How To Remove An App From The Game DVR Game’s List In Windows 10

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The Xbox app in Windows 10 comes with a nice game play recording feature. You can use Game DVR to record just about any app you want to. It is in fact a pretty good stock option for creating a screen cast. To use Game DVR, hit the Win+G keyboard shortcut. If it's the first time you're recording a particular app, you will have to identify the app as a game before you can begin recording. It all takes less than ten seconds to start using. If you've accidentally identified an app as a game and want to exclude it from Game DVR's list, you might wonder where that particular option is. It isn't in the Xbox app's settings. Instead, it is a context aware setting that can only be accessed when you have the app open. Here's how to remove an app from the Game DVR list. Read More

How To Disable The Taskbar Thumbnail Previews In Windows 10

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When you have multiple windows of an app open in Windows 10, you can get a small thumbnail preview of each one. To do so, simply position the mouse cursor over the app's taskbar icon. This is something we often do unconsciously without second thought. This works with all apps. You don't have to click the icon or anything. If you move your mouse cursor to one of the thumbnail previews, you can take a peak at the window in all its maximized glory. The feature is pretty neat and older versions of Windows easily let you turn it On or Off as per your need. The same cannot be said for Windows 10. You have no choice regarding the hover preview as it's always On. If you prefer to disable it, you have to make a change in the Windows Registry. The change will make it so that no thumbnail preview appears when you hover the mouse over the app icon. If you click the icon, however, you will get a thumbnail preview. Read More

How To Enable Paths Longer Than 260 Characters In Windows 10

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Windows has long had a limit on how long a path it can support when it comes to running processes or accessing files. That limit is 260 characters. Any path that is longer than 260 characters needs to be trimmed down to be accessible. this involve moving files and folders around to shorten the path. With Windows 10 build 1607 and above, the limitation has now been lifted. You have to make a small tweak in the windows registry or the group policy editor to remove the limitation since it isn't removed by default. Here's what you need to do. Read More

How To Limit The Upload And Download Speed In OneDrive

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Cloud drives are great until they start syncing large files to the cloud or your desktop and consume all your bandwidth in the process. Very few cloud drives will let you choose the order in which to sync files, none let you specify a time when files should be synced since they prefer live syncing, and very few will let you limit how much bandwidth it can use when syncing files. Fortunately, OneDrive is one of the apps that let you limit its bandwidth usage. You can limit both the apps upload and download speed provided you're running build 17.3.6517.0809 or above of the app. Read More

Move Files From Downloads To A Different Location Based On File Type

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The Downloads folder can turn into a cluttered mess if you don't purge it regularly. Not only is a large Downloads folder difficult to manage, finding files in it is always going to be a problem. If you're looking to automate moving files from the Downloads folder to a more meaningful location, e.g. moving all images to the Pictures library, you can do so with a simple Python script. This script in question was developed by Reddit user grigby. It lets you choose the origin and destination folders to move files from/to. You can choose which file type will be moved to which folder making this one script work for multiple file types. Here's how to set it up. Read More

How To Use OneDrive To Search Images And Documents By The Text In Them

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OneDrive is built right into Windows 8 and 10. In fact, recent Windows 7 updates brought more or less the same experiences to the older OS. OneDrive offers a reasonable amount of storage space and given it's part of the OS, it has a few advantages over other cloud drives that have desktop apps for the platform. It also has a very neat feature; optical character recognition. It's what lets apps read text in images and documents that don't have editable text e.g. PDF files. Apart from OCR, OneDrive can search text inside a document or even a text file. This means the poorly named vacation photos in your camera roll and the documents that you didn't name correctly are easier to find based on their content. The search feature is available for both the desktop apps and the iOS and Android apps. Read More

How To Set Default Audio Output To 5.1 Surround Sound In VLC Player

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VLC player supports 5.1 surround sound provided you've got the right hardware and drivers installed. You also need your source audio/video to be compatible with 5.1 audio output. Given you have all that and VLC doesn't automatically play audio in 5.1 and instead just defaults to your stereo speaker settings you're not going to be able to get much benefit out of your superior speakers. The good news is that you can force VLC to always play audio in 5.1 surround sound. To set this as a default, you have to go digging a little deeper into VLC's preferences. Here's what to do. Read More

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