Sunday, April 22, 2018

Windows 10 Tip: Annotate your e-books in Microsoft Edge

In Microsoft Edge, one can not only read e-books but can also annotate them. One can easily personalize e-books by adding highlights in four color options, underline, add notes.

To do this, simply highlight the word or sentence or a para and you’ll get the menu with various options.

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or can get the same option after highlighting and right click.

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One can write small notes with Notes option. And Save the notes for retaining it for future reference. It can be deleted anytime.

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One can also write directly on the book. This can also be saved & erased at any time.

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One can also select the Cortana icon from the same menu to find more information about the content you are reading without leaving the reading experience.

Why not try these option by opening an e-book in Microsoft Edge. Ensure you are having Windows 10 Fall Creators Update or higher.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Tip: How vEthernet (Default Switch) gets created and how to delete them?

Somedays back one of my friend was asking me a query about Network adapters. He said, since last Windows 10 update, he was seeing vEthernet (Default Switch) getting created automatically. And when he tried to delete them, the ‘Delete’ option was greyed out.

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This default switch vEthernet is created by Hyper-V. If you are not using Hyper-V, you can remove it. You can remove it from Settings.

Settings > Apps > Apps & Features > Programs & Features (under Related Settings ) > Turn Windows Features On or Off

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From here Uncheck the Hyper-V and now the vEthernet won’t be created.

Similarly if you were using some VPN software and now you have uninstalled that VPN software from your system as you no longer using it, but the virtual network adapter created by the software didn’t get removed automatically. So its already created.

So if its already created,and you want to delete them but the delete option is greyed out. Here’s how they can be deleted. There are many methods to delete them, we will see the simplest method using Device Manager.

Open Device manager, expand Network Adapters, Right-click on the Network Adapter you want to remove and Uninstall device.

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Apart from this simplest method, there are other methods like deleting network profile using command line, deleting adapter settings via Registry. We will have a detailed look at these & some more methods in other separate post.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

How to get High Efficiency Image File Format (HEIF) support natively in Windows 10

Microsoft is bringing High Efficiency Image File Format (HEIF) support in Windows 10 natively. The Photos app will support this. High Efficiency Image File Format (HEIF) is a file format for individual images and image sequences developed by Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG). HEIF images can store twice as much information as compared to JPEG of the same size and in better quality. Even Apple has announced, its replacing JPEG files and supporting HEIF standard with release of iOS11. They are calling it HEIC.

With the latest Windows Insider Build 17123, Microsoft is adding this support. With the upcoming Redstone 4 Creators update to be released soon for the public, this will be supported natively. As said earlier, Photos app will support this feature. Announcing this feature, Microsoft in its blog post explains -

“HEIF is an image container that leverages modern codecs like HEVC to improve quality, compression, and capabilities compared to earlier formats like JPEG, GIF, and PNG. In addition to traditional single images, HEIF supports encoding image sequences, image collections, auxiliary images like alpha or depth maps, live images & video, audio, and HDR for greater contrast.”

How to get the HEIF support in Windows 10?

For Windows Insiders to try this, first you need to join the Windows App Preview Program for the Photos app and make sure you are running the March release of the  Photos app (Version 2018.18022.13740.0 or newer).

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This version of the Photos app has been updated for RS4 to support viewing the primary image inside a HEIF file and to guide the install of dependencies like the HEIF and HEVC media extensions from the Microsoft Store. Once installed, these media extensions enable HEIF viewing in Photos as well as thumbnails and metadata in File Explorer.

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Double clicking any .heic file, (if you are not having any .heic file, you can get these images from net), Photos prompts to download codec from store. After downloading, .heic files will start showing thumbnails in File Explorer. You might need rebooting.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Windows 10 Tip: Ask Cortana to shut down, restart or sleep your PC

Here’s a small tip. A Cortana feature requested by many.

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Did you know you can now ask Cortana to shut down, restart, or sleep your PC? With the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, you can now shut down, restart, or sleep your PC simply by saying any of these:

  • “Hey Cortana, lock my computer.”
  • “Hey Cortana, shut down my computer.”
  • “Hey Cortana, restart my computer.”

Give it a try.

Friday, February 09, 2018

Delete Windows Diagnostic Data that Microsoft has collected from your device

Microsoft introduced new privacy tools ahead of Data Privacy Day (28th Jan).This included the Diagnostic Data Viewer which the Windows Insiders can have in build 17083 onwards. With Microsoft’s commitment to transparency and control, users can now delete the Windows Diagnostic Data that Microsoft has collected from your device.

To do this, Go to Settings > Privacy > Diagnostics & feedback, you will find a delete button that deletes the Windows diagnostic data associated with your device

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Note: The backend cloud system is currently under development and will be available to complete the Delete requests prior to public release of RS4. 

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Thursday, December 07, 2017

Get Ninja Cat Holiday Escape theme from Microsoft

Microsoft has released a Ninja Cat theme for your PC, check it out.

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“Snow, sun, or sand, Ninja Cat knows how to have the purr-fect holiday getaway--and if you have to flee a fierce Yeti now and then, it just adds to the adventure. Get the best of Ninja Cat's greatest moves, from dogsled under the northern lights to monster truck across the Outback in Down Under. This free, 14-set Windows theme even includes bonus ugly sweater patterns!”

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Get it from the Microsoft Store.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Windows 10 tip: Personalize notifications on your PC

If you want to focus only on the most important notifications, you can easily personalize what notifications you get and how how they how up on your Windows 10 PC.

  • For getting started go to,

Settings > System > Notifications & actions

  • You can send notifications, reminders and alarms directly to the Action Center by right clicking action center in the Taskbar and Select Turn on Quite hours
  • You can stop notifications from showing during a presentation by turning on Hide notifications when I’m duplicating my screen.
  • You can keep them from showing on your Lock Screen when you’re not logged in by turning of Show notifications on the lock screen.
  • You can also turn off notifications from a particular app by turning them off next to the app under Get notifications from these senders or click on the app for more options.
  • You also always have the option to stop getting notifications on your PC by turning off Get notifications from apps and other senders.

These are some of the ways , you can personalize notifications according to your choice.