twice quickly to bring up the page summary that includes a list of popular links. Third, we addressed one of the top accessibility issues with poorly crafted web pages. We made it possible to disambiguate links with titles like “Click here” without having to press the link to see where it goes. Press Narrator key + Ctrl + D, the same command to generate an image description, to hear the title of the linked page before pressing the link.

Finally, we made multiple improvements to Narrator with popular browsers. In addition to Microsoft Edge and Chrome, Narrator now supports Firefox. We improved several Narrator experiences, including faster “Find” and more reliable table reading. We also added support for rich text in Chrome and Firefox, which makes it easier to consume content on sites like Wikipedia.

More efficient Outlook mail

In addition to general Narrator and Narrator browsing improvements, we improved Narrator’s Outlook experience. We optimized Narrator for the Outlook inbox to make it faster and easier to triage mail; we read a smaller set of data in the expected order. We also improved the message reading experience. Like when web pages load, we now automatically start reading content when you open a message. We also automatically enable scan mode and recognize and ignore layout tables to make it easier to navigate and read message content. We improved Outlook responsiveness, e.g., reducing lags when arrowing through messages in the inbox or through text in a message.

Please keep the feedback coming

While we are excited to share our progress, we recognize that we have more work to do to create delightful experiences for people with disabilities. Thank you to the many people who have provided feedback — both positive and constructive — to help make Windows great. If you’re interested in providing help or suggestions, we welcome your feedback via the Windows Insider Program. All the features referenced in this blog were shared with and shaped by Windows Insiders. Whether you’re using an Insider build, or a generally available version of Windows, Windows 10 makes it easy to share your thoughts and suggestions — just press Windows logo key + F to launch the Feedback hub and share what’s top of mind.

Finally, if you are a customer with a disability and need technical assistance, the Disability Answer Desk is there to assist via phone (800-936-5900) and chat. In addition, we also have an ASL option available for our customers who are deaf or hard of hearing in the U.S. (+1 503-427-1234). Please contact us, we are always happy to help.

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Source: https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2020/05/21/whats-coming-in-windows-10-accessibility/
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Windows 10 Is Getting Graphical Linux Apps With GPU Support

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Windows 10’s Windows Subsystem for Linux is already extremely powerful, even including a built-in Linux kernel with WSL 2.0. Now, Microsoft is making it even more powerful, enabling graphical Linux desktop applications and GPU hardware acceleration support.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/673349/windows-10-is-getting-graphical-linux-apps-with-gpu-support/
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How to Enable and Use Clipboard History on Windows 10

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Windows 10 takes copy and paste to another level with a feature called Clipboard history, which lets you see a list of items you have copied to the clipboard recently. Just press Windows+V. Here’s how to turn it on and view your clipboard history.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/671222/how-to-enable-and-use-clipboard-history-on-windows-10/
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How to Clear the Cache in Microsoft Edge

clear-cache-microsoft-edge-featured.jpg Have you ever encountered a situation when you are expecting changes in a website, but no matter how often you refresh the browser, it keeps showing the same content? This is probably due to your browser cache loading old content. You’ll learn in this tutorial how to clear the cache in the Microsoft Edge browser. Why Clearing the Cache is Useful The cache is a storage area that downloads web page resources so that the next time you visit the page, it can load them immediately instead of downloading from the server again. Since most… Read more13547625.gif

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