How to Create a Restore Point and Recover in Windows 10

Has Windows been acting flaky? It could be a specific piece of software that’s wreaking havoc on your system. Maybe you have installed a new application or driver. Perhaps Windows is crashing or blue screening and you have no idea why. Do not worry because all is not lost if you have a system Restore Point waiting to roll your PC back to functionality.

Has Windows been acting flaky? It could be a specific piece of software that’s wreaking havoc on your system. Maybe you have installed a new application or driver. Perhaps Windows is crashing or blue screening and you have no idea why. Do not worry because all is not lost if you have a system Restore Point waiting to roll your PC back to functionality.

This is for devices running Windows 10. Also works for Windows 8 and 7. Screenshots are from Windows 10

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A Restore Point is essentially a snapshot of Windows at any given time. You can create restore points on a regular basis, and if Windows ever breaks, you can bring it back to a point from before the problem occurred. The best part of using this method over a Recovery Drive is that only system files and settings will be affected, while all your documents and personal files will be left untouched.

Windows automatically creates a Restore Point, if enabled, at key moments, such as when you install certain software programs and drivers or apply Windows updates. However, you should manually create these points yourself on a regular basis, perhaps once a month, to ensure that your system can be restored to a recent state in the event of a mishap. You should also create one before you attempt any type of major change to Windows that could inadvertently lead to unstable behavior or other issues.

Create a Automatic Restore Point

First, locate the Restore Point utility by clicking Start and entering the text “restore” (without quotes) in the Cortana search box located next to Start. Refer to below image:

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Entering the Restore search criteria in Cortana search boc

Next, click your search result, Create a restore point, in upper left-hand corner. See below image:

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Selecting the Control Panel applet to Create a Restore Point

Now, you will be taken to the System Protection tab of the System Properties window.

If System Protection has not yet been enabled, the Create button is grayed out. In this case, select the drive you want to protect and then click the Configure button.

If System Protection is enabled for a drive, highlight the drive and click the Configure button. See following image:

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Selecting a drive to Configure

Next, click the Turn on System Protection radio button if not enabled. You will now need to decide how much disk space you want to devote to all your restore points. If you run out of space, the oldest restore points will start getting deleted. If you have ample free space, then you may want to devote more storage for the restore points. Otherwise, you can stick with the suggested percentage, usually anywhere from 1% to 3% depending on the overall size of the drive or move the slider to the percentage you want. Once set, click OK. Refer to below image:

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Configuring the drive and amount of storage space for a Restore Point

Your restore points will be created automatically at certain key moments. You can repeat these steps if you have other drives that you wish to protect. You can also return to this screen in the future to delete all existing system restore points if you are running low on disk space. To do this, click the Delete button and click Continue to confirm the deletion.

Create a Manual Restore Point

Head back to the Configure screen (second image above). This time, highlight an available drive and click the Create button. See below image:

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Selecting to create a manual Restore Point

Next, type in a name for the restore point. Since the current date and time will automatically be added to the name, you might want to include a note about the action you are about to take or another reason for the restore point. If you have multiple drives, include the drive name or letter in the name. Now, click the Create button. See following image:

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Assigning a name for the Restore Point

Windows will tell you if the restore point was created successfully. Now, click the Close button. Refer to below image:

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Pop-up message indicating the success of creating a Restore Point

You can repeat the above steps if you want to create a restore point for your other drives. When done, click OK to shut down the System Protection window

Restore to a Previous State

If you have an issue, you can return to the System Protection window and click the System Restore button. See below image:

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Selecting the System Restore button

At the Restore system files and settings screen, Windows explains what System Restore does. Click Next to continue. See following image:

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Verbage screen about the Restore

Now, select a drive restore point, then click the Scan for affected programs button. Refer to below image:

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Selecting Scan for affected programs button

Windows scans for any applications that were added since the last restore point in order to delete them and looks for any that were removed in order to restore them. It also scans for any programs and drivers that might be restored but may not work correctly and may need to be reinstalled. Note the results if Windows finds anything important. After the scan completes, click Close to return to the previous System Restore window. See below image:

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Displaying the results (if any) of the scan. PAY CLOSE ATTENTION to this screen!

Make sure the restore point you want to use is selected. Now, click Next. See following image:

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Continuing the Restore

Windows will display a Confirm your restore point window. Next, click the Finish button. Refer to below image:

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Confirming your Restore. PAY CLOSE ATTENTION to this screen!

You will be told that the System Restore cannot be interrupted. Next, click Yes to continue. See below image:

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One last chance to back out of the Restore. PAY CLOSE ATTENTION to this screen!

Windows will bring your system back to the restore point you selected and reboot, telling you that your files and settings are being restored. Once Windows is back up again, you can log back in. 

Next, you should receive a pop-up screen regarding the success of the Restore. You may now need to reinstall any applications, drivers, or other software that were removed. You will also want to play around in Windows to see if the problem that prompted you to restore it has been eliminated.

You are now finished. Now you know how to create a system Restore Point for all your hard drives and restore your system to a previous state. Please feel free to share this post! One way to share is via Twitter.

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How to Turn On Safer Browsing in Google Chrome

Google has some built-in tools in Chrome that attempt to make browsing safer. Enhanced Safe Browsing is one such tool.

With Safe Browsing, you get alerts about malware, risky extensions, phishing, or sites on Google’s list of potentially unsafe sites.

Google has some built-in tools in Chrome that attempt to make browsing safer. Enhanced Safe Browsing is one such tool. Let’s explore how to turn on this feature.

This is for the desktop version of Chrome and Android. Screenshots are from Chrome on Windows 10.

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Enhanced Safe Browsing Explained

Safe Browsing is a list of dangerous URLs that is maintained by Google and used to protect users from malicious sites. Enhanced Safe Browsing builds upon this feature with some additional tools.

With Enhanced Safe Browsing enabled, Chrome shares even more browsing data with Google. This allows for threat assessments to be more accurate and proactive, though it does present a privacy concern in itself. You are letting Google monitor your browsing.

Per Google’s description, Enhanced Safe Browsing enables the following:

  • It predicts and warns you about dangerous events before they happen.
  • It keeps you safe on Chrome and may be used to improve your security in other Google apps when you are signed in.
  • It improves security for you and everyone on the web.
  • It warns you if passwords are exposed in a data breach.

Enable This Feature

The feature is available for Chrome on the desktop and Android. It is not available for iPhone and iPad. The process for enabling it is very similar on both platforms.

First, launch Chrome. Next, select the three-dot menu (the hamburger) icon in the top-right corner of Chrome. Now, choose Settings from the menu. Refer to below image:

Selecting Settings

Next, go to the Privacy and Security section. See below image:

Accessing Privacy and security option

Now, on the desktop, click Security. On the Android, it is called Safe Browsing. See following image:

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Accessing the Security option

Next, click or tap on the radio button to enable Enhanced protection. Refer to below image:

Enabling Enhanced protection

Now, exit Settings. You are finished. You will not notice anything different in your everyday browsing, but you will now have better protection. In the event that something is amiss, Google Chrome will give you a warning.

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How to Automatically Resume Apps on Startup in Windows 10

Have you ever been getting things done with a bunch of apps open then suddenly need to logout or restart your PC? It can be annoying when you log back in and having to restart all the apps you were using. For some good news, Windows 10 offers a switch in Settings that will resume select apps after logging out and back in again. This makes Windows remember which apps to reopen so you can resume where you left off.

Have you ever been getting things done with a bunch of apps open then suddenly need to logout or restart your PC? It can be annoying when you log back in and having to restart all the apps you were using. For some good news, Windows 10 offers a switch in Settings that will resume select apps after logging out and back in again. This makes Windows remember which apps to reopen so you can resume where you left off.

This is for devices running Windows 10

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This feature works with most modern apps like Office, Edge, other apps you have downloaded from the Microsoft Store, or those apps considered restartable. It might not work with legacy desktop apps like Photoshop, for example. Still this is a nice feature, so let’s explore how this is done.

First, open Settings by clicking the Start menu and select the small gear icon, or press Windows+I. Refer to below image:

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Accessing Settings

Next, in the Settings screen, click on Accounts. See below image:

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Accessing Accounts

Now, on the Accounts screen, click Sign-in options in the sidebar. See following image:

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Accessing Sign-in options

In Sign-in options, scroll down the page until you see the Restart apps option. Toggle the switch just below it until it’s turned On.

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Turning on Restart apps

Now, you may exit Settings.

The next time you log out and log back in, what Microsoft calls your “restartable apps” will be reloaded automatically.

These are its universal apps available through the Store. The Windows Store only includes apps written for Microsoft’s new “Universal Windows Platform,” or UWP.

Legacy apps (that use the Win32 API) written for Windows versions prior to Windows 8 may not be restarted automatically. Still, you may find this feature useful.

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How to Force Chrome to Always Open Previously Open Tabs

Let’s say you are in the middle of a complex task in Chrome but you need to restart, log out, or Chrome has crashed. With one quick settings change, Chrome can remember all of your open tabs and reload them automatically the next time you start Chrome. Let’s explore how to setup this feature.

Let’s say you are in the middle of a complex task in Chrome but you need to restart, log out, or Chrome has crashed. With one quick settings change, Chrome can remember all of your open tabs and reload them automatically the next time you start Chrome. Let’s explore how to setup this feature.

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First, launch Chrome. In any window, click the three vertical dots button (the hamburger icon) in the upper right-hand corner and select Settings from the menu. Refer to below image:

Accessing Settings

Next, select On startup option in the sidebar. See below image:

Selecting On startup option

Now, in the On startup section, select the radio button beside Continue where you left off. See following image:

Enabling opening your previous tabs

You can also force Chrome to launch with a set of your favorite pages. In the same On startup page in Chrome Settings just select Open a specific page or set of pages instead. Refer to below image where you can open the browser to Chrome apps using the text of chrome://apps/.

Enabling open to a specific page

Here you will see your Google (and non Google) apps. Yes, you can add third party apps to your opening Chrome apps page. See below image:

Your Google apps screen

If you want Chrome to always open with a fresh, empty browser state, you can head back to this screen and select Open the New Tab page instead.

After that, close Settings, The next time you restart Chrome, all of your tabs will open again exactly where you left off.

Note! If you were browsing through Incognito (private mode) and you lose your tabs, Chrome will not remember them.

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Deleting Microsoft Accounts Gets Man Two Years in Jail

This post is for information only, no screenshots. At the end of the main story, I added one of my own IT consultant stories.

This post is for information only, no screenshots. At the end of the main story, I added one of my own IT consultant stories.

This is for businesses

Source: Office Watch

A man has been jailed for two years after sabotaging a company by deleting 80% of their Microsoft 365 accounts; email, calendars, contact lists, docs, and so on. What did he do and what organizations should do to prevent a similar catastrophe.

Deepanshu Kher worked for an IT consultant firm and was deployed to work at Carlsbad Company who were migrating to Microsoft 365 hosting. Carlsbad were unhappy with Kher who eventually left both Carlsbad and the consultant firm.

He returned to India where he hacked into Carlsbad Company’s new Microsoft 365 system and deleted 1,200 of their 1,500 user accounts. That shut down the company for two days, unable to access email accounts, contacts, calendars, documents, directories plus Teams and video conferencing.

Customers and partners could not contact the company or vice-versa. There was no way to tell people what was happening and why.

It took three months and over half-a-million dollars for Carlsbad to get everything back into something like normal.

Lessons to be Learned

Details of the hack have not been disclosed but some reasonable guesses are possible with some preventative measures suggested. See end of this blog post for a link about the hack.

Revoke Accounts

When someone leaves an organization, especially admin level access, make sure their account privileges are suspended or revoked.  It’s easily overlooked.

A former employee or contractor might have discovered other logins or know hacks into a system but most commonly they just login to their account.

Restoring Deleted Accounts

Microsoft’s default for deleting a mailbox or user account is a ‘soft’ deletion that’s held in a recycle bin for 30 days, with a Restore option, before full deletion. Unfortunately, there’s a second ‘hard’ option which immediately deletes the entire mailbox or user account. In some cases, hard deletion is necessary but perhaps Microsoft should make irreversible deletions a lot more difficult to access, even by administrators? Maybe require more than one admin to approve hard deletions?

Where is the Hacker Now?

Mr Kher did his nasty deed from India but that didn not stop the FBI from tracking him down and issuing an arrest warrant. When he tried to re-enter the US in January 2021 he was arrested, unaware of the outstanding warrant.

In US District Court he was found guilty of “Intentional Damage to a Protected Computer ” which carries a 10 year and $250,000 fine maximum. Kher was sentenced to two years jail, three years supervised release and ordered to pay restitution of $567,084 (the precise amount it cost Carlsbad to fix their systems).

See Justice.gov for details.

One of my Personal IT Consultant Jobs

I went to work thru a consultant agency for a manufacturing plant in the Port of Catoosa near Tulsa, Oklahoma. On my first day, around 9am, the admin person starting setting me up access to their system. Two hours later, he was still working; he did not know how to set my credentials. Also, a lady supervisor came by and gave me a foot high stack of paper and told me to go through it. I ask, “what am I looking for?”. She said, “just go through it.” Then she left. I did not do this; if she did not know what I was looking for, I sure did not know.

Around 11:am, the IT director came by and wanted to take me to lunch. His right-hand partner, he and I got into his vehicle. They did not ask me any questions on the ride to the restaurant or back to the company. During lunch, they did not even acknowledge my presence or ask me anything. They just talked to each other. So, I remained silent. I thought this was strange.

Back at the plant, he took me to several departments where I met a lot of people, names I could not remember. What I later realized, it was a “dog and pony” show. He was being pressured to do something about their IT “system”, so he talked to my consulting agency and they sent me. He expected me to fix their “system”. He knew this was an impossible task for one person; he set me up for failure.

Over the next two days, I was amazed at their “system”. Their plant was using Excel spreadsheets to run the company; I found thousands of them. I estimated 10,000 spreadsheets.

One department would enter info like name, supervisor, hours worked. Then that department would “pass” the spreadsheet to the next department where they added their own info and/or creating new Excel spreadsheets. And so it went to each department. It was a gigantic mess. I wrote him a letter saying he needed an enterprise system like SAP, IBM or Accenture. He ignored the letter. He had done his job by hiring me to be his savior.

I decided to start with the Time Keeping system. I create a database and the forms. At least, they could have something to visualize.

No one spoke to me. I tried to talk to the guys in IT, but they shut the door in my face. Very wierd.

After ten days, I came in on a Monday morning and starting working. Around 10:00am a supervisor comes by and says, “why are you hear, you were fired on Friday”. I said, “no one told me”. She left and I called my boss. They did not know either. I packed what work I had done and left.

After reading the main story above, I could have done major damage to the company by deleting thousands of Excel spreadsheets in a matter of minutes. I had full admin access. So, would I have been sentenced to jail? I do not think so because I was technically fired and no one told me or my boss. The company was to blame for their lack of communication and not revoking my credentials. So, pay attention to the above story, especially, if you are running a business.

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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.

This is devices running Google Chrome

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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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Your 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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Your 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 Spell Check Outlook Emails Before Sending

Nobody wants their communications to have spelling errors left in, so let Microsoft Outlook help by automatically spell checking emails before they are sent.

Nobody wants their communications to have spelling errors left in, so let Microsoft Outlook help by automatically spell checking emails before they are sent. Of course you can manually check before sending by opening an Outlook email and head to:

Review > Spelling & Grammar

But who wants to do this for every email you send. Instead, the Microsoft Outlook desktop client has a setting that forces spell check to take place after you click the Send button. If no errors are found, the email is sent like normal. If a spelling error is found, Outlook gives you the option to correct it before the email is sent.

This is for PCs running Outlook

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To enable this feature, open the Outlook desktop application and click:

File > Options

Refer to below image:

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Accessing Options

Next. in the Mail > Compose Messages section, toggle on the Always check spelling before sending checkbox. See below image:

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Enabling Spell Check

Now, click OK in the bottom-right corner to save and close the Options panel. See following image:

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Saving your change

Now, when we click Send on an email with a spelling error, Microsoft Outlook will pick it up and give you the chance to change it. Refer to below image:

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Spell Check in action

If the spell checker has found a misspelled word and you want to change it, click Cancel. Or, you could use one of its suggestions. See below image where “Savvy” is misspelled:

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Cancel your email

If you choose to cancel, a dialog box will open that lets you quit sending the email. Click No to stop the email from being sent. See following image:

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Cancel sending your email

Note! The spell checker will not pick up the wrong words, just words that are spelled incorrectly. So, if you meant to type in “Savvy” but instead typed “Savoy”, the spell checker will not pick that up because “Savoy” is a correctly spelled word.

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How to Adjust Microphone Volume in Windows 10

Unfortunately, not all microphones are created equal. Baseline volume levels differ significantly between models, and while one may sound more than adequate, another may be vastly underpowered. The issue can be particularly pronounced when using microphones with communication applications such as Skype.

Unfortunately, not all microphones are created equal. Baseline volume levels differ significantly between models, and while one may sound more than adequate, another may be vastly underpowered. The issue can be particularly pronounced when using microphones with communication applications such as Skype. Let’s explore how to adjust your microphone volume.

This is for devices running Windows 10

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All microphones, whether you are using an internal or external one, have different base volumes when transmitting your voice to other parties. If you find that people often complain of not being able to hear you during meetings, the most likely culprit is the out volume of your PC’s microphone.

Use Settings

First, click the Start menu, then select the gear icon on the bottom left to open Settings. You can also press Windows+i to open it. Refer to below image:

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Accessing Settings

Now, click the System option. See below image:

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Selecting the System option

Next, select Sound in the sidebar. See following image:

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Selecting the Sound option

Now, scroll down to the Input section and select the device you would like to configure using the Choose your output device drop-down list. Then click Device properties option. Refer to below image:

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Accessing the selected device properties

Next, use the Volume slider to adjust the output level of the microphone. See below image:

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Adjusting the Sound volume

The louder the volume, the louder the output signal will be when you use the microphone. Louder is not always better, however, if the signal is too loud, your voice will be distorted. Try to find the ideal volume where your voice (or other sound source) is loud enough without having any kind of distortion.

If you need help, click the Start test button and speak into the microphone at a normal volume. See following image:

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Running a sound test

When you click Stop test, you will see the highest percentage level registered by the test program. You can then adjust the volume slider accordingly. If you keep hitting 100% by talking at a normal volume, then the volume slider is adjusted too high. Reduce the volume and try again. Refer to below image where you will get a zero percent if no microphone is plugged in:

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Results of your sound test

When you are satisfied, close Settings. If you ever need to adjust it again, revisit the above steps.

Use Control Panel

You can launch this tool from the speaker icon in your taskbar’s notification area, which is opposite the Start button. First, right-click the speaker icon and select Sounds from the menu that appears. See below image:

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Accessing the Sounds option

Now, click the Recording tab. See following image:

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Selecting the Recording tab

You will see a list of microphones installed on your system. Select the one you would like to adjust, then click the Properties button. Refer to below image:

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Accessing the selected Microphone properties

Next, click the Levels tab. See below image:

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Selecting the Levels tab

Now, use the Microphone slider to adjust the output level of the microphone. The higher the level, the louder your microphone signal will be while it is in use. That means your voice will come through louder. But a signal that is too loud will distort, so try to find the sweet spot where it is loud enough but not too loud to distort your voice. Next, click OK, then click OK again to close the Sound window. See following image:

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Adjusting the Sound volume

If you need to adjust the level again, revisit the above steps.

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How to Insert a File into Another Word Document

When creating or modifying a Microsoft Word document, it can be beneficial to insert or embed another file into it. By inserting a file into a Word document, that file becomes a part of the Word document. A reader can open and view the embedded file without requiring special permission or access.

When creating or modifying a Microsoft Word document, it can be beneficial to insert or embed another file into it. By inserting a file into a Word document, that file becomes a part of the Word document. A reader can open and view the embedded file without requiring special permission or access.

Nearly any file can be inserted into a Word document, However, be aware that inserting a file into a Word document can increase its size significantly.

In this post, instead of using “copy and paste” from one document into another, we will show you another way, using the Insert feature.

This is for devices running Word

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First, open the Word document that you would like to add the contents of, another Word document to.

Next, in the Text group of the Insert tab, click the drop-down arrow next to the Object option. Refer to below image:

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Accessing the Object option

A drop-down menu will appear. There are two options to choose from here; Object and Text From File.

  • Object: Embeds an object such as a Word document or Excel chart
  • Text From File: Inserts the text from another file into your Word document

The Text From File option is essentially a quicker way to “copy and paste” the content of another file into this one.

Now, click the Text From File option in the drop-down menu. See below image:

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Accessing the Text from file option from drop-down menu

Next, the File Explorer (Finder on Mac) will open. Find the file you would like to copy the text from, select it, then click Insert. See following image:

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Selecting the file to be inserted into original Word document

The contents of that Word document will now appear in the current Word document. This works well if there is not a lot of content in the other Word document, but if there is, embedding it may be a better option.

You may want to add headings/subheadings to the inserted document.

If your original Word document has a Table of Contents, make sure you update your table. First, under the References tab, select the Update Table option. Refer to below image:

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Accessing Update Table option

Now, from the pop-up window that will be displayed, select an option. It is recommended you choose the Update entire table option, then cli ck OK. See below image:

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Selecting how you want the Table of Contents to be updated

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How to Set Default Microphone in Windows 10

The default sound input device is the device that Windows uses to record or hear sound. When you connect more than one microphone or other recording devices to your PC, you can select which device you want to use by default.

The default sound input device is the device that Windows uses to record or hear sound. When you connect more than one microphone or other recording devices to your PC, you can select which device you want to use by default.

This is for devices running Windows 10

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Windows 10 users often need to juggle several microphones. There might be one built into a PC, one on a webcam, on a headset, and perhaps a podcasting microphone.

It’s worth noting that in some apps (such as Zoom), you can select your microphone device within the app, and that choice will function independently of the Windows system sound settings.

To set your default microphone system-wide, follow the steps below. Every app that uses the default Windows microphone, that is the default option for most apps, will use it.

Using Settings to Set the Default Microphone

Before we begin, it’s worth mentioning that if you have only one microphone, it will be the default.

First, open Settings by clicking the Start menu and selecting the gear icon in the lower left-hand corner of your screen. You can also press Windows+i to open it. Refer to below image:

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Accessing Settings

Now, in the Settings window, click the System option. See below image:

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Accessing System option

Next, on your System screen, click the Sound option from the sidebar menu. See following image:

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Accessing Sound option

Now, scroll down to the Input section. In the drop-down menu labeled Choose your input device, select the microphone you would like to use as your default device. Refer to below image:

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Selecting your default microphone

Once you have selected a device from the drop-down menu, Windows will use that device as your default microphone. Now, exit Settings.

Using Control Panel to Set the Default Microphone

First, right-click the speaker icon in the system tray in the lower right-hand corner of your screen and select Sounds from the pop-up menu. See below image:

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Accessing Sounds

Next, click the Recording tab. Now, you will see a list of recording devices recognized by your system, which includes microphones. Select the microphone you would like to use as the default from the list and click the Set Default button. Note! If there is only one microphone listed, it will be the default. See following image:

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Setting the default microphone

The microphone you have selected will have a green checkmark beside it and include the label Default Device. Next, click OK to close your Sound window. Refer to below image:

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Accepting the default microphone

If you want to change your default microphone again, just select Sounds from the speaker icon in the System tray and follow the above steps for using the Control Panel to set the default microphone.

You are finished setting your default microphone. Now you may close any openwindows. Please feel free to share this post! One way to share is via Twitter.

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