Visual Studio Code: Multi-line and multi-cursor editing

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A few months back I wrote a blog post about Column Mode Editing in Notepad++. In the article, I demonstrate how to edit multiple columns of text to add, edit, or remove information. After I wrote this I wondered if we could edit multiple lines at once in Visual Studio Code. It turns out we can and there are two different ways to do it.

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Microsoft Writing Style Guide: A new guide for technical communication

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For technical writers and technical communicators, the Microsoft Manual of Style has been one of the main resources of style guidelines for writing about computers and technology. It was an essential manual for content developers, creators, journalists, communicators, and editors. After the 4th Edition was published in 2012, I thought for sure Microsoft would continue to release paper versions of this essential book.

In February 2018, Microsoft took the radical approach of publishing the next version of the guide as a free, web-based resource. Now branded the Microsoft Writing Style Guide, it brings Microsoft writing guidelines “up-to-date for 2018 and is an evolution of the Microsoft Manual of Style from 2012. The principles and guidelines in the guide are the same as those used by internal Microsoft writers, which allows consistent quality and style across all apps and content.”

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How to check if Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is installed

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The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update came out in Fall 2017 and already 85% of PCs have it installed. This release, version 1709, has lots of new features and updates. So, how do you know if it’s installed or not on your computer? This article shows you two methods to verify if the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is installed.

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Microsoft MVP Summit Checklist

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In March 2018, I will be heading to my third Microsoft MVP Global Summit. Just like in past years, MVPs from around the world converge on Bellevue, Redmond, and Seattle, Washington for several days of technical sessions and camaraderie on the Microsoft campus.

While the majority of MVPs attending are returnees, a good portion is new to the experience. While I am no expert at attending Summit, I have learned a few things along the way and have also picked up some travel tips. So, I thought I would share this information with all who could benefit from it.

However, instead of having a static list live just on this blog, I have posted the general checklist to GitHub as a Markdown file in its own repository. This way MVPs can print it, fork it, or contribute their ideas back via pull requests.

You can find the list at this repo: MVP Summit Checklist + Tips

I encourage everyone to check it out and submit their ideas. There are people who have been travelling to MVP Summit longer than me and I know there are some great suggestions out there. So, let’s hear them!

Windows Developer Day: March 7, 2018

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On Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 9:00 AM PST Microsoft will host another Windows Developer Day live stream featuring a keynote speech from Kevin Gallo, Vice President of the Windows Developer Platform.

Gallo and the Windows engineering team will discuss upcoming features and improvements with the next Windows 10 update.

Although the agenda has not been set, the event will focus on two key areas:

  • Building for the modern workplace
  • Making your applications part of the intelligent edge

RSVP for the Windows Developer Day live stream Windows Developer Day today! By registering, you will also be notified when the next Windows SDK is available.

Windows 10 Startup Folder

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I was recently looking for the Startup folder in Windows 10 and it was not where I thought it was. (As a reminder: The Startup folder contains application shortcuts that automatically launch when Windows starts.)

Since everything changed after Windows 7, the Startup folder is now in a new locale. Rather than hunt around for it using Windows File Explorer, I found this quick tip using the shell: command for finding the Windows 10 Startup folder.

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PDF versions of docs.microsoft.com

I was recently looking through docs.microsoft.com when I saw a button link I had never noticed: Download PDF.

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I clicked the link thinking it would only give me the single article. However, it gave me a copy of all the articles within the category. For example, clicking Download PDF at the link for Azure App Service Documentation created the following PDF file with 546 pages in it:

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