November 2017 - Windows 10

Windows 10 is here. After the relative failures (and unpopularity) of Vista, Windows 8 and 8.1, Microsoft has basically pulled out all the stops to make this operating system the best they've ever produced.

Below are some tips that hopefully will get you over the learning curve. If you'd like to keep a printed copy of a tip, please use the "Print Friendly" pages. Good luck.



Windows 10 - disconnect from the Internet easily

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I had a question from a reader looking for an easy way to disconnect from the Internet without losing their settings in Windows 10.

To do this, I want you to click on your network icon in the system tray on the lower right.

If you’re using a laptop or tablet, you can just click Airplane mode. That will instantly take you offline. Just click or tap it again to turn your connection back on.

If you don’t have an Airplane Mode option, then look for your network and click on it.

Then choose Disconnect.

That will log you off the Internet. Connecting should be as simple as clicking Connect.

If you’re prompted to re-enter the network password when you log on, you’ll want to make sure that you check Connect Automatically. Then the next time, you won’t have to enter the key again.

Hope that helps.


Read Adobe PDFs Aloud

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Here’s a great accessibility feature you may not have known about. Did you know that Adobe Reader will read PDFs to you on your Windows PC? Here’s how to do it.

Open Acrobat Reader and open the PDF you wish to have read to you. Click the view tab at the top. Choose Read Out Loud from the drop-down menu.

Choose Activate Read Out Loud.

You can choose to have Reader read a sentence, just the page, or the whole document. Click Pause to temporarily stop reading or Stop to quit reading completely. Resume will start you up again if you’ve paused.

Microsoft has 3 reading voices, with the default being “Mike.” Some people have trouble getting Reader to work with Mike. Here’s how you can change the voice:

Choose Edit from the top menu and then Preferences.

Choose Reading from the list at the left of the page.

To the right, you’ll see some options like choosing a volume or using the default voice. The default voice is Mike, but you can uncheck that and click the drop-down menu to pick another. I use Anna.

You can also adjust the pitch of the voice and the words it reads per minute. Make sure to click OK when you’re done.