By default, Windows Defender hums along in the background, scanning your PC in real-time to protect you from viruses and malware. But if you have a mounted network drive, Defender will try to scan that, too, potentially clogging up your local network and hogging your NAS device’s resources. Here’s how to tell Windows Defender to ignore your NAS and instead focus on monitoring your PC’s local drives only.
Windows 10 Mail is a handy email app included in Windows 10, but it adds an annoying email signature to the bottom of all of your new emails by default. Here’s how to change the Windows 10 Mail signature to something more personal, or disable it entirely if you don’t want it.
Microsoft is now showing pushy OneDrive ads in Windows 10 File Explorer. Here’s how to turn them off.
Action Center in Windows 10 keeps you up to date with important system and application events by displaying notifications on your desktop. Sometimes, however, you want to work or play in peace. Here’s how to use the Quiet Hours feature to temporarily disable Windows 10 notifications.
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.
The Windows 10 taskbar helpfully displays your running apps, system notifications, and updates. But it also takes up valuable space and may be distracting to some users. Here’s how to configure Windows 10 to automatically hide and show the taskbar only when you need it.
Need to copy files between two locations in File Explorer, or compare text in two Word documents? You probably already know how to open a second window for a running application, but here’s the quickest way to do it via the taskbar and a helpful keyboard shortcut.
Windows appends the text “Shortcut” whenever you create a new shortcut to a file or folder. While you can manually rename your shortcuts to remove this appended text, why not simply configure Windows to stop adding this text by default? Here’s how to do it.
Need to install Microsoft Office on multiple PCs? Don’t waste time and bandwidth using the standard online installer. Grab the Office Offline Installer once and then use it to quickly install Office 2016 as many times as you need. Here’s how it works.
The Windows 10 Action Center includes a number of Quick Actions, handy buttons that manage certain functions or link you to common apps. But some users may prefer a simpler Action Center interface focused on their notifications. If that’s you, here’s how you can hide the Quick Action icons in the Windows 10 Action Center.