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Keyboard shortcut or hotkey to access all Taskbars Program

Starting from Windows Vista to Windows 7 and Windows 8, All programs pinned to taskbar has it’s own keyboard shortcut. Windows automatically assigns combination of keystrokes giving direct access to a particular program.

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How? Simply use Win key + “position of the icon” as shown above.

Example: Win + 1 for Internet Explorer and Win + 2 for the Libraries Icon

That’s it!

Keyboard shortcuts or hotkey in computers is a group of keys that gives simple ways to launch a program using combination of keystrokes. It can make life easier to work with your computer and saving time and effort as you work with your apps.

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Website pages appears to be blank or not correctly displayed in Internet Explorer

Some web pages might not display correctly and displays blank pages (just white or 404 error) in Windows Internet Explorer. For example, some portions of a website pages might be missing, information are in the wrong locations, or colors and text might be incorrect.

Let’s try some of these options if a portion of the website is blank or doesn't display correctly.

 

Using Compatibility View

Compatibility view fixes those display problem like missing information, incorrect color or text by displaying the website as if you were using the older version of Internet Explorer.

 

Tracking Protection for the website

Tracking Protection is a security feature in Internet Explorer that disables websites keeping track of your online activity. It prevents websites from gathering information about your web browsing.

The feature might intervene with your web browsing.

 

turning off hardware acceleration feature to help display issues

According to Microsoft, Hardware acceleration uses your PC's graphics processor to speed up graphics dependent tasks like video streaming and online gaming.

Note: Older versions of Internet Explorer doesn’t use hardware acceleration. If you have Internet Explorer 9 and above, you can try these steps:

  1. Open the Internet Explorer, Click the Tools button, and then click Internet options.

  2. Click the Advanced tab, and then select Use software rendering instead of GPU rendering.

You can turn the feature off by unchecking the configuration option.

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Android: Performing Factory Data Reset on your phone or tablet

If you want to return your phone or tablet in its original state, you need to go to the Factory Reset option located at phones privacy menu.

When Factory Reset option is launch

All your photos, music and others will not be remove from your memory card while programs and their data will be uninstalled.

How to perform a factory reset:

Go to Settings  Menu and Privacy options as shown below - on some devices, the configuration to factory reset is located under Phone storage.

factory.reset 

Note: To recover those apps that you purchased, you'll need to sign into your device with the same Google Account.

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References

http://support.google.com/googleplay/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1663926


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How to View or Remove temporary Internet files in Internet Explorer

Windows Internet Explorer saves temporary Internet files which serves as a cache on the PC's data drive so that previously open website pages viewing will become faster.

Here’s how to view or delete these temporary files.

About Temporary Internet Files

Temporary Internet Files are copies of website information, images and media that are save for speeding up loading of web pages.

To view temporary Internet files

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click the Tools button, and then Internet options.

  2. Once Internet properties windows open, At the General tab, under Browsing history group, click Settings.

  3. In the Settings dialog window and current location group, click the View files button.

That’s it!

To delete temporary Internet files

If you want to free and saves more space, caching more data is not good. Periodically freeing up these spaces by deleting Temporary internet files is recommended.

  1. Click to open Internet Explorer, Go to the Tools button, and then click Internet options or use the Run Window (Win+R), and type “inetcpl.cpl”.

  2. Under the General tab, and Browsing history group, click Delete button.

  3. In the Delete Browsing History window, select to check Temporary Internet files, click Delete button, and then OK.

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Free downloadable Themes and Desktop Wallpaper from Microsoft

The Personalization Gallery is the website created by Microsoft to get free wallpapers and themes. There many categories to choose from and you can get them from Microsoft in  high resolution format without any charge.

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A theme is a group of pictures, colors, and sounds combines together for customizing and personalizing your PC. The new version Windows (7 and 8) has new exciting desktop customization features.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/themes

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The personalizing gallery also includes collection of desktop wallpaper which makes it easier to keep your Computer in balanced with your taste. You just need to browse different categories and check out these selection of free images. Get one you like, and save it - from natural wonders to a masterpiece works of art.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/themes

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Windows 8 Shutdown.exe command update: Boot Selection Menu and Fast Startup

Here’s the two command update for Windows 8 shutdown.exe:

Boot Configuration Menu before restarting your computer

shutdown /r /o /f /t 00

The Boot Configuration Menus let’s you select options to continue using Windows 8, switching to another OS (dual boot configuration) and Troubleshooting your computer (Reset or refresh your PC, or use the advance utilities for system fixes, recovery and restoration)

Hybrid Shutdown option

shutdown /hybrid /f /t 00

For Hybrid shutdown of Windows 8, the utility first prepare for the fast startup configuration then shutdown your computer. The Faster startup boots faster after saving the information before shutting down your Windows 8 computer. The feature only resumes the saved information for faster startup.

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How to Set your Default Internet Browser in different ways

You can choose which internet browser to use, here’s a quick tip on configuring which browser you want to use everyday.

How to make Internet Explorer as your default browser
  • By Confirmation (Yes or No)

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  • By Settings
  1. Go to the Internet Options by pressing Win+R and typing “inetcpl.cpl”, same with the Search option.

  2. Go to the the Programs tab, and then click Make default.

  3. Click OK to save changes.

 

Other Web Browsers available for download:

  • Google Chrome is an Internet browser that runs webpages and applications with speed - It's fast, stable, and easy to use. Read web pages more safely with malware and phishing protection built into Google Chrome.
  • Firefox delivers safe, easy internet browsing. A familiar user interface, enhanced security features including protection from online identity theft, and integrated search let you get the most out of the web.
  • Safari, the supercharged web browser, is the fastest and easiest-to-use web browser ever for Mac and PC. It display web pages quickly, makes finding web sites a snap, and is filled with innovative features – all delivered in an efficient and elegant user interface with the attention to detail that you expect from Apple.
  • Opera browser makes the best internet experience on any device
  • Internet Explorer or IE provides an easier and more secure web browsing experience. The program performs quick searches right from the toolbar, custom print your internet pages, and discover, manage, and read RSS feeds.

How to make another internet browser as your default web browser

  1. Go to your run window (Win+R) and type: control.exe /name Microsoft.DefaultPrograms

  2. Click “Set your default programs”, Choose the browser you want in the Programs list, and then click Set this program as default.

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3. Click OK to proceed.

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Turn On or Off AutoComplete: Filling in website forms and passwords automatically

AutoComplete saves previous entries on webpages and try to suggest what matches for you. It lists all possible related entries from matches you've visited before. You can use AutoComplete to store passwords and other information and automatically fill in the fields you frequently type into web pages, such as your name, phone number and addresses.

When Internet Explorer launches and AutoComplete is turned off. Here’s how to turn it on or off:

  1. Press Win + R and type “inetcpl.cpl”

  2. Click the Content tab.

  3. Click Settings under AutoComplete group

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4. Select or unchecked the Address bar, Forms, User names and passwords on forms, and Ask me before saving passwords check box options.

How to Delete AutoComplete History

Open Internet Options, go to Content Tab and once AutoComplete settings window is open, locate the Button at the bottom part of the configuration options as shown above.

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Allow or disallow automatic online activation

Activation helps Microsoft check that the installed software on your computer is genuine. It is the process of making sure that Windows on your PC is used according to the Microsoft License Terms.

Here’s how to enable and disable activation of your copy of Windows online.

Anyway to activate online, you'll need your product key. You can find them on your software box, usually written in the sticker—or in a confirmation e‑mail if you purchased and downloaded them online.

Enable and Disable Automatic Online Activation using Windows Registry

Registry subkey: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\SoftwareProtectionPlatform\Activation

Value Name: Manual

0 = Allow automatic online activation (the default setting of Windows)

1 = Disable auto-activation

That’s it!

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Application created using RegDevelop

Create your own application using the Registry Data above, its very easy using Regdevelop.

regdevelop

Drag and drop the checkbox control and let’s configure the Registry settings as shown:

RegKeyPath1

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\SoftwareProtectionPlatform\Activation

Value_Name1

Manual

ValueData1

0

ValueType1

DWORD

DeleteWhenUnchecked

False

RegKeyPath2

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\SoftwareProtectionPlatform\Activation

Value_Name2

Manual

ValueData2

1

ValueType2

DWORD

Once your done configuring its Windows registry equivalent, test the program by clicking the Start button and Build Now button to compile the program.

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How to Convert a FAT Volume to NTFS using command prompt

Convert.exe is a utility command use to convert FAT and FAT32 volumes to NTFS. Here’s how to use the program depending on the drive letter that you want to convert.

Example

To convert the volume on drive E to NTFS and you wan to see all the messages completely, type:

convert e: /fs:ntfs /v
or just
convert e: /fs:ntfs

Make sure that command prompt is running as administrator as shown below

commandprompt_asadmin

Syntax

CONVERT volume /FS:NTFS [/V] [/CvtArea:fname] [/NoSecurity] [/X]

  volume           Specifies the drive letter (followed by a colon),
                      mount point, or volume name.
  /FS:NTFS       Specifies that the volume will be converted to NTFS.
  /V                 Specifies that Convert will be run in verbose mode.
  /CvtArea:filename
                      Specifies a contiguous file in the root directory
                      that will be the place holder for NTFS system files.
  /NoSecurity     Specifies that the security settings on the converted
                      files and directories allow access by all users.
  /X                 Forces the volume to dismount first if necessary.
                      All open handles to the volume will not be valid.

Source(s)

http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/convert.mspx?mfr=true

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(Battery power) Windows 8 pauses the slide show to save power

LCD and monitors has biggest power consumption according to the study made from MS Engineering Windows 7 group. This corresponds to 42-43% power consumption everyday. This tip will help you save more power for every usage.

According to Microsoft, to save power when using the battery the slide show of your favorite desktop background will pause. This is the default setting for the said configuration option.

Here’s how to access the checkbox option.

option 

Control Panel\Appearance and Personalization\Personalization\Desktop Background

Right-click any portion of the desktop and click Personalization. Once the window opens, click Desktop Background located at the bottom part of the screen.

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To access the said option you need to go to the Desktop Background window as shown above.

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(Enable or show) Hibernate option is missing at Windows 8

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The tip let’s you fix the problem with the Hibernate option and it lets you show the said configuration in the Power Menu as shown in the picture.

 

 

 

 

Go to your power options window by using the Run Window (Win+R) and type: control /name microsoft.poweroptions

Once the power option window opens, at the left pane click “Choose what the power buttons do”

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System settings window will be launch and afterwards, go for UAC verification in order to edit the power settings: Change settings that are currently available as shown in the picture

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Control Panel\Hardware and Sound\Power Options\System Settings

At the bottom part, scroll until you reach Shutdown settings options. You can enable and disable or show and hide the “Hibernate” option in your power menu including Sleep and Lock.

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