How To Always Run PowerShell As Administrator In Windows 10

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PowerShell is a default component in Windows 10. Not only does it come packaged with the operating system but you can also replace Command Prompt on the Power User menu with PowerShell. Like it is with Command Prompt, you can run PowerShell as an ordinary user or as a user with administrator rights though there are few occasions when you need to use either of these tools without admin privileges. If you prefer PowerShell over Command Prompt and want a quicker way to open it with admin rights, you can modify its taskbar shortcut to always run as an Administrator. Read More

How To Remove Color From The Title Bar In Windows 10

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In 2015, months before Windows 10 was released many users were running the preview versions of the OS that Microsoft had made available to anyone and everyone interested in testing them out. The initial reviews were good but users still noted some things in the UI that they didn't like. One noteworthy complaint was that the title bars of all desktop apps were white. All windows had a very thin colored line around the border but that was about it. Users quickly set about to hacking their way to a colored title bar and Microsoft eventually enabled them again through a later update. We assume most users are happy now that they have their colored title bars back but if you liked those plain white title bars in Windows 10, here's how you can get them back. Read More

How To Run Linux Apps From Bash On Windows 10 [Guide]

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Ubuntu is coming to Windows 10. The Windows 10 Preview build 14316 lets you try it out. Ubuntu and Bash coming to Windows 10 is a big deal for developers simply because it means development will be considerably easier. The feature is still available only on the preview builds and we're testing the waters to see what it can do. The one question that does arise is can you run a Linux app on Windows 10 now that it has Bash and Ubuntu? The answer is yes and here's a complete guide on how to do just that. Read More

Use The Shift Key To Cycle Backwards Through Open Apps & Browser Tabs

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Windows makes switching between open apps really simple; every app that you have open can be selected and switched to by clicking on its icon in the taskbar, or if you're prefer using just the keyboard to navigate your desktop you can use the Windows+Tab or Alt+Tab keyboard shortcut to cycle through the open apps. It's pretty simple and one of the most commonly known keyboard shortcuts that make multitasking in Windows easy. This shortcut cycles through open apps in one direction and if you accidentally miss the app you intended to switch to, you likely cycle through all of them all over again to land on the right one. Here's how you can modify the shortcut with one key and cycle backwards to the previous app. Read More

How To Search The Text In Multiple PDF Files Without Opening Them

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PDF files are the standard format used to publish documents online. You'll find documents like annual reports, user manuals, research papers, academic studies, and even forms are distributed in in this format. If you often find yourself with a large number of PDF files and can't remember which one had a specific topic then you likely have to open each one and use the 'find in' function to look for it. If the files are one too many to browse, you will need a faster way to do it preferably one that doesn't require opening every single file. The solution lies with Foxit Reader. It's an incredibly popular PDF reader that lets you select a folder and scan every single PDF file inside it for a particular word or phrase. What's even better is that it supports nested folder search. Read More

How To Change The Bash Console Background Opacity In Windows 10

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When you first install Ubuntu and run Bash on Windows 10, the console window has a solid black background with white text. You can change the color of both the background and the text in much the same way you can with Command Prompt i.e., right-click the title bar and select Properties. Go to the Colors tab and you will be able to select a different color for the background and the text. There's one other trick you can do with the background; reduce its opacity. Here's how. Read More

How To Set Custom DPI Scaling Level In Windows 10

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Windows 10 has a serious DPI scaling issue and it hasn't gotten better. The November 2015 Windows 10 update made no improvements at all to it and many people struggle trying to read text with scaling enabled and/or disabled. When the feature doesn't work right for your display the best you're looking at is few apps with a blurred text problem. The worst you're looking at is system wide blurred text and there is little you can do to fix it. For some, the problem might resolve itself if they were able to freely set the scaling level. At present, the display settings only let you set the scale to 100%, 125%, 150%, and 175%. If you think there's a scaling level that resides between the preset levels that will look much better for your screen, here's how to set it. Read More

Capture Live & Still Photos From A Video With The Windows 10 Photos App

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Microsoft has updated the Photos app and added quite a few features with the update. Most of the more noteworthy features allow you to edit photos that have been taken from a Windows phone, one running Windows 10 but there's a pretty neat new feature that lets you save a photo still from a video. It lets you review a movie frame by frame and save the one you need. The quality of the photo is as good as the quality of the movie. The photos are in JPEG format but they are live photos. When you open them in the Photos app they will play. When you open them in a normal photo viewer they will be still images. Read More

How To Remove The Item Check Box In Windows 10

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When you hover the mouse cursor over an item in Windows 10, whether it's an icon on your desktop or a file you're looking at inside File Explorer you see a check box appear over it. Clicking the item once selects it and a check mark appears inside the check box to indicate the same. The icon is also highlighted like it used to be in Windows 7 to indicate a selected icon. Windows 10 basically has two different ways to indicate a selected item. If you find the check boxes are redundant or confusing you can disable them. Here's how. Read More

How To Selectively Sync Folders With Google Drive

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Google Drive is perhaps one of the strongest Dropbox competitors in the market right now. Being a Google product the app and its web version are just a bigger team for Dropbox to contend with. Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides are built to save documents to it. Given everything Google Drive has going for it, it might surprise you that up until a few days ago it lacked a very essential feature that Dropbox has had for ages; selective folder syncing. The feature basically lets you pick and choose which folders to sync to your desktop. As of a recent update, you can now select which folders are synced to your desktop when you first install the Google Drive app or you can select them later on. Here's how to do both. Read More

How To Tell Which User Installed Or Removed An App In Windows

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Windows logs just about every event that happens when someone is using it. The log isn't of much interest to the average user but for anyone troubleshooting an app or having trouble running a process, it's very useful. If you ever need to find out which user has installed or uninstalled an app on Windows the e event log is what you turn to. Here's what you need to do. Read More

Ten Best Features Coming To Windows 10 With The Anniversary Update

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The Windows 10 Anniversary update is going to bring some big features to the desktop operating system. Some of the more noteworthy features mentioned at Build 2016 included some serious improvements to inking and speech recognition, fingerprint and Windows Hello authentication for apps, and new emoji among others. There are of course other features both big and small that are going to be part of this update. Here are the ten most awesome ones to look forward to. Read More

How To Set Priority Levels For App Notifications In Windows 10

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Action Center in Windows 10 has a very different look. For one it makes reviewing notifications much easier and interacting with an app is through notifications is far more efficient. Action Center itself isn't a new Windows feature and as such doesn't have an infancy stage to go through. It came equipped with all the right features in July 2015 and Microsoft is still working to improve it. In Preview build 14316 there's a new feature that lets you set the priority an app's notifications have in the Action Center. Apps with a higher priority appear higher in the Action Center. Here's how to set app notification priority in Windows 10. Read More

How To Pin An App Window To All Virtual Desktops In Windows 10

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The virtual desktops in Windows 10 is a highlight feature of the OS but it doesn't exactly blow away the competition. It's a feature that's been implemented as basically as possible. The good thing is that since it's Windows, a developer will eventually come along and make something that supplements its features and makes it amazing. Microsoft isn't done with the feature though; the Anniversary Update that should come out this summer is going to be making some improvements to Virtual Desktops. In build 14316 one of the many new features up for testing is a pin app to desktop feature that allows you to pin an app window to all virtual desktops. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Check Which Apps Consume The Most Battery In Windows 10

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Windows 10 comes with a battery saver feature which will reduce background app activity, among other things, when it is enabled. The feature is meant for both Surface tablets and Windows 10 laptops and allows you to conserve the battery charge. You can set it to turn on automatically when your battery charge drops to a certain percentage. The battery saver mode disables all background activity for apps by default but it does let you add exceptions. When adding exceptions it's a good idea to know how much battery an app consumes before you allow it to run in the background. Windows 10 comes with a built-in tool to check battery usage on a per-app basis. Here's where you can find it. Read More

Increase The Start Menu & Taskbar Transparency In Windows 10

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Windows 10 allows you to toggle the transparency of the Start Menu, the Taskbar, and the Action Center. The transparency of these three UI elements is tied to one switch in the Settings app. To manage transparency, go to Personalization>Colors in the Settings app and turn it On/Off. The setting doesn't allow users to selectively apply transparency to one element while leaving the other a solid color nor does it let you select how transparent the Start Menu should be. You can still make the Start Menu and the taskbar considerably more transparent than it is by default by tweaking a registry key. Here's how. Read More

How To Get Ubuntu And Bash Running On Windows 10

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One of the biggest announcements made at Microsoft Build 2016 was that Ubuntu and Bash were coming to Windows. For the developer community, this is big news. The stable release of a Windows 10 version that supports bash isn't going to be out until summer but an insider build has already been released to the Fast ring that can download Ubuntu and run Bash. If you're wondering how you can get bash going and download Ubuntu on Windows 10, here's a simple guide. Read More

How To Switch To The Fast Ring In The Windows Insider Program

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Microsoft has made it incredibly easy for anyone to test out the beta builds for Windows 10. It regularly releases these builds to everyone who has joined the insider program via Windows updates. If you've joined the insider program you are probably aware that there are two release channels that Microsoft calls 'rings'. The Slow ring as its name signifies gets the latest build later while the Fast ring gets them much sooner. When you join the insider program, you are by default sent to the Slow ring. Here's how you can switch to the Fast ring and get newer builds much sooner. Read More

Add Tasks To Todo.txt From A Modern UI App & Sync It To Dropbox [Windows]

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You can use a simple text file created in Notepad to keep track of things you need to get done. By naming it todo.txt, and using the correct syntax you can track the things you need to remember and the things you've done from this list. If you find entering syntax is tedious give ActionText a try. It's a free Windows app that can add and tracks things you need to get done via the Todo.txt file. You can save the file anywhere you want including your Dropbox folder and have your list of to-dos sync to any device. Read More

How To Turn Your PC Into A Hotspot For Your WiFi Connection [Windows]

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Smartphones make it exceptionally easy to turn a data connection into a hotspot for others to connect to. If nothing else you can use it to connect your laptop to the internet. Turning your PC into a hotspot is a different story though. It's entirely possible but not as easy as it is on your phone. If you're looking for the simplest and quickest way to turn your Windows PC into a hotspot, Hosted Network Options is the way to do it. It's a free Windows app that will let you turn your system into a hotspot with little to no effort required. Read More