Learn more about the Quickstrip

Answers to common questions related to the settings and controls on the Morphic QuickStrip.

Information is presented in the same order as the buttons on the QuickStrip (shown below). If your question isn't answered, you can send an email to support@morphic.world.

A screenshot of the Morphic QuickStrip


Language of Menus

Q:  What does the Language of Menus setting do?

It changes the language used by Windows in its menus, messages, ribbons and pop-ups.  

Q:  Does this setting work on other programs besides Windows?

Yes.  It changes the same types of information on programs that follow the Windows settings, including:

  • Edge (Microsoft's new web browser)
  • Microsoft Office 365 and Office 2016 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.)
  • Skype
  • OneNote
  • many others

NOTE: Some programs, Microsoft Office included, will provide alternative languages for its menus only if a special "language pack" for that program is installed on the computer (in addition to the language pack required for Windows).

Q:  What languages are available with this setting?

Only the languages installed on the computer can be made available by Morphic. The pilot test site determines which languages are installed on each of its computers running Morphic.

Q:  Why aren't file names and content of documents, web pages, etc. translated?

The language setting only translates menus, button names, etc. that are translated in advance and stored. It does not do any translation in real-time. File names, book names, or content of documents, web pages, etc. will remain in the language in which they were created, unless they are already made available in alternate languages by the author.

  • Some programs or web browsers will offer you the option to translate the content as a standard or add-in option. Word, for example, provides translation as a standard feature in its "REVIEW" tab.
  • Some browsers will show you some pages in your chosen language if the site already has alternate pages in that language. (To see an example of this, choose the Spanish setting, then open Edge.)

To translate web pages, text, or documents, use the Translate Tools button on the QuickStrip  

Q:  I selected a language using this button, but the language on the menus, etc. did not change.

This could be due to one of several reasons:

  • If a program (e.g., Edge) was already running when you selected the language change, you may have to restart that program to see the change.
  • The program may not support the particular language you chose.
  • Some programs follow the Windows language setting for some languages but not others. If restarting the program does not fix it, look in the program settings to see if you need to change the language there.


Translate Tools

Q: What does the Translate Tools button do?

The Translate Tools button provides tools to translate text, documents, web pages or live speech.

  • Most of the tools are web pages where you go to the page and paste the text you want translated into the web page.
  • Some allow you to paste a URL for a webpage and then click on the resulting link to go to that page and see it translated.
  • Some allow you to upload a document and it will translate it.
  • Two of the Tools (Translate Live and Microsoft Translator APP) have applications that you can download and install on your computer or mobile phone. These let you translate live speech. And Microsoft Translate even lets you translate street signs and things you take pictures of.
  • ONE of the tools, is included directly inside of Microsoft Word 365 on the Review Ribbon

Links are provided for your convenience and are not an endorsement of any particular service.

For more information on each, see sections below.

Q: Tell me more about Translate in Microsoft Word 365

Microsoft Word 365 has a translate feature built directly into it. This is true of any copy of Microsoft Word 365 on any computer. Just click on the TAB labeled REVIEW to bring up the Review ribbon. The Translate widget is usually found toward the left end of the ribbon and looks like this:

Image of the "Translate" button from Microsoft Word 365If you don't see it, it might be buried under the Language button  

depending on whether your screen size and window width. 

Q: Tell me more about Google Translate

Google translate will translate blocks of text, Web pages, or entire documents.

  • To translate a block of text: paste it into the Google Translate page and choose your language(s).
  • To translate a web page: paste the URL into the Google Translate page, choose your language(s) and then click on the link in the translated window to go to the translated page.
  • To translate a documentclick on the Document Tab and follow directions.

Q: Tell me more about Microsoft Translator

Microsoft provides several Translation Tools. All are available under different tabs from this page.  Here we describe Text and Web page translation. (See also the APP available from Microsoft and described below)

  • To translate a block of text: paste it into the Microsoft Translator page and choose your language(s).
  • To translate a web page: paste the URL into the Microsoft Translator page, choose your language(s) and then click on the link in the translated window to go to the translated page

Q: Tell me more about PROMT & Reverso

For people not interested in using either Google Translate or Microsoft Translator, PROMT & Reverso are two optional free translators.

  • PROMT: Provides both text block and web page translation and works
    • To translate a block of text: Choose your language and paste it into the PROMT Translator page.
    • To translate a web page: Choose your language and paste the URL into PROMT Page.
    • Prompt translates 20 languages
  • Reverso: Translates into 10 languages: French, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese, Arabic, Hebrew, Japanese.
    • Reverso text block translation only Paste text into translation box.
    • Reverso also provides Spell check, Dictionary, Context, Conjugation, Synonyms, and Grammar Tools.

Q: Tell me more about Translate Live

Translate Live allows face to fact translation between two people.

  • The first person speaks and can see what they say presented as text on screen.
    • In this way the person can be sure that they are understood - and resay things or type things that are misunderstood
  • The second person will see a translation of what the first person said - but in their own language. They will then hear the text read aloud to them in their own language.
  • Because of the text - this can also be used to communicate with people who are deaf or hard of hearing in any language.
  • Translate Live uses Google Translate as its translation engine
  • Translate Live is available as a web app and downloadable app.

Q: Tell me more about Microsoft Translator APP

Microsoft Translator enables you to translate text and speech, have translated conversations, and even download AI-powered language packs to use offline.

  • Speak, type, or write by hand with Windows Ink, to translate into over 60 languages
  • Have real-time translated conversations with up to 100 people, each on their own device (Windows, iOS, Android, Kindle)
  • Start or join a conversation directly through Cortana
  • Download languages to translate offline using state-of-the-art neural machine translation
  • Hear your translated phrase to help you with pronunciation
  • Share your translation with other apps
  • Pin your most frequent translations to save for later
  • Learn a new word or phrase everyday by pinning Translator to Start

Q: I’ve heard about browser plug-ins that allow you translate pages.

There are plug-ins and built-in translation features for different browsers.

Screen Zoom

Q: What does Screen Zoom do?

It enlarges (or shrinks) everything on the screen.

Q: How do I use it?

  • To zoom in and make things larger, press the “larger” button with the “+” sign.
  • To zoom out and make things smaller, press the “smaller” button with the “-” sign.
  • When the menu is open, you can also use the keys on your keyboard with the + and - on them.
  • If you know the size you want, you can also click directly on one of the dots on the side to go to your preferred size.

Q: What programs does Screen Zoom work with?

Screen Zoom works on all programs.

Zoom Top Window

Q:  What does Zoom Top Window do?

Zoom Top Window is a local command that enlarges (or shrinks) the contents of individual windows and/or applications. It works on the top-most window or application.  

  • Sometimes it will enlarge the contents of only the top-most window.
  • Other times it will enlarge the contents for all windows for the top application.

Q:  What programs does Zoom Top Window work with?

This command works in many applications, including Windows, Edge, Chrome, Firefox, Word, Excel, OneNote,  Adobe Reader, and many others.

Q:  Why can't this setting be saved to Morphic's cloud vault?

Zoom Top Window is not a setting, but a local command which is often applied differently to different windows and applications. 

If you want to enlarge or shrink everything on the screen, use the Screen Zoom button on the QuickStrip. That setting can be saved.

Q:  Why won't "undo" work with Zoom Top Window?

Because it is a command, and since, for privacy reasons, Morphic does not keep track of windows' names, it cannot track the state of any window and therefore cannot "undo" or “save” this action.

Q:  Want a faster way to zoom a window?

There are two ways to zoom windows or apps without using Morphic. We recommend using these methods if you can, rather than using Morphic.

Method 1:  While holding down the Ctrl key, move the mouse scroll wheel up or down. This will zoom larger or smaller in most programs.

  • This will zoom larger or smaller in most programs.
  • If you use a trackpad, you can hold the Ctrl key down and use the scroll gesture (usually two fingers) to zoom in and out.

Method 2:  While holding down the Ctrl key, press the minus (-) key to zoom smaller, or the plus (+) or equal (=) key to zoom larger.

  • Use Control and Plus (+) keys to zoom larger A picture of the Control Key & A picture of the Plus Key
  • Use Control and Minus (-) keys to zoom smaller A picture of the Control Key & A picture of the Minus Key

Screen Capture

Q:  What can I do with Screen Capture?

  • With Screen Capture you can take pictures (images) of any part of the screen, including the whole screen.
  • You can paste the pictures into documents or emails, or save as an image file for later use.

Q:  How do I use the feature to take a picture?

Step One:

  • To COPY part (or all) of the screen, so you can paste it into a document or email.
    • Click on the top button.
  • To SNAP A PICTURE of part (or all) of the screen, as you would with a camera, and have it saved as a picture (image) file.
    • Click on the bottom button.

Step Two:

  • To select part of the screen, click and hold down the mouse button, then drag to select the part of the screen you want to capture. You can drag to select any part of the screen.
  • To select ALL of the Screen, click and hold down the mouse button in the top left corner of the screen -- then drag it down to the bottom right corner of the screen. Then release the button.

Where to find the result:

  • If you used the top button, the result will be in your “clipboard” and you can just paste it into any document or email.
  • If you used the bottom button, the result will be lying on desktop as an image file named “Screenshot-.png"&time>.

MS Word Simplify

Q: What does MS Word Simplify do?

MS Word Simplify - creates simpler ribbons for those who find the current 11 ribbons in word confusing. It provides the option to add one or both of the following ribbons to Word.

  • Basics (Morphic) - provides just the basic Word features - plus a couple tools to make it easier. A screenshot of the Basic Morphic Word Features
  • Essentials (Morphic) - Takes all of the most used/needed commands from all of the other 11 ribbons - and gives them to you in one ribbon - that does not change with updates. A screenshot of the Essentials Morphic Word Features

Q: How does it make it simpler?

There about a dozen menus in the current version of Microsoft Word with over 200 controls and options (the number visible changes with screen size).

  • Some users find it confusing to have so many commands they do not use.
  • Others, find it difficult to remember which ribbon they are supposed to look at for which commands.

The two Morphic options give the user a single ribbon with just the things they are likely to want to use - making it faster, and eliminating the need to go search for the function they need.
Also, the Microsoft ribbons change from time to time making things disappear or appear in different places. We try to keep the Morphic version of the ribbons the same over time.

Q: What if I want something that is not on the Morphic simplified ribbon?

The 11 standard ribbons are still all available if you want to use one of them.

Q: Who made up these Morphic simplified ribbons?

These were created by the team at the Trace Center in consultation with our Pilot testing sites. They created using the Ribbon Customization feature that Microsoft built into Word. So they are just the standard Microsoft Word functions - arranged on two special ribbons, and put in place, on request, by Morphic.

Q: Can I make up my own custom ribbon?

Yes, you can always make up your own ribbon - and you do not need Morphic to do it. It is a standard part of Word. And if you log into Microsoft so that they will automatically transfer the Microsoft settings - you can get your special menu to appear on any computer (when you are signed into Microsoft and using the right version of Word. However currently, you can only use these two Morphic version with Morphic. LATER, you will be able to have Morphic transfer your own versions between computers. But not yet.

View of the standard ribbons in Microsoft Word:

A screenshot of the Standard Word Features on the Home Tab in the Ribbon Bar

A screenshot of the Standard Word Features on the Insert Tab in the Ribbon Bar

A screenshot of the Standard Word Features on the Draw Tab in the Ribbon Bar

A screenshot of the Standard Word Features on the Design Tab in the Ribbon Bar

A screenshot of the Standard Word Features on the Layout Tab in the Ribbon Bar

A screenshot of the Standard Word Features on the References Tab in the Ribbon Bar

A screenshot of the Standard Word Features on the Mailings Tab in the Ribbon Bar

A screenshot of the Standard Word Features on the Review Tab in the Ribbon Bar

A screenshot of the Standard Word Features on the View Tab in the Ribbon Bar

A screenshot of the Standard Word Features on the Help Tab in the Ribbon Bar

A screenshot of the Standard Word Features on the Learning Tools Tab in the Ribbon Bar

High / Low Contrast

Q:  What does High / Low Contrast do?

The High / Low Contrast changes the colors of text and background to fit user needs and preferences. The pop-up menu provides eight different options, including both dark and light backgrounds in both high and low contrast combinations.

Q:  What programs does High / Low Contrast work with?

This setting changes how Windows looks. It also applies to web pages viewed in Edge and Chrome (and some other applications).

Q:  Why might I benefit from this setting?

Changing the contrast can make the screen easier to read or view, for different users and/or in different lighting situations.

Chrome Read Aloud

Q:  What does Chrome Read Aloud do?

It turns on a feature in Chrome (that Morphic adds) to allow you to select text and have it read aloud to you by the computer.

Q:  What programs does Chrome Read Aloud work with?

Chrome Read Aloud only works with Chrome. However, there are built-in “read-aloud” functions in other programs as well. (see below)

Q:  How do I use Chrome Read Aloud ?

  1. Turn Chrome Read Aloud on using the QuickStrip
  2. Select & highlight the text you want to hear
  3. Click on the "Play" button that appears next to the text

To stop the reading

  • Click "Stop"
  • OR click anywhere else on the screen

Q:  How can I use the Read Aloud features in other programs?

There are different "Read Aloud" capabilities built into Windows, Word, One Note, Edge, and Excel.

NOTE: You will not use the Read Aloud button on the Morphic QuickStrip for these programs.

Here are instructions for each program:

  • Edge:  Select text and then right-click and choose "Read aloud."
  • Word:   A "Read Aloud" button appears in these places:
    • In the REVIEW ribbon
    • In the LEARNING TOOLS ribbon
    • Under the "Learning Tools" button in the VIEW ribbon
  • OneNote:  Click "Immersive Reader" in the VIEW ribbon
  • Excel:  There are 5 "speak cells" commands, but you must add them to your "quick access toolbar" using the quick access toolbar customization feature.

Volume & Mute

Q: What does the Volume & Mute button do?

This button provides an easy to find method for controlling the volume and muting the speaker on your PC.

However, there is an easier way to do this unless you have trouble with small controls.

Q: What is this easier way?

There is a small speaker icon on the system tray right near the Morphic icon that looks like this:

a screenshot of the bottom right of the taskbar in a Windows 10 Computer. It shows the battery life icon, the monitor icon, the volume control icon, the date and time of day, and an information icon.


If you click on it - the volume control will pop up like this:

A clipped screenshot of the bottom right of the taskbar in a Windows 10 Computer. It shows the Speaker flyout of the Volume Control, where the user could increase or decrease the volume of the computer.


To change the volume, drag or click on the volume control (or use the arrow keys) to turn the volume up and down

To mute the speaker, click on speaker on the end of the volume control and it will mute the volume and an X will show up next to the speaker - showing that it is muted

A clipped screenshot of the bottom right of the taskbar in a Windows 10 Computer. It shows the Speaker flyout of the Volume Control, where the user could mute or unmute the volume of the computer.


To unmute the speaker, click on the speaker with an x next to it -- and it will unmute

Q: Can I use both ways to control the volume?

You can use either way - but it is better to use one or the other right now since changes made in the system tray volume control do not yet show up instantly on the QuickStrip.


Q: What does the DocuMorph button do?

This button launches a program that converts documents into more accessible forms for you. This includes converting it into Audio, Braille, ebook, or accessible document formats.

Q: How do I use it?

  1. Click on the DocuMorph button to launch DocuMorph.
  2. Once it appears you can either
    • Drag any file you want to convert onto the DocuMorph widget
    • OR you can use “copy” and “paste” to copy and paste a document into the DocuMorph widget
    • OR you can click on the DocuMorph widget and select the document you want to convert
  3. Once you have given the program you document - it will show you what the current settings are for conversion.
    • If you want those settings then just click Transform
    • If you want to change the settings then
      • Click on “Change Settings”
      • Change them to what you want
      • When done - click Transform

Q: What do the settings do?

The settings determine:

  • ...what format you want the document transformed into (Word doc, PDF, audio file, or ebook, etc)
  • ...how you want the document to be given back to you (put on desktop, or sent to by email)

Q: What kind of documents will DocuMorph accept?

Documorph can do a better job on some types of document than others. But the types it will accept are: .DOC, .DOCX, .PDF, .PPT, .PPTX, .TXT, .XML, .HTML, .HTM, .RTF, .EPUB, .MOBI, .TIFF, .TIF, .GIF, .JPG, .JPEG, .BMP, .PNG, .PCX, .DCX, .J2K, .JP2, .JPX, .DJV and .ASC

Q: What size can the document be?

DocuMorph will work with files up to 64 MB.

Q: What formats can DocuMorph transformed documents into?

DocuMorph can Transform files into any of the following forms:

  • MP3 Audio File: In any of 7 speeds and 26 languages (some with choices of male and female)
  • Braille: 20 Languages, Different Grades, 4 formats, different chars/line and lines/page, and duplex
  • E-book: EPUB, EPUB3, or MOBI (Kindle) ebook formats, in 4 different font sizes
  • Accessible documents in any of the following formats:
    • doc - Microsoft Word
    • docx - Microsoft Word
    • rtf - Rich Text Format
    • pdf - Tagged PDF (text over image)
    • pdf - Tagged PDF (text over text)
    • xls - Microsoft Excel
    • xlsx - Microsoft Excel
    • csv - Comma separated
    • txt - Windows Text
    • htm - HTML

Open Quick Folder

Q:  What is a Quick Folder?

A Morphic Quick Folder is a place where an organization (e.g., a library, school, or job center) can put files or folders that it wants to make easier to find.

For example, one library used it to make information frequently requested by patrons easy to find, including tax forms, job search resources, information on immigration, and aid for families with dependent children.

Q:  How does the Quick Folder work?

  • The organization selects resources and puts them into their Morphic Quick Folder.  
  • Users can then find the resources quickly by clicking on the "Open Quick Folder" button. 

Open & Eject USB

Q:  What does the Open USB button do?

Very simply:

  • It has one button that opens up all of the USB drives that are plugged into the computer, so you can find them and view their contents.
  • It has a second button that will EJECT all USB drives that are plugged in - so they can be safely removed.
    • If you have files that are open - it will trigger the usual Windows warnings to save and close all of your documents first so you do not lose your work

Q:  Why is this button on the QuickStrip?

Some people have trouble finding the USB drive contents on the computer -- especially when the name of the USB on the computer is different than the one printed on the USB.

Others have trouble finding the little control to ask the computer to safely eject USBs.

More... (& Help)

Q:  When will more buttons be available?

In future releases of Morphic, this pop-up menu will provide

  • additional buttons to help you tune the computer to your specific needs and preferences,
  • links to help and FAQs, and
  • tools for customizing the computer and the Morphic QuickStrip to better meet individual needs.

Q:  When will more buttons be available?

In the late Fall of 2019.


Q:  What will be saved when I click on this button?

  • Clicking on SAVE will save whatever settings you have set using the QuickStrip. The next time you sign-in or Key-in to Morphic it will automatically apply these saved settings to that computer.

Q:  What is a Morphic Key?  How do I know where to get one?

At some Morphic sites (where you sign in with your username or library card number etc) you do not need a morphic key. Morphic will automatically sign you into Morphic.

At places where you do NOT sign into the computer to use the computer, you will need to use a Morphic USB “Key” to save your settings. (The Key tells Morphic where to save your settings in the cloud, and when you go to a new computer, it tells Morphic which settings in the cloud to apply to the new computer.

If you need a Key -- and do not have one -- Morphic will tell you how to get one when you click on "Save."

Morphic must be installed on a computer for you to be able to use Morphic to set up the computer for you.

My Saved Settings

Q: What does My Saved Settings do?

You can use this button to reapply your saved settings.

Q: When would I want to do that?

  • If you were playing with the QuickStrip settings and you want to get rid of them and just go back to the settings you saved - you can use this button.
  • If you clicked Reset-To-Standard and it changed everything back to a standard setup - and you want to get your saved settings back - you can use this button.
  • If you clicked Reset-To-Standard and can no longer save things -- you can use this button to apply your settings and let you change them and save new ones.


Q:  What effect does Undo have?

You can use this button at any time to reverse your last QuickStrip selection.

Q:  Why doesn't Undo reverse App / Text Zoom and some other buttons?

Undo will not work for command or information buttons, because they are not settings. The following buttons cannot be undone:

  • Translate Tools
  • Zoom Top Window
  • Screen Capture
  • Volume & Mute (because saving volume settings can have adverse effects)
  • DocuMorph
  • Open Quick Folder
  • Open & Eject USB Drive

Reset All To Standard

Q:  What does "Reset All To Standard" do?

If you want to use a computer and find that it is set up for someone else, Reset All To Standard can be used to clear the other person's settings for you.

  • This button can be used at any time to return the computer to all of its standard settings.  If you are signed into Morphic, it will also sign you out.

Q:  Are there other ways to reset the system?

Yes -- you can also:

Image of Windows screen showing location of Morphic icon

  • Right-click the Morphic icon in the bottom right of your screen (Tool Tray), then select “Reset Morphic.”
  • OR you can click on the "Reset Morphic" icon on your desktop (if you see one there).
    • The desktop "Reset Morphic" icon is an option implemented at some tests.

Image of Reset Morphic Icon

Close (X)

Q:  How do I close the Morphic QuickStrip?

There is an X in the upper right corner of the Morphic QuickStrip (just like any other window in Windows). Clicking on this X will close the Morphic QuickStrip. However, Morphic will still be running in the background.

Q:  How do I re-open the QuickStrip?

Method 1: Clicking on the Morphic icon in the lower right of the Windows Screen will make the Morphic QuickStrip reappear on the screen.

Image of Windows screen showing location of Morphic icon

Method 2: You can also click on the Morphic QuickStrip icon on the desktop, if you see one there.  (The desktop Morphic QuickStrip icon is an option implemented at some sites.)

Image of Morphic QuickStrip Icon