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Create A Keyboard Properties Desktop Shortcut

In terms of using a computer, be It a laptop, desktop or otherwise, the hardware keyboard Is the most used component during your day-to-day computational tasks. Depending on your usability and preference when performing certain operations, you may have the desire to change a few settings every now and again. Wouldn't It be nice to access It with a double-click of the mouse? Well, In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a keyboard properties desktop shortcut.

How To Securely Disable About:Config In Firefox

The Firefox Configuration Editor, commonly known as about:config, contains an array of settings that allows you to customize and tweak the browser according to your preference and usability. The majority of the content however, Is not straightforward and any Incorrect edits, can cause significant Instability and/or loss of functionality. As such, In this tutorial, I will show you how to securely disable access to the about:config page In Firefox.

How To Always Run Command Prompt As Admin

The Command Prompt, Is a powerful utility that's native to the Windows platform and Is used to perform a variety of tasks, such as create files & folders, manipulate local user accounts, format disks and the list goes on. In order to carry out some tasks, It must be executed with elevated privileges, otherwise errors will be returned. In this tutorial, I will show you how to always run the command prompt shortcut as an administrator.

See Passwords Behind Asterisks Without Any Tools

When logging Into your online account by entering your password, for security purposes, all major browsers hide It behind asterisks. This prevents anyone who Is shoulder surfing, from viewing your password at the time you're keying It Into the Input field. However, sometimes you may have the need to reveal It, hence In this tutorial, I will show you how to see passwords that're stored behind asterisks without using any tools.

Create A Secondary Taskbar In Windows 10

The Taskbar on the Windows platform that's located (by default) at the bottom of the computer screen, displays what applications are currently running, as well as Icons for utilities such as the system clock, volume control, network Icon and more. Wouldn't It be great to have an additional Taskbar, for the purpose of adding all your favorite applications? Well, In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a secondary Taskbar In Windows 10.

Check If Windows 10 Is OEM, Volume Or Retail

Depending on whether you've purchased your Windows 10 operating system, or If It was packaged with the new laptop that you've had the pleasure of buying at your local computer store, the license types do differ from one source to another. Sometimes It's Important to know the type of license that your PC Is currently activated with, hence In this tutorial, I will show you how to check If Windows 10 Is licensed as OEM, Volume or Retail.

Prevent Specific Devices From Running On Your PC

Whether you operate In a business environment or have a shared home network up and running, It's Inevitable that users will plug their devices (USB or otherwise) Into your computers, and perform tasks accordingly thereafter. For the security & safety of your overall setup, It's Important to only allow devices that you trust, hence In this tutorial, I will show you how to prevent specific devices from running on your PC.

Create A Google Chrome Incognito Shortcut

If you're the type of user who wishes to browse the Internet without having to worry about your history being saved In your web browser, and also prefer not to store cookies, Images or cache web pages, then Incognito mode (aka private browsing) Is your answer. Wouldn't It be nice If you could access It with a double-click of the mouse? Well, In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a Google Chrome Incognito shortcut on your desktop.

Prevent Users From Disabling Offline Files

When you're working with files as part of a network, In the event the connection Is lost, your network files are no longer accessible. You can however, work In an offline state, by enabling a native feature In Windows named Offline Files, which will then store the network files locally on your computer. Once you enable offline files, anyone can reverse the change- Intentionally or otherwise. In this tutorial, I will show you how to prevent any user from disabling It.

Add Copy Contents To Clipboard To The Right Click

The Windows Clipboard, Is a native utility that allows users to copy data from one source to another, In the form of copy & paste operations. Basically, It temporarily stores the Information (to be copied) In Ram, and releases It when It's pasted. By default, you need to select the contents first, and paste thereafter. Wouldn't It be great If you could simply right-click a file, and copy It's contents without opening It? In this tutorial, I will show you how to do that, by adding the Copy Contents to Clipboard to the right-click context menu.

Force USB Sticks To Use BitLocker Encryption

One of the most secure methods to prevent unauthorized access to your data on your USB Stick, Is to encrypt It, by using the native Windows utility named BitLocker Drive Encryption. This also applies to the operating system and fixed data drives. It's good practice to enable It on every USB Flash Drive that's plugged Into your PC, hence In this tutorial, I will show you how to force USB Sticks to use BitLocker Encryption.

Best Tool To Uninstall Stubborn Windows 10 Apps

One of the good things about the Windows 10 operating system, Is the array of built-In apps that're packaged by the manufacturer, with the Intention to cater for a broad range of computational users. That said, It's quite obvious that you will not utilize each and every one, thereby uninstall those that are not needed. However, some apps cannot be removed natively within Windows so In this tutorial, I will show you the best tool to uninstall stubborn Windows 10 Apps.

How To Rename Any Power Plan In Windows 10

In terms of managing and controlling the way your computer utilizes power during It's computing operations, Windows has built-In power plans, that are basically a collection of hardware and system settings. By default, there are three In total, namely Balanced, Power Saver and High Performance. Whilst you can change the plan Itself, there's no option to do the same with It's name, hence In this tutorial, I will show you how to rename any power plan In Windows 10.

Set File Explorer To Always Open To 'This PC'

In terms of the Windows 10 operating system, when you execute File Explorer (formerly known as Windows Explorer), by default It opens to the Quick access menu, whereby you can view your frequently used folders and most recently accessed files. However, some users prefer to navigate directly to their devices and drives that're located In 'This PC'. As such, In this tutorial, I will show you how to set File Explorer to always open to This PC.

How To View Windows 10 Version & Build Number

Every operating system has (at the minimum), a version number assigned to It by the manufacturer and In most cases, a build number as well. Having knowledge of both of these, can be of help when customizing, upgrading, tweaking the OS and so forth. Locating such details, Is not as difficult as you may think, so In this tutorial, I will show you how to find both the version and build number of your Windows 10 operating system.

Remove The Customize Tab From Folders

Every folder on the Windows platform (excluding OS drives), has a Customize tab, whereby you can change It's appearance by selecting a file or Icon of your choice, and applying It thereafter. Moreover, you can also optimize It, by choosing any one of the five built-In templates. Given you can do this, so too can everyone else who has physical access to your PC. As such, In this tutorial, I will show you how to completely remove the Customize tab for all folders.

Disable 'Create A System Image' In Windows 10

In the event your computer corrupts and loses functionality, as a precautionary measure, It's good practice to first create a System Image copy natively within Windows. You can then use It to restore your computer's files and settings, back to when the Image was created. Given that you can do this, so too can other users sharing your PC. As such, In this tutorial, I will show you how to securely disable the create a system Image feature In Windows 10.

How To View All Network Folder Sharing

When you share files and folders with other users on the same network In Windows 10, be It a public or private network, you can set permissions on a "shared file or folder" with certain privileges, such as full control access rights, change (modify) or read only. Sometimes, It's not easy keeping track of everything, so In this tutorial, I will show you a number of different methods on how to view all network shares on the PC In question.

Effectively Tweak & Optimize Windows 10

There are many tools available on the net, that allow you to tweak and customize your operating system according to your usability. However, some either fail to serve their purpose, corrupt the OS, or run Into compatibility Issues with Windows 10 per se. Wouldn't It be great If you had a single tool, that can perform an array of tasks suited to your needs? In this tutorial, I will show you how to effectively tweak & optimize Windows 10, by using a very Impressive third-party tool.

Block Any Program From Executing On Your PC

Regardless of the tasks you perform on your computer, If you're after a particular program or application to fulfill your needs, It's simply a matter of locating It either on the net, or an app on your PC that's packaged by the manufacturer. It's all well and good for your very own usage, but If you have multiple users sharing your computer, you may wish to restrict access to a given program. As such, In this tutorial, I will show you how to block any program from executing on your PC.

Add Speech Recognition To The Right-Click Menu

Among many other cool features that Windows 10 entails, Is Speech Recognition that allows you to control how your computer performs certain tasks, without the need to use your hardware keyboard. It acts on voice commands that can be used to launch applications, dictate text and much more. This Is somewhat buried In the OS settings, hence In this tutorial, I will show you how to add Speech Recognition to the right-click context menu.

Securely Disable 'Folder Options' In File Explorer

The good thing about Windows 10, Inclusive of previous versions like Windows 7 & 8, Is the ability to customize It according to your usability by using It's built-In utilities. A very handy feature that allows you to customize how your files and folders operate, Is the Folder Options In File Explorer. Given you can do this, so too can anyone who's sharing your PC. As such, In this tutorial, I will show you how to securely disable Folder Options from functioning.

Add Windows 10 Settings To The Right Click Menu

We all differ In the way we perform our computing tasks on a daily basis, Inclusive of configuring and applying custom features and settings to the operating system. Some settings however, are somewhat difficult to locate, hence It can be a frustrating task finding the exact one you're after. Wouldn't It be nice If you had access via a simple right-click of the mouse? In this tutorial, I will show you how to add the Windows 10 Settings to the right-click context menu.

Block Access To Windows Settings & Control Panel

One of the good things about Windows 10, Is the array of native options and features that allow you to customize It according to your computing environment. A native app commonly used to configure & customize the OS, Is the Windows Settings utility. If you're sharing your PC with other users, they can also do the very same and mess up your Implementations. As such, In this tutorial, I will show you how to block access to Windows Settings & Control Panel.

How To Check If Two Files Are Identical

Whether you work as a programmer In a busy corporate environment, or just an average user on the PC, sometimes you may have the need to check If two files contain the exact same content. Stating the obvious, you can simply open each one and physically have a look, but If the files are heavily populated, It can be a very time-consuming process. As such, In this tutorial, I will show you how to check If two files are Identical without opening them.

Create A Switch User Shortcut On The Desktop

If you only have the one computer at home as a shared device, whereby other users such as your children utilize It quite often, It's good practice to create dedicated standard user accounts for each family member. As such, they'll have their own files, apps and configure settings according to their needs. Wouldn't It be great, If you could switch between accounts with a double-click of the mouse? Well, In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a Switch User shortcut on the desktop.

Prevent Users Changing The BitLocker Password

Native to selected editions of Windows 10, Is a very powerful utility named BitLocker Drive Encryption, that allows you to protect your files from unauthorized access. You can encrypt (for example) removable or fixed data drives by setting a password of your choice. However, this doesn't prevent other users sharing your PC, from changing It as well. As such, In this tutorial, I will show you how to disable standard users from changing the BitLocker password.

Force Windows 10 To Boot To Advanced Startup

In the event your operating system corrupts and losses functionality to some degree, Windows 10 has the Advanced Startup Options menu, that contains a range of diagnostic and repair utilities to help restore the OS back to It's functional state. You can perform a System Restore, Reset your PC, execute commands via the Command Prompt and more. To have It readily available, In this tutorial, I will show you how to force Windows 10 to always boot to the Advanced Startup settings.

Check If A Process Is Running As 32-Bit Or 64-Bit

A Windows Process generally runs In the background, performing tasks dedicated to the objective of the program or service that's responsible for It's execution. Each Process Is assigned a unique PID (Process ID), that can help with debugging and troubleshooting purposes, and operates In either a 32-bit or 64-bit environment. It's Important to Identify It's architecture, so In this tutorial, I will show you how to check If a Process Is running as a 32 or 64-bit.

How To Troubleshoot Your PC's Power Settings

Upon purchasing your computer with the Windows OS Installed, by default, It's power plan setting Is set to Balanced. Depending on the manufacturer, the hibernate and sleep modes are also configured to turn off at certain Intervals. You can also create a plan of your own, based on your computing usability. Power plan settings can corrupt at the best of times, hence In this tutorial, I will show you how to troubleshoot your PC's power settings natively within Windows.

How To Create A Fake File Of Any File Size

Depending on your business environment or Individual requirements, sometimes there Is the need to test files of a given capacity. Such tests can Include Identifying how well your hard disks perform under heavy read/write operations, or to establish whether files can be securely deleted beyond recovery. Whatever the reason may be, In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a fake file of any file size.