Archive for September, 2019

How to Speed Up Windows 10 Menu Animations with Ease

September 16th, 2019 by Admin

When you hover over an item in a menu, there is a delay for the submenu to pop up with an animation effect. To reduce that delay, you can use a registry tweak to speed up menu animations and make your Windows 10 apps more responsive.

How to Speed Up Windows 10 Menu Animations

  1. Press Windows + R to open the Run dialog box. Type regedit and hit Enter to open the Registry Editor.

  2. Navigate to the location below. In the right pane, double-click on MenuShowDelay to modify it.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop

  3. By default, the menu animations duration is set to 400 millisecond (1000 milliseconds = 1 second). In order to speed up the animation, you can change this value to a lower number such as 200. Setting the “MenuShowDelay” value to 0 will make the submenu pop up without any delay.

  4. When you are done editing, close Registry Editor and restart your computer. When you right-click any program or file on your desktop and hover over a context menu item with a right arrow, the submenu should pop up much faster than before.

Windows 10 also includes many other visual effects and animations that give you a smoother and a more modern interface. If you want to disable all animations to get a performance boost, please check out this article: 3 Ways to Turn off Visual Animations in Windows 10.

3 Ways to Turn off Visual Animations in Windows 10

September 10th, 2019 by Admin

Windows 10 comes with lots of animation effects to give you a more attractive and user-friendly feel, such as fading effects, when you maximize/minimize a window or open/close a menu. If you find these animations slow down your computer or you don’t like them at all, here are 3 ways to turn off visual animations in Windows 10 to boost performance.

Method 1: Turn off Visual Animations Using the Settings App

  1. Use the Windows key + I keyboard shortcut to open the Settings app, and then click on Ease of Access.

  2. From the left pane, select the Display category. In the right-side pane, slide the “Show animations in Windows” button to the left to disable the animations altogether.

Method 2: Turn off Visual Animations Using Control Panel

  1. Open the Control Panel with Large icons view, and click on Ease of Access Center.

  2. Scroll down to the “Explore all settings” section, click on “Make the computer easier to see“.

  3. Check the option “Turn off all unnecessary animations (when possible)” and click OK.

Method 3: Turn off Visual Animations Using System Properties

  1. Use the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut to open the Run dialog, type sysdm.cpl and hit Enter to open the System Properties window.

  2. Select the Advanced tab. Click on the Settings button under the Performance section.

  3. In the Performance Options dialog, you’ll see a long list of checkbox options which let you tweak your system’s visual effects. To disable animations, we recommend unchecking the following options:

    • Animate controls and elements inside windows
    • Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing
    • Fade or slide menus into view
    • Fade or slide ToolTips into view
    • Fade out menu items after clicking
    • Slide open combo boxes
    • Smooth-scroll list boxes

  4. When done, click OK and then Apply to make the changes take effect.

Disable Hardware Graphic Acceleration for Office 2019 / 2016 / 2013

September 9th, 2019 by Admin

Starting with Microsoft Office 2013, hardware graphics acceleration is enabled by default, which moves all graphics and text rendering from CPU to GPU (a chip on your graphics card) for getting better performance, but it may also increase the burden on the graphic card. If you experienced crash, slowness, blurred text and cursor hanging when running Office, turning off hardware graphics acceleration should solve the problem. Here are 2 ways to disable hardware graphics acceleration in Office 2019 / 2016 / 2013.

Method 1: Disable Hardware Graphic Acceleration from within Office Application

  1. Open any Office program like Word. Click the File tab and then choose Options in the left pane.

  2. Select the Advanced tab. In the right-hand pane, scroll down to the Display section and check the box that says Disable hardware graphics acceleration.

  3. Click OK to save the settings and restart your PC. After making these changes, the system will automatically turn off hardware graphics acceleration on all the other Office programs like Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.

Method 2: Disable Hardware Graphic Acceleration for Office with Registry Tweak

  1. Press the Windows + R key together, type regedit in the Run dialog box and hit Enter to open Registry Editor.

  2. Under the left-hand pane, navigate to one of the following registry keys depend on your Office version. If the Graphics key doesn’t exist, you have to create it manually.

    • Office 2010: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\Common\Graphics
    • Office 2013: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Common\Graphics
    • Office 2016 / 2019: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\16.0\Common\Graphics
  3. On the right pane, create a new DWORD (32-bit) DisableHardwareAcceleration. Double-click it and change the value data from 0 to 1.

  4. Close the Registry Editor and reboot the machine to apply the changes.

How to Project Your Screen to Another Windows 10 Computer Through Wi-Fi

September 5th, 2019 by Admin

Is it possible to make the screen of one laptop appear on another laptop? How do you mirror desktop PC to laptop wirelessly? Windows 10 includes a useful feature that lets you turn your Windows 10 PC into a wireless display, so you can mirror another PC’s display with ease. In this tutorial we’ll walk you through the steps to project your screen to another Windows 10 computer through Wi-Fi.

Before getting started, make sure you have two Windows 10 computers that support Miracast, and they are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

Part 1: Set Up The Receiver Computer

On the computer you want to use as a wireless monitor (which we’ll call it “receiver computer”), press the Windows key + I together to open the Settings app, navigate to System -> Project to This PC. By default the Projecting To This PC feature is turned off. You can turn it on by selecting “Available everywhere“.

If your PC needs to run on battery power only, just turn off the last option labelled “This PC can be discovered for projection only when it is plugged into a power source“. Now, your main computer can cast screen on this computer.

Part 2: Project Your Screen

On the main computer – the one you’re projecting the screen from, press the Windows key + P together. The Project menu will appear as a flyout to the right of your screen. Just click the “Connect to a wireless display” link.

It will take a while to scan around for wireless monitors. Once your receiver computer is found, just click it.

Now, a Connect permission prompt will display on your receiver computer. Go back to the receiver computer and click Yes to allow the connection.

Now, your receiver computer will merely mirror what’s on your main PC’s screen, and you can you can control it with your mouse and keyboard.

How to Enable iCloud Photo Library on Windows 10 PC

September 3rd, 2019 by Admin

iCloud Photo Library is an awesome feature for Apple users to store photos and videos in cloud, sync and share across all devices including iPhone, Mac or Windows PC. This tutorial will walk you through how to turn on iCloud Photo Library on your Windows 10 PC.

How to Enable iCloud Photo Library on Windows 10 PC

  1. To get started, you need to download Cloud for Windows from Apple, and then install it on your Windows-based computer.
  2. After installing, open the iCloud application and sign in with your Apple ID and password. If you’re prompted to decide whether to share usage information with Apple, click Don’t send.

  3. Click the Options button next to Photos.

  4. Check the box labeled iCloud Photo Library to upload and store your PC photo library in iCloud, and click OK.

  5. Finally click Apply to save your changes. After turning on iCloud Photo Library, iCloud Photos should automatically show up in File Explorer.

  6. Just open the iCloud Photos folder and you can click “Download photos and videos” in the file explorer navigation bar to download photos from iCloud to your Windows computer, or click “Upload photos and videos” to upload your photos to iCloud.

If you would like to view the iCloud photos on your iPhone, open the Settings and tap the Apple ID banner at the top of the screen, then navigate to iCloud -> Photos and tap the iCloud Photo Library toggle to On.

How to Rebuild Index When Outlook Instant Search isn’t Working

September 2nd, 2019 by Admin

Outlook indexing not complete or suspended? Can’t search the mailbox using the Instant Search feature any longer? To fix such issue, you just need to rebuild the search index and you can get Outlook search working again.

How to Rebuild Index When Outlook Instant Search isn’t Working

  1. Open the Control Panel with Large icons view and click on Indexing Options.

    For Outlook 2013 / 2016 / 2019, you can also access the Indexing Options from within the Outlook application. Follow these steps:

    • Click the File tab in Outlook, and then select Options.

    • Next, choose the Search tab from the left column, and click on Indexing Options.

  2. When the Indexing Options window appears, click on the Advanced button.

  3. Under the Index Settings tab, click on Rebuild.

  4. Outlook will prompt with a warning that rebuilding the index may take a long time to complete. Click OK to rebuild the entire search index.

  5. You can continue to use Outlook when it’s building the index in the background. Just open the Indexing Options window again and you can view the index status. After Outlook has finished indexing all of your items, make sure to restart Windows.

Automatically Close Apps When Shutting down or Restarting Windows 10

September 1st, 2019 by Admin

When you try to log off, shutdown or restart your PC, Windows 10 will give you the chance to save your work before gracefully closing all open programs. To proceed with the shutdown or restart process, you have to click on Shut down anyway. If you don’t take any action for a minute, it will bring you back to the desktop.

Once you get into the habit of saving your work before shutting down or restarting your computer, you can use a registry tweak to force Windows 10 to automatically close all apps without any prompt at shutdown, restart or log off, which helps saving valuable time.

Configure Windows 10 to Automatically Close Applications at Shutdown or Restart

  1. To start, you’ll need to use the Registry Editor. To open it, press Windows + R on your keyboard and then type regedit, hit Enter.

  2. Navigate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop. In the left pane, right-click on the Desktop key and select New -> String Value.

  3. Name the new string AutoEndTasks, then double-click it and set the value data to 1. Click OK and restart your PC to apply the changes.

  4. The next time you shut down, restart, or log out of your user account, Windows 10 will automatically close all running apps no matter if there is any unsaved work.

If you ever want to revert back, either delete the registry string AutoEndTasks or change the value data back to 0, Windows 10 will use the default setting instead.