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E.L.O:To use reflexive and emphatic pronouns.

When do we use "have sth done"?

We use have something done when we talk about someone doing something for us which we ask or instruct them to do.

• clean / clothes • iron/clothes • cut / hair • do / nails • repair / things in your house • clean / the windows• decorate / flatwash/car

Example Do you usually clean your own clothes or have them cleaned? I wash most of my clothes, but I have my suit cleaned. Where do you have it cleaned? At the laundry near my house? Is it any good? No. They left dirty marks all over my suit trousers once.

Discuss with your partner. In what situations do you either do the following tasks yourself or have them done? For those things that you have done, where do you have them done? Would you recommend these services?

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CAUSATIVES Have something done

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CAUSATIVES Have something done


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TO HAVE SOMETHING DONE. When we talk about arranging for things to be done by other people, we use the structure to have something done: * I am going.

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Eduardo Guillén Luis Fernández.  When the action is more important than the person or thing doing the action (the agent). People were killed by the murderer.

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We can use this construction in the following cases:

  • We make someone else do something for us, or we pay someone else to do something for us.
  • Something negative happens and we have no control over it (something bad happens to us).
  • Jeremy's car is in terrible condition! He is going to have his car fixed . He hopes it won't be too expensive!

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  • The living room in Terry's new house is a terrible salmon pink color. She wants to  have it painted before she moves in.
  • Lizzy can't talk right now. She's having her hair cut by the barber at the moment.
  • I need to go to the dentist today to have a tooth pulled . I hope it's very fast!
  • Will you have your party catered , or are you going to cook all the food yourself?
  • Emily had her dress sewn by a professional seamstress. She wanted it to look perfect for her special day!

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  • The homeowner had all his money stolen ! The police still haven't caught the mysterious robber.

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  • The children are all upset because they had their toys taken away. They wanted to keep playing!
  • The event was supposed to be outside, but look at all this rain! The organizer, Ms. Huffington, is terribly upset because she's had her big event ruined .
  • Bruno is still not back at work. He says he's had his heart broken ! It's so terrible that he's going through that divorce.
  • Phil doesn't want to come back to class. He had his feelings hurt last week, and he just isn't enthusiastic about the subject anymore.

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Have something done

To have something done means we don't do the job ourselves but we ask someone to do it for us. Usually, we use this special passive construction to speak about paid services , like hairdressing, cleaning, medicine, car service centres and so on.

Theresa had her hair cut. She didn't cut her hair herself, she went to the hairdresser.

John is going to have his car serviced. He isn't servicing it himself, he is taking it to the garage.

How often do you have your apartment cleaned? How often do you use cleaning services?

The grammar of "have something done"

have + object + past participle

  • have — changeable part, can be conjugated, can be put into infinitive form or any verb tense
  • object — something we do the action with
  • past participle — the third form of the main verb

We can make negative or question sentence by changing "have".

We can also put "have something done" into any tense we need. All you have to do is put "have" into this tense. The rest, the object and the past participle, remains unchanged.

We can also combine "have something done" with modal verbs (should, must, might…) and verbs that require "to" (to be going to, want to, need to etc). In this case, we'll keep "have" in the infinitive form.

Doctors say you should have your eyes tested every 2 years.

I must have my elbow joint examined.

Are you going to have this socket repaired at last?

We want to have our walls painted but we can’t decide about the colour.

Pay attention

The main verb (the past participle) goes after the object. Be careful with the word order!

Our neighbours are having a new house built.

If I have this coat altered a bit, it'll look really nice.

You can also use get instead of  have . The meaning will be the same but "get something done" is less formal.

Helen got her hair dyed pink. = had her hair dyed pink

We get sushi delivered if we don't feel like going out. = have sushi delivered 

I need to get my nails done. = have my nails done

Have something done in a negative sense

We can use "have something done" to say that something bad was done to somebody by another person.

Jeremy had his wallet stolen. His wallet was stolen.

Claude has his nose broken when he was playing volleyball. His nose was broken.

The company had its equipment confiscated. Its equipment was confiscated.

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Have something done

We use have + object + - ed form when we talk about someone doing something for us which we ask or instruct them to do. It emphasises the process/action rather than who performs it:

We’re having the house painted next week. (We are not going to paint the house ourselves. Someone else will paint it. The emphasis is on the fact that the house is being painted rather than who is doing it.)

This pattern is not the same as the present perfect or past perfect.

We can also use have + object + -ed form when something bad happens, especially when someone is affected by an action which they did not cause:

They’ve had their car stolen. (‘They’ are affected by the action of the car being stolen but they did not cause this to happen.)
Hundreds of people had their homes destroyed by the hurricane. (Hundreds of people were affected by the hurricane, which they did not cause.)

Asking or instructing

We use the pattern have + object + infinitive without to when we talk about instructing someone (underlined) to do something. We use it to emphasise who performed the action:

I’ll have Harry book you a taxi. (I will instruct Harry to book a taxi for you. Emphasis is on who will do the action more than on the action.)
He had Kay make us all some tea.

Talking about an experience

We use have + object + -ing form or infinitive without to to talk about an event or experience. We use the - ing form for an event in progress and the infinitive without to for a completed event:

We had a man singing to us as we sat in the restaurant having our meal.
We had a strange woman come to the door selling pictures.

We can also use the - ing form to describe an ongoing action that someone or something is causing:

Her story had us laughing so much. (Her story was making us laugh.)
I just had them doing stretch routines, and after, they got really good at it.


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  • I cleaned my house. (This means I cleaned it myself).
  • A cleaner cleaned my house.
  • I had my house cleaned.
  • I had my car washed.
  • John will have his house painted.
  • The students get their essays checked.
  • I'll get my hair cut next week.
  • He got his washing machine fixed.
  • I had the electrician look at my broken light.
  • The doctor will have the nurse call the patients.
  • The teacher had the students write the answers on the whiteboard.
  • She gets her son to do his homework by promising him ice cream when he's finished.
  • I got the cleaner to clean under the cupboards.

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Keep your language simple, and avoid jargon or complicated terms. Communicate your ideas clearly, so your audience can easily grasp and retain the information being conveyed. This can prevent confusion and enhance the overall effectiveness of the message. 

6. Engaging delivery

Spice up your presentation with a sprinkle of enthusiasm! Maintain eye contact, use expressive gestures and vary your tone of voice to keep your audience glued to the edge of their seats. A touch of charisma goes a long way!

7. Interaction and audience engagement

Turn your presentation into an interactive experience — encourage questions, foster discussions and maybe even throw in a fun activity. Engaged audiences are more likely to remember and embrace your message.

Transform your slides into an interactive presentation with Venngage’s dynamic features like pop-ups, clickable icons and animated elements. Engage your audience with interactive content that lets them explore and interact with your presentation for a truly immersive experience.

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8. Effective storytelling

Who doesn’t love a good story? Weaving relevant anecdotes, case studies or even a personal story into your presentation can captivate your audience and create a lasting impact. Stories build connections and make your message memorable.

A great presentation background is also essential as it sets the tone, creates visual interest and reinforces your message. Enhance the overall aesthetics of your presentation with these 15 presentation background examples and captivate your audience’s attention.

9. Well-timed pacing

Pace your presentation thoughtfully with well-designed presentation slides, neither rushing through nor dragging it out. Respect your audience’s time and ensure you cover all the essential points without losing their interest.

10. Strong conclusion

Last impressions linger! Summarize your main points and leave your audience with a clear takeaway. End your presentation with a bang , a call to action or an inspiring thought that resonates long after the conclusion.

In-person presentations aside, acing a virtual presentation is of paramount importance in today’s digital world. Check out this guide to learn how you can adapt your in-person presentations into virtual presentations . 

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Preparing an effective presentation starts with laying a strong foundation that goes beyond just creating slides and notes. One of the quickest and best ways to make a presentation would be with the help of a good presentation software . 

Otherwise, let me walk you to how to prepare for a presentation step by step and unlock the secrets of crafting a professional presentation that sets you apart.

1. Understand the audience and their needs

Before you dive into preparing your masterpiece, take a moment to get to know your target audience. Tailor your presentation to meet their needs and expectations , and you’ll have them hooked from the start!

2. Conduct thorough research on the topic

Time to hit the books (or the internet)! Don’t skimp on the research with your presentation materials — dive deep into the subject matter and gather valuable insights . The more you know, the more confident you’ll feel in delivering your presentation.

3. Organize the content with a clear structure

No one wants to stumble through a chaotic mess of information. Outline your presentation with a clear and logical flow. Start with a captivating introduction, follow up with main points that build on each other and wrap it up with a powerful conclusion that leaves a lasting impression.

Delivering an effective business presentation hinges on captivating your audience, and Venngage’s professionally designed business presentation templates are tailor-made for this purpose. With thoughtfully structured layouts, these templates enhance your message’s clarity and coherence, ensuring a memorable and engaging experience for your audience members.

Don’t want to build your presentation layout from scratch? pick from these 5 foolproof presentation layout ideas that won’t go wrong. 

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4. Develop visually appealing and supportive visual aids

Spice up your presentation with eye-catching visuals! Create slides that complement your message, not overshadow it. Remember, a picture is worth a thousand words, but that doesn’t mean you need to overload your slides with text.

Well-chosen designs create a cohesive and professional look, capturing your audience’s attention and enhancing the overall effectiveness of your message. Here’s a list of carefully curated PowerPoint presentation templates and great background graphics that will significantly influence the visual appeal and engagement of your presentation.

5. Practice, practice and practice

Practice makes perfect — rehearse your presentation and arrive early to your presentation to help overcome stage fright. Familiarity with your material will boost your presentation skills and help you handle curveballs with ease.

6. Seek feedback and make necessary adjustments

Don’t be afraid to ask for help and seek feedback from friends and colleagues. Constructive criticism can help you identify blind spots and fine-tune your presentation to perfection.

With Venngage’s real-time collaboration feature , receiving feedback and editing your presentation is a seamless process. Group members can access and work on the presentation simultaneously and edit content side by side in real-time. Changes will be reflected immediately to the entire team, promoting seamless teamwork.

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7. Prepare for potential technical or logistical issues

Prepare for the unexpected by checking your equipment, internet connection and any other potential hiccups. If you’re worried that you’ll miss out on any important points, you could always have note cards prepared. Remember to remain focused and rehearse potential answers to anticipated questions.

8. Fine-tune and polish your presentation

As the big day approaches, give your presentation one last shine. Review your talking points, practice how to present a presentation and make any final tweaks. Deep breaths — you’re on the brink of delivering a successful presentation!

In competitive environments, persuasive presentations set individuals and organizations apart. To brush up on your presentation skills, read these guides on how to make a persuasive presentation and tips to presenting effectively . 

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Whether you’re an experienced presenter or a novice, the right techniques will let your presentation skills soar to new heights!

From public speaking hacks to interactive elements and storytelling prowess, these 9 effective presentation techniques will empower you to leave a lasting impression on your audience and make your presentations unforgettable.

1. Confidence and positive body language

Positive body language instantly captivates your audience, making them believe in your message as much as you do. Strengthen your stage presence and own that stage like it’s your second home! Stand tall, shoulders back and exude confidence. 

2. Eye contact with the audience

Break down that invisible barrier and connect with your audience through their eyes. Maintaining eye contact when giving a presentation builds trust and shows that you’re present and engaged with them.

3. Effective use of hand gestures and movement

A little movement goes a long way! Emphasize key points with purposeful gestures and don’t be afraid to walk around the stage. Your energy will be contagious!

4. Utilize storytelling techniques

Weave the magic of storytelling into your presentation. Share relatable anecdotes, inspiring success stories or even personal experiences that tug at the heartstrings of your audience. Adjust your pitch, pace and volume to match the emotions and intensity of the story. Varying your speaking voice adds depth and enhances your stage presence.

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5. Incorporate multimedia elements

Spice up your presentation with a dash of visual pizzazz! Use slides, images and video clips to add depth and clarity to your message. Just remember, less is more—don’t overwhelm them with information overload. 

Turn your presentations into an interactive party! Involve your audience with questions, polls or group activities. When they actively participate, they become invested in your presentation’s success. Bring your design to life with animated elements. Venngage allows you to apply animations to icons, images and text to create dynamic and engaging visual content.

6. Utilize humor strategically

Laughter is the best medicine—and a fantastic presentation enhancer! A well-placed joke or lighthearted moment can break the ice and create a warm atmosphere , making your audience more receptive to your message.

7. Practice active listening and respond to feedback

Be attentive to your audience’s reactions and feedback. If they have questions or concerns, address them with genuine interest and respect. Your responsiveness builds rapport and shows that you genuinely care about their experience.

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8. Apply the 10-20-30 rule

Apply the 10-20-30 presentation rule and keep it short, sweet and impactful! Stick to ten slides, deliver your presentation within 20 minutes and use a 30-point font to ensure clarity and focus. Less is more, and your audience will thank you for it!

9. Implement the 5-5-5 rule

Simplicity is key. Limit each slide to five bullet points, with only five words per bullet point and allow each slide to remain visible for about five seconds. This rule keeps your presentation concise and prevents information overload.

Simple presentations are more engaging because they are easier to follow. Summarize your presentations and keep them simple with Venngage’s gallery of simple presentation templates and ensure that your message is delivered effectively across your audience.

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1. How to start a presentation?

To kick off your presentation effectively, begin with an attention-grabbing statement or a powerful quote. Introduce yourself, establish credibility and clearly state the purpose and relevance of your presentation.

2. How to end a presentation?

For a strong conclusion, summarize your talking points and key takeaways. End with a compelling call to action or a thought-provoking question and remember to thank your audience and invite any final questions or interactions.

3. How to make a presentation interactive?

To make your presentation interactive, encourage questions and discussion throughout your talk. Utilize multimedia elements like videos or images and consider including polls, quizzes or group activities to actively involve your audience.

In need of inspiration for your next presentation? I’ve got your back! Pick from these 120+ presentation ideas, topics and examples to get started. 

Creating a stunning presentation with Venngage is a breeze with our user-friendly drag-and-drop editor and professionally designed templates for all your communication needs. 

Here’s how to make a presentation in just 5 simple steps with the help of Venngage:

Step 1: Sign up for Venngage for free using your email, Gmail or Facebook account or simply log in to access your account. 

Step 2: Pick a design from our selection of free presentation templates (they’re all created by our expert in-house designers).

Step 3: Make the template your own by customizing it to fit your content and branding. With Venngage’s intuitive drag-and-drop editor, you can easily modify text, change colors and adjust the layout to create a unique and eye-catching design.

Step 4: Elevate your presentation by incorporating captivating visuals. You can upload your images or choose from Venngage’s vast library of high-quality photos, icons and illustrations. 

Step 5: Upgrade to a premium or business account to export your presentation in PDF and print it for in-person presentations or share it digitally for free!

By following these five simple steps, you’ll have a professionally designed and visually engaging presentation ready in no time. With Venngage’s user-friendly platform, your presentation is sure to make a lasting impression. So, let your creativity flow and get ready to shine in your next presentation!

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When do we use "have sth done"?

We use have something done when we talk about someone doing something for us which we ask or instruct them to do.

• clean / clothes • iron/clothes • cut / hair • do / nails • repair / things in your house • clean / the windows• decorate / flatwash/car

Example Do you usually clean your own clothes or have them cleaned? I wash most of my clothes, but I have my suit cleaned. Where do you have it cleaned? At the laundry near my house? Is it any good? No. They left dirty marks all over my suit trousers once.

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White Sox 'have to try something else, look at struggle from a new perspective,' SS Paul DeJong says

''a lot of things can be said and a lot of things can be done. so no reason to sit back and be ok with what’s going on.’'.

Corey Julks (left) and Paul DeJong of the White Sox react after the eighth inning of a loss to the Toronto Blue Jays at Guaranteed Rate Field on May 27, 2024 in Chicago.

Corey Julks (left) and Paul DeJong of the White Sox react after the eighth inning of a loss to the Toronto Blue Jays at Guaranteed Rate Field on May 27, 2024 in Chicago.

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There wasn’t much about getting called out by their manager for being “[bleeping] flat” in a loss to the Orioles and right-hander Kyle Bradish on Sunday that went over well in the White Sox clubhouse.

But shortstop Paul DeJong, the team leader in home runs (with seven) who knows the ups and downs of a difficult game, understood where Pedro Grifol was coming from.

“Everyone is frustrated about losing and he’s trying to fire us up and give us a little gut check,” DeJong told the Sun-Times before the Sox’ eighth consecutive loss, a 3-1 decision against the Jays on Wednesday. “Look deep down inside yourself and what you can do better. And we’re all guilty of taking something for granted here and there. For him to say that gives us perspective to look inside and say, ‘What can I do better?’ We move on and address that individually.”

Following a four-game sweep by the Orioles , a three-game sweep by the Jays dealt the Sox (15-42) their first winless homestand of seven or more games in franchise history. Korey Lee’s homer in the ninth was the Sox’ fourth hit, preventing the team’s 11th shutout.

“We have to continue to grind, continue to work,” Grifol said after the loss. “There is no magic wand here. No magic remedy.”

Players, managers and coaches rarely are bonded with no factions as one tight-knit unit even on winning teams, so to believe the Sox are one big happy family two months into a season headed toward record-low performance is to be fooled.

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“I would say we’re still cohesive,” DeJong said, echoing what others have said throughout the season.

“Everyone still cares about each other in this clubhouse. Our biggest challenge is to maintain that in the dugout during the game when you’re sitting there 0-for-3 and you have your teammate up there and you want to support him.”

In other words, it’s hard to avoid being occasionally “flat” when your batting average is .209 or below. The Sox had four of those players (Andrew Vaughn, Dominic Fletcher, Bryan Ramos and Martin Maldonado) in the lineup Wednesday and one (Andrew Benintendi) on the bench. DeJong, who was batting .228 after his double in the seventh inning, isn’t enamored with his own numbers, either.

“And that’s kind of the missing piece I’ve seen so far, being able to put your situation on the side while you’re watching your teammates,” DeJong said. “Just root them on mentally and be there for them.”

Paul DeJong postgame pic.twitter.com/OAiybBxgms — Daryl Van Schouwen (@CST_soxvan) May 30, 2024

When asked Wednesday how he has kept his finger on the pulse of the clubhouse, Grifol said the players have “done a really good job of keeping the pulse themselves.”

“We’ve had a few hiccups on the energy side of it and all that stuff, which is normal,” he said.

“These guys have really been good as far as cross-checking themselves and understanding that we have to come out ready to play every single day.”

“We just have to find a way to win close games,” DeJong said. “A lot of teams see us on the schedule and they want to take advantage. We have to be thinking that way about the team we’re playing. We can’t give anything away.

“We all have to be humble here. This game will humble you and to lose as many games as we’ve lost, we can’t just keep doing some things. We have to try something else, have to look at it from a new perspective. There’s a lot of things that can be said and a lot of things that can be done. So no reason to sit back and be OK with what’s going on. Have some urgency about taking care of business and wanting to win. Wanting to put something together as a group for this fan base and this city. There’s a lot on the line every day. For us to drop what has happened and play for today is the hardest but the most productive mindset we can have.”

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Retrace your steps with Recall

Search across time to find the content you need. Then, re-engage with it. With Recall, you have an explorable timeline of your PC’s past. Just describe how you remember it and Recall will retrieve the moment you saw it. Any photo, link, or message can be a fresh point to continue from. As you use your PC, Recall takes snapshots of your screen. Snapshots are taken every five seconds while content on the screen is different from the previous snapshot. Your snapshots are then locally stored and locally analyzed on your PC. Recall’s analysis allows you to search for content, including both images and text, using natural language. Trying to remember the name of the Korean restaurant your friend Alice mentioned? Just ask Recall and it retrieves both text and visual matches for your search, automatically sorted by how closely the results match your search. Recall can even take you back to the exact location of the item you saw.

Screenshot of Recall displaying the search results for the query "Korean restaurant that Alice".

Note:  Recall is optimized for select languages (English, Chinese (simplified), French, German, Japanese, and Spanish. Content-based and storage limitations apply. For more information, see https://aka.ms/nextgenaipcs .

System requirements for Recall

Your PC needs the following minimum system requirements for Recall:

A Copilot+ PC

8 logical processors

256 GB storage capacity

To enable Recall, you’ll need at least 50 GB of storage space free

Saving screenshots automatically pauses once the device has less than 25 GB of storage space

How to use Recall

To open Recall, use the keyboard shortcut +J , or select the following Recall icon on your taskbar:

Icon for Recall on the taskbar

Your timeline in Recall is broken up into segments, which are the blocks of time that Recall was taking snapshots while you were using your PC. You can hover over your timeline to review your activity in a preview window. Selecting the location on the timeline or selecting the preview window loads the snapshot where you can  interact with the content .

Screenshot of Recall with the mouse pointer hovering over a timeline segment.

Search with Recall

Maybe you wanted to make that pizza recipe you saw earlier today but you don’t remember where you saw it. Typing goat cheese pizza into the search box would easily find the recipe again. You could also search for pizza or cheese if you didn’t remember the specific type of pizza or cheese. Less specific searches are likely to bring up more matches though. If you prefer to search using your voice, you can select the microphone then speak your search query.  

Screenshot of the search field for Recall showing the microphone icon and a search for goat cheese pizza.

By default, results are shown from all apps where Recall found matches. You can narrow down your results by filtering the matches to a specific app by selecting an app from the list.

Screenshot of the list of apps that contain the results in Recall

When the results are displayed, they will be listed under the headings of text matches and visual matches . Matches that are closer to your search are shown first. You’ll also notice that some items are listed as one of the following types of matches:

Close match : Close matches typically include at least one of the search terms or images that are representative of a term in your query.

Related match : Matches that share a commonality with the search terms would be considered related. For instance, if you searched for goat cheese pizza , you might also get related matches that include lasagna or cannelloni since they are Italian dishes too.

Interacting with content

Once you’ve found the item you want to see again, select the tile. Recall opens the snapshot and enables screenray, which runs on top of the saved snapshot. Screenray analyzes what’s in the snapshot and allows you to interact with individual elements in the snapshot. You’ll notice that when screenray is active, your cursor is blue and white. The cursor also changes shape depending on the type of element beneath it. What you can do with each element changes based on what kind of content screenray detects. If you select a picture in the snapshot, you can copy, edit with your default .jpeg app such as Photos , or send it to another app like the Snipping Tool or Paint . When you highlight text with screenray, you can open it in a text editor or copy it. For example, you might want to copy the text of a recipe’s ingredients list to convert it to metric.

Note:  When you use an option that sends snapshot content to an app, screenray creates a temporary file in C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Local\Temp in order to share the content. The temporary file is deleted once the content is transferred over the app you selected to use.

Screenshot showing Recall with screenray active and text selected.

Below your selected snapshot, you have more snapshot options. In many cases, you can have Recall take you back to exact location of the item, such as reopening the webpage, PowerPoint presentation, or app that was running at the time the snapshot was taken. You can also hide screenray, copy the snapshot, delete the snapshot, or select … for more snapshot options.

Screenshot of the options for the snapshot at the bottom of the Recall window.

Pause or resume snapshots

To pause recall, select the Recall icon in the system tray then Pause until tomorrow .  Snapshots will be paused until they automatically resume at 12:00 AM. When snapshots are paused, the Recall system tray icon has a slash through it so you can easily tell if snapshots are enabled. To manually resume snapshots, select the Recall icon in the system tray and then select Resume snapshots .  You can also access the Recall & snapshots settings page from the bottom of this window.

Screenshot of the resume snapshot option for Recall.

What if I don’t want Recall to save information from certain websites or apps?

You are in control with Recall. You can select which apps and websites you want to exclude, such as banking apps and websites.  You’ll need to use a supported browser for Recall to filter websites and to automatically filter private browsing activity. Supported browsers, and their capabilities include:

Microsoft Edge: blocks websites and filters private browsing activity

Firefox: blocks websites and filters private browsing activity

Opera:  blocks websites and filters private browsing activity

Google Chrome: blocks websites and filters private browsing activity

Chromium based browsers:  For Chromium-based browsers not listed above, filters private browsing activity only, doesn’t block specific websites

To exclude a website:

Select … then Settings to open the Recall & snapshots settings page.

You can also go to Windows Settings > Privacy & Security > Recall & Snapshots to manage Recall.

Select Add website for the Websites to filter setting.

Type the website you want to filter into the text box. Select Add to add it to the websites to filter list.

Screenshot of adding a website to the filter list in the Recall & snaphots page in Windows settings

To exclude an app:

Select … then Settings to open the Recall & snapshots settings page

Select Add app  for the Apps to filter setting.

From the app list, select the app you want to filter from Recall snapshots.

In two specific scenarios, Recall will capture snapshots that include InPrivate windows, blocked apps, and blocked websites. If Recall gets launched, or the Now option is selected in Recall, then a snapshot is taken even when InPrivate windows, blocked apps, and blocked websites are displayed. However, these snapshots are not saved by Recall. If you choose to send the information from this snapshot to another app, a temp file will also be created in C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Local\Temp to share the content. The temporary file is deleted once the content is transferred over the app you selected to use.

Managing your Recall snapshots and disk space

You can configure how much disk space Recall is allowed to use to store snapshots. The amount of disk space you can allocate to Recall varies depending on how much storage your PC has. The following chart shows the storage space options for Recall:

You can change the amount of disk space used or delete snapshots from the Recall & snapshots settings page. 

To change the storage space limit:

1. Expand the Storage settings.

2. Change the Maximum storage for snapshots limit by choosing the limit from the drop-down list. When the limit is reached, the oldest snapshots are deleted first.

To delete snapshots:

Expand the Delete snapshots settings.

You can choose to delete all snapshots or snapshots withing a specific timeframe.

To delete all snapshots, select Delete all .

To delete snapshots from a specific timeframe, select a timeframe from the drop-down list, then select Delete   snapshots.

Screenshot of the Recall & snapshots page in Windows settings displaying the timeframe options for deleting snapshots

Keyboard shortcuts for Recall

You can use the following keyboard shortcuts in recall:, when interacting with a snapshot with screenray, you can use the following keyboard shortcuts:, microsoft’s commitment to responsible ai and privacy.

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What is Memorial Day? The true meaning of why we celebrate the federal holiday

For many Americans, Memorial Day is more than a long weekend and an unofficial start to the summer season. The real meaning of the holiday is meant to honor all U.S. soldiers who have died serving their country.

Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day's history goes back to the Civil War. It was was declared a national holiday by Congress in 1971, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs.

Although Veterans Day in November also honors military service members, Memorial Day differs by honoring all military members who have died while serving in U.S. forces in any current or previous wars.

The late-May holiday has also evolved into an opportunity for Americans to head to the beach or lake , travel to see friends and family , or even catch a Memorial Day parade .

Here's what to know about the history and the reason behind why we observe Memorial Day.

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When is Memorial Day?

One of 11 federal holidays recognized in the U.S., Memorial Day is always observed on the last Monday of May. This year, the holiday falls on Monday, May 27.

Why do we celebrate Memorial Day?  

The origins of the holiday can be traced back to local observances for soldiers with neglected gravesites during the Civil War.

The first observance of what would become Memorial Day, some historians think, took place in Charleston, South Carolina at the site of a horse racing track that Confederates had turned into a prison holding Union prisoners. Blacks in the city organized a burial of deceased Union prisoners and built a fence around the site, Yale historian David Blight wrote in  The New York Times  in 2011.

Then on May 1, 1865, they held an event there including a parade – Blacks who fought in the Civil War participated – spiritual readings and songs, and picnicking. A commemorative marker was erected there in 2010.

One of the first Decoration Days was held in Columbus, Mississippi, on April 25, 1866 by women who decorated graves of Confederate soldiers who perished in the battle at Shiloh with flowers. On May 5, 1868, three years after the end of the Civil War, the tradition of placing flowers on veterans’ graves was continued by the establishment of Decoration Day by an organization of Union veterans, the Grand Army of the Republic. 

General Ulysses S. Grant presided over the first large observance, a crowd of about 5,000 people, at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia on May 30, 1873.

This tradition continues to thrive in cemeteries of all sizes across the country. 

Until World War I, Civil War soldiers were solely honored on this holiday. Now, all Americans who’ve served are observed. 

At least 25 places in the North and the South claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day. Some states that claim ownership of the origins include Illinois, Georgia, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, according to Veterans Affairs.

Despite conflicting claims, the U.S. Congress and President Lyndon Johnson declared Waterloo, New York, as the “birthplace” of Memorial Day on May 30, 1966, after Governor Nelson Rockefeller's declaration that same year. The New York community formally honored local veterans May 5, 1866 by closing businesses and lowering flags at half-staff. 

Why is Memorial Day in May? 

The day that we celebrate Memorial Day is believed to be influenced by Illinois U.S. Representative John A. Logan, who was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives as a Democrat in November 1858, and served as an officer during the Mexican War.

It is said that Logan, a staunch defender of the Union, believed Memorial Day should occur when flowers are in full bloom across the country, according to the  National Museum of the U.S. Army.

Congress passed an act making May 30 a holiday in the District of Columbia in 1888,  according to the U.S. Congressional Research Service.

In 2000, the National Moment of Remembrance Act – which created the White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance and encourages all to pause at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence – was signed into law by Congress and the President.

What is the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day?

Memorial Day and Veterans Day both honor the sacrifices made by U.S. veterans, but the holidays serve different purposes.

Veterans Day, originally called “Armistice Day,” is a younger holiday established in 1926 as a way to commemorate all those who had served in the U.S. armed forces during World War I.

Memorial Day honors all those who have died.


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Jamie Raskin: If Justices Alito and Thomas Won’t Recuse Themselves, There Is a Solution

A white chain in the foreground, with the pillars of the Supreme Court Building in the background.

By Jamie Raskin

Mr. Raskin represents Maryland’s Eighth Congressional District in the House of Representatives. He taught constitutional law for more than 25 years and was the lead prosecutor in the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump.

Many people have gloomily accepted the conventional wisdom that because there is no binding Supreme Court ethics code, there is no way to force Associate Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas to recuse themselves from the Jan. 6 cases that are before the court.

Justices Alito and Thomas are probably making the same assumption.

But all of them are wrong.

It seems unfathomable that the two justices could get away with deciding for themselves whether they can be impartial in ruling on cases affecting Donald Trump’s liability for crimes he is accused of committing on Jan. 6. Justice Thomas’s wife, Ginni Thomas, was deeply involved in the Jan. 6 “stop the steal” movement. Above the Virginia home of Justice Alito and his wife, Martha-Ann Alito, flew an upside-down American flag — a strong political statement among the people who stormed the Capitol. Above the Alitos’ beach home in New Jersey flew another flag that has been adopted by groups opposed to President Biden.

Justices Alito and Thomas face a groundswell of appeals beseeching them not to participate in Trump v. United States , the case that will decide whether Mr. Trump enjoys absolute immunity from criminal prosecution, and Fischer v. United States , which will decide whether Jan. 6 insurrectionists — and Mr. Trump — can be charged under a statute that criminalizes “corruptly” obstructing an official proceeding. (Justice Alito said on Wednesday that he would not recuse himself from Jan. 6-related cases.)

Everyone assumes that nothing can be done about the recusal situation because the highest court in the land has the lowest ethical standards — no binding ethics code or process outside of personal reflection. Each justice decides for him- or herself whether he or she can be impartial.

Of course, Justices Alito and Thomas could choose to recuse themselves — wouldn’t that be nice? But begging them to do the right thing misses a far more effective course of action.

The U.S. Department of Justice — including the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, an appointed U.S. special counsel and the solicitor general, all of whom were involved in different ways in the criminal prosecutions underlying these cases and are opposing Mr. Trump’s constitutional and statutory claims — can petition the other seven justices to require Justices Alito and Thomas to recuse themselves not as a matter of grace but as a matter of law.

The Justice Department and Attorney General Merrick Garland can invoke two powerful textual authorities for this motion: the Constitution of the United States, specifically the due process clause, and the federal statute mandating judicial disqualification for questionable impartiality, 28 U.S.C. Section 455. The Constitution has come into play in several recent Supreme Court decisions striking down rulings by stubborn judges in lower courts whose political impartiality has been reasonably questioned but who threw caution to the wind to hear a case anyway. This statute requires potentially biased judges throughout the federal system to recuse themselves at the start of the process to avoid judicial unfairness and embarrassing controversies and reversals.

The constitutional and statutory standards apply to Supreme Court justices. The Constitution, and the federal laws under it, is the “ supreme law of the land ,” and the recusal statute explicitly treats Supreme Court justices like other judges: “Any justice, judge or magistrate judge of the United States shall disqualify himself in any proceeding in which his impartiality might reasonably be questioned.” The only justices in the federal judiciary are the ones on the Supreme Court.

This recusal statute, if triggered, is not a friendly suggestion. It is Congress’s command, binding on the justices, just as the due process clause is. The Supreme Court cannot disregard this law just because it directly affects one or two of its justices. Ignoring it would trespass on the constitutional separation of powers because the justices would essentially be saying that they have the power to override a congressional command.

When the arguments are properly before the court, Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justices Amy Coney Barrett, Neil Gorsuch, Ketanji Brown Jackson, Elena Kagan, Brett Kavanaugh and Sonia Sotomayor will have both a constitutional obligation and a statutory obligation to enforce recusal standards.

Indeed, there is even a compelling argument based on case law that Chief Justice Roberts and the other, unaffected justices should raise the matter of recusal on their own (or sua sponte). Numerous circuit courts have agreed with the Eighth Circuit that this is the right course of action when members of an appellate court are aware of “ overt acts ” of a judge reflecting personal bias. Cases like this stand for the idea that appellate jurists who see something should say something instead of placing all the burden on parties in a case who would have to risk angering a judge by bringing up the awkward matter of potential bias and favoritism on the bench.

But even if no member of the court raises the issue of recusal, the urgent need to deal with it persists. Once it is raised, the court would almost surely have to find that the due process clause and Section 455 compel Justices Alito and Thomas to recuse themselves. To arrive at that substantive conclusion, the justices need only read their court’s own recusal decisions.

In one key 5-to-3 Supreme Court case from 2016, Williams v. Pennsylvania, Justice Anthony Kennedy explained why judicial bias is a defect of constitutional magnitude and offered specific objective standards for identifying it. Significantly, Justices Alito and Thomas dissented from the majority’s ruling.

The case concerned the bias of the chief justice of Pennsylvania, who had been involved as a prosecutor on the state’s side in an appellate death penalty case that was before him. Justice Kennedy found that the judge’s refusal to recuse himself when asked to do so violated due process. Justice Kennedy’s authoritative opinion on recusal illuminates three critical aspects of the current controversy.

First, Justice Kennedy found that the standard for recusal must be objective because it is impossible to rely on the affected judge’s introspection and subjective interpretations. The court’s objective standard requires recusal when the likelihood of bias on the part of the judge “is too high to be constitutionally tolerable,” citing an earlier case. “This objective risk of bias,” according to Justice Kennedy, “is reflected in the due process maxim that ‘no man can be a judge in his own case.’” A judge or justice can be convinced of his or her own impartiality but also completely missing what other people are seeing.

Second, the Williams majority endorsed the American Bar Association’s Model Code of Judicial Conduct as an appropriate articulation of the Madisonian standard that “no man can be a judge in his own cause.” Model Code Rule 2.11 on judicial disqualification says that a judge “shall disqualify himself or herself in any proceeding in which the judge’s impartiality might reasonably be questioned.” This includes, illustratively, cases in which the judge “has a personal bias or prejudice concerning a party,” a married judge knows that “the judge’s spouse” is “a person who has more than a de minimis interest that could be substantially affected by the proceeding” or the judge “has made a public statement, other than in a court proceeding, judicial decision or opinion, that commits or appears to commit the judge to reach a particular result.” These model code illustrations ring a lot of bells at this moment.

Third and most important, Justice Kennedy found for the court that the failure of an objectively biased judge to recuse him- or herself is not “harmless error” just because the biased judge’s vote is not apparently determinative in the vote of a panel of judges. A biased judge contaminates the proceeding not just by the casting and tabulation of his or her own vote but by participating in the body’s collective deliberations and affecting, even subtly, other judges’ perceptions of the case.

Justice Kennedy was emphatic on this point : “It does not matter whether the disqualified judge’s vote was necessary to the disposition of the case. The fact that the interested judge’s vote was not dispositive may mean only that the judge was successful in persuading most members of the court to accept his or her position — an outcome that does not lessen the unfairness to the affected party.”

Courts generally have found that any reasonable doubts about a judge’s partiality must be resolved in favor of recusal. A judge “shall disqualify himself in any proceeding in which his impartiality might reasonably be questioned.” While recognizing that the “challenged judge enjoys a margin of discretion,” the courts have repeatedly held that “doubts ordinarily ought to be resolved in favor of recusal.” After all, the reputation of the whole tribunal and public confidence in the judiciary are both on the line.

Judge David Tatel of the D.C. Circuit emphasized this fundamental principle in 2019 when his court issued a writ of mandamus to force recusal of a military judge who blithely ignored at least the appearance of a glaring conflict of interest. He stated : “Impartial adjudicators are the cornerstone of any system of justice worthy of the label. And because ‘deference to the judgments and rulings of courts depends upon public confidence in the integrity and independence of judges,’ jurists must avoid even the appearance of partiality.” He reminded us that to perform its high function in the best way, as Justice Felix Frankfurter stated, “justice must satisfy the appearance of justice.”

The Supreme Court has been especially disposed to favor recusal when partisan politics appear to be a prejudicial factor even when the judge’s impartiality has not been questioned. In Caperton v. A.T. Massey Coal Co. , from 2009, the court held that a state supreme court justice was constitutionally disqualified from a case in which the president of a corporation appearing before him had helped to get him elected by spending $3 million promoting his campaign. The court, through Justice Kennedy, asked whether, quoting a 1975 decision, “under a realistic appraisal of psychological tendencies and human weakness,” the judge’s obvious political alignment with a party in a case “poses such a risk of actual bias or prejudgment that the practice must be forbidden if the guarantee of due process is to be adequately implemented.”

The federal statute on disqualification, Section 455(b) , also makes recusal analysis directly applicable to bias imputed to a spouse’s interest in the case. Ms. Thomas and Mrs. Alito (who, according to Justice Alito, is the one who put up the inverted flag outside their home) meet this standard. A judge must recuse him- or herself when a spouse “is known by the judge to have an interest in a case that could be substantially affected by the outcome of the proceeding.”

At his Senate confirmation hearing, Chief Justice Roberts assured America that “Judges are like umpires.”

But professional baseball would never allow an umpire to continue to officiate the World Series after learning that the pennant of one of the two teams competing was flying in the front yard of the umpire’s home. Nor would an umpire be allowed to call balls and strikes in a World Series game after the umpire’s wife tried to get the official score of a prior game in the series overthrown and canceled out to benefit the losing team. If judges are like umpires, then they should be treated like umpires, not team owners, team fans or players.

Justice Barrett has said she wants to convince people “that this court is not comprised of a bunch of partisan hacks.” Justice Alito himself declared the importance of judicial objectivity in his opinion for the majority in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision overruling Roe v. Wade — a bit of self-praise that now rings especially hollow.

But the Constitution and Congress’s recusal statute provide the objective framework of analysis and remedy for cases of judicial bias that are apparent to the world, even if they may be invisible to the judges involved. This is not really optional for the justices.

I look forward to seeing seven members of the court act to defend the reputation and integrity of the institution.

Jamie Raskin, a Democrat, represents Maryland’s Eighth Congressional District in the House of Representatives. He taught constitutional law for more than 25 years and was the lead prosecutor in the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump.

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Reports suggest again that CeeDee Lamb could be first major Dallas Cowboys extension to happen

It seems CeeDee Lamb could be the first of the major would-be extensions to happen for the Dallas Cowboys.

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We are in the final days of May and on the precipice of both the Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Stars reaching the championship round of their respective sports. Given that the Texas Rangers won the World Series last fall, that would leave the Dallas Cowboys as the only one of the major four sports teams in the metroplex to not duel for a trophy.

A lot of things seem to separate the Cowboys from the collective pack these days and one of them is how they are approaching their offseason in general. The Cowboys chose to spend free agency mostly as a wallflower which is par for the course and not really surprising, but they have been similarly slow to get extensions done for their major players as well over the last few months and in the process have drawn a ton of skepticism .

June is the final month of the year without any sort of real NFL activity and it therefore offers the most idle-y of idle hands. Will that time bring us an extension for one of Dak Prescott, CeeDee Lamb and/or Micah Parsons?

Perhaps. But odds are escalating on who the first one could be.

It appears that CeeDee Lamb has the strongest likelihood of getting an extension from the Cowboys first among the major three

Back in the early days of the new league year reports emerged that the Cowboys had a priority when it came to their extension candidates. It was reported to be CeeDee Lamb.

Even if you are someone that wants to see the team extend all three players involved here, there is a strong argument that Lamb is the extension that should carry the most urgency given the state of the market (in terms of deals that could happen to escalate the price) at each respective position.

  • Quarterback: This offseason has already had the Detroit Lions pay Jared Goff, and while that may (likely did) raise the floor at the quarterback position, the risks of anyone else significantly elevating it are small (again, relative to the other positions involved). The Jacksonville Jaguars could still do so with Trevor Lawrence and the Miami Dolphins are also a threat with Tua Tagovailoa, but for the most part the waters here are more stable.
  • Wide Receiver: If there were a big one it is here. Jerry Jones effectively challenged the wideout market in the lead-up to the NFL draft (more on that in a moment) and basically saw it immediately blow up in his face with the Lions paying Amon-Ra St. Brown and the Philadelphia Eagles extending A.J. Brown. The likes of Ja’Marr Chase and Justin Jefferson are also still out there (as are Brandon Aiyuk and Jaylen Waddle), so the sooner the Cowboys can get in the clubhouse with a posted score the better given that conditions are likely to worsen.
  • Edge Rusher: Ultimately this isn’t so much about the market as much as it is the grains left in the hourglass. Dallas has the most amount of team control left over Micah Parsons but beyond that the notable pass rushers in the league all have been paid in recent history.

On Wednesday, ESPN’s Todd Archer was included in an overall discussion about various players across the league who are in need of new deals . Obviously these three were included on behalf of the Cowboys.

Here is what Archer had to say about each one.

Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys Latest on negotiations: Team owner Jerry Jones might have been delighted to hear Prescott say during OTAs that he doesn’t “play for money,” but he knows the final price on an agreement will be significant, perhaps higher than the $55 million annually Joe Burrow makes as the league’s highest-paid quarterback. To date, there haven’t been meaningful talks between the sides. While the Cowboys have been criticized for waiting to get a deal done, Prescott has shown patience. It worked for the signal-caller in 2021, when he signed his four-year, $160 million deal, and it could work again. Getting something done before the season starts would be preferable for the Cowboys, but the final deadline is early March. Without a deal before the 2025 league year, Prescott will count $40.5 million against the cap and likely be headed to a new team, following the path Kirk Cousins went through this offseason. — Todd Archer ... CeeDee Lamb, WR, Dallas Cowboys Latest on negotiations: During the draft, Jones said he “wanted to see some more leaves fall” when it came to some of the contracts the Cowboys would like to complete. Shortly thereafter, Detroit’s Amon-Ra St. Brown and Philadelphia’s A.J. Brown signed deals averaging $30 million and $32 million, respectively. While those might be trumped-up figures with funny math, there is little doubt Lamb’s contract will be in or above that neighborhood. If more leaves fall, such as a Justin Jefferson deal with Minnesota, then the price for Lamb could go even higher. Of the Cowboys’ big three deals for Prescott, Lamb and Micah Parsons, the talks with Lamb could begin in earnest soon, with an eye on getting finalized in training camp. He has skipped the offseason program for the first time and worked on his own, but Lamb has gotten in multiple throwing sessions with Prescott. — Archer ... Micah Parsons, EDGE/LB, Dallas Cowboys Latest on negotiations: Of the Cowboys’ big three, Parsons’ deal is likeliest to be on the back burner. It’s not that the Cowboys don’t want to sign him to a long-term contract right now, but they have him locked up through 2025 on the fifth-year option and will have the franchise tag available to use in 2026, if necessary. Parsons’ absence from most of the offseason program has not been a contract ploy but rather his desire to train on his own. Whenever the two sides come to an agreement, look for Parsons to be the highest paid defensive player in the NFL, topping pass-rusher Bosa’s $34 million annual salary with the Niners. — Archer

This doesn’t explicitly say that Lamb will be the first of the three to get paid by the Cowboys but it does seem to point arrows in that direction. Given everything involved that makes the most sense, especially if the team can beat the Minnesota Vikings , Cincinnati Bengals , San Francisco 49ers and/or Miami Dolphins and their respective wide receivers.

But each player involved carries their own level of importance. Whether or not you or I or anyone wants to extend any or all of the players, there are arguments to be made both for and against. Ultimately if there is one disposition that we can all agree upon it is that waiting generally leads to the price rising. So even if the Cowboys get a deal done with Lamb a year from now they could be facing a larger number with Parsons.

It takes two to tango and that is fair to say with regards to negotiations. But the timelines involved here were all known and able to be anticipated with caution and measure. There is still some time left, but the Cowboys are running out of it on some level.

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