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Age of Empires III Definitive Edition takes a page out of Forza’s book with Mexico DLC

Microsoft has surprised a lot of Age of Empires fans with the announcement of new DLC for Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition. While the DLC itself isn’t a shock, it is a bit surprising to hear that Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition is getting DLC so soon after the release of Age of Empires IV. In any case, this DLC will be taking us to Mexico, so if you didn’t get your fill with Forza Horizon 5, you’ll soon be able to get even more Mexico in Age of Empires III.

The Mexican civilization and new historical battles

As far as DLC goes, this one seems pretty straightforward. Not only does the campaign add the Mexican civilization to the game, but it adds three new historical battles as well. In a blog post to the Age of Empires website, Microsoft says Mexico is “the most strategically diverse civilization yet.” Apparently, the civilization’s strategic diversity comes from the fact that it can choose to revolt rather than clicking up to the next age, be it the Fortress, Industrial, or Imperial eras.

Microsoft says that revolution “offers you a whole new deck full of opportunities,” but it’s not clear what those opportunities are. Mexico can also opt to reverse its revolts while keeping the benefits of cards that were sent during the revolution. It sounds like there’s a lot to the Mexico civilization, so it might take some time for it to settle into the meta. You can check out the video above for more on the Mexico civilization, including details on their unique units and buildings.

As far as those new historical battles are concerned, the first will be called “Grito de Dolores” and will explore the fallout from the Bourbon Reforms. The second battle will be available to all who own the United States Civilization DLC and will center on “The Burning of USS Philadelphia. Finally, the third historical battle, “The Battle of Queenston Heights,” will be available to everyone who owns both the United States and Mexico DLCs, which will both be available in a bundle. On its own, the Mexico Civilization DLC will run $5.99 and release on December 1st.

Age of Empires for everyone

The timing of this new DLC definitely caught some Age of Empires players off guard, as Age of Empires IV launched just about a month ago. While some of us probably assumed that Microsoft would focus its efforts on supporting Age of Empires IV, it now seems the plan is to continue supporting the various Age of Empires Definitive Editions as well.

Of course, that makes some degree of sense when you consider that there’s a very healthy esports scene surrounding Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition. The original Age of Empires and Age of Empires III never quite took off on the competitive front in the same way that Age of Empires II has, so it’s nice to see Microsoft shipping new content for Age of Empire III: Definitive Edition despite its smaller pro scene.

While Microsoft has already outlined plans for future Age of Empires IV updates, it seems that we’ll keep getting new content for the existing Definitive Editions too. For now, look for the Mexico civilization launch of Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition on December 1st.

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Steam beta update gives a much-needed refresh to an essential page

Valve has rolled out a new Steam beta, and this one is a big one. The changelog is rather brief, but some big changes are coming to the Downloads page in particular. In addition, we’re also seeing some updates for the Library, a few updates to the Linux version of Steam, and finally, some tweaks for SteamVR. The biggest changes, however, are found on the Downloads page.

It feels like it’s been a while since the Downloads page received some love, but that’s definitely changing with this beta update. Valve says the page has been redesigned with a “minimal and more focused design with stronger CTAs (Calls to Action).” The header art will now show you which game is currently being updated, and Valve says it has implemented a “more accessible color palette” for visually impaired users. You can check out a screenshot of the new downloads page below.

One of the biggest changes coming to the Downloads page is a revamped progress bar. Previously, that progress bar would only show download progress, which meant that downloads would often hang at 100% during the disk allocation process, tricking users into thinking there was some issue with the update. Now the download progress bar will show total progression, so we shouldn’t have any more instances where updates appear finished but, in reality, are not.

Going hand-in-hand with the new Downloads page is a library storage manager that can be accessed by hitting the settings wheel on the Downloads page and then selecting “Steam Library Folders.” This new storage manager will allow you to see all the Steam games you have installed on your various drives, giving you a look at how much space games and DLC are taking up on each drive and allowing you to move games between your drives if you have more than one. It seems like a very handy tool, particularly for users who have more games than space.

We’ve spent the entire article looking at the changes coming to the Downloads page because they’re the most significant by far, but Linux users and SteamVR users will also want to check the patch notes for updates that apply to them. If you want to opt into the Steam client beta, first open the Steam menu, go into the Settings, select “Account,” and then opt into the Steam client beta on that settings page; once you restart Steam, you should see all of the changes. We’ll let you know when these features roll out to everyone, so stay tuned for more.

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How to Delete a Page in Word

Blank pages in a document can make an unprofessional impression on editors or potential employers. Microsoft Word is known to create blank pages in a document. Before you hit the send button, you should make sure to delete them whenever possible.

Our goal is to help others avoid the frustration associated with blank pages. Since Microsoft Word is the most used document creator out there, we have created the following guide to help you delete those unwanted pages should they crop up in this particular word processor.

How to delete a page in Word that has text and graphics in it

Step 1: Select the page you want to delete

The first step in deleting a page is making sure it’s selected. The last thing you want to do is delete the wrong one. Either scroll to the page or use the Go To function (Ctrl + G in Windows, Option + CMD + G in MacOS).

When you’ve found the page, click or tap anywhere on it to select it.

Step 2: Select the whole page

It might sound like you’ve already done this step, but this is so that Word knows that you want to delete the whole page, not just some of the content on it. Open the Go To function (Ctrl + G, or Option + CMD + G if you’re on a Mac) and type page in the Enter Page Number box. Then select Go To (or press Enter on your keyboard) followed by Close.

Step 3: Delete the page

Microsoft Word doesn’t have a dedicated page deletion tool, but now that we’ve selected the whole page, we can delete it very easily. Double-check that you’ve selected the entirety of the page you want to delete, and then press the Delete key.

How to delete a blank page in Word

Most text editors, Word included, have a habit of creating blank pages at the end of your document for seemingly no reason. Deleting those before you fire it off to your boss (here’s how to recall it if you didn’t) or the printer is usually a good idea. To make the process as fast as possible, you can use a couple of quick methods.

Step 1: To find the blank page(s), open up the Navigation pane. You can do so by selecting View from the top menu and making sure that the Navigation Pane box is ticked. That should open up a new column on the left-hand side, showing all the pages in your document. If it doesn’t, make sure to select the Pages tab in it.

Delete a page

Step 2: Scroll through the list to find the blank page(s) you want to delete. Pick one and double click or tap it to jump straight to it.

Step 3: Hold Ctrl + Shift + 8 on Windows or Command + 8 if you’re using a Mac to make the paragraph markers visible. This command will ensure that, despite a page having no content on it, paragraph markers will still function as if there were.

Step 4: Select the paragraph markers by clicking and dragging, or use the arrow keys and hold down the Shift key. You can eliminate the paragraph markers by pressing the Delete key, but this will also close out the blank page altogether. 

You can place the paragraph markers at the bottom of your document if you think you will use them again later. When you have reached proper placement for your paragraph markers, you can alter them by increasing or decreasing font size. Click on the Home tab and put “1” in the Font Size box, and press Enter to lock in the size. After you’ve made all necessary changes, you can hide the paragraph markers again by holding Ctrl + Shift + 8 on Windows or Command + 8 on a Mac.

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