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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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Set Wireless Network as Metered or Non-Metered Connection in Windows 10

Internet service providers can charge by the amount of data used (the amount of data sent and received by your PC). That’s called a metered Internet connection. These plans often have a data limit, and if you exceed the limit you might have to pay extra. In some cases, you aren’t charged extra but your connection speed becomes slower until the billing cycle ends.

If you have a metered Internet connection, setting your network connection to metered in Windows can help you reduce the amount of data you send and receive.

This tutorial will show you how to set a wireless network (Wi-Fi or WLAN) as a metered or non-metered connection to help reduce data usage for that network connection for all users in Windows 10.

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How to Add or Remove Internet Explorer in Power Options in Windows

The JavaScript Timer Frequency setting under the Internet Explorer power option can slow down the java script animations and execution in Internet Explorer which in turn can save battery life. If you want faster browsing in Internet Explorer, then you might want to change this setting to “maximum performance” in power settings. Slower performance is a compromise to save battery life. By default, when using a PC on battery, Internet Explorer will automatically switch to “maximum power savings” for JavaScript Timer Frequency.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove Internet Explorer and it’s sub ‘JavaScript Timer Frequency’ setting in Power Options for all users in Windows 7, 8, and 10.

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How to Change Automatic Maintenance Settings in Windows 10

Windows automatically runs scheduled maintenance on a daily schedule when you’re not using your computer.

This includes tasks such as software updates, Windows Updates, security scanning, and system diagnostics. This maintenance will run daily if you aren’t using your computer at the time you’ve chosen. If your computer is in use at the scheduled time or maintenance is behind schedule, Automatic Maintenance will run the next time the computer is not being used.

The goal of Automatic Maintenance is to combine all background maintenance activity in Windows and help third-party developers add their maintenance activity to Windows without negatively impacting performance and energy efficiency. Additionally, Automatic Maintenance enables users as well as enterprises to be in control of maintenance activity scheduling and configuration.

This tutorial will show you how to change the Automatic Maintenance settings for what time to run the daily maintenance tasks, and if to allow the scheduled maintenance to wake the computer to run at the scheduled time in Windows 10.

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How to Create a Charms Bar Shortcut in Windows 10

Windows 10 has the Settings, Devices, Start, Share, and Search charms available. Charms are context sensitive to the location (desktop vs Start screen) and application that is running when opened.

This tutorial provides a download for a charms bar shortcut that always opens directly on your desktop or Start screen and also showing the clock in Windows 10.

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