Windows tips

Windows 10 Tip: How To Make PDFs Open In Acrobat

How to Make PDFs open in Acrobat

One of the first things everyone does with a new Windows 10 computer is install basic programs and utilities and set defaults so files open in the right program. This is a quick note for people who want to use Acrobat DC or Acrobat Reader to open PDFs, using “Set your default programs” in Control Panel. […] continued

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Microsoft Hides Control Panel For Your Own Good

Windows 10 power user menus

The picture above shows the menu that comes up when you right-click the Start button in Windows 10. Many of you haven’t seen it. It’s full of things that burrow deeply into the system controls. That’s why it’s usually called the “power user menu.” I use it constantly.

On the left is the power user menu as it has appeared pretty consistently since Windows 10 was released. […] continued

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You’ll Discover The Best Windows 10 Feature When You Give Away Your Computer

Reset Windows 10 to its factory settings

With only a few clicks, you can reset your Windows 10 computer back to its brand-new condition when it was pulled out of the box. It will start up with the Microsoft license agreement, ready to be used by someone new. All your personal information and files will be erased. […] continued

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Windows 10 Tip: How To Check The Health Of Your Laptop Battery

Windows 10 battery running low warning

My much-loved Thinkpad X1 Yoga was shipped to Lenovo today. I’ll be a bit twitchy and irritable until it comes back. But I couldn’t ignore the signs of old age any longer.

There comes a time when a laptop needs a new battery.

Lithium ion batteries don’t have a “memory” like older batteries but they do have life spans. […] continued

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Windows 10 And The Slow Devices And Printers Window

Windows 10 - slow Devices and Printers window

Here’s a problem without a solution.

On some Windows 10 computers, some of the time, opening the Devices and Printers window in Control Panel takes anywhere from 90 seconds to five minutes. The green bar creeps across the empty window, as you see in the screen shot above. Eventually it finishes. […] continued

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Windows 10 Tip: Drag Icons Into The Notification Area On The Taskbar

Windows 10 - Notification area

Want to see an icon in the notification area on the taskbar? Drag it from the overflow area and drop it where you want it.

Want to keep an icon out of sight so it doesn’t take up any space? Drag it up from the notification area and drop it in the overflow area. […] continued

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Start10 Is Your Friend – Install It And Keep It Up To Date

Start10 - update message

If your Windows 10 computer displays an update notice for a new version of Start10, go ahead and install it. It’s safe.

 

This is your Windows 10 Start menu with Start10.

Start 10 - replacement start menu for Windows 10

Start10 is a five dollar program from Stardock Software that replaces the Windows 10 Start menu with a start menu that looks exactly like Windows 7. […] continued

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Windows 10 Tip: Reclaim Disk Space With New Storage Tools

Windows 10 - reclaim disk space

Everybody wants more storage space on their hard drive. One of the deeply buried improvements in Windows 10 Anniversary Update is an easy way to reclaim space used by temporary files and old updates.

The Anniversary Update is the major Windows 10 upgrade announced this summer, then delayed for several months. […] continued

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Logging In With A PIN Is Easier Than A Password–And Safer, Too!

Windows 10 - logging in with a PIN

Windows 10 allows you to log in with a PIN instead of a password.  In fact, you’re required to set up a PIN before you can set up Windows Hello to log in with a fingerprint or facial recognition.

A PIN is four or more numbers, exactly like the PIN for your debit card. […] continued

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Windows Tip: Drag And Drop With The Right Mouse Button

Drag and drop with right mouse button for big rewards and happiness!

Always use the right mouse button to drag and drop.

That’s it. That’s your tip for the day. Ta ta! Back on Thursday!

Oh, all right. I’ll give you some details since you ask nicely.

When you drag and drop with the left mouse button – the way you’ve done it your whole life – Windows decides what to do based on complex rules that you could memorize if you were a particularly dull person. […] continued

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The Pain Of Windows 10 Updates

Windows 10 updates updates updates

Windows 10 updates are driving me crazy. Well, so are lots of things, but the update process has become a persistent annoyance. Let me gripe about my experiences a bit, then I’ll give you a suggestion that might ease the pain.

Microsoft changed the update process in Windows 10. System updates (including drivers) are now mandatory for anyone running Windows 10. […] continued

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How To Change The Login For Your Microsoft Account (And Why You Should)

Bring clarity to your Microsoft work and personal accounts

“I read your article about personal Microsoft accounts and business Office 365 accounts,” my wife said last week. “Well, I read parts of it. It was . . . dense.”

Dense? My article was a model of clarity. It was a light in the darkness. It was the map showing the way out of the maze. […] continued

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Windows 10 Tip: How To Change The Network Type From Public To Private

Windows 10 - how to switch network location from public to private

Everything is simple once you know how to do it.

Here’s a setting that’s been moved to a different place in Windows 10. It’s not necessary to check this setting or change it very often but it drove me crazy that I couldn’t figure out how to make this change easily. […] continued

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How To Configure Windows 10

How to configure Windows 10

Has your computer been upgraded to Windows 10? Do you have a new computer? This is the guide you need – how to configure your Windows 10 computer to smooth out its rough edges and make the most of its new features.

This is an updated version of an article from six months ago, with some extra tips that turned up after the original article. […] continued

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Finally! A Simple Way To Prevent Windows 10 Upgrades

Never10 - a simple way to prevent Windows 10 upgrades

Steve Gibson of Gibson Research Corporation is a well-known security expert – cranky, contrarian, deeply wedded to the past (his personal computer runs Windows XP), and old-school in his approach to writing programs. His website is defiantly retro, a fine example of what the Internet looked like twenty years ago. […] continued

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