Category: settings

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…

If you get annoyed by the frequency and intrusiveness of popup notifications on the Windows desktop, it’s easy to control them or silence them altogether.  When a notification arrives, either as a popup on the desktop, or within the action centre, mouse over it and…

Windows Updates can be annoying, especially if you have a low-bandwidth Internet connection.  Fortunately Windows 10 includes controls to help you manage how you receive updates on your PCs, and from where they come.  Opening Settings and navigating to Update & Security and then Delivery Optimisation is…

Windows includes a Spatial Sound feature that can add an extra-immersive, surround feel to audio on your PC, especially when using headphones.  It’s very easy to use as well.  All you need to do to activate (or deactivate) it is to open Settings and then navigate…

Windows includes a Dark Mode that can be used throughout both the operating system and in compatible apps, and it’s very easy to use.  It’s activated by a simple button in Settings.  Open the Settings app and navigate to Personalisation and then Colours.  You will see a Choose your…

The Windows desktop Taskbar System Tray is much more useful than just some place where some of your apps put launch icons.  You can actually use these icons to get quick access to Windows settings and features, and to get live information from your installed apps. …

The lock screen on your Windows 10 PC is much more than a place that hides your desktop from prying eyes when you’re away.  It can provide useful information to help you get working again more quickly and effectively.  To achieve this, from the Start…

If you use more than one Windows PC, laptop, or tablet with wither a Microsoft Account or an Azure AD or Office 365 account, they can automatically synchronise settings such as your personalisation and desktop wallpaper choices, Internet favourites and passwords (in the Microsoft Edge…

Having a lot of apps running in the background on your PC can really slow things down, and sometimes even cause a PC to grind to a halt.  It’s not helped when software also installs additional apps, such as updaters and helper utilities (answers on…