Identify USB 3.0 & Charging Ports By Looking At The Symbols Next To Them

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All USB ports are not created equal. USB might have become a universally accepted standard of connecting peripherals to your system but all USB ports found on your system aren't the same. Some are built to do things others aren't for example; you might have noticed that your phone charges faster when you connect it to a certain USB port and slower when you use a different one. While the slow charge might have to do with a problematic data cable, it might also be that you're connecting your phone to a slow charging USB port. What you need to do is connect it to the one specifically built to charge a device. Here's how you can identify the USB 3.0 and USB charging port on your system. Read More

Search Slack For Files By Type And Delete Them All

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Slack is possibly the most popular messenger app used today by teams small and medium sized. It's possible even larger teams use Slack given how well it understands messaging needs in the work place. One of the things I love about Slack is how easy it is to find files in a conversation and that's one of the areas I think it really beats out every other messaging service. Slack Deletron is a free web app built to make deleting files from Slack easier. It allows you to search files by type that you've shared or that are private, and delete them one-by-one, or all in one go. You can search files by type and at present Slack Deletron supports filters for images, PDFs, Google Docs, snippets, and zipped files. Read More

How To Automatically Close The Edge Browser When Windows 10 Opens It

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Microsoft is aggressively pushing the Edge browser on to users. With the present preview builds, it's undone the little hacks users had in place to route Cortana's searches through Google and their browser of choice. It's more or less a tug of war at present with Windows 10 insisting that anything that Cortana searches for be routed through Edge and users consistently saying No to it. For many Cortana is just a fast way to look search for an app but it will often turn a query into a web search and if you accidentally click it, Edge will open. Edge Blocker is a portable app that will automatically close Edge whenever it opens either by accident or by Windows. Read More

How To Enable And Manage AutoPlay In Windows 10

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We connect a myriad of devices to our computers; HDDs, SSDs, memory cards, phones, web cameras, etc. Windows can automatically detect them, find and install drivers, and set things up so we can use the connected device right away. It's a pretty awesome feature that makes most devices easy to use but Windows doesn't stop there. When you connect a device such as a memory card or external HDD it will open it and ask you how you want to access the device right away. This is the AutoPlay feature in work and it can get annoying especially if it pops up every time you connect a device or bring your system out of sleep with a device already connected. Here's how to enable/disable AutoPlay in Windows 10 and set the default AutoPlay action for an external drive and memory card. Read More

How To Add Apple TV’s Aerial View Screensaver In Windows 10

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Say what you want about Apple and it's products; they may be overpriced, over-hyped, and over-marketed but they are beautifully designed. It's hard to fault anything from hardware to software and it's often the amazing design that reels people into buying the products or giving them a try. It's hard to not want to check out something that looks so sleak. Apple has always made its products visually striking and this doesn't just go for the hardware or the apps it wants you to use but for everything you don't notice you're using such as a screensaver. The Apple TV has a truly breath-taking animated screensaver which shows aerial views of New York, China, San Francisco, etc. If you love the visual, here's how you can get the very same screensaver on Windows 10 using Aerial. Read More

How To Auto Adjust Volume For Headphones In Windows 10

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Windows, as far back as Vista, has been able to identify multiple audio input and output devices connected to a system. It lets you interdependently manage the volume for these devices and can change volume settings on the fly when a device is connected/disconnected. Windows 10 is no different but if you're headphones don't show up in the volume mixer this simply won't work. Windows 10 will detect the headphones as new hardware and sound will of course be routed through them but to manage them as a separate audio input/output device you need to add them first. Here's how. Read More

How To Configure A Pen & Tablet To Work With Windows Ink In Windows 10

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Windows Ink is an exciting new feature coming to Windows 10 in the Anniversary Update. The feature comes with three special apps that work with a digital pen and is meant for touchscreen laptops or tablets. The built-in apps feature post-it notes, a sketch pad, and a screen capture and annotation tool. You can use the feature to find more apps built to work with Windows Ink. If you don't have a touch screen laptop or a Surface tablet, you can still use Windows Ink with a regular pen and tablet connected to your laptop. Here's how to set it up. For this post we used a fairly old Wacom Bamboo pen and tablet and tested it out on Windows 10 Preview Build 14342. Read More

How To Add A Custom Screen Resolution In Windows 10

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Windows lets you select your display's resolution from a reasonably long list of resolution settings that you can pick out. Back in Windows 7 you had one recommended setting and one really low setting for your display and you could select other settings on the resolution slider in Control Panel. Windows 10 give you more options but if it isn't listing the optimal resolution for a connected display, or it isn't listing the one you want to use, here's how you can add it. Read More

Copy A Windows Store App Link To Your Clipboard In Windows 10

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When you open a link to a Windows app in your browser, it automatically opens the Windows Store app on both Windows 8 and Windows 10. There's an easy way to stop Chrome from doing that if it annoys you. The Windows Store app has its shortcomings the worst of which is how downloads often get stuck and you're unable to cancel and/or remove them from the queue. Another odd shortcoming that the app has is that it doesn't let you copy the direct link to an app. You have to go through apps like Mail or OneNote to get it which is a problem if you're trying to share the app over Facebook Messenger. Share Via Clipboard is a free Windows app available in the Widows Store that lets you copy the link to an app's store page to your clipboard and share it with anyone through an app of your choice. Read More

Automatically Make The Last Used Printer The Default One In Windows 10

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Windows has long had the ability to support multiple printers at once. You can have several printers configured to print from your system but you can have only one default printer. The default printer is the one all print jobs are sent to automatically even if it's offline. If you want to print from a different printer you have to select it first in the print dialogue and you need to do this repeatedly for every print job. MS Office offers a little relief in that it remembers the last printer you used and doesn't force you to make the selection over and over again. Windows 10 comes with a feature that allows you to retroactively set the last printer you used as your default printer. Here's how to enable it. Read More

How To Stop Apple Software Update From Popping Up All The Time [Windows]

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As a long time iPhone and Windows user, the only Apple app I've ever downloaded is iTunes and that too because there is no other way for me to add music to my phone. Unfortunately, Apple makes it a point to push the iCloud desktop app and QuickTime on to Windows users through the Apple Software Update app that anyone running iTunes is stuck with. The app pops up regularly telling you that updates are available and you can download these two apps. If you want to stick to just using iTunes and want Apple Software Update to stop badgering here's how you can make it stop. Read More

How To Bookmark A Registry Key In Windows 10

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The Windows registry lets you tweak features and UI elements that you can't otherwise. It's not an app the common user frequently needs but power users use it often enough. The registry editor isn't built for the average user and perhaps that's why its UI has rarely gotten much attention in terms of making navigation between folders easier. One of the many frustrating things about it is that an entire folder trees collapse when you select a different one. Navigating between different root folders is thus time consuming and annoying. If you repeatedly need to edit a particular registry key and want to be able to jump to it faster you can bookmark it in the Registry Editor by adding it to the registry favorites. Here's how. Read More

How To Disable Your WiFi Network When An Ethernet Cable Is Connected [Windows]

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When connecting to a WiFi network, Windows will always favor the strongest one available. If you're in range of several known WiFi networks, Windows will favor the one with the strongest signal strength and not the one that's faster or has fewer devices connected to it. Regardless of how strong a WiFi signal is, an Ethernet cable connection is almost always going to be better and Windows will favor it over WiFI connections in most cases. However, if your system refuses to favor the Ethernet connection over your WiFi network you can tell Windows to disable the connection altogether when it detects an Ethernet connection. Here's how. Read More

How To Turn On The Handoff Feature In Windows 10

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Many people are of the opinion that desktop systems will soon go extinct. It's a fact that people are using their smartphones and tablets more and more to do work they would normally need a desktop for. We're in that transition period where both desktops and phones and tablets are used for work and entertainment alike. With the threat of extinction desktops are evolving to stay relevant. Windows 10 has a really awesome handoff feature coming with the 2016 Anniversary Update which allows users to pick up work on their desktop from where they left it off on their mobile device. The feature will work for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone devices and it's already made an appearance in Preview Build 14332. Here's how to turn it On/Off. Read More

How To Show/Hide Taskbar On Multiple Displays In Windows 10

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The current state of Windows 10 is such that you have two different apps to manage settings; the Control Panel desktop app and the Settings app. Judging by the preview builds that Microsoft has been releasing in preparation for the Anniversary Update, the Control Panel is likely going to be phased out with more and more settings accessible from the Settings app. One new setting to have shown up in the Settings app is a dedicated panel for managing the Taskbar. Windows 10 has possibly the best multiple display support of all its predecessors and as of Preview Build 14332, you can now choose whether or not to show/hide the taskbar on multiple displays, and whether or not you want to show/hide app icons on the taskbar on a second screen from the Settings app. Read More

How To Save & View Sticky Notes With Windows Ink In Windows 10

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Windows ink is a new feature coming to Windows 10 in the Anniversary Update. Among other things, the feature will make it easier for users to interact with supported apps using a digital pen connected to the system. If you don't have a digital pen, Windows Ink isn't going to be of much interest to you but it does have an exceptionally awesome feature that you can and should check out. Windows Ink comes with a Sticky Notes feature. Unlike the sticky notes that existed as widgets in Windows Vista and Windows 7, these notes are part of the Windows ink workspace. You can create as many notes as you want and switch to the workspace to view them. The notes are not omnipresent on your scree like the widgets were in Window Vista and Windows 7. The feature has already made an appearance in Preview Build 14332. Here's how to use it. Read More

How To Turn On And Manage The Mobile Hotspot In Windows 10

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Windows 10 is going to be adding a whole host of very impressive new features come the anniversary update. With each successive preview build that Microsoft seeds to testers and developers we learn more about the upcoming changes that will be made. The Settings app has been improved exponentially and many new settings that have been added to it making it clear that more and more settings from the Control Panel will now be managed here instead. As of build 14332, you can now turn your Windows 10 system into a mobile hotspot without needing the NETSH command-line utility to set it up. The process is now as simple as toggling a switch. Here's how to turn on the mobile hotspot in Windows 10 and manage it. Read More

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