How To Fix Windows 10 Wiping Out All Settings On Login Bug

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Windows 10 has become exceptionally more stable and less buggy since November 2015 but that isn't to say it is completely bug free. Many of its perplexing bugs are still there and users who experience them will often have to resign themselves to having an OS that might never work right. One very odd bug that users are experiencing is Windows 10 resetting to its default settings each time a user logs out/shuts down the system and logs back in. To say this is a problem would be an understatement. It leaves Windows 10 in its out of the box state. Files aren't deleted but things like apps pinned to the taskbar are reset so that you end up organizing your system for productivity all over again. There is one fix though that's worth trying out and it rests in the Windows registry. Read More

Save A Temporary History Of Your Incognito Browsing Session In Chrome

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Incognito browsing modes allow us to hide web searches that we aren't too proud of. This doesn't just include inappropriate searches but also embarrassing ones like 'my hand is stuck in a jar of jellybeans help'. Incognito mode doesn't save your browsing history and while this is great to keep your online activity hidden from anyone using the same computer it's not so great for when you actually need to look at a link you just visited but can't find. Off The Record History is a Chrome extension that keeps history of your incognito browsing session so long as it is active. You can view a complete list of links you've visited and incognito tabs you've closed from the extension's panel. Once you close the incognito window however, your history is erased from the extension so no one can look at it. Read More

How To Quickly Start & Stop Windows Services Without The Task Manager

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Windows and the apps installed on your system run lots of different services in the background. Most of these services are essential to the OS or the app's working and they are best left to do what they are meant for. If however you find you need to monitor, start, and stop a particular service running in Windows frequently you might not want to repeatedly go through the Task Manager to do so. My Windows Service Panel is a free and open source app that lets you select Windows services you want to monitor and stop/start them from a dedicated panel. Read More

How To Check Your Windows Laptop Battery Health

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Laptop batteries deplete in performance overtime. Some last longer than others but none last forever. This depletion is most commonly observed when a battery doesn't last as long as it used to in the first year(s) of its use. If your battery is down to lasting just ten or fifteen minutes it's pretty obvious you need to replace it but if your battery still lasts a while and you want to know where it stands in terms of health you can use Windows' built in battery checking tool to check it out. Here's how. Read More

How To Disable The Volume On Screen Display In Windows 10

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When you increase or decrease the volume on Widows 10, or mute/unmute your speakers, an on screen display alerts you to the change in volume. It appears at the top left of the screen and stays on the screen for a minimum of five seconds. The alert appears on top of everything else you have open and because it's a system alert and part of the OS, there isn't much you can do about it. It can't be repositioned, it can't be disabled, and it can't be sent to the back of all active windows. If you don't like it though you have a few options to make it less annoying such as using Volume Step Adjuster. It's a free Windows app that lets you adjust the incremental values by which the volume increases and decreases but it also hides the on screen display you get when you change the volume. Read More

Adjust The Focus After Taking A Photo On Your iPhone

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iPhones have some of the best cameras you can find on a smartphone. The iPhone camera not only captures absolutely stunning photos but it also often outperforms stand alone digital cameras. It's no surprise that iPhone users take a ton of photos or that the App Store has a dedicated category for photography related apps. Live Focus is a brand new iOS app available in the App Store for $1.99 and it is absolutely amazing. The app lets you capture photos and readjust the focus afterwards. Your phone must be running iOS 9 and above to use the app. Read More

How To Reorder Extension Icons On The Chrome Toolbar

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When you install a new extension in Chrome, the extension's icon is added to the far right of the toolbar just before the hamburger icon. Likewise, if you sync extensions across multiple Chrome installations, or enable a disabled extension, the icons are added to the far right in the same order that they're added or synced. Other than enabling/disabling extensions, you have little control over when and where an icon is added. This is problematic because the difference in how the extensions are ordered on one Chrome installation compared to the other will often force you to look a little more closely at the icons before you click. As of a recent update to Chrome, this problem is easy to solve. Chrome now lets you reorder the extension icons on the toolbar simply by dragging & dropping them. Read More

Identify USB 3.0 & Charging Ports By Looking At The Symbols Next To Them

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All USB ports are not created equal. USB might have become a universally accepted standard of connecting peripherals to your system but all USB ports found on your system aren't the same. Some are built to do things others aren't for example; you might have noticed that your phone charges faster when you connect it to a certain USB port and slower when you use a different one. While the slow charge might have to do with a problematic data cable, it might also be that you're connecting your phone to a slow charging USB port. What you need to do is connect it to the one specifically built to charge a device. Here's how you can identify the USB 3.0 and USB charging port on your system. Read More

Use Your iPhone To Solve Handwritten Math Problems

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We live in a time where you can point your phone at text and have it translated to a language you can understand. There's an app called PhotoMath that lets you point your iPhone at an algebraic equation in your text book and the app will solve it and then we have Mathpix. It's a free iOS app that can solve hand written math problems. It can solve equations and plot them on a graph and can solve both simple problems and algebraic ones. Read More

Search Slack For Files By Type And Delete Them All

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Slack is possibly the most popular messenger app used today by teams small and medium sized. It's possible even larger teams use Slack given how well it understands messaging needs in the work place. One of the things I love about Slack is how easy it is to find files in a conversation and that's one of the areas I think it really beats out every other messaging service. Slack Deletron is a free web app built to make deleting files from Slack easier. It allows you to search files by type that you've shared or that are private, and delete them one-by-one, or all in one go. You can search files by type and at present Slack Deletron supports filters for images, PDFs, Google Docs, snippets, and zipped files. Read More

How To Automatically Close The Edge Browser When Windows 10 Opens It

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Microsoft is aggressively pushing the Edge browser on to users. With the present preview builds, it's undone the little hacks users had in place to route Cortana's searches through Google and their browser of choice. It's more or less a tug of war at present with Windows 10 insisting that anything that Cortana searches for be routed through Edge and users consistently saying No to it. For many Cortana is just a fast way to look search for an app but it will often turn a query into a web search and if you accidentally click it, Edge will open. Edge Blocker is a portable app that will automatically close Edge whenever it opens either by accident or by Windows. Read More

How To Find The Meaning Of An Emoji

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Emoji started off as a cute way to express a sentiment that might have otherwise been lost in texting but you can't really restrict how an emoji is used and their usage has expanded beyond showing love, anger, hate, and sadness. People are now able to post an entire status update on Facebook using just Emoji and other people can apparently understand them. It's a actually becoming a thing and perhaps the only people who can save us now are grammar Nazis. If an Emoji takeover is imminent, you might need a dictionary to translate the little round heads and what they mean. For that Whatmoji is just the thing. It's a web app that lets you enter an emoji and tells you what it represents. Read More

How To Enable And Manage AutoPlay In Windows 10

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We connect a myriad of devices to our computers; HDDs, SSDs, memory cards, phones, web cameras, etc. Windows can automatically detect them, find and install drivers, and set things up so we can use the connected device right away. It's a pretty awesome feature that makes most devices easy to use but Windows doesn't stop there. When you connect a device such as a memory card or external HDD it will open it and ask you how you want to access the device right away. This is the AutoPlay feature in work and it can get annoying especially if it pops up every time you connect a device or bring your system out of sleep with a device already connected. Here's how to enable/disable AutoPlay in Windows 10 and set the default AutoPlay action for an external drive and memory card. Read More

How To Add Apple TV’s Aerial View Screensaver In Windows 10

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Say what you want about Apple and it's products; they may be overpriced, over-hyped, and over-marketed but they are beautifully designed. It's hard to fault anything from hardware to software and it's often the amazing design that reels people into buying the products or giving them a try. It's hard to not want to check out something that looks so sleak. Apple has always made its products visually striking and this doesn't just go for the hardware or the apps it wants you to use but for everything you don't notice you're using such as a screensaver. The Apple TV has a truly breath-taking animated screensaver which shows aerial views of New York, China, San Francisco, etc. If you love the visual, here's how you can get the very same screensaver on Windows 10 using Aerial. Read More

How To Auto Adjust Volume For Headphones In Windows 10

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Windows, as far back as Vista, has been able to identify multiple audio input and output devices connected to a system. It lets you interdependently manage the volume for these devices and can change volume settings on the fly when a device is connected/disconnected. Windows 10 is no different but if you're headphones don't show up in the volume mixer this simply won't work. Windows 10 will detect the headphones as new hardware and sound will of course be routed through them but to manage them as a separate audio input/output device you need to add them first. Here's how. Read More

How To Sync Your Dictionary & Learned Words Between Android Devices

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A good keyboard is defined by how much easier it makes typing, how well it picks up on your spelling errors, how accurately it can predict the word you want to type next, and how responsive it is. Android users have a large number of third-party keyboards they can try out until they find the perfect fit. For every keyboard you try, there will be a small period when you break it in first and teach it how you type. That is really the only challenge if you like everything else about it but this is also where it's a good idea to just stick with the default Google Keyboard on your Android device. The keyboard can save the words it learns from you as you type and sync them to all other Android devices that are connected to your account. Here's how you can enable dictionary syncing between Android devices. Read More

How To Configure A Pen & Tablet To Work With Windows Ink In Windows 10

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Windows Ink is an exciting new feature coming to Windows 10 in the Anniversary Update. The feature comes with three special apps that work with a digital pen and is meant for touchscreen laptops or tablets. The built-in apps feature post-it notes, a sketch pad, and a screen capture and annotation tool. You can use the feature to find more apps built to work with Windows Ink. If you don't have a touch screen laptop or a Surface tablet, you can still use Windows Ink with a regular pen and tablet connected to your laptop. Here's how to set it up. For this post we used a fairly old Wacom Bamboo pen and tablet and tested it out on Windows 10 Preview Build 14342. Read More

Why Does My iPhone Ask For The Passcode When I Haven’t Restarted It?

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Every time you restart your phone, even if it's after an iOS upgrade, the phone will ask you to enter the passcode. Touch ID has to be enabled again for purchases in the App Store. However, it happens at time that it will start asking for your passcode even though you haven't restarted the phone. It isn't a bug and there's actually a good reason as to why this happens; it's because you failed to unlock the phone with Touch ID. Read More

How To Use Google Maps & Apple Maps On The Go Without An Internet Connection

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Data plans can be exceptionally expensive and carriers will often bar messaging and call services from being used over them. You know you can't use your carrier's data plan to FaceTime mom and will instead have to pay the carrier a different call rate. Your carrier's data plan will let you browse the internet, Tweet, post to Facebook, or find a place on a map. If you're using a small data plan and trying to conserve bandwidth, the maps app is one place you can cut back. If you use either Google Maps or Apple Maps, here's a little trick to using it offline. Read More

How To Add A Custom Screen Resolution In Windows 10

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Windows lets you select your display's resolution from a reasonably long list of resolution settings that you can pick out. Back in Windows 7 you had one recommended setting and one really low setting for your display and you could select other settings on the resolution slider in Control Panel. Windows 10 give you more options but if it isn't listing the optimal resolution for a connected display, or it isn't listing the one you want to use, here's how you can add it. Read More