Are you seeing a lot of empty drives in File Explorer? It’s probably due to a connected memory card reader or hard drive dock. Here’s how to hide empty drives in File Explorer so that they only appear when something is actually connected.
Windows 10 changed the basic look of the taskbar volume slider for the first time in 20 years, from a vertical slider to a horizontal one. There’s some admittedly handy functionality built into the new Windows 10 volume slider, but the good news is that those who really like the old vertical style can have it back, even in the latest builds of Windows 10.
If you’ve mapped a network drive or server to your Windows PC via its IP address, you may see a warning message when attempting to transfer files from the network location to your local drives: “these files might be harmful to your computer.” Here’s how to prevent this warning for networked devices you trust.
Unless you’ve configured your account to skip the password, or are using an alternative login method, you need to type your password at the login screen in order to log in to your Windows account. But what if your keyboard is broken or not responding? Or what if you’re using a touch screen kiosk that doesn’t have a keyboard? Here’s how to log in to Windows without a keyboard as long as you have a working mouse, trackpad, or touch screen.
Apple’s new HomePod has earned high marks for audio quality, but it works only via AirPlay. This is no problem for those with iPhones, iPads, and Macs, but what about Windows users? Is there any way to stream audio from Windows to HomePod? Indeed there is! Here’s how to do it.
Your PC’s IP address is the unique set of digits that identify and distinguish it on your local network. Knowing your PC’s local IP address lets you configure and connect to shared folders, use remote desktop, and set up handy router-side configuration options. Here’s how to find your IP address in Windows.
In recent versions of Windows, users are treated to a small animation whenever they minimize or maximize application windows. This animation is brief and relatively light on system resources, but some users may prefer to disable the minimize/maximize animation entirely. Here’s how to do it.
Is your Windows PC experiencing issues? Random restarts? Coming back to find it frozen? If so, one of the first places you’ll want to check is the Windows Reliability Monitor, a built-in utility that can provide valuable data on the important events, freezes, and crashes your PC may have experienced. Here’s how it works.
Today’s PCs are typically powered by monster CPUs packing four or more cores, and Windows generally does a good job of divvying all of that power up between your apps. But sometimes you want just a bit more control over which processor-hungry apps should be tamed, and that’s where something called processor affinity comes in. Here’s how to restrict specific apps to individual CPU cores for better system-wide responsiveness and, for older apps, stability.
The Windows Task Manager lets you see which programs and services are configured to load when you log in to Windows, but the identity and purpose of some of these programs is not always clear. Here’s how you can quickly find out exactly where your Windows startup programs came from and what they’re doing at boot.