Chris Stobing

Chris Stobing is a writer and blogger from the heart of Silicon Valley. Raised around tech from birth, he's had an interest in PC hardware and networking technology for years, and has come to How-To Geek to contribute his knowledge on both. You can follow him on Twitter here.

Windows 10’s Start menu is very customizable. Add website shortcuts to your Start menu and you can quickly access your favorite websites by clicking a tile. This works with Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, or any other browser.

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We’ve all done it before. You sit down to log into your Windows machine, type in what you think is the password, and bang, you realize you forgot what it was! You scramble to try different combinations of letters and numbers to see what will fit, but nothing works. What do you do now?

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Microsoft is no stranger to controversy in the world of privacy, so it’s not too surprising that its flagship Xbox One console comes with such an extensive range of customizable privacy features. Users can configure dozens of settings, from how visible their gaming content is on Xbox Live down to whether a profile can connect to Live at all.

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With pre-orders for the HTC Vive flooding in, and the release of the Oculus Rift just a week away, the long awaited debut of in-home virtual reality is finally here.

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Whether you’ve got kids in the house and want to keep them off certain streaming programs or roommates who have a bad habit of overwriting your progress in Fallout 4, creating a passkey for your Xbox One profile is a must for protecting your downloaded games, video app profiles, and game saves.

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You’ve probably seen co-workers or friends with a multi-screen setup before. These monitor layouts can be effective at displaying a lot of information at once, but they’re also difficult to set up, and leave ugly bezels in the spaces between each screen.

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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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If your laptop’s internal Wi-Fi adapter is dead, or just doesn’t have enough power to get the kind of speed you were hoping for, you might want to look into installing a third-party adapter that can boost the signal. Here’s what you need to know.

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Since its launch, the refreshed Start menu has been a divisive part of Windows 10. But for those who still see utility in the live tiles feature, you can create live tiles from some of your favorite games that display information on your achievements and the amount of time you’ve played.

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Chromebooks are known for their simplicity and unique design, but the keyboard and trackpad can take some getting used to for new users. Chromebooks don’t have the same layouts you’d find on a regular Windows or OS X laptop, with several different buttons that are exclusive to Google’s operating system.

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Love them or hate them, advertisements are a necessary part of online video services like Hulu. If you have to deal with ads, you might as well keep them relevant using Hulu’s Personalized Advertisement Experience settings.

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Netflix has tons of content, but not all of it is suitable for younger viewers. Popular shows that have become synonymous with the service like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black contain a lot of mature content. You may want to create a set of parental controls to prevent any kids in the house from starting up any shows that you don’t approve of beforehand.

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Newer Linksys routers have a File Server feature that allows you to plug in a USB drive and access its files from anywhere–ensuring you’ll never be too far away from your library of favorite movies, music, and pictures, no matter where you are in the world.

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If you’ve bought a laptop within the past five years, it probably has a decent Wi-Fi card installed already. But if you’ve been experiencing a shoddy connection, spent too long waiting for Netflix to buffer, or missed that last fireball because of lag, then it might be time to consider adding on an external USB Wi-Fi adapter instead.

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Thanks to Google’s big Google+ push a few years ago, many YouTube accounts are connected with the real name of their owner. Punch your name into Google, and one of the first results could be your YouTube account, complete with a feed containing all the videos you’ve viewed and channels you’ve subscribed to over the past few years.

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If you’re like me, you might have opened up your Windows 10 laptop today only to see a giant ad for Square Enix’s Rise of the Tomb Raider plastered across your login screen. This is the work of the “Windows Spotlight” feature in your Personalization settings, and thankfully, you can turn it off for good.

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More and more, the internet becomes central to everything we do at home. Watching movies, playing video games, and video chatting with family all require constant access. But with so much extra bandwidth necessary to push data to your wireless laptops, desktops, streaming devices and Smart TVs, will the routers of today be able to handle the demands of tomorrow?

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Linksys Smart Wi-Fi is a great way to manage your router from anywhere in the world. No matter where you are, you can make sure your kids aren’t visiting sites they shouldn’t, and that they can’t get online past their bedtimes.

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While there haven’t been a ton of revolutionary improvements to the Windows Weather app since its revamp in Windows 8, it’s still a popular way for people to quickly check in with the weather from their desktop. Here’s how to configure your app’s settings, manage your favorite’s list, and set up the live tile.

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Often when you get a new mouse, there’s a bit of a learning curve to nail down just how fast (or slow) it scrolls. Some stickier scroll wheels take all the strength you have to get down a notch or two, while others can be too loose and will have you hugging the bottom of the page with a light flick. Thankfully, you can customize how your scroll wheel responds.

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Most PC gamers would rather die than let you take away their mouse and keyboard. But for third-person action games, racing, or emulated retro games, gamepads may still be worth using. If your controller isn’t quite working properly, you can calibrate it in Windows 10 to make sure that every movement translates to your game with 100% accuracy.

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If you’ve been paying any attention to the headlines recently, you might think that now is a better time than ever to ditch gas-powered cars in favor of all-electric. But many people who want to buy an electric car often make the mistake of putting the solar-powered cart before the horse. So what should you know before you take the plunge?

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Ever sit down to watch a trailer for the latest video game, only to find yourself out of the chair and dancing with excitement by the end of it? “The graphics look so good, and did you see that explosion? It was like I was actually there!”

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With the addition of 4K video recording on smartphones like the iPhone 6s and Samsung Galaxy S6 this year, many consumers have been left wondering what all the fuss is about. What makes a 4K video so much better than 1080p, and how is the camera on the back of an iPhone any different from a 4K camcorder from Sony or Nikon?

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Mechanical keyboards are all the rage these days. Hardcore gamers and long-haul coders alike are flocking away from traditional membrane-based keyboards in favor of their more clicky-clacky competition. If you still haven’t hopped on the bandwagon, here’s everything you need to know.

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