Archive for June, 2019

How to Change Desktop Icon Spacing in Windows 10 / 8 / 7

June 13th, 2019 by Admin

Windows 10 desktop icons too wide? How can I adjust the spacing of icons on the desktop with Windows 10? Is there a way to increase or decrease the horizontal and vertical spacing for desktop icons? In this tutorial we’ll show you a registry tweak to change desktop icon spacing in Windows 10 / 8 / 7.

Tips: If you want to make your desktop icons bigger or smaller, see this article on how to change taskbar & desktop icon size in Windows 10 / 8 / 7.

How to Change Desktop Icon Spacing in Windows 10 / 8 / 7

  1. Open Registry Editor and navigate to the following key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics

    You’ll see two DWORD values named IconSpacing and IconVerticalSpacing on the right pane. The IconSpacing value lets you adjust the horizontal desktop icon spacing, while the IconVerticalSpacing value can control the vertical spacing between desktop icons. If you want to customize the horizontal spacing, double-click on IconSpacing to modify it.

  2. The default value is -1125. You can change it to anything between -480 and -2730, where -480 represents the minimum spacing and -2730 represents the maximum spacing.

  3. Click OK to save changes and close Registry Editor. After logging off or restarting your system, you can see the changes made to the icons on the desktop.

That’s it!

5 Ways to Reset Firewall Settings to Default in Windows 10

June 12th, 2019 by Admin

Mess up the firewall settings accidentally? Need to delete all the custom firewall rules to troubleshoot your network connectivity issue? In this tutorial we’ll show you 5 ways to reset / restore firewall settings to default in Windows 10.

Method 1: Reset Firewall Settings to Default via Control Panel

  1. Open the Control Panel and change the View by option from Category to Large icons. Click on Windows Defender Firewall.

  2. Click on the Restore defaults link on the left side.

  3. Click on the Restore defaults button.

  4. When the confirmation dialog box appears, click Yes and your Windows firewall settings will be restored to default immediately.

Method 2: Reset Firewall Settings to Default via Windows Defender

  1. Open the Windows Defender app and select Firewall & network protection on the left menu bar. Next, click the “Restore firewalls to default” option on the right side.

  2. Click on the Restore defaults button.

  3. You will be asked for confirmation once again. Click Yes to reset all Windows Firewall settings.

Method 3: Reset Firewall Settings to Default via Windows Firewall with Advanced Security

  1. Press the Windows key + R to open the Run box, type wf.msc and hit Enter to open the “Windows Defender Firewall with Advanced Security” console.

  2. Right-click on the top item “Windows Defender Firewall with Advanced Security on Local Computer” in the left pane and select “Restore Default Policy“.

  3. Click Yes when you see the following confirmation dialog box.

  4. All the firewall rules are now reset to their initial values, as they were when you first installed Windows 10.

Method 4: Reset Firewall Settings to Default via Command Prompt

  1. Open the Command Prompt as administrator, and type this command:
    netsh advfirewall reset

  2. Once pressing Enter, all the firewall settings are now reset to their default values.

Method 5: Reset Firewall Settings to Default via Windows PowerShell

  1. Open Windows PowerShell as administrator, and run the following command:
    (New-Object -ComObject HNetCfg.FwPolicy2).RestoreLocalFirewallDefaults()

  2. Your Firewall rules will be restored to defaults in no time, without any additional confirmation.

How to Change Default Font in Office Word and Excel 2016 / 2019 / 365

June 10th, 2019 by Admin

Starting with Office 2007, both Word and Excel use Calibri as the default font. In order to make your document or spreadsheet more readable, you may want to change the default font style or adjust the font size. In this tutorial we’ll show you the easy steps to change default font in Office Word and Excel 2016 / 2019 / 365.

Part 1: Change Default Font in Office Word

Open any document with your Office Word application. Click the Home tab in the ribbon menu, then click on the arrow icon in the bottom right-hand corner of the Font section.

Once the Font window appears, you can change the default font style, size, effects, and even the color if you want. When done, click the Set As Default button in the bottom left corner.

In the next dialog asking which default to set, select “All documents based on the Normal.dotm template” and click OK to confirm your changes.

Now, all new documents created with Word will use your font of choice by default.

Part 2: Change Default Font in Office Excel

Open any spreadsheet with Office Excel application. Click the File tab in the ribbon menu and then choose the Options tab.

When the Excel Options dialog appears, select the General tab. In the right pane, scroll down to the “When creating new workbooks” section and you can choose your desired font type and size.

Click OK when you’re done. Now every time you create a new spreadsheet in Excel, the default font size and style will be exactly what you set it to.

Conclusion

Are you frustrated by always having to change the font when you create a document in Word or Excel? Just follow the above procedure to change the default font in Office Word/Excel 2016, 2019 and 365, it will save you tons of frustration and time.

Add or Remove Check Boxes to Select Multiple Files in Windows 10 File Explorer

June 5th, 2019 by Admin

Selection check boxes don’t show up in File Explorer? How can I remove check marks on desktop icons? File Explorer allows you to use check boxes to select multiple folders / files without having to hold down the Ctrl key. When some files are selected or you hover the pointer over a file, check boxes will appear and you can check or uncheck to make your selection.

This feature is very useful for tablet users. If you’re accustomed to use the Ctrl key to select multiple files, you can get rid of check boxes. In this tutorial we’ll show you 2 methods to add or remove check boxes to select multiple files in Windows 10 File Explorer.

Method 1: Add or Remove Check Boxes to Select Items via Folder Options

  1. Open the File Explorer. Select the View tab on the Ribbon and then click on Options.

  2. When the Folder Options dialog box opens, go to the View tab, scroll down to the bottom and check or uncheck the “Use check boxes to select items” option.

  3. Click Apply and then OK. Your changes will take effect immediately.

Method 2: Add or Remove Check Boxes to Select Items via Registry Editor

  1. Open Registry Editor and navigate to the following location:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

    Double-click the DWORD AutoCheckSelect in the right pane to modify it.

  2. Set it to 1 to enable using check boxes to select items. Otherwise, set it to 0 (this is default setting).

  3. Log off or restart your computer to apply the changes.