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Change the region of the Store in Windows 10 to access local content

Although we do it less frequently than the typical Barn Swallow, we humans also migrate from time to time, and when we do, we sometimes have to adjust our electronic devices for the new region we settle in.

For those of us on Windows 10 devices trying to access the Windows Store of your particular region, it’s a pretty simple process. All you need to do is change the Region settings in Windows to match the region you are in. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Go to Settings, then ‘Time & language’

Step 2: Select ‘Region and language’ on the left navigation pane

Step 3: Under ‘Windows and apps might use your country or region to give you local content’ select your new region.

That’s it, the Windows Store should now show you content available to your new region. This is handy if you’re trying to get access to apps only available in specific regions.

NOTE: Microsoft warns however that some subscriptions and past purchases may not work in the new region, so you may need to change your region back again to use them.

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How to use the Sticky Notes app in Windows 10 to remind you all the things

There’s a little app built into Windows 10 that you might not know is there, or have just skipped over without more than a passing glance: Sticky Notes. But, this simple app can be a powerful reminder tool to help you plan your day.

Imagine your monitor filled with Post-It notes and you’re about understanding Sticky Notes.

It doesn’t do a lot, but what it does it does well. It lets you make notes that are so clearly visible on your screen that you’ll not be able to ignore them. Here’s what you need to know.

1. Launching the app

The first part of using Sticky Notes is knowing where to find it. The quickest way to do this is to use Cortana and just type “Sticky Notes” into the search box or to use voice commands to launch it by saying “Hey Cortana, launch Sticky Notes.”

If you want to find it in the Start Menu, open it up, hit “All Apps” then scroll down to “Windows Accessories.” Sticky Notes lives within this folder.

2. Adding new notes

When you launch the app for the first time it’ll present you with a yellow square resembling the popular sticky notes. These aren’t designed for detailed note taking, you’re better of with something like OneNote for that still. These are for quick reminders you need throughout out the day, so keep them concise.

Once you’ve left one note, adding another is easy. Hit the small “+” in the top left and another yellow square will appear. Just keep repeating until you’ve got enough. Or you can right click on the icon in the taskbar and then “new note,” or use the keyboard shortcut “Ctrl + N.”

You need to keep the app open for your notes to remain on the screen.

3. Placement

As with traditional sticky notes you can put these little guys all over the place. You can pick them up and move them around the full expanse of your display. Just drag, and drop. Click on the slightly darker yellow strip and the top and go sticking them wherever you want them.

4. Customize

You’re given yellow by default. But you don’t have to stick to that. Right click on any of your notes and you can change the color to a variety of presets. This is particularly handy if you want to make certain notes stand out or just group like topics by color.

5. Cleaning up the mess

Once you’re done with a note, getting rid of it is easy. You can either just click the small “x” or use the keyboard shortcut “Ctrl + D.” You’ll get a dialog message to check you’re sure you want to delete, but otherwise your screen will start to empty.

Sticky Notes is a very simple application that is easily overlooked. But if you just want to keep a quick reminder close at hand, why not give it a try.

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Use Cortana to define words for you in Windows 10

Microsoft’s Cortana has many uses including sending emails or checking the weather. One of the best uses though is a simple look-up feature for words and their definitions. Combined with the Hey Cortana voice recognition using Cortana to tell you quickly what a word means is a great hands-free tip.

There are multiple ways to get Cortana to define a word. If you have Hey Cortana enabled you can simply blurt out your request:

“Hey Cortana what is the meaning/definition of inchoate?”

“Hey Cortana define ubiquitously

You can, of course, also just type in your request e.g “define beatitude” although this admittedly takes some of the speed (and fun) out of using the personal digital assistant.

For many words, Cortana displays the definition within a card, and OxfordDictionaries or EncartaDictionaries powers it. Sometimes, if Cortana misunderstands you or does not have the definition, the assistant opens up a web page after performing a web search for it.

There is not much else to say about the feature outside of it being helpful, especially if you are writing something.

Ask Cortana

If you are using the Microsoft Edge browser and are reading an article with a word you do not know, Cortana has you covered here too. Simply highlight the word using your mouse (or tap if on a touch screen) and right-click to bring up a menu. Choose Ask Cortana and the assistant should grab the definition for you in a slide-out window from the right side.

See rest of the story here: Use Cortana to define words for you in Windows 10

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How to roll back from Windows 10 Mobile preview to Windows Phone 8.1

Microsoft recently made available a new preview of Windows 10 Mobile (build 10512) through the Fast ring of updates with a bunch of new changes.

Although, now more users can get access to Windows 10 Mobile preview and get their hands on the new preview of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote, Microsoft warns that there is a significant number of bugs in this particular build for Windows phones, including a bug blocks two-factor authentication.

So, if you happen to run into any problems or you simply are done testing the operating system, Microsoft has an application called “Windows Phone Recovery Tool” for PCs that will allow you to rollback to Windows Phone 8.1 from Windows 10 Mobile.

Windows Phone recovery tool

Below you’ll find all the steps to help you go back safely to your previous version of the mobile operating system:

How to roll back from Windows 10

  1. Download and install the latest version of the Windows Phone Recovery Tool to your PC.
  2. Launch the recovery tool and connect your phone using a USB cable. If your handset isn’t detected, click My phone was not detected to force the application to rescan for and detect the phone.
  3. In the next screen, click your phone, wait a few seconds, and you’ll see your phone information and the software available for download to roll back to a previous operating system. To continue, click Reinstall software.
  4. Next, the recovery tool will warn you to backup all your data, settings, and apps before continuing, as the rolling back process will delete all the previous data in your phone. Click Continue to proceed.
  5. Now, the recovery tool will download the image from Microsoft’s servers and replace Windows 10 Mobile that is currently on your phone. The process will take some time depending on your internet connection and the hardware in question.

After the tool completes the process, you will receive a message saying “Operation successfully completed”. At this point, the phone will reboot and you will have to go through the Out-of-Box-Experience, like on any version of Windows. Then, you’ll need to sign-in with your Microsoft account, select to restore your phone from backup (if this is something you prefer), and after a few additional questions, you’ll be back to Windows Phone 8.1.

As you can see, Microsoft is making it very convenient to roll back to Windows Phone 8.1 from Windows 10 Mobile preview, and the company is starting to add support for non-Lumia devices, which is a big plus. So you don’t have to spend time searching on the internet for different tools to go back to the previous operating system.

However, you have to remember that the operating system is far from complete. Not only will you find issues, but you might also stumble upon problems trying to roll back, as I hear many users reporting issues restoring Windows Phone 8.1 on their Lumia 930. As such, you should avoid using Windows 10 Mobile preview as your primary mobile operating system, at least until it hits RTM.

Article originally published on Windows Central

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How to check and adjust your privacy settings in Windows 10

How to check and adjust your privacy settings in Windows 10

Over the past few weeks, there’s been a lot of talk about Windows 10 privacy. Some are skeptical that Microsoft hasn’t taken a step back from heavily monitoring the Insider builds following the upgrade to RTM. Others are concerned of Microsoft being vague about exactly what user information it collects from its new operating system, which it’s handing out for free, with the goal of getting on a billion PCs, so that it can sell that info to the NSA for big bucks.

Things are getting out of hand. This is Windows, and its nature has always been to give users options. That remains true in Windows 10. If you are concerned about your privacy while using Windows 10, here’s what to do.

Open Settings, then hit Privacy.

How to check and adjust your privacy settings in Windows 10

You now have 13 different categories to adjust privacy settings in. From location, to camera and microphone, to device diagnostics, it’s all configurable.

Want the fine print? Head over to Microsoft’s new privacy statement website, which has been re-worded so that it’s easy to understand. Lawyer talk is at the minimum so you know exactly what personal data Microsoft collects and how it’s used.

Via: WinBeta

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Windows 10 how to: Managing wireless network connections

Windows 10 how to: Managing wireless network connections

Windows 10 means new settings and options to learn and get used to. One of those is managing wireless network connections. In Windows 10 you can easily manage your network connections and can share those connections with your contacts using Wi-Fi Sense.

To manage wireless settings, go into the Windows 10 settings menu and select Network and Internet. You can also right click the wireless icon in the action center or type Wi-Fi into Cortana. Once there you can turn Wi-Fi on or off and connect to local networks by clicking them and selecting Connect.

Windows 10 network settings

In Advanced Options you can set your device to be discoverable or hidden from other PCs on the same network. You can also turn on and off a metered connection, this is important if you have limited data, for example if you’re using the newSurface 3 with LTE.

Windows 10 advanced wireless options

There’s also a feature in Windows 10 called Wi-Fi Sense. This allows you to store your passwords on various networks across your devices. It also lets you share your Wi-Fi connection with your Outlook, Skype, and Facebook connections without giving them your network password. If you prefer to not share your connection with your contacts you can easily uncheck the boxes in the Wi-Fi Sense menu. At the moment you cannot select specific individuals to share your network connections with over Wi-Fi Sense. Hopefully that feature is available in the future.

Windows 10 manage Wi-Fi Sense

Managing wireless networks is pretty easy in Windows 10 and all of the settings are easy to find and are clearly labeled. Jumping between networks with Wi-Fi Sense is easy and most of the settings are easy to personalize, though there are a few customizations not yet available.

Via: WinBeta

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Still waiting for your Windows 10 upgrade? Get it now for free at a Microsoft Store

Still waiting for your Windows 10 upgrade? Get it now for free at local Microsoft store

If you’ve been waiting on the Windows 10 update but haven’t received a notification for the free upgrade, there’s another way to get it on your computer.

All you need to do is to schedule a free consultation at an Answer Desk at a Microsoft Store. The team at the store will look at your device to ensure it meets all the requirements to get the free Windows 10 update, and will help you get the upgrade. If you’d like, the team can also provide you with some information about what’s new in the operating system and show you some of the great features.

What’s really great is that all this is free so there’s not risk to of losing your hard-earned money. Of course, you’ll need a qualifying Windows 7 or 8.1 PC.

If you’re still debating on whether to get the free upgrade, be sure to check out our full review of the new Windows to see whether the upgrade is right for you.

Via: WinBeta