Having trouble reading text or making out fine details in Windows? Instead of lowering your resolution to make everything bigger, which can introduce image quality issues, use the built-in Windows Magnifier utility to selectively zoom in on certain portions of your screen while leaving everything else at native resolution.
Windows Explorer is one of the most important components of the Windows operating system, but sometimes it can freeze or behave erratically. Instead of a potentially lengthy reboot, you can simply force Windows Explorer to quit and then manually relaunch it, saving time and leaving your applications running. Here’s how to do it.
If Windows Search stops working for you and no longer returns search results for files that you know exist, there are a few steps you can take to troubleshoot the issue. Here’s how to fix Windows Search issues in all versions of Windows from 7 to 10.
The notification area of the Windows taskbar is a useful and important place to keep track of crucial system and app notifications while you work, but if you have too many apps it can get cluttered. Here’s how to manage and hide notification icons in the Windows taskbar, allowing you to focus only on the notifications that matter to you.
From Windows 95 to Windows 7, the “My Computer” icon adorned the desktops of hundreds of millions of PCs worldwide, but Microsoft decided to hide it by default in Windows 8 and up. Here’s how to get it back.
Each new version of Windows, including each new Windows 10 preview build, introduces beautiful new wallpaper images. Here’s where you can find these high resolution images on your PC, so you can use them as your wallpaper on other devices or older versions of Windows.
On Windows 8 touch devices, the Charms Bar is generally very useful, but those who use Windows 8 primarily on a desktop with a mouse and keyboard may find it distracting, and may be frustrated by inadvertently triggering the bar when the mouse is moved to the right corners of the screen. To avoid these issues, here are two ways to manage and disable the Charms Bar in Windows 8.1.
The goal of efficient and safe computing is to keep your hands on the keyboard as much as possible, thereby avoiding frequent reaches for the mouse or trackpad that can contribute to repetitive stress injuries. With that in mind, we’ll show you how to launch, minimize, and manage your most frequently accessed Windows programs without ever having to take your hands off the keyboard.
Windows updates are important, but sometimes certain updates aren’t applicable to particular systems, or troubleshooting calls for delaying updates. In Windows, you can hide unneeded or unwanted updates, but it’s still a good idea to revisit hidden updates to ensure the latest security patches and bug fixes are applied. Here’s how to view and restore hidden updates in Windows.
Aero Snap is a feature introduced in Windows 7 that lets users position and resize desktop windows by dragging them to the edges of the screen or double-clicking their title bars. But sometimes Aero Snap is more of a pain than a convenience, and some users may want to fully control the size and position of their desktop windows themselves, without the well-intentioned but often incorrect “help” from Windows. Thankfully, you can disable Aero Snap in Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 with a quick trip to the Control Panel. Here’s how to do it.