How To View Passwords For WiFi Networks In Windows 10

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If you ever needed to look-up the password to your WiFi network on Windows 7, all you had to do was click the WiFi icon in the system tray, and from the pop-up menu, right-click on the network you wanted to view the password for to get to its properties. Inside the properties window, was a Security tab where you could check the WiFi password. Come Windows 10 and this option, while not lost, has become much harder to access. Here's how you can view the password for known WiFi networks in Windows 10. Read More

Change The Default Theme And Text Size In Microsoft Edge Reading Mode

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Microsoft Edge ships with a reading mode. When you visit a web site and switch to the reading mode, or if you browse the web in the reading mode, it strips the page of all images and just about anything that isn't text so you can read it easily. The Reading mode has, by default, three different themes apart from the default theme and you can choose how big or small the text appears. Here's how. Read More

How To Customize The News Feed In Microsoft Edge Browser In Windows 10

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A few days ago we touched on how to remove the widgets from the New Tab page in Microsoft's Ege browser that ships in Windows 10. The solution is definitely very restrictive.  The widgets are basically news items, a weather report, and score cards for ongoing sporting events but since they are live web content, and things like the weather and the score for a live game will always be fetched fresh, the new tab page takes time to load. For anyone quickly wanting to get right down to browsing, this means more waiting so there's a way to turn it off. For those that don't mind the wait, but would like to see more relevant news in the New Tab page, here's how you can customize what type of news you see. Read More

How To Rename Your PC In Windows 10

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Installing Windows is pretty simple and requires very little input from the user except maybe one or two little things. One of those little things is what you want to name your computer. It's not as big a deal as naming your kid and it's a lot easier to do because most people just name it after themselves. If you later decide to give your computer a different name, you can change it. Windows Vista, 7, and 8/8.1 made this something of a task but Windows 10 turns it back to the simple process that it was in the XP days. Here's how you can rename a computer running Windows 10. Read More

Automatically Turn On Battery Saver Mode When Battery Is Low In Windows 10

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Windows 10 has a nice battery saver mode. It may be there mostly for the benefit of tablet users but anyone on a laptop can certainly use it to get the same advantage. The battery saver mode can be toggled On/Off from the notification panel and is set to turn on automatically when battery is below 20%. If the setting doesn't suit you, or 20% battery time means less than thirty minutes for your system, you might want to change this setting so that battery saver mode turns on earlier. You might also want to prevent it from turning on automatically. Here's how you can do all that. Read More

How To Change Default Program Association By File Type In Windows 10

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Setting default apps to always open a file in Windows is simple enough; you can right-click the file and choose the default program to open it. This simplicity has duly carried over to Windows 10. If you're only planning to change program associations for a single file type, it's simple enough and only takes a few clicks. If however, you want to change the program association for multiple files based on the file type, doing this whole thing repeatedly for each file can be time consuming. Fortunately, the Windows 10 Settings app not only lets you review which programs are associated with which file type, but also edit them from a single place. Here's how. Read More

How To Create And Share Notes In Edge In Windows 10

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Windows 10 is shipping with a new browser dubbed Edge and it comes with features that you don't get in Internet Explorer (like stability and improved speed). A noteworthy feature of Edge is the ability to take notes on a web page, save it, and even share it. The browser comes with a nice clipping tool, the ability to highlight areas on a page, and even leave comments. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Freely Resize The Start Menu In Windows 10

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The Start Menu in Windows 10 works in one of two standard sizes; full screen and regular. The regular size is limited in height but can be as wide as your screen if you have app tiles assembled to take up that much space. This allows the Start Menu to show you more app tiles and you don't have to scroll down too much to view all your tiles. It doesn't look that great though and if you're very selective about which tiles you have pinned to the Start Menu or you don't mind scrolling so long as the menu looks clean, you can shrink the width and height of the Start Menu almost exactly like you can with a regular app window. Here's how. Read More

Quickly Open Your Favorite Websites When You Launch Edge In Windows 10

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As you may know that Windows 10 is shipping with a new browser; Edge. The new browser promises to be faster and is pretty much an attempt on Microsoft's part to get it's foot back in the browser game. So far, and because Edge is still only available in the Windows 10 Insider Preview builds, there aren't any extensions/add-ons available for it. The good news is that it comes with certain built-in features that, were you to use a different browser, you would need an add-on or an extension to get. Edge allows you to choose what it opens when you first launch the browser. This can be the New Tab page, a blank page, or a set of websites. Here's where you can set it up so that it opens your favorite websites. Read More

Hide Photos On OneDrive From The Windows 10 Photos App

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OneDrive has become an essential part of the Windows operating system in Windows 10. There is no getting rid of it and should you choose to not sign in to the app, it bombards you repeatedly with an alert to sign in. If you like OneDrive as a service and use it to back-up your files then this obviously isn't a problem for you although you might be surprised (or perhaps just annoyed) that photos you've backed up to and synced with OneDrive appear in the default Photos app. Here's how you can continue to back them up between systems but hide them from the Photos app. Read More

How To Hide The Task View Button From The Taskbar In Windows 10

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Windows has always had a task view and Windows users have used it for ages via the Windows+tab keyboard shortcut. This task view lets us cycle through all open windows (on Windows 7 & 8/8.1) and quickly switch to a different one. With Windows 10, the task view in addition to showing us all open windows, also shows us the desktops we have open and lets us switch to and open other virtual desktops. It's presence is made more apparent in Windows 10 with the addition of a dedicated button next to the search bar. The Windows+Tab shortcut still works perfectly though. If you aren't a fan of the task view button, and prefer to stick to your keyboard shortcut using habits, you can hide it from the taskbar. Here's how. Read More

Download The Windows 10 Hero Wallpaper In Any Color

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The latest Windows 10 build features a new wallpaper that users are loving. Normally, the default wallpapers on Windows (with the exception of the Windows XP wallpaper) aren't the kind that people normally go crazy over. That said, if you've seen the new wallpaper dubbed 'Hero' and would love to have it on your current system, there's a little app that not only lets you download the wallpaper, it lets you choose any color you like and gives you a 1080px image to download. Read More

Get Up To Four Virtual Desktops On Windows 7

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Not upgrading to Windows 10 but wishing you could maybe get one or two of its new features on your older Windows? If the feature you're pining for is virtual desktops, Virtuoz is a light-weight utility that can meet your needs provided they are fairly basic. It's a free app that lets you create up to four virtual desktops, and has keyboard shortcuts for quickly letting you switch between them. Update: Malware detected. Do not install. Read More

Get App Icons On The Taskbar When Windows 10 Is In Tablet Mode

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Windows 10, in a bid to win back users who weren't happy with Windows 8/8.1 did so without sacrificing the user experience for everyone who had bought and was planning on using a Windows tablet. Windows 8 was widely criticised to be 'built for tablets' with desktop users as an afterthought. Windows 10 not only caters to both desktop and tablet users, it does so without taking anything away from either of the two experiences. The tablet mode is easy to switch to from the notification center drawer and the switch to it is fluid. That said, if you've tried the tablet mode out, you may have noticed that all the pinned apps from the Taskbar disappear even though the multitasking icon and other buttons remain present. This is actually a feature and part of the switch to tablet mode but if it bothers you, you can still get app icons on the taskbar when in tablet mode. Here's how. Read More

Get The Windows 7 Start Menu On Windows 10 [Paid]

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One of the most anticipated things about Windows 10 is the return of the Start Menu. It's changed quite a lot over the year with each new Windows 10 build that Microsoft released and is now (as per build 10130) a pretty decent mix of the old Start Menu in Windows 7 and XP and the Start Screen introduced in Windows 8/8.1. It's being received well but there's a chance that some still might not warm up to it. With Windows 8/8.1, developers were quick to roll out solutions that gave users the much missed Start Menu. In Windows 10, these apps become redundant if all you want is the Start Menu. If however, you don't like the new look of it and would still prefer something closer to what you had in Windows 7, Startisback++ is the solution. It's a windows app worth $2.99 with a 30 day trial that brings the Windows 7 Start Menu to Windows 10. Read More

Turn Off Scroll Over Inactive Windows In Windows 10

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Windows 10 comes with a nice little feature it borrowed from OS X; when your cursor is positioned over an inactive window (regardless of which app the windows belongs to), you can use the mouse wheel or the trackpad to scroll the window up/down. The feature exists so that you don't have to switch between windows repeatedly and as far as OS X goes, it's quit popular. Windows users might respond to it differently though and if you find it creates more problems than it solves, here's how you can turn it off. Read More

Windows 10: Remove Widgets From The New Tab Page In Edge Browser

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Internet Explorer has finally gone the way of the dinosaurs and just about everyone saw that coming. That doesn't mean Microsoft has left the browser wars or that it's actually dead. Microsoft has rolled out a new, rebranded, browser and it's called Edge. It's going to be released with Windows 10 and has a whole host of amazing features. The New Tab page in Edge has a speed dial feature that shows frequently visited sites, as well as suggested news content and widgets for the weather and scorecards for on-going sports events. The news and widgets are slow to load and can at times render the New Tab page unresponsive for a second. If you aren't a fan of the news or the widgets, here's how you can turn them off. Read More

Install An App APK On Your Android Device From The Desktop [Windows]

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One of the things I'm most envious about when it comes to Android is the ability to initiate an app download from the desktop version of the Google Play store and remotely install an app to any Android device associated with my account. I would kill to have something like that on iOS. Pure APK Install is a new Windows app from Pure APK; a service that lets you download app APKs from the Google Play store. The app works independently of its own service and lets you install any APK file on your system to your Android device. You don't need root access and you can choose whether an app is installed to the external storage or the device's internal memory. For anyone who has trouble downloading and installing apps on their device, Pure APK Install is a simple solution. Read More

Get Recently Opened Items On The Taskbar Without Pinning Them In Windows 10

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The Taskbar is a long running feature of the Windows operating system and it survived Windows 8. It's where we multitask, switch between apps, pin our frequently used apps and, come Windows 10, it's how we will add new virtual desktops. Basically, the Taskbar was really important before but now it's going to get a whole lot busier. Choosing which apps appear on the Taskbar is tricky; you don't want a cluttered mess of app icons that overflow into a jump list and yet you still want to be able to access your frequently used apps. Windows 10 comes with a really awesome feature that automatically adds your more recent apps to the Taskbar and continually updates the list. This means you don't have to choose between which apps to pin but you will always have the apps you're currently working with the most on the taskbar. Here's where you can turn the feature on. Read More

Pin Your Favorite Websites To The Windows 10 Start Menu

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A few days ago we touched on how you can pin your frequently used settings to the Start Menu in Windows 10. Doing so makes for faster access and will obviously be a time saver while you get used to the new Settings app. For those of you who have been keeping up with news about Windows 10, you might know that Internet Explorer as we know it is no more. When it ships at the end of July, Windows 10 will come with the new rebranded and much improved Edge browser (previously called Project Spartan). The new browser comes with lots of great new features including one that lets you pin you favorite apps to the Start Menu, much like you can with settings. Here's how it works. Read More