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What are the F1, F2, F3 to F12 keyboard keys used for?

What are the F1, F2, F3 to F12 keyboard keys used for?

If you have used a computer, then you have also used a computer keyboard. And if that's true, you surely saw and probably also used its function keys. They are the F1, F2 to F12 keys that are found on the top row of most keyboards. Although you're likely to know what a few of these keys do, there could be some F keys whose
How to setup a system from scratch: the best order for installing everything

How to setup a system from scratch: the best order for installing everything

Do you have a brand new computer on which you need to install and configure everything: starting from the operating system to drivers, applications, plugins and so on? Do you need to delete everything from an "old" computer and reinstall all from scratch? If the answer is yes to either of these questions, then you are in luck! After setting up many computers (both old
How to infect your Windows PC while browsing the web for free stuff

How to infect your Windows PC while browsing the web for free stuff

Do you believe that if you don't download many things from the internet and you use your web browser only for visiting popular websites, you don't need an antivirus solution? Do you think that your personal information can't be stolen by criminals because you can identify dodgy websites without the help of an antivirus? If you do, we have some bad news for you. Web
Best free weather apps for Windows computers and devices

Best free weather apps for Windows computers and devices

Ever hear the old saying "Everyone complains about the weather but nobody does anything about it?" Today, although we still can't change the weather, we have many ways of checking the forecast so we can at least be prepared for what's coming. Every operating system offers a variety of weather apps to suit nearly anyone's needs. After checking out the offerings for Windows 8.1, iOS
How to learn what data Microsoft stores about you and how to delete it

How to learn what data Microsoft stores about you and how to delete it

Microsoft has created a portal where anyone with a Microsoft account can view all the personal data that it is stored by this company on their servers. You can see the browsing history that Microsoft has about you, your search history, your location history, the data stored by Cortana in her notebook and your Microsoft Health activity. Here's how to review all this data and
Get to know more about your emotions and moods, with Daylio

Get to know more about your emotions and moods, with Daylio

In the last few months, one of my friends went through a severe period of depression and needed the help of his friends and family as well as that of his psychologist. During his treatment, he was asked to keep a mood log, so that he could understand his emotions better and create a baseline of how he feels and deals with depression. For this
What is the automatic setup of network connected devices in Windows?

What is the automatic setup of network connected devices in Windows?

Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 have a new network sharing setting that is not documented by Microsoft. This setting says "Turn on automatic setup of network connected devices" and it is found in the list of advanced sharing settings that are available for private networks. What does this setting mean and what does it do? Should you turn in On or Off? We have done
How to make safe banking and financial transactions when online

How to make safe banking and financial transactions when online

Very few people think about the safe way of making financial transactions when online. Some connect to public WiFi and purchase items on Amazon or do online banking. Such behavior exposes you to many risks and it makes it easy for others to steal your financial data like your credit card details and use it to harm you. That's why we decided to write this
How to customize advanced network sharing settings in Windows

How to customize advanced network sharing settings in Windows

Very few people pay attention to how Windows is set when it comes to network sharing, what is shared with the network and how. Luckily, both Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 offer a panel that allows you to control every important setting, so that file network sharing is enabled only when you are connected to trusted private networks and sharing is done in a secure
How many key presses and mouse clicks do you perform in a day?

How many key presses and mouse clicks do you perform in a day?

Do you need to know how many keys you press in a day? What about how many clicks you make with your mouse? Do you want to get stats about how you use your computer? Luckily, there is an app called WhatPulse which works on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X, that you can use to gather the necessary data to answer these questions. Here's
How to disable or enable the startup sound in Windows

How to disable or enable the startup sound in Windows

Does your Windows computer play a sound each time you start it, just before showing the sign in screen? At first, you might like this sound but after so many years of using Windows computers and devices, you may find it annoying. Here's how to disable the startup sound in all modern versions of Windows: NOTE: This guide works for Windows 7, Windows 10
Reviewing the ASUS Cerberus keyboard - Affordable gaming done right!

Reviewing the ASUS Cerberus keyboard - Affordable gaming done right!

Earlier this year, ASUS launched a new line of affordable gaming peripherals, under the Cerberus brand. The Cerberus Gaming Keyboard, the Cerberus Gaming Mouse, the Cerberus Gaming Mouse Pad and the Cerberus Headset are included in the Cerberus line. We managed to get our hands on the ASUS Cerberus Gaming Keyboard and, after testing it for more than a week, we are very pleased with
How to troubleshoot network and internet problems in Windows

How to troubleshoot network and internet problems in Windows

When you have problems with your network and/or internet connection, don't hesitate to use the troubleshooting wizards that are bundled with Windows. They are easy to use and they can help you identify what's wrong and how to fix your problems. In most cases, they will get the job done and help you more than expected. In this tutorial, we will show you how to
How to troubleshoot problems with the DirectX Diagnostic Tool

How to troubleshoot problems with the DirectX Diagnostic Tool

Not many people know about the DirectX Diagnostic Tool ( dxdiag.exe ) that is included in every modern version of Windows. With it, you can identify the source of the problems you may have with the hardware used by multimedia applications, such as video games or audio and video players. In this tutorial you will learn how to start the DirectX Diagnostic Tool and how
How to make Windows 10’s File Explorer start in any folder you want

How to make Windows 10’s File Explorer start in any folder you want

Windows 10 offers an easy way of changing the start location for File Explorer. However, it only gives you two starting locations to choose from: Quick access and This PC. But what if you want File Explorer to start in another location? What if you'd like your File Explorer to start in your OneDrive folder , your Dropbox folder, one of your Libraries or any
Reviewing the ASUS ZenFone 3 ZE520KL - The new king of affordable flagships

Reviewing the ASUS ZenFone 3 ZE520KL - The new king of affordable flagships

The fall season is here and ASUS is ready with a new series of ZenFone smartphones. The company is launching three different models, all in the same generation: the ASUS ZenFone 3, the ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe and the ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra. All of them have solid hardware characteristics and each smartphone covers a different price segment. A few weeks ago, we got our