dotTech » Windows http://dottech.org Professional Technologians Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:55:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 How to download offline maps in Windows 10 [Tip] http://dottech.org/175606/how-to-download-offline-maps-in-windows-10-tip/ http://dottech.org/175606/how-to-download-offline-maps-in-windows-10-tip/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:55:32 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=175606

As Microsoft starts pulling Windows and Windows Phone (WP) together, we already have seen so many features from WP that made their way to Windows 10. With that being said, the latest one in Windows 10 TP build 9926 is Offline Maps.

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How to remove the user picture from Start Menu in Windows Vista/7 [Tip] http://dottech.org/174735/how-to-remove-the-user-picture-from-start-menu-in-windows-vista7-tip/ http://dottech.org/174735/how-to-remove-the-user-picture-from-start-menu-in-windows-vista7-tip/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:49:41 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=174735

The Windows Start Menu includes a user account picture at the top. Windows doesn’t include any option to remove the user account picture, but you can still do that with Classic Shell. That’s a software package which includes a …

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How to black out sensitive information in an image [Tip] http://dottech.org/173831/how-to-black-out-sensitive-information-in-an-image-tip/ http://dottech.org/173831/how-to-black-out-sensitive-information-in-an-image-tip/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:44:36 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=173831

Let’s just say that you took a screenshot or photo. You want to share your photo on a website with public access but you do not wish to reveal any of the sensitive data included in your photo (ex. name, address, bank account number, etc.). What…

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How to move or copy a worksheet in Excel 2010/13 [Tip] http://dottech.org/172836/how-to-move-or-copy-a-worksheet-in-excel-201013-tip/ http://dottech.org/172836/how-to-move-or-copy-a-worksheet-in-excel-201013-tip/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:43:36 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=172836

Excel includes a Move or Copy option that enables users to move or copy a worksheet with all its formatting and data intact. So if you ever need to set up a new Excel worksheet based on a spreadsheet in another workbook, you can quickly move or copy…

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How to manually schedule an update restart in Windows 10 [Tip] http://dottech.org/175442/how-to-manually-schedule-an-update-restart-in-windows-10-tip/ http://dottech.org/175442/how-to-manually-schedule-an-update-restart-in-windows-10-tip/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 13:23:57 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=175442

In the effort of uniting the traditional desktop and Modern UI, Windows 10 build 9926 makes some significant changes to the familiar desktop. The new Settings app is a great example. There is basically no more Control Panel; Microsoft’s …

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How to play 3D Pinball and Inkball in Windows 7 [Tip] http://dottech.org/175351/how-to-add-3d-pinball-and-inkball-to-windows-7-tip/ http://dottech.org/175351/how-to-add-3d-pinball-and-inkball-to-windows-7-tip/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 13:53:31 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=175351

Windows 7 has a good selection of bundled games that you can open from the Games folder on Start Menu. However, it does not include the 3D Pinball and Inkball games that were usually bundled with other Windows platforms. Nevertheless, you …

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How to remove and delete Superfish malware [Guide] http://dottech.org/175303/how-to-remove-the-superfish-malware-from-lenovo-computers-guide/ http://dottech.org/175303/how-to-remove-the-superfish-malware-from-lenovo-computers-guide/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 13:04:13 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=175303

By now, most of us are well aware of the new malware that’s been found in Lenovo-based computers called Superfish. Superfish is as the name suggests, and works swiftly to create it’s own security loophole after travelling through…

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How to find out if Superfish is installed on your computer [Guide] http://dottech.org/175299/how-to-find-out-if-superfish-is-installed-on-a-lenovo-computer-guide/ http://dottech.org/175299/how-to-find-out-if-superfish-is-installed-on-a-lenovo-computer-guide/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 12:58:21 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=175299

Unless you have been living under a tech-rock, you have probably heard about the Superfish malware that’s recently come about for Lenovo devices. The first thing to understand is that it doesn’t extend outside of the Lenovo range,…

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How to set Adobe PDF Reader to open at the last viewed page [Tip] http://dottech.org/175092/how-to-set-adobe-pdf-reader-to-open-at-the-last-viewed-page-tip/ http://dottech.org/175092/how-to-set-adobe-pdf-reader-to-open-at-the-last-viewed-page-tip/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 12:57:53 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=175092

If you want Adobe Reader to automatically remember that last PDF page that you’ve viewed or read, all you need to do is to update its preferences. It’s a very simple thing to do but also really useful. It will definitely come in handy especially…

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How to hide or disable Cortana in Windows 10 [Tip] http://dottech.org/175100/how-to-hide-or-disable-cortana-in-windows-10-tip/ http://dottech.org/175100/how-to-hide-or-disable-cortana-in-windows-10-tip/#comments Fri, 20 Feb 2015 13:05:30 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=175100

Although Cortana has a great potential in Windows 10, some of you may still don’t want to have it enabled. Or maybe you just like to hide its search box to free up some space on the Taskbar. In this short article, I’ll show you just how to do these…

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How to play ZX Spectrum games in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/174714/how-to-play-zx-spectrum-games-in-windows-tip/ http://dottech.org/174714/how-to-play-zx-spectrum-games-in-windows-tip/#comments Fri, 20 Feb 2015 13:02:04 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=174714

The ZX Spectrum was among the first home computers dedicated to gaming. Now you can revive some ZX Spectrum nostalgia with emulator software for Windows. In addition, there are also websites from which you can run Spectrum games within your…

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How to add color scales to Excel spreadsheets [Tip] http://dottech.org/174251/how-to-add-color-scales-to-excel-spreadsheets-tip/ http://dottech.org/174251/how-to-add-color-scales-to-excel-spreadsheets-tip/#comments Fri, 20 Feb 2015 12:59:56 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=174251

In other articles, I’ve  already told you about Data Set and Icon Set conditional formatting options in Excel. In addition to those, you can also select Color Scales conditional formatting. That adds a two or three color scale to Excel…

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How to move the taskbar icons to the center in Windows 7 [Tip] http://dottech.org/174828/how-to-move-the-taskbar-icons-to-the-center-in-windows-7-tip/ http://dottech.org/174828/how-to-move-the-taskbar-icons-to-the-center-in-windows-7-tip/#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 13:46:20 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=174828

By default, the Windows 7 icons are placed on the left of the taskbar. Windows 7 doesn’t have any options to center those taskbar icons. However, you can center the taskbar icons with TaskDock.

You can add TaskDock to Windows 7 from this…

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How to enable Cortana outside the US in Windows 10 [Tip] http://dottech.org/174871/how-to-enable-cortana-outside-the-us-in-windows-10-tip/ http://dottech.org/174871/how-to-enable-cortana-outside-the-us-in-windows-10-tip/#comments Wed, 18 Feb 2015 13:34:54 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=174871

For some of you who keep testing out new builds of Windows 10, it seems that Cortana is the biggest feature added to build 9926. However, the virtual assistant is not available yet for people who live outside the U.S. But don’t worry to much, …

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How to automatically open windows in a specified dimension in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/172969/how-to-automatically-open-windows-in-a-specified-dimension-in-windows-tip/ http://dottech.org/172969/how-to-automatically-open-windows-in-a-specified-dimension-in-windows-tip/#comments Wed, 18 Feb 2015 13:28:44 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=172969

AutoSizer is a freeware package for Windows that automatically resizes windows for you. For example, with the software you can set up a program so that it opens with a restored down window. In addition, you can also enter custom dimensions for…

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How to enable “Hey Cortana” in Windows 10 [Tip] http://dottech.org/174763/how-to-enable-hey-cortana-in-windows-10-tip/ http://dottech.org/174763/how-to-enable-hey-cortana-in-windows-10-tip/#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:12:13 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=174763

You may already know that Cortana is a great new virtual assistant in Windows 10. In the previous article, I showed you how Cortana stores all of your personal information in a Notebook so you have a complete control of her knowledge about you.…

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How to use Cortana’s Notebook in Windows 10 [Tip] http://dottech.org/174758/how-to-use-cortanas-notebook-in-windows-10-tip/ http://dottech.org/174758/how-to-use-cortanas-notebook-in-windows-10-tip/#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:09:19 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=174758

One of those major new features in Windows 10 is Cortana. She, if you will, is your virtual assistant that can help you make reminders, send an email, answer questions, etc. If you’ve used Siri on iOS, you definitely understand…

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How to speed up the shutdown process in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/174648/how-to-speed-up-the-shutdown-process-in-windows-vista78-tip/ http://dottech.org/174648/how-to-speed-up-the-shutdown-process-in-windows-vista78-tip/#comments Mon, 16 Feb 2015 13:53:28 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=174648

If Windows is taking a while to shut down, you can give it a boost without any extra software. You can speed up the shut down from the registry in Windows Vista, 7 or 8. Just follow the steps outlined below.

First, open the registry by entering regedit…

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How to use SUMPRODUCT formula in Excel [Tip] http://dottech.org/174411/how-to-add-the-sumproduct-formula-to-a-spreadsheet-in-excel-201013-tip/ http://dottech.org/174411/how-to-add-the-sumproduct-formula-to-a-spreadsheet-in-excel-201013-tip/#comments Mon, 16 Feb 2015 13:49:00 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=174411

Excel is one of the best spreadsheet applications that has a multitude of functions to select from. Among those functions is SUMPRODUCT. That’s a function that takes one or more arrays of numbers and adds the sum of their products together.…

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How to extend the life of a laptop battery [Tip] http://dottech.org/174161/how-to-extend-the-life-of-a-laptop-battery-tip/ http://dottech.org/174161/how-to-extend-the-life-of-a-laptop-battery-tip/#comments Fri, 13 Feb 2015 12:56:24 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=174161

Laptops batteries run out somewhat more quickly than tablet alternatives. However, there’s a number of ways that you can give your laptop battery a boost. Check out the freeware Battery Optimizer software with which you can optimize…

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How to switch between Tablet and Desktop mode in Windows 10 [Tip] http://dottech.org/174526/how-to-switch-between-tablet-and-desktop-mode-in-windows-10-tip/ http://dottech.org/174526/how-to-switch-between-tablet-and-desktop-mode-in-windows-10-tip/#comments Thu, 12 Feb 2015 13:49:40 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=174526

Everyone knows that the biggest problem with Windows 8 is its confusion between the legacy desktop and the touch “Modern” apps environment. It’s also the thing that has created so much hatred for Windows 8. Finally, with…

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How to change the Quick Actions in Windows 10 Action Center [Tip] http://dottech.org/174361/how-to-change-the-quick-actions-in-windows-10-action-center-tip/ http://dottech.org/174361/how-to-change-the-quick-actions-in-windows-10-action-center-tip/#comments Wed, 11 Feb 2015 13:13:44 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=174361

Making a Windows that can run on every device is a big goal for Microsoft in years. With Windows 10, this vision is shaping clearly. In the latest build, 9926, you can see there’s a notifications center just like the one on Windows Phone. Microsoft…

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How to adjust volume with hotkeys in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/172915/how-to-adjust-volume-with-hotkeys-in-windows-tip/ http://dottech.org/172915/how-to-adjust-volume-with-hotkeys-in-windows-tip/#comments Tue, 10 Feb 2015 16:16:53 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=172915

This article covered how you can set up a mute hotkey with NirCmd by adding a shortcut to the desktop. However, with VolControl you can adjust volume settings with hotkeys without any extra desktop shortcuts. In addition, the software also…

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How to bring back the resizable Start menu in Windows 10 [Tip] http://dottech.org/174264/how-to-bring-back-the-resizable-start-menu-in-windows-10-tip/ http://dottech.org/174264/how-to-bring-back-the-resizable-start-menu-in-windows-10-tip/#comments Mon, 09 Feb 2015 14:22:16 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=174264

Start menu is one thing Microsoft has really focused on in Windows 10. It has been changed constantly in each preview build. You may remember in the last build, 9879, you can pull the edges of the Start menu to resize it in two directions. Now this…

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How to enable the new login screen in Windows 10 [Tip] http://dottech.org/174111/how-to-enable-the-new-login-screen-in-windows-10-tip/ http://dottech.org/174111/how-to-enable-the-new-login-screen-in-windows-10-tip/#comments Fri, 06 Feb 2015 14:38:15 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=174111

In a previous article, we’ve discovered the way to show hidden redesign system tray clock in Windows 10 build 9926. It’s not surprising that there’re many other things that are hidden by Microsoft because they’re still in developing…

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How to download software without a browser in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/172488/how-to-download-software-without-a-browser-in-windows-tip/ http://dottech.org/172488/how-to-download-software-without-a-browser-in-windows-tip/#comments Thu, 05 Feb 2015 14:03:15 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=172488

You can download software with any browser. However, as an alternative you can also download with separate third-party packages. Among those programs is the freeware File Downloader.

File Downloader is a program you can add to Windows Vista,…

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How to enable the new tray clock in Windows 10 [Tip] http://dottech.org/173925/how-to-enable-the-new-tray-clock-in-windows-10-tip/ http://dottech.org/173925/how-to-enable-the-new-tray-clock-in-windows-10-tip/#comments Thu, 05 Feb 2015 13:48:11 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=173925

You may notice that Windows 10 is bringing big changes to the desktop, especially on the user interface. It’s clear that Microsoft wants to unify everything under its Modern design language. One of them is the system tray clock. In build 9926,…

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How to open File Explorer to This PC instead of Quick Access in Windows 10 [Tip] http://dottech.org/173779/how-to-open-file-explorer-to-this-pc-instead-of-quick-access-in-windows-10-tip/ http://dottech.org/173779/how-to-open-file-explorer-to-this-pc-instead-of-quick-access-in-windows-10-tip/#comments Wed, 04 Feb 2015 13:21:50 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=173779

As a beta operation system, Windows 10 Technical Preview changes constantly from build to build. In the latest build 9926, Quick Access is basically the Home location in previous builds. Some of you might already knew that Quick Access/Home…

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How to turn any Android smartphone into a computer mouse [Tip] http://dottech.org/173352/how-to-turn-any-android-smartphone-into-a-computer-mouse-tip/ http://dottech.org/173352/how-to-turn-any-android-smartphone-into-a-computer-mouse-tip/#comments Wed, 04 Feb 2015 13:14:17 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=173352

Have you ever thought of using your Android smartphone or tablet as a wireless keyboard and computer mouse? Yes, that’s right. You can use it instead of your standard mouse and trackpad. As a matter of fact, it’s not that difficult to do. …

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How to hide recently used items in Quick Access in Windows 10 [Tip] http://dottech.org/173784/how-to-hide-recently-used-items-in-quick-access-in-windows-10-tip/ http://dottech.org/173784/how-to-hide-recently-used-items-in-quick-access-in-windows-10-tip/#comments Tue, 03 Feb 2015 14:43:46 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=173784

For some of you who don’t know what Quick Access is, it’s just a name change of Home location in previous builds of Windows 10 Technical Preview (TP).

Since its first appearance, Quick Access/Home makes many users worry about their privacy…

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How to use the Count function in Microsoft Excel [Tip] http://dottech.org/172315/how-to-use-the-count-function-in-microsoft-excel-tip/ http://dottech.org/172315/how-to-use-the-count-function-in-microsoft-excel-tip/#comments Tue, 03 Feb 2015 14:37:49 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=172315

Excel has a multitude of functions that you can add to spreadsheets. Among them is the Count function, which is a handy statistical tool that counts spreadsheet cells. This is how you can add three Count functions to your Excel 2010/13 spreadsheets.…

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How to remove desktop dock adware from Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer [Guide] http://dottech.org/173618/how-to-remove-desktop-dock-adware-from-chrome-firefox-and-internet-explorer-guide/ http://dottech.org/173618/how-to-remove-desktop-dock-adware-from-chrome-firefox-and-internet-explorer-guide/#comments Mon, 02 Feb 2015 14:30:34 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=173618

The Desktop Doc adware is a nasty infection that comes inside of other files and packages that you might have installed thinking they were harmless. Generally, untrusted third-party links that claim to be something they are not are the key …

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How to uninstall desktop dock virus from Windows [Guide] http://dottech.org/173612/how-to-uninstall-desktop-dock-virus-from-windows-guide/ http://dottech.org/173612/how-to-uninstall-desktop-dock-virus-from-windows-guide/#comments Mon, 02 Feb 2015 14:11:29 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=173612

As a website that produces thousands of words of content by the day and it solely supported by advertising review, nothing gripes us more than adware. Advertising doesn’t have a great image generally. Usually people will say they hate…

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How to use the numeric keypad for on-screen keyboard in Windows [Tip] http://dottech.org/173148/how-to-use-the-numeric-keypad-for-on-screen-keyboard-in-windows-tip/ http://dottech.org/173148/how-to-use-the-numeric-keypad-for-on-screen-keyboard-in-windows-tip/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:09:33 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=173148

Numeric keypads are handy if you have lots of numbers to enter in a document. However, not all keyboards include a numeric keypad. Nevertheless, you can still use a numeric keypad with the virtual keyboard in Windows.

To open Windows’…

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How to hide recently used items in Windows 10 Start Menu [Tip] http://dottech.org/173510/how-to-hide-recently-used-items-in-windows-10-start-menu-tip/ http://dottech.org/173510/how-to-hide-recently-used-items-in-windows-10-start-menu-tip/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:05:15 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=173510

In build 9926, Windows 10 Technical Preview (TP) again redesigns its Start Menu. However, the basic structure is still there: on the left is a list of recently used apps, and on the right is Windows 8-like Start Screen. In this simple tip, I’ll…

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