Switch From A Microsoft Account To A Local Account In Windows 10

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My Microsoft account exists for one sole purpose; to use Windows 10 (or previously, to use Windows 8). Other than this one forced usage scenario, I have no need for said account, not even for Skype, not for anything. You might have come to believe that Windows 10 needs a Microsoft account to run and that if you want to use the next version, you will have to create one and that isn't true. Not only do you not need a Microsoft account for Windows 10, but if you've already associated one with your user account, you can switch to a local account easily. Here's how. Read More

Find And Disable The Programs Slowing System Startup In Windows 10

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Some programs are so vital to our everyday tasks that we allow them to be run of their own accord when we Windows starts up. Unfortunately, the more programs you have lined up to run at startup, the longer it will take for your system to fully startup. So, like with all things, you have to choose which programs are better left starting up on their own and which you want to start manually later. Two things will impact this decision; how important the app is to you and how great an impact it has at startup. Regarding the app's importance, it's up to a user to decide but as far as the startup impact is concerned, you can use the Task Manager in Windows 10 to help determine it. Here's how. Read More

Get Inspiration Using Auto Generated Templates For Hard To Write Emails

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We often talke about how difficult it is to deal with email everyday. Most discussions, most services for that matter, revolve around making email easier and less painful to manage. Very few services touch on the other side of emails; writing an email. We've all at some point written and received bad emails and that begs the question, 'What do people think when they write bad emails?' For a lot of people, simply not knowing what is 'appropriate' in a situation can lead them to unintentionally write bad emails. Contactually is a service that helps you manage business relationships and it's released a little web app that can give you an email template for different email situations. It's free to use and you can get more templates by signing up for a trial account to the service. The templates aren't bad ranging from basic sales and feature updates to a few personal ones aimed at an ex. Read More

How To Hide Multiple Files & Folders In Windows 10

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We've always been able to hide files and folders in Windows. If you don't know where the option is, right-click any file or folder and select Properties. In the General tab, check the 'Hidden' option at the  very bottom and apply the change. That's all it takes. The feature is obviously very useful and come Windows 10, hide/unhide exists as its very own button on the ribbon making it exceptionally easier to hide/unhide files and folders. Here's how it works. Read More

Get File Explorer To Open This PC Instead Of Quick Access In Windows 10

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When you click the File Explorer icon in the taskbar it opens the 'Quick Access' location. Quick Access isn't a folder location in itself but more a virtual location where you can see all the recent files and folders you accessed. It's quite useful and definitely lives up to its name.That said, if you find it isn't as helpful as it claims to be, or your needs are simply different, you can have File Explorer open to a different location i.e. My PC (or as we called it in Windows 7; My Computer). At present, My PC is the only other supported location that you can set as the default for File Explorer until someone finds a way to modify it. Here's how to make the change. Read More

Set Bluetooth Device Discoverability In Windows 10

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Bluetooth is a battery drain, and it's risky to let just about any device connect with your system which is why discoverability for your system on Windows 10 is turned Off. The thing about Bluetooth is that it has a low range so if need calls, it might not be too risky to allow devices to find your system. If such a need does arise, you might want to know where you can manage your device's Bluetooth discoverability in Windows 10 and we're pointing you to the right place. Read More

How To Connect Any Bluetooth Device With Windows 10

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We've been exploring Windows 10 for quite a while and one thing we've come away with is that Windows has two types of settings; the new Settings app and the old familiar Control Panel. The Control panel is obviously the more powerful of the two and it's meant to give you access to far more advanced settings that an average user might not need, or might access very rarely. One of the many things featured in the simplified Settings app is the ability to connect a Bluetooth device. Here's how you can do that from the Settings app. Read More

Find A New Anime To Watch Based On Your Favorite One [Web]

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Anime is a wonderful sub-genre of animation with amazing stories. Some people might look down on that segment of animation but anyone who's seen a good series knows how very complex the stories can be and how exceptionally awesome the animation style is. If you're an anime fan, chances are you've seen all the popular ones and you aren't afraid to try the ones that have a questionable synopsis. If you're just getting started with this genre and have more conservative choices, Anime Suggestions is a free web app that can help you find a good series to watch based on what you've already seen and liked. Read More

How To Turn Off Flash In Edge Browser [Windows 10]

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Adobe Flash is under fire again for its lack of security and a newly discovered hack. Dealing with Adobe Flash is frustrating to say the least; on the one hand a lot of sites still use it and browsing with it disabled is a problem if you stray far from the more popular sites. On the other hand, it's not safe and no matter what a website has to offer, it just isn't worth running and risking your system's integrity (perhaps Apple was right all along to boot it). For more popular browsers, disabling flash is common knowledge but since Edge is new, we're detailing how you can disable Flash in it. Read More

How To Save Links To The Reading List In Edge Browser [Windows 10]

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Microsoft's new Edge browser comes with some nice new features one of which is Reading Lists. Reading lists existed back in Windows 8/8.1 as a separate app but they didn't work with desktop apps and web browsers meant to run on the desktop. Items to the reading list were added via the charms bar but the Charms bar has gone the way of the dinosaurs in Windows 10. With Edge, you can now maintain a reading list of links you want to read later. The feature is very basic at present so you can only save links to it but do not have the option to create folders, or to auto-delete items that are older than a specific number of days. Here's how you can save a link to the Edge Reading List. Read More

Customize How Long Notifications Are Shown Before Being Dismissed In Windows 10

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Windows 10 has newer, better looking, and much improved notifications. It also has a great Notification Center that collects them all so you can dismiss them in one go, view recent notifications, and even interact with notifications after they have been dismissed. The Notification Panel doesn't have too many customization options but one thing you can customize, and thankfully so, is how long a notification will remain visible in the lower right corner of your screen unless you interact with it, or dismiss it yourself. You can set the interval to as low as five seconds (the default value) and as high as five minutes. Here's how. Read More

Get Audio Notification When You Toggle Caps, Num, Or Scroll Lock In Windows 10

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Some password fields in Windows will alert you if your Caps lock is on and likewise, some form fields on certain web apps will do the same. This is because almost all password fields hide the password you're entering and if the caps lock is on, you will keep getting an incorrect password message (unless your password is actually in all caps). Where these notifications do not exist, or if your own laptop lacks LED indicators for the same, Windows comes to the rescue by allowing you to enable a tone to be played when you toggle the caps, num, or scroll key in Windows 10. Here's where you can enable it. Read More

View Your Instagram Feed From The Notification Center On Your iPhone

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Instagram has some truly wonderful works of photography and if you can look past the many selfies that people post, you can find exceptionally great artwork. Instagram users are one of two types; active posters and passive browsers. If you don't post to Instagram often but enjoy the many accounts you've subscribed to, then Feeday is an iOS app that you might like. It's a widget  for the notification center that lets you view the three most recent photos in your home stream and if you tap a photo, you can switch directly to it in the Instagram app. Read More

How To Disable Download For Files Shared From Google Drive

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Sharing files often comes with a small security risk; someone might download and misuse the file you've shared. If you're sharing work files with people you work with, this isn't a problem but if you're sharing something that's only meant to be read but not saved, you might wonder what's the best way to go about it. In a recent update, Google Drive has added a new feature to its sharing options which allows you to restrict download, printing, and copying of a file. Anyone you share the file with can only view it. The option is a bit hidden though so here's where to access it. Read More

How To View Passwords For WiFi Networks In Windows 10

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If you ever needed to look-up the password to your WiFi network on Windows 7, all you had to do was click the WiFi icon in the system tray, and from the pop-up menu, right-click on the network you wanted to view the password for to get to its properties. Inside the properties window, was a Security tab where you could check the WiFi password. Come Windows 10 and this option, while not lost, has become much harder to access. Here's how you can view the password for known WiFi networks in Windows 10. Read More

Change The Default Theme And Text Size In Microsoft Edge Reading Mode

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Microsoft Edge ships with a reading mode. When you visit a web site and switch to the reading mode, or if you browse the web in the reading mode, it strips the page of all images and just about anything that isn't text so you can read it easily. The Reading mode has, by default, three different themes apart from the default theme and you can choose how big or small the text appears. Here's how. Read More

How To Customize The News Feed In Microsoft Edge Browser In Windows 10

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A few days ago we touched on how to remove the widgets from the New Tab page in Microsoft's Ege browser that ships in Windows 10. The solution is definitely very restrictive.  The widgets are basically news items, a weather report, and score cards for ongoing sporting events but since they are live web content, and things like the weather and the score for a live game will always be fetched fresh, the new tab page takes time to load. For anyone quickly wanting to get right down to browsing, this means more waiting so there's a way to turn it off. For those that don't mind the wait, but would like to see more relevant news in the New Tab page, here's how you can customize what type of news you see. Read More

Search & Share Direct Links To News Items From The Facebook App

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Facebook's news feed is where many of us get our daily news. Mostly we get news via the Facebook page of leading news sites like BBC, The New York Times, Reddit, etc because we've subscribed to them but not all news in our feed is created equal. With Facebook and the news we get on it, there is always the risk that it's either a hoax or someone took an article by The Onion too seriously. This is why sharing news from an authentic source is always better. Facebook has one of the best link sharing features for both pages and individual profiles and in a recent update, it's added something truly amazing. When sharing news, you can now search for and add a link to a more authentic source of information all from the Facebook app. Here's how. Read More

Receive Files In Dropbox From Non-Dropbox Users With A Link

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Dropbox isn't just an exceptionally popular service; it's one that redefined file syncing, back-up, and sharing. Most of us cannot imagine any other way to have our most important files sync across devices. That's why it comes as a shock when you have to work with someone who doesn't use the service and prefers a different one. To each their own but if you're a Dropbox user yourself, you will want to stick to the service and use its collaboration features over those of other services. Balloon is a simple web app that's designed to help you out; it acts as an intermediary between the people you want to receive files from but do not use Dropbox and your Dropbox files. Using Balloon, you can set up a simple user friendly URL to share with whoever needs to send you a file and it goes right into your Dropbox. Read More