How To Set Different Wallpapers For Virtual Desktops In Windows 10

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Windows 10 has a new Settings app that handles the more commonly used settings a user might need to change. This includes personalization settings which can no longer be accessed from the Control Panel app. The transition from Control Panel to Settings app hasn't been smooth with users needing to jump through quite a few hoops if they want to set a different wallpaper on multiple desktops. Thankfully, it's still doable which isn't something that can be said for virtual desktop. With virtual desktops, you can only set one wallpaper and it will appear on all of them. Win 10 Virtual Desktop Enhancer is a little app that looks to fill this gap. It lets you set different wallpapers for different virtual desktops. It also adds a little icon in the system tray to let you know which desktop you're currently on. Read More

How To Fix The Webcam Freezing And Crashing In Windows 10

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The Windows 10 Anniversary Update was a major update and where it came with some major features, it also came with quite a few problems. Noteworthy among the problems with the update is the camera constantly freezing and crashing. The default Camera app, as well as other apps that need to use the camera are both freezing or crashing on launch. If you're experiencing this bug, it isn't going to just go away. It's a result of a change Microsoft made to how it decodes the video stream. Not everyone is experiencing the crashes but if you are, a registry edit is the only way to fix it. Here's what you need to do. Read More

Is It Safe To Copy/Paste Passwords From Your Clipboard?

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Passwords, whether they're for an online service or for our local Windows account, need to be guarded carefully. A leaked password can often help anyone with malicious intent guess what your other passwords might be. People who use important numbers like their birthdays in their password put themselves at even greater risk. General safety protocol says you shouldn't use the same password for multiple accounts, nor should you write it down anywhere it can be found easily. Many people resort to using password vaults i.e. services like LastPass so they don't have to write passwords down or bother to remember them. For the most part a password vault is a safe and secure way to store passwords unless of course users compromise security by copying passwords to the clipboard. The clipboard is a Windows feature that every single app on your system has access to. There is no way to filter out which apps can and cannot access content on the clipboard. If you've installed a malicious app on your system then copy/pasting passwords to/from your clipboard is a security risk. Read More

Cortana Can Show Lyrics For The Current YouTube Video In Edge In Windows 10

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Microsoft has integrated Cortana into other Windows 10 apps and features after the Anniversary Update. Many users find Cortana underwhelming. It hogs system resources quite a bit so people prefer to turn it Off and search their computer the same way they've been doing it for ages before Cortana existed. Even if you have Cortana turned Off, i.e. you aren't using voice commands to search your system, get traffic and weather updates, or create reminders, some features of its features still work. One such feature is integrated in Edge and it works exclusively on YouTube. Open a music video on YouTube in Edge, and Cortana can get the lyrics for you. You can pin the lyrics next to the video and sing along to your favorite song (preferably in an empty room). Read More

How To Find Which App Is Using Your Webcam [Windows]

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Controlling which apps can access your webcam is pretty simple in Windows 10. You can easily edit the list and revoke an app's access to your webcam if you feel it isn't safe. Windows 10 explicitly has you grant apps access to your webcam so you're safe for the most part. Of course, this is for the good, trustworthy apps that have verified publishers or that come from the Windows Store. Apps that are malicious or that you might have unknowingly downloaded when downloading other apps are an entirely different story. If you suddenly find the little light next to your webcam turned On but can't figure out which app is using it, there's a very simple way to track it down. It requires an app called Process Explorer and the built-in Device Manager. Here's what you need to do. Read More

How To Disable Tab Previews In Microsoft Edge In Windows 10

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In Windows, when you hover your mouse cursor over an open app's Taskbar icon, you can see a thumbnail preview of whatever it is you have open in it. This works great when you have multiple browser windows open. The thumbnail preview tells you what's open in the active tab in that particular window. Microsoft has added a very similar feature to Edge. When you have multiple tabs open in Edge, you can hover your mouse over a tab and see a thumbnail preview of the page you have open. You might find it useful, or you might find it useless. If it's the latter, a simple change to the registry can be made to turn it Off. Read More

Fix The Downloads Folder Taking Too Long To Open In Windows 10

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The Downloads folder in Windows 10 is the default location all browsers save files to when you download them. Any app that needs to save files from the internet will use this same location including torrent clients and download managers. Many apps and browsers will often let you open a downloaded file from their own interface e.g. you can click a completed download on the downloads bar in Chrome to open it, or you can open the folder the file has been saved to. You do have the option to change the save location to a different folder but most people stick to the default settings. If you're using the default Downloads folder but find that it takes exceptionally long to open, whether from your browser or from File Explorer,  then here is a simple fix you can try to get it to open faster. Read More

How To Link Your Windows 10 License To Your Microsoft Account

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When you install Windows 10 on your PC, you are asked for a license. The OS itself can be downloaded from Microsoft via the Media Creation Tool however, it requires activation. If you bought a new PC that came with Windows 10 installed then you have an OEM license i.e. it is tied to your motherboard. OEM licenses are nearly impossible to lose unless you change your motherboard. A clean installation will go through smoothly and Windows 10 will automatically find the product key without needing your input. A soft key which is one you buy online and is not hardware specific i.e. not tied to your motherboard is far easier to lose. If you misplace the file with the product key, you won't be able to activate Windows 10 after a clean install. To help users prevent losing their licenses, Windows 10 Anniversary Update lets you connect your Windows 10 license with your Microsoft account. If you lose your license, you can simply add your account to Windows 10 and it will activate the OS. Here's how to connect it now so you can benefit from it later. Read More

How To Exclude Files & Folders From Cortana Search On Windows 10

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Cortana can search for files in Windows 10. It is more or less the same Windows Search feature that you've used in older versions of the operating system but with some improvements and a few UI based filter options. Cortana gives you a little more to work with than Windows search did. For example, if you're searching for an image, it will show you a nice thumbnail preview of all matches so that it's easier for you to pick out what you need. At present, Cortana's search isn't the greatest. We say it's like Windows search but the experience is certainly diminished often giving poor and irrelevant results when you search for files. If you find Cortana is repeatedly listing files that you would prefer never show up in search you can disable it from Windows file and folder indexing and hide it from Cortana. Here's how. Read More

How To Send A Location Update To A Skype Group Conversation

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IFTTT is a web service that lets you connect different services together to create a trigger based action. The service has been around for quite some time and is still one of the most unique services on the web today. It works with apps, services, and even devices that have open APIs. A simple text from your device can set your smart thermostat On or Off. Skype has just joined the IFTTT foray and if you have the IFTTT app installed on your iOS or Android device, you can create a recipe that will send a message to a Skype group conversation when you enter a particular location. Read More

How To Get The Windows 10 Anniversary Update Now

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update is going to roll out slowly but we're the anxious type and waiting is hard. Naturally, this means we're going to look for ways to force-get the update. There are rumors floating around that if you download the Media Creation Tool and download the Windows 10 ISO via this tool, you will get the latest version complete with the Anniversary Update. This method worked with the November 2015 update but it isn't working for everyone with the Anniversary Update. Fortunately, Microsoft has you covered. Here's how you can get the update now. Read More

How To Apply Prisma Filters To Photos From The Desktop

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Prisma is an iOS and Android app that applies breathtakingly beautiful filters to your photos. The photos come out looking like works of art. The app boasts of an AI that analyzes and applies the filters to photos to create the visually stunning works of art. Prisma had quickly become popular and you have likely seen a ton of the photos created by Prisma users in your Instagram feed. If you want to use the app from your desktop though there is no official app for it. What you need to look for is a work-around which is just what we have. Prisma bot is a Telegram bot that will let you apply Prisma filters to a photo from your desktop. You don't need to have Telegram installed on your system. The web version of Telegram works just as well but you do need to have an account on Telegram. Here's how the bot works. Read More

How To Cast Your Android Screen To Windows 10 PC

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The Chromecast has made Android phones exceptionally more powerful. If your Android device has built in support for casting its screen then a Chromecast will work wonders with it. The Chromecast is great if you want to project your phone's screen to a monitor or TV but if you're looking to project it to the desktop, you have very clunky options available in most cases. There is of course a much easier way to do it and it's built into all Android devices with the Cast option. All you need is Windows 10 with the anniversary update or a preview build of the update. The anniversary update includes a new app called Connect which will let you cast your Android, and Windows Phone screen to your desktop. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Screenshot Individual UI Elements [Windows]

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Taking screenshots is such a basic need that operating systems include a basic tool for it by default. On top of that, for anyone that needs a screenshot tool to do more than just capture what's on the screen, there are lots of free screenshot apps to choose from. The screenshot niche is cluttered and you'd think there isn't any feature to add to a screenshot tool that hasn't been added yet. Meet Snipaste, a free Windows app that can screenshot individual UI elements. Much like screenshot tools can detect the current active window, this app can detect and expertly screenshot UI elements like the taskbar or the individual icons in the taskbar or system tray. Read More

How To Enable The Properties Bar In File Explorer In Windows 10

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The File Explorer in Windows 10 is more or less the same as it was in Windows 8/8.1. The same can't be said if you were to compare it to Windows Explorer in Windows 7. The interface has changed quite a bit if you compare the two and the changes are mostly for the better. Overall, it's an improvement making several things, such as showing/hiding hidden files much easier. One change that you might not feel so great about though is the properties ribbon that is now gone. The properties bar appears at the bottom of Windows Explorer in Windows 7 and it gives you quick information about a selected file. You now only have the preview pane which doesn't fill the gap. The good news is restoring the Properties bar is very simple. All you need is a free app called OldNewExplorer. Read More

How To Join A Team In Pokemon Go

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Pokemon Go players have the option to join teams. Unless you join a team, you won't be able to join a gym and train your Pokemon. If collecting them is all you want to do, you can sit teams out but you're missing out on more than half the fun of the game. If you've just started playing Pokemon Go, you can see on your profile that the 'Team' section is empty and tapping it appears to do nothing. There are no options for selecting a team and no directions at that either. Here's a brief walk through on how to pick and join a team. Read More

The Free Windows 10 Upgrade Offer Expires In 15 Days

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Windows 10 was offered to both Windows 7 and Windows 8 users as a free upgrade but the upgrade had an expiration date and that date is now only two weeks away. The free upgrade expires on July 29, 2016, a good three days before the Anniversary Update is set to be rolled out. If you were holding out for the Anniversary Update before you decided to upgrade, that is not an option. The Anniversary Update is going to resolve a lot of bugs and introduce several new features including Windows Ink but with this update there is no try before you buy option. If you're curious about the feature(s), try running a preview build. If you're concerned about system stability, there isn't much you can do except upgrade to Windows 10 now and downgrade it later if the OS isn't running smoothly. Read More

How To Remove The ‘Sent From Mail For Windows 10’ Line

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Windows 10 marked a shift in how Microsoft promotes its products. It's gotten quite aggressive with it going so far as to install an app called 'Get Office' on Windows 10. The app periodically reminds you to try Office 365. Windows 10 employs other, more subtle, ways to push its products on to users one of which comes in the form of the default signature in the Mail app. The Mail app is awesome in itself but if you never bother to edit the default signature and used it out of the box, you have been sending everyone you emailed a link to the Mail and Calendar Windows Store page. Here's how you can remove it. Read More

How To Strip All Formatting From Clipboard Text With A Keyboard Shortcut

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Desktop clipboards are reasonably smart; you can copy both text and images to the Windows clipboard and paste to any app that supports it. The clipboard can retain not just the text you copy but also any and all formatting applied to said text. For example, if you copy the anchor text of a link and paste it inside Microsoft Word or Google Docs, the text will be pasted as linked text. Likewise, when you copy text that is bold, underlined, or highlighted, you can be sure the formatting will be retained on the other side. If this is inconvenient for you and you'd much rather prefer to strip the text of all formatting without having to jump through too many hoops i.e. paste in Notepad first, Plain Text Clipboard is a free Windows utility you should check out. It strips all text of formatting with a simple keyboard shortcut. Read More

How To Import Notes & Notebooks From Evernote To OneNote

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The price tag on Evernote Plus and Premium plans has just gone up. Evernote is one of the most popular note taking apps available today and it's been around for quite a while now with a considerably large user base. Not only has the service just raised the price on its paid plans, it's also restricted the number of devices that can be shared on a single account on the free plan. If you're looking to jump ship to a different, more affordable service like OneNote your primary concern will be retaining all your current notes and making sure you don't have to organize them all over again. Fortunately, Microsoft has a simple tool that lets you do all this. The Evernote to OneNote import tool was released in March of this year and is still in Beta but it works like a charm. Read More