How To Stream From VLC Player To Chromecast

Since February of 2015, VLC has promised to add support for Chromecast but the feature has yet to be implemented. The stable version of VLC still doesn't support casting to the Chromecast but support for it has been spotted in the nightly builds of  VLC 3.0. The release date for a stable build of version 3.0 hasn't been given yet and for all we know it might not drop until the end of this year (or even early next year) but VLC is indeed adding support for the Chromecast just as it promised. If you aren't too bothered with bugs, you can download the nightly build yourself and use it to cast to your Chromecast. Fair warning: it's very buggy.Read More

How To Open An App Or File In A New Virtual Desktop On Windows 10

The virtual desktops on Windows 10 are a small yet significant addition to the desktop OS. The feature is great and is begging developers and Microsoft alike to develop it into something better. The concept has been around for ages with macOS and Ubuntu both supporting it but no one seems to want to develop the feature into anything really useful. Fortunately, there are apps that lend virtual desktops in Windows 10 more functionality than they come with out of the box. VDesk is a free and open source little app that lets you open any app or file in a new Virtual Desktop from the context menu. It also supports command line arguments that can open an app or file on a specific virtual desktop. Here's how it works.Read More

Here’s Where Windows 10 Default Wallpapers Are Saved

Windows isn't known for its breathtaking desktop wallpapers but they aren't bad either, just not comparable to those found on macOS. At one point, the Windows XP desktop image was one of the most popular images in the world. If you're in love with any of the Windows 10 wallpapers and want to use them elsewhere, in addition to your desktop, you might want to know where they're saved on your system. The images, in all their HD glory are inside your Windows root folder.Read More

How To Enable GameDVR On Windows 10 On An Unsupported System

The Xbox app on Windows 10 has a pretty amazing little feature that lets users screenshot games or record game play. It can even be used to record your screen but oddly enough, the feature is tied to hardware i.e. the graphics card installed on your system. If the card isn't the right series GameDVR simply won't work. This is odd since recording your screen is something people have  been doing for ages and there are countless apps that let you do just this. If you have a system that doesn't have a supported graphics card, or the graphics card is supported but Windows 10 still tells you GameDVR won't work on your system, then you need to give GameDVR_Config a try. It's a little configurations file that makes it so GameDVR will work on Windows 10 even if the graphics card isn't compatible.Read More

How To Enable/Disable Adaptive Brightness In Windows 10

Adaptive brightness retroactively adjusts the brightness of your screen according the light around you. It's one of those features on our smartphones we like to take for granted. Adaptive Brightness will dim or brighten the display according to the light in your surroundings. This ensures the display is neither too bright nor too dark no matter where you. Windows 10 has an adaptive brightness feature that works on laptops with an ambient light sensor built into them. Depending on your power plan, adaptive brightness may or may not be enabled on your system. Here's how you can enable/disable it.Read More

How To Upload A 360° Photo To Facebook

Facebook has long supported 360° videos and it's no secret that the company is vested in virtual reality. With 360° videos, you couldn't get in on the action much unless you had the right device to record one. Most users were left to watch them while not being able to record their own. Facebook has just rolled out 360° photos which lets you get in on some of the action. The feature takes photos captured as panoramas and uploads them in a 360° view-able format. Your friends can pan around the image like they can with videos and look around. Previously, Facebook treated panoramic photos like it did all others. Here's how to upload one.Read More

How To Import A Photo Edited On Your iPhone To Your Computer

iOS 8 introduced quite a few editing options in the default Photos app that allowed you to straighten and crop a photo among other things. If at any time you ever feel you've made a mistake editing the photo you can always reset it. It's pretty awesome and it lets you edit away without having to worry about losing a good photo. This all great up until you try and import the photo like you do all others to your Mac or PC. You will find the photo can only be imported in its unedited original form. You might also notice that for every photo you edited using the Photos app, there is a corresponding AAE format file for it. If you're wondering where those files came from and how you can import your edited photo to your Mac or PC without too much trouble, we have the answers.Read More

How To Enable/Disable The Multimedia Actions For The Function Keys

The function keys on our laptops double as multimedia keys that allow us to pause/play a video, mute/unmute the speakers, manage the volume, manage screen brightness, toggle the WiFi switch, and project to a screen. If you have a PC then it's likely the keyboard you use with it has dedicated keys for most of these functions. The function keys, i.e. the F1-F12 keys simply perform their default functions without you having to hold down a special Fn key on your keyboard. Laptops are a different story and if you're looking to disable the multimedia function for these keys there's a simple setting in your BIOS that should disable it. Alternatively, if the function keys refuse to perform the multimedia actions they are associated with, you need to look at your system's BIOS to sort it out.Read More

How To Get The Windows 8 Volume Control In Windows 10

Windows 10 more or less fixed all complaints users had with Windows 8 and its UI. The chief problem was of course the lack of the Start button and the very confusing Start Screen. Windows 10 has a pretty nice UI but users are still nostalgic for certain Windows 7 UI elements. If you're pining for the old volume controls that appeared in Windows 7 or Windows 8 when you clicked the speaker icon in the system tray then there's a simple little registry edit you can make to get it back albeit with a slight Modern UI touch.Read More

How To Calculate The PPI Density Of Your Screen

A high PPI means a screen that will display a much sharper image. Many laptop models are sold on the high resolutions they support and both the pixel density and the resolution is a major selling point that laptop manufacturers advertise. Even if it isn't advertised, some manufacturers will mention it in the laptop or monitor's specifications. Assuming you can't find this information on the official manufacturer's website or the manuals that came with your laptop here's an easy way to calculate it with reasonable accuracy.Read More

How To Access The Old Windows XP App Switcher In Windows 10

Windows 7 was a very popular version of Windows and people were very reluctant to upgrade to Windows 8 after it. Windows 10 rectified many of the shortcoming in Windows 8 and since its release many people have upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10. When you look at it today, people compare the adoption rate of Windows 10 from Windows 7 to see how popular the new Windows version is. That said, Windows XP was a version of Windows that was equally if not more popular than Windows 7. To this day many people still use it and it's extinction is likely going to be credited to apps no longer supporting it rather than people willing to give it up. Chrome has already dropped support for the ancient OS. Windows XP was popular not just because it was exceptionally stable, well built and sturdy, but also because the UI was nice. If you're nostalgic for Windows XP you might be pleased to know that you can access the old app switcher interface in Windows 10. Here's how.Read More

How To Fix Windows 10 Wiping Out All Settings On Login Bug

Windows 10 has become exceptionally more stable and less buggy since November 2015 but that isn't to say it is completely bug free. Many of its perplexing bugs are still there and users who experience them will often have to resign themselves to having an OS that might never work right. One very odd bug that users are experiencing is Windows 10 resetting to its default settings each time a user logs out/shuts down the system and logs back in. To say this is a problem would be an understatement. It leaves Windows 10 in its out of the box state. Files aren't deleted but things like apps pinned to the taskbar are reset so that you end up organizing your system for productivity all over again. There is one fix though that's worth trying out and it rests in the Windows registry.Read More

How To Quickly Start & Stop Windows Services Without The Task Manager

Windows and the apps installed on your system run lots of different services in the background. Most of these services are essential to the OS or the app's working and they are best left to do what they are meant for. If however you find you need to monitor, start, and stop a particular service running in Windows frequently you might not want to repeatedly go through the Task Manager to do so. My Windows Service Panel is a free and open source app that lets you select Windows services you want to monitor and stop/start them from a dedicated panel.Read More

How To Check Your Windows Laptop Battery Health

Laptop batteries deplete in performance overtime. Some last longer than others but none last forever. This depletion is most commonly observed when a battery doesn't last as long as it used to in the first year(s) of its use. If your battery is down to lasting just ten or fifteen minutes it's pretty obvious you need to replace it but if your battery still lasts a while and you want to know where it stands in terms of health you can use Windows' built in battery checking tool to check it out. Here's how.Read More

How To Disable The Volume On Screen Display In Windows 10

When you increase or decrease the volume on Widows 10, or mute/unmute your speakers, an on screen display alerts you to the change in volume. It appears at the top left of the screen and stays on the screen for a minimum of five seconds. The alert appears on top of everything else you have open and because it's a system alert and part of the OS, there isn't much you can do about it. It can't be repositioned, it can't be disabled, and it can't be sent to the back of all active windows. If you don't like it though you have a few options to make it less annoying such as using Volume Step Adjuster. It's a free Windows app that lets you adjust the incremental values by which the volume increases and decreases but it also hides the on screen display you get when you change the volume.Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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