How to Add the Developer Tab in Office Apps

Sooner or later, you will need the Developer Tab in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or Outlook. Even if you know nothing about programming, there are buttons on the Developer tab that are necessary for some of the clever features in Office.

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September 28, 2021

Sooner or later, you will need the Developer Tab in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or Outlook. Even if you know nothing about programming, there are buttons on the Developer tab that are necessary for some of the clever features in Office.

The Developer tab is not displayed by default, but you can add it to the ribbon in a few easy steps.

This is for devices running Microsoft Office

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First, open an Office app, like Word, and any document. Now, right-click within any Tab in the Ribbon and select Customize the Ribbon. Refer to below image:

Ribbon 1
Select Customize the Ribbon option

Next, in the right-hand side, select All Tabs from the drop down menu and simply checkmark the Developer tab box. Now, select OK to enable the Developer tab. See below image:

Ribbon 2
Enable the Developer tab

Next, exit your Office app, restart the app and load your document. You will see the Developer tab in your ribbon. Just click the tab to view its options. See following image:

Ribbon 3
Your Developer tab

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How to Turn Off Mouse Acceleration in Windows 10

If your cursor keeps overshooting your target on your Windows 10 desktop, the culprit might be a feature known as Mouse Acceleration. Disabling it might increase your pointer accuracy, letting you land right on point every time.

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September 14, 2021

If your cursor keeps overshooting your target on your Windows 10 desktop, the culprit might be a feature known as Mouse Acceleration. Disabling it might increase your pointer accuracy, letting you land right on point every time.

This is for devices running Windows 10

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What is Mouse Acceleration

Mouse Acceleration in Windows 10 is a feature that increases the distance and speed at which your cursor moves across the screen in response to the speed with which you move your physical mouse.

With Mouse Acceleration enabled, if you were to quickly move your physical mouse three inches, your cursor could travel from one side of the screen to the other. However, if you were to move your mouse the exact same distance, only much slower, your cursor might only make it halfway across the screen.

This feature is enabled on Windows 10 devices by default, and the goal is to enhance the precision of your cursor. For many, it has the exact opposite effect; especially for gamers. If you find this to be the case for you, you can disable it.

Turn Off the Feature

First, in the Cortana search box (next to the Windows logo key), type Mouse and click Mouse settings from the search results in upper left-hand corner. Refer to below image:

Mouse 1
Selecting Mouse settings

Next, find the Related settings group to the right of the Mouse settings window (or the bottom if your window size is small). Now, click Additional mouse options. See below image:

Mouse 2
Selecting more mouse options

Next, in the Mouse Properties window, click the Pointer Options tab. See following image:

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Selecting Pointer Options tab

Now, under the Motion group, uncheck Enhance pointer precision, and then click Apply. Refer to below image:

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Turn off pointer precision

Now close the Mouse Properties window and exit Settings. Your mouse acceleration is now disabled.

This should help you more accurately land on your targets. But if you are a gamer and you are still having problems, you may want to read up on “mouse DPI and polling rates” and invest in a mouse that’s designed for gaming.

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How to See Labels and Icons in Windows 10 Taskbar

The Taskbar in Windows 10 comes with a lot of customizations. One of those customizations allows you to show/hide texts beside icons in opened windows in the Taskbar. You can show the icon and the name of the window at the same time.

The Taskbar in Windows 10 comes with a lot of customizations. One of those customizations allows you to show/hide texts beside icons in opened windows in the Taskbar. You can show the icon and the name of the window at the same time.

This used to be the Taskbar default behavior way back in Windows 95. Let’s explore how to get this feature back.

This is for devices running Windows 10

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First, open some Taskbar apps then right-click the Taskbar and select Taskbar settings. (You can also find this same screen by heading to:

Settings > Personalization > Taskbar

Refer to below image:

Taskbar 1
Accessing Taskbar settings

By default, Windows 10 hides open application windows under a single Taskbar button that looks like the app’s icon. Lets change this.

Next, in Taskbar settings, click the menu labeled Combine taskbar buttons. See below image:

Taskbar 2
Accessing Combine Taskbar buttons

Now, in the pop-up list that appears, select Never. See following image:

Taskbar 3
Selecting the Never option

Next, you will notice that any open windows listed on your Taskbar now show labels as well as the app icon. Refer to below image:

Taskbar 4
Your opened icons with labels

Here is another example of labels beside its icon. Although its hard to see, the Settings icon is gray indicating it is the top window. Depending on your color scheme, it may be a different color. Also, notice that each opened window is underlined. See below image:

Taskbar 5
Your opened icons with primary window icon and label highlighted

If you are satisfied with that, close Settings, and you are all set. It’s like Windows 95 all over again as to labels beside its icon!

If you change your mind, you can always undo it by selecting Always hide labels in the Combine taskbar buttons menu.

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The Hidden Video Editor in Windows 10

Windows 10 has a hidden video editor that works a bit like Windows Movie Maker or Apple iMovie. You can use it to trim videos or create your own home movies and slideshows. You can even have it create videos automatically. Lets explore how to find and use the Video Editor.

Windows 10 has a hidden video editor that works a bit like Windows Movie Maker or Apple iMovie. You can use it to trim videos or create your own home movies and slideshows. You can even have it create videos automatically. Lets explore how to find and use the Video Editor.

This is for devices running Windows 10

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Open Video Editor Inside of Photos App

You can get started with a custom video project by launching the Photos app from your Start menu. Enter “Photos” (without quotes) in the Cortana search box next to Start. Now, click the the New Video button and select an entry from the drop-down list. Also, you can switch to the Video Editor app. This is confusing; launching the Video Editor inside of Photos. Where to launch the Video Editor depends on what you are trying to do. (See section on Determine Where to Launch the Video Editor below). Refer to below image:

Video 1
Selecting a new video inside the Photos app

Open Video Editor Outside of Photos app

Also, Windows 10 now lets you launch the Video Editor from the Start menu, too. First, click the Start menu. Next, in the Cortana search box next to Start, enter “Video Editor” (without quotes). Now, in the upper left-hand corner, click the Video Editor app shortcut. See below image:

Video 2
Selecting the Video Editor app outside of the Photos app

Now, launch the New video project shortcut in the upper left-hand corner. If you have used the Video Editor, a Welcome Back message will be displayed. Note! You are now in the Photos app under the Video Editor tab. See following image:

Video 3
Selecting a new video project

This shortcut opens the list of “Video Projects” in the Photos app. From here, you can create a new video using the New Video tab, then click the Add button and chose a location for your photos. Also, you may edit an existing video using the Pencil icon. Refer to below image:

Video 4
Create or Edit a video

Determine Where to Launch the Video Editor

To quickly make smaller edits on individual videos—for example, to trim an individual video rather than combining multiple videos together; you must open those videos directly in the Photos app from File Explorer.

Using the File Explorer

First, select an image from the File Explorer, open the image in the Photos app, Now, click on the Edit & Create button and select an entry from the drop-down list. See below image:

Video 5
Create. add effects, or edit a video

From here, play around with the various tools and effects. Click Finish when done to export your video in mp4 format. Have fun in creating and editing your videos.

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