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, send email to support@morphic.world.

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Q:  What does the language setting do?

It changes the language used by Windows in its menus, messages, 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
  • One Note
  • many others

NOTE: Some programs will provide alternative languages only if a special "language pack" 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 exposes 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.)

If you need to translate text and documents, you may want to try one of the following free services. 

(Links are provided for your convenience and are not an endorsement of any particular service. Most are for web pages, but DocTranslator is for documents, although use of the site is tricky).

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. 

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.

App / Text Zoom

Q:  What does App / Text Zoom do?

App / Text Zoom is a local command that enlarges (or shrinks) the contents of individual windows and/or applications. It works on the topmost window/application.  

  • Sometimes it will enlarge the contents of just that window.
  • Other times it will enlarge the contents for all windows of that application.

Q:  What programs does App / Text Zoom work with?

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

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

App / Text Zoom 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 App / Text Zoom?

UNDO and RESET will not work with this button for the same reason that SAVE won't work. This is a command sent to the application's window and not a setting. Since, for privacy reasons, Morphic does not keep track of windows' names, it cannot track the state of any window and therefore cannot "undo" this action.

Q:  Morphic's pop-up message says I can do this without using Morphic. How does this work?

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.

  • 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.

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:  Decide if you want to:

  • COPY part (or all) of the screen, so you can paste it into a document or email. (Click the top button.)
  • 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. The picture file will show up on the computer's desktop. You can then move it to your USB drive, attach it to an email, or do anything else you can do with a picture.  (Click the second button.) 

Step Two:  Select what you want to include in the "capture."

  • 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, or you can drag from the top left to the bottom right to select the whole screen.
  • When you release the mouse button, the picture will be taken.

Alternate Step Two:  Capture will auto-select the part of the screen.

  • Instead of clicking and dragging for step 2, you just point around on the screen. If you have good vision you will see a faint dotted line around different windows or content sections as you move the mouse.
  • If you move to the edge of the screen, the dotted lines will select the whole screen.
  • Click the mouse button when the dotted lines surround what you are interested in capturing, and the picture will be taken.

If the dotted lines never select what you want, then you need to use the "click and drag" method above.

This auto-select method can be helpful for people who have trouble selecting just the window or part of the screen they want, using the click and drag method.

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, particularly in different lighting situations.

Read Aloud

Q:  What does Read Aloud do?

Text that you select is read aloud by the computer.

Q:  What programs does Read Aloud work with?

This Read Aloud function works exclusively with Chrome. The Read Aloud button on the QuickStrip turns on the "Select to Read Aloud" extension in Chrome.

Q:  How do I use Read Aloud in Chrome?

After turning Read Aloud on, you can select (highlight) the text you want to hear, then 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:  Are there Read Aloud capabilities built into other programs?  How can I use those features?

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
  • One Note:  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.

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 USB

Q:  What does the Open USB button do?

Very simply, it opens up all of the USB drives that are plugged into the computer, so you can find them and view their contents.

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.

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

  • Whatever settings you have set using the QuickStrip will be saved and stored in the Morphic cloud vault.
  • The next time you sign into a computer with Morphic it will automatically apply these saved settings.

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

At some pilot test sites, you need a Morphic Key in order to save your preferred settings. If you need a Key -- and do not have one -- Morphic will tell you how to get one when you click on "Save."


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 the following buttons, because they are command buttons and not settings.

  • Screen Capture
  • Open Quick Folder
  • Open USB Drive
  • App / Text Zoom

Reset All To Standard

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

  • 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.
  • 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.

Q:  Are there other ways to reset the system?

Yes -- you can also:

  • Right-click the Morphic icon in the bottom right of your screen (Tool Tray), Image of Reset Morphic Icon then select “Reset Morphic.”
  • 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.

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?

Image of Morphic IconClicking 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


Image of Morphic QuickStrip IconYou 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.)