In Windows 10 you’ve got tons of choices for desktop programs, and apps from the Windows Store can be useful too. But there are still probably a few key webpages you turn to every day instead of a desktop program or modern UI app.
Wouldn’t you love to have those key sites available to you on the Windows 10 Start menu? Here’s how to do that.
Editor's note: This article originally published in 2014, but the timeless advice still applies.
Sometimes the biggest pain with a new PC is simply buying it, especially if you’re eyeing one of those Black Friday deals set to go live later this week. Thanksgiving weekend can be a great time for deals, but it’s also notorious for massive crowds and long waits.
This year, try something new. Instead of leaving your Thanksgiving dinner and the warmth of family and friends behind, fire up your laptop, tablet, or smartphone and shop for deals online.
Microsoft’s November update for Windows 10 has probably rolled out to most of us by now. As I noted last week, the update installs as if it were a fresh version of Windows 10. Not only does that mean the new features were significant additions, it also means there are a whole lot of update files sitting in your internal storage taking up space.
Just as we did when the Windows 8.1 update rolled out, you can use the Disk Cleanup utility to get that storage space back. I was able to save more than 20GB post-November update, which is a good amount of storage.
Just keep in mind that if you dump these files there’s no going back. Once these files are gone you cannot roll back your Windows installation to a previous version should problems arise. Make sure you’ve been running the November update for at least a few days, if not a week, before you think about doing this. Personally, I got the update on the day it rolled out and everything’s been working fine since so, I dumped the files. Your experience may vary.
I love Twitter and its 140-character limit, but sometimes I have far more to say than can fit in the space of a few sentences. For those times, I usually turn to Facebook, write a blog post, or yell at my plants. As an alternative, some employ the infamous “tweetstorm” as popularized by venture capitalist and web browser pioneer Marc Andreesen. Tweetstorms are basically multiple tweets that go together to complete a single thought and are usually numbered.
Typing tweetstorms into Twitter’s web interface or your typical mobile client is a pain since you can only type out one tweet at a time. That’s why it’s handy to know about two free web apps that make tweetstorming easier.
Like anything else that uses Twitter, both of these web apps require you to login with your Twitter account via OAuth.
No matter how little you think you know about computers, if you read tech news sites you inevitably become somebody’s PC support line. The worst calls are the remote ones where a family member on the other side of the country regularly needs help. With Thanksgiving just a few weeks away, here’s a tool you can install on your friend or family member’s PC to make remote help easier.
Shove for Chrome is a simple extension that allows you to share a webpage with other people. It doesn’t send it via email or put it in a text message—Shove delivers it front-and-center on your friend or family member’s display. It’s mostly meant as a social app for swapping interesting articles, jokes, or the occasional still-hilarious RickRoll. Nevertheless, it can be an effective tech support tool as well.
If you need someone to visit a specific webpage to start a remote login session or to download a program, it can be a massive pain. Does this conversation sound familiar? “No, no you don’t need to type ‘www’ just g-o-o-g-l-e, no ‘g,’ G’!”
Earlier this week, a tragedy befell the Internet that drastically changed how we interact with one of the most beloved social networks in the world. Yes, I’m talking about Twitter’s radical shift from representing favorites with a star icon to representing likes with a heart. And shortly I’ll explain how you can get your stars back and hold back the winds of change.
Twitter said in a blog post that it decided to go with the heart because it is a “universal symbol that resonates across languages, cultures, and time zones.” Twitter even went so far as to say that in their tests “people loved it.”