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How to Turn On or Off ‘Recent Items’ and ‘Frequent Places’ in Windows 10

Recent items is a list of the files that you have used or opened recently. These items are displayed as “Recent files” in the Home folder, and under “Recent” in jump lists on the Start menu and taskbar.

Frequent places is a list of folders, websites, etc… that you have opened recently. These items are displayed as “Frequent folders” in the Home folder, “Frequent places” under File in File Explorer, and under “Frequent” in jump lists on the Start menu and taskbar.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off to store and display recent items and frequent places in File Explorer, Home, jump lists, Start menu, and taskbar for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Turn Live Tile On or Off for Apps in Windows 10

A tile is a modern app’s representation on the Start menu or Start screen in Windows 10, and can be either static or live.

A static tile displays the default content, which is generally just a full-tile logo image for the app.

Live tiles can show updates from your friends, new email, app notifications, and the next appointment on your calendar at a glance, even without opening an app. And because everyone who uses the PC can sign in with their own Microsoft account, each person can personalize their own tiles, colors, and backgrounds.

This tutorial will show you how to turn the live tile on or off for each of your modern apps pinned to the Start screen or Start menu in Windows 10.

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How to View Full Details of All User Accounts in Windows 10

This tutorial will show you how to quickly view full details about all user accounts on your Windows 10 PC.

The full details of user accounts would include: AccountType, Description, Disabled, Domain, FullName, InstallDate, Lockout, LocalAccount, Name, PasswordChangeable, PasswordExpires, PasswordRequired, SID, SIDType, and Status.

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How to Run an App as Administrator in Windows 10

Some legitimate applications require a full administrator access token (elevated) to perform their functions or tasks. For example, when a program that you are trying to run is giving you a Access Denied or No Permission type error.

This tutorial will show you different ways on how to have an application Run as administrator with full unrestricted elevated rights in Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Internet Explorer Edge Mode in Windows 10

In August 2013, Microsoft announced that document modes would be deprecated starting with Internet Explorer 11. Any websites that need one of the deprecated document modes to render correctly will have to be recoded to adhere to web standards going forward.

Starting in Windows 10 Technical Preview build 9879, Internet Explorer includes a new updated Trident rendering engine called Edge.

By default, if a website calls for compatibility mode, then the older and more resource intensive Trident engine from IE11 will display the site, otherwise, the more lightweight and updated IE12 Trident engine Edge will handle it instead.

A new flag in the browser allows users to control when Edge mode is used.

This tutorial will show you how to set Internet Explorer Edge Mode to be automatic, enabled, or disabled for your user account in Windows 10.

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How to ‘Pin to Start’ and ‘Unpin from Start” items in Windows 10

You can pin any apps, contacts (People app), folders, drives, homegroup, library, network, and OneDrive to your Start screen and Start menu so you can open them quickly, and see updates on live tiles for modern apps at a glance.

By default, the only type of files that you can “Pin to Start” are .exe files.

This tutorial will show you how to Pin to Start and Unpin from Start an app, contact (People app), folder, drive, homegroup, library, network, and OneDrive on your Start screen and Start menu in Windows 10.

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How to Resize Tiles on Start Menu and Start Screen in Windows 10

Tiles on your Start menu and Start screen are icons for modern apps, desktop apps, and folders that you “Pin to Start”.

Modern apps (ex: from the Store) can have live tiles that show updates from your friends, new email, app notifications, and the next appointment on your calendar at a glance, even without opening an app. Modern app tiles support being resized to small, medium, wide, or large.

Desktop apps and folders are basically act like shortcuts, and do not support live tiles. Desktop apps and folder tiles can support being resized to small or medium.

This tutorial will show you how to resize tiles for apps on your Start menu and Start screen to be small, medium, wide, or large in Windows 10.

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How to Open Settings in Windows 10

Starting in the Windows 10 Preview 9901 build, PC settings and zPC settings have been merged and replaced with a new Settings app now.

Most of the settings you’ll want to change in Windows 10 are in Settings. Settings is organized into the separate System, Devices, Network & Internet, Personalization, Accounts, Time & language, Ease of Access, Privacy, and Update & recovery categories. You can click/tap on a category to view and change more settings for that category.

This tutorial will show you different ways on how to open the Settings app in Windows 10.

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How to Generate Report of Battery Usage in Windows 10

A battery usage report will help you know more about the usage, health, and life estimates characteristics of your PC’s battery over the lifetime of the system.

This tutorial will show you how to generate a detailed battery usage report for your Windows 10 PC (ex: laptop, Surface, or tablet) that runs on a battery.

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How to Open a Command Prompt in Windows 10

A command prompt is an entry point for typing computer commands in the Command Prompt window. By typing commands at the command prompt, you can perform tasks on your computer without using the Windows graphical interface.

This tutorial will show you different ways to open a command prompt in Windows 10.

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How to Add Safe Mode to Desktop Context Menu in Windows 10

If you have a problem with your PC, you can troubleshoot by starting it in safe mode. Safe mode starts Windows with a minimal set of drivers and services. If a problem doesn’t reappear when you start your PC in safe mode, you can eliminate the default settings and basic device drivers and services as possible causes.

This tutorial will show you how to add a ‘Safe Mode’ cascading desktop context menu with options to restart in normal mode, safe mode, safe mode with networking, and safe mode with command prompt in Windows 10.

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Complete List of Environment Variables in Windows 10

Environment variables are a set of dynamic named values that can affect the way running processes will behave on a computer. The variables can be used both in scripts and on the command line. Environment variables makes it easy when certain standard directories and parameters need to be referenced but where the actual locations or names can vary from computer to computer.

This tutorial will show you a complete list of environment variables that can be used to reference standard directories and parameters in Windows 10.

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How to Turn On or Off Start OneDrive Automatically when you Sign in to Windows 10

OneDrive is a cloud-based storage service where you can view, browse, upload, and share the files you saved online to OneDrive.

By default, OneDrive is set to start when you sign in to Windows to have all files in each folder you choose to sync in OneDrive on your PC is automatically kept in sync with your online OneDrive.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off to start OneDrive automatically when you sign in to Windows 10.

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How to Add a OneDrive Open or Close Context Menu in Windows 10

OneDrive is a cloud-based storage service where you can view, browse, upload, and share the files you saved online to OneDrive.

By default, OneDrive is set to start when you sign in to Windows to have all files in each folder you choose to sync in OneDrive on your PC is automatically kept in sync with your online OneDrive.

This tutorial will show you how to add a ‘Open/Close OneDrive’ desktop context menu that will allow users to quickly toggle to open and close OneDrive for syncing as needed in Windows 10. This can be handy if there are times you do not want OneDrive on your PC to sync until you open OneDrive next.

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How to Turn On or Off OneDrive Uploading Files in Batches in Windows 10

OneDrive is a cloud-based storage service where you can view, browse, upload, and share the files you saved online to OneDrive.

All files in each folder you choose to sync in OneDrive on your PC is automatically kept in sync with your online OneDrive. Sometimes all this continuous synchronization can cause the OneDrive upload of your files to overwhelm and decrease the performance of your internet bandwidth to slow to a crawl. This can easily happen if you often sync a lot of large video files for example. If this happens to you, then you could improve overall upload speed by setting OneDrive to upload files in batches instead of all at a time.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off to improve upload speed by uploading your files and folders in batches in Windows 10 to sync with your online OneDrive cloud.

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How to Turn On or Off OneDrive Fetch Files on your PC in Windows 10

The OneDrive Fetch files feature allows you to access all your files on a PC from another computer by going to the OneDrive website. You can even access network locations if they’re included in the PC’s libraries or mapped as drives. When you browse a PC’s files remotely, you can download copies of them to work on. You can also stream video and view photos in a slide show.

To access files on your PC remotely, make sure the PC you want to access is turned on and connected to the Internet. OneDrive also needs to be running on that PC, and the Fetch files setting must be turned on.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off using OneDrive to fetch files on your Windows 10 PC from any other PC.

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