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Microsoft issues a rare Windows XP patch to combat a virulent WannaCry-like exploit in older OS versions

Windows 7 and various Windows Server operating systems also require a critical security update to combat this Remote Desktop Services exploit.

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How Windows and Chrome quietly made 2019 the year of Linux on the desktop

With Microsoft's Windows Subsystem for Linux 2, a full Linux kernel running in Windows, and Google's pledge that all future Chromebooks will be able to run Linux apps, 2019 is the year of Linux on the desktop.

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Windows 10 May 2019 Update: The best hidden features

Windows 10's May 2019 Update offers many small and subtle improvements that are worth calling out. From display brightness to cursor boldness to GameBar tweaks, get the details here.

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Microsoft's latest Windows 10 Build 18894 fixes a big problem with the May 2019 Update

Windows Search will now power File Explorer within Windows 10 Build 18894, apparently solving one of the issues with the May 2019 Update that's rolling out soon.

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How to use audio and video files in PowerPoint

PowerPoint supports a number of common audio and video formats. We'll go through the details and show you how to incorporate audio and video files into your presentation slides. 

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Microsoft debuts new Terminal app, next-gen Windows Subsystem for Linux for power users

At Microsoft Build, Microsoft unveils a tabbed Terminal app and a Windows Subsystem for Linux that's built on a new, custom-built Linux 4.19 kernel.

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How to create, edit, and format images in Excel

Excel provides over 16 dozen geometric shapes that you can size and manipulate to your specific needs, plus hundreds of special effects.

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Microsoft adds phone notification support, dictation languages to new Windows 10 Insider build

Microsoft' Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18885 adds notification support to the Your Phone app and broadens WIndows' dictation capabilities.

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PowerPoint animation tips & advice

Almost any PowerPoint presentation would benefit from clever animation, and the Internet has an endless supply of animated templates

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Sophos, Avast warn of Windows machines failing to boot after latest Microsoft patch

Antivirus makers Sophos and Avast are warning users that installing a recent Windows update may cause their PCs to lock up or fail to boot.

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Create Excel Alerts, then write a macro to email them

Excel can send alerts based on spreadsheet data, but you'll need to write a macro to do it. We'll show you how.

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How Excel creates barcodes

Excel creates most commonly used barcodes, either from free installed fonts, or add-ins for a price. Here's how.

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How to create, filter, and format tables in Excel

Excel tables have many benefits that regular spreadsheets lack. The biggest is the option to use data from multiple tables to create queries and reports.

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Microsoft Word reads to you: How to use the Speak and Read Aloud commands

Can Microsoft Word read to you? Yes, it can. The Speak feature was incorporated into Microsoft Office back in version 2003. Here's how it works.

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How Word translates text between languages

Microsoft Word can translate a word, sentence, paragraph, or an entire document into 62 languages with a few clicks. Here's how.

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How to add music to your PowerPoint presentations

Play background music across all the slides

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Can Excel convert currency? Using the EUROTOOL.XLAM Excel Add-in

Excel can convert currency given the right tools. Here's how to use the Excel Add-In called EUROTOOL.XLAM 

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Can Excel show the column headers on every screen? How to freeze panes and split screens

Can Excel show the column headers on every screen? Yes: Here's how to freeze and unfreeze columns and rows.

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