Windows Spotlight brings to you some fantastic images that are worth storing. Unfortunately, at present, Windows 10/11 doesn’t have a GUI option to save these lock screen wallpaper images; this has to be done manually or using a custom app or script. This post tells you how to save Windows Spotlight lock screen images automatically or manually.Read more
On Windows 10, if you have multiple printers (including virtual printers such as Microsoft Print to PDF or Foxit PDF) and set your preferred one as the default, the default printer keeps changing automatically when you print to a non-default printer the next time.Read more
Is your hard drive showing up full, and wondering how to find the biggest consumers of disk space? It’s probably the Disk Cleanup tool that comes to mind at this situation. While Disk Cleanup is an excellent utility, it lists items only from fixed locations, although fully serving the purpose it was originally written.Read more
The Recent Places shell folder that showed up under the Favorites area in the navigation pane in the earlier Windows OS, is not shown by default in Windows 10 and 11. Windows 10/11’s Quick access (which replaces Favorites) shows the “Frequently” used folders rather than the “Recently” opened folders.
The Recent Places shell folder still exists in Windows 10 and 11. Recent Places, which is now known as Recent folders, is very useful in Explorer and Common File Open/Save As dialog boxes in various applications. Today’s post shows you how to do the following things:
- Option 1: Pin Recent Places to the Quick access
- Option 2: Pin Recent Places as a separate item in the navigation pane.
Microsoft Edge can import favorites or bookmarks from Internet Explorer and Chrome. For some users, Chrome may not be listed in the Import Favorites panel in Microsoft Edge, although the latest build of Google Chrome is installed and bookmarks present.
This happened in my Windows 10 system, and I managed to fix the problem by moving the Chrome bookmarks database file to a specific location where Edge expects it to be. Today, I will show how I managed to get Chrome listed in Edge’s Import Favorites panel.Read more
You may be wondering why Windows Photo Viewer, which previously opened images in a single window instance when multiple files were selected and previewed, is now opening up separate windows or instances–one for each image file selected.
The Windows Photo Viewer multiple instances problem usually seen in Windows 10 or 1 is not due to any design change, and no functionality is broken. It’s a simple file type association setting and fixing it that can straighten things up.
Selecting multiple files in a folder, right-clicking, and selecting preview should open a single Windows Photo Viewer window, and the user can cycle through the chosen set of images using the arrow keys. This is the expected behavior, and that’s how Windows Photo Viewer worked in the earlier OS.
Quick access, introduced in Windows 10, replaces the Favorites feature present in the earlier versions of Windows. It lets you pin your favorite folders, and it also lists frequently accessed folders.
In addition, File Explorer in Windows 10/11 by default displays the special user folders at the top, as well as in the navigation pane pinned under This PC. The shell folders namely 3D Objects, Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, and Videos show up above the fold. These folder icons clutter the view, and push the disk drives category down below, which some users dislike.
This article tells you how to remove Quick access and also hide the special user folders from This PC view — both from the right pane as well as from the navigation pane.
The Windows Defender command-line utility
MpCmdRun.exe is prominently used for scheduling scans and updating the signature or definition files. The MpCmdRun.exe command usage info can be obtained by running MpCmdRun.exe with “
/?” or without any parameter.
However, it doesn’t mention a useful switch that updates Windows Defender signatures and runs a Quick Scan at once. And this switch is not documented anywhere so far.Read more
The Favorites menu in the Registry Editor (Regedit.exe) is very useful especially if you’re someone who loves playing with the Registry Editor all the time. If you’ve noticed, the favorites menu in Regedit doesn’t have an option to sort the entries alphabetically. If you have many entries in the favorites menu, finding an item from … Read more
It’s a nice feeling when you come across a hidden setting in Windows, be it a small tweak or a big usability feature. One such little feature is the Snapshot (screenshot) Sound Event that I’m going to write about today. In Windows, you can set a .wav file to play every time you use the Print Screen key for taking screenshots. Doesn’t that lovely camera shutter sound come to mind when talking about screenshots?Read more