Syrup Drop: Use the Windows 10 Virtual Track-Pad

Welcome back to Syrup Drop. A series of posts that will feature a quick and useful tech related tip that you may find helpful.

This tip shows off the Windows 10 Virtual Trackpad

Welcome back to Syrup Drop. A series of posts that will feature a quick and useful tech related tip that you may find helpful.

When I am using my Surface Pro I often find many websites or apps that I am frequently using are far from touch-friendly. I could go grab my mouse, yes, but there should be a better way. Until recently I would frustratingly poke around at a given site or app only to end up in a place I have no intention of getting to. Well, it turns out there has been a better way for quite some time. I simply have just not known about it until now.

Windows 10 has a built in virtual track-pad, just like the one on your laptops keyboard.


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To enable this useful tool right-click anywhere on the taskbar and select “Show touchpad button“.

After you click that the virtual trackpad will show up on the screen. You are able to move it to anywhere on the screen as well, to keep it out of the way while you work.


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The virtual trackpad can also be enabled via Windows 10 settings as seen above.

Another use or the onscreen trackpad would be to control something like a PowerPoint presentation when using a tablet.


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That’s it! It may be a niche feature, but something I have found incredibly helpful.

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Syrup Drop: Tell Google to Stop Listening to You

Welcome to “Syrup Drop”. The first in a series of posts that will feature a quick and useful tech related tip that you may find helpful. I’m not going to stick to any sort of rigid schedule with these posts, but rather drop them in here and there as I come across a tip or trick I feel is worth sharing.

First up, telling your Google Assistant to stop listening.

Welcome to “Syrup Drop”. The first in a series of posts that will feature a quick and useful tech related tip that you may find helpful. I’m not going to stick to any sort of rigid schedule with these posts, but rather drop them in here and there as I come across a tip or trick I feel is worth sharing.

For the first drop I wanted to share something I learned recently that has become very helpful when interacting with my Google Assistant enable devices, specifically the Google Home speaker

Most of the time, you trigger your Google Home/Nest Home on purpose by using the wake up phrase “Hey Google” or “Okay Google”. However, many of us experience our Google Assistant mistaking another speaker or similar phrase as the command to start working for you. Sometimes you may not even realize Google was listening and recording until the Assistant replies with an answer of some sort.

Why does this happen? That is because smart speakers, your phone, or any other voice activated device is always listening. Listening, not recording, but listening. If it wasn’t in a semi always on state it would not respond to wake phrase. Don’t worry, it isn’t sending anything it heard to Google until you say the magic phrase. No need for techno-panic, please. This is also the case with Alexa, Siri and Cortana.

So, why am I telling you this, or whats the point of this first Syrup Drop?

Every time you speak to Google, it saves that recording to your account history. When your Assistant device springs to attention when you did not actually request it you can prompt Google to stop listening and delete this wake up occurrence from your account history by saying “That wasn’t for you”. The result; your Google Assistant will respond nicely with “I’m deleting what I heard.”

It’s that simple. If you don’t want Google to keep a record of you trash talking the neighbours, simply tell it.

Hopefully, this first drop was helpful! Let me know down below.

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