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How to change your default programs in Windows 10

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How to change your default programs in Windows 10

Whenever you double-click on a file such as a word processing file, audio file, video file or web link, that file automatically opens in the application that is associated with it. For instance, if you double-click a .doc or .docx file and you have Microsoft Word installed on your computer, Microsoft Word will automatically launch and open the file. However, you might have several different programs that can open the same file type. For instance, you may have downloaded the Firefox, Safari or Chrome web browsers and wish to use one of them instead of Microsoft’s Edge web browser. That’s...

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How to Power Down Windows 10 with a Shortcut key

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How to Power Down Windows 10 with a Shortcut key

If you're a keyboard shortcut person, then you may find today's tip helpful. When you are done working in Windows and are ready to shut down your computer or put it to sleep, you can do so with a keyboard shortcut. There are two ways to do so. Method 1: 1. Tap the Windows key on your keyboard. 2. Press the Up Arrow key on your keyboard twice so that Power is highlighted. 3. Press Enter. 4. Using your Up Arrow key, select Sleep, Restart or Shut Down from the menu. 5. Press Enter. Method 2: 1. Press the Windows...

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Access your favorite files and folders from the Quick Access area in Windows 10

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Access your favorite files and folders from the Quick Access area in Windows 10

If you find yourself accessing certain folders regularly, rather than drilling down to find them, you can add them to the Quick Access area on the Navigation Pane. To add a folder, simply drag it to the position in the Quick Access area where you want it to be. You can also right-click on a folder and choose Pin to Quick Access from the contextual menu. A link is then placed in the Navigation pane and becomes available from any document window. To remove a folder from the Quick Access area, right-click the folder you want to remove and choose...

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Locking your Windows 10 Computer

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Locking your Windows 10 Computer

If you’re working in a public place, such as at your office or at the library, it’s a good idea to lock your computer when you leave it unattended. This prevents anyone else from being able to access your accounts or view/change any your files. Once your computer is locked, anyone who attempts to use it will first need to enter in your account password. To Lock Your Computer Click the Start button. Click your user account icon and click Lock.  ORPress the Windows key + L keyboard combination. To Unlock Your Computer Tap the Enter key to display the...

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How to turn off the Suggested Apps on the Start Menu in Windows 10

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How to turn off the Suggested Apps on the Start Menu in Windows 10

If you’re running Windows 10, you may have noticed that there is a new category on the Start menu, entitled Suggested. Beginning with a recent update of Windows 10, Microsoft is now displaying in the Start Menu suggested Apps that you might be interested in checking out. What this does, is allows app developers to get the word out about their apps in the Microsoft Store and helps you to discover new apps for Windows 10. Now these are not paid ads (developers are not paying to be featured – at least at the time of this post) so you don’t...

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