Since Windows has continued to evolve and add more functionality over time, you may find yourself curious as to why it continues to use older “features” like shortcut files. With that in mind, today’s SuperUser Q&A post has answers to a confused reader’s questions.
Windows sets all PCs to a “Balanced” power plan by default. But there are also “Power saver” and “High performance” plans. Your PC manufacturer may have even created their own power plans. What’s the difference between them all, and should you bother switching?
Everything has DRM these days, and while Netflix, Amazon Video, Hulu, and even DVDs and Blu-rays “just work” on most systems, Linux users always have to do a little more work. Here’s how penguin lovers can get all those services working on their machines.
Windows offers an on-screen keyboard that lets you type even if you don’t have access to a physical keyboard. It’s particularly useful with a touch screen, but you can also use it to type with a mouse–or even to type with a game controller from your couch.
This week, Microsoft made Windows 10 a “recommended update” that will automatically download for many Windows 7 and 8.1 users. This is just Microsoft’s latest move in aggressively pushing Windows 10–here’s how we got to this point.
Most of the time, Microsoft Word works flawlessly and makes our work much easier to do, but there are times when a particular built-in “feature” serves as a constant source of frustration rather than being helpful. Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has a quick and easy solution to help a reader disable a problematic feature.
Internet cookies have been around since the beginning of the web, and for the most part they serve a useful purpose. But while most cookies are fairly innocuous, and even necessary, some are not.
We all have a few large chunks of text we have to type regularly–like your address, long names or phrases, or even tables and images you use often. The AutoText feature in Word allows you to store these chunks of text and quickly insert them with a few keystrokes, so you can waste less time typing.
You spend a lot of time in OS X’s Finder, so you should make sure it fits your workflow as well as it possibly can. Here’s how to customize the Finder’s toolbar with all the buttons you need.
If you want to root, flash a custom ROM, or otherwise dig into the innards of your Android phone, a custom recovery like TWRP is a great way to do so. Here’s how to flash it on your phone.
A mouse and keyboard isn’t always the most convenient way to control a PC, especially a media center PC you control from the couch. You can try to control your desktop with a game controller, but your smartphone will do the trick as well.
If you’ve been using Outlook for any significant amount of time, you probably have a few rules set up to help you manage your tidal wave of email. If you have a new computer, or you’re reinstalling Windows, you don’t need to set them all up again–just export them.
Apple’s Pages is perfectly acceptable as a word processor on the Mac. But most people use Microsoft Office, and iWork isn’t even available for Windows. So if you have an iWork document, and you or someone else needs to open it in Microsoft Office, you’ll have to convert it first.
Commercial DVDs and Blu-ray discs are encrypted. The Digital Rights Management (DRM) is designed to prevent you from ripping them, copying them, and watching them on unsupported players. You can get around this protection to watch DVDs and Blu-rays on Linux, but it’ll take some tweaking.
If you have your PC set up as a living room gaming PC and media center, why use a mouse for everything when you could just use your game controller?
Need to create a cover page for a report you’re writing? You can create a simple, but professional cover page by centering the text both horizontally and vertically. Centering text horizontally on a page is easy, but vertically? That’s also easy and we’ll show you how.
While most of us never need administrator level access to complete our work on our computers, there are times when it is necessary. When we do need that level of access, is there a fast way to do it while UAC is enabled? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has some helpful answers for a reader seeking a faster, more streamlined approach.
By default, Outlook displays the number of unread messages on most Mail folders. That’s handy on the “Inbox” folder, but what if you want to know how many total messages (unread and read) there are in other folders, such as the “Deleted Items” folder or custom folders?
There are dozens of password managers out there, but no two are created alike. We’ve rounded up the most popular options and broken down their features so you can pick the right one for you.
Most modern browsers support extensions, which add additional features to your browser. But the fewer extensions you have installed, the speedier your browser should be. Here’s how to uninstall or disable extensions you don’t use.
You probably have some text that you type often in your Word documents, such as addresses. Instead of retyping this text every time you need it, you can put this common text into one Word document and reference it in other documents–it’ll even automatically update in all your documents if you change it.
Sony’s DualShock 4 controller is actually just a standard Bluetooth gamepad. You can pair it with any Bluetooth-enabled PC and use the DualShock 4 controller to play games. Here’s how.
Sometimes for the sake of curiosity, or based on an actual desire to just do something different, you may try to use some unusual names for folders on your Windows system–with mixed results. With that in mind, today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a curious reader’s question.
When dealing with currency in Windows and Windows programs, such as Excel, Windows uses its default currency symbol. If you want to use a different symbol (say, Euros instead of Dollars), it’s easy to change using a setting in Window’s Control Panel.
Unlocking your Android phone’s bootloader is the first step to rooting and flashing custom ROMs. And, contrary to popular belief, it’s actually fully supported on many phones. Here’s how to unlock your bootloader the official way.