How To Pin Command Prompt And PowerShell To The Quick Access Toolbar In Windows

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Windows is big on shortcuts and quick accessibility. Throughout the OS, you will see lots of ways to 'bookmark' frequent file locations, settings, and apps. Windows offers multiple options for how you quickly get to files; jumplists, the Taskbar, the Start Menu, the Quick Access bar, and regular shortcuts. It's not just apps, settings, and files that are easy to access. You can easily open Command Prompt at a particular location by holding down the Shift key and right-clicking on a folder. If you want to be able to access Command Prompt and/or PowerShell in a more convenient way, you can pin them both to the Quick Access bar. Here's how. Read More

How To Fix ‘No OpenGL Context’ Error When Running Minecraft In Windows 10

Minecraft is a game that isn't resource hungry. Unless you heavily mod it, it isn't going to need a very high end graphics card to run although the game might be sluggish on an older system. In Windows 10, you have two different types of installers for playing Minecraft. One is the usual Java based installer that we've been using for ages, and the second is the Windows Edition you can download from the Windows Store. The Windows Edition is still in Beta so users are more likely to stick to the Java based version. The Java version is slightly problematic though. Windows 10 users who upgraded from Windows 7 or 8 might be unable to play the game. They get the 'No OpenGL Context' error when trying to play the game. Here's how to fix it. Read More

How To Rename Cortana And Change The ‘Hey Cortana’ Phrase In Windows 10

Cortana is one of the more noteworthy features that were added in Windows 10. It's had it's problems but overall it works well enough. You can use Cortana by clicking the search button on the Taskbar, and then either typing in a question of speaking it. Microsoft has taken the 'Hey Siri' hotword command feature from iOS and implemented it for Cortana. You can enable the spoken command and invoke Cortana by saying 'Hey Cortana'. If you'd like to have a little fun with it, you can change what you call Cortana and how you invoke her with the help of a free app called MyCortana. Read More

How To Fix High RAM Usage By Game DVR Server In Windows 10

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Windows 10 has a feature called Game DVR. It lets you screenshot and record game play. The feature works through the Xbox app. The concept behind the feature is good since people make a living out of broadcasting game play. It only seems reasonable for the Xbox app to allow users to record game play. Unfortunately, the feature is problematic. It often fails to work and is a huge memory hog. If you have been experiencing a slow system that overheats or the fan running constantly even though you aren't using a lot of apps, Game DVR might be to blame. Here's how to determine if Game DVR is hogging memory on your system, and how to deal with it. Read More

How To Schedule Wi-Fi To Turn On Automatically After Turning It Off In Windows 10

You can turn Wi-Fi On/Off on just about any device that lets you connect to the internet. IoT devices don't have a dedicated interface for disabling Wi-Fi but phones and computers do. You might need to turn Wi-Fi off for any number of reasons and you will of course, do so consciously. Turning the Wi-Fi On or Off is, and always has been, something we do manually. There's no scheduling when Wi-Fi will be turned On or Off on a phone or desktop. Windows 10 is breaking away from that. It now lets you automatically turn Wi-Fi back On after a while. You still have to manually turn it Off as per your own need but Windows 10 will remember to turn it on again for you. The feature is only available in the Windows 10 Insider Build 14942 for now. Read More

Get An Alert When A New Windows Insider Build Is Released – IFTTT Recipe

The Windows Insider program releases new builds to two different channel or rings. The Fast ring is the first to get a new build while the Slow ring will often have to wait days, even weeks to get the same build. The new builds, when they're available, are supposed to download automatically. Other than the updates, the only way to know if a new build is available is to visit Microsoft's blog for Windows 10 or follow the right person on Twitter. If neither of these options suit you, you can just use an IFTTT recipe to configure alerts on your phone. We have just the recipe for it and we're going to show you how to make your very own. Read More

How To Search And Jump To Locations In The Windows 10 Registry

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The Windows Registry has not received any major updates in the past few years. There have been two major Windows versions released but no major improvement ever came to the Registry Editor. The reason it gets so little attention is probably because not many people use it. Power users tweak things in the registry often enough but they are in the minority. As of Windows insider build 14942 though, the Windows Registry is getting a search feature. It allows users to paste a path to a location instead of having to manually find it. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Hide The App List From The Start Menu In Windows 10

Microsoft has been playing with the Start menu and the start button in Windows since Windows 8. With Windows 10, it came to a reasonable compromise between the Windows 7 and Windows 8 UI. The Windows 10 Start Menu was popular with users until the Anniversary Update. The Anniversary Update revamped it so that an omnipresent list of all apps installed on your system appears in the Start Menu. Users did not like this change and have been looking for a way to remove it. They've also been providing feedback to Microsoft to the same effect. The Windows 10 Insider Build 14942 finally has a way to hide the apps list. Read More

How To Find Which App Is Dragging Down Your Internet Speed In Windows

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There is something about slow internet that brings out the worst in everyone. A slow connection is always a source of frustration. When you can't attribute slow internet to too many people using the connection, poor service, or that massive download you have in progress, it become all the more problematic. A slow internet connection with no real reason behind the slow speed is a far bigger problem. Fortunately, there is a very easy way to find out what is dragging your internet down through the Task Manager. Here's how. Read More

How To Change The Country In The Windows Store App

The Windows Store features both free and paid apps. When you download free apps, it doesn't really matter which country's store you are accessing. With paid apps, it is different. In order to purchase a paid app, you have to enter a payment method. This involves entering you billing address which includes your country. The country has to match that of your credit or debit card, or any other payment instrument. Unfortunately, the Windows Store app doesn't let you change the country. It is pre-selected for you with no option to change it. That doesn't mean it's impossible to change the country. To do so, you need to edit your region settings in the Control Panel. Here's how. Read More

How To Get A Tabbed Interface In Any App In Windows

There are very few apps that support a tabbed interface. It seems reasonable that apps like MS Word don't support a tabbed interface, yet at the same time, it would make it exceptionally easier to work with multiple documents if it did. TidyTabs is a little Windows app that lets you get a tabbed interface in just about any Windows app. The only exception is full screen apps which you cannot group into a single window. For everything else, you can group multiple windows of the same app into one. Read More

How To Show Or Hide App Badges On The Taskbar In Windows 10

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Apps icons on the Taskbar in Windows 10 can indicate new messages, events, or alerts via a little badge. The app needs to be running in order for the badge icon to appear so apps that are simply pinned to the Taskbar but not running will not show you a badge. The badge updates whenever the app receives a new alert or message. It's a pretty neat indicator of new activity that you can check without having to switch to the app. Here's how you can enable, or disable, it. Read More

How To Fix Windows 10 Volume Randomly Jumping To 100%

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The bugs in Windows 10 refuse to die. There are so many obscure bugs that even a year after Windows 10's release, and two major updates later, they are all yet to be resolved. One bug that plagues the audio on a Windows 10 system is the volume randomly jumping to 100%. All you need to do to trigger it, if it effects you, is to pause the audio playing in an app, switch to a different one and then back to the one which is playing audio. When you play it again, the volume is likely to jump to 100%. If you are experiencing this problem, there is a very simple solution to get rid of it. Here's what you need to do. Read More

How To Enable Push Notifications In The Mail App In Windows 10

Windows 10 comes with a default email client called Mail. The Mail app is very basic and if you've been using Outlook or Thunderbird in the past, you aren't likely to want to switch to this app. If you do need a basic email app to manage email though, Mail isn't bad. It can alert you when you have a new email, works with the Action Center, and can show how many new messages you have on the Lock Screen. If you have configured an email account with Mail, you might be wondering why you aren't alerted to a new email the second it arrives. The reason has to do with a little setting that decides how often the app checks for new messages. In order to get alerts the same time the emails arrive i.e. get push notifications, you need to change the account's sync settings. Here's what you need to do. Read More

How To Fix ‘Failed To Install’ Error For KB3194496 Update On Windows 10

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Windows 10 updates have long been problematic. Microsoft has been delivering automatic OS updates to users for years but it has had bad luck with Windows 10 updates. Both the two major updates as well as the OS update itself has given users issues both minor and serious. That isn't the only problem plaguing Windows updates. Often, updates fail to install and there are almost no trouble shooting options to address them. On September 29. 2016, Microsoft released KB3194496 for Windows 10. It's an update that is consistently failing to install for many users. If you suspect you might be having the same problem, there is one solution that might resolve it for you. Here's what you need to do. Read More

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

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