Windows for Wordsmiths

Five tried and tested tips to boost your productivity

About the course

Windows for Wordsmiths: Five tried and tested tips to boost your productivity is a free mini-course designed for language professionals of all stripes - from writers to editors and translators to interpreters - who are interested in using a Windows tablet for work.

In five short videos, we’ll show you how to

  • set up multiple languages and keyboards
  • tweak the Start menu and other features to meet your needs
  • use more than one app at a time
  • get online without wifi, and
  • enhance your Surface experience with handy accessories.

This interactive course is for experienced and novice tablet users, and for language professionals who are thinking about buying a Windows device for work.

Your Instructor

Josh Goldsmith is a UN and EU accredited translator and interpreter working from Spanish, French, Italian and Catalan into English. He splits his time between interpreting, translating, and working as a trainer and researcher focusing on the intersection between interpreting, technology and education. A lover of all things tech, Josh shares tips about technology, translation and interpreting in conferences and workshops, academic articles, the Interpreter's Toolkit column, and on Twitter.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
This is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long is the course?
The course includes 5 videos, each of which lasts about 4 minutes. We encourage you to practice what you've learned after watching each video. Of course, you can watch videos as many times as you'd like!
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
How much does this course cost?
This mini-course is completely free!
What if I don't own a tablet?
That's totally fine! This course will give you plenty of reasons to consider getting one.
Which tablets are covered in this course?
This course focuses on Windows devices, including the Windows Surface tablet, Surface Book, and two-in-one devices that you can convert into a tablet. The iPad and Android edition of this course are available at
Are closed captions available for this course?
Yes, all of the videos in the course are subtitled.

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