What to do if the touchscreen of your Surface 3 does not work properly .. and possibly ask for customer support

The touchscreen of my Surface 3 Pro started to have problems ūüė¶

In particular, an horizontal area of the screen (see picture) does not react anymore to my finger, causing the tablet to be hardly usable in tablet mode!

Screen area where the finger touch is no more felt

Screen area where the finger touch is no more felt

Possible reasons for touchscreen problems can be (as in other contexts) software or hardware.
In the first case it could be sufficient to try one of the possible troubleshooting solution listed in¬†the following¬†post¬†available in¬†the Microsoft Community forum:¬†Surface touchscreen: Problems with touch. The first solution is very simple, and it consists to properly clean the screen, … but some of the following solutions are more intrusive and possibly require a reset of the device in order to solve the software problem!

Therefore before starting with more intrusive possible solutions, it can be convenient to understand if it is really a software problem or, on the contrary, it is an hardware one that necessarily requires so send the device to a repair centre (hoping that it is still under warranty, that is 2 years long).
A further trial can be to download the Sony calibration tool (note: in fact, Surface Pro screens are made by Sony) and use it to fix the problem, as suggested from this post.

If the problem persists, to easily check if it is a HW problem, you can boot the Surface 3 Pro in BIOS mode (power and volume plus buttons pressed for about 20 seconds) and then check if, even without Windows S.O. running, the same screen zone continues to not respond to a finger touch (so not opening the windows for choosing the related BIOS setup options): in that case please check if your Surface is still under warranty and (especially if the answer is yes) contact by phone the Customer service! My personal experience with that support was great and in a few minutes I received by email the label to sent (free of charge) my device to the repair centre in Germany.

On the contrary, if, with the BIOS screen the touchscreen properly¬†works, it is surely a SW problem … so go on to try the possible solutions suggested in the previously described post!

Boot in BIOS mode (power and volume plus buttons pressed for 20 seconds) and verify that the touch problem persists also without Windows running

Boot in BIOS mode (power and volume plus buttons pressed for 20 seconds) and verify that the touch problem persists also without Windows running

For asking customer support you can use the following links:

New device registration

New device registration

Check manufacturer warranty end date

Check manufacturer warranty end date

 

PS: see also this other post.

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Un breve libretto gratuito per provare a pensare un po’ diverso … e riflettere sulle possibili cause della crisi economica

Mi viene in mente una frase di una¬†canzone del Banco (dal loro disco “Darwin“): “… prova a pensare un po’ diverso …“.

Oggi tutti, televisione e giornali, ci parlano di crisi, di debito pubblico, di meccanismi economici di cui, noi cittadini ignoranti (io tra i primi) non capiamo quasi nulla se non i soliti “slogan”.

Ho letto oggi questo breve libretto (scaricabile gratuitamente da Internet): “Nonna ti spiego la crisi economica” di Paolo Barnard.
Secondo me vale la pena di essere letto: sono poche pagine di lettura scorrevole, essendo strutturato come dialogo tra lo scrittore e la sua nonna che pone domande e replica come potrebbe fare chiunque di noi, privo di specifiche conoscenze di economia. Soprattutto dal capitolo 6 diventa particolarmente interessante e certi ragionamenti, inizialmente a me poco chiari e non molto condivisibili, diventano perlomeno verosimili e comprensibili anche ad uno come me che di finanza ed economia non ne sa nulla.

Non √® probabilmente da prendere per oro colato tutto quanto scritto in quel libretto, ma in poche pagine penso sia capace di dare una visione alternativa ad alcuni¬†luoghi comuni, con considerazioni non so se pi√Ļ vere, ma sicuramente verosimili e quindi¬†da considerare.

Sicuramente √® un libretto che ti fa pensare … e questo √® sempre utile! … anche qualora non si condividano alcune delle considerazioni presenti.

Quando avevo tempo fa letto qualcosa sui Bitcoin, la moneta elettronica¬† creata nel 2009¬†dall’inventore noto con lo pseudonimo Satoshi Nakamoto,¬†mi aveva analogamente gi√† fatto pensare a quanto “strano” (e per certi versi direi assurdo)¬†sia, sempre pi√Ļ, il concetto di denaro e di economia legata ad esso!! … e quanto poco sia collegato il¬†benessere e la ricchezza di un popolo, rispetto al suo ingegno ed alla sua¬†operosit√†. Anche l’andamento delle Borse non mi sembra segua necessariamente la produttivit√† e bont√† dei prodotti della singola ditta quotata, quanto pi√Ļ i rumors e le speculazioni di pochi …

Il FIL (Felicit√† Interna Lorda – in lingua inglese ¬†GNH¬†¬†– Gross National Happiness) rispetto al PIL (Prodotto Interno Lordo) come metodo per valutare una Nazione, …¬†anche quello mi aveva fatto riflettere. Infatti, il PIL non distingue tra i beni ed i danni che una societ√† produce: ad esempio rientrano in esso sia le spese che un governo sosterr√† per acquistare un ospedale, sia quelle per l‚Äôacquisto di armi. Un‚Äôimprevista crescita del PIL ha certamente degli effetti positivi sui mercati azionari, in quanto comporta un incremento degli utili aziendali e dunque generalmente un aumento dei prezzi dei titoli, ¬†ma questo comporta necessariamente un aumento della felicit√†? Il FIL invece mira ad affiancare al calcolo del livello del reddito e del consumo di una nazione, dei parametri che misurino, ad esempio,¬†il livello d‚Äôistruzione, l‚Äôaspettativa di vita, il tasso di criminalit√†, la percentuale di suicidi,¬†la qualit√† dell‚Äôambiente, l‚Äôaccesso all‚Äôacqua potabile: la convinzione di fondo √® che l‚Äôaumento del reddito non corrisponda necessariamente al miglioramento della qualit√† della vita. … e sicuramente questo √® un dato di fatto!!

Sicuramente Barnard √® un giornalista (per quanto ho letto) egocentrico, per nulla diplomatico, capace di attirarsi le ire di molti. Soprattutto nei suoi ultimi scritti, che pubblica sul suo sito, sicuramente traspare la sua rabbia di “animale” profondamente ferito ed addolorato, adirato con molti se non con tutti: il suo¬†linguaggio crudo, spesso aggressivo e volgare, talvolta anche¬†arrogante, pu√≤ dare fastidio … almeno a me ha infastidito. Ma non per questo non merita di essere ascoltato, perch√© anche da visionari come pu√≤ essere lui, possono trasparire delle considerazioni perlomeno verosimili su cui riflettere.

Insomma pu√≤ essere una lettura utile durante queste vacanze … per provare anche a pensare un po’ diverso dai luoghi comuni e dalle verit√† della televisione!

PS: se poi vuoi approfondire, puoi agevolmente¬†trovare materiale relativamente all’MMT, ad esempio su Wikipedia: … devo per√≤ ammettere che, con le mie scarsissime conoscenze di economia, personalmente ho compreso di pi√Ļ dal dialogo terra terra tra nonna e Paolo che da¬†altri testi trovati su Internet!!¬†ūüėČ

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Restrizioni sui bagagli a mano nei voli aerei

Tempo fa ho scritto un post relativo all’utilizzo di mezzi pubblici per¬†raggiungere l’aeroporto di Caselle.
In questo post mi soffermer√≤¬†sulle restrizioni¬†relative al¬†bagaglio a mano, l’unico per default presente se non si richiedono esplicitamente ulteriori bagagli, nella richiesta del biglietto aereo.

Per default,¬†viene calcolato un solo bagaglio a mano generalmente di UPTO18LB/8KG e UPTO46LI/118LCM: il significato del peso √® ovvio mentre quello delle dimensioni pu√≤ essere non cos√¨ chiaro ūüėČ Si tratta di dimensioni lineari, vale a dire la somma di altezza, larghezza e spessore non deve superare il valore indicato.

Conviene comunque poi andare a ricercare sul sito specifico della compagnia aerea la sezione relativa alle restrizioni sul¬†bagaglio a mano: ogni compagnia aerea ha in genere una sua specifica policy. Ad esempio, andando sulla pagina apposita del sito della Lufthansa,¬† si scopre che ci sono dei vincoli precisi anche sulle singole dimensioni dell’oggetto, vale a dire 55 x 40 x 23 cm o ¬†per portabiti pieghevoli 57 x 54 x 15 cm: ¬†la formula indicata sul biglietto viene rispettata per il primo bagaglio (55 + 40 + 23 =¬†118 cm) … ma non per il secondo (57 +¬†54 + 15 = 126 cm): non √® quindi chiaro se quello che conta sono anche le singole dimensioni o solo la loro somma, come parrebbe da quanto indicato direttamente nel biglietto, o solo quelle specifiche dimensioni indicate!

Andando poi sempre a vedere sul sito della compagnia, si pu√≤ scoprire che oltre a quel bagaglio, si pu√≤ anche portare eventualmente altro piccolo bagaglio, anche quello¬†di apposite dimensioni.¬†Sempre come esempio,¬†nel sito¬†della Lufthansa¬†viene indicato: “un altro collo (max. 30 x 40 x 10 cm, ad esempio borsetta, portacomputer), per ogni bambino un porte-enfant o un seggiolino o un passeggino pieghevole (eventuale trasporto in stiva) e sedia a rotelle/supporti ortopedici (ad esempio ausili alla mobilit√†)“. Resta da sperare che i controlli sulle dimensioni non siano effettuati proprio al centimetro ed uno zainetto normale, comunque venga accettato!!

 

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Use of Office 365 in a business working group

I already wrote an old post related to possible tools that can be useful especially in a smart working and collaboration work, speaking of Office 365 for Business that can be used by companies employees like the one I work for.

Every employee can access to Office 365 for Business through a browser from the  https://portal.office.com URL, logging with his own Corporate credentials: the offered service allows to have a 1 Tera personal storage area on OneDrive, where it is possible to share also documents with colleagues and collaborators. Moreover it is available also all the other components Office 365 Online suite that allows also the shared editing of a document (in real time). For example, more users can access to the same PowerPoint slide or OneNote item, that can be also used as a shared blackboard to draw what needed and share ideas and schemas: cooperative work can be done with whatever other Office program, like Word Online, allowing to make changes in the text by more editors, in real time.

It allows also the creation of SharePoint sites, possibly each associated to a project and accessible from all the involved colleagues, with the capability to share documents (handling also versioning): all that documents can be easily synchronized with a local directory on the PC of every member defined for the site.

Office 365 services can be accessed from both a PC Windows or Mac (web access to the portal) and a smartphone, installing proper free Microsoft apps available for all platforms (e.g. SharePoint from Windows Store,  iTunes or GooglePlay).

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In the following, I will describe in detail how to create a SharePoint site to be shared among colleagues, accessible everywhere from Internet, attaching also documents possibly synchronized on your PC on a SharePoint/SiteName folder. SharePoint uses the OneDrive, available in Office365, to store those files so the synchronizing method, with a local copy on the PC, is nearly the same used with the OneDrive associated to every Microsoft account.

The setting procedure is simple, but even more it will be easy to access to the site and all the related data (e.g. stored documents) afterwards the first time, simply accessing to a site from a browser or using an app on your smartphone!! In the following the step by step instructions:

Step 1 – Go to https://portal.office.com: if it is the first access (and possibly you have already a private access to Office 365) you have to select Use another account to login with your business account.

Login with the account associated to your Company (<em>username</em>: your company email) [not with your private personal <em>Microsoft Account </em>]

Login with the account associated to your Company (username: your company email) [not with your private personal Microsoft Account ]

Step 2 – In the new user input credential form, to login with the account associated to your Company,¬†type your company email: as soon as you click¬†for the password input, you’ll be redirected to your Company authentication server.

Type your company email as username

Type your company email as username

Redirection to the Company authentication server

Redirection to your Company authentication server (associated to the inserted email)

Step 3 – Insert your email and your company password (no username input is required)

Insert your email and your company password

Insert your email and your company password

Step 4 РYou then access to the Office 365 Dashboard: note that the next time you browse into portal.office.com you will access directly this Dashboard page. From here you can access to all the offered services: for example if you want to access to your 1 TByte OneDrive business storage, you have to click on the OneDrive tile.
Because in the following we want to deal with the SharePoint features, the SharePoint tile is the one of our interest.

Office 365 Dashboard

Office 365 Dashboard

Step 5 РThe SharePoint section shows the sites you already follows and possibly suggest some other ones. Note that there is also on the bottom right a Get the mobile app link that allows to download the proper app also from your smartphone. Have a look at the end of the post if you are interested in details on how to use the mobile app.

SharePoint section

SharePoint section

SharePoint mobile apps download

SharePoint mobile apps download

Step 6 – If you want to create a new site, you have to click on + Create site link on the upper menu (see this link for more detailed instructions). The name of the Team site should be unique within your Company, because the site address includes that name. You can set the privacy of the site in order that everyone in your organization can see it or define only some members of it. You can then chose additional owners of the site and, set members that can have full access to it: starting to write the surname of each you colleague, allows you to choose him from a proper combo that shows the filtering results from your Company directory. As stated in the form. “Members will receive group conversations and events in their inbox. They can unsubscribe themselves at any time by selecting the unsubscribe link in group emails“.

Note that if you want to make the site private (neither reading access to other colleagues not includes as members of the group)  you have to click afterwards on the Setting icon on the top right (the Microsoft wheel icon) and then select Site information: the same if you want to modify its name or change other site options.

Creation of a new SharePoint site

Creation of a new SharePoint site

Definition of the owners and members of the group site

Definition of the owners and members of the group site

Change site settings (e.g. privacy)

Possibly change site settings (e.g. privacy)

Step 7 РEvery user, set as member of the group, will receive a Welcome email with the link to check out the team site. Clicking on the Check out the team site link will open that site on the predefined browser: possibly the user can save that link in the favorites.

Email received by all inserted members

Email received by all inserted members

Step 7 – Once accessed the site, if the Follows link is selected, that site will appears in the SharePoint main page (and so it can be easily always accessed from portal.office.com selecting the SharePoint tile).

Click the <em>star</em> icon to follow that site and have it listed in your SharePoint homepage

Click the star icon to follow that site and have it listed in your SharePoint homepage

The new site is available also from the SharePoint homepage among the followed

The new site is available also from the SharePoint homepage among the followed sites

Step 7 – To add and share whatever documents in the Documents section of the site (select Documents item from the left men√Ļ), all members of the group can use two possible way:

  • Drag & drop¬† the file in the Document section (see next screenshot)
  • Insert the file in the folder SharePoint/NameOfSite – Document (e.g. if the site is called Enzo, the folder will be¬†SharePoint/Enzo – Documents, as shown in last screenshot od next step 8).

Note that it may be required to force a refresh of the page in the browser to have an updated view of some possible new available files.

Drag &amp; drop files in the Documents section of the site and possibly synchronize with a directory on your PC

Drag & drop files in the Documents section of the site and possibly synchronize with a directory on your PC

Step 7 –¬† Please READ THE IMPORTANT NOTE at the end of this step.
Possibly all the Documents section can be synchronized with a directory on your PC, simply clicking on Sync top menu item and agreeing¬†in the Microsoft OneDrive for Business alert popup. If the OneDrive for Business is not installed yet, possibly you have to install it (see the Get the OneDrive for Business app that’s right for me link).
A proper directory nameOfSite РDocuments will be created in a SharePoint directory, in a similar way as it happens for your OneDrive synchronization: that folder will contain all the documents available in that site and always synchronized. If someone modify a synchronized file, whenever it is saved locally, it is updated on the site repository and then there is an automatic synchronization of that file on all members PC directory (obviously if that kind of sync was activated by that user).

Moreover, as already said in previous step description, every new file inserted in that directory will be automatically synchronized with the Documents section of the associated SharePoint site.

Sync with a directory on your PC

Sync with a directory on your PC

Start now the synchronization

Start now the synchronization

Agree to the alert popup of OneDrive for Business

Agree to the alert popup of OneDrive for Business

A directory with the NameOfSite - Documents is created in the SharePoint folder

A directory with the NameOfSite – Documents is created in the SharePoint folder

IMPORTANT NOTE
Note that the synchronization is done by OneDrive for Business and so the procedure is currently the one implemented by OneDrive. Therefore if you create that association with a local directory on your PC, you must take in mind the following warning that makes  the use of this feature not recommended in a not

  • ALL the files, available remotely on that site, currently are downloaded also locally and so, if the file repository is going to become big, it should waste a lot of your PC memory: in fact with the current version of OneDrive for Business¬†it¬†is yet not possible to have only a placeholder for some files and ask to have only some of them downloaded locally (or downloaded only when you click on the placeholder of that file). This is going to change¬† and that feature –¬†called File on-demand – ¬†was already available years ago in Windows 8¬†for the¬†consumer OneDrive, before big changes in the Windows architecture had implied to rewrote the code for some components!): already the preview of the public OneDrive very recently introduced again in the Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16215, so if you configure the OneDrive setting to have File on-demand, you can activate or deactivate for each file the option Save space and download the file only when you use it.
    Online-only files don‚Äôt take up space on your computer (You see a cloud icon for each online-only file in File Explorer, but the file doesn‚Äôt download to your device until you open it; you can‚Äôt open online-only files when your device isn‚Äôt connected to the Internet. When you open an online-only file, it downloads to your device and becomes a locally available file. You can open a locally available file anytime, even without Internet access. If you need more space, you can change the file back to online. Just right-click the file and select ‚ÄúFree up space.‚ÄĚ). Only files that you mark as Always keep on this device have the green circle with the white check mark. These files download to your device and take up space, but they‚Äôre always there for you even when you‚Äôre offline. For more details see Learn about OneDrive Files On-Demand.
    However that feature will be available in the next update of Windows 10 (in few weeks) on the public OneDrive, but I do not know when it will be introduced also in One Drive for Business (usually a bit slower in upgrading): fortunately, being  Office365 for Business an on-line platform, it does not require any update by the Company and so any new improvement done in the platform will be available to everyone as soon  introduced by Microsoft.
    Note that, with the current OneDrive for Business version,¬†the Stop syncing a folder… , available in the right click men√Ļ on the associated taskbar icon, allows only to detach a SharePoint site directory (e.g. all the Enzo – Document folder, and not possibly only some folders created inside that site ūüė¶¬†¬† ¬†)
  • If you delete a file in your local directory¬†(currently¬†each file¬†must be always downloaded and synchronized) that change is reflected in the remote repository … so that file will be deleted also remotely as soon as there is an Internet¬†connection and the automatic synchronization¬†is performed. Fortunately, you can always recover a deleted file (no matter where it was deleted from – i.e. phone, PC, web site) going to the Recycle bin section of that SharePoint site.
Management of OneDrive for Business from taskbar icon (left click)

Management of OneDrive for Business from taskbar icon (left click)

Management of OneDrive for Business from taskbar icon (right click)

Management of OneDrive for Business from taskbar icon (right click)

File On-Demand next feature (not yet available in OneDrive for Business)

Recycle bin where all deleted files can be restored if the case (no matter where it was deleted from)

Recycle bin where all deleted files can be restored if the case (no matter where it was deleted from)

Step¬†8 –¬†Note that it is also automatically handled¬†the versioning, so also previous versions of each document can be always be recovered, if the case. If someone else is working on the same document, it will be forbidden to edit/save (and then automatically sync) that file: therefore, if you want to a cooperative editing of the same file you should¬†open it from the site using the on-line editor (see some more details how to do, at end of the post).
After one file modification, if you go to the site Document section, you will see that the new version of that file is already saved and available to everyone: right clicking on one file, the list of all the versions list is shown in a popup window.¬†Each version¬†can be downloaded simply clicking on¬†the¬†date/hour¬†link or¬†can be¬†possibly made again the current version if the case choosing from the associated combo¬†menu . Take care that the date/hour shown is (at least for my Company) the one of Seattle and not the local one, possibly a configuration problem of the business Office365!!! There should be a proper setting voce in the Settings top menu that should allows to set the language and time zone … but at least in the version I tested, with my user privileges, that item is not available (see here where it should be that menu item).

No simultaneous local editing of a local document is allowed: use instead the online version of Office

No simultaneous local editing of a local document is allowed: use instead the online version of Office

The changed file is suddenly saved and made available to every member ot the group

The changed file is suddenly saved and made available to every member ot the group

The versioning is handled automatically

The versioning is handled automatically

All versions can be listed and possibly downloaded/restored

All versions can be listed and possibly downloaded/restored

Combo menu to View, Restore or Delete; left click to the date/time link to download that version

Combo menu to View, Restore or Delete; left click to the date/time link to download that version

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What previously explained is only the handling of documents inside a SharePoint site, but that is only one of the possible features that can be handled using that site to support a project and/or a collaborative work.
It is possible also to have not only a collaborative editing of documents in real time (see in the following of this post for some details) but also insert pages in that site (to introduce some useful information to be shared and always updatable), see all the recent activities and/or create customizable lists to keep team activities organized (e.g. adding a list called TODO list, it will be shown on the left menu, easily accessible; each list can be associated to a flow that can be defined by Microsoft Flow).
On the left menu of each SharePoint site, just next to the Documents item, there is the Notebook item that let you go to a OneNote Online file associated to that site: as the desktop version of OneNote, you can create more sections and for each one more pages and possibly share also these information with some colleagues.

Add news to the site

Add news to the site

See last activities, view and share files, get organized with lists

See last activities, view and share files, get organized with lists

Add pages to the site

Add pages to the site

Custom list creation with a possible creation of a specific flow defined with Microsoft Flow

Custom list creation with a possible creation of a specific flow defined with Microsoft Flow

Definition of a flow associated to a list

Definition of a flow associated to a list

 

Notebook menu item associates a OneNote file, possibly sharable

Notebook menu item associates a OneNote Online file, possibly sharable

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Here you can find some screenshots related to the installation and access of the SharePoint site from a smartphone: the same SharePoint app is available for every platform (Windows Store,  iTunes or GooglePlay) so you can see all the site content  also on your smartphone!
The following screenshots show all the step by step procedure¬†for the first access after the installation: afterwards, you will only to launch the app ūüėČ

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Cooperative editing of documents in real time

We saw in step 8 that it is forbidden to locally edit the same file available in a synchronized SharePoint / OneDrive for Business local directory.

If you want to a cooperative editing of the same file you should open it from the site using the on-line editor as explained at the end of the post. For example to have a cooperative editing in real time of a Word document listed in the Document section of a  SharePoint site you have to:

  • Double click¬†on¬†the document¬†file¬†to have it opened with Word Online
  • Click on¬†+Share in the right top menu to open a sharing popup page
  • Invite one or more colleagues: starting writing the surname of each in the input box, it¬†makes a combo show a subset taken from the Company LDAP.
  • Choose if they can edit the document also to those people or they can only view it.
  • Click on the Share button in the popup to have an email sent to everyone, inviting them to the cooperative work.
Cooperative editing of a document

Cooperative editing of a document

This method can be useful also for having something similar to a blackboard where everyone can draw something, helping in the discussion: in that case possibly a PowerPoint Online or (better) OneNote Online¬†file is the more appropriate one:¬†with OneNote you can even¬† use a pen to handwrite,¬†if you have a Surface ūüėČ

 

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Windows 10: a further option to project a screen of an external device on your PC when both connected to the same WiFi

I already wrote some posts related to how showing a Windows 10 Mobile device screen on an external display using Continuum and the Microsoft Display Dock or with a wireless connection using  Miracast. I  also show in another post how to see, on an external display, the phone screen as it is.

A further option (among many!) is the one explained in the following using a function available in Setting -> System -> Project in this PC: howeer it works only if both devices (e.g. PC and smartphone) are connected to the same WiFi.

It is sufficient to

  • set the proper settings depending of your needs (see the following screenshots),
  • click on Connect in the Notification Centre,
  • select the Project in this PC link available at the bottom,
  • select¬†the proper device you want to show,
  • agree¬† that device that you want its screen to be projected.

Alternatively you can ask the connection from the external device (e.g. from the Lumia 950XL smartphone ask the connection to a PC Рe.g. SurfaceEnzoLab in the screenshots) and then agree, on the popup that will appear on the PC,  that the screen of that device will be projected on that PC.

Connect tile in the Notification Center

Connect tile in the Notification Center

Project in this PC options

Project in this PC options

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Consent popup on the smartphone

The¬†result¬†is¬†nearly¬†the¬†same when using a Continuum connection, even thought the performance are not the same … but it should be a solution when some delay in the definition of the displayed image can be acceptable!

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How to remote display, in real time, the screen of Windows 10 Mobile, Android or iOS devices

Sometime it is very useful to show on an external display the phone screen, for example during a presentation.

If you are using a Windows 10 Mobile smartphone, you know that with Continuum (connecting the phone to a display/projector with the Microsoft Display Dock or with a wireless connection using a Miracast adapter (e.g. Microsoft CG4-00003 Display Adaptor; ScreenBeamMini2) if the remoter device¬† support that kind of standard wireless connection – possibly even using a Miracast adapter attached to it) you can use your smartphone as a PC … but in that case the shown UI is not the same as it appears on a phone, so that is not what you want.

Therefore if you want to show on an external display/projector exactly what you see on a smartphone, you can install on your PC the Project My Screen app. If you have a Windows 10 Mobile device attached to that PC with a USB cable, when that app is running (possibly in full screen mode), on the smartphone display appears a popup asking the consent to let the screen be projected. If you agree, the screen is remotized and everything displayed locally will be shown in real time on the remote screen too.

A popup on the USB connected smartphone will ask the consent to project its screen

A popup on the USB connected smartphone will ask your consent to project its screen

Nothing is shown on the remote PC screen till the consent is done

Nothing is shown on the remote PC screen till the consent is done

On the remote PC screen is displayed in real-time the smartphone screen

On the remote PC screen is displayed in real-time the smartphone screen

If you need to make a record of the screen you can use any screen recording SW to create a screencast or a tutorial for an app: there are a lot software around the web, but you can start with CamStudio, which is a free and open-source SW that allows you to record the entire desktop, a window, or just an specific region of the screen. It is convenient to maximize the Project My Screen app window and then launch CamStudio. You can use the Region option to record only a part of the screen and choose if you want your voice to be recorded as well. PS: you could try also movavi, … it seems fine even though I haven’t tried yet!

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If you are using an Android smartphone, you can use Vysor or Mobizen (see also Mobizen Screen Recorder).

For both methods, you need to make Android Debugging enabled on your phone to being discovered (e.g. by Vysor app running on the PC). If you have not the Developer Options section in Settings, maybe you have to enable that section clicking more time on Build Number in Settings -> About Phone (IT: Impostazioni -> Info sul telefono): see,¬†for example,¬†How To Enable USB Debugging Mode Android. If USB Debugging mode is enabled, as soon you connect the Android smartphone to the PC via USB, a popup will ask your consent. Then an .apk is installed in the smartphone too. Last note: unfortunately, if you are using the free Vysor (not pro) version, every now and then an advertising …

USB Debugging must be enabled from Developer Options

USB Debugging must be enabled from Developer Options (1)

USB Debugging must be enabled from Developer Options (2)

USB Debugging must be enabled from Developer Options (2)

Window popup to allow access

The smartphone screen is displayed in real-time

Vysor: the smartphone screen is displayed in real-time

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Using Mobizen is very similar: I found the smartphone displayed on the PC screen nicer, but the procedure to make it work took me a little bit more.
I had to connect the PC directly to Internet to maker the first authentication (if you are in an intranet with a firewall, it cannot connect to its remote server for checking for new versions and so it closes): however once launched and logged, it will continue to work even though you switch again to the intranet network …
Following the¬† site instructions here¬† did not help to me so much, because it eas not clear to me where to get the requested 2-steps verification code to be inserted: so I launched on both PC and smartphone the app and login with the same Mobizen account … that’s all to make it work … ūüėȬ† Note that it is better to register an account in Mobizen (I did not succeeded to make it work using my social Google account). Sometime the connection got lost …

Mobizen crashes if launched when connected to a intranet with firewall

Mobizen crashes if launched when connected to a intranet with firewall

 

 

The PC app, at first launch, looks for updates

The PC app, at first launch, looks for updates

Login with the Mobizen account

Login with the Mobizen account

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If you are using an iOS device, you can try Quicktime player (see e.g. this video) , AirServer or use another specific app. … I did no test on that environment, though!

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