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If you have ever heard of changing a file’s extension from EXE to COM, you may have wondered if it was only capable of working on a few rare files or if it would work on nearly any EXE file you have. Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a curious reader’s question.

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You’ve probably noticed that File Explorer keeps a list of files and folders you’ve recently opened, displaying them at the bottom of the File Explorer window. It’s handy, for sure, but there are times you’ll want to clear that file history. Here’s how to do it.

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Microsoft is now testing new “notification messages” in Windows 10’s File Explorer. These messages offer information about new Windows features. They’re first appearing in build 14901, the first Insider Preview build of Windows 10 released after the Anniversary Update.

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Windows provides several options for conserving power when you are not using your PC. These options include Sleep, Hibernate, and Hybrid Sleep, and are particularly useful if you have a laptop. Here’s the difference between them.

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Now that it has extension support, Microsoft Edge is becoming a more and more viable browser. One feature people seem to either love or hate is the pop-up preview you get when you hover over a tab. There’s no built-in setting that lets you turn tab previews off, but you can do it with a simple Registry hack.

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Open a drive’s properties window, and you’ll see an option to “compress this drive to save disk space” on Windows. But how much disk space will you save, and what’s the catch?

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The Anniversary Update for Windows 10 adds badge icons for universal apps pinned to the Taskbar. While you can’t turn icon badges on and off for individual apps, you can disable all badges if you want.

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The Disk Cleanup tool included with Windows can quickly erase various system files and free up disk space. But some things–like “Windows ESD Installation Files” on Windows 10–probably shouldn’t be removed.

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If you spend any time at all poking through Task Manager, you know that loads of processes run on any Windows system. But what do they do? Is it safe to stop, disable, or re-prioritize them? We’ve got some answers for you.

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Have you ever had a troublesome .doc or .docx file Word that you can’t seem to open? Or even lost a document completely, with all your hard work gone with it?

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Even if you don’t use the Windows Mail & Calendar app, the Windows calendar is actually pretty nice. And with the Anniversary Update to Windows 10, you can now see your agenda and add calendar events right from the Windows taskbar.

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When you need to do a quick calculation, normally you would think to use the Windows calculator. However, if you’re working in Microsoft Word, you can calculate simple equations typed into your document using Word’s not-so-obvious Calculate command.

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Windows 10’s Anniversary Update improves on Windows 10’s stylus support with a new “Windows Ink Workspace” feature. It’s designed to make using a digital pen faster and easier with a Windows 10 tablet or convertible device.

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The “Reset Your PC” feature in Windows 10 restores your PC to its factory default settings…including all that bloatware your PC manufacturer included. But a new feature in Windows 10’s Anniversary update makes it easier to get a clean Windows system.

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Windows 10’s Task Manager displays your PC’s “Last BIOS time” on its Startup tab. Here’s what that number means–and how to decrease it so your PC boots faster.

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Internet Explorer is on the way out. Even Microsoft is recommending people avoid it in favor of their new browser, Edge. If you require Internet Explorer for an old website, though, you can secure it against attack with optional features like Enhanced Protected Mode.

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If you have certain webpages that you visit every time you open your browser, you can save time by having them automatically open when you start your browser. We’ll show you how to set this up in the five most popular browsers.

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With Windows 10’s Anniversary Update, Microsoft now offers a dark theme–known as “dark mode”. This option was previously hidden and could only be enabled with a registry hack. Now, it’s a simple toggle.

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The Run Dialog can serve as an easy and very useful way to open programs on your computer, but just how does it know where those applications are located at on your system? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a curious reader’s question.

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With the Anniversary Update of Windows 10, you can finally abandon the 260 character maximum path limit in Windows. You just need to make a minor edit to the Windows Registry or Group Policy. Here’s how to make it happen.

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Windows 10 can find your device’s location in a variety of ways, often by examining nearby Wi-Fi networks. But this doesn’t always work well, especially on desktop PCs. That’s why Windows 10 offers a way to set a “default location” that is reported to apps if it can’t get a solid read on your location.

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The free Windows 10 license you receive is tied to your PC’s hardware. You’re still allowed to use Windows 10 on that same PC even after changing its hardware. Activating that license is easier than ever in Windows 10’s Anniversary Update.

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Multiple monitors are awesome. With two screens side by side, you can more easily see all your windows at once, keeping you productive. Got an iPad? You can use it as a second display for your Mac or PC.

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Did you type a line of text and then realize that it should have been capitalized differently? Instead of typing the line again, you can quickly and easily change the case of any text in Word without retyping it.

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If you’re suffering network problems in Windows 10 that you just can’t seem to fix, the Windows 10 Anniversary Update now includes a feature that lets you reset your network back to how it was when you first installed Windows.

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