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What does it mean to use technology productively? How do you use devices and computers with Windows, Android, or iOS? Which gadgets make your work easier? How to personalize the operating system and the gadgets that you are using?

What is the Device Manager and what is it used for?

What is the Device Manager and what is it used for?

Did you hear about the Device Manager? Do you know what it is and what it’s used for in Windows operating systems? With just a few clicks or taps, Device Manager lets you see and manage all the hardware installed on your Windows PC or device, view the devices for which you did not install appropriate drivers, and also see and manage “hidden” devices. If
How to open Microsoft Edge in Windows (10 ways)

How to open Microsoft Edge in Windows (10 ways)

Both Windows 10 and Windows 11 come with Microsoft Edge as their default web browser. If you’re already using it as your main browser or if you’re trying out Microsoft Edge, it’s essential to know the most convenient ways to open it. Though launching Edge is easy and intuitive, there are situations when you can’t find its shortcut or when using the one at hand
How to remove the background from a picture with Paint in Windows 11

How to remove the background from a picture with Paint in Windows 11

At the end of 2023, Microsoft updated Paint in Windows 11 to include all kinds of useful features, like support for layers and an AI tool for removing a picture’s background so that it becomes transparent. Therefore, if you need a quick way to make the background transparent in a picture, you can do that with Microsoft Paint in just a few clicks. I tried
How to check the Windows 11 version and edition

How to check the Windows 11 version and edition

Although the adoption rate of Windows 11 is slower than what Microsoft would like, millions of people use it at home or work. Microsoft improves this operating system by releasing yearly minor and major updates to make it more appealing. The Windows 11 build number changes with each new update, and sometimes the version number changes too. If you need to know the Windows 11
How to use Windows 10’s Math Input Panel to recognize math expressions

How to use Windows 10’s Math Input Panel to recognize math expressions

Do you need to write equations in a document but find it challenging to use the tools available in your favorite text editor or presentation app? Have you heard about the Math Input Panel? It’s a neat small app available in Windows 10 that allows you to write down your math just like on paper, making it easier to create well-formatted mathematical expressions. In this
What's new in Windows 11 Moment 5 Update (February 2024 Moment)

What's new in Windows 11 Moment 5 Update (February 2024 Moment)

Microsoft is in the final stages of testing their upcoming Moment 5 Update for Windows 11. This update will be made available at the end of February 2024 and then rolled out slowly to all Windows 11 users, including those using Windows 11 versions 22H2 and 23H2. Moment 5 is not a big update, but it does include some welcome improvements to features like Snap
How to add and edit pictures and shapes in Microsoft Word

How to add and edit pictures and shapes in Microsoft Word

If you want to make your Word documents more attractive, you can use pictures and shapes. They can make a document look more professional, describe the content, and illustrate ideas better. It all sounds simple, right? However, there are many tools available in Microsoft Word for working with pictures and shapes, which means there’s a lot of ground to cover. So, without further ado, let’s
How to download Windows 11 for free

How to download Windows 11 for free

You never know when you’re going to need a copy of the Windows 11 setup on a USB flash drive, a DVD, or as an ISO file. It may be useful for reinstalling Windows 11 on your computer or laptop, assisting a friend, or even upgrading a Windows device. And that’s why you may want to know how to get Windows 11. This is what
How to start Windows 10 in Safe Mode with Command Prompt

How to start Windows 10 in Safe Mode with Command Prompt

One way to troubleshoot Windows 10 problems or fix boot failures is to start the system in Safe Mode. Safe Mode only loads the essential components, which helps you isolate and solve the issues. However, some problems are so severe that they interfere with the graphical user interface, making Safe Mode with Command Prompt a better option, as it doesn’t run the Explorer shell. In
Samsung T9 portable SSD review: Tough and lightning-fast

Samsung T9 portable SSD review: Tough and lightning-fast

Portable solid-state drives are more popular and affordable than ever, and Samsung is a leading brand in this market One of their latest products is the T9, a fast 20 Gbps external SSD that works on the USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 interface, with support for hardware encryption and protection against accidental falls. While its specifications sound good, the most important questions are: How does it
How to change what the power button does on a Windows PC

How to change what the power button does on a Windows PC

A well-known way to turn off a Windows computer or laptop is to press the physical power button on the device rather than using the Shut down option in the Start Menu. If you like the idea of using the hardware buttons on your PC to do things, the good news is you can change the power button settings to perform other tasks than shutting
How to change the layout of a document in Microsoft Word

How to change the layout of a document in Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word is one of the most powerful text processors of all time, allowing you to create various types of documents. However, creating documents is not just about entering text and stuffing information in them. It’s also about making everything look the way you want it. And, if you want to have a neatly looking document, you will want to set up its layout accordingly.
How to download Windows 10 for free

How to download Windows 10 for free

Windows 10 is the most widely used PC operating system in the world right now. Obviously, it’s a good idea to keep a USB memory stick, a DVD, or an ISO file with the Windows 10 setup handy. You may need it for various reasons, whether it’s reinstalling Windows 10 on your laptop or assisting friends in trouble, when their computers malfunction. Or, why not,
How to start Windows 11 in Safe Mode with Networking

How to start Windows 11 in Safe Mode with Networking

If your Windows 11 system is having issues or failing to start, booting into Safe Mode can be a lifesaving step for troubleshooting. Safe Mode is a specialized startup mode that loads only essential components, allowing you to identify problems and potentially resolve them. More often than not, you also need internet connectivity for that, which makes Safe Mode with Networking indispensable. In this guide,
How to pin to the taskbar in Windows 11

How to pin to the taskbar in Windows 11

If you want to access your frequently used apps, programs, or other tools quickly, you can pin them to the taskbar of your Windows 11 computer. And that’s not all you can do with the taskbar: you can also pin special items and shortcuts to it, such as File Explorer’s This PC or Network, and even the Recycle Bin. Moreover, you can even add taskbar
How to restart a Windows 10 computer

How to restart a Windows 10 computer

Sometimes, you need to restart your Windows 10 laptop or desktop PC simply to give it a fresh new start. Some other times, you may have to reboot because you just installed a new app or driver, or maybe because Windows 10 updated itself. Whatever the reason, there are plenty of ways to restart Windows 10, and they’re all quite simple. I have a list
How to start Windows 10 in Safe Mode with Networking

How to start Windows 10 in Safe Mode with Networking

If your Windows is acting up or not booting at all, you may want to try Safe Mode to fix it. Safe Mode is a special way of starting Windows that only loads the essential stuff, so you can troubleshoot and repair the issues. But sometimes, you need more than just the basics, like internet access. That’s where Safe Mode with Networking comes in handy.
How to master the touchpad on a Windows laptop

How to master the touchpad on a Windows laptop

If you have a Windows 11 or a Windows 10 laptop with a precision touchpad, you can use various gestures to interact with both the operating system and your apps. Did you know that you can use gestures that involve not just one or two fingers but also three or even four fingers? And that using them can help you perform certain actions a lot