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High quality tutorials and how-to guides for Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows Phone users.

Simple Questions: What Is USB or Universal Serial Bus?

USBEveryone has used at least once a device that was connected to another device with the help of a USB port. Whether we are talking about flash memory sticks or other peripherals like printers, many devices are using the USB standard connector. In this article we will share what USB stands for, what it does and what are the advantages and disadvantages of using USB to connect devices.

How To Change The Default Playback & Recording Audio Device

sound devicesOne of the many creative options built into Windows is the ability to record and play back multimedia files. Windows even makes it simple by selecting a default device for audio recording and playback, but what if you'd prefer that another device be used? Let's take a look at how to change the default and how to troubleshoot certain problems.

How To Set Windows Photo Gallery As The Default Image Viewer

Windows Photo GalleryWhen you install Windows Photo Gallery, you are not asked whether you want to set it as the default image viewer. In order to do that, you have to go through several steps. You can set it as the default viewer for all image types, just a few of them or only one type. In this guide we will cover all three scenarios:

Introducing Windows 8.1: How To Use The Home Tab In File Explorer

File ExplorerOne way that Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 improve over previous versions of Windows is by adding the ribbon interface introduced in Microsoft Office 2007 into the File Explorer. This ribbon introduces a system of tabs and buttons. Each tab, like the menus they replace, houses a series of tools to help you work with files and folders. In this article we'll show you the default Home tab. This is where you'll find the tools you'll need most often while browsing in the File Explorer.

Simple Questions: What Is A User Group In Windows & What Does It Do?

user accountsSecurity is essential in any digital environment, so to make it easier for users to manage permissions and other user accounts, Windows offers a useful feature called user groups. Although it may seem a bit intimidating at first, this feature is not that hard to understand and use, and it might just save you a lot of time and energy when managing multiple accounts. Let's get into some more detail and see what user groups are and how you can use them to your advantage.

Introducing Windows 8.1: How To Use The Quick Access Toolbar In File Explorer

File ExplorerWindows 8 and Windows 8.1 have made a lot of changes, not only to the user interface, but to core features like the Task Manager or File Explorer. While these changes tend to add aesthetic appeal where once there was little, they serve more to improve the functionality of the operating system. One place where you'll notice a major change is the File Explorer. Windows 8 and 8.1 add a lot of new features in this most basic of interfaces to give you easier access to core functions. One small touch that makes life a bit easier is the Quick Access toolbar and we would like to share the most important changes made by Microsoft.

How To Set The App List In Windows Phone To Be Grouped By Letters

appsSome of our readers asked us how to enable the feature in Windows Phone that will cause your apps to group alphabetically in the Apps list so that you can reach them easily. What was strange was that other users had this feature enabled automatically and they didn't know how to disable it. In this article we will show you how to activate or deactivate this option and what you should do so you don't lose all your important data.

Introducing Windows 8.1: How To Use The View Tab In File Explorer

File ExplorerThe new version of File Explorer that is used in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 has a ribbon interface with lots of tabs and options. Since we detailed the Home and Share tabs in other articles, we would like to show you the View tab and everything you can do with it. There are a lot of tools to cover, but read on and we'll show how they all work.

How To Customize Desktop Themes In Windows 7 & Windows 8.1

PersonalizationWindows is a versatile operating system when it comes to customizing the way it looks. You can easily change lots of visual aspects like the desktop backgrounds used by your theme, the sounds played when different events happen, the colors used for displaying windows on the screen as well as their transparency level, the screensaver and so on. While all these can be changed individually, you might prefer to select a new theme and change everything. Windows themes include some or all of the above personalization aspects packaged together in one file that you can install with a single click. Here's how to customize any theme in Windows:

How To Enable The Favorites Bar & The Favorites Center In Internet Explorer

Internet ExplorerSome people frequerntly use the favorites/bookmarks feature in their browser and have a pretty complex system for organizing them. If you would like to start using them too in the desktop version of Internet Explorer, then you should know how to enable the Favorites Bar and/or the Favorites Center. We will show you how to that, in this tutorial:

Enhance The Lock Screen Of Your Windows Phone With Tetra Lockscreen

Lock ScreenAs a Windows Phone user you have access to a beautiful default lock screen on your smartphone. Furthermore, its default appearance can be personalized in many ways and there are a few apps available for that in the Store. Not too long ago, we looked at Microsoft's Live Lock Screen app and the features it offers for customizing our phones' lock screens. Soon after that, the guys at Microsoft Garage released another lock screen app, called Tetra Lockscreen. This is the first Windows Phone app that lets users add widgets to their lock screens and we were really anxious to see how it works. If you are too, read on to find out!

How To Disable Third-Party Cookies In All Major Browsers

cookiesThird-party cookies are pieces of data that are saved in your web browser by the website you are currently visiting but their origin is on another domain. Most of the time, they are used by ad services with the purpose of offering you targeted ads based on your browsing history and on your web searches. However, they can raise privacy concerns as they can also be used to store your browsing history across websites that use the same ad services. This is the reason why, in this article, we will share how to disable third-party cookies in all the major web browsers for Windows: Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox and Opera.

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