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Windows 10 Tip: 7 pro tips for getting started with Microsoft Edge as your PDF viewer

With the latest feature updates, you can now do a lot more with your PDF in Microsoft Edge like, customize different views, take notes, and even have your PDF read aloud to you!
Check out all that the PDF viewer in Microsoft Edge has to offer:
Text highlighting and handwritten notes
Annotations in the browser is now extended to PDFs as well. Look for the “Add notes” button next to browser address bar to move into the annotations mode. The annotations toolbar has all the tools to highlight text or use Windows Ink to write on your documents. The toolbar also provides different colors for inking and the “Touch writing” button can be used to switch between annotating and scrolling and panning your document. And, if you’re not pleased with your annotation – the Eraser tool is there to remove things.

Pop-up menu and text notes
You can get to some of the features quickly through the pop-up menu that appears when you select any text. Once you select text, you will get an option to highlight the text quickly or add a text note. Click on the “Add a note” button and a text note will pop-up.

Easy navigation through the document
The PDF toolbar offers all the necessary tools to view PDFs. You can click/tap anywhere on the screen to invoke and dismiss the toolbar. You can enter a page number to jump to any page of the document or use “Table of contents” to jump to a desired section. “Search” can help you find all the occurrences of a text in the document and then easily jump to the locations.
Reading modes to suit your requirements
You can use “Rotate” to rotate those upside-down documents and use “Layout” to choose between different reading layouts including one-page and two-page layouts. Like to have freedom when it comes scrolling – then you’ll like the continuous and page-wise scrolling options. The “Full screen” option, in the browser menu, allows for distraction-free reading of your documents and books as well.
Pro tip: Try opening a PowerPoint presentation saved as PDF in single page layout with continuous scrolling off and go full-screen. You are now in presentation mode right from your browser.

PDF form filling
Every now and then we encounter forms to be filled which are in PDF format – and now you can fill them out within Microsoft Edge. You can even use the inking feature to sign the forms with your handwriting.
Read aloud
Now you don’t have to read those long research documents or books yourself because the browser will read them to you. Look for the “Read aloud” button in the toolbar to start reading your PDFs.
Ask Cortana*
Select any text within your PDF and click “Ask Cortana” and Cortana will give you all the necessary information of your search without even having to leave the browser tab.

So, the next time you open a PDF in Microsoft Edge, try out some of these features, and happy reading.

Windows 10 Tip: 7 pro tips for getting started with Microsoft Edge as your PDF viewer
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*Cortana available in select markets.

Windows 10 Tip: Add 3D to your PowerPoint presentation in 5 steps

3D in PowerPoint, Word and Excel, is now broadly available to Windows users with O365 subscriptions and the Fall Creators Update and will completely reinvigorate and make your standard presentations stand out. With the new 3D features, you can quickly and easily create presentations in just 5 easy steps. Today, we’re going to show you how to make your PowerPoint presentation pop!
First, open a presentation in PowerPoint.
You don’t need any fancy extensions or plug-ins, just the latest version of Office 365 will do.
Inserting a 3D model is just as easy as inserting a photo or a video.

On the Insert tab, you’ll find the 3D Models drop-down to either add a model you’ve created in Paint 3D or grab one from Remix3D.com, an online community and catalog of 3D content.
View, resize, and rotate your 3D object.

Drop it into the slide and use the controls to manipulate the model, rotating, sizing and positioning until you like the way it looks. A new contextual tab 3D Model Tools will appear, and you can use the preset 3D Model Views to choose the specific orientation you want your audience to see.
Duplicate your slide and reposition your model to the next view you’d like to highlight.

No need to find different images to identify different perspectives. With 3D, you are in control!
Use a brand-new transition type, Morph, with 3D models to create cinematic transitions between slides.

The final step is to add the Morph transition to automatically have your 3D object animate and shift in perspective seamlessly across all your slides.
To see what else is new and available in the Fall Creators Update, check out this blog!

Windows 10 Tip: Stay in touch with My People

Did you know with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, you can talk and share faster with the people you talk to the most?
Quick access to your top people

Now you can pin the people you communicate with most to the taskbar for convenient, one-click access through apps like Mail and Skype. Tap on your pinned contact to send an email or chat using Skype without having to open the apps.
People-first sharing

Sharing is as easy as dragging a file directly onto the pinned contacts in your taskbar. Or share directly via the ‘Share’ picker by choosing from the recommended list of your top people.
See emoji from pinned contacts

Emoji from your pinned contacts can appear and animate right from the taskbar – an extra level of emotional connection and expression between you and the key people in your life.
Head over here to read more about what’s new in the Fall Creators Update, and have a great week!
*Cortana available in select markets; experience may vary by region and device. Cortana above the lock screen is hardware dependent. User must enable within Settings. Learn more at microsoft.com/en-us/cortana/get-started/pc.

Windows 10 Tip: Get started with the Mixed Reality Viewer app

As part of our mission to bring 3D and mixed reality to everyone, we launched Mixed Reality Viewer with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update in October.  With Mixed Reality Viewer, you can see 3D objects – either from the Remix3D.com community or your own creation from Paint 3D – mixed into your actual surroundings through your PC’s camera.  It’s easy and fun, and all you need to get started is a device with a camera running the latest Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.
With the Mixed Reality Viewer, you can experience the power of 3D and mixed reality, no headset required.
Mixed Reality Viewer is a perfect tool when you need to visualize space and dimension, experience something up close, or when you just want to inject some fun into your photos. Whether it’s a friend’s birthday and you want a photo of them alongside a personalized 3D birthday cake, or you’re a home decorator helping a client to visualize what a couch would look like in their living room, or a teacher demonstrating  to students the size and scale of the Mars Rover, this application will help you bring all your ideas to life! Use the app to just play and learn by overlaying 3D objects in your world or snap a photo to save it as a memory and share with friends – read on to learn how.
You have a couple ways to get started:
To get started, head to the Mixed Reality Viewer app, free with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. You’ll find a 3D character already created for you, or click the Remix 3D button to search the extensive 3D catalogue to browse for inspiration. Next, Select the Mixed reality button and your computer’s camera will turn on.  Tap the screen to indicate where you’d like to place your object.
And just like that, your 3D creation is in your real world and you’re experiencing mixed reality. From there, you can rotate the 3D object, zoom in, zoom out and capture the image in a photo.

You can also experience mixed reality from within the Paint 3D application. Simply create something in Paint 3D or pull in a creation from Remix 3D and then select Mixed reality to view it in your real world.

Mixed Reality Viewer is one of the multiple ways we’re empowering people to blend their physical and digital worlds to create, play and learn in new dimensions. We’re so inspired and excited by what we’ve seen people do with the Mixed Reality Viewer already – can’t wait to see more!  If you want to experience Mixed Reality Viewer, and you don’t have the Fall Creators Update yet, please visit this blog post to learn how to get it!

Windows 10 Tip: Browse full screen in Microsoft Edge

Simply select the Settings and more menu and click the “Full screen” arrows icon, or press “F11” on your keyboard. Full screen mode hides things like the address bar and other items from view so you can focus on your content.
To exit full screen mode, move your mouse near top of the screen or swipe down with your finger and select the “restore” icon in the top-right, or press “F11” again.
Head over here to read what’s new in the Fall Creators Update, and have a great week!

Windows 10 Tip: Travel easier with the built-in currency converter

Did you know that with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, you have a currency converter built right into the calculator on your Windows 10 PC?

It’s true – in fact, it also includes converters for things like time, power and temperature – so you can easily, quickly convert from Fahrenheit to Celsius and back again. Simply open Calculator, click on the menu button on the left, and select what you’d like to convert.
Head over here to read more about what’s new in the Fall Creators Update, and have a great week!

Windows 10 Tip: How to recover your pin and password from the lock screen

Did you know with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, you can now easily reset your pin or password, right from your device’s lock screen?
Here’s how to get started:
On your PC’s lock screen, click I forgot my password and sign in with your MSA account. From there, you’ll be asked to prove you’re not a robot by typing the code shown on the screen – once that’s done, click next.

Select a recovery email address or phone from the drop-down menu where you want the code to recover your password to be sent. Fill out the hidden part of the email address or phone number and click Send code.

Log into the account you chose for recovery from a phone or another device, fill in the code you were sent on the screen, enter a new password – and you’re done! You can also reset your pin from the lock screen using these same steps.
Visit this blog post to learn more about what’s new in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, and if you don’t have the Fall Creators Update yet you can visit this post to learn how to get it.

Windows 10 Tip: How to recover your pin and password from the lock screen
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Windows 10 Tip: What’s new in Skype for Windows 10 PCs

Today, the new features we announced last month for the latest version of Skype for Windows 10 are beginning to roll out! Let’s take a look at what’s new.
Grab a cup of coffee and catch up on what you’ve missed by clicking the bell icon to access your notification panel.

From this central place, you’ll see reactions to your messages, @mentions in group conversations, or if someone quoted you. Jump to the conversation by clicking the message in the notification panel.
Looking for that link someone sent you a few weeks ago?

Quickly find shared content in the chat gallery. Just click Gallery to see media, links, and files. You can also now search for text in individual and group conversations.
If you’d like to get someone’s attention in a group chat, type the @ symbol followed by their name to send them a notification so that they can easily respond to the message.

Status updates are back, too, so you can let your colleagues, friends, and family know when you are and aren’t available to chat by changing your presence – or, set a mood message to share what’s going on.
 Share your mixed reality world 
 
If you have a compatible Windows 10 PC and a Windows Mixed Reality headset, you can now share your mixed reality world with Skype. As soon as you answer a Skype call via video, the view the other person sees will be your mixed reality world. They’ll see the game you’re playing, or the ruins you’re exploring in HoloTour, or the movie you’re watching in 3D. If you want to switch back to a traditional video call where the person sees you, you can go to settings in the Skype app and change the device to your PC’s camera.
To learn more about what’s new in Skype for Windows 10 PCs, visit the Skype Blog!

Windows 10 Tip: Get started with Continue on PC in the Microsoft Edge mobile app

You know those websites, searches and articles that you pull up on your iPhone or Android phone? With the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, you can now forward them to instantly open on your PC, so you can continue what you’re doing – researching that project, shopping for those shoes, finishing that article – with all the benefits of the bigger screen.
Here’s how to get started:
Head to Settings, click on Phone and Add a phone. You’ll need to sign in with your Microsoft Account, if you haven’t already. Type your phone number, and click send.

Once you click send, you’ll receive a text with a link to the app store to download and install an app.
Now, for a seamless browsing experience across your phone and PC, you can download the Microsoft Edge mobile app for free and try out the Continue on PC feature this way! If you’re looking at a website in the app that you want to continue looking at on your PC, simply find the Continue on PC icon on your iPhone or Android phone. Sign in with the same Microsoft Account you’re using on your PC.

Next it will ask you if you want to “Continue now” or “Continue later.” If you choose “Continue now,” the website will open on the linked PC. If you choose “Continue later,” the website will show up under Action Center for you to get to later when you’re ready.
Head over here for more on what’s new in the Fall Creators Update, and have a great week!