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How to Open the System Control Panel in Windows 10

Microsoft says the System option in the Control Panel has been removed from Windows 10. As of the October 2020 Update, there is no way to access it. Here is a hidden command that opens the System Control Panel if it is missing. This command also works for the May 2020 Update.

Microsoft says the System option in the Control Panel  has been removed from Windows 10. As of the October 2020 Update,  there is no way to access it. There is a hidden command that opens the System Control Panel if it is missing. This command also works for the May 2020 Update.

This is for devices running Windows 10 operating system

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Run the Command

To run the command, press Windows+R to open the Run dialog. Next, copy and paste the following command into the Run dialog, then press Enter or click OK.

explorer.exe shell:::{BB06C0E4-D293-4f75-8A90-CB05B6477EEE}

Refer to below image:

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Entering Run command for the System panel

Now, your System Control Panel will be displayed. See below image:

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The System Control panel

Create a Shortcut

If you want easier access, you can create a shortcut that opens it. Here’s how to do this.

On your desktop or in any folder, right-click and select

New > Shortcut

See following image:

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Setup shortcut

Now, in the Type Location box, copy and paste the the following command

explorer.exe shell:::{BB06C0E4-D293-4f75-8A90-CB05B6477EEE}

and press Next. Refer to below image:

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Entering shortcut command

Next, assign a name for the shortcut and click Finish. In my example, it is named System Control Panel. See below image:

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Assigning a name for the shortcut

Change Shortcut Icon

To change its icon, right-click it, and select

Properties > Shortcut tab > Change icon

Then, choose an icon and click OK.

Microsoft may remove the System pane completely from future versions of Windows 10. If so, this command will stop working.

Thanks to Spartan@HIDevolution on the NotebookReview forums for discovering this command!

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How to Make Chrome the Default Browser on iPhone and iPad

The iPhone has been out for over a decade, and for most of that time, Apple has only allowed one browser to be the default. Safari, the one they built; till iOS 14 and higher, has been the only supported browser.

The iPhone has been out for over a decade, and for most of that time, Apple has only allowed one browser to be the default. Safari, the one they built; till iOS 14 and higher, has been the only supported browser.

This means that Google Chrome fans can finally set the app as their default, and use it for all their browsing.

As long as your device is running the latest version of the operating system, this setting should be available to you.

You can change the default browser in the Settings app. First, though, make sure you have downloaded the latest version of Chrome from the App Store and opened it at least once.

This is for iPhone and iPad

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First, launch your Settings app (the gear icon). Refer to below image:

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Accessing Settings

Next, scroll way down to the Chrome section and tap on it. See below image:

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Selecting Chrome app settings

Now, tap the Default Browser App option. See following image:

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Selecting Default Browser App option

You will see a list of installed browsers. Tap the Chrome app to place a checkmark by it. Refer to below image:

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Selecting Chrome as the default browser

To ensure your setting, tap the Back text button. You may now exit Settings.

That’s all you need to do! Chrome is now your default browser on your iPhone and/or iPad.

You may still see Safari if an app uses this browser by default. If this happens, you can simply tap the associated browser icon to reopen the page in Chrome.

If you want to revert back to Safari or choose another browser, navigate back to the Default Browser App section in the Chrome or Safari settings.

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How to Use the Windows Terminal for Windows 10

The Terminal combines many command-line tools and shells such as Command Prompt, PowerShell and WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux). Thus, in one application, you can have Command Prompt, and Powershell for Windows, as well as something for Linux terminal power users in one app.

Who would expect that Microsoft would develop a new terminal app that combines a command-like tool, open source, and customizable.

The Terminal combines many command-line tools and shells such as a Command Prompt, PowerShell, and WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux). Thus, in one application, you can have all three plus other installed shell environments in one app.

This is for devices running Windows 10

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The key features of the Windows Terminal include multiple tabs, split panes, Unicode and UTF-8 character support, GPU-accelerated text rendering engine, and an easy way to change between themes and configuration options. Copy and Paste “just work” when you press Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V. There’s even a new font, named Cascadia Code.

Windows Terminal is an open-source project, which will continue to expand its features leveraging a growing community of contributors.

At Build 2020 on May 19, 2020, version “20H1”, Microsoft announced that the new Windows Terminal was stable and “ready for enterprise use”.

You can download the Windows Terminal from the Microsoft Store. You can even get the source code on GitHub.

Finally There Are Tabs

Windows finally has a command-line environment with built-in tabs. To open a new tab after launching the Terminal, just click the plus “+” button on the tab bar or press Ctrl+Shift+T.

You can use familiar keyboard shortcuts to move through the tabs, like Ctrl+Tab to switch to the tab on the right and Ctrl+Shift+Tab to switch to the tab on the left. Ctrl+Shift+W will close the current tab. You can drag and drop the tabs to reorder them on the tab bar, too. Refer to below image for two tabs:

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Multiple tabs

Multiple Environments

By default, the Terminal will open PowerShell tabs. But it supports many types of shell environments. You can now have multiple types of shell environment in the same window.

If you click the arrow to the right of the New Tab button, you will see a list of sessions you can open (if they are installed). See below image of the sessions:

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Listing of sessions to chose from

Split Panes

To create a new pane, press Alt+Shift+D. The Terminal will split the current pane into two and give you a second one. Click a pane to select it. You can click a pane and press Alt+Shift+D to keep splitting it.

These panes are linked to tabs, so you can easily have several multi-pane environments in the same Terminal window and switch between them from the tab bar.

Here are some other keyboard shortcuts for working with panes:

  • Create a new pane, splitting horizontally: Alt+Shift+- (Alt, Shift, and a minus sign)
  • Create a new pane, splitting vertically: Alt+Shift++ (Alt, Shift, and a plus sign)
  • Move pane focus: Alt+Left, Alt+Right, Alt+Down, Alt+Up
  • Resize the focused pane: Alt+Shift+Left, Alt+Shift+Right, Alt+Shift+Down, Alt+Shift+Up
  • Close a pane: Ctrl+Shift+W
  • Increase Windows translucent: Ctrl+Shift and scroll down with the mouse wheel

See following image where I have drive C:, D:, and E: in its own separate Command Prompt pane:

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Split panes of Command Prompt

See following image where PowerShell is split into three panes:

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Split panes of PowerShell

Better Zooming

The new text-rendering system means smoother, better zooming. To zoom and enlarge or shrink the text in the Terminal, hold Ctrl and rotate the mouse wheel.

In the new Terminal, only the size of the text changes and leaves the window size alone. Refer to below image:

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Zooming feature

Settings

The Windows Terminal is packed with customization options you can change. To access them, click the down arrow to the right of the New Tab button and select Settings. See below image:

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Selecting the Settings option

You’ll see a text-based JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) file full of options. As a developer tool, Windows Terminal currently makes you configure these options by modifying the text file rather than with a graphical interface. Since it is a text file, you will need to open the file with a program like WordPad. If you reinstall Terminal, any changes you make may be lost.

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WhatsApp to Delay Privacy Policy Update After Users Flee to Other Services

A privacy policy update that subtly points out data can be shared with Facebook prompted a user exodus, so WhatsApp is now giving them until May 15 to agree to the changes.

A privacy policy update that subtly points out data can be shared with Facebook prompted a user exodus, so WhatsApp is now giving them until May 15, 2021 to agree to the changes.

This is for WhatsApp users

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WhatsApp is hitting the brakes on a privacy policy update that has prompted users to flee the Facebook-owned platform for rival messaging apps like Signal.

Background

WhatsApp’s original plan required people to agree to the new privacy policy on February 8, 2021. If they did not, the app implied it would shut down their accounts. To make things more confusing, the update also said WhatsApp partnered with Facebook on new “integrations,” without specifically saying how the data sharing works.

But on Friday, WhatsApp said it was postponing the plan amid an apparent user exodus. “We’re now moving back the date on which people will be asked to review and accept the terms. No one will have their account suspended or deleted on February 8. We are also going to do a lot more to clear up the misinformation around how privacy and security works on WhatsApp,” the service said in a blog post.

The Problem

The heart of the problem is trust (or the lack of it). WhatsApp is owned by Facebook, which has a notorious tecord on digital privacy. The social network has repeatedly tried to clarify that the updated WhatsApp policy will not result in real changes for users when talking with friends or family. But many refuse to give Facebook the benefit of the doubt.

Users Fleeing

This became apparent last week when Telsa CEO Elon Musk urged his followers on Twitter to use competing messaging app Signal. Since then, Signal has seen a massive influx of new users, numbering in the tens of millions.

Company Response

On Friday, WhatsApp reiterated that it will continue to use end-to-end encryption, meaning no one—not even Facebook—will be able to read your messages. “We also can not see your shared location and we don’t share your contacts with Facebook,” the app added.

The company went on to say the policy update itself deals primarily with businesses using WhatsApp to send and store messages with consumers. “This update does not expand our ability to share data with Facebook,” it added.

Doubt Remains

Nevertheless, the updated privacy policy is still a reminder that WhatsApp does share some user data with Facebook. A FAQ outlines how the data from businesses messaging with you can be used for ad targeting over Facebook.

At the same time, the updated privacy policy itself uses broad, but abstract language concerning the data sharing, making it unclear what Facebook can collect from your WhatsApp usage and why.

We will have to wait and see if WhatsApp can clear up the confusion and win back users. In the meantime, the company is indicating it will not begin asking users to opt into the privacy policy until May 15. “We are going to do more over the coming weeks to make sure everyone knows how WhatsApp secures your messages,” added Will Cathcart, the head of WhatsApp.

This blog post is courtesy of PCMag.com updated January 15, 2021.

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How to Create Windows 10 Recovery USB Drive

Have you received the dreaded “No bootable device found” message or a similar one on boot? My wife recently received this message on her PC. Windows 10 would not load. This usually means your hard drive has failed or your PC Master Boot Record (MBR) is corrupt. In her case, the hard drive had failed. We got no warning the hard drive was failing, it died immediately.

Have you received the dreaded “No bootable device found” message or a similar one on boot? My wife recently received this message on her PC. Windows 10 would not load. This usually means your hard drive has failed or your PC Master Boot Record (MBR) is corrupt. In her case, the hard drive had failed. We got no warning the hard drive was failing, it died immediately.

Let’s explore how to create a Windows 10 recovery USB drive to reset your computer to load Windows 10 or reinstall the operating system..

You should create this USB recovery drive after each major upgrade of Windows 10; which is usually every 6 months.

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How to Fix a Detected Hard Disk Problem

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Microsoft File Recovery Tool for Windows 10

This is for devices running Windows 10

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What is a Windows 10 Recovery Drive

If you do not have a USB drive to create Windows 10 recovery disk, you can use a CD or DVD to create s system repair disc. Both types of Windows 10 recovery media allow you to use Windows recovery options even when your computer fails to boot. If you cannot restore your computer, Windows 10 boot repair disk also gives you a chance to reinstall Windows 10.

We will be using the built-in Recovery Media Creator.

You may be concerned about the Windows 10 recovery USB size. While creating a recovery drive, the program will copy a lot of files to the USB drive, so you need to prepare a flash drive that has at least 16 GB capacity (32 GB is preferred) and ensure it’s empty, because all the data on the USB drive will be deleted in this process. If the drive is new, it will be formatted during the recovery creation process.

Create the Recovery Drive

First, connect the USB drive to your computer, and then type “recovery drive” into the Cortana search box. In the listed results, select Recovery Drive app. Refer to below image:

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Start the Recovery Drive app

In the pop-up window that appears, check the option Back up system files to the recovery drive and click Next. See below image:

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The create a Recovery Drive dialog

Now, select the USB flash drive you prepared, and click Next to continue. See following image:

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Selecting your USB device

On the next screen, click Create the recovery drive link to begin creating your Windows 10 recovery USB drive. Refer to below image:

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A warning message that the contents of the USB will be deleted

After finishing this process, you may see an option Delete the recovery partition from your PC. If you have a Windows recovery partition on your PC, you can click it to delete the recovery partition and free up some space on your computer.

When your computer fails to boot, you can use this recovery USB drive to restore Windows 10 to a new hard drive. After installing a new hard drive, power up your computer, change boot order in BIOS to boot your system from the USB drive and follow on-screen instructions to finish the restoration.

Restoring Windows

The recovery drive created by Recovery Media Creator will not work across different versions of Windows. In other words, you cannot use a Windows 8 recovery disk to restore Windows 10, nor can you use a recovery drive made by Windows 10 64-bit to boot a 32-bit computer. That is to say, you cannot create a Windows 10 recovery USB disk from another computer to use for your computer with the built in tool.

Sometimes, you are not allowed to create recovery disk in Windows 10 and the built-in tool says, “We can’t create the recovery drive. A problem occurred while creating the recovery drive”.

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The Recovery Drive problem dialog

If Windows fails to create a recovery drive with the error “We can’t create the recovery drive”, you should first check whether your USB drive is well connected and can be recognized by Windows. If that is not the case, you can simply download the Windows 10 recovery disk ISO file and burn it to your USB flash drive or CD/DVD.

That’s all on how to create Windows 10 recovery disk on a USB drive. As mentioned earlier, you should do this after each major upgrade of Windows 10.

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How to Automatically Change Dark Mode Wallpaper on iPhone or iPad

Changing the wallpaper or background on your iPhone and iPad is a great way to update the appearance of your device, especially with the Dark Mode Apple wallpaper options to choose from. You need to have your device updated to at least iOS 13 or iPadOS 13. It’s best to update to iOS 14 if you’re looking to stay up to date

Changing the wallpaper or background on your iPhone and iPad is a great way to update the appearance of your device, especially with the Dark Mode Apple wallpaper options to choose from. You need to have your device updated to at least iOS 13 or iPadOS 13. It’s best to update to iOS 14 or higher if you are looking to stay up to date.

By using special wallpapers provided by Apple, they will automatically operate in both light and dark modes.

Let’s get started finding and changing our device’s wallpaper to a Dark Mode option.

This is for the iPhone and iPad

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First, launch Settings (the gear icon). Refer to below image:

Wallpaper 1
Accessing Settings

Next, tap the Wallpaper option. See below image:

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Selecting Wallpaper option

Now, in its settings, tap the Choose a New Wallpaper option. See following image:

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Selecting the new Wallpaper option

On the Choose screen, tap the Stills category. Refer to below image:

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Selecting the Stills category

In the Stills category, select a wallpaper that includes the dark mode icon. This looks like several concentric circles with the center cut out of them. If you scroll down, you will notice stills without the icon; these will not work for our purposes. See below image:

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Choosing a Dark Mode Wallpaper

The wallpapers with the dark and light mode icon will change automatically between dark and light versions when dark or light mode is activated.

Once you have selected a still, tap the Set option. See following image:

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Selecting the Set option

Now, decide whether you want to see the wallpaper on your Lock screen, Home screen, or both; or Cancel your selection. Refer to below image:

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Choosing where to apply the new Wallpaper

Next, exit Settings and switch from light to dark mode (or vice versa) by opening Control Center, (swipe down from upper right-hand corner in iOS 14 or higher). Now, hold down the brightness slider, and tap the dark or light mode button to switch modes. After you switch, you will notice that the wallpaper you set changes automatically to match.

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How to Insert an Outlook Contact Into Word

There are a number of ways to insert contact information into a Word document, like using Mail Merge. But what if you just wanted to insert specific Outlook contacts. The easiest way is by adding an Address Book button to the Quick Address Toolbar (QAT) so that you can add contacts on-the-fly and at the touch of a button in any Microsoft Office application.

There are a number of ways to insert contact information into a Word document, like using Mail Merge. But what if you just wanted to insert specific Outlook contacts. The easiest way is by adding an Address Book button to the Quick Address Toolbar (QAT) so that you can add contacts on-the-fly and at the touch of a button in any Microsoft Office application. Lets explore how to insert an Outlook contact into Microsoft Word.

This is for devices running Microsoft Word

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Adding the QAT Address Book Button

(If you have already done this, you may skip this step). To add the button, click the arrow icon in the QAT. This icon opens a drop-down menu that allows you to customize the QAT. Refer to below image:

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Accessing the Quick Access Toolbar

Now, from the available options, choose More Commands. See below image:

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Choosing More Commands

Next, click the Quick Access Toolbar from the left sidebar. Now, choose Commands Not in the Ribbon from the Choose Commands From drop-down menu. See following image:

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Accessing commands not on the ribbon

Now, choose Address Book. Next, click the Add button to add it to the QAT. Refer to below image:

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Adding the Address Book button to the ribbon

Finally, click OK to add the Address Book button. See below image:

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Saving your change for the ribbon

Inserting Contacts Into a Word Document

To insert a contact, position the cursor where you would like to add the contact information. Next, from the Quick Access Toolbar, click the Address Book icon you just added. See following image:

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Selecting the Address Book button to insert a contact

Now, contact names from your address book should appear. If you have multiple address books, select one from the drop-down box to view its contacts. Click the contact you would like to add, then click the OK button. Refer to below image:

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Inserting an Address Book contact into Word

Now, any information that you have for the contact should appear in the document. This, however, is almost entirely up to how thorough you are in creating the contact. For some, it will be just a name and an email address. For others, you will get the full details that includes address, phone number, and the like. It all depends on what you added when you created a new contact (or edited it later).

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How to Use Smart Invert on iPhone

If you love Dark Mode but your favorite iPhone or iPad app or website does not support it, you can force a simulated Dark Mode everywhere using Apple’s built-in Smart Invert accessibility feature.

If you love Dark Mode but your favorite iPhone or iPad app or website does not support it, you can force a simulated Dark Mode everywhere using Apple’s built-in Smart Invert accessibility feature.

This is for the iPhone

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Defining Smart Invert

Smart Invert is an Apple accessibility feature that inverts the colors on your screen (like a negative image), but with a twist. It’s “smart” because it usually prevents images, videos, and some apps that are already dark-colored from getting inverted. It was designed for people with vision loss, low vision, or other vision issues that might benefit from an inverted screen but might not want to see inverted images.

How About Dark Mode

Apple’s system wide Dark Mode (first introduced in iOS 13) generally works well and is supported by a large number of iPhone and iPad apps, but some apps with largely white interfaces still do not support it. Also, if you want to browse the web at night without waking a sleeping buddy, Smart Invert keeps the light low.

Enabling Smart Invert

First, launch Settings (the gear icon). Refer to below image:

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Accessing Settings

Now, navigate to the Accessibility option. See below image:

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Accessing Accessibility option

Next, tap the Display & Text Size option. See following image:

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Accessing Display & Text Size option

In its settings, scroll down until you see Smart Invert toggle. Tap it to turn it on. Your screen will immediately be inverted (a black screen). Refer to below image: (Note! This iPhone will not capture the inverted screen).

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Enabling Smart Invert

Now, exit Settings and use your apps as usual.

Disable Smart Invert

If you want to to turn it off, revisit

Settings > Accessibility > Display & Text Size > Smart Invert

and toggle off the switch. Or you can use a shortcut. Let’s see how to setup a shortcut.

Use a Shortcut

Using a built-in feature called Accessibility Shortcut on your iPhone, you can triple-click your Home button (on older iPhones or your Side button on newer models) to quickly launch an accessibility function such as Smart Invert.

To set it up, launch Settings and navigate to Accessibility. Next, scroll down and tap Accessibility Shortcut. See below image:

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Accessing Shortcut option

Now, you will see a list of Accessibility functions you can toggle with the shortcut. Tap Smart Invert then tap the Back button. See following image:

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Enabling Smart Invert shortcut

Now, whenever you triple-click your Home or Side button (depending on which iPhone model you have), you will launch Smart Invert. If you triple-click it again, Smart Invert will turn off.

Use a Back Tap

Starting with iOS 14 and higher, if you have an iPhone 8 or above, you can use the Back Tap feature to toggle Smart Invert. To do so, go to

Settings > Accessibility > Touch > Back Tap

Now, select whether you want to trigger Smart Invert using a double-tap or triple-tap on the back of your iPhone. In the list of actions that appears, select Smart Invert. Refer to below image where we selected the triple-tap action:

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Assigning Smart Invert option to Back Tap

Now, go back one screen and exit Settings. With Back Tap enabled, you can tap on the back of your iPhone two or three times to quickly turn Smart Invert on or off. That’s it. Please feel free to share this post! One way to share is via Twitter, as mentioned below.

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Three Tweaks to Speed Up Windows 10

Windows 10 is speedier than the previous versions of Microsoft’s desktop operating system, but you can still optimize its performance.

Windows 10 is speedier than the previous versions of Microsoft’s desktop operating system, but you can still optimize its performance.

There are performance factors to consider after you are up and running from a previous version of Windows. Even the latest Windows version isn’t immune to slowdowns.

For people with older, low-power machines who want a speed boost, a few tips towards this end does boost system performance. Lets explore these three tweeks.

This is for devices running Windows 10

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Tweak 1 – Check for Viruses

You can run the built-in Windows Defender or a third-party app to do this, but you are best served by a top pick among malware-cleanup programs, the free Malwarebytes app. Click here to download. Just install and run. Refer to below image:

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Malwarebytes main screen

Tweak 2 – Change Power Settings

This tweak could boost your PC’s computing speed but at the expense of electricity. Head to

Settings (press Start, then the gear icon in lower left-hand corner or your desktop icon) > System > Power & sleep

To the right of your screen, click the Additional power settings link.

Now, click the dropdown arrow on the right side to Show additional plans. Next, select High Performance. See below image:

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Accessing power settings

Tweak 3 – Turn Off Notifications

Yes, like your smart phone, Windows 10 has annoying tips and notifications.

If Windows does not need to generate a notification, your computing will go faster. I have over 20 apps that are capable of sending notifications. To turn them off, head to

Settings (press Start, then the gear icon in lower left-hand corner or your desktop icon) > Notifications & actions

Next, you may want to disable the Get, tips, tricks, and suggestions as you use Windows. See following image:

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Accessing types of Notifications

Now, scroll down to the Get notifications from these senders section. You will see a list of individual apps that can send notifications, and you can uncheck those you do not want to hear from. These notifications reduce processing that Windows needs to do to display relevant information for your system. If Windows does not need to generate a notification, your computing will go faster. Refer to below image:

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Disabling Notifications from senders

An easy way to pause notifications is to tap the Focus Assist button in the Action Center.

To open the Action Center, do one of the following:

  • On the right end of the taskbar, select the Action Center icon
  • Press the Windows logo key  + A
  • On a touchscreen device, swipe in from the right edge of the screen

Just tap through the Focus Assist button to view your options for type of notifications to receive or turn them off. This also makes it easier to re-enable them later.

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How to Enable Full Screen Incoming Calls on iPhone or iPad in iOS or iPadOS 14

In iOS and iPad OS 14, Apple introduced persistent call banners instead of full-screen notifications. This means that when your device is unlocked, regular, FaceTime, and third-party VoIP incoming call banners take only a small space at the top.

In iOS and iPad OS 14, Apple introduced persistent call banners instead of full-screen notifications. This means that when your device is unlocked, regular, FaceTime, and third-party VoIP incoming call banners take only a small space at the top.

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Incoming Call banner mode

This compact UI feature is turned on by default. While you can swipe down on a banner to quickly expand the incoming call to the full-screen mode, it is not a permanent solution.

However, if you want a big contact picture in incoming calls, or do not like the new style, or it’s too easy to miss and you prefer the old way, here is how to activate this feature in iOS and iPadOS 14.

This is for iPhone or iPad running iOS or iPadOS 14

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Open the Settings app (the gear icon). Refer to below image:

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Accessing Settings

Next, scroll down to the Phone section. See below image:

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Accessing the Phone option

Now, choose Incoming Calls option. See following image:

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Accessing Incoming Calls option

Next, checkmark the Full Screen option. Refer to below image:

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Selecting Full Screen for incoming calls

The next time you receive a phone call (a cellular or a VoIP call), you will see a full-screen incoming call notification. See below image:

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Incoming Calls full screen mode

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