Tech Tip

Tech Tip – Display System Drives First In File Explorer

In Windows now, by default, your File Explorer opens the Quick Access screen when launched. If you’d rather go back to the old way of displaying your system drives first, here’s how: – Right-click the Quick access link on the left. – Choose Options- – Choose ‘This PC’ from the...

Tech Tip – Quickly Edit File Metadata

If you want to be able to quickly edit the metadata of any files in Windows 10 (e.g. set when photos were taken), and add tags and categories to files, it can be done in 2 easy steps. Here’s how: – In File Explorer, use the Shift+Alt+P to bring up...

Tech Tip – Set Preferred Folder View

If you’ve got a mix of display settings that suits your preferences and needs e.g. a certain thumbnail size, in Windows you can easily set this as the default for all folders of the same type. Here’s how: – Open the View tab on the File Explorer ribbon. – Click...

Tech Tip – Bypass Your Recycle Bin

If, in Windows, you want to stop your Recycle Bin from taking up storage on your drive, or stop anyone from recovering your erased data, there is a fast and easy way to bypass your Recycle Bin and go straight to permanent delete with unwanted files / folders. Here’s how:...

Tech Tip – Arrange Multiple File Explorer Windows Easily

If you have multiple File Explorer windows on your screen, the clutter and confusion can get in the way of the task at hand. Here’s the fast and easy way to re-arrange them: – Right-click the taskbar. – Choose Show windows stacked or Show windows side by side. – That’s...

Tech Tip – Open Files With The Right App

Sometimes in Windows, when you double click on a file to open it e.g. a file that’s been sent to you, the wrong app can open. Here’s how to make sure you select the right app for your file: – Right-click your file. – Choose Open with, then Choose another...

Tech Tip – Create Instant Shortcuts

If you need to access certain files or folders quickly in Windows, you can help yourself by being able to easily create instant shortcuts to them. Here’s how: – Go to the folder or file that you’ll need fast access to. – Hold down Alt then drag it from a...

Tech Tip – Save Space By Quickly Creating Compressed Folders

If you’re running Windows and you’d like to save some space on your disk, there is a way to quickly pack files into a compressed archive, with no third-party software required. Here’s how: – Select the files you want to compress. – Right-click on part of the selection. – Choose...

Tech Tip – Rename Multiple Files at Once

If you have a number of files in Windows that you want to rename but don’t want to waste time renaming them all one-by-one, here’s a quick way to rename them all at once: – Select multiple files (with Shift+click or Ctrl+click) in File Explorer. – Right-click on them and...

Tech Tip – Improve Phone Speed With Lightweight Apps

If your phone has limited memory storage and you regularly use Facebook and Twitter, installing lightweight versions of these apps could help to speed up your phone. Facebook Lite, for example, works just as well as the full version yet uses a fraction of the resources of the full app....