WINDOWS ARTICLES / EVERYTHING ABOUT MICROSOFT WINDOWS

Some manufacturers ship PCs with their internal drives divided into multiple partitions — one for the Windows operating system, and an empty “data” partition for your personal files. You can combine these partitions into a single one, if you prefer.

about 9 months ago - by  |  12 Replies

Whether you’re letting go of a computer or disposing of a USB drive, it’s a good idea to wipe that drive if there was ever sensitive, unencrypted data on it. This will prevent someone from using deleted-file-recovery tools to recover sensitive data from that drive.

about 9 months ago - by  |  3 Replies

All modern computers, smartphones, and tablets can now easily print web pages and other documents to PDF files without any extra software. Microsoft added this to Windows 10, and Apple added it to iOS 9.

about 9 months ago - by  |  9 Replies

Windows 10’s first big update in November 2015 added a device-tracking feature. You can now enable GPS tracking and remotely locate a lost Windows 10 tablet or laptop just like you’d track a smartphone, tablet, or MacBook.

about 9 months ago - by  |  11 Replies

Nine years after starting How-To Geek, we’ve served up 1 Billion pageviews to our readers. Here’s the (brief) story of how we did it, and how we’re going to take things to the next level. Spoiler: We’ve hired an awesome new editor-in-chief.

about 9 months ago - by  |  106 Replies

Windows 10’s big November update added the ability to install apps from the Store onto an SD card, a USB drive, or another type of external or internal drive. This will be extremely useful on tablets and other devices with a small amount of storage. Just plug in an SD card and you can install apps to it.

about 9 months ago - by  |  7 Replies

If you want or need to directly hook up a second computer to your primary one via Ethernet cable, what is the easiest way to find the IP address for the second one? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post provides some helpful advice for a frustrated reader.

about 9 months ago - by  |  12 Replies

Rainmeter is a lightweight application for customizing your Windows desktop. Rainmeter works by installing community made ‘skins’, many of which can change how the desktop works with widgets like app launchers, RSS and email readers, calendars, weather reports, and many others. It has been around since Windows XP, where it was used as a tool for displaying basic info on the desktop, but has since gained a large community following which has produced high quality skins which can change the whole desktop experience.

about 9 months ago - by  |  5 Replies

Most new PCs come with Windows 10 Home, but you can pay for an upgrade from within Windows 10 to upgrade from Home to Pro. If you upgraded from the Professional editions of Windows 7 or 8.1, you already have Windows 10 Professional.

about 9 months ago - by  |  12 Replies

With recent acts of terrorism in Paris and Lebanon, news media and government have been using the word “encryption” as if it’s somehow to blame. Nonsense. Encryption is easy to understand, and if you’re not using it, you should be.

about 9 months ago - by  |  11 Replies

Windows 10 sometimes uses encryption by default, and sometimes it doesn’t — it’s complicated. Here’s how to check if your Windows 10 PC’s storage is encrypted and how to encrypt it if it isn’t. Encryption isn’t just about stopping the NSA — it’s about protecting your sensitive data in case you ever lose your PC.

about 9 months ago - by  |  32 Replies

Whether you have a laptop with an integrated camera or a webcam that plug in via USB, you can use the applications included modern operating systems to easily take photos and record videos. With Windows 10, this is now built into Windows and no longer requires third-party applications.

about 9 months ago - by  |  2 Replies

Some utilities have a “secure delete” option that promises to securely erase a file from your hard drive, removing all traces of it. Older versions of Mac OS X have a “Secure Empty Trash” option that tries to do something similar. Apple removed this feature recently because it just doesn’t work reliably on modern drives.

about 9 months ago - by  |  9 Replies

Outputting your computer to your HDTV via HDMI works well. Unfortunately, your computer’s placement depends upon the length of the cable. With Google Chromecast, however, you can literally mirror any browser tab or even your desktop, from anywhere, in just a few clicks.

about 9 months ago - by  |  Comments (0)

Google doesn’t provide an easy way to see the storage, RAM, CPU, and other specifications of your Chromebook. But it’s possible to dig all this information up, just as you could on a traditional computer operating system.

about 9 months ago - by  |  1 Reply

If you have a lot of DVDs that you haven’t ripped, and you missed out on the Digiarty Halloween giveaway here on How-To Geek, you’re in luck, because there’s a new giveaway for Thanksgiving. This time it’s for WinX DVD Ripper Platinum, and it’s a full license for free.

about 9 months ago - by  |  Comments (0)

With OneDrive, it’s easy to share files and folders securely and easily with other people. They won’t need to install any special applications or sign up for a new account. In fact, they can use any web browser to get to the files you share with them. And you have a complete control in your hand—your files will only be shared with the people you choose. In this article, we’ll show you how to share files and folders from your OneDrive, and different permissions you might want to know about before sharing.

about 9 months ago - by  |  3 Replies

Valve’s Steam Controller isn’t just designed for new games. Unlike other controllers, it’s designed to be backwards-compatible with as many games as possible — even ones designed for keyboard and mouse controls. To make the controller work with a game, you may need to tweak is controller profile.

about 9 months ago - by  |  2 Replies

It’s that shop-til-you-drop time of year again and retailers have already spent most of November with teaser sales and ads for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Read on as we show you how to score the best deals and avoid getting ripped off.

about 9 months ago - by  |  Comments (0)

Live Photos are a nifty innovation Apple recently introduced in iOS 9, allowing users to basically shoot short videos that appear as photos. Sadly, the only way to share them easily is with other iPhone users. Here is how to share them with everyone.

about 9 months ago - by  |  2 Replies

The Microsoft Office Upload Center was a new feature added to Office 2010 and still available in Office 2013 and 2016. It allows you to manage documents you upload to OneDrive. If you upload a lot of documents at a time, this can be a helpful tool.

about 9 months ago - by  |  1 Reply

Smartphones still don’t have Internet connections everywhere — and, even if they did, there are times you’ll want to save a copy of a web page. Modern iPhones and Android phones allow you to save copies of web pages so you can refer to them later.

about 9 months ago - by  |  1 Reply

Creating tables in Word is easy using the commands on the ribbon. However, if you want to quickly create a table without removing your hands from the keyboard, you can easily create a basic table using the keyboard.

about 9 months ago - by  |  3 Replies

Your router’s web-based setup page allows you to change various settings — like your Wi-Fi network’s name and password — and view information. You’ll need your router’s IP address to access it.

about 9 months ago - by  |  15 Replies

If you use a Mac and Windows on a regular basis, then chances are pretty good you use a browser other than Safari. However, if you want to use Safari and keep your bookmarks synced, here’s how to do that.

about 9 months ago - by  |  1 Reply