What you need to know

  • Sketchy Shapes allows you to convert clean lines into hand-drawn lines in Office apps.
  • The feature helps indicate something is a draft without using a watermark.
  • The feature is available to Insiders on the latest versions of Windows and Mac.

Sketchy Shapes is a new Office feature that allows users to convert clean lines into lines that appear hand-drawn. The feature is intended to allow users to indicate that work is still a draft without having to include a watermark. Though, nothing is stopping a user from using the feature because they like the look of hand-drawn shapes instead of perfect lines. Microsoft outlines the new feature in a blog post (via Neowin).

While shapes are converted to Sketchy Shapes, you can still change their size, color, and other aspects such as how wide the head of an arrow is. When you're done with Sketchy Shapes, you can switch the shapes back to a "professional" look, and all the changes will transfer over.

Sketchy Shapes is available to Fast Insiders running Windows 10 version 1907 and Mac Insider Fast users running 16.28. The specific build number for Windows is 1907 (Build 11901.20018) which hasn't rolled out to Insiders yet.

Portable (and affordable) power accessories we love

Each and every one of these charging gadgets will keep your favorite gear and gadgets going for longer, and none of them costs more than $30.

VisionTek 8,000 mAh micro-USB power bank ($13 at Dell)

This compact dual-output powerbank can speedily recharge any and all your devices, thanks to a two-amp "fast charge feature," using its micro-USB out port. Its simple design includes an LED indicator, and it costs about as much as a single ticket to the movies.

Panasonic eneloop AA batteries (From $13 at Dell)

Panasonic's rechargeable batteries are among the best available, and just a couple of them will keep your favorite remote, mice or other peripherals powered up when you need them. They're also eco. And the company's affordable charger fits and charges both AA and AAA batteries at the same time.

Belkin Qi Wireless Charging Pad ($30 at Dell)

This unobtrusive Qi wireless charging pad looks good (and kind of like a UFO …) and easily charges all your Qi-compatible device up to 5W. Its LED indicator lights up when you're charging. And it costs just $30.

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