Category: Windows 9-10

How to use Airplane mode on a Windows tablet or laptop

If you are a mobile user who travels a lot, then you need a way to work or have fun, while flying. Luckily, just like any smartphone operating system, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 both have a feature named Airplane mode. You can turn it on so that you can use your laptop or tablet while flying. Here’s what Airplane mode does, why you should use it and how, in both operating systems.

NOTE: If you are interested in instructions for Windows 8.1, read page 2 of this guide.

What is the Airplane mode in Windows?

Airplane mode turns off all the wireless communications on your Windows device. That means that it disables any radio chips that might interfere with the airplane’s communication and navigation systems or chips that might not work while you are flying. As the name implies, this feature should be used when flying on an airplane. In Windows, when Airplane mode is turned on, the wireless network card, the Bluetooth chip and the mobile data connection (3G or 4G) are turned off. You should turn it on when boarding planes. After take-off, you can enable the Wi-Fi or the Bluetooth, if you need to use them. However, they should be turned off again when the plane prepares for landing.

This feature also helps you save power when flying. Because some of your device’s components are turned off, they are not used and they don’t consume any power. Therefore, you’ll get slightly better battery life. This benefit alone makes this feature useful also when you don’t board planes but you want to save as much power as possible.

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Command Prompt – How to Use Basic Commands

After we have shared how to open and customize Command Prompt, it is time to see how to use it to perform basic operations. This article will show how to execute commands like changing the working directory, viewing content of a directory, creating and renaming folders, copying, deleting files and folders, and how to launch any application from Command Prompt. Also, it will show how to get help when using the tool.

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27 Useful Keyboard Shortcuts For The Windows 10 Command Prompt

We bet that most of, if not all the power users and geeks out there love to use theCommand Prompt. It’s the one-stop go to whenever you want to issue commands in a text based form and it’s also one of the best ways in which you can issue administrative commands. However, for quite a long time we thought that Microsoft will eventually ditch this useful app and replace it with the newer PowerShell. We’d say that that was a correct assumption, as the Command Prompt has been ignored in all the recent versions of Windows. However, things appear to have made a turn in Windows 10, as the Command Prompt received a few major improvements and features. And one of the best things to have happened is the fact that we now have a lot new keyboard shortcuts that we can use in the Command Prompt. In this article, we’ll show you some of the most useful ones, so don’t stop here: keep reading!

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How To Use Sticky Notes In Windows

Along with Paint, Snipping Tool, WordPad and Notepad, Sticky Notes is an application that has been present in Windows for a very long time. It is small utility that allows you to create all kinds of notes. You can place them anywhere you want on your Desktop, you can format their text, resize and paint them in a variety of colors. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to use Sticky Notes and let you decide whether you want to use it or not.

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3 Useful Tips & Tricks For Using Sticky Notes

If you are using Sticky Notes for quick note taking on a regular basis, we would like to help you take things to the next level and show a few advanced techniques for working with Sticky Notes. In this article we’ll show you how to restore the delete dialogue box if you have set it to be hidden, how to backup your notes and how to copy text from other applications to Sticky Notes while maintaining the formatting.

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Learn to use the Windows 10 Recovery Drive

Sooner or later, nearly every Windows user powers up the machine — and Windows simply refuses to start.

Every current version of Windows lets you create and run a self-booting rescue disc, but Win10 takes that tool to a new level.

The Windows 10 Recovery Drive comes with multiple tools for repairing and reinstalling Windows. You can, for example, use a system restore point to restore an image backup, run an automated Startup Repair tool, refresh Windows (either keeping or removing your data), or completely reinstall the operating system.

If you’re lucky, you’ll never need your Win10 recovery drive. But when things go serious wrong with Windows 10, you’ll be extremely relieved to have it. Here’s how to create and use a recovery drive.

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Windows 10 Upgrade disc for members who have OMUG enterprise versions of WIN 7, WIN 8 and WIN 8.1

The Windows 10 Upgrade discs are now available.

All members who received the Win 7, 8/8.1 enterprise version from OMUG are eligible for this disc. We will start distribution at the Sept.10 meeting.

Microsoft has advised us that a CLEAN install must be made for this upgrade.  This means that all programs will have to be reinstalled.

Be sure that you understand the procedure for a CLEAN install before inserting the disc.

  1. Make sure your computer is backed up prior to attempting this or ANY upgrade.
  2. The same upgrade disc works for all Windows versions.
  3. You will need a disc for each processor.  (one disc for 32 bit and one disc for 64 bit)
  4. If you received more than one previous upgrade, you will only get one (1) Windows 10 disc for each operating version. (The Windows 10 disc can be use multiple times)

This upgrade is free.  However, we requests that a $3 donation be made to OMUG to cover the cost of materials.

The donation can be made at the next meeting or sent to: 

  • OMUG
  • 3701 Pacific Ave SE  PMB#225
  • OLYMPIA, WA 98501-2124

Thanks: treasurer@olymug.org

Windows 10: Five free apps that make Microsoft’s new OS better

With the release of Windows 10, Microsoft decided to cut and mangle some beloved, long-standing features available in previous versions of its operating system.

Windows Media Center is gone and Solitaire now shows you full-screen ads, which you have to pay to get rid of.

That’s not to mention the outcry over Microsoft releasing software to play DVDs that costs $14.99 through the Windows Store.

Fortunately, you can ignore these shenanigans – as there is plenty of free software out there to fill the gaps in Microsoft’s new OS.

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The Complete Guide To Pinning Everything To The Windows 10 Start Menu

Windows 10 is here and we know for a fact that some of you are big fans of the new Start Menu. This is the reason why we’ve decided to show you all the methods that we know for pinning all kinds of things to the Start Menu. You’re in for a rather long article, so grab a cup of your favorite beverage and read on. 🙂

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How To Backup Data With File History In Windows 8.1 & Windows 10

File History is an awesome tool included in all versions of Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. It allows for easy automated backups of your data and it works with a number of devices on which data can be stored. As you will see from this guide, it is very easy to set up and use, because it needs very few resources and it knows how to store multiple versions of your files so that you can easily revert to the version you need, when you need it. In this guide to File History, you will learn how to find it, enable it and change the way it works.

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