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Windows 10 for Microsoft Office users

“A practical guide the new, changed and unfamiliar in Windows 10 .”

Windows 10 for Microsoft Office users is a focused and practical look at Windows 10, especially written for the many people who use Microsoft Office. Fully up-to-date to the latest major update.

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“A practical guide the new, changed and unfamiliar in Windows 10.”
Windows 10 for Microsoft Office users is a focused and unvarnished look at Windows 10, especially written for the many people who use Microsoft Office.

  • Windows 10 May 2021 (21H1) update
  • Full Color
  • over 1,000 pages, 40 chapters
  • Fast find, table of contents with links
  • PDF format compatible with Windows, Mac, Apple and Android tablets and pretty much anything else including, of course, iPads!

Fully up-to-date with coverage of Windows 10 including new features like Dark Mode, enhanced Clipboard, Timeline, Emoji Panel and new free fonts.

Update Windows 10 safely

Our exclusive guide to safely updating Windows 10.  All the steps to take before and after the update to help go smoothly this major change to Windows.

How to Pause or Defer Windows updates until you are ready … not when Microsoft pushes them out.  Microsoft’s updates and patches aren’t as reliable as the company pretends, better to wait a little while and see if there are bugs before installing the latest Windows fixes.

My Favorite Things – Peter’s personal selection of tweaks that he makes to his own Windows 10 machines.

There are many parts of Office that rely on Windows settings to control how they behave and many other Windows features that are essential for daily use of Office but often get overlooked.

In Windows 10 there are great features like File History and Storage Spaces that can make a lot of difference to how Office users work and help you recover past versions of documents.

There’s also familiar parts of Windows like  Explorer, Libraries and Search  which deserve more attention because they have a lot more power than most of us realize. Windows 10 for Microsoft Office users looks into all these unappreciated parts of Windows 10 in detail.

This book focuses on the parts of Windows 10 most relevant to daily use of Microsoft Office

Saving Money and Time. Hard-won practical advice on how best and safely make the change to Windows 10.

Configure, we have suggestions for what settings to change from the Microsoft defaults as well as useful software to add.

Start Menu has good and bad points.  We’ll show you how to make the most of the new menu and how to ‘fix’ it to show what you want.

A lot of Windows 10 is hidden away with invisible tricks and shortcut keys.  We’ll show you all the neat stuff that Microsoft has hidden from view.

GREAT!  Clipboard – a new enhanced clipboard collects multiple items.  Optionally it’ll share them with your Apple and Android devices.

Photos app – is a powerful tool.  It’s not just a quick image viewer but includes simple photo adjustment and even making a video from a collection of images and videos.   Make a quick video with the Photos app to share online or include in a PowerPoint presentation.

Edge browser – how to use Microsoft’s preferred browser or use your own instead.

Sandbox – a simple way to test programs in a protected way that can’t hurt your main computer.

Think you know Explorer?   There are plenty of tricks and shortcuts in Explorer and the Office file dialogs that we’ll cover in detail that’s often overlooked.

Libraries aren’t new in Windows 10 but aren’t used to their full potential so we’ve devoted an entire chapter to making best use of them.

Searching is an important part of Windows so we look at it in considerable detail.  The new interface has made complex searches a lot easier.

File History is a brand new backup and versioning system in Windows 10.  It’s a great way for Office users to backup their files and recover previous versions of a document.

Storage Spaces is a clever new way to manage hard drive space with more reliably and flexibility.  We’ll take you through Storage Spaces in detail with advice on the hardware best suited to the new feature.

BitLocker is a high quality disk encryption system that protects your computer and documents from theft.  It’s important for anyone with sensitive or private documents or a portable computer so we’ve devoted a long chapter to BitLocker.

Hyper-V is Microsoft’s way to run a ‘computer within a computer’.  It sounds scary and complicated but we’ll show you step-by-step.  Hyper-V is the best way to run multiple versions of Office and avoid the conflicts you get when installing Office ‘side-by-side’ on the one computer.  We’ll show you how to setup a Hyper-V machine with both Windows and Office installed.

As with all the Office Watch ebooks and newsletters, we’ve tried to go beyond the standard software ‘how-to’ to give you practical advice and tips we’ve learnt from decades of computing experience.” said author and co-founder of Office Watch, Peter Deegan.

We’ve written a practical guide with plenty of ‘step by step’ instructions and full color images throughout.

Windows 10 for Microsoft Office users is for all standard computer versions of Windows 10 May 2021 (21H1) Edition: the basic Windows 10, Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Enterprise.

Table of Contents

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May 2021 Update <- New!

  • Preparing for the change
  • Making the switch
  • After the update

My Favorite Things <- New!

  • Setup
  • Settings
  • Daily Use

Getting Windows 10

  • Versions
  • 32-bit or 64-bit?
  • Upgrading
  • Catching up
  • With a new computer

Hardware choices / Compatibility

  • Memory
  • USB 3
  • Touch screen
  • Hard Drive


  • Two Settings menus
  • Win + I = Settings Pane
  • Fast Control Panel
  • Date
  • Time
  • Measurement System
  • Explorer Options
  • Focus Assist  <- New!
  • Sign-in options including PIN and Dynamic Lock
  • Default Printer
  • Show all Control Panel items
  • Delete confirmation
  • Auto Login
  • Display
  • Changing Network MAC address
  • Extras to install
  • Printers

Repair / Recovery

  • Recovery Drive
  • System Repair Disk
  • System Image
  • Reinstall Windows

Setup for Microsoft Office

  • Pin to Taskbar
  • Pin to Start
  • Set Default Apps

Microsoft Account security

Multiple User support <- New!

  • Add user
  • Guest Account
  • Assigned Access / Kiosk Mode
  • Working with multiple users

Start Menu and beyond

  • Start menu in Windows 10
  • Around the Start Menu
  • Changing the Start Menu
  • Arranging the Start Menu for Office
  • Replacing the Start Menu

Fast access to programs <- New!

  • Taskbar
  • Start Menu
  • Shortcut
  • Shortcut Key

Around the Screen

  • Switch List
  • Task View
  • Action Center
  • Administration menu
  • Search box
  • Taskbar
  • Bottom Right
  • Insert / Snap


  • Shortcut
  • Start Menu
  • Navigation pane
  • Ribbon
  • Across the ribbon
  • Office Dialogs
  • Explorer tricks
  • Fixing the Sent to menu
  • Searching
  • Simple search
  • Meta-data
  • Larger Search box
  • Detailed searches
  • Indexing
  • RAW image support


  • Simple Search
  • Meta-data
  • Larger Search box
  • Detailed Searches
  • Indexing


  • What can Cortana do?
  • Cards on the table
  • Enable Cortana
  • Listening or not?
  • Typing instead of speaking
  • Notebook
  • Show Me
  • Link to your phone
  • Alternative Browsers
  • Privacy
  • Cortana – be gone!


  • All our Yesterdays
  • Open a document
  • Remove
  • Connect with other devices
  • Settings


  • Capacity
  • SkyDrive is the old name
  • Files on Demand
  • Setup
  • Settings
  • Sending / Sharing files with OneDrive
  • File Recovery
  • Camera Roll on other devices
  • Other Cloud Services


  • Changes in Windows 10
  • Show libraries
  • Make a library
  • Add a folder
  • Remove a folder
  • Properties
  • What’s in a Library
  • Rename a Library
  • Remove a Library
  • Using Libraries
  • Updating
  • Indexing
  • File History
  • Libraries by topic
  • Adding cloud storage

Multiple Monitors

  • Split Settings
  • Add a monitor
  • Re-position
  • Extend displays
  • Orientation
  • Auto Rotate
  • Scaling
  • Desktop Background
  • Taskbar
  • Moving apps
  • PowerPoint presentations
  • Add an iPad as a second screen

Power and Battery

  • Quick and easy battery savings
  • Sleep vs Hibernate
  • Battery Saver
  • Power Plans

Wireless Extra Screen

  • Is your computer capable?
  • What you need
  • Connecting to a monitor
  • Miracast receiving

Virtual Desktops

  • Uses
  • Your first virtual desktop
  • Options
  • Moving between desktops
  • Moving programs between desktops
  • Same document / different desktop
  • Shortcuts
  • Remote Desktop
  • Full Screen Programs
  • Limitations

Remote Desktop <- New!

  • Remote Desktop Connection
  • Firewalls
  • First Timers
  • Over the Internet
  • Alternatives

Virtual Private Networking <- New!

  • What is VPN?
  • VPN Providers
  • Setup
  • OpenVPN


  • Basics
  • Get network settings
  • Connecting to Public Wifi
  • Changing MAC address

Mobile Hotspot <- New!

  • Windows
  • Connectify
  • Beyond Windows

Metered Connections

  • Why use Metered Connections?
  • What works on a Metered Connection
  • What doesn’t work
  • Enable a Metered Connection
  • Disable metered connections
  • Configuration
  • Data use by application
  • More Network Information


  • File History
  • System Image Backup
  • Find my device

Screen Shots

  • Why?
  • Privacy
  • Clipboard or File
  • Windows
  • Utilities
  • Mac
  • Apple devices
  • Android

Edge browser

  • Hype
  • Interface
    • Windows and tabs
  • Search
  • Favorites
  • InPrivate
  • Internet Explorer
  • Hiding the Edge browser

Photos app

  • Main features
  • Viewing
  • Editing
  • Making a video

Office Mobile Apps

  • Main features
  • Why bother
  • Features and differences
  • Updating


  • Regional font packs
  • Microsoft Store
  • New fonts via Microsoft Store
  • Comic Sans
  • Preview
  • Add Font
  • Remove Font
  • How many?
  • Windows and high DPI screens
  • Ruble symbol
  • Character Map

Virtual Hard Drives

  • Basics
  • Pros and Cons
  • Make a VHD
  • Actions
  • Security

Storage Spaces

  • Spaces vs. Drives
  • Definitions
  • Hardware
  • Step by Step
  • Using an existing drive in a pool
  • Performance
  • Out of space?
  • Alerts
  • More features for a Storage Space
  • Still need backups
  • Limitations


  • What is BitLocker?
  • Who has it?
  • What’s New?
  • System Requirements
  • BitLocker authentication options
  • The recovery key
  • The downside of BitLocker
  • What it won’t protect
  • BitLocker step by step
  • Adding a PIN to BitLocker
  • Without TPM module
  • Manage BitLocker
  • Stopping BitLocker
  • BitLocker ToGo
  • Extras

Encrypting File System

  • Enabling EFS
  • Encryption Key
  • Disabling EFS


  • How Hyper-V can help you
  • Need to know
  • Installing Hyper-V
  • Windows 10 changes
  • Windows 8.1 changes
  • Make a new virtual machine
  • Checkpoint or copy?
  • Office on a virtual machine
  • Running a virtual machine


  • What is Sandbox
  • Install
  • Running a Sandbox
  • Configuration

Changing Settings

  • Registry
  • Policies

Task Manager

  • Opening
  • How much memory is being used?
  • Shutting down Outlook
  • Performance
  • Startup


  • Ebook power
  • Your Office Watch e-books
  • How we made this e-book
  • Revision History
  • Credits
  • Copyright Notice

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