Lexis For Microsoft Office- Windows Operating System

This video will demonstrate how to use Lexus for Microsoft Office a windows compatible and Mac compatible version are available in this video we will use Lexus for Microsoft Office on a Mac operating system Lexus for Microsoft Office is an add-on the word that will enable you to access lexis advance directly from word in a split screen format this.

Will save you time as you draft and review your legal documents let’s begin by opening a word document this is a sample writing assignment for a law school brief I’ve simply copied and pasted at the general information and research issue at the top of a blank document I’ll use this document to demonstrate Lexus for Microsoft.

Office you can use Lexus for Microsoft Office to help create strong legal arguments ensure you’re citing valid Authority easily quote material and ensure you have the correct citation format let’s say you’re drafting a brief dealing with the federal nursing home reform amendment as shown.

Here first let’s get some background information by clicking get cited Docs this will scan to the document and allow us to link to the ax cases and other documents that are cited so we can get background information and.

Learn more about this assignment notice that you will retrieve all the documents in split screen.

Format so you can be drafting your assignment and researching at the same time let’s look more closely at the federal nursing home reform amendment the text of this statute is critical for our assignment so let’s grab that information and.

Put it into our outline or draft you can simply drag and drop portions of text into your.

Document from the split screen to ensure you have the exact quote in citations that you need as you can see the selected quote in citation to our statute have copied over to our Word document let’s jump ahead and say that you finished your.

Research and have a complete draft.

Already submit before submitting that assignment you can use your lexus for Microsoft.

Office to site check your work and check accuracy of quotes first I’ll use check cite format by clicking check cite format lexis for Microsoft Office will automatically check your citations to ensure that they’re Bluebook correct the split-screen format will provide a list of all your sites along.

With suggestions on how to correct those sites you can edit your citations within the split screen and submit the changes to your document second to verify all the quotes in the document I can simply click check.

Quotes again this brings up the split screen format showing me my quote and any suggested changes that might be needed another helpful feature of Alexis for Microsoft Office is.
The ability to quickly validate.

All of your authority before you turn in any writing assignment you should always run one last check to make sure that all of your authority is still good law you can do this with a click of the get cited document button now I have a list of all the citations in my document along with their shepard signals i can narrow this report to just view documents.

With negative or possible negative treatment this shows me the list of.

Cases that i may need to recheck to ensure my authority is still strong valid precedent this was a quick example of how you can use lexis from Microsoft Office on a document that you’re preparing you can download lexis from Microsoft.

Office for free by going to the LexisNexis for law school’s home page then selecting the resources tab at the top of the page once the resources page.

Displays scroll down and under apps and tools select Lexus for Microsoft Office here you will be able to select the download for either Windows or for Mac we also offer 24/7 technical support for Lexus for Microsoft Office call 1-800 for five Lexus and select prompt three and.

Then press – thank you for taking the time to learn about Lexus from Microsoft Office you.

O Windows Atualizou! Novo Modo Escuro Chegou!

Olá pessoal sejam todos bem vindos aqui no canal bpve eu sou leonardo campos e hoje estou trazendo aí uma dica novidades neva a gente já começa a trazer novidades aqui da nova versão do windows 10 para você que já atualizou saiba que tem grandes novidades e algumas bem bacanas que a gente vai mostrar aqui pra você antigamente propriedade.

Que eu quero falar pra você que agora a meta de likes aqui local aumentou até agora são mil likes e eu quero contar com a sua ajuda então arrebentar no lic nos.

Vídeos saiba você que sempre é muito útil o teu like ajuda bastante agora vamos lá vamos pra dica imediatamente então você sabe que nos autorizou e agora pessoal chegou um modo escuro meu marido mas na versão 1803 já tinha um modo escuro é.

Mas não do jeito que está agora quer ver como é que ficou então taka na tela bom.

Pra você está acessando é muito simples você vem aqui no botão iniciar vem aqui na engrenagem nas configurações vai abrir essa tela aqui aí você vai ver aqui em personalização abrindo aqui a personalização você vai ver até cores aqui em cores está.

O segredo você vai descer aqui e aqui está a escolher um modo do aplicativo padrão claro ou escuro então basta você colocar quem escuro aí vem a grande diferença também já ficou black já ficou tudo escuro antes na versão 1803 só mudavam essa parte das configurações agora não agora até a parte do ex glória fica escuro olha que bacana e se.

Você está vendo essa barra azul aqui ó é uma outra coisa também que você pode configurar que quer ver o que é justamente aqui é.

E bordas de janela então se você marcar aqui a cor que você escolheu aqui quando você marca que vai ficar predominante em todos os aplicativos que você abrir aqui na explore no seu navegador também tá vendo aqui ó fica essa barra azul aqui ou da cor que você colocar bom mas a grande novidade mesmo é agora o modo escuro inclusive aqui no ex.

Glória e aí conta o que você achou desse novo modo.

Escuro inclusive no explore aí do windows 10 a versão 1809 coloca aqui embaixo dos comentários que eu vou gostar de saber vou ficando por aqui um forte abraço a todos vocês e como é de costume você sabe nos encontramos no próximo vídeo.

How To Connect A Microsoft Account To Windows 10

Of the many new tricks that are available in the Anniversary Update, one of the more noteworthy improvements is the ability to tie your Windows license to a Microsoft account instead of tying it to your hardware.

That way if you ever decide to upgrade your PC motherboard, for example, you won’t have to deal with Microsoft customer support to reactivate your license. This hassle could also happen if you upgrade other PC components.

Of course this requires that you create and use a Microsoft account when logging into Windows 10. Here’s how to set that up.

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Launch the Settings app and navigate to Account > Your info. In the right panel, you should see your account information including whether or not you’re using a local account or a Microsoft account (indicated by an email address, in which case you’re already done).

Click on Sign in with a Microsoft account instead. This will prompt you to either sign in with an existing Microsoft account or create a new one. Valid Microsoft accounts are any that exist on the Outlook.com, Live.com, Hotmail.com, or MSN.com domains.

Once switched, your local files and data will be migrated over.

Note that this does NOT mean your Windows 10 license is now connected to your Microsoft account. That requires using the new Activation Troubleshooter tool that was made available in the Anniversary Update.

Do you use a Microsoft account with Windows 10 or do you use a local account instead? Tell us why in the comments below!

Change Dns Presets On The Fly With Chrispc Dns Switch

DNS servers are the intermediate agents that resolve human-readable URLs to IP addresses. By using alternate DNS servers that are geographically closer, or that use more efficient caching methods, you can significantly speed up your browsing. DNS Tunnelling, on the other hand, is a great way to access region-blocked content.

If you’re using Windows as your operating system, there’s just one catch. Changing your DNS settings is a needlessly convoluted task. Configuring it once is worse enough, but switching between different DNS profiles frequently is almost out of the question. Luckily, third-party tools like ChrisPC DNS Switch are able to introduce much-needed flexibility.

ChrisPC DNS Switch

ChirsPC DNS Switch is a free Windows utility that greatly facilitates DNS changes. It’s a full-featured package that not only introduces extensive DNS profiles, but makes even the simplest changes to your DNS settings a lot faster and user-friendly.

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The application is free, but ad-supported. You’ll find a text advertisement at the bottom of the main application window and a single advertisement when you exit the settings. This is less intrusive than it sounds; you will want to use the [[APPLICATION TRAY]] for most program interactions, so these are only seen sporadically. With the time ChrisPC DNS Switch saves you, and the headaches it protects you from, it’s a great package deal.

DNS Presets

You can change the DNS settings for each separate network adapter on your computer, e.g. your WiFi vs. your LAN connection. With a network adapter selected, pick a DNS preset and press Change DNS to reprogram it. Alternatively, you can use the selected preset to reprogram all your network adapters at once.

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ChrisPC DNS Switcher comes with a sizeable collection of alternative DNS presets available out of the box. These are ordered by categories, like Regular, Secure and Custom. For a better overview, you can filter DNS presets by category when you’re reprogramming a network adapter in the application settings.

DNS Database & Custom Presets

The Custom category of DNS presets is empty when you first launch the application. You can probably guess why: it’s the category reserved for DNS servers entered by the user.

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Select DNS Database in the left sidebar of the main application window to view all existing DNS presets and to add your own. You can also play with the default collection of DNS presets. For example, once you’ve set your mind on the set of DNS presets you’re going to use, you can delete the other presets to clean up the list.

Tip: Run Installation File To Restore Default DNS Presets

If you ever want to get back (some of) the deleted default DNS presets, just run the installation file again. This adds the default collection back to the DNS Database and (in the current application version) also keeps your custom DNS presets intact.

Notification Area Controls

If you minimise the settings window or press the Hide Settings button, the application icon remains visible in the notification area. The notification area is by far the easiest way to interact with ChrisPC DNS Switch on the fly.

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Right-clicking on the application icon gives you a context menu through which you can access all DNS presets. Alas, there’s no filtering by category, so you can easily get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of options. Again, it’s a good idea to delete DNS presets that you know for sure you won’t be using, to give you a better overview in these menus.

Tip: Keep ISP Default as Preset

Your DNS server, unless changed manually, is automatically assigned by your Internet service provider (ISP). Using custom DNS servers can be useful, but there are times you’ll want to go back to your ISP’s defaults.

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In particular, some ISP-specific services are only accessible if you’re using that ISP’s DNS servers. If that’s the case, it’s a good idea to enter those DNS servers as a custom DNS preset. Instead of restoring your DNS settings in the ChrisPC DNS Switch settings, you can then just switch to your ISP preset.

Have you been tinkering with your DNS configuration? What have you been using it for? Share your tips and tricks in the comments below the article!

3 Small Windows Tools To Delay Any Programs At Startup

The issue of delaying application launches on startup, for me, directly relates to the security and safety of my computer. On startup, my computer connects to the Internet before the firewall can kick in. That small delay in the startup of my protection software gives a small window to viruses and malware.

The solution is a registry hack or software that can delay a program (ex. my broadband network connection) at startup.

Delaying a service has many uses – from improving boot efficiency to troubleshooting. Windows has several manual options for specifying the sequence of startup programs and a delay between them. You can use a batch file and place it in the startup folder or get into the registry and add entries under a registry key.

But for absolute ease of use there are a few software launcher options too. Let’s look into three of them.

Startup Delayer

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Startup Delayer (v2.5.138) is a 980KB free download. The latest version is more than a year old, but it works just fine on Windows 2000/XP/XP64/Vista systems. The app lists all the applications that load with Windows. You can double click on each application and edit its Launch Type and set the Delay.

Alternatively, you can drag “˜n drop the application onto the Time Chart that’s below the application list. Then, you can then drag and drop it around the Time Chart to rearrange the apps and change the delay. You can delete selected programs from the list and in case you change your mind, simply start over. The delay information is displayed on the status bar.

LaunchLater

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LaunchLater (v1.3) Beta does the same job of delaying the startup time of applications. The 1.145MB freeware does require that you have .NET Framework (ver.4.0) installed.

LaunchLater is very simple: you add the applications you want to delay and specify the delay in seconds. But the simplicity also entails a bit of work, because you have to manually browse to the executable of the application you want to delay the launch for.

WinPatrol

Startup program delay is just one of the roles of this well rounded security app, WinPatrol (ver.18.1). WinPatrol’s overall role is to monitor your computer for any changes and issue alerts. Scotty, the system watchdog, sits on the taskbar and watches out for threats. Malicious software, harmful ActiveX controls, suspected key loggers, spyware etc can be kept at bay using WinPatrol. WinPatrol does not scan but takes a system snapshot as the basis for its heuristic monitoring of the system.

WinPatrol has a startup monitor that lists all the programs that load with Windows. You can simply right click on the program(s) and move it to the Delayed Start list.

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Next, on the Delayed Start list, you can right click on the program and set the delay time for the program.

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WinPatrol (Free) is a 1MB download and is supported on all Windows OS including Windows 7.

If you are looking for a startup delayer with some extra functionality to boot, WinPatrol is well reviewed and a good choice.  Mark reviewed it back in 2007 as well as taking a look at its portable version in 2009.

You can also go and checkout how to use Soluto to improve your Windows boot up time. Soluto also has an option that lets you delay programs and improve Windows responsiveness.

You can create your own free delay device using a simple batch file and placing it in the startup folder. Googling for it throws up quite a few samples. Windows Vista and 7 (also Windows Server 2008) have an Automatic (Delayed Start) option that ensures that selected services start shortly after a boot. You can access it from the Services Control Panel applet under Administrative Tools.

Do you use a manual option or a software to delay selected programs at startup? Let us know.

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How To Change, Reset, And Picturize Your Windows 8 Password

Windows 8 brings quite a few password-related changes. It uses Microsoft accounts by default, which means that your log in password is the same as the password for your Microsoft account online. You can reset this password online if you ever forget it. Windows 8 also allows you to create picture passwords, an ideal feature for touchscreen tablets.

The new version of Windows also has many of the features built into previous versions of Windows, such as the hidden ability to log on automatically. Features such as picture passwords can be used by any type of user account, but you’ll have to reset your Windows password the old-fashioned way if you’re using a local user account and forget its password.

Automatically Log Into Windows

Passwords are an important security feature, but you may not want to bother with them. If you have a desktop computer in a secure location, you can choose to skip the password prompt entirely and have Windows log in automatically.

To do so, press Windows Key + R to open the Run dialog. Type netplwiz into the dialog box and press Enter.

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Uncheck the “Users must enter a username and password to use this computer” checkbox and click OK.

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You’ll be asked to enter your password. Windows will remember this password and use it to sign you in automatically.

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Change Your Password

To change your password, open the Settings charm (press Windows Key + I to quickly open the Settings charm) and select Change PC settings.

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Select the Users category and click the Change your password button. You’ll be asked to provide your current password and a new password.

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Note that you can’t change a Microsoft account’s password from the desktop version of the Control Panel. You’ll just see a link taking you to the PC settings application. IF you’re using a local user account instead of a Microsoft account, you can change the password from the Control Panel normally.

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Reset a Microsoft Account Password

If you’re using a Microsoft Account instead of a local user account, you can reset your password online if you forget it. To do so, visit the Reset Your Password page on Microsoft’s website. Enter your account’s email address and enter the CAPTCHA code to confirm you’re a human being, not a robot.

There are a number of ways to receive a reset link, including via email to the address associated with your account, a code sent via SMS message to a phone you’ve associated with your account, and a PC you’ve trusted to access your Microsoft account.

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Reset a Local Account Password

If you’re using a local user account, you’ll have to use the traditional methods to gain access if you forget your password.

Like Windows 7, Windows 8 includes a tool that allows you to create a password reset disk. If you create a password reset disk ahead of time, you can use it in the future if you ever forget your password. To open the tool, press the Windows key to access the Start screen, type password reset disk, and tap the Settings category. Open the Create a password reset disk tool.

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If you didn’t create a password reset disk ahead of time, you’ll have to use a tool like Ophcrack to crack your WIndows password or a password-reset tool like the Offline NT Password Disk.

Of course, you can always reinstall Windows 8 and create a new local user account to regain access to your computer.

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Create a Picture Password

Windows 8 also allows you to log in with a picture password. Like a lot of things on Windows 8, this feature is designed for a touch screen, It’s easier to log into a touch-based Windows system with a few gestures on a picture instead of tapping away on a virtual keyboard. However, bear in mind that these aren’t as secure as real passwords. It’s often possible to see where you’ve touched a touch screen by the residue your fingers leave behind.

Picture passwords don’t replace your current password. They’re an alternative method you can use to log in. You’ll still be able to log in with your current password.

To create a picture password, click or tap the Create a picture password button in the Users section of the PC settings application. (You can also choose to create a PIN from here. The PIN will allow you to unlock a tablet by tapping a few numbers instead of entering a password, but it’s obviously less secure than a proper password that can incorporate more than just numbers.)

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You’ll have to enter your current password before creating a picture password. After you do, you’ll be able to choose your own picture.

The picture password will incorporate a number of circles, straight lines, and taps at locations you choose on the picture. Windows remembers the size, position, and direction of the gestures. For example, a simple picture password could be a family photo where you tap people’s faces in a certain order. However, that would be rather obvious. Try to create a less obvious one incorporating other elements, such as circles or lines.

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For more information about Windows 8, download our free guide to Windows 8.

Do you have any other password-related tips for Windows 8? Leave a comment and share them!

When Is The Best Time To Buy A New Windows Computer?

Computers can be expensive and we all love a bargain. It makes sense that you’d want to buy a new machine when you can get it for the cheapest price. But is there a best time to buy a new computer?

There are times when it’ll be more likely you can get a new computer for cheaper than the rest of the year, but there’s never a guarantee. And it might be that you’ll end up waiting for a price drop that never comes. We’ll assess if there’s a prime buying time and whether you should wait until Windows 10 to hand over your cash.

Be sure to head to the comments afterwards to let us know what you think, especially if you have any local tips that might not apply globally.

The Best Time to Buy

Right off the bat, something needs to be said: there’s never going to be a perfect date for buying a new computer. Prices are subject to change all the time – they could go up and down without warning. These are recommendations based on the past, not guarantees.

Remember that you could always be waiting for a price drop that never comes. You’ll need to weigh up the opportunity cost; if you need the computer sooner rather than later, it’s better to buy it while you can, if you can afford to do so. Otherwise you could be stuck waiting and buying older hardware when you could have been utilising it months earlier.

Seasonal Sales

The build up to Christmas is an obvious sales season for every retailer and the same applies to those selling computers. While computers are usually too expensive to be a common holiday gift, retailers will be looking to take advantage of the general flowing holiday money and will apply discounts to systems in order to attract and sell off stock before the year end.

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These discounts can also come in the form of discount codes. For example, Dell Outlet were dishing out vouchers for 30% off their desktops last year and often some juicy deals can be achieved through code stacking. Retailers will often engage in one day only deals round the holiday season, so be sure to constantly check their websites around the time and keep your eyes peeled for any sudden discounting.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are sales days that originated in America, but in recent years they’ve become a more worldwide phenomenon. With prices often slashed across the board, usually only for a limited amount of time or on a set quantity of stock, real bargains can be snapped up on these two days providing you’re quick off the mark.

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A word of caution, however: retailers will often use the fever around these days to flog outdated systems at not-so-great prices. Make sure you always do your research before buying and don’t get drawn in by a seemingly appealing price tag – you might end up overpaying for something you would have got cheaper outside of the sale.

Back to School

Typically run during the summer period of August to September (although it can begin earlier), the Back to School period is a perfect time for retailers to target parents and students who are in the market for a new system to deal with their educational needs. Deals on laptops are especially prevalent during this period as they make for great college and university purchases.

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Many retailers, like Microsoft, Apple, and Sony, to name a few, will also give exclusive discounts to actual students. These deals are usually available on presentation of a student ID or a valid academic email address. For example, in the past HP have given students $200 off desktops and laptops. Apple are even generous enough to extend their educational pricing to teachers and parents buying for their students.

New Hardware Releases

If retailers are expecting to get new hardware in then you’ll usually find that they’ll begin discounting their current stock in order to make way for the new. There’s no set date for when this will be since different manufacturers will operate on different cycles, but keep your eye on the upcoming big hardware releases and you’ll likely find retailers discounting accordingly.

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If you’re not after the latest flashy piece of kit then this will be a perfect time for you to jump in. While the system may be classed as old, simply because technology moves so quickly and there’s always new things being pushed to market, if you’re just needing a computer for general tasks rather than high fidelity gaming, then this is a great time for you to buy.

Waiting for Windows 10

The latest version of Microsoft’s operating system, Windows 10, is due for release later this year. Some may be tempted to hold off buying a new computer until then, but that’s probably not advisable. While it might be that retailers discount Windows 8 machines nearer the time, it’s equally possible that they could charge big bucks for those running the new and shinier 10.

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Besides, Windows 10 is going to be a free upgrade during its first year of existence for everyone running 7 and above, so you’re not going to be missing out, if you buy a system with an existing operating system. On the flip side, you will ensure that you can get your hands on those operating systems while you can if you don’t intend to upgrade.

If you want to take full advantage of Windows 10, then be sure to buy a computer with up-to-date hardware that is going to be capable of supporting DirectX 12, since the latest version will ship with the new operating system. Broadly speaking for GPUs, Nvidia cards running Fermi and later, Intel cards running Haswell and later, and AMD cards using GCN chips should all support DirectX 12.

To Buy or Not to Buy?

Hopefully these tips have provided useful in offering periods that might be the best time for you to buy your new computer. If you’re in the market for a purchase, the best thing you can do is always keep your eye out for new deals because you never know when a retailer might begin discounting.

Just remember not to wait too long. If you see a good deal and wait in hope of a better one turning up, then you may end up disappointed and losing out on the original offer.

When do you think the best time to buy a new computer is? Are there some specific local tips you want to share?

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The 6 Best Pdf Readers For Windows

Did you think twice before you installed Adobe Reader? Probably not because it’s the gold standard. Except that it’s not the only option, let go the best one.

If you look around, you’ll find several high-quality, free PDF viewers for Windows. We’ve done that research for you, so you don’t have to.

The alternative PDF readers presented here run the gamut from minimal, lightweight applications built for nothing more than viewing PDFs to more full-featured applications that include annotations and highlighting. Some applications even include features you won’t find in Adobe Acrobat Reader, such as basic PDF-editing tools.

1. Your Browser

Whether you’re using Google Chrome, Firefox, or Microsoft Edge, your browser already has a built-in PDF reader. It won’t have all the features, but using your browser as a PDF reader is a quick way to read PDF documents and it will save you lots of system resources.

The small footprint and easy access comes at a cost. In-browser PDF readers aren’t always compatible with all types of PDF. Furthermore, browser-based PDF readers lack advanced features, like form filling, document signing, or annotation. It’s a compromise, but for the average user it’s a small one.

Microsoft Edge

In Windows 10, Microsoft Edge is both the default browser and the default PDF Reader.

PDF files open in an Edge browser tab. The only thing that distinguishes them from a regular web page is the PDF toolbar at the top. You can search the document, adjust the zoom level, print, and save the file.

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You can also share the document or add it to your Favorites or Reading List. Unfortunately, Edge’s unique Web Notes feature is not available in PDFs.

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Note: Microsoft Edge suffered from a PDF exploit back in 2016. This vulnerability has since been patched, but issues such as this are the reason why you should always install security updates.

To change your default PDF Reader in Windows 10, go to Start > Settings. Within the Settings app head to Apps > Default apps, click on Choose default apps by file type, and change the app association of the PDF file extension with an application of your choice. This can be another browser or a third party PDF Reader.

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Google Chrome

Chrome’s PDF interface is similar to Edge. You’ll find the controls for the zoom level in the bottom right. In addition to everything Edge does, you can rotate the document, which is essential on a Windows 2-in-1 or tablet.

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If Chrome is your default browser, but you’d rather not have it open PDFs for you, you can disable its built-in PDF reader. Open chrome://settings/content, scroll to the bottom of the content settings windows, and under PDF Documents check Open PDF files in the default PDF viewer application. Make sure you have selected a default Windows PDF viewer.

Mozilla Firefox

Among the in-browser PDF readers, Firefox offers the most comprehensive package. In addition to standard features offered in Chrome and Edge, you can expand a sidebar, rotate in both directions, and toggle the hand tool.

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To disable the Firefox PDF viewer, go to Menu > Options > Applications. Next to the Content Type Portable Document Format (PDF), select your preferred Action.

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While in-browser PDF readers and system default apps are great, sometimes you need more than that. Hence, the market for dedicated PDF readers remains highly competitive. Here are some more alternatives with advanced features.

2. Sumatra PDF

Highlight: Most lightweight PDF reader, also available as a portable app.

Sumatra PDF is the best alternative to using your browser as a PDF reader because it’s easy on system resources. It’s also open source. If you want something even more minimalistic than that, you could download its portable app instead of the desktop version.

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Sumatra PDF doesn’t have any editing options or other advanced features – it’s just a window that loads extremely fast and displays PDFs. It does, however, support tabs and it’s packed with keyboard shortcuts, making it even more ideal for rapidly reading PDFs. Furthermore, Sumatra supports other types of files, including eBooks in ePub and Mobi format and comic books in CBZ and CBR formats.

Download: Sumatra PDF

3. Nitro PDF Reader

Highlight: Blends into Microsoft Office applications and offers extensive features.

When one company looks like they have an exit strategy, it’s Nitro. The interface was lifted straight from Microsoft Office. And like the market leading office suite, this PDF reader is rich in features.

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Unlike many other free PDF readers, with Nitro you can fill in forms and sign your documents using your digital ID. You can also add notes to and extract images or convert a PDF to a plain text document.

While the resemblance to Microsoft’s ribbon interface is somewhat charming, it may not be your cup of tea.

Download: Nitro Reader 5

4. Foxit Reader

Highlight: The most feature-complete free PDF reader.

Foxit Reader was one of the first mainstream Adobe Reader alternatives. It remains a great option because — among the free PDF readers — it offers the most features.

You’ll notice that the interface is dominated by an extensive number of editing tabs. They cover a range of advanced options, including text markup, a typewriter option, form handling, digital signatures, managing reviews and tracking changes, and connected PDFs.

One of Foxit Reader’s best features is that you can add your own shortcuts to the Quick Action Toolbar in the top left.

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Like Nitro, Foxit was heavily inspired by Microsoft’s ribbon interface. Moreover, the feature richness comes at a cost: your system resources. You can, however download a portable version of Foxit Reader.

Download: Foxit Reader

5. STDU Viewer

Highlight: One viewer to replace them all, great for navigating multiple documents.

This document viewer wants to be the only application you use for all your technical documentations, books, and other readings. STDU Viewer supports TXT, Comic Book Archive, PDF, DjVu, MOBI, EPub, several image files, and many more document formats.

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STDU Viewer’s strong suite is managing multiple different documents at once. Not only can you open documents in tabs and expand a navigation panel, you can also create and navigate bookmarks and highlights, view thumbnails of your open documents, and split windows to compare different pages within the same document. Another neat feature is that you can invert colors, such as from black on white to white on black, which can reduce eyestrain.

While STDU Viewer doesn’t have all the features of Nitro and Foxit Reader, it is a great alternative for those who have to read or refer to a lot of digital documents.

Download: STDU Viewer

6. Adobe Reader

Highlight: Simple interface and minimal features.

Adobe’s PDF reader remains the de-facto standard. At 105 MB, sans optional offers, it’s definitely the heavyweight champion among the readers featured here.

On the bright side, Adobe Reader maintains a pleasing interface and isn’t overloaded with features. You can comment, fill & sign, and convert to PDF or other formats (export). If you ever run into issues opening a PDF file or filling a form using an alternative PDF tool, you won’t suffer too much when you have to fall back onto Adobe Reader.

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While you will find options to edit and combine PDF files listed under Tools, these are actually pro features that will set you back at least USD 15 per month.

Download: Adobe Acrobat Reader DC

All Your PDF Needs Covered

We showed you six different PDF viewers and hopefully one of these is perfect for you.

Do you need to edit PDFs or do more with your PDF documents? We’ve got you covered!

What’s your favorite PDF viewer? And can you recommend any other PDF tools? The comments are open for your contribution!

Originally published by Chris Hoffman on 29 June 2012.

Iobit Advanced Systemcare 7: An Excellent All-in-one Utility

Keeping your computer up to date and free of errors can be a real pain in the butt. In fact, if you don’t devote a few hours to the purpose every month, it may well be impossible. That’s where an all-in-one system utility comes in handy.

One of the top choices has always been IObit Advanced SystemCare 7, a free program with paid versions that can manage many aspects of your PC. This latest edition is the most comprehensive yet – but can it really handle all computer maintenance needs?

Installation And Setup

The file you download for Advanced SystemCare 7 is the full executable, rather than a download utility for the full program, so setup is straightforward and extremely quick. However, the installer does have two annoying habits. First, it asks to install some additional toolbars during installation, and second, it opens an advertisement for the full version of Advanced SystemCare 7 in a web browser after installation is complete. Neither move is harmful, or even unusual for free software, but both can be an annoyance.

Less annoying is the tutorial that begins when the program is first started. Though it’s not particularly deep, it does provide a good, broad overview of the features available in the software. At the end, you have the choice of two different skins – traditional “Classic” or “Metro,” which is inspired by Windows 8.

A Summary Of Features

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IOBit Advanced SystemCare 7 has been around for some time now, as the “7” in the title indicates. Many features have been added over the years, and the latest version is no exception.

Besides a general interface update that throws in the Metro skin and re-arranges some options, the program includes new surfing and homepage protection tools that can guard against malicious websites and help parents lock down content they don’t want their kids to see. There’s also a new duplicate file removal tool, improved disk explorer, and a new feature that lets you remove User Account Control from specific programs.

And that’s just what’s new. There are too many features to list here, but highlights include a registry cleaner, a disk cleaner, an uninstall utility, two types of de-fragmentation utilities, a disk repair utility and even folder encryption. Pay for the ultimate version and you’ll even receive a built-in antivirus. In short, this is a one-stop shop for almost anything you can imagine.

The Scan Button

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All of the choices can cause a bit of confusion, even for advanced users. To combat this, IObit simplifies a significant number of the repair utilities into one big, far “scan” button located prominently on the program’s main menu. This button looks for scans for malware, registry errors, junk files, broken shortcuts and several other potential problems.

Embarrassingly, even on my system (which I try to maintain fairly well), the program managed to find a very large number of errors to fix. One of these was a browser toolbar that had somehow lodged itself into Firefox, a problem I’d ignored because I use Chrome. The app also tossed out some junk files and fixed a number of broken shortcuts that I didn’t even know existed.

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I was also happy to see that the scan process, though it is extensive, is not slow. In fact, scanning on my computer took less than thirty seconds. It should be noted that I use a solid state drive, so readers who own a computer with a mechanical drive should expect a slower scan time. But, even so, Advanced SystemCare 7’s performance surpasses any system utility I’ve used before.

Opening The Toolbox

While the Scan button is quick and useful, it only manages utilities that can automatically return results. Many other features of Advanced SystemCare 7 require some users input, and that’s where the Toolbox menu comes in.

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The number of features accessible here is staggering, and IObit has leveraged many of its utilities to add more functionality to the software. Features like Uninstaller, Protected Folder, and Game Booster are actually separate programs that you could install independently, if you so desired.

This approach helps the program offer its staggering array of features, but it also leads to a somewhat disjointed interface. Features which launch as separate apps usually have an interface that looks different from Advanced SystemCare 7 itself. On the upside, however, it’s possible to pin these sub-programs to your taskbar, a trait some users might prefer.

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Functions that are part of the program itself use a fairly basic Windows interface that isn’t attractive, yet easy to use. The options available for each feature are presented in a straightforward manner and easy to understand. Even the most complicated features, like Disk Explorer, do a good job of presenting information and work quickly; scanning my main hard drive only took seconds, which is even quicker than the tool I usually use for the same job (TuneUp Utilities 2011).

Conclusion

IObit’s Advanced SystemCare is an impressive utility that has come a long way over the past few years. What started at a respectable, but not class-leading utility has gradually become one of the best in the business. The program is now so good, it may dislodge me from using what I have for the last two years, which is saying a lot.

Now let’s talk about price. The Free version, which was used for this review, is quite powerful given its lack of price tag. You can scan your system for errors and repair them without paying a cent, and many of the features found in the Toolbox work, as well.

If you plunk down $19.99 for the Pro version, however, you’ll enjoy a number of benefits. The automatic scanning is improved with six added features that don’t run while scanning with the free version, malware protection is beefed up, and the safe-surf parental control features become available. Paying $29.99 for the ultimate version adds more real-time protection features to the anti-malware tools and adds automatic scanning of downloads to proactively block threats. In addition, both paid versions come with free 24/7 technical support.

Have you had a chance to use Advanced SystemCare 7? Let us known your thoughts on it in the comments!

8 Surprising Windows Notepad Tricks You Must Know

We can all agree that the Windows Notepad is basic and usually gets shunted out in favor of feature-filled alternatives. But Notepad is more powerful than it looks and we’ll introduce you to some of its hidden tricks. Soon, you’ll want to keep this ancient Windows program handy at all times by turning Notepad into a sticky note.

Note: These tricks have been around from the time of Windows 7. I have tested all of them on Windows 10 as well. They still work!

1. Use Notepad as a Journal

Did you know that you can program Notepad to add a timestamp? This makes it perfect for adding journal entries when you have a few minutes to spare during the day.

To get an automatic timestamp, create a new text document, type in .LOG, and save the file. The next time you open the file, you should see the current date and time appear within it. Hit Enter, start recording your thoughts, and save them. As expected, every time you open the file, a fresh timestamp appears.

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If you want to add a quick timestamp on the fly, you could take a shortcut and hit F5 instead. This corresponds to the Time/Date item hidden in the Edit menu.

2. Get Line Count

You’d like to view the number of lines in a Notepad document and you know that you’ll have to display the status bar for that. But a quick peek at the View menu shows you that the Status Bar option is grayed out, if you’re not on Windows 10 that is. What do you do now? It’s simple — head to the Format menu and turn off Word Wrap. Now you should be able to display the status bar from the View menu, and once you do, you can see the line count as well.

To jump to a specific line, hit CTRL + G to bring up the Go To Line dialog, type in the line number you’d like to jump to, and hit Enter. This works even if you haven’t displayed the line count, because Notepad’s numbering system is active at all times.

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If you’d like to keep the status bar active all the time, i.e. with or without the Word Wrap option disabled, you’ll need to delve into the Windows registry and edit a specific key value. At this point we should warn you that if you tweak the wrong registry setting, it could mess up your Windows installation. To know what you’re getting into, read our guide on how to use the Windows registry and how not to accidentally mess up the registry.

Ready to proceed? Great! Enter regedit into Windows search and hit Enter to open the Registry Editor. Next, look for the following key using the sidebar navigation: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Notepad. Once you have it selected in the sidebar, double-click on StatusBar in the right-side panel. Done? Now in the dialog box that has popped up, change the DWORD value from 0 to 1.

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3. Add a Header and a Footer

If you want to insert a header and/or a footer into a Notepad document, go to File > Page Setup…. In the dialog box that opens up, look for the Header: and Footer: fields and type in the content that you want to display in the header and footer.

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Can’t see the header and footer in the document itself? Don’t worry — that’s how it’s meant to be. Those elements will show up when you print the file.

Since there’s no way to save the header/footer content from the Page Setup dialog, you’ll have to add it manually every time you print the file. Also, you can’t set up different headers and footers in Notepad like you can in Microsoft Word and other word processors.

What’s cool about this Notepad feature is that using a few special commands, you can insert the filename, a timestamp, and page numbers in the header/footer and even align its contents left, right, or center. Here’s a snapshot of the commands you get to use:

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For example, if you want to display the current date (&d) and time (&t) on the left (&l) and the file name (&f) on the right (&r) in the header, this is the text that you’ll need to paste into the Header: field: &l&d&t&r&f

4. Find the Windows Product Key

The easiest way to retrieve your Windows product key is by looking it up on the printed sticker that you’ll find on some part of your laptop or desktop, usually on the base or at the back. If that sticker is worn out or inaccessible, that’s not a problem. You can still retrieve the key from the Windows registry, as long as you haven’t formatted the hard drive, of course.

To view the product key on your computer screen, you can use a third-party program like Belarc Advisor or even a Visual Basic (VB) script that retrieves the key from the registry. We’ll show you how to create such a script. First, open up a fresh Notepad document and paste in the following bit of code:

Set WshShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
MsgBox ConvertToKey(WshShell.RegRead("HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\DigitalProductId"))

Function ConvertToKey(Key)
Const KeyOffset = 52
i = 28
Chars = “BCDFGHJKMPQRTVWXY2346789”
Do
Cur = 0
x = 14
Do
Cur = Cur * 256
Cur = Key(x + KeyOffset) + Cur
Key(x + KeyOffset) = (Cur \ 24) And 255
Cur = Cur Mod 24
x = x -1
Loop While x >= 0
i = i -1
KeyOutput = Mid(Chars, Cur + 1, 1) & KeyOutput
If (((29 – i) Mod 6) = 0) And (i <> -1) Then
i = i -1
KeyOutput = “-” & KeyOutput
End If
Loop While i >= 0
ConvertToKey = KeyOutput
End Function

Now save the file using the extension .vbs (instead of .txt). And that’s the VB script that will give you the product key when you run it! To run the script, double-click on the .vbs file that you just created and saved. You’ll then see a popup window with your product key. Hit CTRL + C if you’d like to copy the key.

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5. Test Your Antivirus Software

Want to find out if your computer’s antivirus program is working okay? You can use what is known as the EICAR test file to do the checking for you. Don’t worry, that’s not a virus-laden file we’re unleashing on your computer. It’s a simple text file that you’ll be creating in Notepad, with the following piece of harmless code saved to it:

X5O!P%@AP[4\PZX54(P^)7CC)7}$EICAR-STANDARD-ANTIVIRUS-TEST-FILE!$H+H*

Your virus scanner should pick this file up as a virus and deal with it accordingly. If it does, it’s a sign that the antivirus program is working as expected. Of course, this does not guarantee that you’re protected from all viruses.

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6. Create a Password-protected Folder

With this trick, the idea is to create a deceptive file that you can use to unlock and reveal a secret folder as and when you need it.

To begin with, create a new Notepad document and paste this code into it:

cls
@ECHO OFF
title Folder Private
if EXIST "Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}" goto UNLOCK
if NOT EXIST Private goto MDLOCKER
:CONFIRM
echo Are you sure you want to lock the folder(Y/N)
set/p "cho=>"
if %cho%==Y goto LOCK
if %cho%==y goto LOCK
if %cho%==n goto END
if %cho%==N goto END
echo Invalid choice.
goto CONFIRM
:LOCK
ren Private "Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}"
attrib +h +s "Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}"
echo Folder locked
goto End
:UNLOCK
echo Enter password to unlock folder
set/p "pass=>"
if NOT %pass%== your_password goto FAIL
attrib -h -s "Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}"
ren "Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}" Private
echo Folder Unlocked successfully
goto End
:FAIL
echo Invalid password
goto end
:MDLOCKER
md Private
echo Private created successfully
goto End
:End

Replace your_password in the code above with a password of your choice and save the file as a Batch file named locker.bat. I’ll digress a bit here to point out that you can automate various repetitive tasks with Batch files.

When you run the locker.bat file (by double-clicking on it) for the first time, it creates a folder named Private in the same location as the .bat file. This folder is where you can stash away any files and folders that you’d like to keep to yourself.

Now run the locker.bat file again. This asks you whether you want to lock the file. Hit Y, followed by Enter to confirm. You’ll see that the Private folder is no longer visible.

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To access the folder again, run locker.bat and when prompted, enter your password (the one you added to the code while saving the .bat file). If you have forgotten the password, drag and drop the locker.bat file into Notepad to view the password.

This trick is fun, but it’s not foolproof — anyone who knows where to look and what to tweak can find the secret folder with ease. To display the secret folder yourself without running locker.bat, go to Folder Options > View and…

  • …uncheck the box next to Hide protected operating system files,
  • check the radio button for Show hidden files, folders, and drives.

The folder might show up with the name Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D} instead of Private.

7. Remove Formatting from Text Snippets

Copy-pasting text snippets from one app to another comes with the problem of messed-up formatting. It’s better to paste in unformatted text and then format it using styles from the app that you’re pasting into.

To do so, you’ll first need to strip the formatting from the copied text. The quickest way to do that? Use CTRL + SHIFT + V to paste unformatted text directly or, you could first paste the text into Notepad, which supports only plain text, and copy-paste it from there.

Of course, that’s just one way to strip formatting when you copy-paste text.

8. Make Your Computer Speak

You can get your computer to read a piece of text to you with a simple VB script that we’ll create using Notepad. Begin with a new document and paste in the code given below:

Dim message, sapi
message=InputBox("Repeat after me")
Set sapi=CreateObject("sapi.spvoice")
sapi.Speak message

Use the File > Save As command to save the file with the extension .vbs. Now when you open the saved file, you’ll get a dialog box with a blank text field. Type in something for your computer to read aloud and hit OK. You’ll also want to take a look at these five other ways to get your Windows computer to read to you.

In the code above, you can replace the text Repeat after me with a message of your choice and that is what you’ll see as a prompt in the dialog box when you run the script.

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Notepad Magic

Who knew Notepad was capable of all these tricks? It has stayed more or less the same over the years, but it has turned out to be cooler than we thought.

Do you have a Notepad trick or two up your sleeve? Share it with us!

Image Credits: Renars 2013/Shutterstock