Quickly Open Your Favorite Websites When You Launch Edge In Windows 10

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As you may know that Windows 10 is shipping with a new browser; Edge. The new browser promises to be faster and is pretty much an attempt on Microsoft's part to get it's foot back in the browser game. So far, and because Edge is still only available in the Windows 10 Insider Preview builds, there aren't any extensions/add-ons available for it. The good news is that it comes with certain built-in features that, were you to use a different browser, you would need an add-on or an extension to get. Edge allows you to choose what it opens when you first launch the browser. This can be the New Tab page, a blank page, or a set of websites. Here's where you can set it up so that it opens your favorite websites. Read More

Hide Photos On OneDrive From The Windows 10 Photos App

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OneDrive has become an essential part of the Windows operating system in Windows 10. There is no getting rid of it and should you choose to not sign in to the app, it bombards you repeatedly with an alert to sign in. If you like OneDrive as a service and use it to back-up your files then this obviously isn't a problem for you although you might be surprised (or perhaps just annoyed) that photos you've backed up to and synced with OneDrive appear in the default Photos app. Here's how you can continue to back them up between systems but hide them from the Photos app. Read More

How To Hide The Task View Button From The Taskbar In Windows 10

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Windows has always had a task view and Windows users have used it for ages via the Windows+tab keyboard shortcut. This task view lets us cycle through all open windows (on Windows 7 & 8/8.1) and quickly switch to a different one. With Windows 10, the task view in addition to showing us all open windows, also shows us the desktops we have open and lets us switch to and open other virtual desktops. It's presence is made more apparent in Windows 10 with the addition of a dedicated button next to the search bar. The Windows+Tab shortcut still works perfectly though. If you aren't a fan of the task view button, and prefer to stick to your keyboard shortcut using habits, you can hide it from the taskbar. Here's how. Read More

Download The Windows 10 Hero Wallpaper In Any Color

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The latest Windows 10 build features a new wallpaper that users are loving. Normally, the default wallpapers on Windows (with the exception of the Windows XP wallpaper) aren't the kind that people normally go crazy over. That said, if you've seen the new wallpaper dubbed 'Hero' and would love to have it on your current system, there's a little app that not only lets you download the wallpaper, it lets you choose any color you like and gives you a 1080px image to download. Read More

Get Up To Four Virtual Desktops On Windows 7

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Not upgrading to Windows 10 but wishing you could maybe get one or two of its new features on your older Windows? If the feature you're pining for is virtual desktops, Virtuoz is a light-weight utility that can meet your needs provided they are fairly basic. It's a free app that lets you create up to four virtual desktops, and has keyboard shortcuts for quickly letting you switch between them. Update: Malware detected. Do not install. Read More

Get App Icons On The Taskbar When Windows 10 Is In Tablet Mode

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Windows 10, in a bid to win back users who weren't happy with Windows 8/8.1 did so without sacrificing the user experience for everyone who had bought and was planning on using a Windows tablet. Windows 8 was widely criticised to be 'built for tablets' with desktop users as an afterthought. Windows 10 not only caters to both desktop and tablet users, it does so without taking anything away from either of the two experiences. The tablet mode is easy to switch to from the notification center drawer and the switch to it is fluid. That said, if you've tried the tablet mode out, you may have noticed that all the pinned apps from the Taskbar disappear even though the multitasking icon and other buttons remain present. This is actually a feature and part of the switch to tablet mode but if it bothers you, you can still get app icons on the taskbar when in tablet mode. Here's how. Read More

Get The Windows 7 Start Menu On Windows 10 [Paid]

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One of the most anticipated things about Windows 10 is the return of the Start Menu. It's changed quite a lot over the year with each new Windows 10 build that Microsoft released and is now (as per build 10130) a pretty decent mix of the old Start Menu in Windows 7 and XP and the Start Screen introduced in Windows 8/8.1. It's being received well but there's a chance that some still might not warm up to it. With Windows 8/8.1, developers were quick to roll out solutions that gave users the much missed Start Menu. In Windows 10, these apps become redundant if all you want is the Start Menu. If however, you don't like the new look of it and would still prefer something closer to what you had in Windows 7, Startisback++ is the solution. It's a windows app worth $2.99 with a 30 day trial that brings the Windows 7 Start Menu to Windows 10. Read More

Turn Off Scroll Over Inactive Windows In Windows 10

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Windows 10 comes with a nice little feature it borrowed from OS X; when your cursor is positioned over an inactive window (regardless of which app the windows belongs to), you can use the mouse wheel or the trackpad to scroll the window up/down. The feature exists so that you don't have to switch between windows repeatedly and as far as OS X goes, it's quit popular. Windows users might respond to it differently though and if you find it creates more problems than it solves, here's how you can turn it off. Read More

Windows 10: Remove Widgets From The New Tab Page In Edge Browser

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Internet Explorer has finally gone the way of the dinosaurs and just about everyone saw that coming. That doesn't mean Microsoft has left the browser wars or that it's actually dead. Microsoft has rolled out a new, rebranded, browser and it's called Edge. It's going to be released with Windows 10 and has a whole host of amazing features. The New Tab page in Edge has a speed dial feature that shows frequently visited sites, as well as suggested news content and widgets for the weather and scorecards for on-going sports events. The news and widgets are slow to load and can at times render the New Tab page unresponsive for a second. If you aren't a fan of the news or the widgets, here's how you can turn them off. Read More

Install An App APK On Your Android Device From The Desktop [Windows]

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One of the things I'm most envious about when it comes to Android is the ability to initiate an app download from the desktop version of the Google Play store and remotely install an app to any Android device associated with my account. I would kill to have something like that on iOS. Pure APK Install is a new Windows app from Pure APK; a service that lets you download app APKs from the Google Play store. The app works independently of its own service and lets you install any APK file on your system to your Android device. You don't need root access and you can choose whether an app is installed to the external storage or the device's internal memory. For anyone who has trouble downloading and installing apps on their device, Pure APK Install is a simple solution. Read More

Get Recently Opened Items On The Taskbar Without Pinning Them In Windows 10

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The Taskbar is a long running feature of the Windows operating system and it survived Windows 8. It's where we multitask, switch between apps, pin our frequently used apps and, come Windows 10, it's how we will add new virtual desktops. Basically, the Taskbar was really important before but now it's going to get a whole lot busier. Choosing which apps appear on the Taskbar is tricky; you don't want a cluttered mess of app icons that overflow into a jump list and yet you still want to be able to access your frequently used apps. Windows 10 comes with a really awesome feature that automatically adds your more recent apps to the Taskbar and continually updates the list. This means you don't have to choose between which apps to pin but you will always have the apps you're currently working with the most on the taskbar. Here's where you can turn the feature on. Read More

Pin Your Favorite Websites To The Windows 10 Start Menu

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A few days ago we touched on how you can pin your frequently used settings to the Start Menu in Windows 10. Doing so makes for faster access and will obviously be a time saver while you get used to the new Settings app. For those of you who have been keeping up with news about Windows 10, you might know that Internet Explorer as we know it is no more. When it ships at the end of July, Windows 10 will come with the new rebranded and much improved Edge browser (previously called Project Spartan). The new browser comes with lots of great new features including one that lets you pin you favorite apps to the Start Menu, much like you can with settings. Here's how it works. Read More

Transfer Music & Videos To Your iPhone Without iTunes [Giveaway]

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For as long as I've loved the iPhone, I've hated iTunes with a vengeance. I've searched for a lot of solutions, any way to circumvent iTunes and painlessly transfer music from my PC to my iPhone but most solutions I've encountered were so complicated it was better to stick to iTunes. Meet WALTR; an app for both Windows and Mac that lets you send music and video files to your iPhone (or iPad) without needing iTunes and without having to jailbreak your iPhone. The files go to the native music and video apps on your device and play normally as if you had sent them using iTunes. What's more is you don't have to worry about the file format because WALTR supports a lot of them and takes care of any conversion that may be needed. You need only connect your device to your system with the charging cable, drag & drop the files, and in a matter of seconds they will be sent to your device. WALTR is a $30 app with a fourteen day trial and the developers have generously shared 3 licenses to give away to our readers. Update: The giveaway is now closed. Winners will be announced shortly. Read More

Set The Start Menu Color Based On Your Desktop Background In Windows 10

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As far as build no 10130 goes, Windows 10 has seemingly removed the ability to set any color as your desktop background and is instead limiting you to choosing one of the presets. That said, there's a really neat feature for setting the best color possible for the Start Menu based on the image you have as your wallpaper. Unfortunately, it's positioned so you're more likely to find it by accident instead of on purpose but the feature itself sets it up so that the Start menu will be more visually appealing. Here's where you can turn it on. Read More

View Which Apps Have Access To Your Webcam In Windows 10

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Microsoft has really revamped how it presents settings to users and if you've been using the various preview builds that have been released this past year you might have noticed that the company is making a concentrated effort to simplify things. You have the Settings app where you can find most feature settings that an average user might need but the control panel is still alive and well for anyone looking to dig deeper. In Windows 10, an app needs your explicit permission before it can access your camera (or microphone) and the new settings app provides a very simple way to manage which apps have access to the camera. You can easily edit the list and revoke permissions for an app with a few clicks. Here's how. Read More

How To Sideload Apps In Windows 10

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Microsoft has finally seen the utility an app store; a certified place where users of its desktop and/or mobile operating system can find apps that are safe to download and do not come packaged with bloatware. An official app store helps developers as much as it helps ordinary users since it gives them a place that many users will turn to when searching for an app. They audience they get can help introduce their seemingly obscure apps. That said, Windows users are in a transition phase; we love the Windows Store but we're not quite used to being limited to one place for installing our apps. Anyone who wants to sideload a modern app will be met with a bit of a snag since Windows 10, by default, doesn't let you do so. Fortunately, it hasn't blocked that ability and for whatever reason you might have to sideload an app, here's how to do it. Read More

How To Turn On Developer Mode In Windows 10

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Windows 10 is not yet available for general consumers. The current builds available from Microsoft are test builds aimed at seeing how users are responding to the features that are going to be part of the final version and also to gain feedback about what works and what doesn't. You might be surprised to learn that while the builds are notorious for not being user ready, plagued with bugs, and carrying the general advice tag that they shouldn't be used on your main system, they are not in fact geared towards developers. When you install one of the builds, you run it in normal mode. In order to turn on developer mode, you need to tweak a little setting. Here's where to look for it. Read More

Change The Default Drive For Installing Modern App In Windows 10

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A few days ago we discussed how you can move an already installed Modern app to a different drive. Apps installed from the Windows Store by default are installed in the C drive and you do have the option to move them to a different drive later without having to go uninstall and reinstall them. If you want to change the installation location for all apps that are downloaded from the Windows Store so that you don't have to move them later, here's the setting you need to tweak to do it. Read More

Hide Windows/Apps Open On Other Virtual Desktops From The Taskbar [Windows 10]

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Better late than never, Windows is finally getting virtual desktops. It's a feature that both Linux and OS X have had for quite a few years now. With Windows 8/8.1 Microsoft was too busy destroying it's much loved Start menu to pay attention to the feature but come Windows 10 you will have virtual desktops that you can use to organize your windows and workflow. That said, by default, the taskbar will shows indicators for all windows that are open across all desktops. If you have Chrome open on Desktop 1 and are currently working in Desktop 2 the Chrome icon will appear in the taskbar. Here's how you can limit it to showing only those that are active on the current desktop. Read More

Add Shortcuts To Windows Libraries To The Start Menu In Windows 10

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The Start Menu in Windows 7 has links to your libraries; Documents, Music, Videos, etc. While Windows 10 is bringing back the beloved Start Menu that was killed in the previous version of Windows, it's doing so with monumental differences (read improvements). In the process, it's removed links to your Windows libraries. Fortunately, they aren't gone and Users can customize which libraries appear on the Start Menu. Here's how. Read More