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How to Configure a HomeGroup in Windows

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A homegroup in Windows  makes it easier to share files and printers on a home network. You can share pictures, music, videos, documents, and printers with other people in your homegroup. As a security measure, other people can’t change the files that you share, unless you give them permission to do so. When you set […]

Search Inside Multiple Text Files at Once

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Ever had to find some text inside a bunch of different text files? If you’re in IT, this issue can come up quite often. Maybe you are looking for a particular phrase in log files or maybe you are a programmer and need to find some code that is inside many different code files. Unfortunately, […]

The Easiest Way to Use Kiosk Mode in Windows 10

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Previously, I had written about how you can use Assigned Access to put Windows 8.1 into kiosk mode, which basically only allows one app to be run on the system and that’s it. It’s great for any public computer that you want to have a high degree of control over. With Windows 10, the procedure […]

How to Determine Who Is Connected to Your Wireless Network

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Ever run into a situation where you needed to quickly find out what devices were connected to your wireless network? I recently had a neighborhood get-together and a lot of the kids asked to connect their phones to my WiFi network. Unfortunately, I didn’t enable the guest network in time and so I had to […]

Enable Microphone, Line-In Audio, and Stereo Mix in Windows

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Want to convert some of those old cassette tapes to digital MP3s? Want to use voice dictation software? Want to record some audio from a website that streams music? Want to use your PC as a makeshift karaoke machine? Getting Windows to record all those sounds isn’t always so easy or straightforward. Windows allow more […]

Disable or Turn Off InPrivate Browsing in Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge

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InPrivate browsing is a feature in Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge that is very similar to Google’s Incognito mode. It basically allows you to browse “privately”, meaning your browsing history is not recorded, cookies are not saved, and other data is not stored by your browser. In this article, I’m going to talk about how […]

How to Burn Discs in Windows 7/8/10

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Recently, I was searching online for some free software to burn some CDs and DVDs at home, but then I realized Windows already has built-in burning software in Explorer. It’s actually been there for many years, but it’s so inconspicuous that I tend to forget about it altogether. Windows also gives you a cool option […]

How to Reduce the Size on an Image File

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Previously, I wrote an article on how to reduce the size of an image file using the built-in email option in Explorer or by using a desktop program called Image Resizer for Windows. These are good options, but there are several other ways to go about optimizing an image. Also, a lot of websites will tell […]

How to Disable/Enable Internet Options Tabs in IE

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As an IT guy, I always encounter problems when untrained users tweak their Internet connection settings.  They always make a mistake somewhere and sometimes the solution is to just keep them away from the Internet Options dialog box altogether. I have worked at many companies that hide the Internet Options tab in Internet Explorer to […]

How to Create and Use a Password Reset Disk in Windows 10

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If you’re using a local account to log into Windows 10, it’s probably a good idea to create a password reset disk in case you ever forget your current password. All you need is 5 mins of your time and a spare USB stick. Pretty much everyone has a few of those small USB sticks […]