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Automatically Log off Idle Remote Desktop Sessions in Windows

October 24th, 2018 by Admin

How can I force the server to log off idle RDP session automatically? An idle or inactive session will also consume precious CPU resources and memory. When the number of concurrent connections has reached the limit, your best bet is to kick out idle users. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to use group policy to configure Windows to automatically log off idle remote desktop sessions.

Automatically Log off Idle Remote Desktop Sessions in Windows

  1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor and browse to:
    Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Remote Desktop Services > Remote Desktop Session Host > Session Time Limits

    In the right panel, double-click the “Set time limit for active but idle Remote Desktop Services sessions” policy.

  2. Change it to Enabled, then set the desired amount of time in the drop-down list right below. Click Apply and then OK. Reboot your computer to put the policy into effect.

  3. When any RDP user is idle for the group policy specified amount of time, they will receive the following warning:

    “Session has been idle over its time limit. It will be disconnected in 2 minutes. Press any key now to continue session.”

    You have the chance to click OK to extend the session. Otherwise, the idle session will log off automatically two minutes later.

That’s it!

How to Open Phone Dialer on Windows 10 / 8 / 7

October 15th, 2018 by Admin

The Phone Dialer is a built-in app in Windows that lets you use a modem to dial people on the Internet. By default Phone Dialer is not added to the Start Menu and you’re unable to access it easily. In this tutorial we’ll show you 3 quick ways to open Phone Dialer on Windows 10 / 8 / 7.

Method 1: Open Windows Phone Dialer from the Run Command

Press the Windows key + R together to open the Run command, type dialer and press Enter. This will launch Windows Phone Dialer immediately.

Of course, you can also open Phone Dialer by running the above command at Command Prompt or PowerShell.

Method 2: Open Windows Phone Dialer via Search

In Windows 10, type dialer into the Cortana Search box next to the Start button, and you can launch the Phone Dialer utility from the result.

If you’re running Windows 8 or Windows 7, just click the Start button and type dialer in the search box to access Phone Dialer.

Method 3: Create a Desktop Shortcut to Open Phone Dialer

Right-click any blank place on the Desktop, and choose New -> Shortcut.

Type the following in the box marked Type the location of the item, and click Next.
%windir%\System32\dialer.exe

Give the shortcut a name, and click Finish.

A new shortcut will appear on your desktop. You can double-click it to open Windows Phone Dialer every time you need to access it.

How to View Installed Certificates in Windows 10 / 8 / 7

September 12th, 2018 by Admin

How can I get a list of installed certificates on Windows? Is there a way to check if my certificate has the private key attached? In this tutorial we’ll show you easy ways to view all certificates installed on your Windows 10 / 8 / 7 computer, so you can check the certificate status, export, import, delete or request new certificates.

Method 1: View Installed Certificates for Current User

  1. Press the Windows key + R to bring up the Run command, type certmgr.msc and press Enter.

  2. When the Certificate Manager console opens, expand any certificates folder on the left. In the right pane, you’ll see details about your certificates. Right-click on them and you can export or delete it.

    By default, the EFS certificate could be found under the “Personal” -> “Certificates” folder. Double-click on the EFS certificate and you can know if it has the private key attached. Without the private key, you’re unable to decrypt your EFS files.

Method 2: View Installed Certificates for Local Computer

  1. Press the Windows key + R to bring up the Run command, type mmc and press Enter to open Microsoft Management Console.

  2. Click the File menu and then select Add/Remove Snap-in.

  3. Select Certificates from the list of snap-ins, and click Add.

  4. In the next dialog box, select Computer account and click Next.

  5. Select Local computer and click Finish.

  6. Now you’ll back at the “Add or Remove Snap-ins” window, just click OK.

  7. When you open any certificates folder, you will see that the certificates are displayed in the right pane.

How to Delete Custom or Built-in Power Plan in Windows

August 23rd, 2018 by Admin

How do I delete a power plan that I no longer need? Windows allows you to use the built-in power plans (Balanced, Power Saver, and High Performance) or create a new power plan from scratch. This tutorial will show you 2 methods to delete custom or built-in power plan in Windows 10 / 8 / 7.

Method 1: Delete Custom Power Plan Using Control Panel

  1. Press the Windows and R keys together to open the Run dialog box. Type powercfg.cpl and press Enter to access one of the Control Panel applets – Power Options.

  2. To delete a custom power plan, you first have to choose another power plan as the active one. Then click on the link “Change plan settings” next to the custom power plan you want to delete.

  3. In the next window, click on Delete this plan link at the bottom.

  4. Click OK to confirm the operation.

  5. After deleting the power plan, it will disappear from the Power Options window.

Method 2: Delete Custom or Built-in Power Plan Using Command Prompt

In addition to deleting custom power plan, this method also allows you to delete built-in power plans in Windows 10 / 8 / 7. Follow these steps:

  1. Open the Command Prompt as administrator. Run the powercfg /list command and it will list all existing power plans in your system along with their GUIDs.

    If the power plan you want to delete is active, then you have to set another plan as active by running this command:
    powercfg -setactive GUID

  2. Now, you can delete the desired power plan using the following command.
    powercfg -delete GUID

  3. When it’s done, the selected power plan is deleted and you cannot use it anymore.

How to Create a Power Plan in Windows 10 / 8 / 7

August 22nd, 2018 by Admin

A power plan lets you customize how long it takes your computer to turn off monitor / hard drive, or go into sleep after your computer is idle. In this tutorial we’ll walk you through the steps to create a power plan in Windows 10 / 8 / 7 to customize how your computer uses power.

How to Create a Power Plan in Windows 10 / 8 / 7?

  1. Press the Windows key + R to bring up the Run dialog, type powercfg.cpl and press Enter to open the Power Options window.

  2. Click the “Create a power plan” link in the left navigational menu.

  3. Select an existing power plan as the base for your new plan, type in a plan name you want and click Next.

  4. Choose how long before your monitor turns off and how long before your computer goes to sleep. You can either set a certain amount of time, or set it to never. Finally click on Create.

  5. When you come back to the Power Options window, you can see that new power plan is automatically set as active.

That’s it!

How to Prevent Users from Removing Printers in Windows 10 / 8 / 7

August 21st, 2018 by Admin

Is there a way to block users from deleting the printers in a public computer? This tutorial will show you how to use group policy or registry trick to prevent users from removing local and network printers in Windows 10 / 8 / 7.

Method 1: Use GPO to Prevent Users from Removing Printers

  1. Press the Windows key + R to launch the Run dialog box, type in gpedit.msc and press Enter. This will open the Local Group Policy Editor.

  2. Navigate to User Configuration –> Administrative Templates –> Control Panel –> Printers, and then double-click “Prevent deletion of printers” from the right pane.

  3. Select Enabled and click OK.

  4. If a user tries to delete any printers from your computer, a message will appear saying “This operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer. Please contact your system administrator“.

Method 2: Use Registry Editor to Prevent Users from Removing Printers

If you have the standard or home edition of Windows, you can modify the registry instead to prevent the deletion of existing printers on your computer.

  1. Press the Windows key + R to launch the Run dialog box, type in regedit and press Enter. This will open the Registry Editor.

  2. Go to the following registry location:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

    Double-click the DWORD entry “NoDeletePrinter” from the right panel, change the Value Data field to 1, then click OK.

  3. Now close the Registry Editor and reboot your computer. If you don’t want to prevent users from deleting printers any longer, just change the NoDeletePrinter value to 0 and you’re done!

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!

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.