How To Hide The App List From The Start Menu In Windows 10

Microsoft has been playing with the Start menu and the start button in Windows since Windows 8. With Windows 10, it came to a reasonable compromise between the Windows 7 and Windows 8 UI. The Windows 10 Start Menu was popular with users until the Anniversary Update. The Anniversary Update revamped it so that an omnipresent list of all apps installed on your system appears in the Start Menu. Users did not like this change and have been looking for a way to remove it. They've also been providing feedback to Microsoft to the same effect. The Windows 10 Insider Build 14942 finally has a way to hide the apps list. Read More

How To Find Which App Is Dragging Down Your Internet Speed In Windows

There is something about slow internet that brings out the worst in everyone. A slow connection is always a source of frustration. When you can't attribute slow internet to too many people using the connection, poor service, or that massive download you have in progress, it become all the more problematic. A slow internet connection with no real reason behind the slow speed is a far bigger problem. Fortunately, there is a very easy way to find out what is dragging your internet down through the Task Manager. Here's how. Read More

How To Change The Country In The Windows Store App

The Windows Store features both free and paid apps. When you download free apps, it doesn't really matter which country's store you are accessing. With paid apps, it is different. In order to purchase a paid app, you have to enter a payment method. This involves entering you billing address which includes your country. The country has to match that of your credit or debit card, or any other payment instrument. Unfortunately, the Windows Store app doesn't let you change the country. It is pre-selected for you with no option to change it. That doesn't mean it's impossible to change the country. To do so, you need to edit your region settings in the Control Panel. Here's how. Read More

How To Get A Tabbed Interface In Any App In Windows

There are very few apps that support a tabbed interface. It seems reasonable that apps like MS Word don't support a tabbed interface, yet at the same time, it would make it exceptionally easier to work with multiple documents if it did. TidyTabs is a little Windows app that lets you get a tabbed interface in just about any Windows app. The only exception is full screen apps which you cannot group into a single window. For everything else, you can group multiple windows of the same app into one. Read More

How To Show Or Hide App Badges On The Taskbar In Windows 10

Apps icons on the Taskbar in Windows 10 can indicate new messages, events, or alerts via a little badge. The app needs to be running in order for the badge icon to appear so apps that are simply pinned to the Taskbar but not running will not show you a badge. The badge updates whenever the app receives a new alert or message. It's a pretty neat indicator of new activity that you can check without having to switch to the app. Here's how you can enable, or disable, it. Read More

How To Fix Windows 10 Volume Randomly Jumping To 100%

The bugs in Windows 10 refuse to die. There are so many obscure bugs that even a year after Windows 10's release, and two major updates later, they are all yet to be resolved. One bug that plagues the audio on a Windows 10 system is the volume randomly jumping to 100%. All you need to do to trigger it, if it effects you, is to pause the audio playing in an app, switch to a different one and then back to the one which is playing audio. When you play it again, the volume is likely to jump to 100%. If you are experiencing this problem, there is a very simple solution to get rid of it. Here's what you need to do. Read More

How To Enable Push Notifications In The Mail App In Windows 10

Windows 10 comes with a default email client called Mail. The Mail app is very basic and if you've been using Outlook or Thunderbird in the past, you aren't likely to want to switch to this app. If you do need a basic email app to manage email though, Mail isn't bad. It can alert you when you have a new email, works with the Action Center, and can show how many new messages you have on the Lock Screen. If you have configured an email account with Mail, you might be wondering why you aren't alerted to a new email the second it arrives. The reason has to do with a little setting that decides how often the app checks for new messages. In order to get alerts the same time the emails arrive i.e. get push notifications, you need to change the account's sync settings. Here's what you need to do. Read More

How To Fix ‘Failed To Install’ Error For KB3194496 Update On Windows 10

Windows 10 updates have long been problematic. Microsoft has been delivering automatic OS updates to users for years but it has had bad luck with Windows 10 updates. Both the two major updates as well as the OS update itself has given users issues both minor and serious. That isn't the only problem plaguing Windows updates. Often, updates fail to install and there are almost no trouble shooting options to address them. On September 29. 2016, Microsoft released KB3194496 for Windows 10. It's an update that is consistently failing to install for many users. If you suspect you might be having the same problem, there is one solution that might resolve it for you. Here's what you need to do. Read More

How To Remove An App From The Game DVR Game’s List In Windows 10

The Xbox app in Windows 10 comes with a nice game play recording feature. You can use Game DVR to record just about any app you want to. It is in fact a pretty good stock option for creating a screen cast. To use Game DVR, hit the Win+G keyboard shortcut. If it's the first time you're recording a particular app, you will have to identify the app as a game before you can begin recording. It all takes less than ten seconds to start using. If you've accidentally identified an app as a game and want to exclude it from Game DVR's list, you might wonder where that particular option is. It isn't in the Xbox app's settings. Instead, it is a context aware setting that can only be accessed when you have the app open. Here's how to remove an app from the Game DVR list. Read More

How To Disable The Taskbar Thumbnail Previews In Windows 10

When you have multiple windows of an app open in Windows 10, you can get a small thumbnail preview of each one. To do so, simply position the mouse cursor over the app's taskbar icon. This is something we often do unconsciously without second thought. This works with all apps. You don't have to click the icon or anything. If you move your mouse cursor to one of the thumbnail previews, you can take a peak at the window in all its maximized glory. The feature is pretty neat and older versions of Windows easily let you turn it On or Off as per your need. The same cannot be said for Windows 10. You have no choice regarding the hover preview as it's always On. If you prefer to disable it, you have to make a change in the Windows Registry. The change will make it so that no thumbnail preview appears when you hover the mouse over the app icon. If you click the icon, however, you will get a thumbnail preview. Read More

How To Enable Paths Longer Than 260 Characters In Windows 10

Windows has long had a limit on how long a path it can support when it comes to running processes or accessing files. That limit is 260 characters. Any path that is longer than 260 characters needs to be trimmed down to be accessible. this involve moving files and folders around to shorten the path. With Windows 10 build 1607 and above, the limitation has now been lifted. You have to make a small tweak in the windows registry or the group policy editor to remove the limitation since it isn't removed by default. Here's what you need to do. Read More

How To Limit The Upload And Download Speed In OneDrive

Cloud drives are great until they start syncing large files to the cloud or your desktop and consume all your bandwidth in the process. Very few cloud drives will let you choose the order in which to sync files, none let you specify a time when files should be synced since they prefer live syncing, and very few will let you limit how much bandwidth it can use when syncing files. Fortunately, OneDrive is one of the apps that let you limit its bandwidth usage. You can limit both the apps upload and download speed provided you're running build 17.3.6517.0809 or above of the app. Read More

Move Files From Downloads To A Different Location Based On File Type

The Downloads folder can turn into a cluttered mess if you don't purge it regularly. Not only is a large Downloads folder difficult to manage, finding files in it is always going to be a problem. If you're looking to automate moving files from the Downloads folder to a more meaningful location, e.g. moving all images to the Pictures library, you can do so with a simple Python script. This script in question was developed by Reddit user grigby. It lets you choose the origin and destination folders to move files from/to. You can choose which file type will be moved to which folder making this one script work for multiple file types. Here's how to set it up. Read More

How To Use OneDrive To Search Images And Documents By The Text In Them

OneDrive is built right into Windows 8 and 10. In fact, recent Windows 7 updates brought more or less the same experiences to the older OS. OneDrive offers a reasonable amount of storage space and given it's part of the OS, it has a few advantages over other cloud drives that have desktop apps for the platform. It also has a very neat feature; optical character recognition. It's what lets apps read text in images and documents that don't have editable text e.g. PDF files. Apart from OCR, OneDrive can search text inside a document or even a text file. This means the poorly named vacation photos in your camera roll and the documents that you didn't name correctly are easier to find based on their content. The search feature is available for both the desktop apps and the iOS and Android apps. Read More

How To Set Default Audio Output To 5.1 Surround Sound In VLC Player

VLC player supports 5.1 surround sound provided you've got the right hardware and drivers installed. You also need your source audio/video to be compatible with 5.1 audio output. Given you have all that and VLC doesn't automatically play audio in 5.1 and instead just defaults to your stereo speaker settings you're not going to be able to get much benefit out of your superior speakers. The good news is that you can force VLC to always play audio in 5.1 surround sound. To set this as a default, you have to go digging a little deeper into VLC's preferences. Here's what to do. Read More

How To Set Different Wallpapers For Virtual Desktops In Windows 10

Windows 10 has a new Settings app that handles the more commonly used settings a user might need to change. This includes personalization settings which can no longer be accessed from the Control Panel app. The transition from Control Panel to Settings app hasn't been smooth with users needing to jump through quite a few hoops if they want to set a different wallpaper on multiple desktops. Thankfully, it's still doable which isn't something that can be said for virtual desktop. With virtual desktops, you can only set one wallpaper and it will appear on all of them. Win 10 Virtual Desktop Enhancer is a little app that looks to fill this gap. It lets you set different wallpapers for different virtual desktops. It also adds a little icon in the system tray to let you know which desktop you're currently on. Read More

How To Fix The Webcam Freezing And Crashing In Windows 10

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update was a major update and where it came with some major features, it also came with quite a few problems. Noteworthy among the problems with the update is the camera constantly freezing and crashing. The default Camera app, as well as other apps that need to use the camera are both freezing or crashing on launch. If you're experiencing this bug, it isn't going to just go away. It's a result of a change Microsoft made to how it decodes the video stream. Not everyone is experiencing the crashes but if you are, a registry edit is the only way to fix it. Here's what you need to do. Read More

Is It Safe To Copy/Paste Passwords From Your Clipboard?

Passwords, whether they're for an online service or for our local Windows account, need to be guarded carefully. A leaked password can often help anyone with malicious intent guess what your other passwords might be. People who use important numbers like their birthdays in their password put themselves at even greater risk. General safety protocol says you shouldn't use the same password for multiple accounts, nor should you write it down anywhere it can be found easily. Many people resort to using password vaults i.e. services like LastPass so they don't have to write passwords down or bother to remember them. For the most part a password vault is a safe and secure way to store passwords unless of course users compromise security by copying passwords to the clipboard. The clipboard is a Windows feature that every single app on your system has access to. There is no way to filter out which apps can and cannot access content on the clipboard. If you've installed a malicious app on your system then copy/pasting passwords to/from your clipboard is a security risk. Read More

Cortana Can Show Lyrics For The Current YouTube Video In Edge In Windows 10

Microsoft has integrated Cortana into other Windows 10 apps and features after the Anniversary Update. Many users find Cortana underwhelming. It hogs system resources quite a bit so people prefer to turn it Off and search their computer the same way they've been doing it for ages before Cortana existed. Even if you have Cortana turned Off, i.e. you aren't using voice commands to search your system, get traffic and weather updates, or create reminders, some features of its features still work. One such feature is integrated in Edge and it works exclusively on YouTube. Open a music video on YouTube in Edge, and Cortana can get the lyrics for you. You can pin the lyrics next to the video and sing along to your favorite song (preferably in an empty room). Read More

How To Find Which App Is Using Your Webcam [Windows]

Controlling which apps can access your webcam is pretty simple in Windows 10. You can easily edit the list and revoke an app's access to your webcam if you feel it isn't safe. Windows 10 explicitly has you grant apps access to your webcam so you're safe for the most part. Of course, this is for the good, trustworthy apps that have verified publishers or that come from the Windows Store. Apps that are malicious or that you might have unknowingly downloaded when downloading other apps are an entirely different story. If you suddenly find the little light next to your webcam turned On but can't figure out which app is using it, there's a very simple way to track it down. It requires an app called Process Explorer and the built-in Device Manager. Here's what you need to do. Read More