How To Pin An App Window To All Virtual Desktops In Windows 10

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The virtual desktops in Windows 10 is a highlight feature of the OS but it doesn't exactly blow away the competition. It's a feature that's been implemented as basically as possible. The good thing is that since it's Windows, a developer will eventually come along and make something that supplements its features and makes it amazing. Microsoft isn't done with the feature though; the Anniversary Update that should come out this summer is going to be making some improvements to Virtual Desktops. In build 14316 one of the many new features up for testing is a pin app to desktop feature that allows you to pin an app window to all virtual desktops. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Check Which Apps Consume The Most Battery In Windows 10

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Windows 10 comes with a battery saver feature which will reduce background app activity, among other things, when it is enabled. The feature is meant for both Surface tablets and Windows 10 laptops and allows you to conserve the battery charge. You can set it to turn on automatically when your battery charge drops to a certain percentage. The battery saver mode disables all background activity for apps by default but it does let you add exceptions. When adding exceptions it's a good idea to know how much battery an app consumes before you allow it to run in the background. Windows 10 comes with a built-in tool to check battery usage on a per-app basis. Here's where you can find it. Read More

Increase The Start Menu & Taskbar Transparency In Windows 10

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Windows 10 allows you to toggle the transparency of the Start Menu, the Taskbar, and the Action Center. The transparency of these three UI elements is tied to one switch in the Settings app. To manage transparency, go to Personalization>Colors in the Settings app and turn it On/Off. The setting doesn't allow users to selectively apply transparency to one element while leaving the other a solid color nor does it let you select how transparent the Start Menu should be. You can still make the Start Menu and the taskbar considerably more transparent than it is by default by tweaking a registry key. Here's how. Read More

How To Get Ubuntu And Bash Running On Windows 10

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One of the biggest announcements made at Microsoft Build 2016 was that Ubuntu and Bash were coming to Windows. For the developer community, this is big news. The stable release of a Windows 10 version that supports bash isn't going to be out until summer but an insider build has already been released to the Fast ring that can download Ubuntu and run Bash. If you're wondering how you can get bash going and download Ubuntu on Windows 10, here's a simple guide. Read More

How To Switch To The Fast Ring In The Windows Insider Program

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Microsoft has made it incredibly easy for anyone to test out the beta builds for Windows 10. It regularly releases these builds to everyone who has joined the insider program via Windows updates. If you've joined the insider program you are probably aware that there are two release channels that Microsoft calls 'rings'. The Slow ring as its name signifies gets the latest build later while the Fast ring gets them much sooner. When you join the insider program, you are by default sent to the Slow ring. Here's how you can switch to the Fast ring and get newer builds much sooner. Read More

Add Tasks To Todo.txt From A Modern UI App & Sync It To Dropbox [Windows]

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You can use a simple text file created in Notepad to keep track of things you need to get done. By naming it todo.txt, and using the correct syntax you can track the things you need to remember and the things you've done from this list. If you find entering syntax is tedious give ActionText a try. It's a free Windows app that can add and tracks things you need to get done via the Todo.txt file. You can save the file anywhere you want including your Dropbox folder and have your list of to-dos sync to any device. Read More

How To Turn Your PC Into A Hotspot For Your WiFi Connection [Windows]

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Smartphones make it exceptionally easy to turn a data connection into a hotspot for others to connect to. If nothing else you can use it to connect your laptop to the internet. Turning your PC into a hotspot is a different story though. It's entirely possible but not as easy as it is on your phone. If you're looking for the simplest and quickest way to turn your Windows PC into a hotspot, Hosted Network Options is the way to do it. It's a free Windows app that will let you turn your system into a hotspot with little to no effort required. Read More

Teach Cortana To Know Which App You Are Searching For In Windows 10

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Open Cortana and type in Notepad. Before you even finish typing out the word 'Note' it will have listed all matching apps and files that begin with the letters you've typed. The first result is of course going to be the default Notepad app and if that's the app you wanted to quickly open then you're all set. If however you wanted to open a different app with a name similar to Notepad, such as Notepad++, then you might not like that the first result is always the Notepad app and you have to manually select the second or third result which is actually relevant for you. Cortana lists Notepad because it's obvious but also because it doesn't yet know which app you want to use. Here's how you can teach it know which app to show first. Read More

Add An OS X Like File Preview Feature To Windows 10

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OS X has a preview feature that can be used to get a quick look at files. The feature supports different file formats allowing users to take a look at images, text files, documents, etc. If the feature appeals to you then Seer is a free Windows app that you should check out. It mimics this exact same feature on Windows 10 down to the keyboard shortcut that opens the preview. All you have to do is select a file and hit the Space bar to preview it. Read More

Display Hardware Diagnostics Information In An Elegant Sidebar [Windows]

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Windows 10 bid farewell to widgets. More often than not widgets were a resource hog and many people considered them useless add-ons that served as distractions on the desktop. Even if you discounted all this simply because a widget gave you useful information that you needed handy, the widgets were still an eye-sore that would not have worked with the new UI of windows 10. While widgets have been officially discontinued, small apps exist to take their place and SidebarDiagnostics is one of them. It's a very elegant free Windows app that puts hardware diagnostics information in a side panel on your screen. The panel can be docked to either side of the screen, pinned to the top, or set to collapse when another window is active. It looks nice on Windows 7 and 8, on Windows 10 it blends seamlessly with the UI. Read More

What Does Ubuntu Coming To Windows 10 Mean For End Users?

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Yesterday at Microsoft Build 2016, Microsoft announced that Ubuntu was coming to Windows 10. This announcement is huge and people have been crying tears of joy ever since. A lot of people are eager to get started with the build that supports Ubuntu but for end users who know nothing more about Ubuntu other than its name and Linux origins, this might be a cause for alarm or general confusion. Ubuntu is a perfectly functional operating system in its own regard and it might make little sense to add one operating system to another. The thing is, that's not what Microsoft is doing. It isn't literally importing another OS into Windows 10. It is instead adding support for certain libraries and tools that developers need to use often. Here's a quick breakdown of what this means. Read More

How To Take Screenshots On A Surface Tablet & Touch Screen Laptop In Windows 10

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Windows 10 comes with a built-in screenshot tool that lets you capture your entire screen or capture the active window on your screen. The screenshots are automatically saved to a Screenshots folder in the Pictures library. The feature works flawlessly until you try and use it on a tablet where you may have nothing more than the on-screen keyboard to work with. The on-screen keyboard, whether it's the default layout or the standard keyboard layout lacks the PrntScr key that is needed to execute the screenshot function. In order to take a screenshot on the Surface tablet, or a touch screen laptop that you're using in tablet mode you have to use the hard keys on the side of the device, just like a smartphone. Read More

Here’s A Harmless Prank You Can Play On April Fools’ Day

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April Fools' day is around the corner and that means you should expect to be pranked. Likewise, you should also try and get a successful prank under your belt this year provided it's harmless and will only cause someone mild annoyance or slight discomfort. As far as harmless office pranks go, you can always tape some paper to the bottom of an optical mouse but if you're looking for a slightly more ambitious yet still harmless prank, we highly recommend this CD/DVD drive prank that has been around for ages. Read More

How To Use Shortcuts & Quickly Enter Numbers From The On-Screen Keyboard In Windows 10

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The on-screen keyboard in Windows 10 tablet mode isn't the most feature rich. If you compare it to the keyboards that are available for tablets, you realize just how long a way Microsoft has to go to catch up. Even the keyboard on Windows 10 Mobile is exponentially better than the one on Windows 10 desktop. That said, it still isn't impossible to work with. The simplified default on-screen keyboard lacks both a Windows key and the Alt and Function keys. You have to switch layouts if you want to enter a symbol or a number however you can make use of the default keyboard's built-in key shortcuts and do it all from the same layout out. Here's how. Read More

How To Disable The Touch Screen On A Two-In-One Windows 10 Laptop

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Touch screen laptops have been around a while but it was Windows 8 and 10 that made them somewhat more common than they were before. Windows 10 is built for both a normal desktop or laptop but also for a touch interface. It works best if you're using a Surface Pro but it works reasonably well with a touch screen laptop as well. If you've bought a touch screen laptop and found the touch interface to be lacking you can disable it all-together. Here's how. Read More

Undock The On-Screen Keyboard In Windows 10 & Move It Anywhere

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The on-screen keyboard in Windows 10 when enabled is docked to the bottom of the screen. It makes sense to have it appended to the bottom considering that's the easiest position for you to type in but if you find it gets in the way, particularly when you're using the screen to annotate images or draw, then you can not only detach the keyboard from the bottom of the screen but also move it around wherever you like. Here's how. Read More

How To Split The On-Screen Keyboard In Windows 10 Tablet Mode

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Typing on a touch screen tablet isn't quite like typing on a smartphone. Where it ought to be much easier considering the larger keys and an overall large keyboard layout, the screen's touch capabilities often interfere with smooth typing. It's something you have to get used to or find a fix for. With tablets, both iOS and Android, there are third party keyboards available. The same can't be said for Windows 10 but the operating system has you covered to some extent. It comes with a built-in split on-screen keyboard that you can switch to and type better. Read More

How To Get The Standard Layout On The On-Screen Keyboard In Windows 10

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Windows 10 has a tablet mode that you can switch to if you have a touch screen or a two-in-one laptop. The on-screen keyboard is centered and much smaller in width lacking a dedicated number pad as well as Control, Function, Windows, and Alt keys, among many others. The keyboard can be split down the middle for anyone who finds the keyboard too narrow to work with. If you would still prefer the same layout you have on your physical keyboard, here's how you can enable it. Read More

View Installed Apps On A Remote Desktop & Install New Ones [Windows]

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Remote desktop access allows you to take complete control of a Windows desktop. It's a feature that comes in handy when you need to help someone troubleshoot their system and this might involve the removal and installation of apps. Remote MSI Manager is a free Windows app that helps system admins and network administrators get a list of all apps installed on a remote system. The one catch here is that an app must have been installed via an MSI installer file for Remote MSI Manager to be able to detect it. Similarly, you can only install apps that install via an MSI installer. Read More

How To Delete Your Facebook Password Stored By Windows 10

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Social media has become such an important part of people's lives that operating systems, both desktop and mobile, have integrated popular services like Facebook and Twitter right inside them. When done right, as they are on Android, iOS, and OS X, they aren't a problem. Windows 10 does it differently, very differently. It might surprise you to learn that even if you aren't signed into the Facebook app, and Edge hasn't stored your login credentials, Windows 10 might still have your username and password stored. When you sign into an app, such as Deezer, via your Facebook account, Windows 10 will auto-fill both the username and password fields for you if does indeed have it stored. Here's how you can permanently remove it from your system and a look at where it came from. Read More