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.

Steps in Customizing Windows 10 Lock Screen Image

Different Ways of Customizing the Windows 10 Lock Screen Image

If you want to know how to add or change the Windows 10 lock screen image, you are at the right place. We will be looking at steps you will have to follow for this task in the next few sections. You could use a background image, an image fetched from Bing shown with the help of Windows Spotlight, or any personal picture. You can also use a collection of photographs from a single or several folders.

Customizing the 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 how 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!

Use of Windows Spotlight

Windows Spotlight connects with the search engine Bing to show a fresh image every time users log in to Windows 10. This feature can be enabled by:

  • Opening Settings from the Start menu.
  • Selecting Personalization.
  • Selecting the Lock Screen.
  • From the Background drop down menu, select Windows Spotlight.

By following these steps, you will be able to activate Windows Spotlight and view a different image at every login.

View a Single Image

If you are more interested in viewing a single image on your lock screen, then you will have to follow these steps:

  • Click on the Start menu and click on Settings.
  • Select the Personalization option.
  • Select Lock Screen.
  • From the drop-down menu, select the option called “Picture.”
  • Next, browse and choose the image that is to be used.

Moreover, you can toggle the switch if you do not want to see tips, fun facts, etc. from Cortana and Windows, to have a cleaner experience.

Use a Collection of Images

Another option is to use a collection of images present in a single or multiple folders. Let us look at the steps that you will have to follow:

  • Go to the Start menu, select Settings.
  • Select Personalization and click on Lock Screen.
  • From the drop-down for Background, choose Slideshow.
  • Click on the Add Folder option.
  • Browse and select the folder that contains your preferred images.

There are also Advanced Slideshow Settings, which can be used for enabling or disabling options. You can include photographs from your Camera Roll as well as your Camera Roll on OneDrive. The Camera Roll on OneDrive is likely to have images from your mobile and other types of devices. You can also show pictures that fit the screen, in cases where there are images of multiple sizes.

You can also set the Windows 10 lock screen to be shown instead of the screen being turned off when the system is inactive. This option is very much like the feature that is used for the setup of a screensaver. Moreover, it is also possible to tell the system when the screen is to be turned off when the slideshow has continued for a specific time period.

If you are looking for more tips and suggestions on how to customize your Windows 10 system, then you can go through other informative sections of our website. You can also give us a call, and our technical experts will do their best to answer your queries so that you can make better use of your operating system.

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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