How to Restore the Old Clock, Calendar, and Battery on the Windows 10 Taskbar

Windows 10 changed the interface for the clock, calendar, and battery pretty dramatically from previous versions. While the new style is attractive and fits in well with the Windows 10 look, you can still restore the old interface used in Windows 7 and 8 for these features if you prefer them. Changing back to the old battery interface also gives you a quicker way to toggle between power plans. You’ll need to make a couple of edits in the Registry to make these changes happen, but it’s a pretty easy hack. Here’s how to do it.

How to Keep Your Windows PC and Apps Up to Date

We know, updating your PC is a hassle–but it’s important. New security flaws are discovered on a regular basis, and most companies are pretty good about about issuing fixes for those flaws as they crop up. Plugging those holes, however, depends largely upon you making sure things are properly updated.

How to Disable Cortana on the Windows 10 Lock Screen

With the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Cortana is now enabled by default on your lock screen–assuming you haven’t disabled her entirely. If you’d rather not have Cortana answering questions when your PC is locked, it’s an easy enough feature to disable.

How to Limit OneDrive’s Allowed Transfer Speed

Microsoft OneDrive is a pretty solid cloud storage offering, and it’s deeply integrated into Windows. Not only does it do a good job syncing folders, it also allows you to remotely fetch files on your PC. OneDrive can be a bit of a network bandwidth hog, but with the Anniversary Update of Windows 10, you can now set transfer speed limits.

How to Forward Calls on your iPhone

You’d think call forwarding would be an easy thing to set up on your iPhone. While it isn’t really complicated, how you enable it depends on whether your phone provider uses the GSM or CDMA standard.

How to Transfer Contacts Between Google Accounts

Google provides no way to automatically sync contacts between two different Google accounts. Instead, you’ll have to perform a manual two-step process where you export your contacts from one account to a comma-separated values (CSV) file, then import contacts from that file into your second account. Here’s how to get it done.

How to Transfer Bookmarks from Safari to Chrome on iOS

Chrome for iOS may never outperform Safari, but it has still become a solid browser alternative with some nice extra features all its own. The trouble is, when you install Chrome for iOS, there’s no way to directly import bookmarks from Safari into Chrome. For that, you’ll have take a few steps and even get your desktop computer involved.

How to Prevent Windows from Automatically Updating Specific Drivers

Windows–especially Windows 10–has a bad habit of installing new updates for hardware drivers whether you want them or not. You could go big and simply prevent Windows from downloading updates altogether, or you might have luck blocking or hiding updates. But if you’ve got the Pro or Enterprise version of Windows, you can tailor your actions a little better by using Group Policy Editor to prevent the installation or updating of specific devices.

How to Use Siri to Search Your Photos by Date or Location

Apple’s Photos app is a pretty solid offering, but if you take a lot of photos with your iPhone, you know it can be a hassle scrolling through them all to find photos you took at a certain location or on a certain date. Among all the other useful things Siri can help you with, she can also help make finding photos a whole lot easier.

How to Make Live Tiles on Your Start Menu for Each Account in Windows 10 Mail

The Mail app in Windows 10 is surprisingly robust, supporting multiple accounts and multiple services like Outlook, Gmail, Exchange, and of course POP3 and IMAP. Assuming you’ve got multiple accounts set up, you can also create a live tile on your Start menu for each account. You can even create separate live tiles for folders you create in the app. Here’s how to do it.

How to Gain Full Permissions to Edit Protected Registry Keys

We talk about a lot of cool things here at How-To Geek that you can do by editing the Windows Registry. Occasionally, though, you will run into a Registry key or value that you don’t have permission to edit. When you try, you’ll see an error message saying “Cannot edit _____: Error writing the value’s new contents.” Fortunately, just like in the Windows file system, the Registry provides tools that let you take ownership of and edit permissions for keys. Here’s how to do it.

How to Show the Control Panel and Recycle Bin in the Windows File Explorer Navigation Pane

By default, the Windows File Explorer’s sidebar is divided into big categories like Quick Access, This PC, Network, and so on. But a quick setting change can make your navigation pane look a bit more like the traditional tree you’d see in an Open/Save As dialog box, with a few normally hidden folders–like the Control Panel and Recycle Bin–to the view as a bonus.

How to Change the DNS Server on Your iOS Device

The Domain Name System (DNS) translates the human-friendly domain names you type in–like “howtogeek.com”–into numerical IP addresses. The trouble is, your internet provider may not have the fastest or most reliable DNS servers available. You can easily configure your Wi-Fi connections in iOS to use better DNS servers, like those run by Google or OpenDNS. Here’s how to get it done.

How to Delete Text Messages and iMessages in iOS

Whether you got them by iMessage or SMS, sometimes you need to remove messages from your iOS device’s message history. Maybe you’re clearing out old clutter, or maybe you need to remove messages with more sensitive information. Whatever your reason, you can remove specific messages from conversations or delete entire conversations at once (and you can also set messages to automatically expire). Here’s how to get it done.