Windows 10 setups new Mail app as the default e-mail client. It can be annoying to click an e-mail (MAILTO) link on the webpage and to bounce into the new UI. Here is how to change the default e-mail client to a different desktop e-mail program like Outlook.

    1.    Open the Control Panel:

    2.    In the Control Panel dialog box, in the Search Control Panel textbox, enter Default and choose Default Programs:

Default program Windows 10

    3.    On the next screen, click Associate a File Type or Protocol with a program link:

Associate a File Type Windows 10

    4.    On the Associate a file type or protocol with a specific program screen, scroll down the list until you find Protocols:

Protocols Windows 10

    5.    Under Protocols, choose MAILTO and then double-click it:

MailTo Windows 10

    6.    Choose the client you prefer:

Choose default mail client Windows 10
 

    7.    Click OK.

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This tip shows to increase the New Mail Desktop Alert duration on Windows 8.
 

    1.    Open the Control Panel (for more details see How to open Control Panel in Windows 8):

 

    2.    In the Control Panel, choose Ease of Access:

Ease of Access Windows 8

    3.    In the Control Panel\Ease of Access, choose Ease of Access Center:

Ease of Access Center Windows 8
 

    4.    In the Control Panel\Ease of Access\Ease of Access Center, under Explore all settings, choose Use the computer without a display:

Use the computer without a display Windows 8

    5.    In the Control Panel\Ease of Access\Ease of Access Center\Use the computer without a display, under Adjust time limits and flashing visuals, in the How long should Windows notification dialog boxes stay open? list, choose the item you prefer:

Choose time for Notifications Windows 8

    6.    Click OK.

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This tip shows to increase the New Mail Desktop Alert duration on Windows 10.
 

    1.    Open the Control Panel.

 

    2.    In the Control Panel, choose Ease of Access:

Ease of Access Windows 8

    3.    In the Control Panel\Ease of Access, choose Ease of Access Center:

Ease of Access Center Windows 8
 

    4.    In the Control Panel\Ease of Access\Ease of Access Center, under Explore all settings, choose Use the computer without a display:

Use the computer without a display Windows 8

    5.    In the Control Panel\Ease of Access\Ease of Access Center\Use the computer without a display, under Adjust time limits and flashing visuals, in the How long should Windows notification dialog boxes stay open? list, choose the item you prefer:

Choose time for Notifications Windows 8

    6.    Click OK.

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This tip is about opening Control Panel in Windows 10 for changing separators in Excel - semicolon to comma, comma to semicolon, comma to point, etc. and for changing measurement system for PowerPoint.
 

There are several different ways how to open it, here are some fastest of them:

 

I - First way:

Click Windows + X:

Windows 10 system

II - Second way:

One of the fastest ways to start anything in Windows 10 is to use Cortana:

Windows 10 Cortana

Click inside the search box or tap on it and type "Control Panel" and then click or tap the appropriate search result:

Windows 10 Control Panel in Cortana

Or, talk to Cortana and say "Control Panel":

Windows 10 Ask Control Panel in Cortana

III - Third way:

    1.    Click on the Windows icon and choose Settings:

Windows 10 settings

    2.    In the Settings dialog box, click inside the search box, type "Control Panel" and then click or tap the appropriate search result:

Windows 10 settings dialog box
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The common problem for international teams is different measurement units in different countries. E.g., U.S. is using imperial units like inches and France is using metric units like centimeters. PowerPoint doesn’t allow to embed the measurement settings into the presentation, but you can always change your local Windows settings in order to see the problem from other side.
 

To change system settings, do the following:

 

    1.    Open Control Panel:

  • See How to open Control Panel in Windows 8.
  • See How to open Control Panel in Windows 10.

    2.    In the Control Panel dialog box, choose Change date, time, or number formats:

Control Panel Windows 10

    3.    In the Region dialog box, choose Additional settings...:

Additional settings Windows 10

    4.    In the Customize Format dialog box, change Measurement system:

Customize format in Windows 10

    5.    Click OK or Apply and then OK.

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For some cases, you need to create documents that should be presented to or viewed by the people with disabilities. Microsoft Office products such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint propose the feature, named the Accessibility Checker, that will scan your document to check for potential accessibility problems. So, anyone with a disability can read and get to your content.

To scan your document for the accessibility problems, open the Microsoft Office document and then follow the next steps:

 

    1.    On the File tab, select Info:

Info in Office 2016

    2.    Click on the Check for Issues dropdown list and then select Check Accessibility:

Check Accessibility in Office 2016

    3.    Microsoft Office will check your document and display the results in the Accessibility Checker pane:

Accessibility Checker pane in Office 2016

You can see three types of the Accessibility Checker issues:

 
  • Error – the document with highlighted content is difficult or impossible to read and understand for people with disabilities
  • Warning – the document with highlighted content is difficult to understand for people with disabilities in most, but not all, cases
  • Tip – people with disabilities can understand the document with highlighted content, but that could be presented in a different way to improve the user experience.

    4.    Click on one of the listed accessibility issues for an additional information on:

  • where the issue takes place,
  • why the issue needs to be fixed,
  • some proposed steps to fix this issue:
Accessibility Checker results in Office 2016
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Today a lot of information is shared, legally or not. Many people use shared information from Internet or from other sources, but now all information you want to share. Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files often contain hidden or personal information, such as revisions or comments, that others can access. Depending on the nature of the information, this could place you in an embarrassing or even compromising position.

Examples of hidden or personal information that are stored in Office documents include:

 
  • Tracked changes, comments, annotations, and versions, even if not displayed
  • Hidden text or data cells
  • Presentation notes
  • Previously deleted text
  • Name of author and person who last modified the file

To protect any sensitive information from accidentally being made public, you can remove this hidden information before distributing final electronic copies of your documents. Open the document and then follow the next steps:

    1.    On the File tab, select Info:

Info in Office 2016

    2.    Click on the Check for Issues dropdown list and then select Inspect Document:

Inspect Document in Office 2016

    3.    In the Document Inspector dialog box, note that the options will vary slightly, depending on whether you are using Word, Excel, or PowerPoint.

For example, in Word Document Inspector you will see:

Document Inspector in Office 2016

In the Document Inspector dialog box, you can inspect different types of hidden content by selecting the appropriate checkboxes and clicking the Inspect button:

Document Inspect in Office 2016

After the inspection, any categories with sensitive data gets an exclamation mark. The Remove All button for each category removes the data and finalizes the document.

 

Also, you can see the More Info button, if Office can’t remove or change some part of your document:

Document Inspector More Info in Office 2016

In this case, you need to inspect these parts of your document and:

  • change them:

    For example, if you inserted in the Word document or in the PowerPoint presentation some Excel chart, you can:

    • inspect that Excel file to be sure about removing any of the hidden data,
    • save the chart as a picture.
  • remove them manually.
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When you work with a document, several documents or a presentation, it will be useful to have at hand several objects at once such as text blocks (from Internet, other document or e-mail), charts or graphics and even some pictures.
 

If you use the standard clipboard, you can copy and paste only one object, the Microsoft Office Clipboard allows you to copy up to 24 multiple text and graphical items from Office documents or other programs and paste them into another Office document.

Microsoft Office Clipboard in Office 2016

To open the Office clipboard, on the Home tab, in the Clipboard group, click the launcher:

Clipboard launcher in Office 2016

You can try to click Ctrl+C twice.

To paste any item from the Clipboard pane, just click on it or select Paste from the dropdown list:

Paste from in Office 2016

Also, you can paste all items from clipboard in the proposed order to your document by clicking the Paste All button:

Paste All in Office 2016

Note: As you can see on the pictures, you can delete any item by choosing Delete in the dropdown list or delete all items in the clipboard by clicking the appropriate button. If you delete any item in any of Office program, it would be removed from the Office clipboard for every Office program.

 

You can choose the options of Office Clipboard operation by clicking the Options button in the Clipboard pane (the options are the same for Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook):

Clipboard Options in Office 2016

Show Office Clipboard Automatically - automatically displays the Office Clipboard when copying items.

Show Office Clipboard When CTRL+C Pressed Twice – automatically displays the Office Clipboard when you press Ctrl+C twice.

Collect Without Showing Office Clipboard – automatically copies items to the Office Clipboard without displaying the Clipboard task pane.

Show Office Clipboard Icon on Taskbar – displays the Office Clipboard icon in the status area of the system taskbar when the Office Clipboard is active:

Clipboard in Office 2016

This option is turned on by default.

Show Status Near Taskbar When Copying – displays the collected item message when copying items to the Office Clipboard. This option is turned on by default.

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If you want to copy your AutoCorrect exceptions from one PC to another, do the following:

Note: It works correctly for the same version of Microsoft Office and it can’t work for different versions of Microsoft Office.

    1.    Search the file with AutoCorrect exceptions:

in Windows 10 with English localization it looks like

C:\Users\<User name>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Office\MSO1033.acl

where 1033 is a code of English language.

    2.    Copy this file to the new PC.

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For some charts, diagrams and presentations, you need to create a regular polygon – equiangular (all angles are equal) or equilateral (all sides have the same length). E.g., equilateral triangle, regular square, etc.
Equilateral triangle in Office 2016Regular square in Office 2016Pentagon in Office 2016Hexagon in Office 2016, etc.

When you create a shape in any Microsoft Office application such as Word or PowerPoint, you create a shape with proportions, which depend on the selected area to which Microsoft Office application fits a shape. For example:

Different shapes in Office 2016

However, there is a way to add any of the available shapes in Microsoft Office application (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), keeping the correct, regular proportions:

    1.    On the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, click the Shapes button:

Word Shapes in Word 2016
Excel Shapes in Excel 2016
PowerPoint Shapes in PowerPoint 2016

    2.    Select a shape you want to add to your document, spreadsheet or presentation, they are the same for all Microsoft Office applications.

 

    3.    Holding Ctrl, click the selected shape. The shape will be added at the current cursor position with regular proportions:

Shapes with regular proportions in Office 2016

Note: All shapes will be added using the default size and style. You always can change the default style for shapes.

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