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Windows Help & Advice January 2020

Windows Help & Advice features all the best ways to get more from your Windows PC, along with in-depth advice on new hardware, the latest technology and the internet. And it's 100% jargon free!

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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1 min.

Hello, and welcome to Windows Help & Advice issue 170. This month, we’re all about Wi-Fi. Since its popularisation in the early 2000s, the wireless network technology has invaded almost every corner of our lives and homes, and has gone through at least three major revisions. It’s still a tricky thing to get right, though, so we’ve dedicated nine pages, starting on p11, to troubleshooting your Wi-Fi connections. And if it’s a new Wi-Fi router you need, we review Google’s Nest WiFi system, with its clever mesh approach to eliminating dead spots in coverage, on p82. Elsewhere, you’ll find reviews of both Microsoft’s latest Surface Pro devices, a group test of email clients, tutorials on Bluetooth, making music, and Word – plus a complete guide to building a collection of audiobooks. Whatever you do…

2 min.
enjoy pc classics of yesteryear for free

“It’s easy to relive the good old days right in your web browser” While there’s plenty going on in the games market today, many of us feel like we’ve lost touch – things were better back when everything came on six floppy discs, and our computers took five minutes to boot up. Thanks to the efforts of Jason Scott and his team of digital archivists, you can discover whether that statement is true or just a case of rose-tinted spectacles looking into the past. It’s easy to relive the good old days right in your web browser: just head over to archive.org’s software library (www.archive.org/details/softwarelibrary), find whatever you want to rediscover, and click the large power icon. This launches an emulator – click the four-arrow full screen icon to the right…

1 min.
track anything

Device trackers like those from Tile make finding things easy. No longer will you need to hunt around the house hunting for your keys; with a tracker on your key-ring, you can literally use your phone to ring your keys, follow the sound, and find them straight away. If you lose them in the wild you’ll be able to find out their last known location, and they’ll emit a pulse which can be privately picked up by anyone also using that service and relayed to you. How neat.…

1 min.
windows 10 november update

Ooh, how exciting, what’s new? Well, a few things have broken, and that’s about it. Microsoft’s November update, numbered 1909, weighed in at a definitely-not-massive 180 kilobytes, acting as an on-switch to a small handful of features included (but previously disabled) in the Windows 10 May Update. Broken things? Somehow, at least in the first release of the November update, Microsoft’s proposed changes to File Explorer’s search functionality simply didn’t work properly. They were supposed to bring it in line with Microsoft’s Unified Search program, offering up more relevant results faster, but instead they basically gummed up the search function and made File Explorer unresponsive. Oh, and the right-click functionality of the search box broke, too. Is it still broken? At press time, yes. By the time you read this, almost certainly not. Although the…

2 min.
is the internet broken?

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the world wide web, is worried about the state of the internet. “The forces taking the web in the wrong direction have always been very strong,” Berners-Lee told the Guardian. “Whether you’re a company or a government, controlling the web is a way to make huge profits, or a way of ensuring you remain in power.” In an effort to combat what he sees as the internet becoming a “digital dystopia,” Berners-Lee’s Web Foundation has launched a global action plan designed to prevent corruption and sinister manipulation online, and aiming to turn the web into a force for good. The Contract for the Web (contractfortheweb.org) is over a year in the making, worked on in conjunction with over 80 widespread institutions, and provides outlines for…

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the 60-second quiz

1 On which platform did Microsoft Word first appear? A ZX Spectrum B Xenix C Smart toaster 2 What was the original name of Microsoft’s word processor? A Words B Multi-tool Word C Processing 3 Early on, Word was second fiddle to which DOS application? A WordPlanet B WordStar C WordGalaxy 4 Word was released on Mac OS in 1985. When did it reach Windows? A 1983 B 1989 C 1997 5 Which aspect of Word 1.1 did Byte magazine call a ‘farce'? A The ribbon interface B Its documentation C Comic sans 6 What name did Word go by for its Atari ST release in 1988? A Microsoft Docs B Microsoft Write C Microsoft CV and Cover Letter…