How To Remove Suggested Apps From The Share Menu In Windows 10

Windows 10, like Windows 8, has contextual sharing. If you select files in File Explorer, a share tab appears on the ribbon. It lets you share files via supported apps. The apps that support contextual sharing appear in the share menu. Users can't add or remove apps from the share menu. The apps appear automatically when you install them. Over time, Windows 10 picks up on which app you prefer to share with and puts it at the top of the list. Come April 2017, Microsoft is adding suggested apps to the share menu in the Creator's Update. These apps are apps that you have not installed on your device but Microsoft thinks you probably should. Needless to say, it is unnecessary clutter. Here's how you can remove suggested apps from the share menu in Windows 10. Read More

How To Change The Power Plan From The System Tray In Windows 10

Windows has different power profiles that users can set up. A power profile lets you quickly change your system's settings between low and high power usage. Some of the variables in a power plan include screen brightness, display timeout, system sleep, and more. Users can customize a power plan to suit their needs. There are three power plans in Windows 10; high performance, balanced, and power saver. In order to switch to a different power plan, a user has to open the Control Panel app by right-clicking the battery icon in the system tray. In the Creator's Update, Microsoft is going to add a slider to the battery icon's menu to make this easier. PowerPlanSwitcher is a Windows UWP app that gives you this feature right now. It lets you change the power plan from the system tray to any one of the three default plans. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Tell If Windows 10 Is A Fresh Install Or An Upgrade

Windows 10 was free for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users. For one year, Microsoft gave users the option to upgrade their old version of Windows to the newest one. The free offer was rescinded when Microsoft released the Anniversary Update. After that, users running Windows 7/8 had to purchase Windows 10. They got a new product key for the license they bought. Users who upgraded from an older Windows version used their old Windows 7/8 license. If you ever need to check whether a Windows 10 installation is an upgrade or a fresh install, there's no straight forward way to tell. You might have a Windows.old folder in your C Drive if you upgraded but that too disappears one month after the upgrade. Here's how you can tell if Windows 10 is a fresh install or an upgrade. Read More

How To Find Which App Or Process Is Using A USB In Windows

It only takes seconds to safely remove a USB drive or an external hard drive. In Windows, you can eject a USB drive from the system tray or from File Explorer. In File Explorer, select a USB drive and go to the 'Manage' tab. Click the 'Eject' button to safely remove a drive. From the system tray, right-click the USB device icon and select the Eject option for the drive you want to remove. If all goes well, Windows will tell you it's safe to remove a USB drive within seconds. There are exceptions to this of course. At times, Windows tells you it isn't safe to remove a USB drive because it is in use by an app or a process. The message prompt doesn't tell you which app or process is using a USB. Here's how you can see what's preventing Windows from safely ejecting a USB drive. Read More

How To Block Non-Windows Store Apps In Windows 10

The Windows Store is still in its infancy stage. There are some good apps available in the Windows Store. Big names like Facebook, Twitter, and Netflix all have UWP apps that you can download from the Windows Store. The Windows Store apps are, if nothing else, safe. Users know for a fact that they are downloading the official app and no one has repackaged it with harmful or malicious code. That really is the whole benefit of a dedicated app store. The Windows 10 Creator's Update due in April this year is going to introduce a new limitation that will let users block non-Windows Store apps. The Windows smart screen already serves to protect users from installing unsigned apps. With this feature, users can block Win32 or desktop apps. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Tag Someone In An Email In The Mail App In Windows 10

People miss important emails all the time. They either forget to respond to an email or they deem an email not relevant to them. With so many emails sent to our inbox everyday, it's hard to make sure the right person replies. That's why those meetings that should've been an email happen. Windows 10 comes with a stock Mail app. It's basic but enough to meet primary email needs. Clearly, Microsoft doesn't want anything competing with Outlook but wants to give users a mail app in their out-of-the-box PC. The Mail app has just been updated and a tag feature has been added to it. The tag feature is a call-to-attention that lets you tag someone in an email. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Find The Current Desktop Background Image In Windows 10

Windows 10 remembers the last few images you set as your desktop background. It has an easy switching feature in the Settings app that lets you set a recently wallpaper image as the background in one click. If you open the Settings app and go to Personalization>Background you can see the last five images you used for your desktop background, including the current one. Windows 10 saves a copy of these images so, even if you accidentally delete the original image, you don't lose your desktop background. In the event you do delete the image by accident, you can get it back from the copy Windows 10 keeps of it. Here's how you can find the current desktop background image in Windows 10. Read More

How To Change The Mail App Background In Windows 10

Windows 10 comes with a stock Mail app. It isn't anything to write home about and Microsoft has made it so that it doesn't compete with Outlook. For a basic app, it's reasonably good. The Mail app supports multiple accounts and the People and Calendar apps are integrated in it well enough. It also has some really neat customization features which let you set a custom color and background for the app. You can set a different color and background for each account you've added to the app . This gives you an easy way to differentiate which account you're currently using. Here's how you can set a color and change the Mail app background in Windows 10. Read More

Open Google Keep Or Evernote From The Note Button In The Action Center [Windows 10]

The Action Center in Windows 10 has a handy little Note button. It lets you create a new note in the OneNote UWP app. Microsoft has  basically no customization options for this button. You have to tweak the registry to change the behavior of the Note button in the Action Center. We covered a little tip on how to bind the Note button to the OneNote desktop app by changing a registry key. You can change this very same key and have it open Google Keep or Evernote's web interface. Here's how you can open Google Keep or Evernote from the Note button in the Action Center. Read More

How To Turn Off Spelling And Grammar Check In OneNote

OneNote has a built-in spelling and grammar check feature. The feature is more or less the same as the one in MS Office. It's useful to say the least but not everyone takes the neatest, most grammatically correct notes. For a lot of people, the notes they take are quick thoughts that may be rife with spelling and grammar mistakes. If you feel the proofreading feature in OneNote isn't all that useful, you can get rid of it. Here's how you can turn off spelling and grammar check in OneNote. Read More

Bind The Action Center Note Button To A Section In OneNote [Windows 10]

The Action Center in Windows 10 has quick access buttons that let you toggle the WiFi, Airplane mode, and create a new note. The Note button is linked to the OneNote UWP app. If you click this button, it will open OneNote ready for you to type a new note. The only thing is, there are actually two OneNote apps. The OneNote UWP app comes bundled with Windows 10 whereas, if you have the Office Suite installed, a second OneNote app comes with it. This second OneNote app is a desktop app. If you prefer using the OneNote desktop app, you can bind the Action Center Note button to open a section in OneNote. Here's how. Read More

How To Turn Off Birthday Alerts In Windows 10

Windows 10 tells you when it's your friend's birthday. It does so on the lock screen as well as in the Calendar app. You may or may not like Windows 10 giving you these friendly little reminders to wish your friend a happy birthday. Windows 10 gets quite zealous with its reminders. It doesn't limit itself to just friends but will even alert you when a business contact has a birthday. Here's how you can turn off birthday alerts in Windows 10, and a quick look at where they come from. Read More

Find Which DLL Files Are In Use In Windows

Windows apps and processes access a type of file called 'DLL' files. A DLL file, if corrupt or missing, will often prevent an app or process from running correctly. At times, an app or process may fail entirely if the DLL file it needs is absent. The point is, these files are important even though you never run or download them. LoadedDllsView is a free Windows app that shows you which DLL files are in use at any given point. You can select a DLL file and view which app or process is accessing it. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Make Cortana Use Your Default Browser In Windows 10

Microsoft has been very restrictive with Cortana. Cortana does not honor your default browser settings and sends all web searches to Microsoft Edge and it isn't just Cortana that does this. A lot of links still open in Edge with no way to stop them. EdgeDeflector is a tiny Windows app that fixes this. It forces Cortana to use your default browser and it also redirects all other links from Edge to your browser of choice. Here's how you can make Cortana use your default browser in Windows 10. Read More

How To Make Cortana Use Google Search In Chrome And Firefox

Cortana is one of the major features introduced in Windows 10 and as predicted, it is tied to Bing. Everyone knew Cortana would use Bing and Edge by default but we were optimistic that it would come with a customization tool that would let us use our browser and search engine of choice. Now that Windows 10 has been released, we realize the error of our ways. If you set a different browser as your default browser in Windows 10, Cortana will route all web searches to it but it will still use Bing. Here's you can make Cortana use Google in Chrome and Firefox. Read More

How To Get A New Windows Spotlight Image For Your Lock Screen In Windows 10

The Windows Spotlight images on your lock screen are pretty awesome. They change daily but there is no way to dictate how often Windows 10 will get a new Windows Spotlight image for your lock screen. You might actually be stuck with the same image for days on end if Windows 10 doesn't refresh the image. There's no way for you to request a new image; you have to wait until Windows Spotlight fetches a new one itself. If you've been stuck with the same image on your lock screen for too long though, there is a way to get a new Windows Spotlight image for your lock screen. Here's how. Read More

How To Set The Windows Spotlight Image As Your Wallpaper In Windows 10

You can customize the the Windows 10 lock screen image. You have the option to set an image of your choice as the lock screen background or set up a slideshow. A third option lets you enable 'Windows Spotlight' which finds photos from Bing and sets them as your wallpaper. They're stored locally on your system as temporary files. If you really like a photo, you can hunt it down and set it as your desktop wallpaper. If you'd like to automate this, give Lock Screen Reflection a try. It's a free Windows utility that will set the Windows Spotlight image as your wallpaper. It works only if you have Windows Spotlight turned on for the lock screen. Here's how you can set the Windows Spotlight image as your wallpaper, both manually and via an app. Read More

How To Get New Artwork For Your Desktop Wallpaper Daily

How often do you change your desktop wallpaper? Do you set a new wallpaper routinely or just change it when you find a really cool HD image? Finding new wallpapers isn't easy, especially if you need HD images. Windows 10 users have Windows Spotlight to turn to and macOS has some really great HD wallpapers by default. Both Windows Spotlight and the default macOS wallpapers are mostly photographs. If your tastes lean more towards the artistic side, Artpip is an app you should try out. It finds artwork and sets it as your wallpaper. You can choose how often the app will get new artwork for your desktop wallpaper. You can also exclude certain mediums e.g. sketches from being set as the wallpaper. Read More

How To Enable Dynamic Lock In Windows 10

Windows 10 supports multiple options for keeping your PC secure. You have three types of passwords that you can set; alphanumeric, PIN, and picture. If you have a supported device, you can set up Windows Hello and train it to recognize your face. The Creators Update for Windows 10 will introduce a new locking mechanism for your PC; Dynamic Lock. It's meant for users who forget to lock their device and it works with paired Bluetooth devices. When a paired Bluetooth device, specifically a phone, is no longer nearby, Windows locks itself after 30 seconds. Here's how to enable Dynamic Lock in Windows 10. Read More

How To Name Virtual Desktops In Windows 10

Virtual desktops in Windows 10 are one of the major highlights of the operating system. You can create as many virtual desktops as you like; they have keyboard shortcut support and moving app windows between them is easy. One shortcoming of vrtual desktops in Windows 10 is the lack visual indicators to identify them. Win 10 Virtual Desktop Enhancer is one of the best virtual desktop customization apps available. It's a free open source Windows app that lets you add a number indicator for the current desktop to your system tray. Additionally, it lets you set different wallpapers for each desktop. Most importantly though, it lets you name virtual desktops in Windows 10. Here's how it works. Read More