HomeGroups make sharing files and printers with other PCs pretty simple. But if you don’t use it and would prefer not to see it in File Explorer at all, it’s not too hard to disable.
If you’ve ever found yourself right-clicking on something and wondering where all that junk came from, you’re not alone. Want to get rid of the cruft you don’t use, and add some actually useful items to the context menu? You can.
Maybe you’ve changed your mind about what you want to share with your HomeGroup. Or maybe you just want to double-check what you’re sharing. Either way, it’s not too hard to do. Let’s take a look at how.
Windows HomeGroups are great for setting up quick and easy sharing on home and small business networks. Here’s what you need to know to use them.
In the Windows XP days, changing the icon for a specific file type—such as TXT or PNG—was easy. But since Windows 7, you’ve actually had to do some Registry hacking to make it happen. Here’s a great little freeware utility that makes it much faster and easier.
If your Windows PC is throwing an error message at you before it even begins to load Windows, it’s possible that the boot sector on your system partition is damaged, corrupted, or has missing files. Here’s how to troubleshoot those problems.
Windows Homegroup is great for sharing documents, pictures, and printers between computers on your home network. If you’ve had it set up for a while, you may have noticed that the ghosts of old computer hang around in your Homegroup list. Here’s how to banish them.
If you’ve got a pet or small child, you know that an unguarded keyboard can spell disaster—or more likely, spell “dhjkhskauhkwuahjsdkja,mnsd”. We’ve got a tool for locking and unlocking your keyboard with a quick keyboard shortcut.
Say you have a folder full of files, and you want to save or print a list of those files. With a couple of quick Registry edits, you can add a right-click command for copying a folder’s contents to the clipboard.
If you use a company-owned PC, you may have seen a legal notice displayed before you sign in to Windows. Here’s how you can do the same thing on your own PC and display a message with any text you want.
If you use the Windows Sticky Notes app, you’ll be happy to know you can back up your notes and even move them to another PC if you want. How you do it just depends on what version of Windows you’re using.
The Action Center in Windows 10 collects notifications from Windows and other apps, displaying them in a single pop-up sidebar you can access from the Windows system tray. It also has buttons for performing quick system commands like toggling WI-FI and Bluetooth, setting quiet hours, or switching to tablet mode.
Messing around in the Windows Registry can cause all kinds of problems if you’re not careful. If you share your PC with others, you can prevent less experienced users from accessing and editing the Registry.
Cortana now lets you create and manage lists with your voice, and even lets you connect to Wunderlist if you want. Here’s how to do it.
By default, Windows Remote Desktop will only work on your local network. To access Remote Desktop over the Internet, you’ll need to use a VPN or forward ports on your router.
If you’re trying to save space on your system drive—say, if you have a space-starved solid state drive—moving Windows’ temporary files to another hard drive makes sense. Here’s how to do it.
Let’s face it: some apps have really ugly icons. Sure, you could always create a shortcut to your EXE file and then change the icon for the shortcut, but what fun would that be? Here’s how to change the icon for the EXE file itself.
By default, Windows stores your personal folders like Documents, Music, Pictures, and Videos in C:\Users. If you want to move them to a secondary drive—say, if you have an SSD that can’t house all your files—you can do so with a simple menu option.
While the Windows File Explorer seems somewhat simplified compared to older versions, it still packs in a lot of options for controlling how you see the contents of your folders.
If you use the Windows Registry much, you’ve probably bookmarked some favorite locations. Registry Editor stores those favorites in—you guessed it—the Registry, so it’s easy to back them up or transfer them to another PC.
If you’re particular about how Windows displays the contents of your folders, you can cut your customization time down considerably by taking advantage of File Explorer’s five built-in folder templates.
The app list on the Windows 10 Start menu is presented alphabetically, and grouped by letter. But scrolling through it can be tiring. Click the letter at the top of any group to reveal a quick index for jumping to any section of the list.
Windows uses the “Windows key” for a lot of useful shortcuts. But if they get in your way—or you’d just like to assign them to different functions—there is a way to disable them all in one fell swoop from the Registry or Group Policy Editor.
Modern versions of Windows defragment drives during regular maintenance schedules. But if you defragment manually—maybe you keep your PC turned off when not in use—you might appreciate a faster way to access the command.