How To Disable Clickable Links In Notepad++

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Notepad++ is an app that needs no introduction. It has a huge following for basic to intermediary editing needs. The app was updated at the end of August this year and while it came with improvements and bug fixes it also made a small not-so-great functional change. Previously, when editing an HTML document in Notepad++ you could click a URL and edit it. This was super easy and the functionality made sense because you're more likely to click a link to edit it then to open it when you're inside a text/code editor. Come version 6.8.2 and the links are now clickable. If you click inside a link, instead of being able to edit it, the link is opened. Fortunately, this new 'feature' can be disabled. Here's how. Read More

How To Enable & Disable The Shadow In Windows 10

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Shadow effects in operating systems exist purely for aesthetics reasons; if you do not like what you see on your screen you will not enjoy using it. The effect while minor and sometimes hard to see lends some utility as well; it makes an app window appear to float above the rest of the interface. The effect might just make the operating system look cool or it might help you tell one window apart from the other. Regardless, shadows have been used in both Windows and OS X for a while now. If you're not fond of the shadow in OS X, a Terminal command is required to disable it. In Windows 10, you need only uncheck one option in the Control Panel. Read More

Look Up The Definition For A Word In Cortana In Windows 10

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Personal assistants are fast becoming a defining feature of operating systems. For smartphones and the operating systems that they run, it's always a question of what a personal digital assistant can accomplish and whether or not it's actually useful or just a gimmick. Siri is one noteworthy example of a popular digital assistant that can do one or two useful tricks but is limited in the information she proactively provides and the actions she can perform. Google Now fares better with always available traffic, weather, and sports updates. Then we have Cortana; it's not just a digital assistant for Windows Phone; it's debuted for Android and even before that it became a part of the desktop with Windows 10. Cortana can do a lot of really useful things one of which is defining a word for you. Here's how. Read More

Transfer Files And Settings From An Old PC To A New One

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Moving from one PC to another, while often necessary, carries the same pain that comes from moving to a new house. There are so many things to move and you're afraid you might lose something in the process, something very important might break, or you might accidentally leave something behind and not realize it for months until you need it. With the launch of Windows 10 and it's very warm reception, Windows users have been upgrading to the new OS in droves. Many are utilizing the free upgrade and upgrading through the Media Creation Tool that Microsoft released. That said, there are also many users who will be upgrading their laptops simply because the old ones are too old and will not be compatible with the new operating system. To help ease the transition, Microsoft has partnered with LapLink to bring you their PC Mover tool for free. Here's where you can get it, and how you can use it to transfer your files and settings from an old computer to a new one. Read More

50 Best Wallpapers For Windows 10

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Windows 10 handles colors a whole new way compared to its predecessors and we've touched on how those limitations effect the colors we can choose for the interface, as well as which UI elements we can modify when it comes to customizing it. With limitations like that, it's rather tricky to find a good wallpaper that will suit the design, and set the right accent colors to go with it. We've compiled a list of 50 great wallpapers that pair excellently with Windows 10; you can choose to let the operating system pick an accent color to go with these wallpapers, or you can set a custom color of your own.  Read More

Set A Default Size For The Save As Window [Windows]

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The Save As window that pops up when you save a file in any program has a mind of its own or more precisely, it just doesn't listen to you much. If a program remembers the last place it saved a file to, it's something a lot of us are grateful for. The programs that allow us to set a default save location of our choice are less rare but these choices have to do with the save location and not the Save As window itself. If you're unsatisfied with the size the Save As window opens in, here's a simple way to resize it and have a program remember your preferred size for all future save actions. This works for Windows 7 and up. Read More

Create A Custom App Tile For The Windows 10 Start Menu

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Windows 10 is missing a pretty important and rather obvious feature; it doesn't let you customize the color of an app tile. For app tiles that feature only an icon in a box, that box often looks ugly against whatever color has been set for the Start menu. If you're looking for a way to create a custom app tile, image, color and all, there's a little app that lets you do just that. Meet Better StartMenu an app that will let you create a custom icon for any app of your choice, and through its Windows Store version, you can pin it to the Start menu. The app costs $2.99 but as of a recent update, there are no differences between the paid and trial version with the developer only asking you to donate if you like the app. Read More

Easily Navigate The All Apps List In The Windows 10 Start Menu

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The Start menu in Windows 10 has an alphabetically organized list of all the apps you've installed on your system. It's currently capped to showing just 500 entries but even with a much smaller number of apps appearing in the All Apps list, you end up scrolling to get to the app you want. It's organized but it's far easier to use the search bar to launch an app instead of scrolling this list. If you prefer the All Apps list but without all the scrolling, Windows 10 has a built-in way to make it easier to use. Here's how. Read More

How To Disable The Lock Screen In Windows 10

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The Lock Screen in Windows 10 is a nice feature carried over from Windows 8. It's nice to look at and is supposed to house notifications from apps that you allow to it. The only problem is that for a lot of users, app information simply isn't showing up on the lock screen (users are desperately seeking a solution while Microsoft remains mute on the problem). With no app information available on the Lock screen, it's pretty much just an extra UI layer which will give you the time and date as you walk by. You can set any image of your choice as the lock screen image but as far as utility goes, it's not doing much. If you'd rather not have it, there's a simple trick to disabling it. Read More

Create A Color Theme For Any Background In Windows 10

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The Personalization options in Windows 10 have changed. For the most part, you can manage basic settings related to backgrounds and colors from the Settings app. If you're trying to set a theme in Windows 10, you will have to switch to the Personalization pane in the Control Panel but that too has been stripped so that you can no longer set sounds, colors, and a screensaver. Any colors you can set for the Taskbar, Start menu, and the window borders are set from the Settings app and you can only choose one. Now there are plenty of ways to modify the UI. You can use tools like Rainmeter and find a great skin pack to make Windows 10 look good but, if you're not into any heavy tweaking, but would like to freely tweak the colors in Windows 10 to go with a certain back ground, and save it as a theme, here's how. Read More

How To Enable The Dark Theme In Windows 10

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Windows 10 comes with a dark theme that you can enable if you're willing to make a small change in the Registry. It's been rumoured that the dark theme is only available on the Pro and Enterprise version and not the Home version but we've run tests and been able to get it going on Windows  Home edition. Here's how you can switch to the dark theme in Windows 10. Read More

Pin An Item To The Left Side Of The Start Menu In Windows 10

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The new Start menu in Windows 10 has been received well but live tiles are kind of glitchy for some apps and there isn't much control over the color a tile can be often making it seem very unappealing  against the Start menu's own color. You could unpin all the tiles from the Start menu and instead get a much slimmer one. If however, you like your tiles, but would still like to be able to choose which apps appear on the left side of the Start menu under 'Most Used' apps, there's a work around to getting it how you want it. We do warn you that's it's a bit tedious but worth the space you will utilize. Read More

Change A Standard User Account To An Admin Account In Windows 10

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Windows 10 like its previous versions lets you add multiple accounts to a single installation of the OS. Each account has its own settings making it easy to share a single computer with your family. That said, there are two types of accounts that you can create at present in Windows 10; a Standard account, and an Administrator account. Both names are pretty much self-explanatory as far as their privileges fo. Previous versions of Windows allowed you to change the kind of privileges an account had and Windows 10 has not only continued with that feature, it's made it much easier to manage. For any account that you've added, local or Microsoft, you can give it admin privileges. Here's how. Read More

Get A Volume Mixer For Modern Apps In Windows 10

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With the arrival of Windows 8, windows apps became segregated; they were either your normal desktop apps or they conformed to the new Modern standard. Both would function in a different space and no doubt create plenty of confusion for users. One stark reminder of this is Internet Explorer having a separate desktop app and Modern app in Windows 8. Windows 10 has made steps to reconcile this but they are less than sufficient. A prime example of this is the volume mixer in Windows 10 which only lets you manage the volume for your speakers, the system sounds, and any desktop app. The volume for Modern apps cannot be controlled and managed from the volume mixer. To do so, you need a third-party app called EarTrumpet which does an excellent job of filling this void left by Microsoft. Read More

Fix The ‘Something Happened’ Error When Upgrading To Windows 10

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Microsoft tried to be very proactive with the Window 10 rollout going so far as to release a tool for reserving a copy of the new OS, and for checking app and hardware compatibility. That said, the upgrade process for many users has not been painless. Those of us who couldn't really wait until our turn came to upgrade decided to jump the line and use the Media Creation tool released by Microsoft. Others waited their turn but in both cases, there have been many a failed attempts to upgrade. A common error that users are experiencing is the 'Something happened' error. You can get this error while the media creation tool is still working, or after you've sat through the entire upgrade process only to be shown this message at the end. It's frustrating simply because it's so vague. That said, here are a few possible fixes that might help you get rid of it. We have to warn you to try these at your own risk. Read More

Speed Up Right-Clicking On The Taskbar In Windows 10

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A lot of users running Windows 10 are having problems with the Taskbar not being responsive, or the Start menu delaying too much before it opens. For some, the problem is persistent and renders the Start menu impossible to use whereas for others, it comes and goes. If you're one of the lucky few who aren't plagued with the problem being persistent but still have a slow-to-respond Taskbar then there's a simple fix you can apply. Specifically, this is meant to make right-clicking on the taskbar much faster so that jumplists and the taskbar's own context menu pops up faster than it normally does. Here's what you need to do. Read More

Change The Color Of Taskbar, Start Menu, And Windows Borders In Windows 10

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Windows 10 has drastically changed color customization. Before Windows 10 title bars had colors and you could select any color for the taskbar and the Start menu but that's no longer an option. The colored title bars are gone and the thin border around windows is fixed to be the same color as the taskbar and the Start menu. You can choose a different color for all these elements but the color selection is now very limited. Meet Windows 10 Color Control, a tiny utility that lets you set ANY color for the Start menu and the taskbar. You can use the RGB value of the color to find the perfect one and it also lets you select and set a different color for the windows borders and the taskbar and Start menu. The app can also turn Off the dark accent effect that's darkens whatever color you set for the taskbar and start menu. Read More

Turn Off The Get Office Notifications In Windows 10

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Bing, OneDrive, Edge, Cortana, and Skype aren't the only products Microsoft is pushing to its users in Windows 10 (though we aren't complaining about Skype, just listing it). It's also gently nudging us to try out Office and get an Office 365 subscription. It does so by giving you periodic notifications that encourage you to buy the productivity suit or try it out for a month. If you find the alert annoying you can easily turn it Off. Here's how. Read More

Set A Static Live Tile Image For The Photos App In Windows 10

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Windows 10 comes with a nice Start menu and live tiles for all your favorite apps. The live tiles for apps like Twitter and Facebook will feature images that come from stories or media shared to your respective feeds. Likewise, the music and video apps will feature thumbnails from the playable media. The Photos app will cycle through the photos in the Pictures library and in all folders that you've added to the app. That's how it acts like a live tile. If the app cycling through images bothers you, you can turn the live tile off but a far more aesthetically pleasing look would be to set a single static image as the tile image. Here's how. Read More

Change The Default Location For Saving Screenshots In Windows 10

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Windows 10, like its predecessor Windows 8/8.1 comes with a very basic screenshot functionality that allows you to capture a full screen high resolution image of whatever is on your screen. To take the screenshot, press Win+Prnt Scrn on your keyboard. The screen will flash a dull grey and your screenshot will be saved to a 'Screenshots' folder in the Pictures library. If you're keen to use this screenshot feature but would prefer a different location for the screenshots to be saved, here's how you can change it. Read More