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3 Steps to Add Control Panel to ‘This PC’ in Windows 10 File Explorer

April 20th, 2021 by Admin

If you need to frequently use Control Panel, you can add it to the “This PC” section of File Explorer for quick access. In this tutorial we’ll walk you through the steps of adding Control Panel to File Explorer in Windows 10.

How to Add Control Panel to File Explorer in Windows 10

  1. Open Registry Editor, copy and paste the following path in the address bar and then press the Enter key on your keyboard to get there.
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace

    Next, right-click on the NameSpace key and choose New -> Key.

  2. Rename the newly-created key as {5399E694-6CE5-4D6C-8FCE-1D8870FDCBA0}.

  3. Close Registry Editor and relaunch File Explorer. The “Control Panel” item will appear under the Devices and drives section.

    You can click the “Control Panel” item and open it to either Category view or Large/Small icon view.

If you later want to remove Control Panel from the “This PC” section of File Explorer, just open the same registry location and delete the new key you created. That’s it!

How to Disable Steps Recorder in Windows 10 Home

April 19th, 2021 by Admin

Is there any way to turn off Steps Recorder in Windows 10 Home? Steps Recorder is an screen capture utility pre-installed on Windows 10, which can automatically record your steps with text and screenshots. If you want to get rid of it, you can follow this tutorial to disable Steps Recorder in Windows 10 Home.

How to Disable Steps Recorder in Windows 10 Home

  1. Open Registry Editor and go to the following registry path:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows

    In the left side, right-click on the Windows key and select New -> Key.

  2. Rename the newly-created key as AppCompat, and select it. On the right side, right-click on blank area and choose New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value.

  3. Rename the newly-created DWORD as DisableUAR, then double-click it and change the value data to 1.

  4. Close Registry Editor and now you can’t open Steps Recorder any longer. If you want to enable Steps Recorder again, just change the value data of DisableUAR to 0.

So this is how you can disable Steps Recorder with Registry Editor in Windows 10 Home. If you’re running Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise edition, there is a much simper way to achieve it. Just open the Local Group Policy Editor and browse to: Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Application Compatibility, and double-click “Turn off Steps Recorder” to enable it.

That’s it!

How to View or Change Preferred Band for WiFi Adapter in Windows 10

April 10th, 2021 by Admin

How can I enable 5GHz WiFi network band on Windows 10 computer? WiFi is not appearing as available or network speed is very slow on 2.4GHz WiFi? 2.4 GHz connection travels farther at lower speed, while 5GHz provides faster speed at shorter range. If you’re experiencing problems with WiFi connection, you could try to change the preferred band. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to view or change preferred band for WiFi adapter in Windows 10.

Part 1: Check Which WiFi Band Your Computer is Connected to

Press the Windows key + I to open the Settings app. Navigate to Network & Internet -> Wi-Fi. On the right side, click the “Hardware properties” link under your current WiFi connection.

In the Properties page, you’ll see the band of your WiFi network connection, as well as SSID, protocol, security type, IP and MAC address.

Part 2: Change Preferred Band for WiFi Adapter via Device Manager

Press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog, type devmgmt.msc and press Enter to launch Device Manager.

Expand Network adapters and right-click on your WiFi adapter, then select Properties.

Go to the Advanced tab. Select the “Preferred Band” or “Band” property, change its value to 2.4GHz or 5GHz, and click OK. In my case, I would like to use 5GHz for a faster WiFi experience.

Note: If the “Band” property is missing, it’s possible that your WiFi adapter doesn’t support 5GHz.

Disable Drag and Drop to Prevent Accidental Move or Copy in Windows 10

March 24th, 2021 by Admin

Accidentally moved a folder to another location without being aware of it? A sensitive touchpad or mouse can cause accidentally dragging of folders / files. If you’re unaware that you did it, it could be a nightmare to recover. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to disable drag and drop functionality to prevent accidental move or copy of files in Windows 10.

How to Disable Drag and Drop in Windows 10

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

    On the right side, you’ll see two entries called DragHeight and DragWidth, with the default value 4.
  2. Double-click on DragWidth and change its value to a huge number of pixels. This value should be greater than the screen resolution of the display. Do the same for DragHeight.

    For example, my monitor uses a resolution of 2736 x 1824 pixels, so I modify both DragHeight and DragWidth values and set them to 3000.

  3. Close Registry Editor and restart your computer. You’ll find the drag and drop functionality will not work any longer in Windows 10.

If you just want to prevent some important folders/files from being accidentally moved or copied, you can take use of the Protect My Folders application to lock them down.

Easy Ways to Check Screen Resolution in Windows 10

March 23rd, 2021 by Admin

What is my screen resolution? How do I find out screen resolution on my monitor using Command Prompt? Screen resolution is the number of pixels a screen can show, both horizontally and vertically. In this tutorial we’ll show you easy ways to check screen resolution in Windows 10.

Method 1: Check Screen Resolution in Windows 10 Using Settings App

Right-click any empty space on the desktop and select Display settings from the context menu.

The Settings app will launch and open to the Display page. On the right side, you can see the display resolution in the drop-down list.

Method 2: Check Screen Resolution in Windows 10 Using Command Prompt

Open up the Command Prompt or PowerShell window, copy and paste the following command and hit Enter.
wmic path Win32_VideoController get CurrentHorizontalResolution,CurrentVerticalResolution

You’ll get screen resolutions for all the available monitors on your computer. In my example, my display uses a resolution of 2736 x 1824 pixels.

Method 3: Check Screen Resolution in Windows 10 Using DirectX Diagnostic Tool

To launch DirectX Diagnostic Tool, press the Windows logo key + R to open the Run dialog. Type dxdiag and hit Enter.

Click the Display tab. Under the Device section, you can find your current screen resolution next to the “Current Display Mode” field.

That’s it!

Easy Way to Run File Explorer with Admin Rights in Windows 10

February 25th, 2021 by Admin

How can I run File Explorer elevated if I don’t want to bother with the UAC prompt? By default, Windows 10 will launch File Explorer with the least privileges. Even if you right-click on explorer.exe and select “Run as administrator“, it will not run in elevated mode any longer.

If you work in a role such as system administrator, you may need to frequently run File Explorer as admin. In this tutorial we’ll show you the easiest way to run File Explorer with admin rights in Windows 10.

How to Run File Explorer with Admin Rights in Windows 10

  1. Open up Task Manager and go to the Details tab. Select the explorer.exe process and click on the End task button at the bottom right corner.

  2. Click the File menu and select Run new task.

  3. When the Create new task dialog opens, enter the following command and check the “Create this task with administrative privileges” box and click OK.
    explorer.exe /nouaccheck

  4. It will open File Explorer with admin / elevated rights.

    If the Elevated column is not shown, right-click on any column header and choose “Select columns“, then check the “Elevated” option and click OK.

After File Explorer is running in the elevated mode, you can then launch other programs without UAC warning, and access system files without permission issues. For example, you can edit hosts file without getting the “You don’t have permission to save in this location” error.

Make sure you log off or restart your computer as soon as you no longer need to run File Explorer elevated. When you log back into your account, File Explorer will run in the standard mode again.

How to Open the New UWP-based File Explorer in Windows 10

February 9th, 2021 by Admin

Starting with the Creators update (v1703), Windows 10 includes a hidden File Explorer which is based on the UWP (Universal Windows Platform). It is a touch-optimized app which might replace the classic File Explorer in the near future. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to open the new File Explorer in Windows 10.

How to Open the New UWP-based File Explorer in Windows 10

  1. Right-click on any blank space on the desktop. Select New and then click Shortcut.

  2. Copy and paste the following command in the location box and click Next.
    explorer.exe shell:AppsFolder\c5e2524a-ea46-4f67-841f-6a9465d9d515_cw5n1h2txyewy!App

  3. Type a meaningful name for the shortcut and click on Finish.

  4. Double-click on the newly-created desktop shortcut and you can access the UWP-based new File Explorer.

  5. Compared to the classic File Explorer, the modern File Explorer includes most of basic functionality and it provides a seamless experience for touch device users.

That’s it!

How to Add, Remove or Customize Quick Actions in Windows 10

January 23rd, 2021 by Admin

Quick Actions are a set of buttons which let you quickly access common functions, such as turning Bluetooth on or off, switching to tablet mode, adjusting screen brightness and so on. Just click the chat bubble icon in the notification area or press the Windows logo key + A to open the Action Center panel. From there you can see a list of quick action buttons at the bottom. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to add, remove, customize Quick Actions buttons in Windows 10.

Part 1: Enter into Editing Mode

In order to customize Quick Actions, you need to open it in editing mode. Press the Windows logo key + I to open the Settings app, navigate to System -> Notifications & actions. On the right, click the “Edit your quick actions” option. The Quick Actions in the Action Center panel will appear in editable mode.

Another quick way to access the editing mode is to right-click any empty space in the Action Center panel and select Edit from the pop-up menu.

Part 2: Remove Quick Actions Buttons

Simply click the unpin icon displayed in the upper-right corner of any Quick Actions button, and you can remove it from the Action Center.

Part 3: Add Quick Actions Buttons

Click the Add button at the bottom and it will display all hidden quick actions. Select your desired quick action and add its button to the Action Center panel immediately.

Part 4: Rearrange Quick Actions Buttons

To rearrange the Quick Actions, you can drag any of the Quick action buttons and drop it to your desired position.

When everything is done, click the Done button at the bottom to save your changes.

Fix: Windows 10 Battery Indicator Shows “Plugged in Not Charging”

January 12th, 2021 by Admin

Battery stuck at the same percent all the time while plugged in? The battery indicator shows “plugged in, not charging” even when the AC power is connected? If you experience such issues with your Windows 10 laptop or tablet, here are some useful tips to get your battery back to charging when it’s plugged in.

Part 1: Restart Battery Device or Update Driver

  1. Press and hold the Windows key and then press R once, enter devmgmt.msc and click OK to launch Device Manager.

  2. Expand the Batteries category, right-click on the Microsoft ACPI Compliant Control Method Battery and select Disable from the pop-up menu. Click Yes to confirm.

  3. Restart your computer and then open up Device Manager again. Right-click on the Microsoft ACPI Compliant Control Method Battery and select Enable. If your battery still doesn’t charge, try to select the “Update driver” option and let Windows search automatically for newer driver.

Part 2: Using the Power Troubleshooter

  1. Press the Windows key + I to open the Settings app. Click on Update & Security.

  2. Select the Troubleshoot tab. On the right, click on the “Additional troubleshooters” link.

  3. Scroll down to the “Find and fix other problems” section, select the Power option and then click on the “Run the troubleshooter” button.

  4. The troubleshooter will fix all the issues related to the power supply and improve power usage.

Hopefully these tips could get your battery back to charging. If your Windows 10 PC still shows plugged in but the battery percentage not changing, it should be a hardware issue related to your power cord or battery.

Quickly Switch Between Windows by Hovering Your Mouse Over in Windows 10

January 8th, 2021 by Admin

Is there a quicker way to switch between open windows? Clicking on a window can bring it from background to foreground and make it active. But that method is not really fast. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to quickly activate a window by hovering over it with the mouse in Windows 10.

How to Activate a Window by Hovering over It with Mouse

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

  2. Scroll down to the “Explore all settings” section and click on the “Make the mouse easier to use” link.

  3. Under the “Make it easier to manage windows” section, check the box that says activate a window by hovering over it with the mouse. Click OK and you’re done.

  4. If you have multiple windows open, just move the mouse pointer over any window and hold it for two seconds, that will become the active window.