Ask Leo! The latest articles from Ask Leo!. en-us Wed, 20 Mar 2019 14:00:44 +0000 Wed, 20 Mar 2019 14:00:44 +0000 (Leo Notenboom) Tip of the Day: The Quick Way to Discover Your Windows Version

When you need technical support, you'll probably be asked which version of Windows you're running. Here's a quick and easy way to find out.

Type Windows Key + R, enter the command "winver", and click OK.

Windows 10 Version

Windows 10 "About Windows" displays which version you're running.

It's an easy to remember way to determine your Windows version.

Bonus tip

"1809", the version shown in the example above, actually has meaning. It's the year (2018) and month (09: September) that this major version was scheduled to be released. I have to say "scheduled" because occasionally releases slip into the following month without updating the version number.

Major updates currently happen roughly every six months, and the next scheduled major update is numbered 1903 (March 2019).

Windows 7 and 8 also include the winver command, though their version numbering doesn't follow the same rules.

Winver in Windows 7

Winver in Windows 7.

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Wed, 20 Mar 2019 14:00:44 +0000 7a18c96260bd15c6007c1a8f9b6dc3b8
How Long Does Windows 7 Have Before It's Phased Out?

Windows 7's days are numbered, it's true. The end is near.

But what does "end" really mean? Windows XP came to its end years ago, and there are those who continue to use it.

Depending on what you mean by "phase out", there are several different possible answers.

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Tue, 19 Mar 2019 21:24:59 +0000 fe920bd595ca343abc1339d8303ca824
Tip of the Day: Use Different Mouse Pointers

Click on Start, and then type "mouse pointer" (without the quotes). Click on Change the mouse pointer display or speed when it appears.

Searching for "mouse pointer"

Searching for "mouse pointer".

In the resulting dialog, click on the Pointers tab, and then on the Scheme drop-down.

Mouse pointer schemes

Mouse pointer schemes.

The list includes several variations of mouse-pointer sets you can choose from. Particularly on today's higher-resolution screens, it might be easier to see your mouse pointer if you're running one of the "extra large)" variants (as I just switched to myself).

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Tue, 19 Mar 2019 14:00:45 +0000 4349c5238197dd5032c3bb22dd21cc69
Is Changing My Password Enough?

I regularly hear from people who've had their email or other online account compromised, are able to recover access to it, and change their password, only to have the account stolen again almost immediately.

The problem is simple, but the solution is a bit of work.

First, you have to realize that while someone else has access to your account, they have access to everything related to that account.

As a result, changing your password just isn't enough. You need to do more.

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Mon, 18 Mar 2019 15:00:00 +0000 ca20931af63a78c99a63f808a3c54200
Tip of the Day: Hide the Clock

If you've got a clock on the wall or on your desk, and your Windows taskbar is already crammed full of notification icons and other things, you might want to hide the clock to free up a little space.

Right-click on the taskbar and click on Taskbar settings. In the resulting settings window, scroll down and click on Turn system icons on or off. (In prior versions, right-click on the taskbar and click Properties. In the resulting dialog, click on Customize... for the Notification area. Near the bottom of the resulting window, click on Turn system icons on or off.)

System Icons settings in Windows 10

System Icons settings in Windows 10.

Even though we might not think of it as an "icon", the system clock is listed here, and can be easily turned off.

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Mon, 18 Mar 2019 14:00:57 +0000 9a70ef1294d30ee8a36f6136c51881aa