Sunday, May 06, 2018

Focus Assist : Focus without distractions

With the Apr 2018 Update, Windows is introducing Focus Assist, a feature to stay focused without distractions. Today while in front of screens, we spend much of the time on social media.
In the workplace, the average amount of time people spend on any single event before being interrupted or switching tasks is about three minutes (outside of meetings). Since the average person needs about 23 minutes to regroup after being interrupted, we see our productivity and creativity diminished.
Focus Assist feature will help you stay in the zone. Turn on Focus Assist whenever you want to get things done without distractions, like social media or other notifications.Or it can be scheduled to turn on Automatically during certain times when you need focused time. Like, it can be customised for getting only the priority items like alarms when you want to focus on your work. After that one can get the summary of what had came through during that time, whether notifications, mails etc.

Saturday, May 05, 2018

Night light : Sleep well by lowering your PC’s blue light emission

Your PC’s screens emits blue light, which can keep you awake at night. By reducing this blue light emissions, you can sleep better. This can be done with the Night light feature. Night light displays warmer colors to help in sleep.
One can search for Night light features in Settings search, or open Settings (Winkey +I)
Settings > System > Display  > Click to turn Night light On or Off.
Check the below animation:

One can also customize the color temperature or schedule by clicking “Night light settings”.

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.


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


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


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


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.


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


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.


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).


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.


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.


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


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