How To Get A Dark Start Menu & Taskbar With Colored Title Bars In Windows 10

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Windows 10 takes it upon itself to ensure you have a nice color scheme on your system. You can choose the color of the title bars, taskbar, and Start Menu but Windows will tweak it to make it look better. The Taskbar and the Start Menu are always a slightly different shade of the color of the title bars. You can disable the color on the Taskbar and the Start Menu altogether but that will also disable the color on the title bar for all windows. It's an all or nothing deal but if you're willing to tweak something in the Windows registry, you can keep the color on the title bars but turn the color for the Start Menu, Taskbar, and Action Center off. Here's how. Read More

How To Set A Different Wallpaper For Multiple Monitors In Windows 10

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Windows 10 has greatly restricted how much users can personalize the appearance of the OS. Themes aren't what they used to be and it was only after users complained did Microsoft bring back the colored title bars. Many customization options that were accessible from the Control Panel have been hidden and setting a desktop background is now something you can only do from the new Settings app. This has a major drawback; the Settings app doesn't let you set a different wallpaper for multiple monitors and there is no visible way to do it from the Control Panel. Fortunately, there's a very easy work around to it. Read More

Retroactively Resize Two Windows Snapped Side By Side In Windows 10

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The window snapping feature in Windows 10 has greatly been improved upon since Windows 7. Even back then, it was pretty awesome but with Windows 10 and the lessons Microsoft learned from Windows 8, the feature has been made all the better. Among the many other things that you can do when snapping windows, resizing two at the same time is a very useful new addition made in Windows 10. Here's how it works. Read More

Use iTunes Home Sharing To Stream Music From The Desktop To Your iPhone

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If you own an iPhone model with low storage, it's likely you cut corners to manage your space better. You likely have to keep space free for the apps you need and thus have to keep fewer photos and music files on the device. One way to conserve space on a device is to use apps like Spotify to fuel your music needs but if you're mostly working next to or near a desktop, you can use Home Sharing to get music from your PC on your iPhone without needing any extra apps. Here's how. Read More

How To Turn Off Snap Suggestions In Windows 10

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Snapping is an awesome Windows feature and thankfully, it has stood the test of time and Microsoft's attempts at innovating and reinventing their OS. In Windows 10, the snapping feature comes with several new improvements one of which is that it now suggests what other windows to snap when you snap the current window. The suggestions will show you the last three windows you used of all the ones that are open. It does confuse you at first since you don't immediately know how to return to the desktop but if it continues to bother you, you can turn the suggestions feature Off. Here's how. Read More

Get An iPad Like App Launcher On Windows

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Microsoft experimented with a full screen app launcher back in Windows 8 that it called the Start Screen. The launcher didn't fare well with users and Microsoft eventually had to get rid of it. If the idea of a full screen app launcher appealed to you, PaperPlane is a free app launcher for Windows that mimics the launcher on the iPad. The great thing about the app is how easy it is to launch it. It doesn't interfere with any normal desktop functions and you can add files, folders, apps, and web links to it. Read More

Route Audio From Your PC To An Android Phone

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Macs, iPhones, and iPads are consistently built to communicate well with each other. The OS updates tie more and more of the features together but for anyone trying to get a Windows PC and an Android phone to play nice with each other, you will need third party apps. If you're trying to send audio from your PC to an Android, SoundWire is an Android and Windows app that will let you do just that. The Android version of the app comes with ads though they aren't intrusive and shouldn't make much of a difference once you have the audio set up to transmit from your desktop to your phone or tablet. The paid version of the app is free of ads and has additional features. Read More

Play Video Through Chromecast And Route Audio Through Your PC Or Mac

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The Chromecast doesn't let you separate the audio and video streams of any media that you want to play. When you cast anything from your PC, you have no choice but to cast both the audio and the video which is fine if you're casting to a TV which will come with built-in speakers. If however you have a large monitor that you hook your Chromecast up to and it doesn't have speakers or low quality quality speakers you might prefer routing the audio of whatever you're watching through your PC. The only problem is that you can't. Not only does Chromecast not support this functionality, there are no apps available as yet that do. This means the only way to do it is with a tricky little work around and we have just that for you. Read More

Turn On ‘Find My Device’ To Track Your Windows 10 Laptop

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Location tracking apps are a popular feature in mobile operating systems and both Android and iOS have one. The feature is meant to help if you've forgotten your phone some place or if it's been stolen but phones aren't the only devices that are portable. Tablets and laptops are used commonly by anyone who works on the go and they too can be forgotten or stolen. Windows 10 is meant for both laptops and tablets and as of build 1511, it comes with a location tracking feature for keeping track of your tablet or laptop. Here's how to turn it on. Read More

How Do VR Headsets Work Without An Action Button?

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Google Cardboard was one of the first ridiculously cheap ways for people to experience virtual reality. It's cardboard material might raise questions as to its durability and long term use but there is no denying that the device made VR apps more accessible for everyone. Since then, many other VR headsets made by smaller manufacturers to big names like Samsung have entered the market. With some of these other headsets, you might notice a small design and feature difference i.e., some headsets do not have an action button. This might raise the question as to how you will 'navigate' a VR app if your headset doesn't have an action button which, frankly, quite a few don't. You might even wonder if what you're getting is a substandard device. Here's how a VR headset without an action button works and the implications of buying one. Read More

How To Enable Fast Startup In Windows 10

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Windows 10 is supposed to be faster than its predecessors and it's also supposed to run better on older hardware. The OS is meant to be less demanding in terms of hardware requirements but if you've upgraded to Windows 10, you know that it is all it promised to be in terms of speed. Perhaps this has to do with the many bugs that still need fixing but if Windows 10 is exceptionally slow to start, there is a little setting that will allow you to speed up the boot process. Read More

How To Extend Your Windows Desktop With The Chromecast [Guide]

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The Chromecast is considered a device meant for entertainment purposes. Most apps that are developed for it tend to be geared for entertainment but it has actual productive uses, for example, you can use it to give presentations from your phone. Another great use you can put your TV and Chromecast to is as an extended display for your system. You can do this with Windows 7, 8, and 10. Here's how. Read More

How To Factory Reset The Second Generation Chromecast

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The second generation Chromecast differs from the first generation in many ways and one of the major differences lies in its designs. The second generation Chromecast has a more solid streamlined look but if you're upgrading from the first generation to the second one, the one thing you will notice right away is that a certain button is missing on the new device. The button, present on first generation devices, allowed users to manually reset their device to factory settings. You can just imagine how important it was. With it no longer part of the second generation device, you might be wondering how you can reboot or factory reset the second generation Chromecast. Here's how. Read More

Get Large Icons On App Tiles On The Start Menu In Windows 10

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The Windows 10 Start Menu supports different tile sizes for the apps you pin to it. Resizing a tile is really simple and the size variation lets you highlight the more important and frequently accessed apps while fitting the less often used ones in a smaller area. For apps that haven't been optimized for Windows 10, you might notice that resizing an app tile on the Start Menu will leave you with a large square or rectangle that still has a small app icon sitting in the middle. For some apps like Chrome, the entire tile will show the Chrome icon but for many popular ones, that just isn't the case. To fix the problem, there's a free open source app called TileIconifier. Read More

Automatically Turn Off The Monitor/Display When You Lock Windows

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Windows lets you set a time limit on how long your display should stay 'On' even if you've been inactive. This setting can be accessed from the power plan options under 'Turn off display'. The display, along with other power conserving options like dimming the display or putting Windows into Sleep mode are bound by a time trigger and dependant on the user being inactive. MpowerSaver is a little Windows utility that will turn off your display or external monitor immediately if you lock your screen. It also lets you set a schedule for when you system should shut down, restart, go to standby, or hibernate. Read More

How To Disable The Sign-In Screen Background Image In Windows 10

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Windows 10 has three different types of backgrounds; the lock screen background, the desktop background, and the sign-in screen background. Of these three background images that appear on your screen, the sign-in screen background cannot be changed unless you use an app. If you leave the background untouched, you will always see the Hero wallpaper that is one of the defaults in Windows 10. If you aren't too fond of the wallpaper and would prefer to not have any image appear on the sign-in screen, here's how you can disable it altogether. Read More

Block & Uninstall All Updates That Force The Windows 10 Upgrade

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Microsoft has been pushing Windows 10 on to its current user base since it announced the release date for the new OS. Even though the number of people who have upgraded to the new version of Windows is pretty impressive, Microsoft doesn't think it's good enough. In order to fix this problem, it is pushing Windows 10 on to people all the more aggressively. Microsoft has now dubbed all updates that will push Windows 10 on to users as 'Recommended'. This means users will once again have to sit down and hide these updates if they haven't installed already. If you're looking for a very quick and very effective way to remove all traces of Windows 10 from your system, Aegis is a little script that you can use. Read More

How To Force Windows 10 To Upgrade To The Latest Build

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The November 2015 build of Windows 10 i.e., build 1511 was one a lot of people were looking forward to. Not only did it introduce new features but it also fixed quite a few bugs. The only problem with the build was that it didn't roll out for everyone. People are still waiting on it. If you aren't sure what build you're running you can use the version check tool to find out. If you're running an older build and Windows is continuously telling you that it's up to date, it's time to force your hand and force the update. Here's how. Read More

How To Check The Build Number In Windows 10

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Windows 10 build updates have introduced a few new features and quite a few improvements to the OS. The latest stable builds work better than what was originally passed off as the first stable version of Windows 10 in July 2015. If you haven't seen any stability improvements or any of the new features that the later builds have introduced despite your OS being up to date, it might be you're running an older build of Windows 10. Here's where you can check the build number. Read More

Record A Screencast And Save In MP4, AVI, OGG, WebM, Or GIF Format

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Screencasting apps are no longer rare and it's easy to find an app that will record screencasts with no time limits on how long a video you can record. You're practically spoiled for choice when it comes to picking an app and VClip is just another screencast app that you ought to consider. The app stands out by offering users a rich choice in output formats. It supports saving in MP4, OGG, WEBM, AVI, and GIF formats. While MP4 and GIF formats are both become common with screencasting apps, the others are rare to come by. The app uses FFMPEG to encode videos and the output, regardless of which format you select, is excellent. VClip also lets you select the frame rate for recording. It comes with three frame rate presets to choose from. Read More