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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!

Windows 10 Tip: Three ways you can personalize your desktop with fun themes and colors

Windows 10 is all about letting you express yourself and create. Today, we’re going to show you some of the ways you can personalize your PC– whether it’s changing your desktop background to puppies, flowers or skylines, turning your taskbar pink, or enabling Windows Spotlight so beautiful photography will show up automatically on your lock screen. Here’s how:

Download a desktop theme from Microsoft Store

Choose from endless options to make your PC yours, including hundreds of wallpapers, sound options, and custom accent colors. Themes include photography, art and illustrations from creators across the globe – such as plants and flowers, landscapes, animals, natural wonders, and more.
Simply open Settings, select Personalization, Themes, and then Get more themes in the Store.
Once downloaded, click on Launch to open your Settings screen. You’ll find it alphabetically in your Themes list – just click on it to make it your new theme.  That’s it! Download as many themes as you’d like.
Or – create your own
In the “Background” setting, choose your picture, background effect and fit.
To create a custom theme, open Settings, select Personalization and then personalize your desktop by clicking on Background, Colors and more.
Enable Windows Spotlight images on your lock screen

You can easily enable beautiful photography to show up automatically on your lock screen with Windows Spotlight images. Windows Spotlight updates daily with images that highlight beautiful scenery from around the globe. They’re also used to help you get the most out of Windows, including sharing tips and tricks.
To enable Windows Spotlight images on your lock screen, simply head to Settings, select Personalization and then Lock screen and where you see the Background drop-down menu, select Windows Spotlight.
Have a great week!

Windows 10 Tip: Ask Cortana to shut down, restart or sleep your PC

With the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, you can shut down, restart, or sleep your PC simply by saying any of these:
“Hey Cortana, lock my computer.”
“Hey Cortana, shut down my computer.”
“Hey Cortana, restart my computer.”
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.

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!