File Explorer is used routinely to navigate folders and files. Often we move from one folder to another. What if we want to go back to a specific folder in the recent history? In the file explorer you see two buttons just below the ribbon Left arrow and Right arrow. This is used to navigate previously navigated folder in backward or forward direction. In this case you have to click on these buttons multiple times to reach the desired folder.
Fortunately there is a better method of Quick Folder Navigation. Click on the down arrow next to these Back and Forward buttons. This one shows the list of recently navigated folders. Now you can directly choose the desired one. Simple but very useful.
Here is a quick one. Like Triple Click of mouse, Triple Touch Select Paragraph with Windows and Office. Try it out if you have a touch laptop or device. Works across operating systems. Especially useful on mobile phones because precise selection is very difficult due to small screen size.
Triple Touch Select Paragraph (animated Gif)
Touch at the same place in quick succession. If the touch point moves, it will not work. In the above video, touch is visible.
Usually, you cannot SEE where you touched. If you want to activate that setting, go to Control Panel – Pen and Touch – Touch Tab. Choose the option Show visual feedback when touching the screen. Now it shows a light gray circle whenever touch is recognized by the device. This works only on Windows (not on other devices). Incidentally, “double touch” is a term I am using. The technical term is Double-Tap
If you are teaching people or demonstrating touch based software, you want to show the touch highlight more prominently. That is when you must activate the second option: Optimize visual feedback for projection to an external monitor.
Wait. There is more. The video above shows that if you perform triple touch at three different locations, it will be considered as three separate touches (or clicks). Now the question is, how much near these touches should be to be considered as a double touch or triple touch? Well – here is the answer: YOU can configure it.
Go to the settings button on the first dialog and you will see the option called Spatial Tolerance. How near or far multiple touch points should be to be detected as double or triple click. It is simple yet sophisticated. I like it!
Try it out. Let me know if it is useful. Share this with others.
The general rule is: If you see a pin, you can unpin it. That rule fails if you try to Unpin Quick Access Folder in Windows 10. Commonly used folders should be pinned to the Quick Access area. Right click on any folder and choose Pin To Quick Access. Now you can go to the folder in just one click.
Unpin Quick Access Folder
In case you want to Unpin Quick Access Folder, you will want to click on the pin to unpin it. Unfortunately, that does not work. You must right click on the pinned item and choose Unpin From Quick Access option.
Drag drop also works for pinning folders. Drag the folder and drop it IN BETWEEN existing Quick Access Items. Be very careful while doing it. If you drag drop a folder on another folder, the entire folder will be MOVED or COPIED. Undo works in case you make a mistake. The cursor should look like this to PIN it rather than move it:
Use Quick Access area to speed up navigation to commonly used folders. If you are working on a project, add those folders as well. After the project is complete, remember to remove the related folders from Quick Access. Although Quick Access has no limit on entries, if you need to waste time to look for a Quick Access entry in a long list, it is not longer quick!
Do you agree? I would love to know your opinion.
OneNote works well with a stylus to capture handwritten notes. But did you know that you could convert the Handwritten notes to Tasks? Here is how.
Handwritten notes to Tasks in OneNote
Select the handwritten note (click, touch, lasso select). Right click (extended touch) if required. From the toolbar open the Outlook Tasks dropdown. Choose the deadline. Choose Custom to enter specific deadline and / or delegate the task using Assign Task option. That’s it.
Now go to Task folder in Outlook and check the Task entry. The handwriting is automatically converted to text. The reference to the original handwritten item in OneNote is automatically embedded. Do not delete it. This reference helps Outlook mark the equivalent action item in the OneNote Page as complete.
When the task is marked as complete in Outlook, the equivalent task (handwritten text) in OneNote will be marked as complete automatically (a green tick mark).
Handwritten notes to Tasks feature works with Desktop version of OneNote. This is an amazing example of integration across the Office platform.
For learning more about OneNote read these articles.