Friday, May 15, 2020

OneDrive multi-page scanning now free for everyone

In today's difficult times of Covid, many are working from home. And in these times, it is not easy for everyone to have access to office equipment like printers and scanners. Scanning documents from home, or outside the office, should be easy. OneDrive has long offered a free scanning feature from the OneDrive mobile app which lets you scan and digitize single documents, receipts etc.

Up until now, scanning multiple pages and saving them as single document was a premium feature that required a Microsoft 365 subscription. From today, Microsoft is making multi-page scanning available for everyone for free using a OneDrive personal account.

With the OneDrive mobile app you can scan physical documents, business cards and whiteboards simply by opening the app and touching the camera icon. Once scanned, OneDrive digitizes the image into a PDF file, which you can then save, share or mark-up with text, pictures, or freehand drawing and writing. Once you scan items into OneDrive, you’ll be able to access them anywhere from any device.

Multi-page scan feature is rolling out:
Multi-page scan is rolling out now and will be available to everyone, everywhere OneDrive is available, by the end of the week. You'll need a OneDrive account and the latest version of the OneDrive app on Android (6.5 or higher), or iOS (11.31.5 or higher). The maximum number of pages or images that you can multi-page scan is 10.
Check the demo video of the multi-page scan here.


Saturday, May 02, 2020

Notepad improvements (20H1)

With Microsoft working on getting the Windows 10 May 2020 Update (20H1) ready for release, there are tons of new features added in Windows 10 Insider Preview builds.
Notepad improvements:Notepad has been a well-loved text editor in Windows for over 30 years. Let us check what are new features getting added to Notepad over the last few releases.

Wrap-around find/replace:  An option has been added to do wrap-around find/replace to the Find dialog. Notepad will also remember previously entered values and the state of checkboxes. It'll automatically populate the next time you open the find dialog. And when you have text selected and open the find dialog, the search field will be automatically populated with the selected text.

Text zooming: Now its been made very quick and easy to zoom text in Notepad.There is a new menu option under View > Zoom to change the zoom level and the current zoom level is displayed in the status bar. You can also use Ctrl + Plus, Ctrl + Minus and Ctrl + MouseWheel to zoom in and out and use Ctrl + 0 to restore the zoom level to the default.

Line numbers with word-wrap: Ability to display line and column numbers when word-wrap is enabled has been added now. And the status bar is made visible by default. You can still turn the status bar off in the View menu.

Modified indicator: Notepad will now show an asterisk (*) in the title bar before the title of a document to indicate that a document has unsaved changes.

Send Feedback: You can now send feedback directly from Notepad! Click Help > Send Feedback to open the Feedback Hub with the Notepad category selected and get your feedback directly to the product team.

UTF-8 Encoding: Significant improvements have been made in how Notepad handles encoding. An option to save files in UTF-8 without a Byte Order Mark and making this the default for new files is provided. UTF-8 without a Byte Order Mark is backwards-compatible with ASCII and will provide better interoperability with the web.

Expanding line support:  For many years, Windows Notepad only supported text documents containing Windows End of Line (EOL) characters – Carriage Return (CR) & Line Feed (LF). This means that Notepad was unable to correctly display the contents of text files created in Unix, Linux and macOS.
Now this issue has been fixed. Notepad will support Unix/Linux line endings (LF), Macintosh line endings (CR), and Windows Line endings (CRLF) as usual. New files created within Notepad will use Windows line ending (CRLF) by default, but it will now be possible to view, edit, and print existing files, correctly maintaining the file’s current line ending format. For example, Notepad earlier which used to incorrectly show the contents of a Linux .bashrc text file as garbled text, now the same .bashrc file contents are correctly shown. 

Some additional shortcuts: 
  • Ctrl+Shift+N will open a new Notepad window.
  • Ctrl+Shift+S will open the Save as… dialog.
  • Ctrl+W will close the current Notepad window.
Notepad can now open and save files with a path that is longer than 260 characters, also known as MAX_PATH.

A bug where Notepad would count lines incorrectly for documents with very long lines is fixed.
A bug where Notepad would no longer create a new file when launched with a file path that didn’t exist is fixed.
Opening large files in Notepad is improved.
Notepad now supports Ctrl + Backspace to delete the previous word.
Arrow keys now correctly unselect text first and then move the cursor.
When saving a file in Notepad, the line and column number no longer reset to 1.
Notepad now correctly displays lines that don’t fit entirely on the screen.

So these are the improvements added to Notepad. And Microsoft with users feedback is continuously improving Notepad. (source)

Friday, May 01, 2020

Access detailed COVID-19 info in your search box (Build 19619)

Microsoft has released recently Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19619.1000 to the fast ring. 
Many new features have been provided. In challenging times like this, it’s important to stay informed. One of them is COVID-19 , Corona virus updates. So we have now, Easy access to COVID-19 info in search box.  This feature isn’t specific to Insider Preview builds. This feature has been shipped in 33 markets.
Now you can quickly access timely, trusted information about the coronavirus pandemic using the search bar in Windows. Starting this week, you’ll see a coronavirus info banner in Search Home. 

Select View interactive map for fast access to the Bing COVID-19 Tracker, updated daily with the latest information both locally and around the globe. As you explore the tracker, you’ll also see stories from each region, as well as contact info for local and national health resources. It’s a comprehensive way to monitor the situation close at home and abroad.

One can also select See headlines on COVID-19 module to launch the latest coronavirus news on MSN and explore news from across the country.
 One can also get the latest coronavirus updates on Bing when you add Chrome extension.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

E-Book: Essential guide to working from home

 In the present times of COVID-19, many are working from home. For some, it may be easy to adjust to this new working from home. But if one is accustomed since long time to working in a traditional office environment, then some adjustments is required. There are many ways to set yourself up for success wherever you choose to do your job. One can have some guidance regarding the same.  For this, Microsoft has released a Free E-book "Essential Guide to working from home". This book provides tips and resources to help you set up your workspace,  stay connected, and manage your time and well-being.
With this guide, learn more about setting up a secure and productive workspace, keeping a daily routine, fixing common Wi-Fi and printer issues, and even ways to keep the kids entertained.

Table of contents:

 Its a small 14 page guide and covers topics like Setting up of Workplace, which includes the physical workplace and virtual workplace.
 In virtual workplace, it covers Working in Cloud with tools like OneDrive, OneNote and other tools. It teaches you about backing up your documents and data in cloud or external drive.
It also covers how to Sync your phone to your computer.
It gives tips on how to scan written notes and physical documents using Office Lens app.
It provides links to many interesting tips.

One can download this free E-book from Microsoft Essential guide to working from home. (PDF doc size 3.22MB)

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Test your Typing skills with Bing

Do you want to check your typing skills? Do you want to check, how fast you type or how accurate you are in typing, then just search for 'Typing test' in Bing. Or you can click here to open the required Bing page.  The Bing search result will provide the Typing Test page with a paragraph. Seeing this, one has to type within the set time limit. One can adjust the time limit too. On completion, Bing will provide your typing speed, accuracy and score.

One can try this fun and interactive typing challenge that provides your score, speed, and accuracy.
(Source:Windows Blog)

Friday, April 10, 2020

Access your Linux files from File Explorer (Build 19603)

Windows users with WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux) installed, already had the ability to access their Linux files. With Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19603, it has been much more easier.
Build 19603 now exposes a "Linux" node in File Explorer so that you can access your installed WSL distros file system.
Now there's File Explorer integration in the WSL. Now you can access Linux files from your left-hand navigation pan in File Explorer. One can see the Linux Tux icon in the File Explorer.

Selecting the Linux icon will provide a view of all your distros and selecting those will place you in the Linux root file system for that distro.

Friday, April 03, 2020

How to organize and find your photos in OneDrive

OneDrive users store tons of photos on OneDrive. So how to make most of it using it efficiently to organize and find your photos? OneDrive helps with features like photo search, tags and albums. Let us see some more details about it and some tips on how to use this:

When it is arranged by date, the date appears over the scroll bar as you scroll up and down your photos helping to find your photos.

Searching Photos:
You can use the Search photos command to not only scan photo tags and metadata, but also extract and search text shown in photos. It now can also recognize objects in a photo, as another way to find the picture you want. To do this:
From the OneDrive on the web, select Photos.
Type in the search box such as - a name, a place, or a date you want to search
and OneDrive will give you the photo search result

OneDrive automatically create tags for the things it recognizes. But sometimes it makes mistakes, so you may want to correct it. You can remove or edit the tags for photos. To do this:
Select the photo
Select Edit tags
Type a new tag or click on the x next to tag to remove it.
OneDrive also groups together all the photos taken within a single date.You can see them from All Photos view. And all these photos have location tags, which you can make use to quickly view all photos from the same location. To do this:
Select the list of location tags next to a date.
Select your preferred location from the list.

Next let us check about Albums.
OneDrive can automatically create an album from any pictures or videos you take that day or weekend, and notify you when it's ready. Automatic albums are sent only with you, but contain a sharing link so anyone you send the email to will also have access to that album.
You can stop OneDrive automatically creating albums by turning off Create albums automatically when I upload photos setting from the Photos settings page in OneDrive web.

 You can also create Albums yourself. From the OneDrive web, select photos > Albums > New Album and type a name for it. Then you can select photos you want to add to the album and then click Add album. This can be done on mobile device too.
So these were some of the tips that will help you to organize and find your photos.