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TWT Newsletter, Supplemental Issue – A sneak peek at our new site

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TWT Newsletter, Supplemental Issue – A sneak peek at our new site

Hello, Welcome to our April 2013 TWT Newsletter. Yes, we did say that last months newsletter would be the last in this old format, but our new-look site isn’t quite ready yet, so we decided to send out this short newsletter to let you know what’s going on behind the scenes. Of course, we couldn’t very well send out a newsletter without our regular free utility and tip of the month either. Important! A number of our subscribers have had difficulty receiving our newsletter. At Top-Windows-Tutorials.com we never send out unsolicited e-mails. To make sure your TWT newsletter reaches your inbox, please add TWT_Newsletter@top-windows-tutorials.com to your contacts, buddy list or white list. In this months issue:- 1) a sneak peek at our new website 2) Tip of the Month – Find special characters with the character map 3) Free Utility of the Month – TouchFreeze A sneak peek at our new website While we told you all that we’re having some renovations done to our webiste, we realise that there’s not a lot to show for it on the website at the moment. All the development is going on using a test server, so that we can minimise any downtime. For our most loyal newsletter readers and Facebook fans we thought you might like a sneak peek at the new site layout, so check out the picture below! ( Click here if you can’t see the picture. ) We’ll also be continuing to convert all our videos into mobile-friendly formats so that you can view them on your tablets and smart-phones. Of course, we’ve got plenty of great new content lined up too, our new look website is just the beginning and big things will be happening here at Top-Windows-Tutorials this year! Tip of the Month – Find special characters with the character map PC’s are great for getting work done. While touch computing may have gained popularity over recent years, there’s no beating the speed of the keyboard or the precision of the mouse for all kinds of productivity work. While most of us are familiar with the keyboard, there are times when typing certain special characters can be quite confusing. If there’s a certain symbol you need in your document but you just can’t find it on your keyboard, then the character map can come to the rescue. Open the Start Menu or Start screen and search for “Character map” and then click on the icon that appears. The tool will then open and present you with a huge menu of characters. Simply click on the symbol you want, then click “Select”. You can then copy the character onto the clipboard and paste it into your document. Free Utility of the Month – TouchFreeze While we love our big powerful desktop PC’s, laptops remain the most popular kind of computer. If you’re used to working on a laptop, you’re probably used to using the touchpad to move your mouse pointer around the screen. On most laptops this pad is positioned below the keyboard, meaning it’s easy to catch while you tap away on the keys. It can be very annoying to catch the touchpad and have windows select a block of text while you type, especially if you accidentally go and type over that block. To solve...

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Office 2010 introduction

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Get up to speed with Office 2010 with this fantastic training course by Guy Vaccaro Microsoft Office 2010 is used by millions of businesses and home users all around the world. While OpenOffice remains a viable alternative for many, those who want the very best cutting edge office suite, still look to Microsoft Office for their productivity needs. Several of our readers have asked us about a training course for Microsoft Office. Currently we do not have the resources to produce one in-house, so we searched the internet for the best Office 2010 training materials. Guy Vaccaro has produced a fantastic guide to Office 2010 that you can now purchase through us. In this Microsoft Office 2010 training course, instructor Guy Vaccaro will introduce you to the Office 2010 interface, and explore the new features of each application within the MS Office 2010 suite. You will watch actual video of the authors computer as he talks you through each of the applications, from Word to Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, even OneNote and Publisher. Guy examines the new features in each application and how you can accomplish common tasks with the new 2010 versions. Included are work files, to allow you to follow along with the author in this tutorial. By the completion of the video training title, you will be familiar with the new features of Office 2010 and ready to apply your previous experience to the new versions of each Office 2010 application. The complete contents of the training course are listed below. Thanks to our friends at Infinite Skills, we are able to bring you the first 17 video tutorials absolutely free, simply click on the links to be taken to the relevant lesson (videos open in a new window/tab due to their size). 01. Office 2010 Introduction What’s New In Office 2010? What Comes With Office 2010? Backstage View The New File Menu The Power To Create Customized Ribbons Office 2010 File Format Issues Using The Files Included With This Course 02. Office Word 2010 Getting Started With Word 2010 What’s New For Word 2010 Translation Services Within Word 2010 Image Enhancement Improvements In Word 2010 Mail Merging Made Easy In 2010 03. Office Excel 2010 Getting Started With Excel 2010 What’s New For Excel 2010 Using Formulas In Excel 2010 Working With Named Data Ranges The Data Slicer In Excel 2010 Create A Chart In Excel 2010 In 2 Seconds 04. Office PowerPoint 2010 Getting Started With PowerPoint 2010 What’s New For PowerPoint 2010 Adding An Organization Chart Running A Slide Show Using The Picture Gallery Tool Create A Video From Your Presentation Create A CD From Your Presentation 05. Office Outlook 2010 Getting Started With Outlook 2010 What’s New For Outlook 2010 Setting Up An Email Account For Hotmail Setting Up An Email Account For A POP3 Account Adding An Appointment To The Calender 06. Office Access 2010 Getting Started With Access 2010 What’s New For Access 2010 Creating A Database From A 2010 Template Creating A 2010 Access Query Adding A Macro To Access 2010 07. Office Publisher 2010 Getting Started With Publisher 2010 What’s New For Publisher 2010 Creating A Product Catalog A Quick 2012 Calender Linked Or Embedded Images You Decide With The New Graphics Manager 08. Office OneNote 2010 OneNote...

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TWT Newsletter, Issue #068 – Happy New Year! CES 2013 roundup, Windows 8 problems

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Hello, Welcome to our January 2013 TWT Newsletter. Another new year and as always in January we look forward to the exciting CES or consumer electronics show. This year however, Microsoft will not be present at the show, which gives the smaller players in the consumer electronics space a chance to show off some of their new technology. This year the show runs from the 8th to the 11th of January and we’ll have a round-up of the most exciting and relevant gadgets later in the newsletter. Important! A number of our subscribers have had difficulty receiving our newsletter. At Top-Windows-Tutorials.com we never send out unsolicited e-mails. To make sure your TWT newsletter reaches your inbox, please add TWT_Newsletter@top-windows-tutorials.com to your contacts, buddy list or white list. In this months issue:- 1) What’s new at Top-Windows-Tutorials.com? 2) Another year another CES! 3) Tip of the Month – Use the “Open With” option to change how files open on your PC 4) Free Utility of the Month – Macrium Reflect Free 5) Two months with Windows 8, the good, the bad and the dumbfounding What’s new at Top-Windows-Tutorials.com? One major article update for December saw our popular “Bare Metal Showdown” article updated once again. Bare metal backup software allows you to take a complete image of your computers hard drive. This image can then be restored to a new hard drive should your old one fail or simply when you are upgrading to a different hard drive. Find out which of the backup programs we tested came out on top this year by clicking this link. Another year another CES! Once again, January brings us the exciting Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas. Of course, the show covers every type of consumer electronics device from entry level phones to gargantuan televisions. For the Windows user, this years show featured some interesting announcements from computer processor giant Intel, as well as some interesting new Windows 8 machines that start to take advantage of the touch-optimised tiles. Although Microsoft did not have an official presence at the show this year, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer did make an appearance in a speech from Qualcomm, where he talked about Microsoft’s efforts to establish themselves in the mobile sector, a sector that is, of course, rapidly expanding. If you’ve not heard of Qualcomm before, they are a mobile chipset manufacturer that predominantly make chipsets for mobile phones. At Intel’s press conference, Mike Bell, vice president and general manager of the Mobile and Communications Group and Kirk Skaugen, vice president and general manager of the PC Client Group at Intel, outlined their new processors and showed several tantalizing glimpses of new ultrabook PC’s. Intel’s message was clear, their new, lower power processors, including the next generation “Bay Trail” chip would run the kinds of slim line, ultraportable PC’s that consumers want, without the need for Windows RT. For those of you who might not be aware, Windows RT is a specially designed version of Windows 8 that runs on ultra-low power ARM processors, but sacrifices all backwards compatibility with standard Windows desktop applications, running only specially written software and tile software available from the Windows store. Intel also revealed several processors designed for mobile phones, though those phones will run Android rather than any kind of...

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TWT Newsletter, Issue #067 – Happy Holidays from the TWT Team!

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Hello, Welcome to our December 2012 TWT Newsletter. For many of us around the world, December means preparing for Christmas and the new year celebrations. There’s still time to get some last minute shopping done though, especially with our guide to last minute gift ideas for the PC user in your life. Important! A number of our subscribers have had difficulty receiving our newsletter. At Top-Windows-Tutorials.com we never send out unsolicited e-mails. To make sure your TWT newsletter reaches your inbox, please add TWT_Newsletter@top-windows-tutorials.com to your contacts, buddy list or white list. In this months issue:- 1) Last minute gift ideas for the tech-savvy family 2) Tip of the Month – Don’t be duped into buying “Recovery media” for a new Windows 8 machine 3) Free Utility of the Month – Rainmeter 4) Top-Windows-Tutorials.com in 2013 Last minute gift ideas for the tech-savvy family Remember the days when we all had to pound the pavements to find Christmas gifts? Thanks to the PC and the internet those days are over for most of us. However, if you’ve left your Christmas gift shopping literally until the last minute, here are a few ideas for saving the big day from big disappointments. Now that many of us have internet connections, lots of software is sold online rather than in stores. Buy a new program and you could have it in minutes or even seconds via digital download. Several of these services have become very popular and for the computer user in your life a gift card or a download can be a great gift idea. One of the most popular download services for the PC is Steam. This online store specialises in games, but has also added productivity software to its catalogue in recent months too. There are two ways you can treat a Steam using friend this festive season. Firstly, you can buy Steam top-up cards from stores such as Game (UK) or GameStop (US). Typically these cards are simply printed on a till receipt, so you might want to put them inside a Christmas card or consider some other means of presenting them more personally. Secondly, if you have a Steam account yourself and you know your friends Steam account, you can gift them any game or program available to buy on Steam. Simply start Steam, then choose the program you want to buy and then click on “Purchase as a Gift”. Steam is not the only way to buy new software for your PC. Windows 8 users should now be familiar with the Windows 8 store. Unfortunately there’s currently no way to gift a purchase made on the Windows 8 store and top-up cards designed for the Xbox 360 console are not compatible. Perhaps you’d like to give a PC enthusiast in your life a little something to spruce his or her PC up. Stardock’s excellent Object Desktop suite is $49.95 and includes 15 different programs to brighten up your Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 desktop. You can buy this suite of programs as a digital download gift here. Of course, there are lots of other places you can buy download content from. For anyone lucky enough to be getting a new PC this Christmas, our Windows 8 Superguide is an excellent gift to get...

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TWT Newsletter, Issue #065 – Halloween fun for kids and is Windows 8 really “closed” ?

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Hello, Welcome to our October 2012 TWT Newsletter. Windows 8 is mere weeks away from being launched but there’s still lots of confusion over some of its more controversial new features. For those of you who have been bored of the more technical content lately, we decided to go back to a more traditional newsletter style article this month as we show you how your family can use your PC to make Halloween and other autumn/fall and winter holidays more fun. Important! A number of our subscribers have had difficulty receiving our newsletter. At Top-Windows-Tutorials.com we never send out unsolicited e-mails. To make sure your TWT newsletter reaches your inbox, please add TWT_Newsletter@top-windows-tutorials.com to your contacts, buddy list or white list. In this months issue:- 1) What’s new at Top-Windows-Tutorials.com? 2) Keep the kids amused indoors as the weather gets colder 3) Tip of the Month – Consider disabling Java in your web browser 4) Free Utility of the Month – Start8 5) What’s the controversy about Windows 8 being “Closed” ? What’s new at Top-Windows-Tutorials.com? Just one small update to add some more Windows 8 tutorials to our site last month. Behind the scenes we’re working hard on the new Windows 8 superguide which we’re hoping to launch late October/early November. You can view the newest Windows 8 tutorials added to our site here. Keep the kids amused indoors as the weather gets colder The weather might be getting colder and the nights drawing in for many of our readers here in Europe and the Americas, but there’s no shortage of fun events over the autumn/fall and winter seasons. Between now and the next newsletter we have Halloween and in the UK, Guy Fawkes night coming up. Our Canadian readers also have thanksgiving to look forward to this month. If you’ve got excitable kids under your feet, remember there are lots of activities you can organise or create using your PC. Below are just a few ways you can help keep the kids occupied over the next month. Younger kids love to colour and if you have a printer there are hundreds of free colouring pages on the internet. One of our favourite Halloween themed pages, with some great colouring activities for kids of all ages is here at activitiy village. Even if you don’t have a printer, there are colouring programs that children can use on the computer too. The venerable Microsoft Paint is available on XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 too, just search for “Paint” on your Start menu/screen. Even more fun is the excellent free TuxPaint package. Designed specially for children to get creative with, this fun paint package is likely to be a hit with boys and girls alike. You can download it here. A word of warning if you do own a printer, children love to print their artwork and this can quickly drain your printer ink. To prevent over-zealous use of the printer, you can disable printing in TuxPaint, meaning your little artists will have to ask permission before printing their masterpieces. Of course, if you have a scanner too, there are lots of great ways your family can use it. Obviously you can scan pictures your kids make and send them to family members around the world, but really...

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TWT Newsletter, Issue #064 – Windows 8 – The final verdict, are you using Wi-Fi safely on the road?

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Hello, Welcome to our September 2012 TWT Newsletter. Another summer sadly draws to a close, but there’s still plenty to look forward to in the last quarter of the year, not least a new version of Windows. Important! A number of our subscribers have had difficulty receiving our newsletter. At Top-Windows-Tutorials.com we never send out unsolicited e-mails. To make sure your TWT newsletter reaches your inbox, please add TWT_Newsletter@top-windows-tutorials.com to your contacts, buddy list or white list. In this months issue:- 1) What’s new at Top-Windows-Tutorials.com? 2) Windows 8 – The final verdict 3) Tip of the Month – XP Users – Get “snap” functionality with TrueTransparency 4) Free Utility of the Month – Fliptoast 5) Are you using Wi-Fi safely on the road? What’s new at Top-Windows-Tutorials.com? We kicked off August with a look at VPN technology. Your editor recently went away for a few days to visit a friend and while there, noticed that the internet connection in the hotel was completely unsecured. Obviously this is very dangerous as anyone with a simple USB Wi-Fi card and a little know how can capture all of your surfing history. To combat this problem, a VPN can be used. We discuss the benefits of VPN’s in this article. For iVPN, our recommended VPN service, we have produced two tutorials to get you up and running quickly. You can check them out by clicking here. We’ve more on why you might need a VPN later in the newsletter. We’re sorry if you’re getting sick of all the Windows 8 coverage, but a new Windows operating system is big news for us! Using the final build of the OS, we updated and improved our Windows 8 preview tutorials, if you want to get a sneak peek at the new OS, this is the best way! Click here to view them. Expect much more Windows 8 content in September too, as we approach the launch date of the new OS. Windows 8 – The final verdict The final build of Windows 8 is now in our possession. We’ve been giving the OS a thorough going over while producing our Windows 8 Superguide, which is expected to launch soon after Windows 8 hits the shelves. Here are our thoughts on the final build of the operating system, hopefully once you’ve read our review, you will know if Windows 8 is of interest to you. We’ll also take a more in-depth look at your upgrade options once the OS has officially launched. The review below applies to the x86/x64 version of Windows 8 (the version that runs on regular PC’s). The most flexible Windows ever Windows 8, as you are probably aware, is almost like two operating systems in one. The new Start screen with its live tiles is more than just a pretty new Start menu. The tiles represent a whole new way to work with your PC, specifically optimized for touch and tablets. As you’ve seen in our earlier newsletters, Windows 8 comes with several applications all written for this new ecosystem. There’s an e-mail client, an instant messenger, news and finance apps and many more. Windows 8 comes with more bundled software than any version in recent history. The reason for this is simple, Microsoft has to provide these applications since,...

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