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WIN­DOWS 10 Add fold­ers to your Pho­tos app

When you open your Pho­tos app, you’ll only see the pho­tos and videos stored in your Pic­tures folder (on your PC) and in your Onedrive ac­count. To add pho­tos from other fold­ers on your PC, click the three dots at the top right of the Pho­tos app, then click Set­tings. Next, click ‘Add a folder’ be­low Sources (see screen­shot be­low), nav­i­gate to and se­lect the folder you want to add, then click ‘Add this folder to Pic­tures’. Re­peat this to add other PC fold­ers.

You can tweak a cou­ple of other set­tings to im­prove the app. Scroll down to the ‘View­ing and edit­ing’ sec­tion. By de­fault, the Pho­tos app dis­plays only one photo if it finds du­pli­cates. Untick the ‘Linked du­pli­cates’ slider if you’d rather see all du­pli­cates.

In Make Win­dows Bet­ter, Is­sue 516, we ex­plained how the app recog­nises faces of peo­ple in your pho­tos and dis­plays th­ese when you click in­side the search bar. If you find this too dis­tract­ing, turn off the Peo­ple slider.

WIN­DOWS 10 Re­store bat­tery pop-up menu af­ter up­grad­ing to FCU

If you use a Win­dows 10 lap­top you can click the bat­tery icon on your taskbar to see a pop-up menu that shows your bat­tery charge as a per­cent­age, along with an in­di­ca­tion of ap­prox­i­mately how long it will last, or – if it’s plugged in – how long it’ll take to charge. The slider be­low this (see screen­shot be­low) lets you choose a power mode for your PC.

If you don’t see this pop-up menu af­ter up­grad­ing to the Fall Cre­ators Up­date, your PC has prob­a­bly switched to the High Performance Power Plan (which dis­ables tools that eat into your bat­tery life). To rec­tify this, search for and open Con­trol Panel, click ‘Hard­ware and Sound’, the Power Op­tions link, then se­lect the ‘Bal­anced (rec­om­mended)’ plan.

WIN­DOWS 10 Quickly im­port favourites from other browsers into Edge

One of the new fea­tures added to the Mi­crosoft Edge browser in the Fall Cre­ators Up­date is the op­tion to im­port your book­marks, brows­ing his­tory, pass­words and set­tings from In­ter­net Ex­plorer, Chrome or Fire­fox with just one click. For this to work, you will need to have the browser you want to im­port items from in­stalled on your PC.

Now open Edge, click the three dots at the top right, click Set­tings at the bot­tom, then click the new ‘Im­port from an­other browser’ but­ton. You’ll now see In­ter­net Ex­plorer, Chrome and Fire­fox op­tions with a de­scrip­tion of the var­i­ous items that you can im­port. Se­lect the browser you want to im­port from, then click the Im­port but­ton (see screen­shot above). Mi­crosoft Edge will now start im­port­ing your items. Af­ter that’s com­pleted, click the ‘View im­ported fa­vorites’ link to see ev­ery­thing you’ve im­ported.

It can take a long time to re­order text within a larger doc­u­ment, but Word of­fers a handy al­ter­na­tive to the stan­dard cut-and-paste method.

Once you’ve opened your doc­u­ment, click the View tab, then click Out­line View in the Doc­u­ment Views sec­tion on the left. You’ll now see ‘+’ sym­bols next to any head­ings in your doc­u­ment and dots next to the open­ing line of each para­graph. To make things more man­age­able, tick the Show First Line Only box at the top to see a trun­cated ver­sion of your doc­u­ment (see screen­shot be­low).

To move an en­tire sec­tion of text, click and drag the rel­e­vant head­ing’s ‘+’ sym­bol up or down. Sim­i­larly, to move any para­graph, click and drag its dot to where you want it. When you’ve fin­ished

re­ar­rang­ing your text, click the Close Out­line View but­ton at the top right.

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