Windows

Tutorials, how-to guides, and blog posts about using Windows. How to use laptops, tablets, PCs, and other gadgets with Windows.

How to start Windows 10 in Safe Mode with Networking

The Safe Mode environment in Windows is one of the best ways to diagnose and repair problems that stop the operating system from loading correctly or even from loading at all. Furthermore, Safe Mode with Networking can be even more helpful than the default Safe...

How to make Google my search engine in Microsoft Edge

The new Chromium-based Edge is, in my opinion, a fantastic browser. However, inserting search terms into its address bar revealed that the default search engine in Microsoft Edge is Bing, and it wasn’t exactly obvious how to make Google my search engine instead. If you also want to...

How to choose the default GPU for gaming or apps in Windows 10

Many computers use processors with built-in integrated graphics that help them provide basic video features. However, some PCs also have dedicated video cards that are used for more demanding apps and games. Usually, Windows 10 automatically switches between graphics cards, depending...

Top 10 Microsoft Edge add-ons in 2021

Most people like to personalize their devices and tools, and that applies to web browsers too. Just like other popular browsers (Chrome, Firefox, or Opera), Microsoft Edge offers a large variety of extensions, which you can download and install. Some of them are really good! If you...

How to use Windows 10's Action Center notifications

If you use Windows 10 on your PC, you are acquainted with notifications, and you probably see them regularly. Whether you get a notification about a new email or Skype message, one about a new device you just connected to your PC, or a...

How to configure proxy server settings in Windows 10

Windows 10 offers the ability to set a proxy server from its Settings app without the need for third-party software. This feature allows you to protect your online privacy by covering some of your tracks when surfing the web. Furthermore, using a proxy server might be the...

12 ways to manage tabs in Microsoft Edge

While managing tabs in Microsoft Edge is not exactly exciting, it becomes necessary if you have too many open tabs. Luckily, Edge comes with a wide range of tools and features that help you organize and manage your tabs efficiently to avoid clutter and ensure you can easily find what...

What is NFC? How to use NFC

NFC is an acronym for Near Field Communication, and it’s often used when referring to modern smartphones and tablets. What does NFC mean, and what does NFC do? Many people buy expensive smartphones, which all have NFC on them, but they have no idea what NFC is or how they...

How to open Disk Defragmenter in Windows (12 ways)

The Defragment and Optimize Drives utility from Windows has a long history. It used to be called simply Disk Defragmenter in Windows 7 and Windows 8. Even though it has a new name in Windows 10, Disk Defragmenter is essentially the same, and it performs a...

What is a Homegroup? How to use the Windows 7 Homegroup

The Homegroup is a Windows 7 feature that provides an easy way for sharing libraries, folders, and devices on small networks, such as that from your home. Accessing stuff shared with the Homegroup is easy and doesn’t require users to type in usernames and...

How to use the Microsoft Edge Collections

The new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge introduces the Collections feature, which is meant to replace setting tabs aside. It doesn’t matter if you’re planning a holiday, doing research, organizing an event, or looking for Easter gift ideas; you can easily save tabs and...

How to block third-party cookies in Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Opera

Cookies are pieces of data that are saved in your web browser by the websites you visit. Third-party cookies are created by a website other than the one that you wanted to visit. Most of the time, third-party cookies are used by ad services that want to offer you targeted ads based...

How to start Windows 10 in Safe Mode (9 ways)

If you’ve been using Windows 10 for a while, you might have noticed that pressing the F8 or the SHIFT + F8 keys on your keyboard to enter Safe Mode no longer works. That method stopped working because the Windows 10 start procedure became faster than ever...

How to enable Do Not Track in Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Opera

Do Not Track or DNT is a web browser feature that lets websites know you don’t want to be tracked. When you enable the DNT setting in your web browser, it sends a Do Not Track request with your browsing traffic to all the websites you visit and...

What is WiFi Direct? How do you use WiFi Direct?

WiFi? You know that and use it every day. Bluetooth? You know that too and also use it quite often. What if you could combine all the best features of the two? Well, it turns out you can, and that’s WiFi Direct. Do you want to know more about what WiFi Direct is, and what’s the...

How to start Microsoft Edge in Windows 10 (12 ways)

Microsoft Edge is the default web browser in Windows 10. Its latest version is based on Chromium, the same rendering engine used by Chrome, but it comes with many features that you don’t get in Chrome by default. That’s why some people say that Edge is a new Chrome on...