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How to Turn Off or Disable Touch Keyboard in Windows 10

July 4th, 2016 by Admin

If your computer has a physical keyboard, then you might not need to use the Touch keyboard at all. In this tutorial we’ll show you a simple way to turn off, remove or disable Touch keyboard in Windows 10.

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How to Turn Off or Disable Touch Keyboard in Windows 10?

  1. Press the Windows key + R on your keyboard to open the Run box. Type services.msc and press Enter.

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  2. When the Services applet opens, click on the Name column to sort the services by name, and then scroll until you locate the “Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service“. Double-click on that service.

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  3. In the resulting Properties window, change the Startup type to Disabled, and click the Stop button if this service is running now. Click OK to save your change.

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  4. If the Touch keyboard shortcut icon is displayed in the system tray, you can remove it by right-clicking on the taskbar and deselecting the “Show touch keyboard button” option.

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  5. Reboot your computer. No more annoying keyboard icon in the system tray and the Touch keyboard will not pop up automatically and bother you anymore.

This will of course, disable both the Touch keyboard and handwriting service, so you won’t be able to use the handwriting. If you need to enable Touch keyboard again, just change the Startup type of the “Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service” service back to Automatic.

How to Open and Use Windows 10 Touch Keyboard

July 4th, 2016 by Admin

Touch keyboard is Windows’s built-in tool that lets you type on touch devices, or even type with a mouse when you don’t have access to a physical keyboard. In this tutorial we’ll show you the simplest ways to open Touch keyboard and use it in Windows 10.

Part 1: Open Touch Keyboard in Windows 10

Just press the Windows key + R to open the Run box. Type tabtip and press Enter. It should be the fastest way to launch Touch keyboard in Windows 10.

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If you want to access Touch keyboard frequently, you can add the Touch keyboard shortcut to the taskbar. Simply right-click on the taskbar and select/check the “Show touch keyboard button” option in the context menu.

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You’ll see a keyboard icon appear in the lower-right corner of the taskbar. Click that icon and you can open Touch keyboard immediately.

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Part 2: Make Windows 10 Show Touch keyboard Automatically

By default, Windows 10 will not make the Touch keyboard appear when you type on the address bar or text fields. The good news is that you can change that behavior in just a few steps:

  1. Press the Windows key + I to open the Settings app. Click on Devices.
  2. Select Typing in the left side, scroll down and toggle on: Automatically show the touch keyboard in windowed apps when there’s no keyboard attached to your device.
  3. The Touch keyboard will automatically pop up when tapping on text forms, address bars, or anywhere else that you need to type on.

Part 3: How to Use Touch Keyboard

Once the Touch keyboard is open, you can drag it around the screen or re-size it. Here are 4 main features for Touch keyboard:

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  • To add languages to the keyboard, tap the button in the right corner and select Language Preferences. Or, add them from the Settings area in Settings > Time & language > Region & language.
  • Tap the button in the bottom right corner to change the keyboard layout to a standard keyboard, a minimal keyboard, or a handwriting panel for writing. After switched to standard keyboard layout, you’ll have access to the Alt, function, tab, and other keys missing from the default Touch keyboard.
  • Autocorrect and suggestions. As you type or write with your finger, word suggestions appear at the top of the keyboard. See the one you want? Just tap to select it, then keep typing.
  • Both the basic and split keyboards include a wide range of emoticons and emojis, including different skin tones. To view the many categories, click the smiley face icon, then tap the left arrow button to move through them.

2 Ways to Turn On / Off Network Discovery in Windows 10

July 3rd, 2016 by Admin

Network discovery is a Windows setting that can control whether your PC can find other computers and if other computers on the same network can see your PC. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to turn on or off network discovery from Control Panel or Command Prompt in Windows 10.

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Method 1: Turn On / Off Network Discovery from Control Panel

Open the Control Panel in Large icons view. Click Network and Sharing Center.

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In the left pane of Network and Sharing Center, click the Change advanced sharing settings link.

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Now you can find 2 different profile: Private, Guest or public. Expand the options of the network profile that you want to change, select the Turn on network discovery option to enable network discovery, or select the “Turn off network discovery” option to disable network discovery. Click Save changes.

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If prompted by UAC, then click on Yes. If network discovery is turned off, your computer won’t be able to view the other connected devices, and conversely, won’t be visible to the other devices as well.

Method 2: Turn On / Off Network Discovery from Command Prompt

To get started, Open the Command Prompt in administrator mode.

Copy and paste the following command into the Command Prompt and press Enter. This will turn on network discovery for private and public network profiles:
netsh advfirewall firewall set rule group="Network Discovery" new enable=Yes

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If you want to turn off network discovery again, copy and paste this command into the Command Prompt, and press Enter.
netsh advfirewall firewall set rule group="Network Discovery" new enable=No

When finished, you can close the elevated Command Prompt.

Automatically Sync Windows Time More Often Than Default

July 1st, 2016 by Admin

How often does Windows sync time? Is there a way to set a frequent period for Windows to sync time automatically? By default, domain controller will sync clock once per one hour, and standalone computer will sync clock once every week. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to change the time synchronization interval/frequency and make Windows automatically sync time more often than default.

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How to Make Windows sync time more often than default?

  1. To change the time synchronization interval, we have to access the Registry Editor. Press the Windows key + R to open the Run box. Type regedit and press Enter.

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  2. Once the Registry Editor opens, navigate to the following registry key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet\Services\W32Time\TimeProviders\NtpClient
  3. Look for the SpecialPollInterval entry in the right pane. This entry specifies the interval in seconds for the Windows Time service to sync the time. The default value on standalone computer is 604800 seconds, that is equal to 7 days.

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  4. Double-click on the SpecialPollInterval entry. From the pop-up dialog, click Decimal and enter the time interval (in seconds). For example, if you want to let Windows sync time each hour, just type 36000. Click OK and close Registry Editor.

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  5. Now we need to check if the Windows Time service is configured to start during boot. Press the Windows key + R to open the Run box. Type services.msc and press Enter.

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  6. From the service list, find the service named Windows Time and then double-click on it.

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  7. Change the Startup type to Automatic and click OK.

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    Reboot your computer and Windows will automatically sync the time at the interval you specified. Every time Windows loads up or you start or restart the Windows Time service, it will also sync time immediately.
    That’s all there is to it.

5 Ways to Open Windows Defender in Windows 10

June 28th, 2016 by Admin

Windows Defender is a built-in antivirus program for Windows 10 that helps keep your computer safe from virus, spyware and other forms of malware. In this article we’ll show you 5 quick ways to open Windows Defender in Windows 10.

Method 1: Open Windows Defender Using Control Panel

Open the Control Panel and set the View by option to Small icons. Click Windows Defender to launch the application.

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Method 2: Open Windows Defender Using Cortana Search

Click the Cortana Search box on the taskbar, type defender and then click Windows Defender from the results window.

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Method 3: Open Windows Defender from Start Menu

Click the Start button and select “All apps” at the bottom to see all apps and programs listed alphabetically. Look for the Windows System folder and expand it. From there you can access Windows Defender.

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Method 4: Open Windows Defender Using Settings App

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

Click the Windows Security tab on the left side, then click the Open Windows Defender Security Center button from the right side.

Method 5: Open Windows Defender from Run or Command Prompt

Press the Windows key + R to open the Run box. Type the following command and press Enter.
"C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe"

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Or type the above command at the Command Prompt and press Enter. This will also start Windows Defender.

How to Turn off Startup Sound in Windows 10

June 28th, 2016 by Admin

Every time you turn on your computer, Windows plays a welcome sound when the login screen loads up. If you feel the startup sound is boring or just annoying, you can turn it off easily. In this article we’ll show you how to turn off / disable the startup sound in Windows 10.

How to Turn off Startup Sound in Windows 10?

  1. Right-click any empty area of your desktop, and then click Personalize.

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  2. When the Settings app loads up, click the Themes tab on the left, and then click the Advanced sound settings link on the right side.

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  3. From the Sounds Settings window, click the Sounds tab, uncheck “Play Window Startup sound” as shown in the screenshot below and click OK.

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If you want to access the Sounds Settings window directly, just press the Windows key + R and type mmsys.cpl in the Run box. To turn on the startup sound again, you can re-check the “Play Window Startup sound” option.mmsys

4 Ways to Start Internet Explorer in Windows 10

June 27th, 2016 by Admin

Despite Microsoft Edge becomes the new default browser in Windows 10, Microsoft has not removed Internet Explorer from the latest operating system. But you’ll find a bit difficult to locate and run Internet Explorer. In this article we’ll show you 4 ways to start Internet Explorer in Windows 10.

Method 1: Start Internet Explorer Using Cortana Search

Click into the Cortana Search box on the taskbar, type internet explorer and press Enter. You can access Internet Explorer from the search result.

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If you want to open Internet Explorer frequently, right-click on the Internet Explorer from the list and you can pin it to the taskbar or the Start screen.

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Method 2: Start Internet Explorer from Start Menu

Click the Start button. When Start Menu appears, click All apps, then expand Windows Accessories and click Internet Explorer.

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Method 3: Start Internet Explorer Using Run Box

Press the Windows key + R to open the Run box. Type iexplore and press Enter. This will open Internet Explorer quickly.

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Method 4: Start Internet Explorer from Microsoft Edge

Open Microsoft Edge and navigate to the desired webpage. Click the three dots button at the top-right corner of the Microsoft Edge window, and then select Open with Internet Explorer.

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4 Ways to Open Microsoft Edge in Windows 10

June 27th, 2016 by Admin

Microsoft Edge is the new default web browser in Windows 10. It’s clean, fast, and more intuitive than Internet Explorer. In this article we’ll show you 4 ways to open Microsoft Edge in Windows 10.

Method 1: Open Microsoft Edge from Taskbar

By default, the Microsoft Edge shortcut is pinned to Windows taskbar. Just click the Microsoft Edge icon and you can launch Edge browser immediately.

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Method 2: Open Microsoft Edge from Start Menu

Click on the Start button, then click the Microsoft Edge tile shown at the right panel of the Start Menu.

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If Microsoft Edge is not shown there, click the All apps entry on the left side of Start Menu. Scroll down to select Microsoft Edge.

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Method 3: Open Microsoft Edge Using Cortana Search

Click the Cortana Search box on the Windows 10 taskbar. Type edge and you can access Microsoft Edge from the search results.

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Method 4 Open Microsoft Edge from Run or Command Prompt

Press the Windows key + R to open the Run box. Type microsoft-edge: and press Enter. This will launch Microsoft Edge instantly.

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If you’re at the Command Prompt or PowerShell, just type start microsoft-edge: and press Enter.

If you want to open URL in Microsoft Edge from Command Prompt, type the following command and press Enter:
start microsoft-edge:http://www.top-password.com

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This will automatically open Edge with your desired website.