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In Windows, you can turn the Recycle Bin into a trash dump by holding the “Shift” key to permanently delete a file. Mac users haven’t been so lucky, until the release of OS X 10.11 El Capitan.

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Anyone with physical access to your PlayStation 4 can just grab the controller, turn it on, and start playing–at least by default. You can restrict access to your PlayStation 4 so people can’t  play your games, mess with your save files, and make online purchases without your permission.

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By default, short dates in Excel are formatted using slashes (3/14/2016). If you use a lot of dates in your worksheets, and you prefer to put periods in your dates (3.14.2016), you can easily change the format.

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While the ability to actually vote online is still just a dream, most states in the U.S. do at least offer you the ability to register online. Here’s a state-by-state breakdown of where (and how) to get it done.

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Intel’s integrated graphics have improved by leaps and bounds over the past few years, but they still aren’t as speedy as dedicated NVIDIA or AMD graphics hardware.  Here’s how to squeeze some more gaming performance out of your Intel HD Graphics.

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Easter Day is on the horizon. If you have updated your computer to Windows 10 consider yourself lucky: Digiarty Software is celebrating the holiday with a bang. Starting now, you can fetch a genuine set of license keys for the latest WinX DVD Ripper Platinum, one of the best DVD rippers for Windows that can perfectly revive the lost DVD playback function on Windows 10, without spending a dime.

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Modern versions of Windows–and other operating systems–can use either the older Master Boot Record (MBR) or newer GUID Partition Table (GPT) for their partition schemes. Here’s how to check which one a disk is using and convert between the two.

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The ability to automate tracks is one of GarageBand’s more powerful features. Automation allows you to adjust the volume, panning, echo, and other effects at different points in your song. The way GarageBand implements this feature is actually very straightforward and intuitive, and easy to get started with.

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Whenever you open a new Finder window in OS X, it will open “All My Files” by default. You may, however, prefer it open to your Documents or Dropbox folder instead. There’s an easy way to change the default Finder folder.

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As in other email apps, conversation view in Windows Mail groups all messages with the same topic into a single display. It’s handy for keeping track of long email threads with lots of contributors, but it’s not for everyone. Fortunately, it’s easy to turn off in Windows Mail.

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A spelling exclusion list is a list of words you can force Word to flag as misspelled, even when they are listed in the main dictionary as correctly spelled words. We will show you how to add a custom list of words you want to always flag as misspelled.

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There is a curious phenomenon many of you have likely come across: even with a fast computer, there are some folders Windows loads with agonizing slowness. Fortunately the fix is simple and the results are immediate.

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Windows activation is designed to be as foolproof as possible, so Microsoft’s graphical tools keep it simple. If you want to do something more advanced like remove a product key, force an online activation, or extend the activation timer, you’ll need Slmgr.vbs.

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Twitch.tv is quickly becoming one of the top destinations for game streaming on the web, with video sites like YouTube following closely behind. But you probably already have a decent streaming program on your computer: Steam.

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Even though email may be declining in popularity, giving way to more instant means of online communication, it’s still vital component to most people’s professional repertoire. But untamed, email can quickly get out of hand, which is why it is important to use rules and filters.

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If you log in to Windows with a Microsoft account, the Windows 10 login screen shows the name and email address for the last user that logged in. It’s convenient, but if you use your computer in public or leave it unattended, you might not want people being able to see that personal information. With a little policy editing, it’s easy to hide.

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