4 Visual Changes In The New Windows 10 Technical Preview Build

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Microsoft has released Build 9879 of the Windows 10 Technical preview and it's actually more buggy than the last one. As it was with Build 9860, some features originally revealed at the official unveiling of Windows 10 but not released immediately, have been enabled with this new build. Windows 10 is also under going what can best be described as an interface change though the changes are far less extreme and really just a reinforcement of the Modern UI. Four UI changes caught our eye are the new folder icons, the battery indicator on both the lock screen and in the system tray, the new hamburger style buttons on Modern apps, and the refined look of the Notification Center. Read More

5 Basic Excel Functions That Make Work Infinitely Easier

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Excel is the illiterate man's (and woman's) favorite data manipulation tool. The literate i.e. those that can code, don't need to worry themselves much about columns, rows, and the correct formula and its syntax because these wizards have their own devices. For everyone else, practically anyone in a management position, Excel is an essential work tool. Despite this, a lot of people, especially those just stepping into a job are often intimidated by it. In reality, if you learn Excel well enough, you can use it to keep time based records that update automatically, use it to store inventory, and even conduct surveys. That said, here are five very basic Excel functions that every beginner needs to know. Read More

How To View And Delete Cookies In Firefox Developer Edition

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Firefox has always been the go-to browser for developers. This preference comes as a result of Mozilla always considering the needs of developers as well as end users with each iteration of its browser. The company makes it a priority to provide the best development tools and in that endeavor, they recently launched the Firefox Developer Edition. This browser, in Mozilla's own words, is a browser for developers made by developers. It features amazing tools and needless to say, it isn't intended for the average user though developers can rely on it to work as a reliable browser when/if needed. Where the Firefox Developer Edition is somewhat familiar in the tools it provides, it's going to take some time to grow familiar with it all. If you've started using it you might have found that there isn't an obvious way to delete cookies. This post explains how you can view, edit, and delete cookies in Firefox Developer Edition. Read More

Everything You Need To Know About The Windows 10 Notification Center

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Notifications have been a part of the Windows OS for a good long time though up until Windows 8, they weren't even in the same league as those on OS X or even on our smartphones. Windows 10 refines them further so that you can review all notifications you've received in a single pop-up panel. The notifications can be turned off or muted on a per-app basis, or you can mute all notifications for a certain period of time. The notifications are interactive; if you save a new file, or download an app, clicking the notification that alerts you to the completion of either of those actions will open the file, or launch the app for you. Here is a quick run down of everything you can do with the new Windows 10 notification center. Read More

TakeOwnerShip Pro: Resolve ‘Cannot Delete’ And ‘Access Denied’ Errors [Windows]

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File and folder permissions on Windows are pretty great when they're working for you but when the OS suddenly decides to deny access to a folder on your hard drive even though you're logged in as the administrator, these very permissions become a problem, to say the least. You end up jumping through hoops trying to figure out why a file you created a short while back is no longer accessible to you. We've reviewed a number of utilities that help fix the 'Cannot Delete File' and 'Access Denied' errors, noteworthy of which is Unlocker. A new app in this same category is TakeOwnerShip Pro; it has a super simple interface and is compatible with all Windows versions from Vista to Windows 10. Read More

Windows 10 Virtual Desktop Shortcuts

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Following up on our post about Windows 10 shortcuts for snapping windows, we decided to explore one of the more exciting features in Windows 10, the virtual desktops. Windows is great when it comes to keyboard shortcuts so rest assured if someone were to go out hunting for a list of shortcuts for any feature, they won't be disappointed. So far as the Technical Preview of Windows 10 is concerned, we've found four helpful shortcuts that let you switch to the next or previous desktop from the current one, close a virtual desktop, open a new virtual desktop, or select the next or previous desktop when you have the multi-task view open. Read More

How To Snap Windows Using Keyboard Shortcuts In Windows 10

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Snapping in Windows 10 is very different than it was in Windows 8 and Windows 7. If you never made the jump to Windows 8, or if you decided to revert back to Windows 7 after you realized you didn't like Windows 8 one bit, snapping windows in Windows 10 will seem even more different. We touched on the feature, and how it works in our Windows 10 feature review. One major change with the Snap feature is that it doesn't just let you snap windows to one half or one quarter of the screen. Instead you have many more snapping options and more sizes to snap a window in. This guide details them all. Read More

Hiding The Mini Toolbar In Office 2013

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Microsoft got a lot of heat with Windows 8 and loyal Windows users were disappointed with the company's attempt at innovation since it ended up sacrificing two of the most iconic features of the OS but Microsoft and its products aren't all a result of trial and error. Take a look at Office 2013 and you can see the company gets a lot of things right in just the one go. The Office productivity suite has everything you could ever need to make a solid well-formatted document, spreadsheet, or presentation. What's more is that it also features many auto-fill options and helpful pop-ups to make formatting and composing a document or presentation easier. That said, one of the chief annoyances is the Mini Toolbar that pops up in all office apps when you select text. For some, this might be helpful but it appears over the text and there isn't an easy way to dismiss it. You can  however, disable it, if it annoys you. Here's how. Read More

Send A Window To A Different Virtual Desktop In Windows 10

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Windows 10 introduced virtual desktops. Microsoft is quite far behind in introducing this feature since both OS X and Ubuntu have had it for ages. We don't know just how cooked the feature is; whether it's out in its entirety in the current developer build, or if there is more to come with the final release. That said, the new feature is very welcome and we're hoping lots of third-party apps will be developed to help us get even more out of these desktops. Like virtual desktops on other popular operating systems, you can move apps between these desktops in Windows 10. The process is much more refined in Windows 10 and makes it easier to send manage multiple windows. Read More

Force Windows Apps To Open As Maximized

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One of my favorite Windows features  is window management. Specifically, the Snap feature is what I love. Windows 10 has improved it significantly for anyone working with a large monitor. Modern apps can also run full screen on the desktop. The snap feature is so popular that it causes envy among OS X users though they might not admit it. Apart from this very obvious and very awesome way to manage windows, the OS  offers a few obscure settings to manage windows better. If you''re looking for a way to always open an app with a fully maximized window, while wanting to make other selective apps open as normal sized and/or minimized windows, there is a simple trick to it that lets you do just that. Read More

ScreenToGif: Screencast GIF Making Tool With Powerful Editor [Windows]

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We did a post a few days back on tools for creating GIFsScreenToGif is a Windows app that has just caught our attention for all the right reasons and warrants its own review. ScreenToGif is a free executable utility that records a screencast and saves it as GIF. Unlike Recordit, it doesn't convert from an video format to a GIF, instead you record a GIF. You select the frame rate and the recording area, and when you click record, it starts to capture the GIF. You can manage the playback rate, and choose to loop it and if that isn't enough, the app also lets you add text to your GIF, insert title or image frames, and edit each individual frame. It is about as complete as a GIF making app gets and it's fast. Read More

New Features In Firefox 33 For Desktop And Android

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Firefox 33 is out for both Desktop and Android. You should be prompted to upgrade the next time you launch it and if you're a developer, you might want to upgrade right now. This latest instalment is a treat for developers with two new noteworthy features; a media sidebar in the Style editor and a paint flashing tool. End users will want to upgrade for the improved search functions and the more reliable session restore feature. Firefox for Android is also supporting the new Paint Flash tool for developers. For End users the new option to delete data when you quit the app is very promising as is the ability to stream video content to Chromecast and Roku.

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Windows 10: Toggle The Start Screen And Start Menu From The Desktop

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Windows 10 brought back the Start menu and at the same time made it so that we would never ever accidentally swipe-switch to the Start Screen ever again. We talked briefly about how to enable one and disable the other in our Windows 10 features post. To do so, you have to open the Taskbar properties where there is a dedicated Start Menu tab. The 'Use Start menu instead of the Start screen' option toggles them. When the change is made, you have to be logged out of your system for it to take effect. If you prefer a much faster way of doing it, consider the right-click context menu on your desktop. A user at TenForums has developed a script that lets you add a toggle option to the context menu. It makes a change in the Windows Registry so if you're weary of such things, you might not like this solution. With the script, a user does not have to be logged out for the change to take effect making this process exceptionally faster than the default method. Read More

4 Free Tools To Create High Quality Animated GIFs

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Yesterday, Imgur users were all fixated on Project GIFV. Imgur is now supporting bigger GIF files and it turns out they play much faster, much smoother, and are a better quality altogether. I'm guessing the people at Imgur realized how crazy its user-base is about GIFs and decided to give them something to really go nuts about. Now that you have the means to share bigger, better GIFs using the most popular image sharing service, the only question that remains is, how do go about creating a super high quality GIF? Here are four tools that let you create great GIFs from your desktop, using online videos, images on your computer, or your webcam. Read More

Everything You Need To Know About The Windows 10 Start Menu [Review]

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Windows 10 has brought back the Start menu and Windows users are all to familiar it but in Windows 10, it has a new look. It isn't just the old menu that we were all nostalgic about; once you begin using it you realize that the Start menu is a  comprehensive version of the Start screen and many features in it aptly reflect this. We've detailed all you need to know about this new Start menu below, what it has to offer, and what customization options are available. Read More

What’s New In Windows 10? We Cover 10 Features With Screenshots

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Mircosoft surprised a lot of people when it announced the  latest Windows instalment; the much anticipated Windows 9 that was expected to be announced had a surprising and very unexpected name; Windows 10. We can debate why Microsoft decided to skip a number but it will be pure speculation on our part. Instead, we took a look at the technical preview Microsoft made available through its Insider program. The new features sway more towards fixing everything wrong with Windows 8 and sees a very familiar feature, the Start Menu, make a comeback, complete with a facelift. Read More

Nugget Is A Command Line Download Utility With Virus Total Scan [Windows]

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Wary is how you would best describe me when it comes to installing unknown apps for Windows. Even the safest looking developers sometimes end up adding something extra in the EXE file so I make sure I scan these installers and executables using Virus Total and it has saved me plenty of pain and suffering. If you prefer downloading apps from the command line instead of through your browser and its download manager, or any download manager for that matter, consider giving Nugget a try. In addition to a being a command line download utility, it also scans the file using Virus Total so you don't have to do it manually. Read More

Master Password: Off-Line Password Generator & Vault For Desktop & Mobile

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In light of recent security leak scandals, people are beefing up security on their personal accounts to paranoid levels. Security is always at a premium and to serve that end there are numerous solutions available. Solutions that secure imagesindividual folders, apps (android and iOS) and even bookmarks. The irony of security is that security providers seem to want more of your personal information to improve security. In order to really secure certain online services, you can add anything from fingerprint verification to phone confirmation, implying that in case of a security breach, not only is your web service compromised, so is your fingerprint ID and your personal phone number. However, Master Password for Mac, Java desktop, iOS and Android (beta) makes it easy for you to remain secure without the hassle of memorizing any complicated strings. Here's how. Read More

New Features In Firefox 32 For Desktop & Android

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Firefox 32 for Windows, Mac, and Linux is out and with it comes a new version for Android as well. Both versions come with new features for end users and developers. One major change for end users using the desktop version is a new context menu that does away with the text based options and adds buttons for going back, forward, refreshing, and bookmarking a page. There have been the usual bug fixes and new CSS properties have been implemented. Android users once again get some UI changes. The new launch page has received a facelift and quick controls for clearing your browsing history have been added along with a nice auto-complete feature for the URL bar. Read More

Ultimate Settings Panel: One Click Access To Windows, Outlook, & Config Manager Settings

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With complex programs, the settings are equally complex. Developers try their best to optimally group the settings so that users can find the right one when they look for it but when a program is as complex as say, an email client, it's still complicated. Ultimate Settings Panel is a new portable app released by Techy Geeks that puts settings for Windows, Outlook 2010, Configuration Manager 2007 and 2012 in a neat list. Click any one of the items and it will open the configuration window for you. The application saves you the trouble of having to wade your way through menus, and sub-menus of options. to find the setting you're looking for Read More