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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Extract The Licence Keys From Your Installed Software

Posted on November 9, 2016. Filed under: Everything, Security, Techniques | Tags: , , , |

Gizmo’s Freeware has a solution: You know the problem. A program is misbehaving on your computer so you decide to fully remove it and then reinstall it. But although you have the installation CD, or you can download the installer from the vendor’s web site, you can’t find the installation key that you paid for. So you’re unable to reinstall the program.

Source: Extract The Licence Keys From Your Installed Software | Gizmo’s Freeware

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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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How To Make Windows 10 Look and Feel Like Windows 7

Posted on June 27, 2016. Filed under: Everything, Techniques, Windows 10, Windows 7 | Tags: , , |

Not everyone gets used to the new Windows 10 interface. If you want to use Windows 10 and it’s new features (or have to use Windows 10 for various reasons) but would be happier with the Windows 7 interface, then this article is a must read.

Source: How To Make Windows 10 Look and Feel Like Windows 7 | Gizmo’s Freeware

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How to disable Windows 10 Start menu ads

Posted on May 16, 2016. Filed under: Everything, Windows 10 | Tags: , , , , |

ZDNet posts: Windows 10 users can look forward to seeing twice the number of ads for apps in the Start menu once Microsoft releases the Anniversary Update this summer [2016]. If you’re not into such things polluting your Start menu, here’s how you can make them go away.

Source: How to disable Windows 10 Start menu ads | ZDNet

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Seven tips for using Google+ Community features

Posted on May 21, 2013. Filed under: Google, Techniques | Tags: , , , |

TechRepublic has Seven tips for using Google+ Community features.

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How To Fix Write Protection Errors On a USB Stick

Posted on May 16, 2013. Filed under: Files, Flash drives | Tags: , , , , , , |

How To Fix Write Protection Errors On a USB Stick is a set of steps to take if you find you can’t get into your own USB flash drive or certain files on it.

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Android Encrypted User Profile Howto

Posted on February 9, 2012. Filed under: Android | Tags: , , , |

Android Encrypted User Profile Howto is one user’s method to set up multiple user profiles on an Android device.

The device used was a rooted (full Android) Nook Color, but the author expects this method should work on other Android devices.

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Skip Past the Boring Intro on YouTube Videos with the Wadsworth Constant Bookmarklet

Posted on November 7, 2011. Filed under: Techniques, YouTube | Tags: , , |

Lifehacker cuts out the intro when you Skip Past the Boring Intro on YouTube Videos with the Wadsworth Constant Bookmarklet.

Using this technique, you can cut out the first 30% of a YouTube video (say, the advertising part) and play it from there.

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Five tips for customizing the Office 2010 Ribbon

Posted on November 7, 2011. Filed under: Microsoft Office Suite, Techniques | Tags: , , , , , , , |

TechRepublic has Five tips for customizing the Office 2010 Ribbon.

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Taking better notes in Zotero

Posted on October 11, 2011. Filed under: Techniques | Tags: , , |

ProfHacker covers taking better notes in Zotero.

From the post: “What I do now is make a standalone note for each thought or piece of evidence. But I also make the note a related item of the source from which I got the idea. You can see in the screenshot below that this standalone note is related to a book.”

Zotero standalone note

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Build a complete Windows 7 safety net

Posted on October 3, 2011. Filed under: backups, imaging, Techniques | Tags: , , , , |

Windows Secrets tells you how to Series: Build a complete Windows 7 safety net using the built-in backup and imaging functions.

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Windows Explorer Command Bar hack

Posted on September 6, 2011. Filed under: Techniques, Windows 7 | Tags: , , , , , , , |

TechRepublic shows how to hack the Windows 7 Windows Explorer Command Bar for more capabilities.

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Using Naxos on iThings

Posted on September 4, 2011. Filed under: Apple, Music, Techniques | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The Pegasus Librarian has step-by-step instructions on Using Naxos on iThings such as iOS devices: iPhones, iPads, iPods.

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Five tips for restoring an unbootable hard drive

Posted on September 3, 2011. Filed under: Hardware | Tags: , , |

TechRepublic has Five tips for restoring an unbootable hard drive.

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Recovery: the last step in total data security

Posted on August 29, 2011. Filed under: backups, Techniques | Tags: , , , |

Windows Secrets has Recovery: the last step in total data security.

This covers how to get specific data out of your backup files.

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Get Outlook to default to the address book you choose

Posted on August 29, 2011. Filed under: Microsoft Outlook, Techniques | Tags: , , |

TechRepublic tells how to Get Outlook to default to the address book you choose.

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Tame a new system’s hard-drive bloat

Posted on August 29, 2011. Filed under: Microsoft Windows, Windows 7 | Tags: , , , |

Windows Secrets has advice on how to Tame a new system’s hard-drive bloat.

Running out of room already?  This covers what you can and cannot afford to remove from your hard drive.

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How do I allow Windows 7 users to run only specific applications?

Posted on May 2, 2011. Filed under: Windows 7 | Tags: , , , , , , , |

TechRepublic has instructions on How do I allow Windows 7 users to run only specific applications?.

The answer is the Group P0licy Editor, or gpedit.msc

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Remove unneeded OpenWith Apps

Posted on May 2, 2011. Filed under: Files, Techniques, Utilities | Tags: , , , |

TechRepublic has instructions on how to Remove OpenWith Apps from your right-click Context Menu.

Windows takes a best guess on what program you want to open a file with, but you can guide it more precisely with the right-click Context Menu line “Open With” and specifying the correct program.  Fewer programs for any given type of file make it easier for Windows to guess, and quicker for you to select.

This requires editing the Registry, so be careful!

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