How to quickly jump to often-used Windows app subsections in Windows 10's Start menu

I don’t dive into Windows 10’s Settings app that often, but when I do it’s usually to check two or three things, such as Windows Update or my Wi-Fi settings. An easy way to jump to a particular section of the Settings app is to search for it with Cortana in the taskbar. But if repeatedly typing "Wi-Fi" or "Windows Update" sound tedious, there's a far easier way to jump to oft-used parts of the Settings app. Instead of searching or navigating the Settings app manually, you can pin sections to the Start menu.

This tip isn’t just for the Settings app, however—you can also use it in a limited number of other Windows apps such as Mail and OneNote. For our example here, however, we’ll stick with the Settings app.

Let’s say you wanted to pin Airplane Mode to the Start menu. First, use Cortana to search for ‘Airplane mode’ or navigate to Settings > Network & Internet > Airplane mode.

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Turn Chrome's new tab page into a to-do list powerhouse

It’s just one program on your PC, but for many of us the browser is the central tool we use for work, play, and communication. That’s why so many people love Google Chrome and its healthy ecosystem of extensions and apps. Today we’re going to look at one way to turn your new tab page into something a little more productive than you’ve got now thanks to Microsoft’s recently acquired to-do list app Wunderlist.

Wunderlist offers four different free Chrome tools, but the one we’re interested in is called Wunderlist New Tab. As its name suggests this, extension shows your to-do lists every time you open a new tab in Google’s browser. It also displays the service’s typical background photo of Berlin’s Fernsehturm (TV tower).

To get started, download the extension from the Chrome Web Store. Once it’s installed, Chrome will notify you that a new extension wants to take over your new tab page. Tell Chrome to keep the changes.

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How to customize Windows File Explorer's details view

We’ve talked about File Explorer (Windows Explorer in Windows 7) several times before, and if you ask me it’s one of the most important parts of Windows to customize. Unlike a smartphone or tablet, you spend a lot of time diving into your PC’s file system and it’s worth it to get things organized just how you like it.

One good way to do that is to customize a folder’s column order—name, size, type, date modified, and so on—under the details view. It’s really easy to organize columns in the order you’d like instead of just using the defaults. In fact, you can even apply a particular column order that you create to most other folders on your system.

I’ll be showing how it’s done in Windows 10, but it works similarly in Windows 7 and 8.

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How to use OneNote to share notebooks, lists and more

Digital note sharing is a great way to distribute to-do lists, shopping lists, notes on home renovations, birthday gift lists, and so on with your family or roommates. The only problem is convincing others to sign up for a new account for your preferred service in order to enjoy all the note-sharing glory.

There are a ton of digital note sharing services out there, but if you’re a PCWorld reader, there’s a good chance that you and everyone in your home already has a Microsoft account. That makes sharing notes and other items via OneNote much easier since you won't need to create a new account to use it. Plus, OneNote is a fantastic free app that’s built for sharing notes in large groups.

Getting started

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20 must-know keyboard shortcuts for Windows 10

With Windows 10, Microsoft has added a ton of new keyboard shortcuts to give you easier access to the new Action Center, Cortana, Task View, and virtual desktops. So much so, in fact, that Microsoft recently released a handy-dandy Word document with Windows 10’s Windows key shortcuts to aid in your study.

If you’re new to keyboard shortcuts, however, one glance at that list can be overwhelming—and there are plenty of keyboard shortcuts that don't involve the Windows key whatsoever. To help you streamline it a bit, here’s a list of 20 must-know shortcuts for Windows 10. 

This isn’t just a list for Windows 10, however. Many of these shortcuts work with older versions of Windows, and you'll find a few standard browser shortcuts as well. If you’re on Windows 7 or 8.1 but new to shortcuts this list will also help you take control of your Windows machine and make you more efficient by lessening your dependence on the mouse.

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The quick and easy way to find the best antivirus software

There was a time when deciding on an antivirus solution for your PC pretty much came down to two choices: Norton or McAfee.

Now, however, antivirus programs are everywhere—and many have a free version. You have your choice of Avast, AVG, Kaspersky, Panda, Trend Micro, and many others. 

It’s enough to make your head spin, but there’s a really easy way to figure out which antivirus program is right for you. An independent testing organization called AV-Test spends its time figuring out the best antivirus programs for Windows, Mac, and Android users.

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How to use Dropbox's handy new browser-agnostic bookmarking feature

Dropbox recently added a new feature that will come in handy for browser agnostic types. If you spend your day between using Chrome at home, Internet Explorer at work, and Safari on your phone, then accessing your bookmarks can be a problem. There are services such as Delicious and Evernote you can use, but now another alternative is Dropbox.

The cloud storage and sync service now lets you drag-and-drop bookmarks into the Dropbox web app, or you can drop them into File Explorer on the desktop—a feature that is not specific to Dropbox.

Here’s how to use Dropbox to create a trove of bookmarks that’s independent of a particular browser.

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