Windows Emoji Keyboard

In this, my last post honoring World Emoji Day (promise), I showcase the emojis available with Windows Touch Keyboard.

In addition to the new emojis in GMail, and the hidden emojis in Skype, did you know that you can access emojis using Windows’ on-screen keyboard?

The on-screen keyboard (aka, Touch Keyboard), available to Windows desktop since versions 8, includes emoji characters similar to those used on iPhones and iPads.

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Accessing Emojis Using Windows Touch Keyboard

  1. In Desktop mode, RIGHT+CLICK on the taskbar, point to Toolbars and select Touch Keyboard. The Touch Keyboard icon TouchKeyboard Icon. now appears on the Taskbar.
  2. Click (or tap, if using a tablet) the Touch Keyboard icon to display an onscreen keyboard.
  3. Click the emoji key Emoji button_66 to display emojis.
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  4. Click the desired emoji. That emoji is inserted at the current cursor position.

Press ‘X‘ to close the Touch Keyboard when done.

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Display Multiple Time Zones

Negotiating meeting schedules between time zones can be tricky. Here are two simple methods to help keep track of time in other regions:

Add Additional Time Zone to the Outlook Calendar

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  1. In Outlook, click File, then select Options. The Outlook Options dialog appears.
  2. At left, select Calendar, then scroll down to the Time zones section.
  3. In the Label area type a brief description for the local time zone.
  4. Check Show a second time zone.
  5. In the second Label area, type a brief description for the second time zone.
  6. Select additional time zone from the second Time zone drop down.
  7. OK.
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Outlook Calendar Options

To Add Time zones to Windows Taskbar 

The windows taskbar has the ability to show two additional time zones.

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Windows 8 Time Display
  1. RIGHT + CLICK on time displayed in lower right corner of taskbar.
  2. Select Adjust date/time.
  3. Click Additional Clocks tab.
  4. Check Show this clock.
  5. For each additional time zone, check Show this clock, select time zone from the drop-down, then enter a name in the field below.
  6. OK.
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Additional Clocks dialog (CLICK to enlarge)

 

For additional multi-regional scheduling resources, visit the World Clock website. There you will find meeting calculators, daylight savings information and interactive maps.

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hɔuᴉnb

More Windows Key Shortcuts

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Here are two favorite shortcuts of mine. Both feature the underutilized Windows Key .

To Open an Explorer Window

  • Hold the Windows Key and press ‘E‘.

This combination offers a fast(er) way to get to your files and folders.

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To Open a ‘Run’ window

  • Hold the Windows Key and press ‘R‘.

To launch a program or access a file (provided you have the program name or file path), use this Windows Key combo.

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Phone Smack-down: Cortana vs. Siri & Google

Wondering how the different mobile virtual assistants fare?

Dan Rubino, of Windows Phone Central, put together a tête-à-tête-à-tête  comparison, pitting newcomer Cortana (Windows phone 8.1) against veterans Siri (Apple) and  Google Now (Android).  Although presented fairly objectively, consider the source when reviewing, and judge for yourself.

If you want to skip the 7 minute video, here’s the the blow-by-blow. In many cases each assistant handled its task slightly differently. For more details view the video, or follow this link to wpcentral.com’s article.

 

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Settings
“Turn off WiFi.”
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Social media
“Four Square, check-in.”
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Connect
“Call _____ using Skype?”
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Events
“When’s the next Miami Heat game?”
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Flights
“Flight status, AA125.”
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Appointments
“What’s my schedule?”
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Web Browser
“Go to CNN.com.”
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Notes
“Note: I need to repark the car.”
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Navigation
“Where’s the nearest Dunkin Donuts?”
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Weather
“Whats the weather like Tuesday?”
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 Windows Phones 8.1

Windows Phone 8.1

At this month’s Build ConferenceMicrosoft debuted their newest mobile operating system,Windows Phone 8.1. This OS will appear on select new phones, with an update for existing phones targeted for later this year.

Here are some highlights:

  • Swype Keyboard Input. Something android users have long enjoyed, this slip-slidemethod of typing and pattern recognition will speed up your mobile typing.
  • Action Center. Pull-down access to key settings (e.g., WiFi, Bluetooth). The Center can be customized, allowing you to select what features you want to access more easily.
  • Cortana, voice recognition IA (named after the character in Microsoft’s HALO game). Speak your request and Cortana responds. Cortana (whose search is, not surprisingly, powered by BING) has both a sense of humor (ask her if she knows Siri) and a decent singing voice.
  • Additional Improvements have been made to the Windows Phone Camera (now featuring a Burst Capture) and Kids Corner (now simplified, so you can easily hand junior your phone for games without worry that your data will be deleted).

To read the full review visit Pocket-lint

 

Cheers!

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April Fools’ Tips & Tricks

 Happy April 1st.

First the tip: When leaving your PC unattended, press WINDOWS KEY + L to lock your screen and keyboard. This will prevent you from falling prey to any seasonal pranks (like these).

Now the tricksHere is a short list of relatively harmless April Fools’ pranks you could play on a friend’s unlocked PC.

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Change the Double+Click speed

“My mouse is broken”

  1. Click Start, type “mouse”, select Settings filter, then click Change Mouse Settings.
  2. Select the Buttons Tab.
  3. In the Double-Click area move the slider bar to the fastest setting.
  4. Click OK.

Flip the Screen

They might need to stand on their heads for a bit

  • Press CTRL + ALT + DOWN ARROW to rotate the display 180°
  • To return screen to normal press CTRL + ALT + UP ARROW

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Cursor Up on Enter

Gravity will seem to have taken a holiday as Enter moves the cursor up instead of down.

  1. File/ Options / Advanced.
  2. In the Editing section, check After Pressing Enter move selection,
  3. For Direction select Up.
  4. Ok.

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Formula entry is problematic when pressing = moves the focus from the sheet to the Ribbon.

  1. File/ Options / Advanced.
  2. In the Lotus Compatibility section, in the Microsoft menu key field type  =.
  3. Ok.

 

Cheers!

hɔuᴉnb

MS Office: Insert Screenshot

Need to insert a screenshot into your presentation, document, spreadsheet or email? The Office 2010/2013 Insert Screenshot button makes this easy.

Watch this 60 second video to see all you need to know.


To Insert a Screenshot

  1. Display content window that has the material to capture. Do not minimize this window.
  2. Open or switch to destination application (i.e., MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, or Outlook).
  3. Place cursor where you wish to insert the screen capture.
  4. On the Insert tab of the Ribbon, click Screenshot button. The available (i.e. not minimized) windows will display as thumbnails.
    • To insert an entire window; select associated thumbnail from the drop-down.
    • To insert a portion of the window previously displayed; select Screen Clipping, then CLICK + DRAG cross-hair around the portion to insert.
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