Author: Mike Halsey

If you have a lot of tabs open in your web browser, you might find that you have one website or web app which misbehaves, consumes too much memory or processor time, or that crashes completely.  You can view what’s going on with your browser…

Microsoft’s Edge browser gives you full control over the languages used and installed in the browser, and that are also used for automatic spell-checking when you type into web forms.  To access the language settings, open the main menu in Edge by clicking the menu…

You can take screenshots really easily in Windows, both of your whole desktop, and also of individual open apps or select parts of the desktop or apps.  From the desktop or from within an app at any time press Windows key + Shift + S to…

If you use, or like the look and feel of Microsoft’s Outlook.com webmail service, did you know that you can now add your Gmail account to it.  Doing this will enable you to use your Google email through the Microsoft portal just as you would…

When you install Windows on a PC, or purchase a new PC it will have an obscure name such as Desktop-DS0VFGI which might not cause any problems if you only have a single PC, but if you need to manage multiple devices on a network, or…

One of the most common problems people have on PCs is having their computer set to the correct speaker, headphone, and microphone options when they need them.  I have written about how you can easily manage audio devices from the Taskbar, but sometimes you need…

Adverts online can be annoying, especially auto-play videos, and so adblockers such as the hugely popular Adblock Plus have grown in popularity significantly in recent years.  Unfortunately this also means that an ever increasing number of websites are blocking your access if you have an…

Sometimes when you’re using virtual machines in Hyper-V, you don’t always have to create your own virtual environment as Microsoft provide some pre-configured environments for development and deployment in Windows and Ubuntu Linux.  From the main Hyper-V panel, click Quick Create in the top right corner of…

Sometime you need to install a driver in Windows that’s not strictly compatible with Windows.  This could be for some older, or legacy hardware that you still really need to use, but the only driver available is for Windows 7, or perhaps even Windows XP.  You…

Sometimes a network connection can drop out suddenly, and you’re just left with a “can’t connect” planet icon in the System Tray.  The usual solution would be to restart the PC, but you might have something open on the desktop that will be lost if…