Sunday, 24 April 2016

How to Password protect documents in Microsoft Word

You can password-protect documents in Microsoft Word easily by utilising the options available within 'save-as'

Choose File & Save As and select the location where you would like to save your document, click the 'tools' dropdown and select 'general options'

This will now present you with two options - you can set a password for 'file open*' or for 'file modify*' fill out the password box for the option that fulfils your requirements and press OK. The system will ask you to confirm your password in case of any typos, hit save and your document will be saved with the security you have chosen.

*File Open - meaning a password will be required to open the document
*File Modify - document can be opened and read but a password will be required to make any changes.

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Outlook Basics: Creating your e-mail Signature

This article and accompanying video applies to Outlook 2010, 2013 & 2016

To create a signature in Outlook:

1. Click the File button at the top left hand corner of Outlook
2. Click Options
3. The Word Options screen will appear, click Mail on the left hand side
4. Click on 'Signatures' within the Right Hand Side
5. Click New and name your new signature (this is just for your reference, in this example I have used 'Steve'
6. Use the window below to create your signature, as with other Office applications you have the option to choose the font you'd like, formatting options such as bold and Italics
7. Use the drop down boxes on the top right if you'd like to include the signature in all mails, and also in replies/forwards
8. Click OK on the two windows

Your signature has now been set, to check this is appearing ok - Click New Mail and you should see the signature within your blank e-mail.

Pictures not Inserting on Microsoft Word

You may encounter an issue in Microsoft Word, whereby when trying to insert a picture into your document, only a frame appears rather than the actual picture itself.

This is because you have an option switched on call 'Show Picture Placeholders'

To resolve this - click 'File' in the top left hand corner of your screen followed by Options, and then click the 'Advanced' tab on the left hand side.

Scroll down to 'Show Document Content' and uncheck the 'Show Picture Placeholders' checkbox and click OK. You'll now find that pictures display correctly within your document.

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Free Microsoft Office for Windows 10 Users

Did you know that Microsoft offers a free cut-down version of Microsoft Office for Windows 10 users?

Simply open up the Microsoft Store and search for 'Office Mobile'

This will present you with a list of the applications available to you - Word Mobile, Powerpoint Mobile & Excel Mobile, Click the application you require and the 'FREE' button to install.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Windows 10 Settings you need to update NOW

If you've either purchased a new PC, Notebook or Tablet running Windows 10 or if you've upgraded to the new version of Windows, you've more than likely selected the default or 'express settings' which could put both your privacy and data at risk.

Don't panic, as it is possible to amend these settings to make both your machine more secure and to protect your privacy.

 WiFi Sense 

A new feature in Windows 10, each time you connect to a WiFi network this automatically shares the WiFi password with contacts in your address book, friends on Facebook and Skype contacts, a weakness that could be exploited by hackers.

Friends & Contacts running WIndows 10 will also have their contact details shares with you if they have the feature switched on.

To switch this off - Go to Settings, Network & Internet, Choose WiFi and 'Manage WiFi settings' Switch all options off on this page.

 Default Privacy Settings

The default privacy settings in Windows 10 are set to track your applications usage, your location, Internet Usage, data and typing speed - Microsoft advises that this is used to offer targeted advertising and that your identity is not sent back in this big bundle of data, however put all of this information together and it makes it pretty obvious who you are!

To switch this off - Go to Settings then Privacy and switch these options off within the General, Location and Feedback & Diagnostic Tabs.

Cortana within Microsoft Edge

You may not realise but if you have 'Cortana Assistance' switched on within Microsoft Edge then ALL of your browsing history is being sent back to Microsoft.

To switch this off - Click the settings button in the top right hand corner of Edge and click Advanced Settings, View Advanced Settings and go to ''Privacy and Services' switch off 'Have Cortana Assist Me in Microsoft Edge' along with 'Use page prediction to speed up browsing, improve reading, and make my overall experience better'.

Just a few tweaks you can do right now to make your computer more secure, protect your privacy and also reduce the amount of data used.

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Windows 10 - Find my Device

In a similar vein to Apple's find my iPhone feature, Windows 10 includes a 'Find my device' option, that periodically will save your computers location. To switch this feature on:

1. On the task bar click 'Notifications' followed by 'All Settings'
2. From the screen that appears click 'Updates & Security' followed by 'Find my device' in the left hand pane
3. You can get click 'change' which will give you the option to 'save my devices location periodically'.

Once this is switched on you can then visit to track down your lost hardware.

Improve Startup Times in Windows 10

You can improve Startup times in Windows 10 but checking and disabling applications that are launching each time you boot into Windows.

To do this:

1. Right Click on the Start Button
2. Choose Task Manager
3. From the Window that appears click on 'Startup'

This will show you a list of the applications that are automatically loaded when you boot into Windows, along with the impact that they have on the startup time of your system.

Click on the application that you wish to disable, and click the disable button.

Identifying your Graphics Card in Windows 10

It's always good practice to keep your drivers and software up-to date, gamers and graphics will know all to well the important of keeping the graphics drivers up to date!

But how can you check the graphics card/driver currently installed, and where do you go to download the new drivers?

1. Right Click on the Start Menu
2. Click on 'Device Manager'
3. Double Click on 'Display adapters' to show the graphics card installed on your machine.

Once you have identified your graphics card, you can download the appropriate driver from one of the following web sites:


*note if you have an Intel Graphics driver and use a store bought computer (i.e. a HP, Dell etc) that your machine probably uses a customised driver and you'll need to download the driver from the manufuctuers web site - i.e. etc

Friday, 15 April 2016

Windows 10 - Themes & Screen Savers

Using Windows 10 and want to adjust your screen saver or theme, but can't work out how to get there?

1. Right Click on your desktop
2. Choose Personalise
3. Click Themes
4. Click Theme Settings

This will bring up the old Personalisation Window that you are used to seeing in Windows 7

Windows 10 - Windows Updates

If you're new to Windows 10, you may have been wondering where on earth a few features are now located! The first of which we'll cover is Windows Update.

This is no longer in the Control Panel or Start Menu, to update your machine:

1. Click on the notification icon (next to the clock in the system tray)
2. Click All Settings
3. Click 'Update & Security'

We're back!

It's been a very long time since I've updated this site/blog, but it's time to get things moving again!

I'll be creating and uploading video tutorials from everything to common Windows 10 issues, to tips and tricks.

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