How To Change The Default Downloads Folder Path In Windows

Every Windows installation comes with a  few default libraries and folders. The system adds these for each individual user. It also adds a few default locations for saving files. The Screenshots folder in Windows 10 is a good example of such a folder. You can take screenshots in Windows 10 via the Win+PrntScrn key and they save to the Screenshots folder. Another auto-folder in Windows is the Downloads folder. This is where apps download files to by default. You can select a different location for saving files but it doesn't change the default downloads folder path in Windows. Here's how you can do that. Read More

How To Set Different Resolutions For Multiple Monitors In Windows 10

When you connect a second display to your PC, Windows 10 automatically sets the same resolution for it as the primary display. If both displays are the same size, this isn't a problem. If one of them has a higher resolution than the other, it is a problem. Unless you fix the resolution set for both monitors, one will always look bad. If nothing else, you won't be getting the best out of at least one of your monitors. Windows 10 lets you set different resolutions for multiple monitors. It just doesn't make it easy or obvious how it's done. Windows 10 removed the wallpaper and display settings from the Control Panel app and moved them to the Settings app. The Settings app is a simplified version of basic settings but it complicates how you set different resolutions for multiple monitors. Here's what you need to do. Read More

Fix Steam Needs to Be Online to Update Error [Windows]

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Steam launched in 2003 with Valve's Half-Life 2 as a first of its kind digital delivery service. The idea of digital content soon became so popular that Steam became the go-to store for gamers around the world. Today, the Steam model is being used by major companies like EA's Origin Store and Windows Store, but none have enjoyed the popularity of Steam. That said, Steam isn't perfect. Sometimes, Steam tends to generate the Steam needs to be online to update error, even though you are connected to the internet. Here are a few things you can try to resolve the Steam needs to be online to update error. Read More

How To Add A Custom Lock Screen Message In Windows 10

The login screen is the first thing you see when you boot your system or switch to a different account. It's not the best place to put a  grocery list but it's not a bad place to put an important reminder or useful information. The only problem is, you can't just add a custom lock screen message in Windows 10. You have to jump through a few hoops to do that. Windows 10 doesn't have a tool or even a dedicated setting to accomplish this. Your solution lies with the Windows Registry editor. You will have to tweak two keys, or maybe even create them, in order to add a custom lock screen message in Windows 10. Here's what you have to do. Read More

How To Fix ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED Error In Chrome

Chrome stops opening certain domains without warning. It will open everything else but refuse to open one or several domains. When Chrome fails to open a domain, it will give you the ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED error. This error doesn't tell you much about what the problem is. It can appear for domains like YouTube. Even if you have visited a domain in the past without any trouble, Chrome will refuse to open it. The simple solution is to use a VPN but if we're being honest, that isn't a solution. In order to fix the ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED error in Chrome, you need to do a little cleaning. Here's how to fix the problem. Read More

How To Screenshot A Specific Area On Your Screen In Windows 10

Windows 10 is the first Windows version to have a built-in screenshot feature. Users on older versions had to rely on the Snipping tool which wasn't very convenient to use. This missing feature was compensated for via third-party apps. Windows 10, at present, has a very basic screenshot feature. If you tap Win+PrntScr, Windows 10 will capture your entire screen. If you compare it with macOS, the feature is still lacking. With the current feature, you cannot screenshot a specific area on your screen. Come the Creators Update in April, things will change slightly. Windows 10 will be able to screenshot a specific area on your screen with no extra apps involved. Read More

A Look At The 7 Best Email Clients for Windows

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Email has become the standard mode for communication. We might prefer texting, social media, or a quick phone call for personal communication but email still rules supreme in the work place. Even sophisticated messengers like Slack can't oust it. The thing about email is that is difficult to manage. Getting to important emails, making sure you answer all the ones that need your attention, and keeping track of important messages isn't easy. Add to this fact that a Nigerian prince is trying to give you gold, and things get complicated. To tackle the email problem, several companies have developed desktop email clients. The category isn't saturated as yet but it's still hard to find the best email client for Windows. Here's a look at the seven of the most popular email clients for Windows to help you decide which is best for you. Read More

Fix DRIVER IRQL_LESS_OR_NOT_EQUAL Error in Windows 10

When Windows 10 runs well, it runs exceptionally well. When it doesn't run well, you are likely to see the dreaded blue screen of death (BSOD) more often than your desktop. The BSOD doesn't offer much help in resolving the errors that caused it. In fact, Windows by default will restart your system seconds after showing you the BSOD. You'll be lucky if you can catch the actual error that caused it.  DRIVER IRQL_LESS_OR_NOT_EQUAL is an error that Windows 10 users often see. It triggers the BSOD and Windows 10 tells you to Google the solution. This error is complicated and difficult to pin on any one thing. Here are a few things you can try to resolve the DRIVER IRQL_LESS_OR_NOT_EQUAL error. Read More

15 New Features In The Creators Update For Windows 10

Windows 10 is about to get its third major update since its launch. The Creator's Update will roll out to users in April 2017. The previous two major updates for Windows 10 came in November 2015 and August 2016. The November update focused on fixing the bugs in Windows 10. The August update signaled the end of the free Windows 10 upgrade and introduced new features. The Creator's Update is going to be good. Microsoft has been actively seeking feedback from users and it's been listening. A lot of gripes that users had with Windows 10 will be resolved with this update. Here are 15 new features coming to Windows 10 with the Creators Update. Read More

How To Change The Language For Chrome Translate

Chrome has a built-in translation feature. When you visit a webpage that isn't in your default language, Chrome offers to translate it. The translation option is accessible from the Omnibar. You can dismiss it if you don't need a translation or you can click it any time you need it. The option only appears if the site you're visiting isn't in your default language. As useful as Chrome translate is, it doesn't support multiple languages. It will translate text from one language to the default language. Users can change the language that Chrome translates to on the fly. You can change the language for Chrome translate from the translation prompt or from the language settings in Chrome. Here's how. Read More

Is Splashtop A Viable Alternative For Microsoft Remote Desktop?

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There are numerous screen sharing apps out there. Some let you view your screen, or parts of your screen from a remote location/connection. Even the native Microsoft Remote Desktop app enables you to interact with your Windows PC remotely. It's hardly the first or last app that offers remote access and control. Splashtop is an app that lets you interact with your PC from your Android or iOS device in as few as two steps. It is a fairly popular app for remotely accessing your desktop. Of course, like other remote access apps, it has to compete with Microsoft's Remote Desktop solution which is free. Splashtop is free if you're an end user with an Android phone. iOS users have to buy the app for $9.99. The question is, is Splashtop better than Microsoft Remote Desktop and is there any reason to opt for the app? Let's take a look at how Splashtop compares to Microsoft Remote Desktop. Read More

How To Add A Password To An Existing Archive

You can password protect an archive or zipped file. WinRAR, the go-to compression app for Windows users supports password protection. You can add a password to an archive when you create it. When you extract the archive, you will have to enter the password before you can get to the files inside. If you want to add a password to an existing WinRAR archive, you might think it's impossible. The obvious way to add a password to an existing archive is extract and compress it again. You can add the password when you compress it. There is however a much easier way to add a password to an existing archive using WinRAR. You don't need to extract it or anything. Here's what you need to do. Read More

How To Manually Add Album Art In iTunes

iTunes is very good at organizing your music. The only catch is you have to have bought your music from iTunes. If you buy music from anywhere other than iTunes, it might not be organized as well. Album art might be missing, meta data might not be there, and your albums could be messed up. Normally, iTunes finds and adds album art when it's missing. Provided you bought music legally, iTunes will keep it organized. Despite that, there are still misses. iTunes can still fail to find album art or add it to a track. These cases will of course be few but you can work around it. You can manually add album art in iTunes. If you don't like the album art iTunes has added to a track, you can even change it. Here's how. Read More

How To Create A Custom Canvas Preset In Photoshop

You can create custom canvases in Photoshop. Photoshop CC 2017 comes with a few presets for mobile, web, and printing jobs. A preset is a canvas that is the correct size for the project you're working on. A preset has a pre-determined resolution, background color, orientation, and more. It saves you time spent on setting up a canvas for the work you intend to do. Photoshop cc 2017 will show you recent canvas configurations you've used in the new document window. It won't save all your recent canvas configurations though. The best way to save a custom canvas is to create a custom canvas preset in Photoshop. The preset will never be lost. You can name it whatever you want, and get right down to work. Here's how you can create a custom canvas preset in Photoshop CC 2017. Read More

How To Sync Your Wallpaper Across Desktops On Windows 10

A custom wallpaper is the most basic bit of personalization users do. You can customize wallpapers on just about all devices and operating systems. Windows is no different. The ability to change wallpapers has been a part of Windows from the very start. There is a dedicated Settings tab for changing the desktop wallpaper in Windows 10. If you right-click an image in File Explorer, the context menu has an option to set it as the wallpaper. This option has been there since Windows 7, possibly even Windows Vista. Windows 10 is no different and it comes with an improvement; wallpaper sync. If you own more than one Windows 10 PC, you can sync your wallpaper across desktops. Here's how. Read More

How To Block Shut Down And Restart On Windows 10

Windows 10 has an update problem; it releases problematic updates and there is no way to opt-out of them. The only thing users can do is defer installing an update. The second Windows 10 sees its chance, it will install the update and restart your system in the process. Likewise, some Windows apps restart your system to finish installing. Some of these apps will let you choose when you restart your system, others will not. The point is, your system can shut down or restart with or without your approval. When it happens without your approval it is annoying to say the least. Lost work is often a casualty of a random shut down or restart. ShutdownBlocker is free app that can block shut down and restart on Windows. It doesn't matter if the shut down or restart is initiated by Windows or an app. This app will block it. Read More

What Is The Microsoft – WPD – 2/22/2016 Update On Windows 10?

Windows 10 users are seeing a new update in the Settings app. This update, while from Microsoft, is slightly alarming because of its name. The update is called Microsoft - WPD - 2/22/2016 12:00:00 AM - 5.2.5326.4762. The name, specifically the date and time appended to the name, is what is worrying users. The update is dated to February 2016 which was well over a year ago. If you're wondering what the Microsoft - WPD - 2/22/2016 update is, we've got answers. Also, it's safe to install it. This update has to do with portable devices and there isn't anything to worry about. Update: Microsoft has pulled this update and said it is problematic. If you're one of the few who didn't have trouble with it, count your lucky stars. If you are unable to connect an Android phone to your Windows PC, look inside for the solution. Read More

12 Steps To Building Your Own Gaming PC

Gaming first went mainstream with the rising popularity of the Nintendo Entertainment System. Then it was the Sega Mega Drive, later PC, PS2, Xbox 360, and back to PC. Circling back to a PC is inevitable because consoles have always had a shelf life. Graphics, however, continue to evolve. PC is the only platform capable of keeping up with that level of evolution. If you are new to gaming and want to know what it takes to build your own gaming PC (also known as a gaming rig), here is a walkthrough of all you need to know. Read More

How To Download The Official Windows 10 ISO From Microsoft

Microsoft distributed Windows 10 through a special media creation tool. The new OS was free to existing Windows 7 and 8 users for one year. The media creation tool downloads the required files needed to install Windows 10. Users have the choice to use it to update their current system or create an installation disk. The media creation tool takes care of everything but it doesn't give you an ISO file for Windows 10. There is no simple forward way to download the official Windows 10 ISO from Microsoft. There is however, a slightly complicated way to download the official Windows 10 ISO from Microsoft. Here's what you need to do. Read More

How To Enable And Disable Focused Inbox In The Mail App In Windows 10

Microsoft has added a new feature to the Mail app called 'Focused Inbox'. It is an auto-generated inbox that filters important email into a special, 'focused' tab. Focused Inbox is a long standing Outlook feature. A similar feature called 'tabbed inbox' is present in Gmail. Gmail sorts social media, forum updates, and promotions emails into separate tabs. Important emails go to the Primary tab. Focused Inbox in Mail is rolling out slowly to Windows 10 users. It will eventually be available to everyone on the stable Windows 10 channel. Here's how you can enable and disable focused Inbox in the Mail app in Windows 10. Read More