Windows Tips

Windows Tips

March 2018

How to fix Windows 10 with an in-place upgrade install (03/15/18)

Most-used Run commands Windows 10 users should know (03/11/18)

Complete list of Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts and Run commands (03/11/18)

How to create, edit, and view Microsoft Word documents for free (03/11/18) Webmaster: All good choices. However, LibreOffice Writer is the program of choice here at Lee’s Pad. 

Researchers find 29 types of USB attacks, recommend never plugging into a USB you don’t own (03/08/18)

February 2018

Desktop zero: 7 Ways to clear your computer screen (02/27/18)

How to set up Remote Desktop on Windows (02/26/18)

The 11 Best free spyware removal tools (02/25/18)

How to use OneDrive in Windows 10 to sync and share files (02/21/18)

The 5 best free anti-virus software of 2018 (02/25/18)

Windows 10 Tip: Search for any file by date (02/22/18)

How to monitor memory compression in Windows 10 (02/16/18)

How to install optional updates on Windows 10 (02/15/18)

Windows 10 cheat sheet (02/12/18)

6 Tips for cleaning your computer’s hard drive (02/12/18)

Windows 10 tip: How to capture and print Windows 10 screen (02/08/18)

How to delete Windows 10 diagnostic data collected by Microsoft (02/08/18)

Windows 10 tip: How to choose the right download package for a clean install (02/08/18)

Windows 10 update (and retirement) calendar: Mark these dates (02/06/18)


All 2017

Windows 10 tip: How to playback DVD movies for free (01/31/18)

How to boot Windows 10 in Safe Mode (01/18/18)

Windows 10 tip: How to install a new font and manage a font collection (01/05/18)

How to install Prey to keep track of your laptop’s location (12/21/17)

‘My computer is slow’: 5 Quick tips for troubleshooting friends and family over the holidays (12/19/17)

How to extend your laptop battery life (12/19/17)

Top Windows 10 questions: How to install, secure, upgrade, get it for free (12/12/17)

Windows 10 tip: 4 Handy recycle bin tricks you need to try (12/07/17)

Windows 10 Tip: How to capture a screenshot (12/06/17)

Windows 10 Tip: Take full control over how your PC shuts down (11/22/17)

Windows 10 Tip: Move your default folders to a different drive (11/21/17)

How to delete downloaded Windows update files (11/16/17)

Forgot your Windows 10 password? (11/16/17)

Windows 10 lets you share files wirelessly with new Apple AirDrop-like feature (11/09/17)

How to get more battery life with Windows 10’s new Power Throttling feature (11/09/17)

Block “You need to format the disk” message in Windows (11/09/17)

Windows 10: If you want a highly secure device, follow these rules (11/07/17)

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: Be proactive and turn on ransomware protection (11/06/17)

How to install, reinstall, upgrade, and activate Windows 10 (11/03/17)

Windows 10 setup and configuration tips: Don’t settle for default settings (11/02/17)

After Windows 10 upgrade, do these seven things immediately (10/27/17) Webmaster comment: As the article points out, gone are the days when you can configure Windows once and forget it. Now that it’s SaaS (Software as a Service) you can expect to do it approximately every 6 months. Then there is the ‘malware watch’, constant updates of security programs, updates of third party applications — and on and on. Now isn’t using anything by Microsoft really so much fun? That’s your call, folks! 

After Windows 10 upgrade, do these seven things immediately (10/27/17)

Twelve Windows 10 features you didn’t know about (10/26/17)

How to turn on One-Click Communication in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (10/17/17)

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: How to use OneDrive Files on Demand (10/17/17/)

How to protect your Windows 10 PC from ransomware with the Fall Creators Update (10/17/17)

Windwows 10 Productivity Tips: Making everyday tasks easier (10/16/17)

Windows 10 performance and troubleshooting tips: Run faster, smoother, longer (10/16/17)

Windows 10 setup and configuration tips: Don’t settle for default settings (10/16/17)

Fix ‘jumping icons” on the Windows 10 desktop (10/13/17)

Create Windows media recovery with AOMEI Windows PE Builder (10/13/17)

Windows 10 Tip: Customize and rearrange the Quick Actions buttons (10/11/17)

How to take advantage of symbolic links in Windows 10 (10/06/17)

Windows 10 Tip: More shell shortcuts that offer fast access to system folders (10/04/17)

How to access Desktop Themes in Windows 10 Creators Update (10/03/17)

How to hack the Windows Registry to add Control Panel to the desktop right-click menu (09/26/17)

Windows 10 tip: Make the File Explorer navigation pane work like classic Windows Explorer (08/30/17)

How to take advantage of Windows 10’s Precision Touchpad Gestures (08/25/17)

Windows 10 tip: Keep you Microsoft account secure and private (08/23/17)

Seven ways to access Safe Mode in Windows 10 (08/23/17)

FAQ: How to install, reinstall, upgrade, and activate Windows 10 (08/18/17)

Best ransomware removal tools (08/14/17)

Windows 10 tip: Create a new local user account for troubleshooting (08/10/17)

How to work around a fouled up File History transfer operation in Windows 10 (08/10/17)

Manage Windows 10 search indexing (08/10/17)

How to use ‘Emergency Restart’ to reboot a frozen PC (08/01/17)

How to change the default browser in Windows 10 (07/25/17)

Find and use the Windows 10 firewall (07/21/17) Webmaster: This link contains short tutorials explaining how to use and configure other features also. 

How to use System Information in Windows 10 to create configuration data sets for troubleshooting(07/19/17)

Windows 10 tip: More secret shortcuts to your favorite settings (07/19/17)

Windows 10 tip: Secret shortcuts to your favorite settings (07/12/17)

Windows 10 Tip: Customize your Precision Touchpad settings (07/05/17)

How to reset data usage in Windows 10 (07/05/17)

Previous Tips


From time to time as I find new, basic tips that will be useful to you I will post them here. If you have any additional tips that you feel important, send me an email with the tip and I’ll be happy to look at it. If I use it, you’ll get full credit for the idea. Thanks so much.

4 Common PC problems and how to fix them

Windows 10 Tip: Move your default folders to a different drive

5 Steps to setting up new laptops & tablets

The best ways to speed up your computer – Webmaster: Word of warning! This article suggests that you will want to ‘Defrag’ your hard drive. If you have a computer that has an SSD (Solid State Drive) installed, DO NOT DO THIS. Very detrimental to the continued use of the drive if you ignore this. 

How to crop Photos

Top free spam filters for Windows

10 Reasons to use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) for private web browsing

Tips for troubleshooting slow internet connections at home

How to stop video from Autoplaying

Kodi: What it is and how to use it

16 Free uninstaller programs

The 11 Best free spyware removal tools

Wow—–The Windows Key is useful after all

4 Common PC problems & how to fix them

How to download & safely install software

Why software loaded onto a new PC can be a problem

11 Ways to keep your computer cool

How to clear Cache in every major browser

How to securely erase hard drives (HDDs) and solid state drives (SSDs)

6 Techniques for creating strong passwords

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