How to Set Time Limits for a Regular Account in Windows 10

Parental controls in Windows 10 are pretty solid, but to use them you have to set the whole family up with Microsoft accounts and you have to create specific child accounts for your kids. If you prefer to use regular local accounts, you can still set time limits for how long any non-administrative user can use a computer.

The iPhone Shortcut That Helps You Reach Anything with One Hand

When Apple first debuted the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus with their larger screens, they also introduced a feature named Reachability that makes it easier to reach the top of the screen when you’re using the device with one hand. It’s surprising, though, how many people don’t know the feature exists, or think it’s some kind of bug when they encounter it. Here’s how to use it and how to turn it off if you don’t like it.

What to Do When You Accidentally Navigate to the Wrong Registry Key

If you use the Windows Registry Editor with any regularity, you’ve probably found more than once that you’ve drilled down to a key in the wrong hive. Maybe you drilled down to a key in HKEY_CURRENT_USER when you really meant HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE . Instead of backing all the way out and clicking your way down to the right hive, we’ve got an easier way.

How to Speed Up Menu Animations in Windows

Windows includes various visual effects and animations that make using the operating system feel a little more friendly. A good example of this is the animation that fades or slides menus into view a few hundred milliseconds after you click them. Adjusting that delay, though, can make using your PC feel a little snappier.

How to Remove a Device from Your Microsoft Account

When you sign into Windows 8 or 10 using your Microsoft account (and other Microsoft devices, like an Xbox), those devices become associated with your account. If you want to remove an old device you’ve gotten rid of, you’ll have to pay a visit to Microsoft’s account web site.

How to Remove the Microphone Button from Your iPhone Keyboard

The dictation button on the iOS keyboard is in just about the worst place you can imagine. On the iPhone in particular, it’s hard to hit the spacebar without accidentally starting up dictation. If you don’t use dictation, you can remove the microphone button by disabling dictation entirely.

How to Fix a Stuck Download in the Windows Store

Though it’s had its share of flaky behavior since being introduced in Windows 8, the Windows Store has gotten more reliable over time. It still has the occasional problems, though. One of the more irritating issues is when an app update (or install) gets stuck. Here’s how to fix that.

How to Prevent Specific Users from Shutting Down Windows

Windows features a ridiculous number of ways to shut down. You’ll find options on the Start menu, Administrative Tools menu, and the Login and Lock screens. You can also shut Windows down using keyboard shortcuts (Alt+F4 at the desktop) and even the command line. Here’s how to disable them all for specific users.

How to Apply Local Group Policy Tweaks to Specific Users

For users of Windows Pro or Enterprise editions (and the Ultimate editions of Windows Vista and 7), the Local Group Policy Editor offers quick access to a number of powerful features you can use to control your PC. If you want to apply policy settings to specific users instead of the whole computer, though, you have to do a little extra setup before you get started.

How to Stop LinkedIn’s Annoying Emails for Good

Like most social networks, LinkedIn loves to send you emails. While they can be a handy way to keep up with important things, for the most part these emails are just a way to get you to check in with the site more often. And if you leave the settings at their default, you’ll get a lot emails from them. Here’s how to stop them.

How to Save Windows 10’s Lock Screen Spotlight Images to Your Hard Drive

By default, Windows 10 shows background pictures on your lock screen that have been curated specifically for this use–but it’s not immediately clear where they’re stored. Windows replaces these images regularly, but if you want to use them as regular wallpapers, the last several are usually in that cache and are not too hard to save if you grab them in time.

How to Register to Vote Online

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.

How to Disable Conversation View in Windows Mail

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.