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Windows 10 Tip: Yikes, stop that sound! Mute-a-tab in Microsoft Edge – Windows Experience Blog

Does this sound familiar? You’ve got multiple tabs open in your browser and all of a sudden, music or voices blares from one of them. You scramble to find the audio icon on that tab, open the page and scroll down to stop the video that’s playing.There’s a faster way to shut down that sound.
A new feature with the Windows 10 April 2018 Update can mute tabs in Microsoft Edge.
Here’s how to do it:
To mute a tab in Microsoft Edge, click the audio icon
Simply click the audio icon or right-click the tab to choose Mute from the drop down menu.
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Windows 10 Tip: Search, shop and learn through the photos you take with Visual Search  – Windows Experience Blog

The new intelligent Visual Search feature, powered by Bing, allows you to search the web using your camera. Now you can search, shop and learn more about your world through the photos you take. ​
Last week, the Bing team launched new intelligent Visual Search capabilities, built upon the visual technology already in Bing, which can help you identify things like landmarks, flowers and animals and help you shop for clothes and home furnishings. You can even get search results for similar-looking images, different dimensions of the same image, and links to other site(s) that use the same images.
It’s available today on both iOS and Android devices – try it through the Bing app for iOS and Android, the Microsoft Edge app on Android and Microsoft Launcher on Android. Visual search will be coming soon to the Microsoft Edge app on iOS and the Bing.com mobile site.
Here’s what you can do with it:

Snap a picture, start a search.
See a landmark or flower and want to learn more about it, but don’t quite know its name? Simply take a photo using one of the apps. Bing will identify the landmark and share insights to give you more information by providing additional links to explore.

Upload a pic from your camera roll, get more details.
See a friend’s jacket you want, but don’t know its brand or where to purchase? Upload a pic into the app’s search box and Bing will return visually-similar jackets, share prices, and details for where to purchase.
Visit the Bing Blog to learn more about Visual Search!

Windows 10 Tip: How to start using Nearby Sharing with the Windows 10 April 2018 Update – Windows Experience Blog

Did you know the Windows 10 April 2018 Update includes a way you can now instantly share your videos, photos, documents, and websites with people and devices near you over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi?

It’s called Nearby Sharing. Here’s what you can do with it:
Share quickly. Send any video, photo, document, or webpage viewed on Microsoft Edge to people nearby by clicking on the share charm in the app or right-clicking to get the share menu. You can share a report with a colleague in your meeting room or a vacation photo with your best friend in the library.*
Take the quickest path. Your computer automatically picks the fastest way to share your file or webpage, either over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.
See who’s available. Bluetooth allows you to quickly discover potential devices with which you could share.**
Here’s how to get started:
In your Action Center, click on Nearby Sharing to turn it on. From there, click the Share icon in your file, photo, Microsoft Edge webpage or more to share with nearby devices.
Head over here to read more about what’s new in the Windows 10 April 2018 Update!
*Sharing is only available between Windows 10 PCs. Nearby sharing must be enabled on both devices.
**Recipients can choose whether to accept the item a user wants to share.

Windows 10 Tip: How to start creating in Paint 3D – Windows Experience Blog

Paint 3D is a built-in creative application that comes free with Windows 10*. You don’t need any design experience – Paint 3D makes it easy to customize models from the built-in 3D library or create 3D designs from scratch.Here’s a couple of tips for how you can get started quickly in creating in 3D.
How to edit a 3D model

The easiest way to get started is to start by searching our 3D library** for a model to edit and customize. Simply click on 3D Library and browse through our staff picks of top models or type in the search bar a model you are looking for. Click on the tile to import the 3D model into your project. You now have a fully rotatable 3D model that you can recolor and personalize with great sticker textures.
How to create a 3D Model

One of my favorite ways to get started in 3D is to begin with a photo image or 2D sketch. You can use this as a guide for your 3D drawing. Click on 3D Shapes and select one of the 3D doodle tools, sharp or soft edge depending on your preference. Draw in a continuous movement, making sure not to overlap the lines and connecting to the starting circle. Watch as your 2D sketch instantly transforms into a fully rotatable 3D model. You can use the brushes to shade and color the model or the sticker tool to add additional finishes, such as wood or marble.
See it in the real world

Visualize your 3D model in the real world – perfect for showing a family member what a fountain will look like your backyard or using your 3D model to record an online tutorial video. When you’re finished editing your 3D model, simply go up to the task bar and click on the Mixed reality button (this will pre-load your 3D model in Mixed Reality Viewer).
Tap your screen to place the object into your world. You can rotate the object or make it bigger or smaller or drag it to different locations on the screen. You can also add animations to your model, perfect for videos, at the bottom of the screen. To record a short video, click on the video record button to the right. You can also switch to take a picture with the camera button.
Save and share a 3D creation

Within Paint 3D, you can save or share your work in a variety of ways.
If you want to save your work to edit again later, then you can click “Save As” a Paint 3D project. Paint 3D projects will retain all your 2D and 3D content without any compression – meaning you can re-open them and pick up exactly where you left off.
If you want to take content out of Paint 3D, to share or use in other applications, then you have options to save a copy as a 3D model or an image. If you choose to Save a 3D model, then you can choose from different popular 3D file formats, such as .GLB or .FBX.
If you choose to save an image, you are taken to the Image Preview window. Within this window you can choose to rescale your image, either by percentage or number of pixels. Ticking ‘Lock aspect ratio’ means changes to one side will automatically update the other. You can also adjust the desired angle and framing of the image.
Paint 3D makes it easy to unlock your creativity and bring your ideas to life. To check out these features for yourself, you can get started by opening the Paint 3D app. If you’re new to Paint 3D, check out our video tutorials on Paint 3D.
*To access all the latest Paint 3D features, you will need to update to the latest Windows 10 April 2018 Update. To learn how to get the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, check out this blog post.
**3D Library is available in select markets. Check out the online library here.

Windows 10 Tip: How to enable Focus Assist in the Windows 10 April 2018 Update

Most of us spend between 3-6 hours – each day – on screens. Much of this time is spent on social media, where the constant stream of distractions across our myriad of devices makes it hard to focus. With the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, we’re introducing Focus Assist to help you stay in the zone.
Focus Assist helps you get more done by easily blocking notifications, sounds, and alerts to create distraction-free work times. This is helpful if you’re giving a presentation or trying to focus on a paper, you can use Focus Assist to block interruptions or distractions.

How it works:
Work the way you want. Focus assist gives you the flexibility to choose when to block interruptions. Turn on Focus assist whenever you want to get things done without distractions, like notifications, sounds, and alerts. Or set Focus Assist to turn on automatically at certain times during the day.
Stay connected when you need to. You can make sure your most important people breakthrough by creating a priority list of those you always want to reach you, even when you’re working. Or when you need complete concentration, block all notifications.
Catch up quickly. Find out what you missed while you were heads down on a project. As soon as you finish working, a summary of notifications and alerts appears on your screen.

How to enable Focus Assist:
You can quickly toggle Focus Assist on or off from a quick action button in the Action Center. Or, to set up your rules with Focus Assist, just go to display settings > Focus Assist to pick which scenarios will automatically turn on this feature.
Head over here to read more about what’s new in the April 2018 Update!

Windows 10 Tip: How to enable Focus Assist in the Windows 10 April 2018 Update
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Windows 10 Tip: Five things you might not know you can do right now with your Windows 10 PC

 1. Choose your performance and battery balance

The new Performance/Power slider lets you set the right balance between battery-life longevity and system performance and responsiveness.* Optimize for battery life on a long flight; go with performance when you’re gaming or photo editing at home.**
Simply click on the battery icon in the taskbar and use the slider to choose your performance and battery balance.
2. Travel easier with the built-in currency converter

Just open Calculator, click on the menu button on the left, and select what you’d like to convert.* It also includes converters for things like time, power and temperature – so you can easily, quickly convert from Fahrenheit to Celsius and back again. If you’re browsing in Microsoft Edge, you can also simply type the currency you want to convert into the address bar and it will convert it for you.
3. Annotate your books in Microsoft Edge

Easily personalize your books when you’re reading in Microsoft Edge* by adding highlights in four colors, underlining, adding comments or copying text. To see the menu with these options, simply highlight the preferred word or sentence with your mouse or finger. You can also select the Cortana icon from the same menu to find more information about the content you are reading without leaving the reading experience.
Get started by downloading a book to personalize from the Books section in the Microsoft Store!
4. Lower the blue light emitted from your PC with Night light

By reducing the blue light emitted by your screen, the Night light feature helps you sleep better.*** To get started, head to the search box on your taskbar and search for “Night light” – or, go to Settings (Windows key + I), click on System, and, under Display, click to turn Night light on or off. You can also customize the color temperature or schedule by clicking “Night light settings.”
5.  Pin your favorite websites to the taskbar

You can pin your favorite websites to the taskbar and have the icon show up in the taskbar for instant access when you browse in Microsoft Edge – just head to the menu, select “Pin this page to the taskbar,” and watch the site icon appear on your Windows taskbar!*
*Requires the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update or higher.**Available on most Intel and AMD devices with battery.***Available on select Windows 10 PCs running the Windows 10 Creators Update or higher.

Windows 10 Tip: 10 things you can do in Windows Mixed Reality right now

To experience Windows Mixed Reality, you’ll need a few things: a compatible Windows 10 PC, a Windows Mixed Reality headset, and the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update for your PC. For the best experience, you’ll also want a pair of Windows Mixed Reality motion controllers.

Now, all set up but not sure where to begin? Here’s a list of ten things for you to try in Windows Mixed Reality right now.

Personalize your display

Before you start playing in mixed reality, you’ll want to adjust your headset display for your interpupillary distance (IPD). Since everyone has a different distance between their eyes, it’s important to change your headset’s software settings to match your own IPD for the best image quality and depth accuracy when you play. You can set your custom IPD via Settings > Mixed Reality > Headset display > Calibration.[1]

Customize your mixed reality home

The first thing you’ll see when you launch Windows Mixed Reality and put on your headset is your mixed reality home, your home base for discovering specific apps or experiences. Here, you can customize each room to your liking. Open the Start menu to pin your favorite apps to the walls and go to Start > Holograms to add furniture, people, and other holograms to your space.

Navigate in mixed reality

There are several ways to get around in mixed reality with your motion controllers. To teleport, point your controller to where you want to go, press either thumbstick forward, and release to instantly land there. To rotate, press your thumbstick left or right, and to back up, press it back. To walk continuously, press either thumbstick straight down and move it in the direction you want to go.

Use Cortana in mixed reality

Did you know you can use Cortana while in Windows Mixed Reality? Cortana can help you get around faster with your voice. For example, you can have Cortana adjust the volume in a game, open an app, and even teleport without a controller. Simply start with “Hey Cortana,” to try it now.[2]

Play games in Steam®VR

Did you know that in addition to your favorite apps from the Microsoft Store, you can access more than 2,500 amazing games and VR experiences through Steam®VR for Windows Mixed Reality? [3] To get set up, go to aka.ms/steamvr on your PC. Once you’ve launched Steam®VR from your headset, use your motion controllers and press straight down on the left or right thumbstick to open the dashboard and start exploring.

Watch immersive videos on the web

Immerse yourself in 360° videos and photos on the web. Get the 360 Viewer extension for Microsoft Edge and put on your headset to browse immersive content from YouTube, Facebook, NYTimes.com, and more.

Take a closer look in mixed reality

For a closer look at any open app, you can zoom with your motion controllers. To zoom in, point at an app window with both controllers, pull both triggers, and move your hands apart. To zoom back out, bring your hands together.

View apps from the best angle

To perfectly center yourself in front of an app, bounce your teleport off the open app window. To do this, press your thumbstick forward, aim the controller at the app you want to use, and release the thumbstick to land exactly in front of the app window.

Adjust the floor of your mixed reality home

Sometimes, the floor of your Windows Mixed Reality home may feel slanted or at the wrong height. If it doesn’t feel comfortable to you, you can change the floor height via Start > Room Adjustment. Just follow the instructions and use the touch pad on your motion controller to get your floor feeling right in no time.

Share your experience with others

Use the Mixed Reality Portal to share the fun with friends. From your compatible PC, select the Play button to show the view from your headset on your computer screen.3
These are just a few of the many things you can do in Windows Mixed Reality. To learn more, check out  Windows Mixed Reality Support and the mixed reality tips page for even more inspiration.
[1] In addition, the Samsung HMD Odyssey headset has a mechanical IPD adjuster. [2] To experience sound, Cortana and voice dictation, compatible mic-enabled headphones with 3.5mm jack (USB won’t be able to connect to headset) have to be attached, plugged in to the audio jack on the HMD. Consumers may find compatible headphones by looking for the Cortana badge or Circle icon on product packaging and websites. [3] PC hardware requirements may vary for available apps, features and content.

Windows 10 Tip: Six keyboard shortcuts to help you find what you’re looking for

We’ve showed you how to clear your workspace in two simple steps and three ways you can personalize your desktop with fun themes and colors – today, we’re going to show you six keyboard shortcuts to help you easily find what you’re looking for!
Find apps, files and more on your PC

Press the Windows logo key and type the name of whatever you want to find in the search box.
Easily search Settings

Press Windows logo key + I, then search for the setting you’re looking for.
Switch between open windows

Hold down the Alt key and keep pressing Tab until the window you want is selected. Then, release the Alt key.
Add a touch keyboard shortcut to the taskbar

Right-click on the taskbar, and then select Show touch keyboard button.
Get to your desktop quickly

Press Windows logo key + D to minimize all your open windows and go right to your desktop.
Open File Explorer

Press Windows logo key + E, then open the folder you want in File Explorer.
In case you missed it, check out last week’s tip on how to view 360° videos and photos in Microsoft Edge with your Windows Mixed Reality headset!

Windows 10 Tip: Clear your workspace in two simple steps

To close out all the windows besides the one you’re working on, select and hold any open window, then give your mouse a back-and-forth shake. All the other open apps will automatically minimize to clear your workspace.

You can also clear up a messy desktop quickly. Press and hold (or right-click) on the desktop, select View, and then clear Show desktop icons. To see them again, re-select Show desktop icons.
In case you missed it, check out three ways you can personalize your desktop with fun themes and colors!