How to Use Power Toys Run Feature in Windows 10

Microsoft new Windows 10 Power Toys Run feature offers you a quick way to locate and launch programs, files, folders and other items by typing their names. Let’s explore this new feature.

Microsoft new Windows 10 Power Toys Run feature offers you a quick way to locate and launch programs, files, folders and other items by typing their names. Let’s explore this new feature.

This is for Windows 10 operating system

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PowerToys Features

New with PowerToys version .018 and above is a quick launch feature called PowerToys Run. After you trigger its keyboard shortcut, the program appears on your screen. Just simply start typing in the name of the program, file or folder you want to open. From the search results, simply click on your desired item. But there is more.

The Run feature also allows you to open windows and running processes, launch apps like the Control Panel or Task Manager and perform calculations.

Install PowerToys

You will find the latest version at Microsoft’s GitHub page for PowerToys. If you are upgrading or installing for the first time, the Microsoft’s Windows Desktop Runtime should be automatically installed as part of the feature.

After installation, click on the desktop shortcut you created in the install to launch the program. Now, click on the PowerToys icon in the System Tray. See below image:

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PowerToys icon in System Tray

The Settings Menu

Right-click on the icon to access the the Settings option. In the PowerToys Settings screen, click on the entry for PowerToys Run. Next, click on the toggle switch to enable PowerToys Run.

By default, the feature shows you four search results. It is recommended that you increase this value to eight for a better result. Also, the default shortcut key is Alt + Spacebar, you can change this shortcut to your liking.

When you are finished, close the Settings screen. Refer to below image:

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PowerToys Run menu

The Quick Laucher

Lets restart PowerToys Run by pressing the shortcut you defined. The quick launcher appears on the screen with an invitation for you to start typing. Start typing the name of the application, folder or file you wish to access. From the search results, click on the correct result to open it. At the upper right hand corner are two small icons. The first icon lets you open the application as an administrator; the second one opens the folder that contains the application’s executable file. The launcher window and its results are saved for other searches. See below image:

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The Quick Launcher search results for programs, files or folders

Next, you can find and launch open windows and running processes. At the Run launcher, type the name of an open application, file, web page or other process, and then select the item you wish to bring to the foreground. Refer to below image:

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The Quick Laucher search results for open windows or running processes

You can also open shell plugins built into Windows, which include such items as Control Panel, Task Manager and Command Prompt. To trigger such a plugin at the launcher, type > followed by the first few letters of the plugin, such as > control or > task and then select the item you want from the results. See following image:

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The Quick Launcher search results for plugins

The Calculator Feature

You can perform simple calculations at the launcher, a handy alternative to the Windows Calculator. To do this at the launcher, type the first number, followed by the symbol for the calculation (+ for addition, – for subtraction, * for multiplication or / for division), followed by the second number. After you finish the equation, the launcher displays the results. You can then click the result to copy it to the Clipboard. Refer to below image:

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The Quick Launcher calculator

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How to Find Text Using Safari on Your iPhone and iPad

At times it’s tough to find specific information within a web page in Safari for iPhone or iPad. Fortunately, Safari allows you to search for text on any currently open web page using either the touch screen or an attached keyboard. Let’s explore how to do this.

If you don’t have a keyboard hooked up to your iPhone or iPad, you can search for text within the current page using the touchscreen, although the feature is in a non-obvious place. This technique works both on iPhone and iPad.

This is for iPhone and iPad using the Safari web browser

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Find a Web Page

First, open Safari and navigate to the page you’d like to find text in. Once the page is loaded, tap on the Address Bar at the top of the screen. Refer to below image:

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Locate a web page to Search

An on-screen keyboard will appear at the bottom of the screen and the current web page address will be highlighted. If you want, you can clear the address bar by tapping the backspace key on the keyboard (or tap on the small “X” in a circle beside the address). See below image:

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Keyboard available for your Search

Set Your Search

Type in what you’d like to find on the page. Locate the On This Page section at the bottom of the search pop-up. Tap on the line just below it that starts with Find. See following image:

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Enter your Search criteria

View Your Search

The pop-up will close and you will see the web page again with a search bar at the very bottom. Safari will highlight all occurrences of your search query on the current page. Refer to below image:

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Your Search criteria highlighted

Navigate Your Search

You can cycle through the results, up and down the page, with the arrows beside the search bar. See below image:

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Navigate your Search

Close Your Search

When you’re finished searching, tap Done in the lower-left corner of the screen. The Find in page mode will close. See following image:

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Close your Search

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How to Use Clipboard History in Windows 10

With a feature called Clipboard History, you can see and use a recent list of items you have copied to the clipboard.

Clipboard History first appeared in October 2018 update for Windows 10, so you should have installed this update. The feature supports text, HTML (web pages) and images less than 4MB in size.

Clipboard History stores a maximum of 25 entries, with the older ones dropping off as new items appear. Unless an item is pinned, the list will reset every time your device is restarted.

This is for devices using Windows 10 operating system

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Enable Clipboard History

Navigate to Settings by pressing Windows + I. Once there, click the System option. Refer to below image:

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Accessing the System option in Settings

On the sidebar, click on Clipboard. In this option, locate the section Clipboard History and toggle the switch to On. See below image:

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Enable Clipboard History

Clipboard History is now enabled. You may close Settings and use the feature in any application.

View Clipboard History

You can now call up a list of items you have copied recently while using any application. To do so, press Windows + V. See following image:

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View Clipboard History items

A small floating window will pop up either near the application you are using, or if all windows are closed or minimized, in the lower-right corner of your screen. At the top of the list will be the most recent items you have copied. Refer to below image:

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The Clipboard History items in mosr recent order

While the Clipboard History window is open, you can click on any item in the list to paste it into an open application or document at the location of your cursor. See following image:

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Paste your Clipboard History item at the location of your cursor

Pin a Clipboard History Item

You can also pin an item to the Clipboard History list by clicking on the tiny Hamburger icon (the one with 3 dots) and selecting the Pin option. That way, the item will remain on the Clipboard History list even if you reboot the computer or click Clear all. See below image:

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Pin a Clipboard History item

Remove a Clipboard History Item

To remove items from Clipboard History, click the Delete option beside an item on the list. Or you can clear the entire list by clicking the Clear all option. Refer to below image:

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Delete or Clear all your Clipboard History item(s)

Disable Clipboard History

To turn off Clipboard History in Windows 10, navigate to Settings > System > Clipboard. Locate the option Clipboard History and toggle the switch to Off. See below image:

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Turn off Clipboard History

You may now close Settings. Once the feature is disabled, if you press Windows + V, you will see a small window alerting you that Windows 10 cannot show your Clipboard History because the feature is turned off.

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How Do You Start Safari With a Blank Page?

In the “old days”, back to iPhone 4, Safari was slooooow to load. By default, Safari either loads the last page you visited or your bookmarks. This tip will start Safari with a blank page. Then you can immediately begin searching for a particular topic without having to wait for graphics and text to load or for installed apps.

This is the second post in a series on Apple iPhone and its Safari web browser. I am updating and republishing this post. I just read another long blog about how to stop Safari from opening apps upon startup. All you have to do is start Safari with a blani page. Here’s how to do this.

In the “old days”, back to iPhone 4, Safari was slooooow to load. By default, Safari either loads the last page you visited or your bookmarks. This tip will start Safari with a blank page. Then you can immediately begin searching for a particular topic without having to wait for graphics and text to load or for installed apps.

This is for iPhone, iPad and Mac using Safari web browser

Following are the steps to do this:

  • Tap on Safari, usually located in bottom right of your Home page
  • Tap on URL field and type “about:blank” (without quotation marks)
  • Tap Go (for iOS13)
  • Tap on the bottom Share arrow icon and scroll
  • Select Add to Home Screen to create a bookmark
  • Label the bookmark to something like “Blank Safari” (without any quotation marks)
  • Tap Add (for iOS13)
  • You will see a white blank Safari icon on your Home page. If you have several pages, it will appear on an empty icon space
  • You can drag this icon to wherever you want
  • When you tap this icon, Safari will instantly load a blank page

Your blank Safari screen should look like the following image:

Safari Blank Page
Just highlight the about:blank URL and enter your search criteria.

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How to Record and Annouce Your Name on LinkedIn

Pronouncing a name correctly isn’t just polite. It’s a way of recognizing someone’s identity. LinkedIn has introduced a new feature that lets members add a 10-second audio recording of their name pronunciation. Other users will be able to hear the clip by pressing a small speaker icon on a member’s profile.

Pronouncing a name correctly isn’t just polite. It’s a way of recognizing someone’s identity. LinkedIn has introduced a new feature that lets members add a 10-second audio recording of their name pronunciation. Other users will be able to hear the clip by pressing a small speaker icon on a member’s profile.

To use the feature, you’ll have to record your name on a mobile device (iOS or Android), but you’ll be able to play name pronunciations on mobile or a desktop. Let’s explore how to enable this feature.

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Updating Your Profile

First, open the LinkedIn app on your smart device (iOS or Android). Next, from the the upper left hand corner, tap your Profile Photo. Refer to below image:

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Accessing your Profile

Now, in the top menu, select the View Profile blue link . See below image

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Selecting viewing your Profile

Next, tap on the Pencil icon next to your photo to edit your Profile. See following image:

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Selecting edit your Profile

Next, tap on the Add Name Pronunciation blue link found under your First and Last name sections. Refer to below image:

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Selecting add a recording of your name

Now, grant the LinkedIn app permission to access your smart device’s microphone. See below image:

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Giving permission to access your microphone

Recording Your Name

Press and hold on the blue microphone button to record your name. You have up to 10 seconds to record your first and last name. LinkedIn recommends that you limit background noise, speak slowly and pronounce clearly. Also, hold your phone about four inches from your mouth. See following image:

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Recording your name

Tap the Play button to hear your audio recording played back to you. If you aren’t happy with it, select the Retake button. When you are satisfied with the recording, tap the Apply button. Refer to below image:

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Saving your name recording

Choosing Your Audience

Before you leave the editing page, you can modify who can listen to your name pronunciation recording. To do so, tap the Visible To blue link at the bottom of the screen. See below image:

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Accessing your audience

Here you have two sharing options to choose from. Either all Linkedin members can listen to your name (the default option) or only 1st-degree connections only. See following image:

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Selecting your audience

Saving Your Changes

When you’re all set to exit the LinkedIn profile editing process, in the top right hand corner, tap the Save button. Refer to below image:

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Saving your changes

View and Test Your Recording

Now, you (or someone else) should see the tiny Audio icon next to your profile name. Select the icon to hear your name pronunciation. See following image:

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Testing your name recording

That its. You and those you have selected can now hear the proper annunciation of your name.

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How to Format Notes on iPhone and iPad

Using Apple Notes is a fast way to capture thoughts and take notes on your iPhone or iPad. You can do more than just take plain text notes. Instead you can organize your notes by using formatting tools to make them stand out from plain text. Let’s explore how to do this.

This is for iPhone and iPad

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When you start a new note, Apple formats the first line into a Title format. You can change this by going to your Settings app, then navigate to:

Notes > New Notes > Starts With

and select your format. By default, the rest of your note is plain text.

As mentioned earlier, you can use formatting tools. These tools include headings, lists, indentations and more. These features are somewhat obscure for a new user.

The Formatting Toolbar

After opening a new note, tap on the screen to bring up the keyboard, if not already in view. Next, tap on the Aa button above the keyboard, the format row. You will see the text formatting tools that you can use. Refer to below image:

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Accessing the formatting toolbar

The keyboard is replaced by the formatting toolbar split into three rows. See below image:

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The formatting toolbar

From the first row, the Title Heading, Subheading and more are available to use. Monospaced is the only available font style to use in Notes. See following image:

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The titles formatting

When the toolbar is open, tap the X to close, tap the plus sign (+) to open, both to the left of the toolbar.

From the middle row, you can change selected text to Bold, Italic, Underline or Strikethrough formats. You may select multiple formats. Refer to below image:

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The text formatting

The last row has different bullet styles, indent and outdent formats. See below image:

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The lists formatting

The Checklist is separate from the formatting toolbar. To add a checklist, tap on the Checklist icon. Simply, start typing in your item. Tap the Enter key to add a new item. To stop the checklist, tap the Enter key on an empty line. Refer to below image:

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The checkbox formatting

To create a numbered list, start by typing 1 and then your first entry. To end your list, tap the Enter key on a blank line.

The Toolbar Examples

For a look at all our examples, see below image:

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The entire formatting examples

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How to Use the Microsoft Whiteboard

The Microsoft Windows 10 Whiteboard app is fully integrated and can now be accessed by all users. Let’s learn how to use it and share your whiteboard projects with others.

The Microsoft Windows 10 Whiteboard app features cloud storage and collaboration which are dependent on an active Microsoft account. This post shows how to access the Microsoft Whiteboard and share your whiteboard creations with others.

This is for Wiondows 10 operating system

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Access the Whiteboard App

Access to the Whiteboard app is available from the System Tray if you activate that feature in your taskbar settings. (Optionally, the app is available from the Start menu and can be pinned to the Taskbar). Right-click an empty area of the Windows 10 Taskbar and select the Show Windows Ink Workspace button item from the list. Refer to below image:

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Enable the Whiteboard option

A new icon will be added to the System Tray. See below image:

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The Whiteboard icon in the Tray Bar

Click the new icon and you will be able to choose the Whiteboard app. See following image:

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Starting the Whiteboard app

Now, click the Whiteboard app entry. You will be presented with thumbnails representing previous whiteboard projects, if any. Assuming you logged into Windows 10 with an active Microsoft account, those previous projects will be accessed from Microsoft’s cloud servers. Refer to below image for my screenshot with no whiteboard projects since this is my first time in using the Whiteboard app:

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Opening the Whiteboard app

Create and Edit a Whiteboard

To create a Whiteboard project, simply click on the thumbnail Create New Whiteboard. If you have a touch screen you may use the pencil icon to draw on the whiteboard or just use text. There are several other options available such as add an image, insert a note and and add documents. Refer to below image:

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Creating and editing a Whiteboard

Also, you can click on the Hamburger icon in upper right hand corner for the Settings menu. If you right-click on an empty whiteboard space, you will see even more features.

Share the Whiteboard

To share your current Whiteboard with another user, click the Invitation icon in upper left-hand corner. The app will ask you to turn on the feature. When turned on, the app will create a link that you can copy and paste in an email, text message or an online meeting. See below image:

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Creating a Share link for the Whiteboard

Now, click the Copy link button. See following image:

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Copying a share link for the Whiteboard

In my example I am sharing the link by an email to myself. Refer to below image for using Outlook as the email client:

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Sending the share link by Outlook

View Your Whiteboard

When you exit the Whiteboard your creation will be saved to your cloud storage. Now, when you restart the Whiteboard app, you will see thumbnails of your projects. See below image:

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Viewing your shared Whiteboards

Of course, access to your Whiteboard creations will require proper credentials and authorizations arranged ahead of time.

If you want to share without collaboration, you can export your creation as an image file and send by a messaging interface.

While the Whiteboard will function with a mouse and keyboard combination, serious artistic collaboration will be more effective with a pencil input on a touchscreen device like a tablet. The Whiteboard has settings and features specifically designed to take advantage of that interface.

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How to Access your PC From an iPhone or iPad

With the Remote Desktop Mobile app for iOS and Android, you can connect to and control a remote Windows computer to work with your files and applications. This can be done from computer to computer, or you can use Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Mobile tool to access a remote PC from an iOS or Android device. With it, you can view the screen, open files and work with applications as easily as if you were in front of that computer. Let’s explore how to use the mobile app to access a remote computer.

We will first discuss setting up your PC for remote access, then explore what needs to be done on your iPhone or iPad. The steps for an Android will be similar

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Allow Remote Access

First, open Settings by typing in Settings in the Cortana search bar followed by clicking the app in upper left hand corner or click the Start button then click on the Settings tile (the cog wheel).

Next, click on the System option. Refer to below image:

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Access the System option

Now, click on the Remote Desktop option. See below image:

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Access Remote Desktop option for the PC

Next, slide the Enable Remote Desktop to the ON position. You will be presented with a confirmation screen. Just click Confirm to enable it. See following image:

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Confirm Enable Remote Desktop access

By default, the options for Keep your PC awake for connections when it is plugged in and Make my PC discoverable on private networks to enable automatic connection from a remote device may both be enabled. To view or modify either option, click the corresponding link to Show settings, but you can leave both turned on at this point.

While you’re here, write down or copy the name of the PC as you may need it when you set up the connection. Refer to below image:

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The Remote Desktop options for the PC

Remote Access Settings

Let’s check a few more options while in Settings. Click the Advanced settings link and make sure the box for Configure Network Level Authentication is turned on. This feature provides an extra layer of protection to ward off uninvited guests.

If you’ll be connecting to the computer on the same network via a Virtual Private Network (VPN) or other means, ignore the section for External connections. The section for Remote Desktop port shows the default port to listen for and accept a remote connection. Refer to below image:

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Advanced Settings for Remote Desktop

Allowing User to Signin Remotely

By default, any user who has an administrative account on the remote PC can access it. Assuming you’re using a Microsoft Account or company account to sign into Windows, your best bet is to use that account to sign in remotely. 

If you want to give remote access to a different account, click the link at the bottom for Select users that can remotely access this PC. Click Add and enter the user name for the account you want to use. See below image:

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Setup users to access the remote computer

Access Your IP Address

In the Cortana search box, enter cmd and press the Enter key. The Command Prompt app will open. Next, enter ipconfig and press the Enter key. Copy or write down your IP addresses (especially the IP4 address) for later use. Refer to below image: (Note! I have blanked out my IP addresses for security reasons).

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Access your User Account Name

If you are using a local account to sign in for Windows 10 and forgot your User Account name, navigate to the Settings app by:

  1. Pressing the Windows key + I
  2. Click the Accounts option
  3. Click on Your Info

Your User Account name will be in bold under your profile photo. See my info below:

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Your Settings info

Download Remote Access for Your iPhone or iPad

Now, let’s explore the second part of our remote access, the iPhone or iPad setup.

To access the computer from your iPhone or iPad, download and install the Remote Desktop Mobile app from Apple’s App Store. Open the app, tap the plus (+) symbol in upper right hand, and choose the option to Add PC. See following image:

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Add a PC to connect remotely

Setup Remote Access for iOS

At the Add PC window, enter the computer name or IP Address (both copied down earlier, normally this would be your IP4 address) in the PC Name field. Type the account name you want to use in the User Account field and password or leave the field set to Ask When Required if you’d rather enter the name each time for security reasons.

Under the General section, type a name in the field for Friendly Name to add a more convenient label for this connection. Turning on the switch for Admin Mode connects you to a console session to manage a Windows server; normally you would leave this turned off. The option for Swap Mouse Buttons swaps the left and right mouse buttons.

In the Gateway section, you will need to enable and set up the option for Gateway only if your organization uses a Remote Desktop Gateway to secure remote connections. See below image:

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The Add PC options

Configure Session Features

Swipe down to the Device & Audio Redirection section to enable any features on your iOS device that you wish to use during a remote connection. You’d likely want to direct the Sound to play on this device. You may also want to enable the Clipboard if you plan to copy and paste back and forth. You can also enable the Microphone, Camera and Remote Storage. When finished, tap Save in the upper-right corner. Refer to below image:

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Configure device features

Connect to Remote PC on iOS

The computer you wish to access will be displayed in the app. Tap the name and icon of the computer connection you just set up. The first time you try to access the computer, Remote Desktop may ask to verify the connection to that computer. Enable the option for Don’t ask me again for connections to this computer and then tap Accept. You may click the hamburger icon (the 3 dots) in lower left hand corner to edit your entries. See following image:

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The connect icon to a PC from your smart device

Remote Connection Toolbar for iOS

You now should be connected to the remote computer. You may now open apps and windows, manage the desktop and do just about everything you can do if you were sitting in front of the PC.

If you get the error code “0x204”, navigate back to the section Setup Remote Access for iOS and enter the IP4 address in the PC Name field. If you still get the error code, then click here on guidelines to resolve this issue.

To help you control your remote session, the app displays a small toolbar at the top. Tap the Magnifying glass icon to zoom in on the screen. Tap it again to zoom back out. Tap the Keyboard icon to display your device’s keyboard. Refer to below image:

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The Remote Desktop Connection toolbar

Manage Remote Connections

Tap the middle icon to view all your remote connections. Tap on a different remote connection to jump to another session. This page has its own toolbar at the top. Tap the Home icon to return to the home screen, where you can set up or access another connection. Tap the Hand icon to switch to touch-screen mode and tap the Mouse icon to switch to mouse mode. 

Tap the X button in the thumbnail to terminate the connection for that session. Otherwise, tap Disconnect All PCs to end every current session. See below image:

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Access Remote Desktop options on the smartdevice

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Three PC Performance Tips

There are numerous books, eBooks, social media, online and printed magazine articles, and posts on how to improve the performance of your PC desktop, laptop or tablet running Windows. Out of hundreds of examples, we are going to explore three little know tips on how to speed up your device.

These enhancements involve a couple of Settings examples and one Control Panel tip. There are no Yes or Okay buttons to click, simple make the change and its automatically saved. So, lets get started.

This is for PCs and similar devices running Windows. Screenshots are for Windows 10.

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Adjusting Your Restart Settings

First, we are going to open the Settings dialog for changing our Sign-in Privacy option to improve performance. There are three ways to open Settings on your device:

  1. Navigate to the Settings app by clicking the Start button and then select the Settings option (the cog wheel) in lower left of the Start menu
  2. Type in Settings in the Cortana search bar, located in lower left hand of your screen, then click on the Settings app in upper left hand of the screen
  3. Click the Start button, then click on the Settings tile (the cog wheel) on your display

Now, select the Accounts option. Refer to below image:

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Selecting the Accounts option

Next, select the Sign-in options. See below image:

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Selecting the Sign-in options

Then, under the Privacy group, turn off the slider for Use my sign-in info to automatically finish setting up my device and reopen my apps after an update or restart. See following image:

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Turning off the sign-in info option

Tweaking Your Power Plan

By default, Windows 10 uses the Balanced power usage plan that can sometimes hamper performance. We can increase the CPU speed by choosing another plan through the Control Panel.

First, type in Control Panel in the Cortana search bar, located in lower left hand of your screen.

Next, click on the app in the upper left hand of your screen. You will see a similar screen as displayed below.

Note! Your screen may be different depending on how the Control Panel is configured.

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Selecting the System and Security option

Now, select the Power Options. Refer to below image:

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Selecting the Power Options

Then, select the High Performance option. We are not overclocking the CPU, that is a different option outside of Windows. See following image:

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Turning on the High performance option

Recovering From a Sudden Slowdown

If your PC is suddenly slowing down, there are two culprits to look at, Microsoft updates and Malware.

First culprit may be Microsoft updates. Open the Settings app by one of the three methods listed under Adjusting Your Restart Settings at the beginning of this post.

Now, select the Update & Security option. Refer to below image:

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Selecting Update & Security option

Next, select View update history. See below image:

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Selecting View update history option

Your Microsoft updates will be displayed. Now, search online by the update’s Knowledge Base (KB) number (it’s in brackets at the end of each update title) to see if anyone else is having problems about the update from your browser results, PC news sites, forums or social media posts. To view infomation abou the update, just click the blue link for that KB number.

If lots of people are having trouble since that update, then you may need to uninstall it (click on Uninstall updates blue link at top of the screen and find the KB number) or wait for Microsoft to send a fix. See following image:

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Viewing your Microsoft Update history

Second culprit may be Malware. You can run a free Malware scan using Malwarebytes. Click here to install and scan your device using Malwarebytes.

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How to Use Widgets on Your iPhone and iPad

When you swipe right on your iPhone Lock or Home screen, you are presented with the Today View screen. On this screen are widgets from Apple main apps. If you want to customize this screen, you can add and customize widgets from Apple and/or third-party apps. Also, you can rearrange these widgets to your liking.

By default, Apple shows you the widgets from the Calendar, Siri App Suggestions, News, Weather and more. But that’s not all. When you go into the editing mode, you’ll discover that many of the apps that you have installed (whether they’re popular apps or not) include useful widgets.

You can add extra functionality to your iPhone using third-party app widgets. Here are a couple of recommendations:

This is for iPhone and iPad devices. Text and screenshots are for the iPhone.

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Accessing Your Widgets

Lets get started. First, swipe right when you’re on your iPhone’s Lock or Home screen to access the Today View. Here, you can swipe up to view more widgets and tap on any of the arrow buttons (to the right of the widget name) to expand or contract a widget. Refer to below image:

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Your Widgets screenshot

Editing a Widget

If we want to edit a widget, swipe all the way down to the bottom of the widgets screen and tap on the Edit button. See below image:

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Accessing the Edit button

At the top of the list are the widgets installed on your iPhone, they have a “-“ sign next to the widget name. See following image:

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Displaying your Widgets

Scroll down till you see the More Widgets listing, denoted by the “+” sign. Refer to below image:

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Listing of Widges you can add

Adding a Widget

When you see a widget you want to add, tap on that “+” sign next to the widget label. It will be added to the bottom of the enabled widgets list. Simply do this for each widget you want to add. In my example, I added the Bible widget. See following screen:

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Selecting a Widget to add

Remove a Widget

To remove a widget, navigate to the top of the list for the enabled widgets. Tap the “-“ sign left of the widget name, then tap the Remove option. Refer to below image for my removal of the Dropbox widget:

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Selecting a Widget to remove

This does not delete the iPhone app, only the widget associated with it.

Reorder Widgets

To reorder widgets, tap on the Hamburger icon to the right of the widget name and drag each item to a new location. See following image where I moved Siri App Suggestions to the top of the list:

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Rearrange a Widget

Saving Your Changes

To save all your changes, tap Done in upper right hand corner at the top of your enabled widgets list. Refer to below image:

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Saving all your changes

Note: Your must tap the Done option, if not, all your changes will be lost.

You will be taken back to the Today View with your saved changes.

When you add new apps, you can go back to the Edit screen and add new widgets to the Today View by following the above steps.

Checking if an App Has a Widget

To see if a widget is available for an app, press and hold the app icon. If it supports widgets, you will see the Add Widget link. Tap on it to add the widget to the bottom of Today View screen. See following image where I added back the Dropbox widget:

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Checking if your app has a Widget

As a confirmation, the Add Widget link will be replaced with a check mark. Refer to below image:

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Confirming your Widget has been added

That’s it. You have learned how to add, remove and rearrange your iPhone widgets. The process is similar for an iPad.

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