Add The Same Layer Style To A Layer Multiple Times In Photoshop CC

Layer styles have long been a part of Photoshop's features. You can use them to add a color stroke, an inner or outer glow, a drop shadow, a color overlay, a gradient overlay, and more to a single layer. Layer styles are pretty useful but older versions of Photoshop only let you apply a layer style once to a given layer. For example, you can only add a single stroke to a layer. As of Photoshop CC 2017 however, this limitation has been removed so that you can add the same layer style to a single layer multiple times. Here's how. Read More

How To Change Keyboard Layout With A Keyboard Shortcut In Windows 10

Windows has long had support for multiple keyboard layouts. If you type in two different languages, e.g., English and French, you might need to switch the keyboard layout to do so. The quickest way to switch the layout of course is to use a keyboard shortcut. Windows 10 lets you enable a keyboard shortcut that lets you cycle through all the input languages you've added. It also lets you switch to a specific keyboard layout via a keyboard shortcut. It's an added feature of the language bar but it isn't enabled by default even if the language bar itself is enabled. Here's how to enable a keyboard shortcut for changing the keyboard layout in Windows 10. Read More

Add Or Remove Apps From The New Item Menu In File Explorer In Windows 10

File Explorer received a major overhaul in Windows 8 and the new UI, more or less, made it to Windows 10. The ribbon under the Home menu features a button called 'New Item'. It is similar to the 'New' option you get in the right-click context menu and it allows you to create a new file of a certain type. The options under the New Item menu in File Explorer are usually the same ones you see in the right-click context menu. There are two ways to add and remove an option to this menu. Here's what you need to do. Read More

How To Add A Dash Or Dotted Stroke To Shapes & Paths In Photoshop

Photoshop is a very powerful image editing app but it has always lacked in one particular area; drawing stylized lines. If you use Photoshop CS, you know there aren't any tools for drawing a dash or dotted line. You have to improvise a solution by playing around with the brush tool. Photoshop CC 2017 addresses this gap to some extent. The newer version lets you create custom stroke styles for paths and shapes and also comes with a preset dash and dot pattern. Here's how the new feature works in Photoshop CC and how you can replicate it on Photoshop CS. Read More

How To Set A Light Or Dark Theme In Photoshop CC

Apps that we use for extended lengths of time can cause significant strain. An app like your browser is one that you use all the time, night or day. The same can be said for Photoshop; if it's a tool you use daily, you might not be comfortable with having an overly bright or overly dark theme. Either one, depending on the amount of light in the room, can start to cause strain. Photoshop CC 2017 has a pretty neat selection of themes that users can set for the interface. The themes range from black and dark grey to a lighter grey and an almost white. They are all aimed at reducing eye strain and not meant to make the interface look pretty. Here's how you can set a light or dark theme in Photoshop CC 2017. Read More

How To Prevent A User From Installing Or Running Extensions In Chrome

Windows users can be restricted from installing apps by an administrator. It's a fairly simple process that involves limiting permissions for a particular Windows account. For apps that a user does have access to, they normally have free rein to customize it. Chrome, for example, allows users to install extensions. If you want to stop a particular user from installing an extension or running any of the ones already installed, there's nothing in Chrome that lets you do so. A simple work around to the problem exists in the form of Windows folder permissions. Here's what you need to do. Read More

How To Chart Data On A World Map

If you have a boatload of data then a visual representation is the best way to showcase it. Data that shows worldwide trends or even country based trends are best shown using an actual map. These maps look good but you can't create them in Excel or Google Docs. Map In Seconds is a web app that simplifies the process of plotting data on a world map. It lets you paste data from a spreadsheet and maps it for you. The app has support for creating worldwide maps and smaller region based ones. Read More

How To Get Slide To Shutdown On Windows 10

Windows 10 is built for both desktop and mobile. The Windows 10 UI differs between the desktop and tablet but there are also a few functional changes meant to make working on a tablet easier. One such difference is that Windows 10, on a tablet, has a neat slide to shutdown feature. It's basically you sliding a screen downward to initiate system shutdown and it looks pretty awesome. If you'd like to use it on your desktop for the fun of it, or because you have a touch screen, here's how you can get it via a desktop shortcut. Read More

How To Fix 100% Disk Usage After Windows Update KB3201845

Windows 10 just received a new update and like all previous updates this too comes with its own set of problems. This time the problem is increased disk usage. If your disk usage, as reported by the Task Manager, is consistently at 100% or above 90% for no real reason then you might be suffering from the update's side effects. The good news is; the fix is pretty simple. The bad news is; it's not permanent and each time you reboot your system you will have to repeat the fix. Here's what you need to do to fix 100% disk usage after Windows Update KB3201845. Read More

How To Download Movies In 1080p From iTunes In Windows

iTunes has HD movies that you can rent or buy. HD movies are available in two resolutions; 720p and 1080p. By default, when you download movie from the iTunes store, it downloads the 720p version even when there is a 1080p version available. It doesn't prompt you to select the resolution you want to download the movie in. Instead, it assumes you want the movie HD but in the lowest resolution available for HD. To download movies in 1080p from iTunes, you need to tweak its preferences a bit. Here's what you need to do. Read More

Check If Your PC Meets The Windows Holographic App Requirements

Microsoft is one the bigger companies dabbing in virtual and augmented reality. It's headset, the Hololens should be available to consumers some time next year. The Hololens is going to be expensive and it's going to require a fairly decent system to run. If you have the cash to spend on a Hololens headset, chances are you have a system that can handle its requirements. To be on the safe side though, you can run a check to see if any of your hardware components need to be updated. This check can only be run if you have the Windows 10 Insider Build 14971 running on your system. Here's what you need to do. Read More

How To Add A Period By Double Tapping The Space Bar In Windows

Phones have a neat, quick-typing trick; when you hit the space bar twice, a period is automatically added. This saves time because you aren't required to switch to a different keyboard layout to add the period. This is an OS trick and is available system-wide on phones and you can use it when you're texting or typing a new Facebook status. Unfortunately, this features is restricted to phones for the most part. In Windows, you cannot automatically add a period by double tapping the space bar. The good news it, you can use an AutoHotkey script to add this functionality to all apps. Here's how. Read More

How To Show/Hide The Notifications Number Badge In The System Tray In Windows 10

Windows has long had a notifications system. In Windows 10, it was finally unified with the Action Center panel. Action Center itself is a long standing feature of Windows but it has become a more recognized feature now that it can be accessed as a side panel. The Action Center is where all notifications reside. You can open it to view recent notifications and click a notification to take you to the app. Its System Tray icon shows a number badge to indicate the number of new notifications you have. When you have new notifications, this icon is filled out and if you think that is indication enough, then you have the option to disable the number badge on the icon. Here's how. Read More

How To Exclude A File, Folder, Or Process From Windows Defender In Windows 10

Windows Defender is the built-in virus protection that Windows comes with. It isn't easy to turn off, and occasionally it will flag a file incorrectly. That said, it's still reasonably good protection for your system even if it is resource hungry. If you find Windows Defender is constantly flagging a file or a process as malicious when it isn't, you might be tempted to disable it. This will likely put you at serious risk. A much better way to deal with the problem is to exclude the file, folder, or process that it keeps blocking. Here's how. Read More

How To Add ‘Search Google’ To The Right-Click Context Menu In Microsoft Edge

Leading desktop web browsers have an option in the right-click context menu for quickly sending a search term to your default search engine. Because Google is the preferred search engine for just about everyone, this option is commonly known as the 'Search Google' option in the context menu though it can work for just about any search engine. Microsoft Edge doesn't have this option just yet. You can change the default search engine in Microsoft Edge to whatever you prefer but this option isn't going to show up, not even for Bing. If like most of the world your preferred search engine is Google, you can add the 'Search Google' option to the right-click context menu with the Google Context Menu Edge extension. Read More

How To Install Extensions From Outside The Windows Store In Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge now supports extensions. You can download an extension for Edge from the Windows Store. Microsoft has added support for extensions only recently to Edge so there aren't a lot of them in the Windows Store. Quite a few are still in beta and developers prefer to make them available outside the Windows Store, possibly to avoid poor ratings. If you want to install an extension in Edge, it's a fairly simple process if you know what to do. Read More

How To Add Or Remove Apps From The Share Panel In Windows 10

Windows 10 has a system wide Share panel that works with all Windows Store apps, and the default apps in Windows 10. It lists the apps that you can use to share photos or files with. Something almost identical is present in Windows 8/8.1. The Photos app, for example, lets you share a photo via email or the Twitter app if you have it installed. Apps that can work with this share panel are automatically added to it when you install them. As a user, you don't have control over which apps appear here and there is no apparent setting that lets you tweak it. The good news is, there's a hidden setting that you can enable that gives you complete control over the Share panel. Here's what you need to do. Read More

How To Get Scroll To Next Picture Function Back In The Photos App In Windows 10

The Photos app in Windows 10 allowed users to go to the next or previous photo by scrolling the mouse wheel. Users were not happy with this functionality. It was likely due to Windows Photo Viewer, the default photo viewing app in Windows 7 which allowed users to zoom in/out with the scroll wheel. Microsoft gave users what they wanted with an update to the Photos app and replaced the scroll wheel's next/previous photo function with the zoom function. Users are now complaining they liked it the way it was before. Microsoft isn't likely to add the functionality back but you can get it back with a simple AutoHotkey script. Read More

How To Move Windows Store Games From One PC To Another

If you want to copy a game you downloaded from the Windows Store from one PC to another, you're going to have to download the game all over again. It will take time and bandwidth. Simply copying files between PCs doesn't seem to work either as games can't be installed like that and will fail to run. There is however a pretty simple work around to this that lets you copy Windows Store games between two PCs. Here's what you need to do. Read More

How To Backup Your Oculus Games & Settings, And Move The Installation To A New Location

Facebook's Oculus Rift is one of the high-end VR headsets available in the market today. In addition to the high cost of the headset, the desktop needed to run it costs $3000. It is not a cheap toy by any means. Games and settings for the Oculus and the Rift are all stored in the Oculus directory. If you ever decide you want to move them or back them up, you will need an app to do it.  vrBackupper is a free Windows app that can backup and restore Oculus games and Rift settings, and move the Oculus installation directory to a different location. Read More