How to Edit Office Documents Directly in GMail

Google is making it even easier to work with Microsoft Office files, with the company now allowing you to directly edit attached Office files in Gmail as well as Google Docs, Sheets and Slides. It’s available to all Gmail users, free and paid accounts. No more document conversion hassles, at long last!

Google is making it even easier to work with Microsoft Office files, with the company now allowing you to directly edit attached Office files in Gmail as well as Google Docs, Sheets and Slides. It’s available to all Gmail users, free and paid accounts. No more document conversion hassles, at long last!

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Google Editing Explained

Previously, documents had to be imported into Google Drive in order to edit or modify them; while emailed attachments were only able to be viewed.

The new workflow, however, streamlines that process considerably. Now, you can directly open and edit an Office file using the Google Docs editor just by clicking on it; just like you would a native Google Docs. But the new editing function does not convert Office files into Google Docs, instead preserving the original file format.

Gmail will allow you to respond to the original email and include the now-updated file (still in an Office file format) without first requiring you to download and re-attach the updated file.

This means you can now edit your Word, Excel and PowerPoint files without ever leaving Gmail.

For example, when you receive a Word document as an email attachment, you can open it and start editing in Docs with a single click while still preserving the Word file format.

With the new change, Microsoft Office attachments will have a new “edit” option and when edits are complete, there will be a new option to share the document via email.

Remove a Chrome Extension

First, you must remove an Extension (if installed) from Google Chrome.

  1. Sign into your managed Google Account.
  2. In a Chrome browser, click More.
  3. Scroll down to More tools.
  4. Click Extensions.
  5. Find the Office Editing for Docs, Sheets. & Slides extension and click Remove.

Once you have removed the Extension you can use the Office editing feature.

Directly Edit Office Attachments

Any incoming email with a Microsoft Office document appears in the Inbox list with icons, preview pane, and the name of the document attachment. Refer to below image:

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Accessing the email with attached Office files

Clicking one of those panes opens a pop-up windows with various options. At top right there is a download button; use that to save a copy for opening in Word, Excel or PowerPoint on your computer. Now, click on the Edit icon to edit your file. See below image where we are selecting the Word file to edit:

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Selecting the Edit for a Word file

Hover your mouse over each attachment to see some options:

  • Download – save to your computer
  • Save to Google Drive
  • Edit with Google Docs – opens a new browser window ready to edit.

After Google Editing

Once you have edited the attachment, there are various options for sharing the revised document. Look under the File menu. See following image for the Email option:

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Your Email option

Now, checkout your various options to save the document. Refer to below image for the Download options:

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Your Download options

Google Editing of Office Files

Word docx files can be edited directly with Google Docs, look for the .DOCX icon at top left. See below image:

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Edit a Word document

Excel xlsx files can be edited directly with Google Sheets look for the .XLSX icon at top left. See following image:

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Edit an Excel file

PowerPoint .pptx files can be edited directly with Google Slides, look for the .PPTX icon at top left. Refer to below image:

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Edit a PowerPoint file

Note! There may be compatibility problems between Excel and Sheets or PowerPoint and Slides.

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How to Easily Open Chrome to Incognito Mode

If you do not want Google Chrome to remember your activity, you can browse the web privately in Incognito mode.

If you do not want Google Chrome to remember your activity, you can browse the web privately in Incognito mode.

It is easy to quickly open an Incognito window using a keyboard shortcut. Lets explore how to do this.

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First, open Chrome. Next, with any Chrome browser window open, press the following keyboard combination to open a new Incognito window:

  • Windows, Linux, or Chrome OS: Press Ctrl + Shift + N.
  • Mac: Press ⌘ + Shift + N.

After pressing the keyboard shortcut, a special Incognito window will open. If you want to block third-party cookies, just toggle the switch to On, the default setting. Refer to below image:

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The Incognito window

Whenever you are in Incognito mode, you will be able to tell because the Chrome browser window’s toolbar will have a darker color scheme and there will be a small Incognito icon beside the address bar in the toolbar. See below image:

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The icon and text telling you are in Incognito mode

You can switch between Incognito windows and regular Chrome windows. You will only browse in private when you are using an Incognito window.

While browsing within an Incognito window, Chrome will not locally store your browsing history, site data, cookies, or saved form data once you close the Incognito window. However, downloaded files and bookmarks will be saved unless you manually remove them.

At any time, you can press Ctrl+T (or ⌘ + T on Mac) to open a new tab within the Incognito window, and browsing activity within that tab will be locally private as well.

Remember that Incognito mode is not perfect, and it does not protect you from those who might view your activity on the web remotely, such as your employer, school, ISP, or the websites you visit. It is only to prevent local snooping of your browsing history.

If you see a number next to the Incognito text at the top right, you have more than one Incognito window open. See following image:

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The number of Incognito windows open

When you are ready to stop private browsing, you will need to close the Incognito window(s). To do so using a keyboard shortcut:

  • Windows, Linux, or Chrome OS: Press Alt + F4
  • Mac: Press ⌘ + Shift + W

Or you can just click the “X” in the corner of the window with your mouse.

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How to Clear Your Google Chrome Browsing Data

Need to clear your Google Chrome browsing data? Your browsing data is stored in a “cache” and at times, may cause a problem with the actual data stored on a website. By clearing your browsing data, you are starting with a “fresh cache” to avoid inconsistencies.

Need to clear your Google Chrome browsing data? Your browsing data is stored in a “cache” and at times, may cause a problem with the actual data stored on a website. By clearing your browsing data, you are starting with a “fresh cache” to avoid inconsistencies.

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FIRST, before doing any of the following, launch your Google Chrome app. For the iPhone or iPad

  1. Open an article or your account and tap the the hamburger icon (the 3 dots) in lower right-hand corner.
  2. Tap History. (It may be labeled More History). Also, you can view more of your history at historygoogle.com
  3. At the bottom, tap Clear Browsing Data.
  4. Check Browsing history. It may be checked by default.
  5. Uncheck any other items you don’t want to delete.
  6. Tap Clear Browsing Data. Tap Clear Browsing Data again or Cancel if you do not want to proceed.
  7. At the top right, tap Done, then tap Done again.

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Clearing Chrome browsing data on an iPhone or iPad

For Windows, Mac, or Linux

  1. Press Cntl+Shift+Delete keys for Windows or Linux. Press Command+Shift+Backspace for a Mac. The backspace key is labeled “Delete”.
  2. Uncheck any items you don’t want to delete.
  3. Press Clear data button in lower right.
  4. Hit Enter or Return key.

See below image:

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Clearing Chrome browsing data for Windows, Mac, or Linux

IMPORTANT: Be sure and close/quit your browser and restart it after clearing your browsing data.

Your browsing history will be cleared to the level you have chosen. You may repeat the above process to clear any unchecked items.

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How to Insert an Outlook Contact Into Word

There are a number of ways to insert contact information into a Word document, like using Mail Merge. But what if you just wanted to insert specific Outlook contacts. The easiest way is by adding an Address Book button to the Quick Address Toolbar (QAT) so that you can add contacts on-the-fly and at the touch of a button in any Microsoft Office application.

There are a number of ways to insert contact information into a Word document, like using Mail Merge. But what if you just wanted to insert specific Outlook contacts. The easiest way is by adding an Address Book button to the Quick Address Toolbar (QAT) so that you can add contacts on-the-fly and at the touch of a button in any Microsoft Office application. Lets explore how to insert an Outlook contact into Microsoft Word.

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Adding the QAT Address Book Button

(If you have already done this, you may skip this step). To add the button, click the arrow icon in the QAT. This icon opens a drop-down menu that allows you to customize the QAT. Refer to below image:

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Accessing the Quick Access Toolbar

Now, from the available options, choose More Commands. See below image:

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Choosing More Commands

Next, click the Quick Access Toolbar from the left sidebar. Now, choose Commands Not in the Ribbon from the Choose Commands From drop-down menu. See following image:

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Accessing commands not on the ribbon

Now, choose Address Book. Next, click the Add button to add it to the QAT. Refer to below image:

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Adding the Address Book button to the ribbon

Finally, click OK to add the Address Book button. See below image:

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Saving your change for the ribbon

Inserting Contacts Into a Word Document

To insert a contact, position the cursor where you would like to add the contact information. Next, from the Quick Access Toolbar, click the Address Book icon you just added. See following image:

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Selecting the Address Book button to insert a contact

Now, contact names from your address book should appear. If you have multiple address books, select one from the drop-down box to view its contacts. Click the contact you would like to add, then click the OK button. Refer to below image:

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Inserting an Address Book contact into Word

Now, any information that you have for the contact should appear in the document. This, however, is almost entirely up to how thorough you are in creating the contact. For some, it will be just a name and an email address. For others, you will get the full details that includes address, phone number, and the like. It all depends on what you added when you created a new contact (or edited it later).

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How to Use Emoji in Microsoft Word

One of the most common forms of shorthand communication developed for the mobile age is the icon-based vocabulary known as Emoji. You have seen those seen Emoji pictures on social media. It’s available for Microsoft Word in Windows 10, MacOS, iOS, iPadOS, and Android.

One of the most common forms of shorthand communication developed for the mobile age is the icon-based vocabulary known as Emoji. You have seen those seen Emoji pictures on social media. It’s available for Microsoft Word in Windows 10, MacOS, iOS, iPadOS, and Android.

Microsoft Word is an indisputable application in the documentation world. When preparing documentations, you can easily insert Emoji to jazz up a Word document on various devices.

You can enter an Emoji in Word in the same way you can enter an Emoji in any other application. While typing in a Word document, just use the appropriate keyboard shortcut for your operating system. Let!s explore how this is done.

This is for devices supporting Microsoft Word. Screenshots are from Windows 10

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Open Rmoji Keyboard

Open your Word document and position the cursor where you want to insert the Emoji.

  • For Windows 10 – Press, “Windows + Period” keys or “Windows + Semicolon” keys to open the Emoji picker.
  • For MaOS – Press “Command + Control + Space” keys to open Emoji keyboard on a Mac, which is a Character Viewer app in MacOS.
  • For iPhone, iPad, or Android phone, you can use the standard Emoji keyboard.

These keyboard shortcuts work in basically all Windows or Mac applications.

A pop-up will be displayed with all popular emoji symbols. The most frequently used Emoji will appear first. Refer to below image:

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The Emoji keyboard

Searching for an Emoji

On both Windows and Mac, you can start typing the name of an Emoji to search for it. For example, to find “music” related Emoji, just start typing a few characters of the keyword. You can also just scroll through the long list of Emoji to find one.

Use the arrow keys and press Enter or click an Emoji to insert it. See below image:

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Searching for a music Emoji

The Emoji you insert into your document will appear as a colorful icon. You can resize them. adjust their font size, just as you would with any other text in the document.

See following image for an inserted “music”Emoji followed by text:

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Inserting an Emoji followed by some text

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How to Insert a PDF into Word

One unique feature of Microsoft Word is the ability to insert a PDF file directly into Word, and it can be done in only a few steps. You can insert it as an embedded object, a linked object, or text only.

One unique feature of Microsoft Word is the ability to insert a PDF file directly into Word, and it can be done in only a few steps. You can insert it as an embedded object, a linked object, or text only. Let’s explore how to do this.

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Embedding Explained

When you embed a PDF file in Word, the first page of your PDF appears in the document. Since an embedded object becomes part of the document after it is inserted, it’s no longer connected to the source file. Any changes made to the original PDF in the future will not be reflected in the Word document.

Linking Explained

Inserting a PDF file as a linked object means it appears as the first page of the PDF, but it is also linked to the original file. Changes made to the PDF will also be reflected in the Word document. You can opt to display an icon instead of a preview. Either option will open the PDF file when selected.

Text Only Explained

Inserting a PDF as text involves the use of copy and paste. Copying the text from the PDF file and pasting it into a document is a straightforward way to insert a bit of text into Word.

Embed or Link a PDF

First, open a Word document, and place your cursor where you would like to insert the PDF file. Next, select the Insert tab. Refer to below image:

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Selecting the Insert tab

Now, click Object from the Text group. See below image:

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Selecting the Object option

From the small drop-down menu, select Object. See following image:

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Selecting the Object option from drop-down menu

From the Object window, click the Create from File tab. Next, select Browse. Refer to below image:

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From the Create from file tab, selecting the Browse option

Navigate to the location of the PDF, select it, and then click Insert. See below image:

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Selecting your PDF file to Insert into Word

Selecting Your Options

Now, it is time to decide if you want to (1) link directly to the source file, and/or (2) display the PDF as an icon. Link directly to the source file if you want to have the inserted file reflect any new changes made to the source file. To do so, just checkmark the Link to file option. You are linking to the PDF in your document.

While here, checkmark Display as icon if you don’t want to take up too much space on the page. If you do not enable any of these options, the PDF will be displayed in its entirety on the Word document and will not reflect any new changes made to the source file. You are embedding the PDF into your document.

To finish, select OK. Refer to below image:

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Selecting ink your PDF file and display an icon

The PDF will now be inserted in the Word document. See below image:

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Your linked PDF file displayed as an icon in Word

Copy and Paste

Copy

First, open your PDF file. Now, highlight some text you want to copy. Next, right-click your selection and select Copy.

Paste

Second, open your Word document. Now, place the cursor where you want to paste the text from the PDF file. Next, right-click and select a Paste option with or without formatting.

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How to Set the Oxford Comma in Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word can warn you about the Oxford or “serial comma”, whether you prefer to use the extra comma or not. It is a feature in the latest Word 365 and Word 2019 and goes back to Word 2002. By default, the option is off.

Microsoft Word can warn you about the Oxford or “serial comma”, whether you prefer to use the extra comma or not. It is a feature in the latest Word 365 and Word 2019 and goes back to Word 2002. By default, the option is off.

The Oxford comma is one of those grammatical things that most people do not worry about. It is a question of whether to add a comma at the end of a list, for example:

Raymond is teaching on Word, Excel, Access and Outlook.

Or using the Oxford comma:

Raymond is teaching on Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook.

It is okay to ingnore the Oxford comma for personal documents, emails, tweets and your personal Facebook page. However for business purposes, especially legal documents, you should use the Oxford comma. Avoiding the use of the Oxford comma has resulted in various lawsuits forcing companies to pay employees millions; what was implied without the comma failed in the courts. Moral of the lawsuits; use the Oxford comma for clarity and to avoid lawsuits.

In our example, using the Oxford comma says Raymond is teaching each class separately. Without the comma denotes that Raymond is teaching Access and Outlook as a combined class.

The setting for the Oxford comma has changed in the various Word versions.

This is for Word 365, Word 2019, and Word 2016 for PCs and Macs

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Finding the Oxford Comma

Open a Word document. Next, click the File menu option. Now, navigate to

Options > Proofing > Writing Style > Settings

Now, scroll down the long list till you see the Oxford Comma checkbox in the Punctuation Conventions section. Refer to below image:

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The Oxford Comma option

Setting the Oxford Comma

Checking the box will enforce the comma in lists. A missing Oxford comma will show a red dashed line with the suggestion “A comma before “and” or “or” could make this clearer.” See below image:

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The Oxford Comma suggestion

Grammar checking in English is hard but the software does a remarkable job. This being said, the feature is not perfect and is no substitute for proof reading.

While discussing grammer, there is another similar situation. I see a lot of blog posts using words like “It’s” or Doesn”t”. The correct usage is to avoid using the apostrophe. In my examples, you would spell out the words to say “It is” and “Does not” for clarity.

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How to Control Text in Google Chrome

If you’re having trouble comfortably reading text that is either too small or too big on a website in Google Chrome, there’s a quick way to change it.

If you’re having trouble comfortably reading text that is either too small or too big on a website in Google Chrome, there’s a quick way to change it. Let’s explore how to do this.

Chrome includes a feature called Zoom that allows you to quickly make text and images bigger or smaller on any website. You can zoom a web page from anywhere between 25% and 500% of its usual size.

When you navigate away from a page, Chrome will remember your zoom level for that website when you come back to it.

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First, open Chrome on your devuce,.

Method 1: Using Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Press Ctrl and + (plus) to zoom in
  • Press Ctrl and (minus) to zoom out
  • Press Ctrl and 0 (zero) to return to the default size, normally 100%

Method 2: Using the Mouse

Press and hold the Ctrl key and rotate the scroll wheel on your mouse. Depending on which direction you spin the wheel, the text will become larger or smaller.

Method 3: Using the Menu

Select the Hamburger icon (the one with 3 dots) in the top-right of the Chrome web browser. Refer to below image:

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The Hamburger icon

In the Zoom section, select the + (plus) button to increase the size of text and images. Select the (minus) button to decrease the size of text and images. See below image:

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Selecting a Zoom level

Press the Esc key to hide the menu.

Reset Zoom

One way is to use any of the zoom methods listed above to set the zoom level to 100%.

Another way is to select the magnifying glass icon in the address bar (this will only appear if you are zoomed to a level other than 100%), then select Reset. If you dont see the magnifying glass (normally due to numerous icons), just press and hold the Ctrl key while pressing the + (plus) or (minus) key or mouse scroll. See following image;

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Resetting the Zoom

Set a Custom Default

You can customise the default zoom level used by the Google Chrome browser. This way, text and images will always appear larger or smaller whenever you use the browser. To do so:

Select the Hamburger icon (the one with 3 dots) in the top-right of the Chrome web browser. Refer to below image:

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The Hamburger icon

Select Settings from the menu. See below image;

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Accessing the Settings

In the search box at the top of the Settings page, type “page zoom”. See following image:

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Using the Settings search box

Under the Appearance options, select the drop-down menu for Page zoom and choose a new default zoom level. Refer to below image:

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Selecting a custome Zoom level

That’s it. Now you can make your Chrome browsing easier on your eyes.

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How to Navigate Outlook’s New Search Feature

Recently, Microsoft has changed how the Search works. It is now more robust with many new options. The Search box is now located at the top of the screen in the title bar. This is called Microsoft Search and is available in both client and web apps.

Recently, Microsoft has changed how the Search works. It is now more robust with many new options. The Search box is now located at the top of the screen in the title bar. This is called Microsoft Search and is available in both client and web apps.

This is for devices running Outlook. Screenshots are from Office 365

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The Search Box

Refer to below image for the new Search box:

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The new Search box

First, you will notice the Search box is bigger and longer. Also, Microsoft has added two keyboard shortcuts; CNTL+E and ALT+Q for those people who favor the keyboard over a mouse.

Now when you click inside the Search box or use a keyboard shortcut, a menu appears that shows recent searches, people and actions. See following image:

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The Search box menu

The menu is in a fixed position and covers up a lot of tools found on the Search tab ribbon. If you want to access these tools you have click on a blank space outside the Search results. See below image:

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Click off the Search box

Using the Search Box

As you type in the Search box, the menu will filter down search terms, people, and actions to match what you type. This is the biggest change in Microsoft Search: it no longer just searches through email. The new feature searches everything in Outlook, including Outlook functionality.

If you want to know how to edit emails, type “edit” in the Search box and, below any emails that match the word, the menu will display relevant commands. Refer to below image:

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The Search box actions

Filter Your Search

Unlike the old Search, Outlook now has a much better and easier user interface for filtering your search. Click the drop-down arrow next to the Search box and a simple search menu appears. See following image:

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The Search box filters

Type into these filters and Outlook will automatically add the correct syntax to the Search box (as noted below). You no longer need to remember the right commands to type. Refer to below image:

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Setting up a filter

You are not limited to the default search fields, now you can change the default search fields as well. Just click Add More Options. This will bring up additional options you can turn on or off. Click Apply when you’re done.See below image:

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More Search options

The Search Command

If you’re not a fan of the new dropdown, the Search tab on the ribbon is still there, although now it only appears when you click into the Search box, then click on a blank space in the ribbon. See following image:

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The Search command

The new Search has more power and functionality than the old Search box and provides more screen space for your actual emails. It’s a definite improvement. Enjoy the new Search feature.

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How to Save a Microsoft Edge Web Page as a PDF

At times you would like to “grab” a copy of a web page in Microsoft Edge without printing it out on paper. This is not obvious but easily to do on various devices.

At times you would like to “grab” a copy of a web page in Microsoft Edge without printing it out on paper. This is not obvious but easily to do on various devices.

This is for Windows 10 PCs, Macs and other devices that support Microsoft Edge

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First, open Edge and navigate to a web page you would like to save as a PDF. In the upper right hand corner, click on the hamburger icon (the one with three dots). Refer to below image:

Edge PDF 1
The Hamburger icon

In the pop-up menu, select Print. See below image:

Edge PDF 2
The Edge Print option

The Print window will open that contains a preview of what the page will look like saved as a PDF file. Select Printer from the drop-down menu, then select Save as PDF. See following image:

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Edge’s Save as PDF option

Use the Pages option to save certain pages (for example, only the first page like in my example or a range of pages). If you would like to change the orientation of the PDF file from portrait (the default) to landscape, click on the Layout option.

When you are done with your options, click on the Save button at the bottom of the page. Refer to below image:

Edge PDF 4
Edge’s Save your changes option

The Save As dialog box will open. Enter the path where you want to save your PDF file and rename the file, if necessary. Click Save to save your file. See following image:

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Edge’s Save the PDF file

Your web page(s) will be saved as a PDF file in the location you have chosen.

It’s possible to save documents to PDF files other than Edge. Whether its a Window 10 or a Mac computer, print-to-PDF functionally will be similar.

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