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A few years back, we wrote a HowTo outlining how to use the Snipping Tool in Windows to take screenshots. As any users of this app will know, it is being phased out and will disappear in a future Windows update. Fortunately, there's already a replacement installed by default in Windows 10 called Snip & Sketch. This month, we'll take a look at using this app to take full or partial screenshots.

With many in the UK now working from home again, one thing that might be missing from our setups are some of the bigger bits of office hardware like scanners. However, for those that would like to scan paper-based documents to PDF, and even be able to copy the text into an email or document, as long as you have access to a smartphone, help is at hand.

In this month's HowTo, we explain how to attach an email to an email in Outlook. There's a couple of situations where this can be particularly useful. If you want to include multiple previous emails on a subject, this is much neater than forwarding separately. Or it could be there's important techincal information in the email that a forward would remove.

As we covered last month, we're now in the final days of support for Adobe's once world-conquering Flash technology. By the beginning of next year, it will be all but impossible to use it in practical terms, even if you really want to. However, the app may still be lingering on your system unless you proactively remove it. This month's HowTo explains the steps to take to purge it completely.

Firefox now allows you to look up web addresses (DNS) securely rather than sending these requests to your default supplier. Good for security, but it can lead to problems if you have local DNS on your machine or company network that this then bypasses. This HowTo explains how you can create exclusions for these addresses so they continue to work as they should.

With Microsoft recently announcing that they will be dropping support for Internet Explorer 11 in all their apps from next year, it seems the days are numbered for what used to be the most widely used browser in the world. However, there are still some ancient intranet and internet sites that will not work in any other browser... Until now!

Almost everyone will have had an app crash on them at some point. The first emotion felt is usually panic as you consider when you last saved what you were working on. Unless it has completely shut itself down in the process, the next task is to close it somehow. This HowTo explains all.

Our HowTo section this month takes a look at the Wayback Machine. This online tool allows you to view almost any website at various dates going back many years. While many probably use it just to see how their favourite websites have evolved, it can occasionally be a very useful tool if you need to find something from your old website.

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