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.)
With social distancing comes isolation. Don’t let your fear of a camera stop you from connecting with your friends and family, or allowing them to connect with you.
Sleep, while more reliable than in the past, can still be a problem if you expect your machine to stay on when plugged in.
If I could tell you only one thing about securing your home network, this is at the top of my list.
If you spend any significant time in the Command Prompt, you may want to customize its appearance to be a little more to your liking.
Right-clicking is a shortcut to a wide variety of functions appropriate for whatever you’ve selected.
I use two Windows Key combinations constantly, and I think you’ll find them useful as well.
When searching the internet, be both general and specific, and not too much of either.
The clipboard and its basic operations — cut, copy, and paste — are heavily used and underappreciated building blocks for Windows applications.
The shutdown command does what its name implies, but includes many options relating to shutting down or rebooting.
Text selection is one of the most basic operations we perform. Here’s a look at some common techniques.
If you have multiple email accounts configured in the Mail app, you can create a convenient shortcut on the Start menu for each.
“This PC” is clear, but generic. If you regularly use multiple computers, it can be handy to change it to something more helpful.
By default, Windows File Explorer opens to “Quick access”. Not everyone uses, or even likes, “Quick access”.
For those with cluttered (or information-filled) desktops, Desktop Peek is a quick way to see what your running applications otherwise cover.
The Command Prompt has a number of commands and tools. One of them lists available commands and tools.
High-contrast mode can be the difference between being frustrated by what’s on the screen and being able to read it clearly.
Notepad turns out to be a useful tool to remove formatting from fancy text.
The new Windows Start menu has given one of my oldest questions an easy answer.
File system links can make files and folders appear in more than one place. It can be quite useful.
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.
The ALT+TAB tab sequence is under-appreciated. Learn its power and flexibility to switch between running programs.
Using the Command Prompt can often be quicker and clearer than Windows’ own built-in search function.
Windows 10 has made controlling the size of items on your display easier and more obvious.
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.
Uninstalling some of the pre-installed apps in Windows 10 is (usually) possible.
Windows comes with its own little CPU meter built in. You can access it using Task Manager.
The tiled Start menu is very customizable. In this tip, I’ll show you how to add the things you care about to it.
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.
Task Manager went through an upgrade a few versions ago, and has become a powerful and useful diagnostic tool.
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.
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.
Windows 10 introduced the ability to sign in using a PIN. It’s quick and easy to set up and use.