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

What is NFC, and what is it used for?

What is NFC, and what is it used for?

NFC is an acronym for Near Field Communication, and it’s often used when referring to modern smartphones and tablets. What does NFC mean, how does NFC work, and what does it do? Many people buy expensive smartphones, which all have NFC on them, but they have no idea what NFC is or how to use it. If you would like to learn more about NFC,
What’s new in Windows 11 2024 Update (version 24H2)?

What’s new in Windows 11 2024 Update (version 24H2)?

The latest version of Windows 11, called the 2024 Update or version 24H2, will be released in phases: a partial release on June 18, 2024, for new ARM-based Copilot+ PCs, featuring core updates, followed by a full release for all compatible devices sometime in September or October 2024. Though not launched at the time of writing, it’s available for testing in the Release Preview Channel
What is ping? How do you use ping commands in Windows?

What is ping? How do you use ping commands in Windows?

You don’t need to be a networking guru to have come across the term ping while working with computers, setting up networking devices such as wireless routers, dealing with online applications, or playing games online. If you’re wondering what ping means and what the ping command does, read on. In this guide, I’ll explain how ping works, what you can use it for, and what
What is, how to enable, and how to turn off a metered connection in Windows 10

What is, how to enable, and how to turn off a metered connection in Windows 10

Metered connections are essential for users with limited data plans, as they allow you to put limits on how much data you’re using. In Windows 10, you can set any Wi-Fi, Ethernet, or cellular connection as metered, and this setting helps you control data usage by limiting background data and postponing some non-critical updates. If you want to have a way to control how much
The best Windows keyboard shortcuts (PDF free download)

The best Windows keyboard shortcuts (PDF free download)

Microsoft is always working to make Windows better. Each major Windows 10 and Windows 11 update brings new features and options. That’s how we got virtual desktops, Windows Sandbox, new Start Menus, or the Copilot AI tech. While you can use a mouse or touchscreen to get around, keyboard shortcuts make things much faster. In this article, I’ll show you what are the most useful
How to connect to Wi-Fi using WPS on Windows 10

How to connect to Wi-Fi using WPS on Windows 10

Did you know that if you have a Windows 10 laptop, tablet, or 2-in-1 device, you can use the WPS button on your router to connect to its Wi-Fi network quickly? And you don’t have to type in your wireless network password? Here’s a complete guide for how to connect to Wi-Fi through WPS on any laptop with Windows 10, as well as on any
How to factory reset Windows 10 and delete everything

How to factory reset Windows 10 and delete everything

Do you want to give your computer a fresh start? Wiping everything is the way to go if you’re selling it or just want a thorough cleaning. In case you’re not sure how to do it, that’s what this guide is for. I’ll walk you through the steps to completely wipe Windows 10 and restore it to its factory settings. This is also perfect if
What is PPI? Does pixel density matter?

What is PPI? Does pixel density matter?

Have you ever wondered what PPI is? Maybe you’ve heard companies discussing high PPI screens and wanted to know what that is. Why are some manufacturers bragging about their high-end devices with huge pixel-density screens? Why does PPI matter so much, especially when referring to smartphones? Read this article, and you’ll find out what it means, whether PPI and DPI are the same, and whether
How to set up the search engine in Google Chrome

How to set up the search engine in Google Chrome

The address bar in Google Chrome can be used as a search box, and the default search engine is Google. Do you want to know how to change Chrome’s search engine from Google to something else, like Microsoft Bing, DuckDuckGo, or Qwant? Does your Chrome already use a different search engine as default, and do you want to get back to Google? Here’s how to
How to boot Windows 11 in Safe Mode (8 ways)

How to boot Windows 11 in Safe Mode (8 ways)

So, you have Windows 11 installed on your computer, but apps misbehave, and system features are constantly acting up, causing you headaches? If that’s the case, you’re probably looking for a way to troubleshoot and fix your system. Lucky for you, Windows 11 comes with a neat tool called Safe Mode that can help with the whole troubleshooting process. Now, you might be wondering, “How
How to reset Windows 10 without losing your files

How to reset Windows 10 without losing your files

If Windows 10 breaks and nothing’s working right, you might be thinking about a clean install. However, reinstalling it from scratch is quite a hassle and would mean that you must go through a rather elaborate process in order to save your files and reinstall Windows 10. Fortunately, you don’t have to do so because Windows 10 has a great trick up its sleeve. It
How to remove the Lock screen widgets from Windows 11 and Windows 10

How to remove the Lock screen widgets from Windows 11 and Windows 10

At the end of March 2024, Microsoft started deploying a new update for Windows 11 (KB5035942), followed by Windows 10 (KB5035941). This update addressed many issues and bugs but also introduced a new feature: the ability to display widgets on the Lock screen for things like sports, traffic, and finance content, along with the weather forecast. This feature was not turned on immediately for all
How to download Chrome 32-bit or 64-bit

How to download Chrome 32-bit or 64-bit

If you download Google Chrome from places other than its official website, you might download the wrong version, with bundled extras you might not want. For example, you may have Windows 10 on 64-bit and install Chrome on 32-bit. Also, you may use an older version of Windows, like Windows XP or Windows 7, and you may want a Google Chrome version that still works
How to upgrade Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 to Windows 10

How to upgrade Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 to Windows 10

Windows 10 is officially the most used operating system in the world, outranking even Windows 11. However, some people still use Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 on their computers and devices. If you are one of them, you might want to upgrade to Windows 10 for a better operating system experience. If you have a license key for Windows 10, you can upgrade
How to enable third-party cookies in Chrome, Edge, Firefox & Opera

How to enable third-party cookies in Chrome, Edge, Firefox & Opera

Cookies are small pieces of data stored in your browser by the websites you visit. Third-party cookies, on the other hand, originate from websites other than the one you intended to visit. Typically, these cookies are used by advertising services to deliver targeted ads based on your browsing history and online searches. However, there are instances where you might want to enable third-party cookies. This
How to block third-party cookies in Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and Opera

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

The World Wide Web relies on cookies to function properly. There are different types of cookies, such as session and first-party cookies, that are created by the websites you visit. However, there are also third-party cookies that are used for advertising and tracking your activity across websites. Some of them can even be used maliciously. As a result, many people are concerned about the security
24 free PC games to download from Microsoft in 2024

24 free PC games to download from Microsoft in 2024

Trying to discover the best free PC games available in the Microsoft Store in 2024, I researched and compiled a fairly long list of games that are completely free to download and enjoy on Windows 10 and Windows 11. This selection includes games from a wide range of genres like high-speed racing, strategic puzzles, family-friendly games for children, classic arcade fighting, and even massively multiplayer
How to change brightness in Windows 11

How to change brightness in Windows 11

One of the things every computer user does relatively regularly is to adjust the brightness of the screen, especially when working on a laptop. That’s true for Windows 11 users, too, as many want to either increase the brightness on their laptop because of glare or reduce brightness to lessen the burden on their eyes during the night. Regardless of your reasons, here are eight