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Windows 10 Tip: How to use Surface Dial with Paint 3D

Whether you’re an artist, student or mobile professional, Surface Dial optimizes your digital workflow by bringing your most-used shortcuts and tools to your screen with simple presses and turns of the Dial. You can also use Dial to do things like play music or skip tracks in Groove Music, scroll through web pages in Microsoft Edge, scroll through documents in Microsoft Word off-screen, and so much more.

Today, we’re going to show you a couple ways you can get started using your Surface Dial with the Paint 3D app in Windows 10.* If you have the new Surface Pro or the Surface Studio, you can use the Dial with Paint 3D directly on your screen.**

Set-up

Make sure you have the Surface Dial connected via Bluetooth to your device. You should be able to press and hold the dial to see a context menu pop-up. Open the Paint 3D app to get started and make sure you are in the Paint 3D app when you are using the Surface Dial to access the features below. The dial will have haptic feedback as you use different features in Paint 3D.

Change the color easily using the color wheel

Change the color easily using the color wheel

It’s super simple to change brush colors. On the Surface Studio, press down on the Surface Dial to select the color palette and the color wheel will pop-up. Turn the Dial and the dot will move to show you what color you have selected. Press down to select the color.

On a Surface Pro device, press down on the Surface Dial to select the color palette. Turn the dial and the color selection in your tool bar will move to the right and left. Press down to select the color.

Be playful as you adjust colors & brushes

There’s no need to stop painting just to change the color or brush thickness. Create seamless tapered strokes by turning the Surface Dial to adjust color, brush thickness, and opacity while drawing.

Click on the art tools button, and select a brush.

Click on the art tools button, and select a brush. To change colors dynamically, press down on the dial and select color palette. Use your pen to draw and turn the dial simultaneously to instantly change from one color to the next. To change the thickness, press down on the dial and choose thickness on the context menu. Press down to select.  Turn the dial to the left to taper the line smaller and to the right to make the line thicker.

Rotate objects while painting

Click on the art tools button and choose a brush and color.

The Surface Dial makes it easy to rotate as you paint. Using your digital pen, use the 3D tools to draw a 3D object or pull a model from the Remix 3D community. Click on the art tools button and choose a brush and color. Start painting on your 3D model and keep your pen stationary while turning the dial to rotate the object underneath.

Hit undo

Press and hold for the context menu, and scroll to the last button, undo.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with easy access to the undo button on the Surface Dial. Press and hold for the context menu, and scroll to the last button, undo. Press down on the dial to select and turn the dial to roll-back any changes you’ve made.

Stamping and stickers

Click on the Stickers Tool and select a pre-made sticker, or upload your own.

Click on the Stickers Tool and select a pre-made sticker, or upload your own. Choose where to position the sticker 3D model and simply press down on the Dial to stamp the sticker onto the 3D object. It’s super fun and easy.

If you don’t have a Surface Dial yet, you can order one here from the Microsoft Store. Head over here for five things you need to know about Surface Dial, or check out tips on getting started using Paint 3D.

In case you missed it, here’s last week’s Windows 10 Tip:

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Have a great week!

*Surface Dial is compatible with any Bluetooth-enabled, Windows 10-enabled PC, laptop, and tablet running on Windows 10 Anniversary Update. 
** Surface Dial is on-screen compatible with Surface Studio and Surface Pro only. 

Windows 10 Tip: Get started with Windows Help Me Choose

We know there are a lot of great options when it comes to Windows 10 PCs, and narrowing it down can be overwhelming.

That’s why the Windows team created Help Me Choose: an interactive tool on Windows.com that makes it easy to find the best PC that will meet your needs.

We designed Windows to be the place you love to create and play, with the tools to help you make your mark on the world –  whether you’re a student, gamer, artist or mobile professional.

Choose the most important thing you want to do with Windows 10

Here’s how to use Help Me Choose:

Shop for a new Windows 10 PC

Choose how you're planning to use your new PC

Simply click on “Shop for a new Windows 10 PC,” and you’ll be asked a couple questions about how you’ll be using your PC, and what features are most important to you – like having a choice of using touch or typing, or signing-in password-free with Windows Hello, for example. Then, Help Me Choose will share a couple different PCs for you based on your needs.

Learn more about Windows 10 features

What are you looking for today?

With Help Me Choose, you can also learn more about all the awesome features in Windows 10 – including Paint 3D, Windows Hello*, Cortana** and more!

Check for Windows 10 updates

You're up to date

Just click on “Check for Windows 10 updates,” and then “Verify you’re updated” to make sure you have all the latest features and protection. Every Windows 10 PC includes built-in enterprise grade security with Windows Defender.

Head over here to get started with Help Me Choose, or here for more Windows 10 Tips. ICYMI – here’s last week’s Windows 10 Tip.

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Have a great week!

*Windows Hello requires specialized hardware, including fingerprint reader, illuminated IR sensor or other biometric sensors and capable devices.
**Cortana available in select markets.

Windows 10 Tip: Get started with the Photos app and Sway

The Photos app automatically creates albums for you based on when and where they were taken, but if you want to edit an existing album or create a new one, simply select albums, the album you want and then click Edit.

If you want to edit an existing album or create a new one, simply select albums, the album you want and then click Edit.

You can create a new album by selecting Albums, Create new Album and then selecting the photos you’d like to include.

You can create a new album by selecting Albums, Create new Album and then selecting the photos you’d like to include.

From there you can edit the title, add or remove photos and change the cover photo. Easily share all the awesome photos you’ve catalogued right from the Photos app by clicking the Share the Album button.

Transform your album into an interactive story in minutes with Sway

Select Share and then Create a Sway.

To get started, simply open your album, and select Share and then Create a Sway. After the album is uploaded to Sway you can play around with the layout, add words, animation and other fun effects –  and then share your Sway online with all your friends and family.

We have more great storytelling experiences coming to photos and videos later this year, in the meantime we hope you enjoy what you can do with the Photos app today. Head over here for tips on drawing on your memories with the Photos app, and have a great week!

Windows 10 Tip: How to get started viewing and streaming with Mixer

Mixer is the only next-gen live game streaming service that offers viewers real-time influence and participation in game streams. Mixer’s streaming protocol delivers content with less than one second of latency. It makes game streams so fast and clear, that it’s a refreshing surprise to both streamers and viewers—almost like they’re in the same room! Here’s how to get started with Mixer:

To view Mixer content from your PC, simply navigate to Mixer.com

To view Mixer content from your PC, simply navigate to Mixer.com. 

Featured streams are available right from the homepage, or you can sort streams by game using the “Games” menu on the left-hand side of the homepage.

While you’re there, consider logging in with your Microsoft account so that you can start earning sparks when you view Mixer streams across both Windows and Xbox One devices.  Sparks are in-app currency you use to interact with streamers in ways they’ve setup (like soundboards!).

To log in to Mixer with your Microsoft Account:

Login to Mixer with your Microsoft Account

  • Click “Log In” in the top right corner of the window.
  • In the Log In menu, select “Log in with Your Microsoft Account”
  • In the popup, complete the log in steps using your Microsoft account and password.

You should now see your Microsoft account profile photo in the top right corner of the Window.

To start broadcasting a Mixer stream of your own:

To set more detailed settings for your future broadcasts, select the Start button, then Settings > Gaming > Broadcasting. 

  • Launch a game.
  • Press Windows logo key + G on your Windows 10 PC to open the Game bar.
  • Press the Broadcast button to choose how you want your broadcast to look.
  • Press Start broadcasting to broadcast your game.

To set more detailed settings for your future broadcasts, select the Start button, then Settings > Gaming > Broadcasting.  Additional settings can be accessed by visiting your channel on Mixer.com.

Enable Video on Demand (VoD) for your streaming sessions:

A Video on Demand (VoD) is a recording of a previous stream that is automatically saved on Mixer. VoD recording must be enabled with the “Keep recordings [VoDs] of my streams” option on your “Manage Channel” page of Mixer.com before your stream starts for the VoD to be saved (VoD recording is disabled by default).

  • In a web browser, navigate to Mixer.com and log in.
  • Click your profile photo in the top right, then click on “Manage Channel” in the menu.
  • Select the button for “Keep recordings (VoDs) of my streams” in the preferences menu.
  • Once enabled, any broadcast longer than 5 minutes will be automatically saved as a VoD.

You can watch, download, and delete saved VoDs from your “Manage Channel” page on Mixer.com. Don’t forget you can read all of our Windows 10 Tips right over here.

Have a great week!

Windows 10 Tip: Keep your apps organized with virtual desktops

Happy Monday! We’ve showed you how you can easily view and manage all the apps and programs you have open at once with Task View and Snap – today, we’re going to show you how you can keep your open apps better organized with virtual desktops in Windows 10.

Here’s how to get started with virtual desktops:

To create a new virtual desktop, select the Task View button on the Windows Taskbar (or hit Windows key + Tab)

To create a new virtual desktop, select the Task View button on the Windows Taskbar (or hit Windows key + Tab) – then, select New desktop near the lower-right corner of the screen. You can switch between virtual desktops by selecting the Task View button, and then the thumbnail for the virtual desktop you want.

Move an app from one virtual desktop to another:

Move an app from one virtual desktop to another. Select the Task View button, and right-click on the thumbnail of the app you want to move

Select the Task View button, and right-click on the thumbnail of the app you want to move. Select Move to, and then select the virtual desktop where you want to move the app.

Have a great week!

Windows 10 Tip: Personalize your PC with new themes in the Windows Store

Choose from endless options to make your PC yours, including hundreds of wallpapers, sound options, and custom accent colors. Themes include plants and flowers, landscapes, animals, natural wonders, cityscapes – anything to suit your style. The photography, art, and illustrations you see come from creators across the globe.

Windows 10 is all about letting you express yourself and create, and customizing your PC is a great way to jump into the Creators Update.

Here’s how to find themes in Windows 10:

If you have the Creators Update, you can open Settings, select Personalization, Themes, and then the “Get more themes in the store” link – or, click here to go right to the Windows Store.

If you have the Creators Update, you can open Settings, select Personalization, Themes, and then the “Get more themes in the store” link

Once downloaded, you can launch your new theme from the Windows Store or click on it in Settings, Personalization, Themes, and Apply a theme.

That’s it! Download as many themes as you’d like.

The theme you choose will automatically assign an accent color to your desktop, but it’s easy to customize your own:

The theme you choose will automatically assign an accent color to your desktop, but it’s easy to customize your own: Open Settings. Select Personalization, then Themes. Select Color, then pick a color, any color!

Open Settings. Select Personalization, then Themes. Select Color, then pick a color, any color! Select Custom color for even more options.

Keep exploring the theme catalogue in Windows Store – we’ll add new themes in each Windows 10 update.

Have a great week!

Windows 10 Tip: Watch 360° videos with the Windows 10 Creators Update

With the Creators Update, the Movies & TV app* expands your viewing horizon from 2D video to 360° video. You can explore new immersive 360° video content from partners like GoPro, Baobab Studios, LIFE VR, NextVR, Littlstar and more. Go skydiving with a bombsquad, see a rocket launch from up close, visit Portugal, watch the NBA games from the best seats courtside, or even climb Mount Everest; a few of the many immersive experiences featured in the app. Stay tuned as content refreshes frequently. Want to create your own stories? Windows 10 supports a variety of 360° cameras for capturing your own content, so now you can also watch your personal 360° video creations in the Movies & TV app.

Here’s how to get started:

Launch the Movies & TV app, and head to the “360° videos” section.

Launch the Movies & TV app, and head to the “360° videos” section.

Click on a video to start playing it. If you’re viewing from your Windows PC, simply drag your mouse around to view the 360° videos.

Click on a video to start playing it. If you’re viewing from your Windows 10 PC, simply drag your mouse around to view the 360° videos.

If you’re on your Windows Phone or Windows 10 tablet, you can swivel around in all directions to enjoy 360° of video. Come Holiday 2017, you can take it up a notch and step into mixed reality entertainment with your Windows Mixed Reality headset.**

Have a great week!

*App availability and experience may vary by region and device; some content sold separately.
**Headsets sold separately.

Windows 10 Tip: Browse books in the Windows Store with the Windows 10 Creators Update

Did you know that with the Windows 10 Creators Update, we’ve added a new digital category in the Windows Store called books,* joining games, apps, movies/TV, and music?

With books in the Windows Store, you can discover and read e-books from your favorite authors across genres you love – from sci-fi to thrillers, to children’s books, and everything in between.

Here’s how to get started:

To get started, open the Windows Store from the Start menu or by searching, then click on “Books” at the top to start browsing.

Open the Windows Store from the Start menu or by searching, then click on “Books” at the top to start browsing. Books is available across Windows 10 devices, from laptops to 2-in-1s, desktops, and mobile.

Once you’ve purchased a book from the Windows Store, you can start reading immediately with Microsoft Edge, which supports offline reading without an internet connection. What’s more, in Microsoft Edge you can easily personalize your reading experience with custom font sizes, layouts, and themes. Microsoft Edge has integrated Learning Tools accessibility features like Read Aloud and text spacing to make it easier for everyone to read, including people with learning differences like dyslexia and English Language Learners.

Have a great week!

*US only

Windows 10 Tip: Organize your Start files with new tile folders

Happy Monday! Today, we’re going to show you how you can organize your Start files with tile folders, new to Windows 10 with the Windows 10 Creators Update.

Here’s how to get started:

Simply click and drag one icon onto another to create a tile folder with both. Then, you can add any other icons you’d like by dragging them onto the folder, or resize it by right-clicking on it.

Have a great week!

Windows 10 Tip: Manage music playback on your favorite music apps with Cortana

With Cortana, it’s easier to stay on top of your schedule, your commitments, and all the important things you need to remember to keep your day running smoothly. And now, with the Windows 10 Creators Update, you can use Cortana to control music playback on more of your favorite music apps.*

Here’s how to get started:

First, make sure Groove is enabled by going to the Music tab in the Cortana Notebook.

Groove supports the ability to play music by mood, category or activity so you can say, “Hey Cortana, play me some workout music.”

Groove now supports the ability to play music by mood, category or activity so you can say, “Hey Cortana, play me some workout music.”**

Groove supports the ability to play music by mood, category or activity so you can say, “Hey Cortana, play me some workout music.”

We’ve also enabled natural language compatibility for the iHeartRadio and TuneIn Radio apps. This will work both above the lock screen (when your PC is locked) as well as below!**

Try saying things like:

  • Play Drake on iHeartRadio
  • Play Top 40 on iHeartRadio
  • Play NPR Hourly News on TuneIn
  • Play jazz music on TuneIn
  • Play Z100 on iHeartRadio
  • Play KUOW on TuneIn

And, if you are wondering about what song is playing, just say “Hey Cortana, what’s playing?” and Cortana will find the answer for you.

Have a great week!

*Cortana available in select markets; this feature available in US only
**Requires Groove subscription