Windows 11 File Explorer tabs

Tabs have finally arrived for Windows 11 – but not Windows 10 Tabs in File Explorer are like tabs in a browser. They allow you to have several “views” (different drives and folders,) open at the same time. At the click of a mouse you can move between the tabs to see the different views. …
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Windows 8.1 End of Support

If you are still using Windows 8.1 then you will soon need to make a decision Support for Windows 8.1 will end on January 10th 2023. If you are still using it now, you are going to be receiving regular popups nudging you to take some action – or, at least – to make a …
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Power Options in Windows

What’s the difference between “shut down” and “restart” on a Windows computer? On a Windows computer, you are offered several options if you choose the power option in the Start menu to close the computer. These are usually “Sleep, Shut down, and Restart”. Sleep This option does not close the computer down. Instead, it closes …
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Turn off predictive typing in Word and Windows (10 & 11)

Does predictive typing (predictive text) drive you mad? Do you remember the good old days of the Microsoft “Clippy” character in Microsoft Word? If you started to create a document that looked anything like a letter then it popped up a totally useless box with a totally fatuous and infantile piece of clipart, and a …
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Removing item grouping in “open” dialog boxes

Here’s a really silly setting in Windows that I saw on a client’s computer for the first time last week We don’t know how it happened and I couldn’t immediately see how to change it (but we got there in the end). When this client wished to attach a file to an email message, she …
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Windows 11 will be available from 5th October 2021

Yes, I know, we thought Microsoft had promised us that there wouldn’t be any more versions of Windows. Windows 10 will go on forever. To infinity and beyond If you look into it a bit deeper, though, Microsoft never actually said that “Windows 10” would go on forever. It’s more a question of branding and …
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Resetting Windows

What happens if Windows won’t start? No, it’s not the end of the world (or even civilisation as we know it, Jim) If Windows won’t start up, and the hardware and drive are otherwise OK, a number of options are presented on-screen. These include attempting to “repair” Windows, and “restoring” Windows to a previously saved …
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Windows Restore Points

Give yourself some protection against newly installed software breaking your computer A client phoned me this morning with problems with his internet connection and with the connections between the devices on his local network (computers, cameras, etc). He was fairly sure that the problems started after he installed a particular piece of software a couple …
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Windows Clipboard History

Windows can now remember up to 25 items that you have copied into the clipboard Most people are probably aware that if you “copy and paste” an item (such as a piece of text or an image), then the “copy” is placed in part of the computer’s memory called the “clipboard”. For many years, the …
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Microsoft Support for Windows 7 is Ending

Microsoft Support for Windows 7 ends in January 2020 It may seem like only five minutes since XP and then Vista were retired, but now it’s the turn of Windows 7. Let’s be clear that Windows 7 will not stop working in January, and start queueing up for its pension instead. What will happen is …
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