You would have noticed a column named “Startup Impact” in Task Manager’s Startup tab in Windows 8 and higher. But what does “Startup Impact” mean and how is it assessed?Read more
Using the WinKey and Prnt Scrn keystroke is probably the fastest way to take a full screenshot and automatically save it to a file, in Windows 8 and higher. When using this method, the screenshot image contains your entire screen including the Taskbar and everything. And in most cases you may have to crop the image before sending or sharing it with someone, so that only the relevant portion is shown.Read more
If your Desktop has suddenly changed to Tiles view mode, then you may have accidentally hit a shortcut key that changes the folder view mode.Read more
Disk drives (both fixed as well as removable drives) appear under the “This PC” category in File Explorer navigation pane. In addition, each removable drive will be pinned as a separate category, appearing after “This PC” and “Libraries” section — that is, the drives appear twice in the navigation pane. This double-listing can sometimes cause confusion to the users. To remove the duplicate or redundant disk drives from navigation pane, here is a quick registry fix.Read more
File History does point in time backups of your files so that you can revert back to the exact copy or version of your files when you need them. File History also allows you to configure how long the backups are retained, and beyond that, the older versions are purged automatically.
This post tells you how to clean up older versions of your File History backups using two different ways.Read more
When you click a video file in File Explorer, the Preview pane may not show the image preview nor the mini-player control for the chosen file. In some cases, "No preview available" message is shown in the Preview pane for selected or all media file types.Read more
The classic Window Color and Appearance dialog allowed you to change the color and size (Window metrics) of various UI elements like Window background color, caption font, icon size, spacing, width, etc. Since this feature has been removed in Windows 8 and higher, you need to edit the registry in order to change or reset these parameters.Read more
Pictures library allows you organize your images in a variety of ways such as arrange by month, folder, day, rating and tag, and sort or group pictures as you’d like. You may be wondering if the option to arrange photos by month is removed in Windows 10, as the Arrange command is not shown anywhere in the ribbon or toolbar area. This post tells you how to arrange pictures by month, or the way you need.Read more
The WinKey + E keystroke, as well as the File Explorer shortcut on the taskbar, open Quick access view by default. You can change the default folder to This PC using Folder Options General tab, or make it open to the Downloads folder using a registry method.
But, how to make Windows 10’s File Explorer default to a custom folder or the Libraries section?
The user interface provides no option to set a custom destination for WinKey + E keystroke or the File Explorer pinned taskbar item. As you may have noticed, the File Explorer Pinned taskbar shortcut target can’t be modified via Properties, as it’s a special shortcut with the Target field grayed out or read-only.
However, you change the WinKey + E or the File Explorer shortcut target using a registry edit without breaking any other setting.Read more
Task Manager’s Performance tab (CPU section) shows the Uptime information of the system, but you may be wondering why your boot up time doesn’t match the Uptime data reported.
This is because Task Manager or WMI wouldn’t deduct the duration of sleep/hibernation when calculating uptime. And, with Fast Startup introduced and enabled by default in Windows 8 and Windows 10, the uptime reported may not correlate with your actual last boot up time.Read more