Aug 29

In Windows 10 Text in Outlook or Other Applications is Blurry

Solution 1 – General Solution

  1. Close the MS Office application exhibiting the blurriness issue.
  2. Navigate to your MS Office folder. (Mine is C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office15)
  3. Right-click on the office application exhibiting the blurriness issue.
  4. Select Properties.
  5. Select the Compatibility tab. (If you do not see this tab, skip to Solution 2.)
  6. Under Settings, check the box labeled Disable display scaling on high DPI settings.
  7. Select OK.
  8. Reopen the application to see if the text remains blurry.

Solution 2 – Properties Shows No Compatibility Tab

no_compatibility_tab

  1. Close the MS Office application exhibiting the blurriness issue.
  2. Click the Start
  3. In the search box, enter dpiscaling.exe and press Enter.
  4. Select set a custom scaling level.

set_a_custom_scaling_level

  1. Change the scale to 100%.

customize_sizing_options

  1. Select OK.
  2. Reopen the application to see if the text remains blurry.
Aug 31

Favi Mini Keyboard FE02RF-BL (bluetooth)

I wanted a new Bluetooth keyboard to use with my Samsung Galaxy Note Pro tablet. I’ve had a Logitech Bluetooth keyboard for a couple of years, but after very light use, three of the keys have stopped working. The main thing I wanted to try is a touchpad or mouse on Android because I’ve never used any kind of pointing device on an Android device. I wasn’t even 100% sure Android supports pointing devices. I’ve only had it for a couple of days but I actually kind of like it already. It features:

  • A touchpad with dedicate right and left mouse buttons.
  • A backlit keyboard for dark rooms
  • A USB Bluetooth dongle for PCs not already equipped with Bluetooth
  • Presentation advance & reverse buttons
  • A laser pointer
  • A built-in rechargeable battery

fe02rf-bl_01_1024x1024The first thing that stands out to me is that, on Android, the mouse cursor (yes, there is one) is a little sluggish. Just to be sure, I also tested the keyboard with my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 phone and encountered a similar problem. However, it works great on Windows 10.

My 6 year old PC running Windows 10 is not Bluetooth capable, but plugging in the USB dongle made the Bluetooth functionality start up with no action on my part. It was 100% plug and play.

Typing on the keyboard is similar to that experienced on pre-touchscreen smart phones – like a Blackjack. Getting accustomed to the keyboard layout is easy.

I was impressed that all of these features were available for $39.99.

I’ll update this article if I uncover any noteworthy pros or cons. Hopefully the keys won’t start dying out on me!