Articles in Category: Ask Leo! Tip of the Day – Public

Tips originally published as The Ask Leo! Tip of the Day for paying supporters. (Tips are made public roughly two to three years after their initial publication.)

Tip of the Day: Clear Formatting Using Notepad

Notepad turns out to be a useful tool to remove formatting from fancy text.

Tip of the Day: Pin a Folder to the Start Menu

The new Windows Start menu has given one of my oldest questions an easy answer.

Tip of the Day: mklink: Hard and Symbolic Links in Windows

File system links can make files and folders appear in more than one place. It can be quite useful.

Tip of the Day: Icons or Thumbnails?

Choosing to view icons or thumbnails in a File -> Open dialog is controlled somewhere else completely. I’ll show you the setting in Windows File Explorer.

Tip of the Day: ALT+TAB

The ALT+TAB tab sequence is under-appreciated. Learn its power and flexibility to switch between running programs.

Tip of the Day: Searching Via the Command Prompt

Using the Command Prompt can often be quicker and clearer than Windows’ own built-in search function.

Tip of the Day: the Size of Things on Your Display

Windows 10 has made controlling the size of items on your display easier and more obvious.

Tip of the Day: Just Start Typing

One small change to how the Start menu works, coupled with the increased power of Windows Search, and you might find yourself leaving significant parts of the Windows UI behind.

Tip of the Day: Uninstall (Some) Apps

Uninstalling some of the pre-installed apps in Windows 10 is (usually) possible.

Tip of the Day: Put a CPU Meter in Your Taskbar

Windows comes with its own little CPU meter built in. You can access it using Task Manager.

Tip of the Day: Add to the Start Menu

The tiled Start menu is very customizable. In this tip, I’ll show you how to add the things you care about to it.

Tip of the Day: Make the Taskbar Bigger

The taskbar can become crowded with icons for running programs and notification. One way to deal with it is to make the taskbar bigger — vertically.

Tip of the Day: Task Manager and CPU Usage

Task Manager went through an upgrade a few versions ago, and has become a powerful and useful diagnostic tool.

Tip of the Day: Removing Start Menu Tiles

The Windows 10 Start menu is one of its most controversial features. What most people don’t realize is how much you can customize it.

Tip of the Day: Back Up

I realized long ago that when travelling, there are only two things that can’t be replaced. The approach to backing up the second has changed for the better in recent years.