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How to Extract Icon from File in Windows

You can use the free IconViewer utility program to view and save the icons contained within files, such as executable files and dynamic link libraries (DLLs).

When IconViewer is installed, it will add an Icons tab to the properties page of any file that contain icons.

While you must be signed in as an administrator to install IconViewer, all users will be able to use the Icons tab in the properties page of files that contain icons.

This tutorial will show you how to extract icons from files to save as a ICO, BMP, or PNG file in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Disable Integrated Camera or Webcam in Windows

In Windows 10, having a camera as part of your device or system lets you make Skype video calls, take pictures, etc. Many apps and services request and use the camera, and Windows settings give you control over which apps can use your camera.

Some people worry about unknown apps, organizations, or malware using their camera. Whenever your camera is used, you should be in charge. That’s why you’re always told when your camera is turned on:

  • If your device or camera comes with a camera light, the light will turn on when the camera is in use.
  • If your system doesn’t have a camera light, you’ll get a notification to let you know when the camera turns on or off.

For more information, see: Windows 10 camera and privacy

If you have a laptop or notebook with a integrated (built-in) camera (aka: webcam), you may be wondering how to disable it for privacy and security reasons when it’s not being used.

Disabling the camera can be important since there is a potential for malware to take over the camera and spy on you with it.

This tutorial will show you how to completely disable an integrated camera or webcam as needed in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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List of Device Manager Error Codes and Solutions in Windows

Device Manager displays information about each device. This includes the device type, device status, manufacturer, device-specific properties, and information about the driver for the device.

Device manager can show hidden devices. This is helpful when you are testing the installation of a new PnP device.

Device Manager provides detailed information in the Properties dialog for each device. Right click on the name of the device, and then click/tap on Properties. The General, Driver, Details, and Events tabs contain information that can be useful when you debug errors.

This tutorial will show you a list of error codes in Device Manager and their suggested resolutions in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Backup and Restore Font Settings in Windows

A font is a graphical representation of text that may include a different typeface, point size, weight, color, or design.

If you like, you can backup your font settings to be able to restore them as needed.

Font settings include:

  • All hidden fonts settings
  • Hide fonts based on language settings
  • Allow fonts to be installed using a shortcut

This tutorial will show you how to backup and restore font settings for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Animate Windows when Minimizing and Maximizing in Windows

By default, Windows will animate (fade and slide) windows when you minimize and maximize them.

If you don’t like this animation, then you can disable it to have windows minimize and maximize instantly without any animation.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable animate windows when minimizing and maximizing for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Save Taskbar Thumbnail Previews to Cache in Windows

When you hover over the icon or button on the taskbar of opened items, it will show an instant thumbnail preview of the opened windows or tabs for that item.

If you enable save taskbar thumbnail previews, all taskbar thumbnail previews will be saved to cache as opened to help them load faster next time. However, the cache could sometimes become corrupted causing taskbar thumbnail previews to not display correctly.

If you disable save taskbar thumbnail previews, all taskbar thumbnail previews will load on the fly as opened instead of from a cache. This will allow taskbar thumbnails to always display correctly. The speed to load taskbar thumbnail previews each time instead of from a cache should not be much of a factor with today’s systems.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable automatically saving taskbar thumbnail previews to a cache for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Add or Remove Drop Shadows for Icon Labels on Desktop in Windows

By default, Windows uses drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop.

Depending on if your desktop background is light or dark, using drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop may make reading the icon label easier or harder.

If harder, then you can turn off use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop to remove the drop shadows.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Export List of Running and Stopped Services in Windows

A service is an application type that runs in the system background without a user interface and is similar to a UNIX daemon process. Services provide core operating system features, such as Web serving, event logging, file serving, printing, cryptography, and error reporting.

This tutorial will show you how to export a list of running and stopped services to a file in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Install PowerShell Core on Windows

Over the years, there have been many releases of PowerShell. Initially, Windows PowerShell was built on the .NET Framework and only worked on Windows systems.

With the current release, PowerShell Core uses .NET Core 2.x as its runtime. PowerShell Core is a cross-platform (Windows, Linux, and macOS) automation and configuration tool/framework that works well with your existing tools and is optimized for dealing with structured data (e.g. JSON, CSV, XML, etc.), REST APIs, and object models. It includes a command-line shell, an associated scripting language and a framework for processing cmdlets. PowerShell Core is an Open Source project on GitHub.

PowerShell Core is a separate version of PowerShell that does not replace or upgrade the Windows PowerShell included in Windows by default. PowerShell Core can run side-by-side with Windows PowerShell.

This tutorial will show you how to install the latest release of PowerShell Core in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Check PowerShell Version in Windows

Windows PowerShell is a task-based command-line shell and scripting language designed especially for system administration. Built on the .NET Framework, Windows PowerShell helps IT professionals and power users control and automate the administration of the Windows operating system and applications that run on Windows.

This tutorial will show you how to check the current version of PowerShell in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Listen to Microphone through a Playback Device in Windows

If you like, you can listen to your microphone through a selected playback device such as your computer speakers or headphone.

You can also listen to portable music player or other device connected to the microphone jack through a selected playback device such as your computer speakers or headphone.

This tutorial will show you how to listen to microphone through a playback device such as speakers or headphone in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Add or Remove Back Button in Common Dialog Box in Windows

The common open file dialog box is the window that opens when you click/tap on File (menu bar) in a program (ex: Registry Editor), and click/tap on Open, Save as, Import, or Export.

The older Windows XP style common open file dialog box has a Back button to the right of the address bar that can be used to go to the last folder visited.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Back button in the common open file dialog box for all or specific users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Change Places Bar Items in Common Dialog Box in Windows

The common open file dialog box is the window that opens when you click/tap on File (menu bar) in a program (ex: Registry Editor), and click/tap on Open, Save as, Import, or Export.

The older Windows XP style common open file dialog box has a places bar (aka: shortcut bar) in the left pane to select a location you want.

If you like, you can specify from 1 to 5 items to be displayed in the Places Bar instead of the default items.

This tutorial will show you how to change the items displayed in the places bar in the common open file dialog box for all or specific users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Places Bar in Common Dialog Box in Windows

The common open file dialog box is the window that opens when you click/tap on File (menu bar) in a program (ex: Registry Editor), and click/tap on Open, Save as, Import, or Export.

The older Windows XP style common open file dialog box has a places bar (aka: shortcut bar) in the left pane to select a location you want.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the places bar in the common open file dialog box for all or specific users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Dropdown List of Recent Files in Common Dialog Box in Windows

The common open file dialog box is the window that opens when you click/tap on File (menu bar) in a program (ex: Notepad, Registry Editor, etc…), and click/tap on Open, Save as, Import, or Export.

By default, the File name field in the dialog box includes a drop-down list of your recently used files to select from if wanted.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the drop-down list of recently used files in the common open file dialog box for all or specific users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Change Icon Cache Size in Windows

The icons that display for files in Windows are saved in an icon cache so they can be displayed quickly instead of having to manually scan and slowly load them each time.

Sometimes you may notice File Explorer loads icons slowly when you open a folder with lots of files. Increasing the size of the icon cache may help.

By default, the icon cache is 500 KB. Increasing the icon cache size to 4 MB gives the best results, but you can change the size to what works best for you.

This tutorial will show you how to change the maximum size of the icon cache to fix slow loading icons in File Explorer for all users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Launch Folder Windows in a Separate Process in Windows

Each process running in Windows is assigned a unique decimal number called the process ID (PID) to identify an active process. This number is used to specify the process when for example attaching a debugger to it.

By default, all File Explorer windows, including the desktop shell, run in a single explorer.exe process. If one File Explorer window hangs or crashes, it will cause all File Explorer windows running in the same process to hang or crash until the process restarts.

You are able to use the Open in new process context menu to manually open folder windows (File Explorer) in a new process.

If you like, you can enable to launch folder windows in a separate process by default. This way each explorer.exe process will have its own process ID (PID) to improve stability of the explorer shell.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable to launch folder windows in a separate explorer process by default for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Export and Import Registry Keys in Windows

System configuration information is stored centrally in a hierarchical database called the registry. You can use Registry Editor to add and edit registry keys and values, restore the registry from a backup or to default values, and to import or export keys for reference or backup.

This tutorial will show you how to import and export registry keys using a .reg file for Registry Editor in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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