How to Drag Tabs Between Browser Windows

Did you know you can drag tabs between browser windows within Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and Safari on Windows, Linux, and Mac? (But not between different browser types.) It seems obvious in retrospect, but many people never notice.

Did you know you can drag tabs between browser windows within Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and Safari on Windows, Linux, and Mac? (But not between different browser types.) It seems obvious in retrospect, but many people never notice. Let’s explore how this is done.

This is for modern browsers. Screenshots are from Chrome in Windows 10

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First, open Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Apple Safari, or Mozilla Firefox on a Mac or PC. Open a few tabs in one browser window and then press Ctrl+n (or Command+n on a Mac) to open another browser window.

To move a tab between browser windows, click and drag the tab from the tab bar in one window onto the tab bar in another window.

(In Safari, you can alternatively just drag a tab and drop it anywhere on top of another Safari browser window.) Refer to below image for using Chrome:

Tabs 1

Once you drag the tab into the other window’s tab bar, you will see that tab appear in the tab list of the destination window. See below image:

Tabs 2

In Chrome, Edge, and Firefox, you can select multiple tabs. Just hold down Ctrl (or Command on a Mac) and click on multiple tabs. Once they are selected, you can drag them off into a new window, or you can close all of them by pressing any tab’s X button.

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How to Remove All Images in a Word Document

If you need to quickly remove all the images and graphics from a Microsoft Word document, it’s easy to use a built-in option to delete them all at once.

If you need to quickly remove all the images and graphics from a Microsoft Word document, it’s easy to use a built-in option to delete them all at once. Let’s explore how this is done.

This is for devices running Microsoft Word

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The Technique

Microsoft Word includes a feature called Find and Replace to find items in your documents and replace them with something of your choice. Using this feature, you can find all the images in your document and replace them with nothing. This removes the images and leaves a blank space where they were located.

As a slight drawback, this technique will also remove all charts and graphs from your document.

The Removal Process

First, open your document with Microsoft Word. Next, in the menu at the top of the window, click Home. Now, click Replace in the Editing section of the toolbar. Refer to below image:

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Accessing the Replace button

Next, in the Find and Replace window, click the Find what box. In this box, type:

^g

(Alternately, you can click the More button, and then select Special and Graphic from the drop-down menu. Word will insert a ^g for you.)

In this case, ^g is a special code that means “graphic.” This “graphic” tag includes all images, charts, or graphs in your document. But no need to worry, you can undo this step later if you remove the images by mistake.

Now, click Replace All at the bottom of the window. See below image:

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Selecting Replace All to remove all images

All images in your document will be removed. A pop-up window will appear denoting the number of images removed. Click OK to close the window. See following image:

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Pop-up window denoting number of images replaced with a blank line

If you want to bring them back, press Ctrl+Z on Windows or Command+Z on Mac to undo the removal process. Or, you can insert images again if necessary. (You may need to edit your document to remove blank lines). Now, save your changes (if any) and exit Word.

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What Are Windows 11 Minimum Requirements

Following are the basic requirements for installing Windows 11 on a PC. If your device does not meet these requirements, you may not be able to install Windows 11 and might want to consider purchasing a new device.


Following are the basic requirements for installing Windows 11 on a PC. If your device does not meet these requirements, you may not be able to install Windows 11 and might want to consider purchasing a new device. If you are unsure whether your PC meets these requirements, you can check with your PC Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) or, if your device is already running Windows 10, you can use the PC Health Check app to assess compatibility.

Note! As of this writing, the PC Health Check app has been removed from the App Store. The reason is because the app is denying millions of PCs for the upgrade. Microsoft has some hurdles to overcome. Let’s find out.

This is for Windows 10 devices

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The Requirements

Processor:

  • 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64 bit processor System on a Chip (SoC)

RAM:

  • 4 gigabyte (GB)

Storage:

  • 64 GB or larger storage device

System firmware:

  • UEFI, Secure Boot capable

TPM:

  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0

Graphics card:

  • Compatible with DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver

Display:

  • High definition (720p) display that is greater than 9” diagonally, 8 bits per color channel

Internet connection and Microsoft accounts: 

  • Windows 11 Home edition requires internet connectivity and a Microsoft account to complete device setup on first use. Switching a device out of Windows 11 Home in S mode also requires internet connectivity.

For all Windows 11 editions, internet access is required to perform updates and to download and take advantage of some features. A Microsoft account is required for some features.

Check Your Version of Trusted Platform Module (TPM)

To check this, we are going to use the Device Manager.

First, type “device manager” in the Cortana search box in lower left-hand corner. Next, in the search results, click on Device Manager in upper left-hand corner. Refer to below image:

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Selecting Device Manager

Now, after the Device Manager opens, scroll down and click on Security Device to expand the menu and see if any TPM entries exist. See below image:

Win 11 Requirements 2
Opening Security devices for TPM entry

This computer meets the requirement for version 2.0 of TPM.

If you have TPM 1.2, you may be able to upgrade to Windows 11; there are no guarantees.

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How to Create a Link for Selected Text in Chrome

As of Google Chrome version 90 and higher, you can create a link to selected text on a web page. When clicked, this link takes you to the page and highlights the selected text.

As of Google Chrome version 90 and higher, you can create a link to selected text on a web page. When clicked, this link takes you to the page and highlights the selected text. Let’s explore how to create such links.

This is for devices running Chrome 90 and higher. Screenshots are from Windows 10 PC

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Enable the Feature

For some of us, Chrome’s Copy Link to Text feature is enabled by default, for others, it’s not. If this is your case, you will have to manually enable it on Chrome’s experimental flags page.

First, open Google Chrome on your computer. In the address bar of any window, type:

chrome://flags

and press Enter. Refer to below image:

Enabling Chrome flags

Now, on the Experiments tab that opens, click the search box at the top and type this:

Copy Link To Text

See below image:

Setting up the feature

Next, in the search results, click the drop-down menu beside Copy Link To Text and select Enabled. See following image:

Enabling the feature

Now, Chrome will ask you to restart the browser so that the change can take effect. Click Relaunch in bottom left-hand corner. Refer to below image:

Restart Chrome

After Chrome restarts, the feature will now be enabled.

Create the Link

To use the Copy Link to Text feature, first, open a site and select the text that you want to copy a link for using your mouse or keyboard. See below image:

Highlight the link

Next, right-click the highlighted text and select Copy Link to Highlight from the menu. See following image:

Copy highlighted link

Now, Chrome will copy the link for your selected text to your clipboard. You can now share this link via social media, send it in an email, paste it in a text editor, or use any other method. Refer to below image for sending the link via email:

Paste the link in an email

When the recipient clicks the link, they will be taken directly to the page with the previously selected passage highlighted. See below image:

Once the above email link is clicked, you will see the highlighted text in the original document

It’s a very handy feature.. Repeat as often as you like.

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How to Use Safety Check in Google Chrome

Google Chrome offers a tool that lets you perform a checkup to secure your web browsing.

Google Chrome offers a tool that lets you perform a checkup to secure your web browsing. Let’s explore this feature.

This is for devices running Google Chrome. Screenshots are from Windows 10 PC

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First, launch the Chrome web browser on your Windows 10, Mac, Chrome OS, or Linux computer and click the three-dot (hamburger icon) located in the top-right corner. Refer to below image:

Selecting the hamburger icon

Next, click on Settings from the drop-down menu. See below image:

Selecting the Settings option

Now, scroll down to find the Safety Check section and click the Check Now option. See following image:

Selecting the Check Now option

Next, Chrome will kick off the Safety Check test. Depending on how much browsing data you have, this can take anywhere from a few seconds to a couple of minutes. When finished, just click the Review option by any listing. Refer to below image:

Selecting the Review button

In this process, Chrome scans a total of four core modules to look for any malicious code. It will make sure that the browser app is on the most recent version for protection against the latest internet viruses and that all of your installed third-party extensions are harmless. It will also check whether any of your saved passwords have been compromised in a data breach and that Safe Browsing, a setting that warns you against suspicious sites, is enabled.

Once the Safety Check is complete, Chrome will pull up shortcuts for anything that may need your immediate attention, such as reviewing compromised credentials.

After running Safety Check on my PC, it found comprised passwords. See below image where we are displaying three of them:

Viewing Comprised Passwords

After taking the recommended steps, you can also run the Safety Check again to ensure that your new security settings are active.

There’s another feature you can use by switching on Enhanced Safe Browsing, an advanced mode that allows Google to assess your browsing for potential threats and suggest privacy-focused improvements. However, we do not recommend using this option because you are choosing to share a copy of your browsing data with Google.

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How to Disable Snap to Maximize in Windows 10

You are using Windows 10, then suddenly; Snap. You have just dragged a window too close to the top edge of the screen, and now it’s maximized! If this automatic window snapping is not what you want, it’s easy to turn off.

You are using Windows 10, then suddenly; Snap. You have just dragged a window too close to the top edge of the screen, and now it’s maximized! If this automatic window snapping is not what you want, it’s easy to turn off.

This is for devices running Windows 10

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Why Windows Snap

The fact that certain windows will maximize when dragged too close to the edge of the screen is thanks to a Windows 10 feature called Snap Assist. It allows you to quickly make windows snap to fill available spaces on the screen without having to resize each one.

To visualize this, let’s say you have a Web browser, Word document, File Explorer, and the Windows 10 Settings app all open on your Windows 10 device. When you snap one of those applications, like Microsoft Word, to the left side of your screen, Windows 10 will show you a layout of your remaining open apps on the right side of the screen. Clicking any one of them will maximize that app and snap it to the right side of the screen.

But not everyone enjoys this feature, and there’s an easy way to turn it off.

How to Disable Snap

First, launch the Settings app by opening the Start menu and clicking the small gear icon in the left side of the Start menu. You can also press Windows+I to launch it. Refer to below image:

Snap 1
Accessing Settings app

Now, in Settings, click System. See below image:

Snap 2
Accessing System section

Next, in System settings, click Multitasking in the sidebar. Then, locate the Snap windows option and flip the toggle to turn it Off, See following image:

Snap 3
Turning Snap feature to Off; default is On

Now, close Settings. You can now position windows anywhere on the screen without them snapping into place.

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How to Reset Windows 10 Settings App

On Windows 10, you can reset the Settings app when it does not want to open, keeps crashing, or when you are experiencing other problems.

On Windows 10, you can reset the Settings app when it does not want to open, keeps crashing, or when you are experiencing other problems.

If you are dealing with these problems, Windows 10 includes a way to reset the Settings app using the built-in secret option. Let’s explore how to reset the Settings app when it’s not working.

This is for devices running Windows 10

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Like with resetting any other app, when you reset the Settings app, it removes a variety of settings and brings them back to their default values. This can fix bugs and other problems that are caused by your custom settings.

To start resetting Settings, first, click your Start menu. Now, in the Cortana search box (next to the Start menu) type in “settings” (without the quotes). Next, in the search results, right-click the app and select App settings. Refer to below image:

Reset 1
sAccessing App settings

In the Settings window, scroll down to the Reset section and click Reset. See below image:

Reset 2
Accessing Reset section

You will get a prompt stating your app’s data will be deleted. Click Reset in the prompt to continue. See following image:

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Selecting the Settings Reset option

The Settings app is now reset. Now, you can launch it as mentioned above or by pressing Windows+I.

If this does not fix your issue, you might want to reset your entire Windows 10 PC. (We recommend you only do this as a last resort). This brings all your settings to their default states, potentially fixing many issues on the computer.

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How to Name Chrome Windows for Alt+Tab and Taskbar

If you keep many Google Chrome windows open to organize your tabs like me, you can go one step further and name each window. Chrome’s built-in naming feature makes it easy to remember the windows name in the Taskbar or the overview screen (Alt+Tab).

If you keep many Google Chrome windows open to organize your tabs like me, you can go one step further and name each window. Chrome’s built-in naming feature makes it easy to remember the windows name in the Taskbar or the overview screen (Alt+Tab).

The Windows naming feature was introduced in Chrome 90 and is available for Chrome on Windows 10, Mac, and Linux. It is easy to use and can save you from opening the wrong window.

This is for devices running Chrome 90. Screenshots are from Windows 10

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First, launch Chrome and open a Chrome window. Next, click the three-dot menu (the hamburger) icon in the top-right of the Chrome window. Refer to below image:

Name 1
Accessing the main menu

Now, from the drop-down menu, select More Tools. See below image:

Name 2
Selecting More Tools option

Next, from the expanded options, click Name Window. If you don’t see this, you are not running Chrome 90. To check your Chrome version, go to:

Click the three-dot menu (the hamburger) icon > Help > About Google Chrome

Now, your Google version will be displayed. Google should auto update to the latest version.

See following image for your expanded options:

Name 3
Accessing Name window option

A pop-up text box will appear. Now, enter the name for the window and click OK. Refer to below image:

Name 4
Naming your window

Alternatively, you can right-click the title bar of the Chrome window and select Name Window from the drop-down menu and go through the process of assigning it a name. See below image:

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Accessing Name window option from title bar

You will now see this name in the Alt+Tab on Windows 10. See following image:

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Your Alt+Tab named window

Additionally, this name will appear in the Taskbar on Windows 10. Refer to below image:

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Your Taskbar named window

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How to Remove Weather and News Widget in Windows 10

Surprise! Microsoft rolled out a taskbar “Weather and News” widget in June 2021. And it is a mess. The widget is running MSN.com all the time in the background, and uses the Edge browser. I do not use either. Besides, you have to go through a myriad of screens to configure the widget. Microsoft is trying to make money by posting ads through the widget.

Surprise! Microsoft rolled out a taskbar “Weather and News” widget in June 2021. And it is a mess. The widget is running MSN.com all the time in the background, and uses the Edge browser. I do not use either. Besides, you have to go through a myriad of screens to configure the widget. Microsoft is trying to make money by posting ads through the widget. Let’s explore how to remove this feature.

This is for devices running Windows 10

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It’s pretty hard to miss when it appears. You will see a weather forecast in a small box next to the clock and notification area. Selecting the widget opens a panel with more weather info, stocks, sports scores, news, and more. For me, I do not need or want this widget running MSN.com in the background. I can get the widget “cards” info when I want it.

You already have the news and weather through Live Tiles on the desktop. You really do not need duplicated access.

Interesting, if you move the taskbar to the top, left, or right on the screen, the widget disappears. Bug or feature? I think it’s a bug. But, who knows. When Windows 11 arrives in the fall, the UI will change to be Mac-like, a revamped tablet interface, among many other modifications. Microsoft may fix the widget by then.

Fortunately, it’s easy to get rid of it. First, right-click anywhere on the taskbar to load the widget. Refer to below image:

Taskbar 1
The Weather and News widget

From the menu, select News and interests and then click Turn off from the submenu. See below image:

Taskbar 2
Turning off the Widget

The weather widget will no longer be present in your taskbar. If you would like to bring it back at any time, simply open the same menu and select Show icon and text.

Alternatively, you can also select Show icon only for a smaller widget that takes up less room on your taskbar.

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What’s Coming in Windows 11

Just before Apple’s June 24th announcement, it’s not a long shot to know some of the features being moved onto Windows 11. Here are the major ones.

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Just before Apple’s June 24th announcement, it’s not a long shot to know some of the features being moved onto Windows 11. Here are the major ones.

This is for 2021 Fall release of Windows 11

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A New Look for Windows 11

Windows 11 image courtesy of Windows Central

In the latest Insider dev channels, there are already countless icons that have seen a redesign, giving most of these the most dramatic changes in looks since Windows 7.

It’s been long rumored that the UI is currently being redesigned, with a new font, Segoe UI Variable, already enabled in dev versions as early as build 21376. However, Microsoft’s design team is also looking for a new font, asking users, to pick from five fonts to replace Calibri.

There’s been a recent job posting, that gives even more weight to a redesign coming. It described the role as “building new parts and modernizing existing parts of the Windows UX, conducting user research to understand users’ needs.”

While this could also mean a subtle refresh of Windows 10, it could mean a huge redesign for Windows 11, if it is confirmed at the June 24 event.

With the recent build of 21996 confirming the Windows 11 name, we can also see a refresh UI, with the start button and the icons on the taskbar moving to the middle, being reminiscent of the dock from macOS.

It’s not just the fonts and the icons that are seeing a refresh for Windows 11, it even goes to the corners across the whole of the operating system, which looks to set it apart even further from Windows 10.

Task Manager courtesy of Windows Latest

Alongside the new look, there’s also the implementation of rounded corners coming up. This will remove the sharp edges across the whole of the user interface and bring a softer appearance to Windows 11.

The start menu is now apparently at the center of the taskbar, but there is a way to bring the classic menu back to the left.

From app windows to the Start Menu, to buttons, Live Tiles, and even the Action Center, there is a redesign. This redesign feature could have a dramatic effect on how Windows 11 looks, and help make it stand out to users if they are upgrading from Windows 10.

Windows 11 new OS features

A big update to Windows 11 will not just be to the look of the operating system, but in the useful features that it can bring to many situations.

It’s been reported that Microsoft will be including battery usage statistics to the Settings app. Smartphones have had this sort of feature for many years, but it’s been conspicuously absent in Windows.

Other rumored features that could be moved over to Windows 11 could include the ability to uninstall most of the pre-installed Microsoft apps, improvements to Snap Assist for external displays, and a dashboard for your Microsoft Account that lives in the taskbar. 

Additionally, recent test builds have suggested that the Taskbar and File Explorer processes usually seen in Task Manager looks to be separated, at long last.

Alongside this, right clicking on the Taskbar for Task Manager is now absent, alongside the keyboard shortcut of Win + X to switch to PowerShell is also gone. Personally, I want the right-click back for the Task Manager.

Windows 11 tablet improvements

Tablet mode has been one of Windows’ weaker points ever since Windows 8. 

However the most important feature currently rumored is a new gesture layer that would sit above the user interface and allow trackpad-like gestures on a touchscreen.

Pen and voice inputs are both expected to receive further refinement as well, with a new UI for voice and context menu for pen are both planned. These tablet features could be a showcase for Windows 11, especially with future Surface products in the pipeline from Microsoft. To have a new, numbered operating system for its upcoming tablets could be a big selling point for new users.

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