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Rotate Your Screen in Windows – Fix Screen Sideways or Upside Down

August 11th, 2018 by Admin

How can I change the screen orientation back to normal when it appears sideways or upside down? Is there a keyboard shortcut to turn Windows 10 screen 90 degrees or 180 degrees? In this tutorial we’ll show you 3 simple ways to rotate your computer’s screen in Windows 10 / 8 / 7.

Method 1: Rotate Your Screen in Windows with Keyboard Shortcut

While hold down the Ctrl and Alt keys, pressing the Left, Right, or Down arrow key could rotate the screen a different direction. To restore the screen back to its normal upright rotation, just press Ctrl + Alt + the Up arrow.

Method 2: Rotate Your Screen via Windows Display Settings

Right-click on the desktop and choose “Display settings“. If you’re running Windows 7, select the “Screen Resolution” option instead.

Click the Orientation drop-down menu, and then choose your preferred screen orientation — Landscape, Portrait, Landscape (flipped), or Portrait (flipped).

A confirmation message will let you decide whether to use the changed orientation or revert back to the current one.

Method 3: Rotate Your Screen in Windows with Intel / AMD Graphics

If your computer comes with have Intel graphics cards, right-click on your desktop and select Graphic Option, then navigate to Rotation and you can change the rotation of the display by 90, 180, and 270 degrees. Note: the “Rotate to 0 degrees” option will get your screen orientation back to normal.

If you have an AMD graphics card, right-click on the desktop and select “Catalyst Control Center“. You can also find the similar option to rotate the display on your PC or laptop. That’s it!

Change Priority of Wired / Wireless Network Adapter in Windows 10 / 8 / 7

August 9th, 2018 by Admin

When your computer comes with more than one network adapter (such as Ethernet and Wi-Fi), Windows will use priorities to decide which adapter to use. If both Ethernet and Wi-Fi are connected at the same time, we should give priority to LAN over WI-FI as the wired connection is faster. In this tutorial we’ll show you the simple way to change priority of wired / wireless network adapter in Windows 10 / 8 / 7.

Method 1: Change Network Adapter Priority in the Adapter and Binding tab

If you’re running Windows 8 / 7, you can adjust the priority of wired / wireless network adapter from the “Adapter and Binding” tab. Follow these steps:

  1. Press the Windows key + R to open the Run command, type ncpa.cpl and hit Enter to open the Network Connections window.
  2. You should see a list of network adapters. Press the Alt button (if the menu bar is not already visible) and click on the Advanced menu, and then choose Advanced Settings.

  3. Click the Adapters and Bindings tab. Under Connections, you’ll notice that “Local Area Connection 2” has the highest priority. You can use the up or down arrow button on the right side to change the priority.

  4. Click OK. Traffic will go over the network adapter with the highest priority first (when connected) when all adapters are connected.

However, the “Adapter and Binding” tab was already removed in Windows 10, and you have to use PowerShell cmdlet to change the network adapter priority.

Method 2: Change Network Adapter Priority Using Windows PowerShell

By default, Windows uses the interface metric to determine which network adapter has the highest priority. Adapters with a lower metric number are prioritized over adapters that have a higher number. Here’s how to change network adapter priority using Windows PowerShell:

  1. Open Windows PowerShell as administrator. Type the following command and press Enter.
    Get-NetIPInterface

    The ifIndex column lists a unique number of each adapter, while the InterfaceMetric column lists the priority of the adapter. As you can see from the screenshot above, Wi-Fi has a higher connection priority over Ethernet.

  2. Now, you can use the following command to modify the priority for Ethernet.
    Set-NetIPInterface -InterfaceIndex "ifIndex" -InterfaceMetric "InterfaceMetric"

    In my example, I want to assign higher priority to Ethernet over Wi-Fi, so set its metric to a number smaller than 10 (Wi-Fi’s metric number).

  3. Close the elevated PowerShell window and you’re done!

Change Cloud-delivered Protection Level in Windows 10

August 7th, 2018 by Admin

By default, Windows Defender is set in a low protection level so you’ll get less false positives. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to increase the cloud-delivered protection level in Windows 10 to make Windows Defender more proactive in scanning and detecting suspicious files.

How to Change Cloud-delivered Protection Level in Windows 10?

  1. To get started, you need to open the Local Group Policy Editor. Use the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut to open the Run command, enter gpedit.msc and press Enter.

  2. Navigate to the following path:
    Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Defender Antivirus > MAPS

    and then double-click the “Join Microsoft MAPS” policy on the right side.

  3. Select Enabled and then move to the drop-down box to select “Advanced MAPS“. Click OK.

  4. Switch to the MpEngine folder on the left panel. On the right panel double-click on the policy “Select cloud protection level“.

  5. Select Enabled and then pick up the “High+ blocking level” option to increase the cloud protection level on your Windows 10 computer.

  6. Click OK and restart your computer. Windows Defender will scan and block suspicious files more proactively.

Note: After you’ve applied GPO to change the cloud protection level, the option to turn off cloud-delivered protection in Windows Defender will be greyed out.

That’s it!

Turn On / Off Cloud Based Protection in Windows 10

August 6th, 2018 by Admin

Windows Defender is a free antivirus software built into Windows 10, which runs real-time protection in the background. When Windows Defender finds a suspicious file, it will send the data to the cloud service so it can decide whether or not to block it.

If you are highly concerned about your privacy, you may consider disabling the cloud based protection. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to turn on or off cloud based protection in Windows 10.

How to Turn On / Off Cloud Based Protection in Windows 10?

Open Windows Defender and then click on the Settings (gear) icon at the bottom left corner.

Click on the “Virus & threat protection settings” link under the “Virus & thread protection notifications” section.

Turn on (default) or off “Cloud-delivered protection” for what you want. If you’ve enabled cloud protection, make sure “Automatic sample submission” are also turned On.

That’s it!

How to Reset or Reinstall Network Adapter in Windows 10

August 4th, 2018 by Admin

Have you messed up your network adapter settings on a laptop? Unable to solve network connection problems? Since Windows 10 Anniversary Update, it offers a simple way to reset all your network settings to default, so you can set up everything about your network from scratch.

In this tutorial we’ll show you 2 easy ways to reset or reinstall Ethernet(wired) and wireless network adapters in Windows 10. After going through the steps below, your computer will reset all your network settings and forget saved Wi-Fi passwords. All your network connections need to be reconfigured.

Method 1: Reset or Reinstall Network Adapter from the Settings App

  1. Press the Windows key + I together on your keyboard to open the Settings app. Click on Network & Internet.

  2. Choose the Status tab on the left. Scroll down on the right until you see the “Network reset” option, and then click it.

  3. The next window will explain what will happen if you reset your network settings. Click the “Reset now” button when you’re ready.

  4. When the popup window asks you for confirmation, click Yes.

  5. Windows 10 will inform you that your PC will automatically shut down in 5 minutes. Close the notification and make sure you save anything you’re working on.

Method 2: Reset or Reinstall Network Adapter Using Command Prompt

  1. Click the Start button. Type cmd and right-click Command Prompt from the search result, then select Run as administrator.

  2. Execute the following command:
    netcfg -d

  3. This will reset your network settings and reinstall all the network adapters. When it’s done, reboot your computer.

Enable ClickLock to Simplify Drag & Drop with Touchpad

August 3rd, 2018 by Admin

ClickLock is a built-in feature in Windows that lets you drag and drop files without the need of holding down the mouse button. This feature comes to handy if you have trouble holding down the left mouse button and moving the mouse at the same time. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to enable ClickLock on Windows 10 / 8 / 7 to simplify drag & drop with touchpad.

If you use a touchpad (or trackpad) on your laptop, the drag-and-drop operation requires you to use both your hands on touchpad to click and drag. After turning on ClickLock, put the cursor on your selected files and hold down the left click for a while, then start moving your cursor to drag and click again to drop.

How to Enable ClickLock on Windows 10 / 8 / 7?

  1. Press the Windows key + R to launch the Run window. Type main.cpl and press Enter to open the Mouse Properties dialog.

  2. In the Buttons tab, check the “Turn on ClickLock” option and then click the Settings button.

  3. The popup window allows you to adjust how long you need to hold down the left touchpad button before your click is locked.

  4. Once you have done this, click OK and then Apply.

3 Ways to Find Saved Wi-Fi Passwords on Windows 10

August 2nd, 2018 by Admin

How can I see the Wi-Fi passwords of a previously connected wireless connection? Is there a way to look up the saved Wi-Fi password on my computer so I can connect my phone to the same network? In this tutorial we’ll show you 3 simple ways to find all your saved Wi-Fi passwords on Windows 10 computer.

Method 1: Find Wi-Fi Password of Your Current Network Connection

  1. Press the Windows key + R to bring up the Run box. Type ncpa.cpl and press Enter to open up the Network Connections window.

  2. Right-click on your wireless network adapter, and select Status from the drop-down menu.

  3. Click the Wireless Properties button.

  4. Go to the Security tab. Click the Show characters check box, and the saved Wi-Fi password will be revealed.

Method 2: Find All Saved Wi-Fi Passwords Using Command Line

  1. Right click on Start button (Windows Logo) and then select Windows PowerShell.

  2. Copy and paste the following command in the PowerShell console and hit Enter.

    (netsh wlan show profiles) | Select-String “\:(.+)$” | %{$name=$_.Matches.Groups[1].Value.Trim(); $_} | %{(netsh wlan show profile name=”$name” key=clear)} | Select-String “Key Content\W+\:(.+)$” | %{$pass=$_.Matches.Groups[1].Value.Trim(); $_} | %{[PSCustomObject]@{ PROFILE_NAME=$name;PASSWORD=$pass }} | Format-Table -AutoSize

  3. You’ll get a list of Wi-Fi passwords to all wireless networks you’ve accessed before.

Method 3: Find All Saved Wi-Fi Passwords Using Third-Party Software

If you have a Windows PC that’s currently connected to the Wi-Fi network or previously connected to it, you can look up all the saved Wi-Fi passwords using the software – WirelessKeyView.

WirelessKeyView is a free portable tool created by NirSoft that can be used to recover all wireless network security keys/passwords (WEP/WPA) stored in Windows 10 / 8 / 7. Once you open up the program, it will show you the details of all Wi-Fi networks configured on your PC.

As you can see from the above screenshot, the Wi-Fi passwords are shown under the “Key (Ascii)” column. You can export your wireless passwords into a file for safe keeping.

3 Ways to Open Network Connections in Windows 10

August 2nd, 2018 by Admin

Network Connections is the most commonly used Control Panel applet for network administrators. From there you can view and manage all your wired / wireless adapters in one place. In this tutorial we’ll show you 3 quickest ways to open Network Connections in Windows 10.

Method 1: Open Network Connections via Run or Command Prompt

Press the Windows key and the R key at the same time to open the Run box. Type ncpa.cpl and hit Enter and you can access Network Connections immediately.

A similar way of opening Network Connections is to run ncpa.cpl at the Command Prompt.

Method 2: Open Network Connections via Taskbar

Right-click the network icon which is located at the notification area of taskbar, and then select “Open Network & Internet settings” from the popup menu.

In the resulting pop-up window, click the “Change adapter options” in the right pane.

It will open Network Connections in no time.

Method 3: Open Network Connections via Control Panel

Open the Control Panel in category view, click the “View network status and tasks” link beneath the “Network and Internet” heading.

In the resulting window, click “Change adapter settings” on the left-hand side.

Now you can view a list of network connections on your system.

Disable Autocorrect and Highlight Misspelled Words in Windows 10

August 1st, 2018 by Admin

Windows 10 comes with a spell checking feature which will automatically autocorrect and highlight misspelled words that you typed in the apps like Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Facebook, etc. This feature is turned on by default on every fresh Windows 10 installation.

But the built-in spell checker may not work as good as you expect. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to disable Autocorrect and Highlight Misspelled Words in Windows 10.

Steps to Disable Autocorrect and Highlight Misspelled Words in Windows 10

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

Select the Typing menu in the left-hand column. Turn off the following two options under the Spelling section as shown below.

  • Autocorrect misspelled words
  • Highlight misspelled words

Scroll down to the Hardware keyboard section, toggle the “Autocorrect misspelled words I type” setting to Off.

Close the app you want to use without spell checking and reopen it for the changes to take effect.