How to transpose columns and rows in Microsoft Excel

Turn rows into columns or columns into rows with the Microsoft Excel Transpose feature. This brief tutorial shows you how.

When you use Microsoft Excel on your Mac for creating spreadsheets, you have plenty of layout options. But, sometimes it’s not until after you start entering your data that you wish you had structured the spreadsheet differently.

You may have entered column headers that would work better as row headers or vice versa. Luckily, you have a quick and easy way to make this type of switch with the Excel Transpose feature and here’s how to use it.... Read the rest of this post here


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How to export notes from Evernote on Mac and iOS

Whether you’re ready to make a move from Evernote or want to use another note-taking app along with it, here’s how to easily export notes from Evernote.

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Evernote is a robust note-taking application with availability across multiple platforms, but it does have its limitations. For instance, the Evernote Basic plan only allows you to use the app on two devices for free.  So, maybe you’ve decided to use another app in addition to Evernote. Or, maybe the time comes when you want to switch to a different note-taking app completely.

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How to Improve Your Handwriting: 8 Resources for Better Penmanship

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There are plenty of resources, both online and offline, designed to show you how to write neatly. Below, you’ll find a list of only the best of the best. The handwriting exercises you’ll learn from these resources, and penmanship practice you’ll gain will straighten out those illegible scribbles of yours in no time at all. Handwriting Exercises: A Few Common Themes To save you a little time and to give some extra direction, it’s worth pointing out a few common exercises that are repeatedly mentioned in the courses, lessons, apps, and books that follow. You should always keep these in…

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There are plenty of resources, both online and offline, designed to show you how to write neatly. Below, you’ll find a list of only the best of the best.

The handwriting exercises you’ll learn from these resources, and penmanship practice you’ll gain will straighten out those illegible scribbles of yours in no time at all.

Handwriting Exercises: A Few Common Themes

To save you a little time and to give some extra direction, it’s worth pointing out a few common exercises that are repeatedly mentioned in the courses, lessons, apps, and books that follow.

You should always keep these in mind, no matter which of these resources you try out.

  1. Start with basic movement exercises to loosen up.
  2. Practice your handwriting exercises every day.
  3. Slow your writing down.
  4. Learn from writing that you like.

The Basics: Cursive Writing for Adults

This basic 29-part YouTube course on How To Write In Cursive (the first video is above) is a thorough place to start. You might feel like you’re back in school, but you’ll be surprised at how many of the fundamentals have slipped your mind.

Each lesson is extremely short and comes with a free worksheet (which you can find in each video description) to print out to help you practice.

Intermediate Handwriting Exercises

Once you’ve nailed the basics of cursive (again), you’ll likely want to make some improvements to your style to add some more personality or professionalism to your handwriting.

This 14-minute video by professional sign-writer John Neal looks specifically at how to improve handwriting for adults. The valuable content really starts at 2:30, where you’ll be shown how to pay special attention to the rhythm, speed, and direction of your writing.

Penmanship Practice: Become a Pro

Next, work your way through this short, 8-part YouTube course taught by a handwriting specialist. Much of the information does overlap with the previous video, but hearing two different descriptions of similar handwriting techniques will only help.

Be sure to regularly practice the handwriting exercises you’re taught in these videos to help you create the muscle memory that’s needed to really make your new skill stick.

Splashing Out

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If you’ve tried the above courses without seeing much improvement, it might be time to spend a little cash on something more comprehensive.

Udemy has a highly rated 4-hour course titled Improve your Handwriting – Improve your Life. I’ve not taken this course myself, but many past students cite “immediate improvements” after going through the handwriting classes. The course is usually priced at $75, but I’ve often seen hefty discounts of up to 85%, so it’s worth keeping your eyes peeled.

The aim of the course is to guide you through daily, 10-minute practice sessions to build your muscle memory, causing a positive effect on your handwriting. You can sign up on Udemy for a free preview of the course.

Books to Improve Your Handwriting

Books to improve your handwriting

If you’re looking at using a textbook to help improve your handwriting, there are two books I would recommend.

The first is Rosemary Sassoon’s Improve Your Handwriting. The structure of this book encourages adult readers to experiment with styles to find the one that works for them, including left-handers.

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The second is Barbara Getty’s Write Now: The Complete Program For Better Handwriting. The aim of this book is to help anyone “achieve elegant, legible handwriting” by focusing on writing in a specific italic style.

Apps to Help You Write Neatly

Although handwriting is almost exclusively for pen and paper these days, you can use mobile devices (preferably tablets) to help you practice. Using these apps on your smartphone is possible, but you’d definitely benefit from a larger, flatter area on which to write.

Cursive Practice (iOS)

If you have an iPad, the Cursive Practice app is an easy way for you to practice your cursive writing on the go. The handwriting lessons take you through uppercase, lowercase, individual words, cursive practice sentences, and numbers. You can also change the width and style of your “pen”.

Download: Cursive Practice for iOS(Free)

LazyDog Calligraphy (Android)

A similar option for Android devices is LazyDog Calligraphy. With this app, you can choose from a range of different handwriting styles, and you’ll be scored for each letter, showing you how you’re progressing. You’ll also have access to printable writing worksheets, so you can practice the same style on paper, too.

Download: LazyDog Calligraphy for Android (Free)

Remember, for best results, invest in a stylus pen to use with your smartphone, rather than relying on your finger.

Free Handwriting Worksheets

Once you’ve spent some time studying how to improve your handwriting, you’ll need to have some decent worksheets on which to practice.

Handwriting Worksheets

First off, you should check out our list of free, printable handwriting worksheets. And if they don’t deliver, search Google Images for “handwriting worksheets” (searching specifically for large images which are suitable for printing), you should be able to find all you need.

Writing Neatly: Why Should You Care?

Whether you believe it or not, knowing how to write legible, cursive handwriting is still important.

For children, good handwriting leads to improved grades. For adults, writing things out by hand can act as therapy, and it can also improve memory.

Yes, you can access some of these benefits even with bad handwriting. But if your scrawls remain illegible, then you lose out on a chunk of these benefits because you simply can’t understand what you wrote down in the first place. This means you won’t be able to revisit those thoughts again in the future.

If you’re looking for an even more pragmatic reason to improve your handwriting, remember that the handwritten note will never be fully replaced by email. When it comes to building your network or climbing the career ladder, Jessica Cleiman believes:

“In this day and age, when sadly we’re getting fewer and fewer letters in the mail, a handwritten thank you note, well-crafted on good stationery, will make a candidate [or acquaintance] stand out from others who chose not to take that extra, personal step.”

A hand-written note tends to hold more value than a quick email or message. If you are able to craft such a note in decent, if not excellent, handwriting then, you’re able to use this as a tool to create deeper relationships and to stand out from the crowd.

A Life of Beautiful Handwriting

Once you’ve spent a good deal of time practicing the lessons you learn from the handwriting resources mentioned in this article, writing beautifully will become the new norm for you. You can finally have pride in your handwriting. And you can use your new skill in handwriting to start pursuing even more creative skills.

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Write Better on Your Mac With These 9 Apps and Tricks

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Writing is an enjoyable activity, but you can really hamper yourself if you don’t have the proper tools. Whether you can’t find the motivation to write, have trouble collecting your ideas, or struggle with grammar, the right apps can really help. We’ll show you some of the best apps and tricks you can use to help you write more on your Mac. 1. Choose a Writing App Most writers will choose a standard word processor without a second thought. But there are many issues with this. When you type in a word processor, the text is continuously typeset as you…

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Writing is an enjoyable activity, but you can really hamper yourself if you don’t have the proper tools. Whether you can’t find the motivation to write, have trouble collecting your ideas, or struggle with grammar, the right apps can really help.

We’ll show you some of the best apps and tricks you can use to help you write more on your Mac.

1. Choose a Writing App

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Most writers will choose a standard word processor without a second thought. But there are many issues with this.

When you type in a word processor, the text is continuously typeset as you key it in. It’s easy to lose sight of the logical structure in favor of the typographical elements, which results in a loss of momentum while writing and subsequent distractions.

It also forces you to decide on a specific appearance of the heading with strict formatting options. A writer can’t focus on creating words, and may instead fiddle with fonts and menus as a way of procrastinating. A writing app should help writers to write; not get in the way to add unneeded friction.

And when you need a particular feature, it should be easy to discover. Word processors often obfuscate features in complex menus. You can work around this by writing in Markdown. Its syntax is simple to learn, lets you focus on the writing, and even let you create complex documents with all formatting options.

Take a look at these two Mac writing apps:

Download: iA Writer ($30)
Download: Typora (Free)

2. Outline Your Ideas With Scapple

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When you take time to draft an outline, you can work out if the ideas connect to each other, what order works best, identify gaps in your thinking, and confirm your thoughts with proven facts. Scapple is an intuitive app for jotting your ideas down by developing connections between them. It’s the software equivalent of pen and paper.

Unlike typical mind-mapping software, Scapple doesn’t force you to make connections, nor do you have to begin with a central idea. It’s a freeform writing app with an expandable canvas to fit all your notes. You can move notes around to make room for new connections, create stacks from notes, edit and resize them, or even link to files on your Mac.

Download: Scapple (Free trial, $15)

3. Manage a Notebook With OneNote

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Every writer should keep a notebook to store all their ideas and notes. OneNote is a personal digital notebook to write and manage all sorts of notes.

Try creating a Writing Projects notebook, and start adding few sections. You might have Ideas for new article ideas, Articles and Finished Articles for articles in progress and completed articles, and Track as a place to check your writing progress and improvements.

In the Ideas section, you can create a page for all ideas, another page as a simple Kanban board, and a page to keep web links. In the Articles section, create a new page for each article you want to write. Install the OneNote web clipper extension and start bookmarking or clipping articles from the web.

You can even embed a video, record audio, and take notes from the media. If necessary, create a subpage to keep your notes, bookmarks, and outline separately in a parent/child format. Develop your workflow and start using OneNote to manage resources and improve your productivity.

Download: Microsoft OneNote (Free)

4. Use SearchLink to Generate Links

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Many writers spend a lot of time pasting links from the web. When you do it manually, you not only waste time, but also lose momentum while writing—or worse, get lost following all those links.

SearchLink is a system service for macOS that handles searching multiple sources and automatically generate links for text. Start with an exclamation point (!). Then type the argument you want to use. For example:

  • !mas: search Mac App Store
  • !itu: search iTunes App Store
  • !s: software search using Google
  • !@t: link text as Twitter username

Check the SearchLink website for more arguments.

Now let’s say you want to link an app from the Mac App Store. Type in !mas Pixelmator. Right-click and choose Services > SearchLink. Within seconds, it’ll run a search in the background and replace it with a full Markdown link.

You can use specific modifiers to customize the way you want to link with text. Put !! at the end of the text to only return the URL without any link formatting. Similarly, put ^ at the end to output the result to the clipboard, leaving the text in place.

For example, !s Pixelmator!! will run a software search for Pixelmator and output only a link. Then, if you bind this service with a hotkey, you can link the text just with the keyboard.

Download: SearchLink (Free)

5. Customize the Dictionary to Improve Vocabulary

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The built-in Dictionary app is a powerful tool to search for definitions, plus thesaurus and Wikipedia entries. You can search for the words manually, or point to a word and press Ctrl + Cmd + D to open the dictionary panel with the definition right in front of you.

To make the Dictionary app more useful, install Terminology. It is based on the WordNet project, a large lexical database of English. It joins not just word forms, but specific senses of the word. Also, it labels the semantic relations among words, making it more powerful than a thesaurus.

Open Dictionary > Preferences and check the Terminology box. It’ll now appear as one of your search options in the Dictionary app.

Download: Terminology (Free)

6. Cut Off the Distractions

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Writing requires a clean working environment. Too many files and windows on the desktop act as clutter on the screen. It’s wise to develop good habits by making proper use of the workspace.

You can organize your workspace with Mission Control. The virtual desktop feature, called Spaces, lets you easily organize app windows across multiple desktops.

You can even use third-party apps to automate the window management operations. Hocus Focus is a menu bar utility that keeps your desktop clean by hiding the inactive windows automatically. If you have a problem with focus, use the HazeOver app to highlight the foremost app window and mask the windows in the background that distract you.

Download: Hocus Focus (Free)
Download: HazeOver (Free trial, $5)

7. Store Temporary Items With Clipboard Utility

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It’s not necessary to store every piece of text, images, and link in a notebook. Some items are temporary, so you’ll discard them later on. That’s where a clipboard utility app might be of help.

Alfred‘s clipboard history feature (part of the Powerpack) is unique. Go to Alfred’s Preferences, and under Features > Clipboard, enable Clipboard History. Check the box next to the relevant types, and choose how long you want to remember your clips.

Now, press the Alt + Cmd + C hotkey to bring up the Clipboard History panel. Alfred will show you the clips you’ve copied. Type any word or phrase in the search bar to filter your results.

You can even merge multiple clips onto your clipboard. Go to Features > Clipboard > Merging and enable the box next to merging. To append a clip onto the previously copied text, hold Cmd and double-tap C quickly. Then paste the clip you copied onto any app.

Download: Alfred (Free, $25 Powerpack available)

8. Use a Text Expander Utility

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Even if you’ve learned to type quickly, certain forms of writing can require you to type repetitive text. You can avoid RSI and other injuries by cutting down on your keystrokes. Using a text expansion tool can save your hands and hours of your time.

aText accelerates your typing by offering shortcuts for the characters you write. When you open the app for the first time, you’ll see boilerplate snippets for typing in the date and time, symbol substitution macros, and more. To create a new snippet, type the keyword in the Abbreviation field, and content you want to expand in the Content field.

Download: aText (Free trial, $5)

9. Correct Grammar and Get Writing Suggestions

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When you write a first draft, you’re just putting your ideas together. Spelling errors and poorly written sentences are common in first drafts, so it’s important to revise and improve it. You can use some tools to help you improve your final product.

At times, you’ll want writing suggestions. These can tell whether you’ve written a correct sentence, compare confusing words, which adjective or preposition is appropriate for a particular phrase, or get synonyms in context. Writefull is an app that gives feedback on your writing by checking your text against databases, like Google Scholar, Books, and more.

You might also want to use Grammarly for proofreading your articles. It checks your spelling, grammar, suggests synonyms in context, and more. And if you subscribe to Grammarly Pro, it’ll detect if you use words in a wrong way, subject-verb agreement, pronoun use, and punctuation usage.

Download: Writefull (Free)
Download: Grammarly (Free, subscription available)

Read Books to Become a Better Writer

To become a better writer, you need the best tools to help you realize your dreams. macOS is a creative environment to work with, and there are many third-party tools at its disposal—even more than ones discussed here.

Writing is a complicated skill, and these tools cover only half the job. You need to read more to become a better writer. If this inspires you, you might want to know how to read more books this year.

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7 Online Tableau Software Training Courses to Lead You to Certification

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One of the best ways to enhance your employability is to earn certifications in a particular skillset. Doing so proves to would-be employers that you have the technical ability to use the app, software, or technology to a high standard. So, in today’s article, we’re going to look at online training courses for Tableau. Do the training, grab the certification, negotiate a higher salary—simple. What Is Tableau? Tableau is a software company that specializes in making interactive data visualization products. The company’s software can use information from relational databases, OLAP cubes, cloud databases, and spreadsheets, then produce a huge number…

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One of the best ways to enhance your employability is to earn certifications in a particular skillset. Doing so proves to would-be employers that you have the technical ability to use the app, software, or technology to a high standard.

So, in today’s article, we’re going to look at online training courses for Tableau. Do the training, grab the certification, negotiate a higher salary—simple.

What Is Tableau?

Tableau is a software company that specializes in making interactive data visualization products.

The company’s software can use information from relational databases, OLAP cubes, cloud databases, and spreadsheets, then produce a huge number of graphs and outputs. It also supports mapping and spatial files.

Tableau offers six core products: Desktop, Prep, Server, Online, Reader, and Public. The final two apps—Reader and Public—are free to use.

The Reader app lets anyone open and view (but not edit) visualizations made in the Desktop app, while Public lets you create graphs, charts, maps, and other visualizations, then publish them on the web. It’s a great tool for blogs and hobbyist data analysts.

The Best Online Training and Tutorials for Tableau

Keep reading to discover the best online training and tutorials for Tableau. We’ll cover some free and paid options for all skill levels.

1. Tableau’s Official Resources

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Skill level: All
Price: Free-$2,500

The easiest way to start learning is to use Tableau’s official training resources. They are available via Tableau’s website.

The resources are split into two sections: the free-to-use training videos and the paid courses.

The free training videos are singlehandedly capable of taking you to a good standard. There are more than 100 available.

Introductory lessons include Getting Started and troubleshooting, the intermediate courses move on to cover connecting to data, using dashboards, and mapping. There are also tutorials for the admin side of the app such as security and user management. All the videos are a few minutes long.

For advanced courses, you’ll need to shell out for the professional courses. Prices run from $1,000 to $2,000 per course. They are much more detailed and cover more advanced ideas. You can take them in-person or in a virtual classroom.

2. Tableau Tutorial for Beginners

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Skill level: Beginner
Price: Free

If you’re a complete Tableau beginner, you should check out this free Udemy course. The entire course only lasts 2.5 hours, so it’s not going to keep you tied up for days. You’ll be ready for the intermediate courses in no time.

The course will teach you all the basics of using the software—though you will need to download the free trial of Tableau Desktop before you start.

Topics covered include how to connect to data sources, how to turn your data into graphs, charts, and maps, and how to join and merge multiple datasets.

The Tableau Tutorial for Beginners course also starts to introduce databases, geographical data types, and how to create complex calculations.

3. Intellipaat: Tableau Tutorial

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Skill level: Beginner
Price: Free

The text-based beginners’ tutorial from Intellipaat is the perfect complement to the introductory Udemy course we discussed above. It builds on the fundamental principles you that you have already been introduced to, without over complicating the course with information you’re still not ready for.

The course begins with an overview of the Tableau apps and working environment; it covers some apps (such as Tableau Reader and Tableau Public) which aren’t discussed in the Udemy course.

The second half of the course covers topics such as connecting to data sources, blending data, and extracting data. It ends with a short section on how to create dashboards.

4. Tutorial Gateway: Tableau Tutorial

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Skill Level: Intermediate
Price: Free

Tutorial Gateway’s Tableau tutorial is also entirely text and image-based; if you like working with videos, it’s not the course for you.

However, if you can work with text, it’s definitely worth checking out. The amount of content the course covers is breathtaking, especially considering it is free.

The course starts out at a gentle pace. Even if you’re a complete beginner, you should be able to work through the first few chapters without too much difficulty. When you arrive at the latter sections—covering features such as interactive dashboards and Tableau’s filters, functions, and calculations, the complexity starts to increase.

There are 11 chapters in total. We’d estimate it would take most people a couple of weeks to get through all the content.

5. Tableau 10 for Data Scientists

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Skill Level: Intermediate
Price: Requires a Lynda subscription ($29.99 per month, 30-day free trial available)

At its core, Tableau is a data science tool. So, if you’re interested in learning how to get the most out of the suite, check out the Tableau 10 for Data Scientists course on Lynda. (If you want to learn more about data science, check out some of the data science Udemy courses.)

Despite the name, the course is suitable for anyone who has a basic foundation of understanding in the Tableau apps and is ready to take their knowledge up a notch.

The entire course lasts for two hours and 24 minutes. It is divided into 62 individual videos, none of which are more than four minutes long. As such, it’s a perfect course for dipping into and brushing up on parts of the app you’re less familiar with.

Content covered includes connecting and extracting data, transforming data, analytics, mapping data, and working with parameters.

6. Tutorials Point: Tableau Tutorial

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Skill level: Intermediate/Expert
Price: Free

Tutorials Point’s Tableau Tutorial marks a good step up in complexity from Tutorial Gateway’s guide. It reinforces some of the things you learned as an immediate user while simultaneously laying the groundwork for themes you will learn about as an expert.

After a short opening chapter for beginners, the guide looks in detail at worksheets, data sources, calculations, filters, and charts.

In the end, the Advanced section has four chapters: Dashboard, Formatting, Forecasting, and Trend Lines.

All the lessons are easily digestible; they go into too much detail and focus on image-based learning rather than text.

7. Tableau Expert: Top Visualization Techniques in Tableau 10

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Skill Level: Expert
Price: $199.99

If you hope to step up and Tableau certification, you’re going to need to splash out on some high-quality expert courses.

This Udemy course is one of the best. At $199.99 it’s not cheap, but Udemy often offers discounts—keep your eyes peeled. And anyway, it’ll be money well-spent if you training leads to a nice salary hike, right?

The 5.5-hour course focuses on making your visualizations stand out from the crowd. It’s not as easy as it sounds when you consider that complete beginners can start making charts with just a couple of hours of learning.

It includes 68 videos and 14 downloadable resources. The course covers topics such as creating hexbin charts, Sankey diagrams, visualizing Likert scale survey data. None of the visualizations are part of the software “out of the box.”

Udemy’s other advanced Tableau courses are Mastering Tableau 10, Tableau 10 Development, and Tableau 10 Business Intelligence Solutions. They are all similarly priced.

Getting Your Tableau Certification

Tableau offers official certification through its website. Four certifications are available:

  • Tableau Desktop Qualified Associate
  • Tableau Desktop Certified Professional
  • Tableau Server Qualified Associate
  • Tableau Server Certified Professional

In order to become a Certified Professional, you first need to become a Qualified Associate. Before applying for either Qualified Associate exam, Tableau suggests you should have five months of experience and complete some of its training programs.

The Qualified Associate exams cost $250, the Desktop Certified Professional costs $600, and the Server Certified Professional is $800.

Get Certification, Improve Your Job Prospects

Regardless of your profession, getting certified in the software, machinery, tools, or protocols you use every day is a great way to make you stand out from the crowd in an increasingly competitive job market.

Another way of standing is to make sure you have a killer CV. If you’d like to learn how technology can help to build your resume, check out our articles about the best resume-building sites and free resume templates.

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How to Set Up Multilingual Text Prediction in Windows 10

In Windows 10, you can type in easily switch and type in multiple languages that follow the Latin alphabet. Common Latin languages include English, German, Spanish, and French etc. You do not have to switch the languages manually in the language settings every time you decide to change over to another language. This feature is a part of Windows 10 Text Prediction. Set Up Multilingual Text Prediction in Windows 10 Windows 10 has enabled multilingual text prediction for both software (touch screen) keyboards and hardware keyboards. From your experience on mobile devices, you can guess that text prediction not only saves…

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In Windows 10, you can type in easily switch and type in multiple languages that follow the Latin alphabet. Common Latin languages include English, German, Spanish, and French etc. You do not have to switch the languages manually in the language settings every time you decide to change over to another language.

This feature is a part of Windows 10 Text Prediction.

Set Up Multilingual Text Prediction in Windows 10

Windows 10 has enabled multilingual text prediction for both software (touch screen) keyboards and hardware keyboards. From your experience on mobile devices, you can guess that text prediction not only saves time while typing but also helps you select the right spellings. Multilingual text prediction takes this further if you work in multiple Latin Script languages.

Here’s how you can switch on and switch off the multilingual text prediction in Settings.

  1. Open Settings (shortcut: Windows key + I). Click on the Devices icon.
  2. Under Devices, select the Typing section from the left column.
  3. Scroll down to Multilingual text prediction.
    Multilingual Text Prediction in Windows 10
  4. Toggle the Show text predictions based on the recognized languages you’re typing in setting to the On position.

Windows supports up to three Latin script languages for multi-lingual text predictions. It suggests predictions from the top three preferred languages in your computer’s System Settings.

The toggle switch saves you the bother of manually selecting the languages every time you type. Also, it increases the scope of your communication if you are fluent in more than one language. And you can keep fighting those pesky typos thanks to auto-correct and the spelling and grammar check tools in Microsoft Office.

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How to Set Up Multilingual Text Prediction in Windows 10

In Windows 10, you can type in easily switch and type in multiple languages that follow the Latin alphabet. Common Latin languages include English, German, Spanish, and French etc. You do not have to switch the languages manually in the language settings every time you decide to change over to another language. This feature is a part of Windows 10 Text Prediction. Set Up Multilingual Text Prediction in Windows 10 Windows 10 has enabled multilingual text prediction for both software (touch screen) keyboards and hardware keyboards. From your experience on mobile devices, you can guess that text prediction not only saves…

Read the full article: How to Set Up Multilingual Text Prediction in Windows 10

In Windows 10, you can type in easily switch and type in multiple languages that follow the Latin alphabet. Common Latin languages include English, German, Spanish, and French etc. You do not have to switch the languages manually in the language settings every time you decide to change over to another language.

This feature is a part of Windows 10 Text Prediction.

Set Up Multilingual Text Prediction in Windows 10

Windows 10 has enabled multilingual text prediction for both software (touch screen) keyboards and hardware keyboards. From your experience on mobile devices, you can guess that text prediction not only saves time while typing but also helps you select the right spellings. Multilingual text prediction takes this further if you work in multiple Latin Script languages.

Here’s how you can switch on and switch off the multilingual text prediction in Settings.

  1. Open Settings (shortcut: Windows key + I). Click on the Devices icon.
  2. Under Devices, select the Typing section from the left column.
  3. Scroll down to Multilingual text prediction.
    Multilingual Text Prediction in Windows 10
  4. Toggle the Show text predictions based on the recognized languages you’re typing in setting to the On position.

Windows supports up to three Latin script languages for multi-lingual text predictions. It suggests predictions from the top three preferred languages in your computer’s System Settings.

The toggle switch saves you the bother of manually selecting the languages every time you type. Also, it increases the scope of your communication if you are fluent in more than one language. And you can keep fighting those pesky typos thanks to auto-correct and the spelling and grammar check tools in Microsoft Office.

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7 Android Apps to Supercharge the Text Selection Menu

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While Google has made commendable efforts to supercharge text selection on Android with more contextually aware features, there’s still a lot you can add with third-party apps. Here are seven apps that make selecting text even better on Android. 1. Multi Copy Say you’re looking to copy multiple excerpts from a lengthy page. Normally, you would have to grab each individually and paste them in a temporary file before moving on to the next. A free app called Multi Copy makes this process much less cumbersome. As the name suggests, Multi Copy essentially allows you to copy several text portions…

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While Google has made commendable efforts to supercharge text selection on Android with more contextually aware features, there’s still a lot you can add with third-party apps. Here are seven apps that make selecting text even better on Android.

1. Multi Copy

Say you’re looking to copy multiple excerpts from a lengthy page. Normally, you would have to grab each individually and paste them in a temporary file before moving on to the next. A free app called Multi Copy makes this process much less cumbersome.

As the name suggests, Multi Copy essentially allows you to copy several text portions from an article without having to paste them elsewhere. The app adds a new option called Multi Copy in Android’s default long-press contextual menu. Selecting that instead of the usual Copy option will let you easily grab all those snippets like you would do with a single chunk.

Multi Copy also offers a bunch of other tools relevant to its core objective. For instance, it shows a popup every time you choose the Multi Copy option that lets you start another clip or save the existing one in a new note. In addition, there’s a feature called Smart Copy that enables Multi Copy inside other apps like WhatsApp. With this, you can even copy messages from different chat windows and paste them as one.

Download: Multi Copy (Free)

2. Look Up

Another handy app for augmenting your phone’s text selection menu is Look Up. Mac users who regularly employ the OS’s built-in dictionary might be familiar with how this app functions.

Look Up’s pitch is quite straightforward. You select a word, tap its entry in the menu, and the word’s definition appears. But that’s not all. The free app also comes with the ability to bookmark these words and lets you add notes to them.

What’s more, if you hit the little menu button on the popup, there are a few quick actions for checking the word’s synonyms, dictating it, and even translating to another language (the latter requires the premium version). Thankfully, it works offline so you don’t need an internet connection to use all these features.

If you find Look Up too limited, try Merriam Webster’s great dictionary app for Android.

Download: Look Up (Free) | Look Up Pro ($1)

3. Text Infinity

Text Infinity, unlike the rest on this list, is not designed for just one purpose. The app brings a host of utilities to the text selection menu on Android. This includes dictation of the selected word, calling or texting a highlighted number, searching the text on YouTube or Google Maps, and translating to a different language.

Text Infinity thus adds five new options to your context menu. It would be nice if the developer allowed you to hide the ones you don’t use, though.

Download: Text Infinity (Free)

4. Clipboard Actions

If you find your text selection menu cluttered with all these new options, try Clipboard Actions. It’s nearly identical to Text Infinity, with one key difference. Clipboard Actions places all its options in the notification shade instead of the long-press list.

Once you’ve copied a piece of text, you can simply swipe down and find a bunch of nifty shortcuts to web search, share, translate, and more. The app also behaves as a clipboard manager, so you can revisit every one of your clippings later down the road. For more like this, check out how to improve the copy-paste functionality on Android.

Download: Clipboard Actions (Free)

5. Universal Copy

Universal Copy goes where no other text selection feature has gone before. The app makes it possible for you to copy text that you wouldn’t be able to otherwise. Once invoked for a particular page, Universal Copy scans the entire screen and lets you select any text without hassle. For instance, you normally can’t directly copy titles of YouTube videos in the app—but with Universal Copy, you can.

There’s even a Select All button when you need it. It’s similar to the old Now on Tap feature that scanned your screen to find relevant information, but instead of offering relevant web results, this app uses it for selecting text.

Download: Universal Copy (Free)

6. Copy to Read

As the name suggests, Copy to Read lets you simply select some text on a web page or anywhere else and have it read aloud. The app makes use of the Google Text-to-Speech engine, so ensure you have that installed and updated.

Too basic? Try the best text-to-speech Android apps instead.

Download: Copy to Read (Free)

7. Screen Translator

Similarly, Screen Translator is a single-purpose app for translating highlighted text. You can choose from a wide array of languages, including regional ones. In addition, once you’ve translated something, Screen Translator adds a bunch of other handy features in the popup.

You can enlarge the translation to show it someone in a foreign city, share it, or edit the input text manually. If you’re looking for a more capable translation app, though, you can use Google Translate in any Android app.

Download: Screen Translator (Free)

Android Text Selection’s Future

In addition to these third-party apps, text selection on Android is natively quite powerful as well. With a few recent updates, Google has made it contextual.

For instance, if you’re copying a location, the menu will have a Google Maps link. But for these features, you’ll have to be using the latest Android version. Unfortunately, this continues to remain a bottleneck for Android.

If you’re fed with your current update scenario, see what Android manufacturers are the best for timely updates.

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How to Reverse or Mirror Text in Microsoft Word

Mirror text or reversed text isn’t something you would think of using in a professional Microsoft Word document. But this feature could have interesting cosmetic applications. Maybe, you want to make a drop cap letter more interesting or want to design a prettier printable invite with a horizontal flip of the text. The important thing is that you do so in Microsoft Word and we see how in the steps below. How to Reverse or Mirror Text in Microsoft Word You do not get to click a single button to reverse text in Microsoft Word. Instead, you have to take…

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Mirror text or reversed text isn’t something you would think of using in a professional Microsoft Word document. But this feature could have interesting cosmetic applications. Maybe, you want to make a drop cap letter more interesting or want to design a prettier printable invite with a horizontal flip of the text.

The important thing is that you do so in Microsoft Word and we see how in the steps below.

How to Reverse or Mirror Text in Microsoft Word

You do not get to click a single button to reverse text in Microsoft Word. Instead, you have to take the help of the Text box and the Format Shape controls to flip text around. These steps work across Office 365 and Office 2016 tools like Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook.

  1. To insert a text or even a single letter, go to Insert > Text Box. Now, type your text and then format it.
  2. With the box selected, right-click the box and click Format Shape.
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  3. The Format Shape panel is displayed on the right. Click on the second icon for Effects.
  4. Under 3-D Rotation, in the X Rotation box, enter 180 degrees to mirror the text. You can also set other rotations as 0 degrees and the Y Rotation to 180 and make the text mirrored and flipped upside down.
    Mirror Text
  5. As a finishing touch, select the text box shape and set Shape Fill to “No Fill” and Shape Outline to “No Outline”.

Some simple style effects to the text in Microsoft Word can make them stand out. But do keep in the mind the purpose of the document before you start formatting the text.

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