Import your Favourites to Microsoft Edge

If you want to start using Microsoft Edge as your default browser, but want to have all your existing favourites carry over, its easy to import those favourites from popular browsers like Chrome, FireFox and Internet Explorer.

Here’s how to import those favourites;

1. With Microsoft Edge open, select the ellipsis menu on the far right side of the browsers toolbar.

2. Select Settings at the bottom of the ellipsis menu.

3. This will open another menu, select “import from another browser”.

4. You will now see the header Import your info and under that will be a list of the browsers you have installed on your Windows 10 system.

5. Select the browsers you want to import from, you can select one or all of them and the import process will grab the favourites from each one.

6. Once you have selected the browser to import from just tap Import and the import process will begin. The length of time this takes depends on how many favourites you have in each browser that you are importing from.

Print to PDF

Microsoft marked a turning point for Windows 10 with the Creators Update; while there were no earth-shattering upgrades included, it’s more like a mature OS version now. One of many features that flew in under the radar, was the ability to print to PDF or rather save to PDF.

You can finally print (or save) to PDF without using a third-party utility by using Microsoft’s Print to PDF. This makes it much easier to save and distribute documents that aren’t easily modified. This one was long overdue.

Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts

There are literally hundreds of keyboard shortcuts, most of which no one will ever use. I pretty much use 5 to 10 shortcuts on a daily basis. In this post, I will run through the ones I think you should know.

Windows Key – Simply pressing the Windows key will bring up the Start Menu. I use this shortcut the most often because you can just start typing the name of an application or Store app or computer setting and then press Enter to open it.

Windows Key + D – This will hide all windows and show you the desktop. If you press it again, it will bring back the same windows that were active earlier.

Windows Key + L – This will lock the screen in Windows 10.

Windows Key + E – Opens Windows Explorer.

Windows Key + R – Brings up the Run dialog box, which lets you quickly run commands.

Windows Key + Tab – This will show you a thumbnail of all open programs on the current desktop and also a small thumbnail of each desktop at the bottom. You can use the arrow keys to select a different program on the active desktop.

Windows Key + I – Opens the Windows 10 Settings dialog where you can configure the network, backups, WiFi, privacy, security and lots more.

CTRL + Windows Key + L/R Arrow – This will let you switch between desktops quickly using the right or left arrows in conjunction with CTRL + Windows Key. The order for the first two keys doesn’t matter.

Ctrl + Shift + Esc – This will bring up the new Windows 10 Task Manager.

Windows Key + C – This will bring up Cortana in listening mode, if you have Cortana enabled. This is a handy shortcut if you use Cortana often.

Windows 10 ‘secret’ start menu

Windows 10 has a “secret” Start menu. Ok, its not really a “secret” — it’s not something you have to turn on, it’s just a little trick that makes accessing important features, such as the Command Prompt, the Control Panel and the Task Manager much easier.

To access this additional menu, right-click the Windows icon/Start button. You’ll see a pop-up menu with a variety of administrative tools, as well as shutdown options and a Desktop link for quickly viewing the desktop.

Free Up Drive Space

To quickly free up drive space on your PC, follow these steps:

  1. Open My PC, by double clicking on the “My PC” icon (usually on your desktop)
  2. Right click on Drive C and choose properties, you should see this:

3. Select disk cleanup

4. In the next window, it will automatically select items you can delete to free up space. By clicking on each item, it will give you a description so you will know what you are deleting. Just by deleting the windows temporary files, it will free up some space on your PC.

5. Select what you want to remove and click OK.

That’s it! Freeing up even a little space can help applications run smoother and quicker.

Windows 10 Lock Screen Image

Windows 10 login screen is the first thing you see when you turn on your PC. The image you see can be a stock image or one of your own pictures. Here is out to set the lock screen picture on your PC;

  1. Use the WinKey + I hotkey to open the Settings App
  2. Choose Personalization
  3. Choose Lock screen

That should bring you here;

4. In the drop-down menu labeled Background, click either Picture, or Slideshow.

  • If you choose Picture, you will be shown some images to choose from. You may also click the Browse button to select another image on your PC.
  • If you choose Slideshow, you will be offered more Pictures, or you can select a specific folder

That’s it! Happy Customizing!

Adding a Printer in Windows 10

In this article, we are assuming that you have connected your printer to either the wireless network or wired network.

Most new wireless printers allow you to do this on the on-screen display of the printer, but some older wireless printers require you to connect the printer directly to a computer first, configure the wireless settings and then disconnect it.

Once the printer is connected, go ahead and click on Add a printer in the Devices and Printers dialog on your PC.

Now, if the printers are on and connected, magic should happen and any printers on the network not already added to your computer should appear in the list. If they do not show up, you should click on The printer that I want isn’t listed link at the bottom to troubleshoot.

If all is well, click on the printer you want to install and then click Next.

Windows will automatically setup the printer by installing the appropriate printer drivers onto the system. If available, it’ll download the drivers from the printer itself.

After a few seconds, the printer should be successfully added and you’ll be able to print a test page. Note that this procedure will be able to find wireless or wired printers on the network.

 

Easily set screen resolution in Windows 7

Choosing a new screen resolution used to involve locating and browsing through the Display Properties applet. Windows 7 made this far simpler, though – just right-click an empty part of the desktop, select Screen Resolution and you’ll immediately see the appropriate options.

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