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Enable Thumbnails For Video, Audio & Image Files In Windows/File Explorer

File ExplorerWindows Explorer or File Explorer may show thumbnail previews for all kinds of files, like ".avi" movie files but they may not show thumbnail previews for ".flv" (Flash Video) or ".mkv" (Matroska Video) files. Luckily, with the help of an application named Media Preview you can enable thumbnail previews for multiple file extensions. It works for video, audio and image formats and you can set how each thumbnail preview looks like. Here's how it works:

How To Log Your Food Intake With MyFitnessPal - Sharing The Basics

FoodDo you want to lose weight? Want to learn more about your body? Do you have to count your carbs because you are managing a chronic disease like diabetes? Want to make sure you are eating macronutrients in the correct ratios? Food logging solves all these and even more. I know this because I have been doing food logging for almost a year. In this article, I am going to share how anyone can log their food using a popular, free, mobile application named MyFitnessPal, which works on all major mobile platforms: Android, iOS and Windows Phone.

Bitdefender Mobile Security for Android - What Can It Do For You?

BitdefenderAs Android users, you probably know that there are a lot of security risks you may encounter while using this platform. Whether you download apps from the Play Store or you sideload them from other sources that are more or less trustworthy, it is very important that you have a security solution installed on your smartphone or tablet. A good solution also provides protection for your privacy and anti-theft features. Bitdefender asked us to take a look at their security product - Bitdefender Mobile Security - and give you a complete overview of what it has to offer. Let's get started:

How To Change The Display Language Used By Windows Essentials

display languageWhile working with the applications included in the Windows Essentials package, I discovered that there are no options to change the display language in their configuration menus. That's when I started to ask myself: how can this be achieved without having to uninstall the applications and reinstall them in a different language? To my surprise, making this change is actually not that hard - you simply need to search for a hidden language selector application that's installed with this suite. This tutorial will explain how this works.

Simple Questions: What Is The WinX Menu & How To Access It?

WinXBecause Microsoft decided to remove the Start button and the Start Menu in Windows 8, they have created a hidden replacement for what once was the Start Menu. Since then, they have reintroduced the Start button in Windows 8.1 and they will reintroduce the Start Menu in Windows 10. But, this hidden replacement - the WinX menu is still there. Let's see what this menu is, how it can be useful to you and how to access it in Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

Introducing Windows 8.1: How To Use The File Menu In File Explorer

File ExplorerIn Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, File Explorer has been given a major overhaul in the form of the ribbon interface. This new design brings all of the tools that were previously buried in the menus of the previous Windows Explorer from Windows 7, and puts them out in the open, organized and easy to find. Upon exploring this new interface, you'll find the only menu to survive the cut is the File menu, though you'll also find that it looks nothing like it used to. It turns out that this menu is very useful and includes lots of tools that you will want to use. Here's how it works:

How To Use Command Prompt To Fix Issues With Your PC's Boot Records

Command PromptYou can use system recovery tools to fix most of your computer problems. However, there are times when you'll need to address such issues in a manual way like, for example, when your computer won't boot. In these cases, you can use a tool named Bootrec.exe. It can help you troubleshoot and repair things like the master boot record (MBR), the boot sector or the Boot Configuration Data (BCD) store. Here's how it works:

4 Reasons Why You Should Use More Than One Partition On Your PC

partitionsWe all know that most computer users have one physical hard disk drive on their PCs and only one partition labeled "C:". Very few people know that you can create more than one partition on a computer and there are several advantages to doing so. For example, if you have two partitions, one for the operating system and one for your personal data, your personal data is less likely to get lost in the case of a computer crash. In this article we would like to convince you of the advantages of using more than one partition on your computer and we have several arguments we would like to share. Let's start the debate:

How To Free Up Storage Space On Your Windows Phone

storage spaceIf you have bought an affordable Windows Phone 8.1 device like Lumia 530 or Lumia 630, chances are that their amount of storage space is a problem for you. Cheaper devices like the ones we mentioned generally have limited storage space available and reaching its limits doesn't take too long. To help you out, Microsoft offers the Storage Sense app, which allows you to check how much storage space is available and clear up some of it. It works both with your smartphone's internal memory and with your SD card. In this guide we will show you how to use the Storage Sense app to learn how much space you have available and how to clear up some of it.

Top 7 Free Games For Windows 8.1 That Are Found In The Store

GamesDo you have a tablet or a hybrid device with Windows 8.1 that you want to use to have fun playing games? Do you first want to try some games without having to pay for them, just to get a feel of what's available in the Windows Store? Luckily, the Windows Store offers both free and commercial games, some of which are of great quality. To get you started, we would like to propose 7 free games that you can play today on your Windows 8.1 device. They are diverse titles which cover several genres, from racing, to platformers and sports. Also, you should keep in mind that most of these games offer some paid features so, if you want to experience everything that they have to offer, you will have to make in-app purchases.

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