Windows 10-Checking for updates

It is always good to keep your PC or laptop updated. In the wake of Increasing threats to security, updates are a way to go. Updates provide the latest security fixes and keeps your system protected. In order to check for updates, one would have to follow these steps-

  1. Click on the Start Button.
  2. On the Left click on Settings (Gear Icon).Screenshot (128).png
  3. Then click on Update and Security.Screenshot (129).png
  4. If there are updates already downloaded, then click on Download otherwise click on Check for Updates.Screenshot (130).png

Trusted Host Location

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Whenever you open a file which was downloaded from the Internet, like a Word File or an Excel file it always opens in Protected view. In this mode one cannot edit the file unless you trust it. This is the default precautionary measure taken by Windows. This is quite acceptable given the amount of Malware on the Internet.

But all files which are from the Internet are not Malware. Some files are the ones you trust especially which come from your friends and family. You would not want to open them in Compatibility Mode, Do You? Fortunately Windows has a solution for this, it is called the Trusted Host Location.

A Trusted Host Location is a path to a folder in your computer. Any files which would go into that folder are the ones you trust. When you open any file from that Folder, it would open in the Edit Mode and not in Protected View because it is coming from a location you Trust.

Finding out the Version of Windows O.S.

There might be times when you need to find the version of the O.S. you are running. It becomes even more Important since Microsoft has stopped releasing major versions of Windows. By this I mean just like Windows 10, there won’t be a Windows 11 or a Windows 12 for that matter. It would basically be Windows 10 with major updates coming every year. In order to keep track of the updates there are Version Updates. The last Major Update was the Windows Anniversary Update which was termed as Version 1607.

In order to find the O.S. Version, follow these steps-

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  1. Do Windows + R, this would open up the Run Dialog Box.
  2. Type “winver
  3. This would launch another window listing the O.S. and it’s version.

 

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Making Multiple copies of a File in a Folder

Sometimes there might be a need to make multiple copies of the same file. Normally in order to make a copy of a file, one would have to open the file and click “Save As” on the Menu to the save the file in a different name. The key to having multiple copies of a file is to make sure that each file is named differently otherwise they will overlap.

Fortunately this can be done quite easily by writing some commands on the Command prompt of Windows.

Steps

  1. Create a Folder where you want to save the files.
  2. Save the File in the Folder for which you want to make multiple copies.
  3. Name the File as “1” . For Example 1.pdf
  4. Open the Command Prompt in Windows and run as Administrator
  5. Change your directory to the location of the folder
  6. And then type this command

    for /l %f in (1,1,5) do copy 1.pdf %f.pdf

On the command above “5” is the number of copies to be made. Substitute that with the number of copies you would actually need.

This is how it appears Initially. There is a Text Document named “1” on a folder.

 

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And then you type this command on the Command Prompt

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And finally you get 9 copies of the same file!

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Windows 8 removing tiles for the Start Menu

Windows 8 as everyone knows has a Start screen. This screen basically contains a list of tiles. Most of the tiles which are present on the screen might not be useful at all. Those tiles can be removed.

In order to remove multiple times at once, one would have to press the ctrl key and select the tiles which you want to remove. Then click remove on the pop up menu at the bottom. Now the selected tiles would be removed from the screen.

Windows 10 Shortcut-Quick Access Window

Windows 10 had brought back a couple of features like the Start Menu. And if you would recall in Windows 7, the start menu had a list of recently accessed files. This is now listed in a Quick Access Window. This window basically gives you a list of the recent folders and files which you have worked with.

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The folders get listed on the top whereas the files are located on the bottom. It is always good to have this at your fingertips since it would save time in navigating to a specific folder or file. Fortunately we have a shortcut to launch the Quick Access Window.

The Shortcut is

 

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Windows-Split Screen

Multitasking has become a necessary skill in order to be successful nowadays. We might need to work on two or multiple applications at the same time.

Windows 10 has a functionality called as Split screen which would help you achieve that purpose. One could basically open two windows side by side and work on them simultaneously.

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In order to  use the split screen feature type the Windows key and the left arrow. This would push your window to the left and it would take 50% of the screen width. Once that is done, Windows would allow you to choose which application you would like to have as the second window.