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How to Restore All File Associations to Default in Windows 10

April 18th, 2018 by Admin

Windows 10 file extensions are messed up? Is there a simple way to reset all file associations to default? When double-clicking a text file, Windows will open it with Notepad because the file extension .txt is associated with Notepad by default. Installing a new text editor software can result in changes to the default file association. Since Windows 10 there is an easy way to restore all file associations to default.

How to Restore All File Associations to Default in Windows 10?

Press the Windows key + I shortcut to open the Settings app, and then click Apps.

Select the Default apps on the left, you’ll see all the default programs for opening your pictures, videos, webpage or checking out email message, etc. Scroll down a bit till you see the setting – Reset to Microsoft recommended defaults.

Click the Reset button and all your file associations will be restore to their original defaults immediately.

Automatically Disable Touchpad When Mouse is Connected in Windows 10

April 12th, 2018 by Admin

Despite touchpads have improved over the years and they support so many gestures, users still won’t like using the touchpad for gaming, and have to manually switch between the touchpad and traditional mouse. In this tutorial we’ll show you 2 ways to configure Windows 10 to automatically disable touchpad only when a USB mouse is connected.

Method 1: Automatically Disable Touchpad When Mouse is Connected Using Settings App

  1. Press the Windows key + I shortcut to open the Settings app. Click on Devices.

  2. Select the Touchpad tab. Simply uncheck the “Leave touchpad on when a mouse is connected” option on the right.

  3. Close the Settings app. Now, connecting a USB mouse to your PC will automatically disable the touchpad, while your touchpad will restore to work when the mouse is unplugged.

Method 2: Automatically Disable Precision Touchpad When Mouse is Connected Using Control Panel

If you don’t have a precision touchpad, you have to disable touchpad only when a USB mouse is connected using the Control Panel. Follow these steps:

  1. Open the Control Panel. Set the View by option to Large icons and then click on Mouse.
  2. When the Mouse settings window opens, go to the Device Settings tab, and check the “Disable internal pointing device when external USB pointing device is attached” option.
  3. Click Apply and then OK.

Hide or Show Language Bar / Input Indicator in Windows 10

April 10th, 2018 by Admin

Language bar missing from the taskbar after Windows 10 update? How can I remove Input Indicator icon from taskbar notification area? If you’ve added more than one language to Windows 10, you can switch between different input languages by clicking the language bar or input indicator on the system tray. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to hide or show language bar / input indicator in Windows 10.

Part 1: Hide or Show Input Indicator in Windows 10 Using Settings App

  1. Right-click empty space on Windows 10 taskbar and then select “Taskbar settings“.

  2. The appropriate page of the Settings app will be opened. Click the “Turn system icons on or off” link on the right.

  3. Toggle the setting for Input Indicator to On or Off. This will show or hide the input indicator accordingly.

  4. This change will take effect immediately. Here’s how the input indicator looks like on my system:

Part 2: Hide or Show Language Bar in Windows 10 Using Control Panel

  1. Open the Control Panel in Large icons view, and then click on the Language applet.

  2. In the left-pane, click the Advanced settings link.

  3. If you want to show language bar, check the “Use the desktop language bar when it’s available” option and then click Options.

    Make sure that both “Docked in the taskbar” and “Show text labels on the Language bar” are selected. Click OK and then click Save.

  4. If you want to hide or turn off the language bar, just uncheck the “Use the desktop language bar when it’s available” option and click Save.
  5. Here’s how the old language bar looks like:

    That’s it!

How to Create Keyboard Shortcuts for Any Windows Application

April 8th, 2018 by Admin

Is there a way to create your own keyboard shortcut to launch the apps you use most often? This feature is built into Windows for quite a long time, but many people don’t even know it existed. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to create custom keyboard shortcuts to launch any application in Windows 10 / 8 / 7, without using third-party programs.

How to Create Keyboard Shortcuts for Any Windows Application

  1. Right-click on the shortcut to the app you need a keyboard shortcut for, and then select Properties.

    If you can’t find a shortcut, right-click on the relevant executable file and choose New -> Shortcut.

  2. In the Properties window, go to the Shortcut tab. Click in the Shortcut key box and type a letter or number. This character is appended to Ctrl+Alt, so you’ll end up with something like Ctrl+Alt+F.

  3. Click OK to save your change. When asked for administrator permissions, click on Continue.

    You can then launch your application using the keyboard combination: CTRL + ALT + a letter / number. That’s it!

If you want to delete the keyboard shortcut later, just open the Properties window again and click in the Shortcut key box and press the Backspace key to delete the shortcut.

2 Ways to Change Touchpad Sensitivity in Windows 10

April 3rd, 2018 by Admin

“The touchpad on my laptop is way too sensitive. When I am typing, my thumbs hover over that pad, and frequently trigger it even though I don’t touch it. Is there any way to make the touchpad less sensitive?”

Touchpad is too sensitive? Is there a registry trick to adjust the touchpad sensitivity in Windows 10? In this tutorial we’ll show you 2 simple ways to change touchpad sensitivity in Windows 10.

Method 1: Change Touchpad Sensitivity in Windows 10 from Settings App

  1. Press the Windows key + I together to open Settings app and go to Devices.

  2. Select the Touchpad tab. On the right-side pane, you can click the Touchpad sensitivity drop-down box to adjust the sensitivity level of your touchpad.

    After trying the various levels: Low sensitivity, Medium Sensitivity, High Sensitivity or Most Sensitive, you should know which level is appropriate.

Method 2: Change Touchpad Sensitivity in Windows 10 via Registry Editor

  1. Press the Windows key + I together to open the Run box. Type regedit and hit Enter.

  2. When the Registry Editor is launched, navigate to the following key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\PrecisionTouchPad
  3. Double-click the AAPThreshold value on the right-side pane, and change its value accordingly, depending on what sensitivity level you want to set:

    • Most Sensitive: 0
    • High Sensitivity: 1
    • Medium Sensitivity: 2
    • Low sensitivity: 3
  4. Close the Registry Editor. Log off or restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

Add File Explorer or This PC Shortcut to Windows 10 Start Menu

April 2nd, 2018 by Admin

File Explorer icon missing from Start Menu in Windows 10? How can I add “This PC” shortcut on Start Menu? In this tutorial we’ll show you how to restore the missing File Explorer icon (also known as ‘This PC’) back to the Start Menu in Windows 10.

How to Add File Explorer or This PC Shortcut to Windows 10 Start Menu?

  1. Simply press Windows + I keyboard shortcut to open the Settings app. Click Personalization.

  2. Select the Start tab on the left, and then click the “Choose which folders appear on Start” link on the right.

  3. Switch the toggle button under “File Explorer” to On. It’ll add File Explorer (also known as “This PC”) shortcut to left-side pane of Start Menu.

That makes it easier to access File Explorer from Windows 10 Start Menu. You can also right-click the “File Explorer” icon on the Start Menu, and select “More” -> “Manage” to open Computer Management console easily.

How to Open Print Management in Windows 10 / 8 / 7

March 29th, 2018 by Admin

Print Management missing from Windows 10 Administrative Tools? Print Management is a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in that enables you to install, view, and manage the printers. In this tutorial we’ll show you the easiest ways to open Print Management in Windows 10 / 8 / 7.

Method 1: Open Print Management via Run Command

Press the Windows key + R to open the Run command box, type printmanagement.msc and hit Enter.

This will launch the Print Management console immediately. Expand the Print Servers node on the left, you can add / delete the printers and drivers, view printer queue, configure the printer port, print test page, etc.

Method 2: Open Print Management via Control Panel

Open the Control Panel and select Large icons under the View by drop-down list. Click Administrative Tools.

You can find the Print Management shortcut.

Can’t Find Print Management in Windows 10/8/7 Home?

Print Management is not available in the Home edition of Windows. However, you can find an alternative Control Panel applet that can help manage the printers connected to your computer. Follow these steps:

Open the Control Panel in Large icons view. Click Devices and Printers.

In the Devices and Printers window, you can see the connected printers, scanners, Bluetooth and other external devices. Right-click on your printer and you can see how many documents are in the printing queue, set the default paper size for printing, manage the printer properties.

Click the “Print server properties” in the toolbar area and it lets you configure available printer forms and printer ports, add and remove printer drivers, etc. That’s it!

How to Adjust Screen Brightness on Windows 10 Laptop or Tablet

March 28th, 2018 by Admin

How can I make my computer screen brighter or darker? When you work at home, you want to decrease the screen brightness so it doesn’t hurt your eyes. When taking your laptop outside on a sunny day, it’s nearly impossible to see what’s on the screen and you have to increase the brightness. In this tutorial we’ll show you the easiest ways to manually adjust screen brightness on Windows 10 laptop or tablet.

Method 1: Adjust Adjust Screen Brightness on Windows 10 via Taskbar

Right-click on the Battery icon in the notification area of the taskbar, and then select Adjust screen brightness.

This will open the concerned Control Panel applet – Power Options. You can use the slider at the bottom to reduce or increase the brightness level on your screen.

Method 2: Adjust Adjust Screen Brightness on Windows 10 via Settings App

Open the Settings app from your Start menu, and then click the System category.

Under the Display tab, you can see the “Change brightness” slider on the top. Just move the slider to adjust the brightness of your screen to a level comfortable to your eyes.

Method 3: Adjust Adjust Screen Brightness on Windows 10 via Keyboard Shortcut

Almost all laptops come with brightness keys to quickly adjust the screen brightness. Have a look at your keyboard to see stylized sun icon on function keys (F1 ~ F12). Depending on your laptops manufacturer/model, you may need to hold down the Fn key while you press brightness keys. For instance, on my DELL laptop, Fn + F11/F12 can be used to adjust the screen brightness.

How to Change Mouse Sensitivity and Pointer Speed in Windows 10 / 8 / 7

March 27th, 2018 by Admin

Mouse cursor moving extremely slow? The cursor lag could make you mad especially when you’re playing games. In this tutorial we’ll explain how to change mouse sensitivity and pointer speed in Windows 10, 8 and Windows 7.

How to Change Mouse Sensitivity and Pointer Speed in Windows

  1. Open the Control Panel in Large icons view, click the Mouse option.

  2. In the Mouse Properties window, go to the Pointer Options tab. Under the Motion section, move the slider toward Slow or Fast until you achieve the desired mouse sensitivity.

  3. To make the pointer work more accurately when you’re moving the mouse slowly, select the Enhance pointer precision check box as well.
  4. Click OK to save your changes.

If you are a gamer with a gaming mouse, you might know what the DPI is. DPI is the standard used to measure the mouse sensitivity, expressed as the number of DPIs (dots per linear inch) that a device can detect. You can often change the DPI settings with the software created by your mouse’s manufacturer.

How to Disable SuperFetch in Windows 10 / 8 / 7

March 21st, 2018 by Admin

Superfetch causing high disk or memory usage? SuperFetch, previously known as Prefetch, is a Windows service that makes your frequently-used programs load faster by preloading them into RAM. However, Superfetch can sometimes take up too many system resources (such as CPU, memory and storage). Here’s how you can disable Superfetch in Windows 10 / 8 / 7.

Method 1: Disable Superfetch Using Windows Services App

  1. Press the Windows key + R to open the Run prompt, then type services.msc and click OK.

  2. In the Services window, scroll down to find the Superfetch service. Double click on it to configure its properties.

  3. Click the Startup type drop-down list and select Disabled, then click OK and restart your computer.

If you don’t want to permanently disable Superfetch, you can stop the service temporarily by running the following command at the Command Prompt:
net stop superfetch

Method 2: Disable Superfetch Using Registry Editor

  1. Press the Windows key + R to open the Run prompt, then type regedit and press Enter.

  2. Browse to the following registry location using the left sidebar:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management\PrefetchParameters

    Then double-click the 32-bit DWORD value EnableSuperfetch in the right pane. If it doesn’t exist, you have to create it.

  3. To disable SuperFetch, change Value Data to 0 and click OK.

    Once you reboot, Superfetch will stay inactive.

If you want to enable SuperFetch later, just restore the value of EnableSuperfetch back to 3 and you’re done!