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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.

How to enable the File Explorer Dark Theme in Windows 10

How to enable the File Explorer Dark Theme in Windows 10

Did you know Microsoft created a File Explorer Dark Theme in Windows 10? If you're tired of bright windows when you browse the files on your PC at night, you can opt to enable the File Explorer Dark Mode. However, when you apply this dramatic theme to File Explorer, other Windows 10 apps also get dark coats for their backgrounds, panes, ribbons, menus, and dialogs.
Make InPrivate or Incognito shortcuts for Firefox, Chrome, Edge, Opera, or Internet Explorer

Make InPrivate or Incognito shortcuts for Firefox, Chrome, Edge, Opera, or Internet Explorer

If you don't want your web browser to keep your browsing history, your cookies and site data, temporary files, searches, and the information you entered in forms, then you have to use a form of private browsing. Google Chrome calls this mode Incognito, Firefox and Opera calls it Private Browsing, while Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge call it InPrivate. Read this guide and learn how
3 ways to enable the Windows 10 libraries

3 ways to enable the Windows 10 libraries

The Windows 10 libraries are virtual collections of folders on your system. Microsoft did not enable the libraries in Windows 10 by default, although many users consider them a must-have when it comes to finding and organizing files. This tutorial illustrates three ways to enable the Windows 10 libraries and show them in File Explorer, as well as the Save As and Open dialogues:
How to manage BitLocker on a USB memory stick or flash drive

How to manage BitLocker on a USB memory stick or flash drive

If you've taken the time to protect your data using BitLocker To Go, you might want to understand the options you have for managing your encrypted USB memory stick or flash drive. Basic usage includes nothing more than entering your password, but you need to know more for special circumstances. Perhaps you want to change the password, add a smart card as a second unlock
How to configure System Restore in Windows 10

How to configure System Restore in Windows 10

While having the ability to restore your system from a restore point is one of Windows' most useful features, it may be that some people will want to turn it off for all or some of their partitions. Others may wish to change how much space is used for System Restore and assign more or less. To help you out, this guide shows you how
How to sort, group, and filter files & folders in Windows 10's File Explorer

How to sort, group, and filter files & folders in Windows 10's File Explorer

It's important to know how to sort, group, and filter files and folders in Windows 10, especially if you work with a lot of them. No matter how hard you try to organize everything, it may be difficult at times to find a specific item or set of items. That's why File Explorer includes plenty of options for sorting, grouping, and filtering files and folders,
How to add a Microsoft account to Windows 10

How to add a Microsoft account to Windows 10

When you install Windows 10 or set it up for the first time, the operating system invites you to create a Microsoft account. However, during the setup process, you only get to configure one Microsoft account. What if you need to use more than one Microsoft account on your Windows 10 PC? What if you want to create another all-new user account on your PC,
The Windows 10 workgroup and how to change it

The Windows 10 workgroup and how to change it

The Windows 10 workgroup is a simple way to link together a small number of computers and devices, which makes it ideal for home networks, as well as small offices and businesses. If you want to facilitate sharing resources (files, printers, etc.) with other devices on the same network, make sure they are part of the same workgroup in Windows 10. Continue reading to get
What is System Restore and 4 ways to use it

What is System Restore and 4 ways to use it

System Restore is one of those Windows apps that can be categorized as being an "oldie but goldie." If something suddenly stops working as it should or if your Windows 10 PC breaks down without notice, you'll want to know about System Restore and how to use it. This system recovery tool can be a lifesaver and a fast one at that, as it can
How to remove BitLocker To Go from a USB drive

How to remove BitLocker To Go from a USB drive

BitLocker To Go is useful when you want to protect the data on your removable drives (USB memory sticks, external hard disks, etc.). Though it can be helpful, it may not appeal to all users, because it asks you for a password each time you want to use the encrypted drive. If you have encrypted a flash drive, an external hard disk, or another removable
3 ways to create a restore point in Windows 10

3 ways to create a restore point in Windows 10

When your Windows 10 machine breaks and refuses to work, System Restore is one of those lifesaving tools that makes you thankful they exist. That's because you can use it to repair your PC if you've created a system restore point before it started to misbehave. Did you create a system restore point? If you didn't, would you like to learn how to create a
How to select or highlight text in Windows

How to select or highlight text in Windows

It is hard to ignore the usefulness of selecting text efficiently in Windows, especially if you use Microsoft's Word, WordPad, or Notepad on a daily basis. After all, highlighting a fragment is always the first step, regardless of what you want to do with that text (copy, delete, move, change its format, etc.). Whether you're wondering how to select all in Word, how to highlight
When was a program or app installed in Windows 10?

When was a program or app installed in Windows 10?

You may have your Windows 10 computer or device for a long time. It has many apps and programs installed, and you don't even remember when they got there in the first place. Do you want to find out when an application was installed in Windows 10? Do you want to know when a Windows 10 app from the Microsoft Store was installed? IMPORTANT:
How to encrypt a system partition with BitLocker in Windows 10

How to encrypt a system partition with BitLocker in Windows 10

BitLocker Drive Encryption is one of the most used encryption solutions for Windows. It's a security tool found in Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise editions that helps protect your data from unauthorized access. It does that by allowing you to encrypt system partitions, as well as other partitions you may have on your drives. In this tutorial, we're going to guide you through the process
2 ways to enable System Restore in Windows 10

2 ways to enable System Restore in Windows 10

System Restore is an old feature that has been present in Windows operating systems for a long time. However, it's still useful today on modern Windows 10 operating systems. It's one of those tools that can save you a lot of time and headaches when your PC crashes, or if something on it no longer wants to work, and you can't even boot properly. System
How to change a folder's view template in Windows 10's File Explorer

How to change a folder's view template in Windows 10's File Explorer

In Windows 10, you can use one of the five built-in view templates to have File Explorer display a folder's contents just the way you like them. This helps you optimize the way you see the files stored in that folder for increased efficiency and can also reduce the time it takes to open certain folders. This tutorial illustrates how to change the File Explorer
Get access to a BitLocker-encrypted USB drive when you forget its password

Get access to a BitLocker-encrypted USB drive when you forget its password

You've encrypted your flash drive using BitLocker To Go, and now your data is safe from prying eyes. To anyone without your password, your files are garbled beyond comprehension. Unfortunately, if you lose your BitLocker password, your data stays just as indecipherable to you as it is to others. Luckily, if you saved the recovery key during the initial BitLocker configuration, you should have no
How to change a folder icon in Windows 10 in 3 easy steps

How to change a folder icon in Windows 10 in 3 easy steps

Changing a folder icon in Windows 10 can help you identify and locate it faster, allowing you to customize each folder according to your style. Not to mention, it breaks up the monotony of yellow folder icons on your Windows 10 computer or device. Change one folder's icon to make it stand out or use different icons for your favorite locations to organize everything more