Short Takes Daily: What went on in the world of Microsoft on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 Rod Trent

Short Takes Daily: What went on in the world of Microsoft on Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Today in the news: We've got Android and Apple products that actually work well for Windows users, a host of Windows 10 how-tos, and a look at how your upgrading experiences have gone.


How To: Change the default search engine in Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 — Here's how to shake loose from Bing while still taking advantage of the new Microsoft Edge browser.

How To: Create Shortcuts to Shell Folders on the Windows 10 Desktop — Using a special Shell command and a folder name, you can access most any part of the Windows 10 system. And now, we're going to show you how to create shortcuts to different folders with it.

How To: Change Between the Different Onscreen Keyboard Options in Windows 10 — There are different keyboarding styles to choose from, should you need to improve your typing experience on a touchscreen or a tablet.

Windows 10 New Keyboard Options Available After Cumulative Update 3 — There are a number of new settings that let you do anything from adding periods to automagically capitalizing the first letter of each sentence.

POLL RESULTS: Successful Windows 10 Upgrades — The good news is, slightly more than half of you had successful installations. But what happened to the rest of you?

Review: The Moto G offers solid performance at a bargain — If you want a solid performing Android phone without all the needless junk software jammed in, then you’ll love the Moto G. 

Review: Jackery Air 6 Battery Charger and External Battery Pack — Sure this claims to be for the Apple iPhone and iPad, but this works well with any device that utilizes a USB connection for charging.

News flash: tech companies collect anonymous data from you and your devices — This shouldn't be a problem so long as the companies are up front about what they're collecting and how the data is used.

Having Fun with the Windows 10 Desktop — The Windows 10 desktop is basically a folder you can monkey with, just by putting together a few keyboard keys.

How To: Automatically Save Screenshots to OneDrive — Follow these directions to ensure that screen captures will not only auto-save to the Cloud, but also notify you when it happens as both a toast notification and an Action Center report.

How To: Improve Windows 10's Onscreen Keyboard for Desktop Apps — Here's how you can alter the settings in order to get the onscreen keyboard to pop-up automatically consistently when in desktop mode.

How To: Use the Windows 10 Shell Command to Open Hidden Folders — Windows 10 exposes all the user accessible folders on the hard drive to allow you to manipulate your files and folders. But, did you know there are "other" folders in the OS that you probably can't see? You just have to run a special "Shell" command and include the Windows-specific folder name.

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