October 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.



Calculator Is Hidden In Windows 10

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Question: How can I make my calculator in Win 10 stop hiding and remaining behind an open window? I have to minimize a window or several windows to view the calculator after selecting calculator on the taskbar where it is pinned.”

Answer: Normally, when you select an app, it will come to the forefront. I tested this out myself. I pinned the calculator app to the taskbar, opened multiple program windows, and then clicked on Calculator.

It jumped to the front.

One possibility I thought of was that there might be a setting in your accessibility options that’s causing the issue.

Type Ease of access into the search box. Click on the result.

Select Make mouse easier to use.

If the box beside Activate window by hovering over it with a mouse is checked, uncheck it.

If that doesn’t help, you could try refreshing Windows. But you’d have to make sure you had your files backed up first.

You can also “snap” the calculator. Snapping is available in Windows 8.1 and 10. It allows you to keep apps open side by side on the screen.

outside the program when it’s in a position to snap.

Then snap it into place.

You can adjust the size of the window the snapped app uses.

You can then just leave the calculator open while you work on other apps and click on it as necessary.

I hope one of these solutions works for you.



Creator’s Fall Update for Windows 10

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The upcoming Creator’s update is bad news for those of us who love good old MS Paint. Microsoft is deprecating the app.

That means Paint will still be there after the update, but MS won’t be actively keeping the program up-to-date or adding features, plus they may remove it in a future update.

Instead, Microsoft want Windows users to adopt the new Paint 3-D app.

Also on the chopping block is Outlook Express. If you still have it hanging around on your Windows 10 PC, it will not work after the Creators Update.

The screen saver functionality will be disabled under themes. Microsoft wants you to set this up under “Lockscreen.”

The Reader and Reading List Apps will be removed as well. Those functions will be integrated into Microsoft Edge.

System Image Backup Solution will be deprecated as well. Microsoft suggests that users use full-disk backup solutions from third-party vendors.