Redeem a gift card or code to your Microsoft account

Redeem your gift card or code

Redeem a gift card or code to your Microsoft account


The easiest way to redeem a gift card or code is by visiting microsoft.com/redeem. If you or your family have multiple Microsoft accounts, make sure you’re signed in to the one to which you want to apply the gift card or code. Then enter the 25-character code, select Next, and follow the instructions on the screen.

See Find your downloads and product keys for more info about downloading and installing apps and games.

Redeem a gift card or code on Windows 10 or Xbox devices

Windows 10

  1. Open Microsoft Store .
  2. Select the See more  menu (next to the Search box).
  3. Select Redeem a code. If you aren’t already signed in, sign in to the Microsoft account on which you want to redeem the code.
  4. Enter your code and select Redeem.
  • If the card or code has money on it, we’ll apply the entire balance to your Microsoft account. You can use it to buy things from Microsoft Store online, on Windows 10, and on Xbox One.
  • If the card or code is for a specific app or game, we’ll add it to your personal library, where you can download and install it. Go to My Library in Microsoft Store. When some apps or games are redeemed, they will take you to the product page where you can also download and install.
  • If the card or code is for a subscription, you can find it in your Services & subscriptions.

Xbox One

Make sure your console is connected to the Internet and you’re signed in to the Microsoft account on which you want to redeem the code.

  1. Select Store > Use a code.
  2. Follow the instructions on the screen to redeem your gift card or code.
  • If the card or code has money on it, we’ll apply the entire balance to your Microsoft account. You can use it to buy things from Microsoft Store online, on Windows 10, and on Xbox One.
  • If the card or code is for a specific app or game, we’ll add it to your personal library, where you can download and install it. Press the Xbox  button on your controller and then select My games and apps > Ready to install. Select the app or game, then select Install.
  • If the card or code is for a subscription, such as a subscription to Xbox Live Gold, you can find it in System > Settings > Account > Subscriptions.
or —
  1. Say “Xbox, use a code”.
  2. Follow the instructions on the screen to redeem your gift card or code

Xbox 360

Make sure your console is connected to the Internet and you’re signed in to the Microsoft account on which you want to redeem the code.

  1. Press the Guide button on the controller.
  2. Choose Games and apps > Redeem code.
  3. Enter the gift card code and select Done.

How to delete your Microsoft account

When you delete a Microsoft account, whether because you no longer need it or because it’s a duplicate account, Microsoft wants to make sure of two things.

How to delete your Microsoft account

  • First, that it’s really you, not someone else trying to close your account.
  • Second, that you’re not leaving anything important behind that you’re going to need later.

To protect your account from accidentally being closed, we may ask you to prove your identity and intent. For example, if you forgot your account information and had to reset your security info, we make you wait 60 days before closing your account.

If you’re sure you want to close your Microsoft account, click the items below for things to check first, how to close it, and what to do afterward

Before you close your account


Closing a Microsoft account means you won’t be able to use it to sign in to the Microsoft products and services you’ve been using. It also deletes all the services associated with it, including your files saved in OneDrive, your Xbox Live data and GamerTag, your Skype ID and contacts, and your Outlook.com, Hotmail, Live, or MSN email accounts. So before you close your account, take the time to tie up loose ends, cancel subscriptions, and make sure you don’t leave anything important behind—like files in your OneDrive, money from gift cards, emails in Outlook.com, and more

Turn Bing SafeSearch on or off

SafeSearch is a Bing setting that filters out inappropriate web content. To change it:

  1. Open a browser and go to Bing.com.
  2. Select the  icon in the upper right of the Bing.com window. Select Settings , and then select More.
  3. Choose your SafeSearch preference: StrictModerate, or Off. Select Save at the bottom of the menu.

Turn Bing SafeSearch on or off
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Troubleshoot problems with the Start menu or Cortana in Windows 10

The following are some things you can try if you’re having problems with the Start menu or Cortana.

Troubleshoot problems with the Start menu or Cortana in Windows 10

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How to fix dns server not responding in Windows 7

Applies to: Windows 7 ProfessionalWindows 7 Home PremiumWindows 7 Home BasicWindows 7 UltimateWindows 7 Starter

How to fix dns server not responding in Windows 7

Symptoms


On a computer that is running Windows 7, you receive the following error message:

Your computer appears to be correctly configured, but the device or resource (DNS server) is not responding

When this issue occurs, you cannot connect to Internet.

Resolution


To fix dns server not responding in Windows 7, you can try one or more of the following methods.

Method 1: Restart the router

  1. Remove the power cord from the router.
  2. Wait at least 10 seconds after all lights on the router have gone out.
  3. Reconnect the power cord to the router.

Method 2: Configure the TCP/IP settings

Configure the TCP/IP settings. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Select Start > Control Panel.
  2. Select View network status and tasks under Networking and Internet.
  3. Select Change adapter settings.
  4. Press and hold (or right-click)  Local Area Connection, and then select Properties.
  5. Select Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) > Properties.
  6. Select Obtain an IPv6 address automatically > Obtain DNS servers address automatically > OK.
  7. Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) > Properties.
  8. Select Obtain an IP address automatically Obtain DNS servers address automatically > OK.

Method 3: Use the Ipconfig command-line tool

Use the Ipconfig command-line tool. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Select Start, type command prompt in the Search Programs and files box, press and hold (or right-click) Command Prompt, and then select Run as administrator.
  2. At the command prompt, type the following commands. Press Enter after each command.

    ipconfig /flushdns

    ipconfig /registerdns

    ipconfig /release

    ipconfig /renew

For more information about the Ipconfig commands and what they do, see General information about the Ipconfig commands.

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Run the latest version of Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 10

Run the latest version of Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 10

Run the latest version of Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 10To download Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 10 you visit here

  • Microsoft Edge is designed for faster, safer browsing and is recommended for Windows 10.

  • But Internet Explorer 11 is also included in Windows 10 and is automatically kept up to date. To open Internet Explorer, select the Start  button, type Internet Explorer, and then select the top search result.

  • To be sure you have the latest version of Internet Explorer 11, select the Start  button, select Settings > Update & security Windows Update, and then select Check for updates.

How to create a table of contents by marking text in Microsoft Word 2010

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How to create a table of contents by marking text in Microsoft Word 2010


One of the most common features of professional documents is the table of contents (TOC). Microsoft Word makes the creation of a table of contents easier by allowing you the option of creating a TOC without using styles and by allowing you to mark a single word or group of words in a particular body of text and add that information to the table of contents.

A table of contents can be generated by using the Lead-in Emphasis feature to apply heading styles to any lead-in text (the first word or words in a paragraph or sentence). By using the Lead-in Emphasis feature, you can create paragraphs where the first portion of the paragraph is formatted with a heading style and appears in the table of contents, but the rest of the paragraph is normal text and does not appear in the table of contents. This article describes how to use this new feature to create a table of contents.

Create Table of Contents

In Word, you can create a table of contents based on a portion of the text in a paragraph without including the whole paragraph. You can mark text by using the Lead-in Emphasis feature with heading styles to include the text in a table of contents .

To insert a table of contents in Microsoft Word , you follow these steps: 

  1. Start Word, and then open your document.
  2. Click an empty paragraph where you want to insert the TOC.
  3. On the Insert menu, point to Reference, and then click Index and Tables.Note In Microsoft Office Word 2007 or in Word 2010, click Table of Contents in the Table of Contentsgroup on the References tab. Then, click Insert Table of Contents.
  4. Click the Table of Contents tab, and then click Show Outlining Toolbar.Note In Word 2007 or in Word 2010, skip this step.
  5. In the Index and Tables dialog box, select the options that you want to apply to your TOC, and then click OK.Note In Word 2007 or in Word 2010, select the options that you want to apply to the TOC in the Table of Contents dialog box, and then click OK.

Note If the text that is contained in your document is not marked to be included in a TOC, you receive the following error message in your document instead of the TOC:

Error! No table of contents entries found.

Mark the Text to Include in the Table of Contents

The next step is to mark the text that you want to include in your TOC by using Lead-in Emphasis with heading styles. Use one or more of the following methods to mark text that you want to include in the TOC.

 

Use Lead-in Emphasis with Heading Styles

  1. Select any lead-in text in your document that you want to include in your TOC. For example, you may have a paragraph that includes lead-in text to introduce the remainder of the paragraph’s text. In the following paragraph, if you want to include the introductory words “Widow and Orphan” in your TOC, just select these words, and then continue with the steps.
    Widow and Orphan: A widow is the last line of a paragraph printed by itself at the top of a page. An orphan is the first line of a paragraph printed by itself at the bottom of a page.
  2. Click the drop-down arrow in the Style box on the Formatting toolbar, and then select the heading that you want.Note In Word 2007 or in Word 2010, click the heading style that you want in the Styles group on the Home tab.
  3. Click Update TOC on the Outlining toolbar to update the TOC.Note In Word 2007 or in Word 2010, click Update Table in the Table of Contents group on the References tab.
  4. In the Update Table of Contents dialog box, click Update the Entire table, and then click OK.Note In Word 2007 or in Word 2010, click Update the Entire table in the Update Table of Contentsdialog box.

If you click Show/Hide on the standard toolbar, note that there are no special characters in the paragraph to indicate lead-in emphasis applied to the text. However, the text formatted as a heading level appears in the document’s TOC. Because no hidden paragraph markers or other items are used, the whole process is seamless. Word uses a new underlying feature named “Linked character styles” to do this.

The heading style applied to the lead-in portion of the document is displayed as a heading style, but it is actually a linked character style. In Word 2002 and later, when you apply a paragraph style to a subset of paragraph, the following behavior occurs:

  • A hidden character style is created that takes the same character properties as the paragraph style being applied.
  • The character style is applied to the selection.

NOTE: The hidden character style created with linked character styles appears in the Style drop-down list if the document is opened and viewed in earlier versions of Word. The functionality of the style separator is lost if the document is saved in an earlier version of Word.

To view the hidden character style, follow these steps:

  1. On the Format menu, click Reveal Formatting.The Reveal Formatting task pane appears.Note To open the Reveal Formatting task pane in Word 2007 or in Word 2010, follow these steps:
    1. Click the Styles dialog box launcher in the Styles group on the Home tab.
    2. In the Styles window, click Style Inspector.
    3. Click Reveal Formatting.
  2. Select the text in your document and notice that exact formatting details appear in the Reveal Formatting task pane.
  3. Select the text that has the character style applied and note that the text appears as a character style in the Reveal Formatting task pane. The linked style appears as Heading Char in the Reveal Formattingtask pane. The actual character style remains hidden in the
    Styles and Formatting task pane or the Style drop-down list on the Formatting toolbar.

Any paragraph style can be used for the linked character style. A paragraph style can be created that looks exactly like the body text paragraph style, and then applied to a portion of a paragraph. In this manner, the text that is used to build the TOC can exactly match the text in the paragraph, assuming the TOC options are modified to include the style for the lead-in text.

Use Style Separators with Heading Styles

The style separator is a new feature to Word 2003 and Word 2002. Style separator tags allow you to do the following:

  • Apply heading styles to a single word or phrase in a paragraph so that only that word or phrase appears in the TOC.
  • Include two styles in a single paragraph so that the lead-in paragraph appears in the TOC.
  • Apply outline levels to lead-in text so that only the lead-in text appears in the TOC.
  • Apply outline levels to a single word or phrase in a paragraph so that only that word or phrase appears in the TOC.

The style separator is a hidden paragraph mark that serves as a delineator between separate styles applied in a document.

To make the style separator mark visible, follow these steps:

  1. On the Tools menu, click Options.
  2. On the View tab, click All under Formatting Marks.

Before you can use the Style Separator feature, you must add the Style Separator button to your toolbar:

  1. Click Customize on the Tools menu.
  2. Click the Commands tab, and then click All Commands in the Categories list.
  3. Locate InsertStyleSeparator in the Commands list, and then drag it to the Formatting toolbar. Click Close.

Note To add the Style Separator button to the toolbar in Office Word 2007 or in Word 2010, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Microsoft Office button, and then click Word Options.
  2. Click Customize.
  3. In the Choose commands from list, click All Commands.
  4. In the list of commands, click Sytle Separator, click Add, and then click OK.

Insert the style separator before you apply the heading style to your text. To do this, use one of the following methods.

Method A: Use Style Separators to add a single word or phrase in a paragraph to the TOC:

  1. As you type, and you reach a word or phrase in a paragraph that you want to include in the TOC, click the Style Separator button. When you click the Style Separator button, the insertion point moves to the right of the separator so that you can continue typing.
  2. Type the word or phrase that you want to include in the TOC, and then click the Style Separatorbutton again.
  3. Select the word or phrase that you want to include in the TOC, click the drop-down arrow in the Stylebox on the Formatting toolbar, and then select the heading that you want.

The word or phrase between the two style separators appears in the TOC.

Method B: Insert the Style Separator between two existing paragraphs:

You can use the style separator between two existing paragraphs so that the first paragraph becomes the lead-in text and appears in the TOC, and the second paragraph is the remainder of the text and does not appear in the TOC. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Create two paragraphs of text, placing text that you want to appear in the TOC in the first paragraph, the remainder of the text in the second paragraph.
  2. Position the insertion point in the first paragraph, and then click the Style Separator button.The two paragraphs appear to become a single paragraph by converting the paragraph mark at the end of the first paragraph to a style separator. You now have a single compound paragraph, which shows up as two separate paragraphs in Outline view, but which prints as a single paragraph.
  3. Select the text to the left of the separator, click the drop-down arrow in the Style box on the Formatting toolbar, and then select the heading that you want.

The TOC displays only the lead-in portion (the first paragraph) formatted with the heading style.

NOTE: The style separator is a special form of a hidden paragraph mark. Therefore, documents with style separators that are created in Word 2002 and in later versions of Word appear the same in Word 2000 and in Microsoft Word 97 unless you click All under Formatting Marks. If you click All under Formatting Marksin earlier versions of Word, the style separator hidden paragraph mark appears as a normal paragraph mark, and the document will be repaginated.

When you use an earlier version of Word to view documents that have style separators that were created in Word 2002 and in later versions of Word, do not click All under Formatting Marks.

Removing a Heading from the Table of Contents

If you want to remove a heading from the TOC, you can apply a new paragraph style to the marked text:

  1. Select the marked text, click the drop-down arrow in the Style box on the Formatting toolbar, and then select the heading that you want. (Click Normal to remove the heading style.)
  2. Click Update TOC on the Outlining toolbar to update the TOC.Note In Word 2007 or in Word 2010, click Update Table in the Table of Contents group on the References tab.
  3. In the Update Table of Contents dialog box, click Update the Entire table, and then click OK.Note In Word 2007 or in Word 2010, click Update the Entire table in the Update Table of Contentsdialog box.

NOTE: By applying the paragraph style that you want to the whole paragraph, you do not remove the style. You must select the exact text as it appears in the TOC, and then apply the new style.

Windows 10 Update Assistant

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Windows 10 Update Assistant


To help keep all Windows 10 systems secure and to provide the latest features and improvements, the Windows 10 Update Assistant downloads and starts the installation of the latest version of Windows 10. The Windows 10 Update Assistant will be deployed to Windows 10 PCs that have not yet had the latest update installed.

To download Windows 10 Update Assistant 1809 you click here

To run the tool yourself, follow the instructions on the Windows 10 software download website to install the latest version of Windows 10.

More Information


To determine whether you have latest version of Windows 10, check which version of Windows your device is currently running. To do this, click the Start  button, and then click Settings > System > About.
For more information about Windows Update, see Windows Update: FAQ.
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What is SMTP server?

SMTP: (pronounced as separate letters) short for Simple Mail Transfer Protocol, a protocol for sending e-mail messages between servers. Most e-mail systems that send mail over the Internet use SMTP to send messages from one server to another; the messages can then be retrieved with an e-mail client using either POP or IMAP. In addition, SMTP is generally used to send messages from a mail client to a mail server. This is why you need to specify both the POP or IMAP server and the SMTP server when you configure your e-mail application.

What is SMTP server

What does SMTP mean to you?

You would probably most likely encounter it when setting up your hosted email on your local email client (such as Outlook or Eudora).

SMTP is also referred to as “outgoing email” by most of the email programs (clients). If you host your own domain and email service, and need to know what your specific SMTP is, you must ask your hosting service provider.

If you use public email services, such as Yahoo, there is no need for you to know your SMTP .

Sometimes you need to ask your ISP (internet service provider) for SMTP information – for example, if you use AT&T, or  for your mobile phone service, or Optimum Online for your home internet connection, you may have to confirm your SMTP (outgoing) settings with them, first.