How To Enable The Dark Theme In Windows 10

Windows 10 comes with a dark theme that you can enable if you're willing to make a small change in the Registry. It's been rumoured that the dark theme is only available on the Pro and Enterprise version and not the Home version but we've run tests and been able to get it going on Windows  Home edition. Here's how you can switch to the dark theme in Windows 10. Read More

Pin An Item To The Left Side Of The Start Menu In Windows 10

The new Start menu in Windows 10 has been received well but live tiles are kind of glitchy for some apps and there isn't much control over the color a tile can be often making it seem very unappealing  against the Start menu's own color. You could unpin all the tiles from the Start menu and instead get a much slimmer one. If however, you like your tiles, but would still like to be able to choose which apps appear on the left side of the Start menu under 'Most Used' apps, there's a work around to getting it how you want it. We do warn you that's it's a bit tedious but worth the space you will utilize. Read More

Change A Standard User Account To An Admin Account In Windows 10

Windows 10 like its previous versions lets you add multiple accounts to a single installation of the OS. Each account has its own settings making it easy to share a single computer with your family. That said, there are two types of accounts that you can create at present in Windows 10; a Standard account, and an Administrator account. Both names are pretty much self-explanatory as far as their privileges fo. Previous versions of Windows allowed you to change the kind of privileges an account had and Windows 10 has not only continued with that feature, it's made it much easier to manage. For any account that you've added, local or Microsoft, you can give it admin privileges. Here's how. Read More

Get A Volume Mixer For Modern Apps In Windows 10

With the arrival of Windows 8, windows apps became segregated; they were either your normal desktop apps or they conformed to the new Modern standard. Both would function in a different space and no doubt create plenty of confusion for users. One stark reminder of this is Internet Explorer having a separate desktop app and Modern app in Windows 8. Windows 10 has made steps to reconcile this but they are less than sufficient. A prime example of this is the volume mixer in Windows 10 which only lets you manage the volume for your speakers, the system sounds, and any desktop app. The volume for Modern apps cannot be controlled and managed from the volume mixer. To do so, you need a third-party app called EarTrumpet which does an excellent job of filling this void left by Microsoft. Read More

Fix The ‘Something Happened’ Error When Upgrading To Windows 10

Microsoft tried to be very proactive with the Window 10 rollout going so far as to release a tool for reserving a copy of the new OS, and for checking app and hardware compatibility. That said, the upgrade process for many users has not been painless. Those of us who couldn't really wait until our turn came to upgrade decided to jump the line and use the Media Creation tool released by Microsoft. Others waited their turn but in both cases, there have been many a failed attempts to upgrade. A common error that users are experiencing is the 'Something happened' error. You can get this error while the media creation tool is still working, or after you've sat through the entire upgrade process only to be shown this message at the end. It's frustrating simply because it's so vague. That said, here are a few possible fixes that might help you get rid of it. We have to warn you to try these at your own risk. Read More

Speed Up Right-Clicking On The Taskbar In Windows 10

A lot of users running Windows 10 are having problems with the Taskbar not being responsive, or the Start menu delaying too much before it opens. For some, the problem is persistent and renders the Start menu impossible to use whereas for others, it comes and goes. If you're one of the lucky few who aren't plagued with the problem being persistent but still have a slow-to-respond Taskbar then there's a simple fix you can apply. Specifically, this is meant to make right-clicking on the taskbar much faster so that jumplists and the taskbar's own context menu pops up faster than it normally does. Here's what you need to do. Read More

Change The Color Of Taskbar, Start Menu, And Windows Borders In Windows 10

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Windows 10 has drastically changed color customization. Before Windows 10 title bars had colors and you could select any color for the taskbar and the Start menu but that's no longer an option. The colored title bars are gone and the thin border around windows is fixed to be the same color as the taskbar and the Start menu. You can choose a different color for all these elements but the color selection is now very limited. Meet Windows 10 Color Control, a tiny utility that lets you set ANY color for the Start menu and the taskbar. You can use the RGB value of the color to find the perfect one and it also lets you select and set a different color for the windows borders and the taskbar and Start menu. The app can also turn Off the dark accent effect that's darkens whatever color you set for the taskbar and start menu. Read More

Turn Off The Get Office Notifications In Windows 10

Bing, OneDrive, Edge, Cortana, and Skype aren't the only products Microsoft is pushing to its users in Windows 10 (though we aren't complaining about Skype, just listing it). It's also gently nudging us to try out Office and get an Office 365 subscription. It does so by giving you periodic notifications that encourage you to buy the productivity suit or try it out for a month. If you find the alert annoying you can easily turn it Off. Here's how. Read More

Set A Static Live Tile Image For The Photos App In Windows 10

Windows 10 comes with a nice Start menu and live tiles for all your favorite apps. The live tiles for apps like Twitter and Facebook will feature images that come from stories or media shared to your respective feeds. Likewise, the music and video apps will feature thumbnails from the playable media. The Photos app will cycle through the photos in the Pictures library and in all folders that you've added to the app. That's how it acts like a live tile. If the app cycling through images bothers you, you can turn the live tile off but a far more aesthetically pleasing look would be to set a single static image as the tile image. Here's how. Read More

Change The Default Location For Saving Screenshots In Windows 10

Windows 10, like its predecessor Windows 8/8.1 comes with a very basic screenshot functionality that allows you to capture a full screen high resolution image of whatever is on your screen. To take the screenshot, press Win+Prnt Scrn on your keyboard. The screen will flash a dull grey and your screenshot will be saved to a 'Screenshots' folder in the Pictures library. If you're keen to use this screenshot feature but would prefer a different location for the screenshots to be saved, here's how you can change it. Read More

How To Add/Remove Folders From The Photos App In Windows 10

The Photos app in Windows 10 automatically connects to the Pictures library and OneDrive folder on your system. We've already covered how you can stop the app from showing photos saved in OneDrive. If you would like for the Photos app to show images from other folders, or to stop indexing and showing photos from the Pictures library, you can do so from the app's Settings. Here's how. Read More

Change The Default Search Engine In Edge In Windows 10

Edge in Windows 10 is receiving mixed reviews so far; those that aren't plagued by bugs obviously have a better impression of the new browser than those encountering bugs in both the browser and Windows 10 itself. While Microsoft may have managed to churn out a reasonably good browser that people are more than willing to give a chance to, Bing isn't going to be as lucky. Microsoft is looking to push Bing on to Windows users any way it can and likewise, users are trying to avoid it. There's even a work around for getting Cortana to use Google if your default browser is Chrome or Firefox. If you're planning on using Edge but would like to change the default search engine from Bing to Google (or anything else), here's how. Read More

How To Remove Candy Crush From Windows 10

Candy Crush seems to be a bane that has plagued Facebook for a long long time. Fortunately, for those that aren't fond of breaking virtual candy pieces or having an oddly deep creepy voice encourage them with the word 'Sweet', you can turn these notification off. You'd think that was the end of it but Candy crush doesn't go away that easily and the latest space it's invaded is your desktop, your Windows 10 desktop to be precise. If you've upgraded to the newest versions of Windows you know that Candy Crush is a default pre-installed app that comes with Windows 10 and the uninstall option isn't available. Here's how you can rid your system of it. Read More

Bring Back The Windows Photo Viewer In Windows 10

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Windows 10 comes with a new Photos app that can play slideshows, display photos from OneDrive, and help you manage albums etc. That said it doesn't exactly run smooth and some of us are missing the Windows photo viewer that we had grown so accustomed to in older versions of Windows. You might be wondering why Microsoft axed it but the good news is that it hasn't been removed. It's just hiding so well you might never ever find it. Here's how you can get it back. Read More

Editing Start Menu Items In Windows 10 [Guide]

In the days leading up to the release of Windows 10, we scrutinized the hell out of the Star menu. As features were added and it evolved we covered how to customize various components on the Start menu. Now that Windows 10 is out in the stable (or somewhat stable) version, we know for sure what we can and cannot add to the Start menu. This is a comprehensive post that details how you can add and remove various item to the Start menu. Read More

How To Slim Down The Start Menu In Windows 10

The return of the Start Menu is a major highlight of Windows 10 though it may not sound too impressive to those upgrading from Windows 7. Regardless of whether you upgrade from Windows 7 or 8/8.1, the Start menu isn't what it used to be in either of these versions of Windows. It's different and it's something between the modern Start Up Screen that was widely criticized in Windows 8 and the smaller much more useful Start Menu that was worshipped in Windows 7. It also features live tiles. If you aren't a fan of this new Start menu, you can get the old Windows 7 Start menu back with the help of an app, or you could adapt to the new one by tweaking the default one so that it takes up far less space and is super thin. This requires no extra apps to achieve. Here's how it's done. Read More

How To Change The Lock Screen Background In Windows 10

Windows 10 has three different types of backgrounds; the desktop background, the login screen background, and the lock screen background. The desktop background isn't new nor is it unique to Windows because every single operating system, even the mobile ones feature this by one name or the other. The login screen background is the one you see on the screen where you enter your password to log in to your computer. There are no official ways to change the login screen background although there is an app that lets you do it (it comes with risks though), and finally there is the lock screen background. It's the one that slides up to reveal the login screen. It also houses notifications from other apps, and should you leave your PC unattended, the image on it is what people see when they walk by. It's exceptionally easy to change. Read More

Make Cortana Search For Apps In Windows 10

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It's been about two weeks since Windows 10 rolled out and the number of people who have upgraded is easily in the millions. Overall the operating system is being received well but there's no denying that it is still buggy. The bugs aren't the only problem. A recent Windows 10 update has actually created more problems that it meant to solve and users are rolling it back. Unfortunately the operating system is so new that solutions to these problems are still being discovered and Microsoft isn't exactly keeping up with them. One problem new users are facing is Cortana or the Windows search not searching for apps. The search bar, if working properly should be able to list an app and let you launch it from the search results. If it isn't doing that, you've got a problem and here's how you can solve it. Read More

How To Enable & Disable Information Cards In Cortana In Windows 10

Cortana in Windows 10 manages search on your device but it isn't simply limited to being a search feature. Like on Windows for mobile, Cortana acts as your personal assistant and tries to give you relevant information without you asking for it. One way Cortana actively presents you with information is through the many information cards it supports. It can give you the latest weather report for your current location, or for multiple locations, find places to ear nearby, give you reminders, and much more. It also gives you news and sports updates which may or may not be important for you. If you're looking to edit the info cards you see in Cortana so that only the ones relevant for you show up, here's how you can do it. Read More

Get Weather For Multiple Cities In Cortana In Windows 10

Microsoft has brought its digital assistant from its mobile operating system to the desktop in Windows 10. It's too soon to say just how intelligent Cortana is as far as the desktop is concerned but it can do a few basic tricks like tell you the weather, set reminders, and give you local news. By default, Cortana gives you weather for your current location only but it's been built to give you weather for multiple locations if you want them. Here's how to add another city to Cortana's weather card in Windows 10. Read More