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19 Best Windows 10 Tips and Tricks

Posted on May 31, 2017. Filed under: Windows 10 | Tags: , , |

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How to Improve Handwriting Recognition on Your Windows 10 PC

Posted on May 3, 2017. Filed under: Windows 10 | Tags: , |

HowToGeek has a post: Windows 10 lets you use handwriting input in any application, and many applications include full support for inking. Windows automatically attempts to learn your unique handwriting style when you write with a pen, but you can also train it manually to improve the system’s handwriting recognition.

Source: How to Improve Handwriting Recognition on Your Windows 10 PC

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Windows 10 Quick Tips – Control Panel | Daves Computer Tips

Posted on April 19, 2017. Filed under: Windows 10 | Tags: , |

Control Panel is AWOL In the latest iteration of Windows 10, the Creators Update, the WinX menu is different. Conspicuous by its absence is the Control Panel. Microsoft is slowly but surely replacing…

Source: Windows 10 Quick Tips – Control Panel | Daves Computer Tips

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How to Create a System Image Backup in Windows 7, 8, or 10

Posted on April 7, 2017. Filed under: backups, imaging, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8 | Tags: , , , , , , , |

HowToGeek has a post: The built-in backup utilities in Windows are pretty solid. Let’s take a look at how to create a full backup image of your PC without the need for a third party utility.

Source: How to Create a System Image Backup in Windows 7, 8, or 10

This is a good idea to do BEFORE the coming Windows 10 update!

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Windows 10 Creators Update Explained

Posted on April 7, 2017. Filed under: Windows 10 | Tags: , , , , |

Dave’s Computer Tips posts: Here’s what to expect when the major Windows 10 update, dubbed “Creators Update” starts rolling out from April 11th. Major features and minor changes…

Source: Windows 10 Creators Update Explained | Daves Computer Tips

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How To Defer The Scary Creator’s Update | Daves Computer Tips

Posted on April 7, 2017. Filed under: Windows 10 | Tags: , , , , |

Remember: backup your computer often as April 11 approaches! Especially create an “image” so you can return to the version before the Creator’s Update if it does not go well for you.

Dave’s Computer Tips posted: Creator’s Update Is Fast Approaching If any of you were in the unfortunate position of upgrading to the last major Windows 10 upgrade, known as the Anniversary Update, then you will once again…

Source: How To Defer The Scary Creator’s Update | Daves Computer Tips

If you have the Home version, “there is a box you can check to make sure these huge downloads do not cause you an unexpected financial burden. It is called a Metered Connection and can be found in the Settings App under Network & Internet–>Wi-Fi.

Near the bottom of this window you will see a toggle labeled Set as metered connection. You will want to switch this to the On position.

Note: There is one bad downside to this solution– you won’t get security updates, either. This is a classic example of being between the bark and the sap. It’s a tight fit and one you should consider carefully.

You may want to turn this Off after the kinks have been worked out of this release.

 

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Windows 10 tip: Startup and shutdown secrets | ZDNet

Posted on April 5, 2017. Filed under: Windows 10 | Tags: , , , |

Ed Bott at ZDNet posts: Thanks to a default feature in Windows 10, choosing Shut Down from the power menu doesn’t really shut down Windows. That’s a great time-saving feature, but it can cause problems with some updates and installers. Here’s how to do a full shutdown when necessary.

Source: Windows 10 tip: Startup and shutdown secrets | ZDNet

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Windows 10 tip: Master advanced window-snapping techniques

Posted on March 20, 2017. Filed under: Windows 10 | Tags: , , , |

ZDNet has a post: Windows 10 adds some smart improvements to the basic snap technique for organizing windows. Here’s how to go beyond the simple “snap two apps side by side” scenario.

Source: Windows 10 tip: Master advanced window-snapping techniques | ZDNet

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Supercharge Windows 10: Replacement apps that blow away standard Windows programs | ZDNet

Posted on March 10, 2017. Filed under: Windows 10 | Tags: , |

ZDNet has a post: Supercharge Windows 10: Replacement apps that blow away standard Windows programs | ZDNet

Some of these are free, or have free versions, like Feedly and TeamViewer, which are also recommended by Computer Helpers!

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Windows 10 tip: Find out if your PC can run Hyper-V

Posted on December 21, 2016. Filed under: Everything, Windows 10 | Tags: , , |

ZDNet posts: The Pro and Enterprise editions of Windows 10 include Hyper-V virtualization software, but only if your CPU supports a few advanced virtualization features. How do you know if your CPU is up to the Hyper-V challenge? You just need to know where to look.

Source: Windows 10 tip: Find out if your PC can run Hyper-V | ZDNet

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Windows 10 tip: Create a full image backup using this hidden tool

Posted on December 21, 2016. Filed under: backups, Everything, imaging, Windows 10 | Tags: , , |

ZDNet posts: Do you miss the old Windows 7 backup tool? It’s still there, well hidden in Windows 10, and its most impressive trick is the option to create a complete image-based backup.

Source: Windows 10 tip: Create a full image backup using this hidden tool | ZDNet

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Windows 10’s ‘Quick Assist’ Built-in Remote Access App

Posted on November 9, 2016. Filed under: Everything, Windows 10 | Tags: , |

Dave’s Computer Tips suggests: Windows 10’s new built-in ‘Quick Assist’ desktop app allows you to remotely access any computer running Windows 10 1607 (Anniversary Edition)…

Source: Windows 10’s ‘Quick Assist’ Built-in Remote Access App | Daves Computer Tips

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How to Add Gadgets Back to Windows 8 and 10 (and Why You Probably Shouldn’t)

Posted on November 3, 2016. Filed under: Everything, Freeware/Shareware, Windows 10 | Tags: , , |

HowToGeek has a post: Desktop gadgets and the Windows Sidebar were a big hallmark feature in Windows Vista and Windows 7. But Microsoft removed desktop gadgets, and you won’t find them in Windows 8 or 10.

Source: How to Add Gadgets Back to Windows 8 and 10 (and Why You Probably Shouldn’t)

If you really want to restore the original desktop gadgets to Windows 10 or 8.1, you can use one of two third-party programs: 8GadgetPack or Gadgets Revived.

 

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How Secure Boot Works on Windows 8 and 10, and What It Means for Linux

Posted on November 3, 2016. Filed under: Everything, Linux, Windows 10, Windows 8 | Tags: , , , , , |

HowToGeek has a post: Modern PCs ship with a feature called “Secure Boot” enabled. This is a platform feature in UEFI, which replaces the traditional PC BIOS. If a PC manufacturer wants to place a “Windows 10” or “Windows 8” logo sticker to their PC, Microsoft requires they enable Secure Boot and follow some guidelines.

Source: How Secure Boot Works on Windows 8 and 10, and What It Means for Linux

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How to Use a PlayStation 3 Controller in Windows 10

Posted on November 3, 2016. Filed under: Everything, Fun, Hardware, Windows 10 | Tags: , , , , , |

WindowsReport has a post: Windows 10 is closely connected with Microsoft’s own Xbox One console, but there are some exceptions that could be made. For example, you can use Xbox’s bitterest rival’s joystick as your regular computer joystick, with the little trick I’m going to show you in this article. I know Microsoft will probably dislike this. So, if […]

Source: How to Use a PlayStation 3 Controller in Windows 10

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How to remove unwanted apps from Windows 10 (even though Microsoft doesn’t want you to)

Posted on October 18, 2016. Filed under: Everything, Techniques, Windows 10 | Tags: , , , |

TechRepublic has a post: Certain Windows 10 apps can’t be uninstalled the normal way–they have to be removed with PowerShell commands. Here’s how you do it.

Source: How to remove unwanted apps from Windows 10 (even though Microsoft doesn’t want you to) – TechRepublic

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Eight Lesser-Known Windows 10 Features and Settings Worth Exploring

Posted on October 18, 2016. Filed under: Everything, Techniques, Windows 10 | Tags: |

Gizmo’s Freeware has a post: There are many new features and settings in Windows 10 and much has been written about the major ones. However, there are also quite a few lesser-known additions and here are some that I think are worth pointing out. You will generally need administrator privileges to make system changes.

Source: Eight Lesser-Known Windows 10 Features and Settings Worth Exploring | Gizmo’s Freeware

Includes:

  • inactive scroll windows
  • command prompt functions
  • video recorder
  • print to PDF format
  • “sideloading” apps from non-Microsoft sources
  • check storage space used by apps
  • background app management
  • quick & easy shutdown/signout feature
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Windows 10 tip: Pin your favorite folders to the Start menu

Posted on October 18, 2016. Filed under: Everything, Macros & Shortcuts, Windows 10 | Tags: , , |

ZDNet has a post: Windows 10 includes a well-hidden option that gives you quick access to common folders. This secret shortcut list appears on the left of the Start menu. Here’s how to customize that list.

Source: Windows 10 tip: Pin your favorite folders to the Start menu | ZDNet

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Windows 10 tip: Create a perfect background for your desktop or lock screen

Posted on September 29, 2016. Filed under: Everything, Windows 10 | Tags: , , , , |

ZDNet posts: Personalizing your desktop background or lock screen has always involved a guessing game: Will your favorite personal photo fit the screen, or will it be stretched and distorted? A hidden feature in the new Photos app guarantees success.

Source: Windows 10 tip: Create a perfect background for your desktop or lock screen | ZDNet

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