How to turn On or Off Mobile Hotspot in Windows 10

Mobile Hotspot:

It is a widely used facility in smart phone nowadays. When we switch On the Mobile hotspot tethering, we can share our Mobile 3G/4G data with any device with a wireless connection. They can connect to the internet via our smartphone’s connection. By providing the Username and Password (WEP/WPA/WPA2 security algorithm) we can restrict the unknown users from getting our internet connection.

Windows PC Mobile Hotspot:

Here we are going to see how to use our Windows PC as a Mobile Hotspot. If our PC has a cellular data connection, by turning On the Mobile Hotspot we will be able to share our internet connection with desired devices.

 

Steps to follow to Turn On or Off Mobile Hotspot on Windows 10 PC

Turn On settings

Step 1:

Click Start and Click Settings and click on the Network & Internet icon.

Step 2:

Click on Mobile hotspot from the left side and choose the option for “share my internet connection from” on your PC for devices (ex: Cellular, Ethernet, or Wi-Fi)

Step 3:

Click the edit button to change the  network name and network password for the devices to connect with.

Step 4:

Now you can share this Username and Password  to whom you want to share the internet connection with, when you have Mobile Hotspot turned On for your PC.

 

Steps to  turn Off Mobile Hotspot on Windows 10 PC

Step 1:

Click Start and Click Settings and click Network & Internet icon.

Step 2:

Click  Mobile Hotspot on the left side, and turn Off Share your Internet connection with other devices.

Step 3:

All the connected devices lose connection now.

 

How to Toggle Winamp Windows using Keyboard Shortcut

Winamp is all time favorite media player. You will love to work with Winamp if you familiar with its keyboard shortcuts.

You can create Universal shortcut to open Winamp from any application. Check it out shortcut text box in Winamp shortcut properties to create universal shortcut.

Open Winamp and use these shortcuts to Toggle its windows.

Press Alt+W to Toggle (Show/Hide) Winamp Main Player Window.
Press Alt+E to Toggle (Show/Hide) Winamp Playlist Window.
Press Alt+L to Toggle (Show/Hide) Winamp Media Library Window.
Press Alt+V to Toggle (Show/Hide) Winamp Video Window.
Press Alt+X to Toggle (Show/Hide) Winamp Browser Window.
Press Alt+G to Toggle (Show/Hide) Winamp Graphics Equalizer Window.
Press Alt+C to Toggle (Show/Hide) Winamp Skin Settings Window.
Press Ctrl+Shift+K to Toggle (Show/Hide) Visualization  Window.

 

How to Enable “Hey, Cortana” in Windows 10

Windows 10’s great new feature is Cortana. Cortana is a Virtual Personal Assistant just like Apple Siri.

Cortana can be used to get the weather forecasts, sending emails, find files and folder, tell you jokes, set any reminders and yes to search the internet…

Cortana can be activated by Voice or we can type classic search box style. To activate Cortana by voice you need to tell “Hey, Cortana” in your mic. If there is no response, first you need to check whether Cortana is configured to respond voice commands or not.

Follow these easy steps to configure Contana to respond “Hey, Cortana” voice command.

  1. Click Search box in the Taskbar.
  2. Click the the icon in the upper left to get to Settings.
  3. Click the Settings to open the Settings.
  4. There will a option to enable “Hey, Cortana”.
  5. Slide it to On Position.

Now you can activate Cortana by saying “Hey, Cortana”

 

How to Install or Remove Extensions in Microsoft Edge in Windows 10

Now Windows 10 inbuilt browser Microsoft Edge providing new Extensions feature. This Extensions feature already available in Firefox and Google Chrome.

Follow these easy steps to install Extension in Microsoft Edge

  1. Open Microsoft Edge Web browser.
  2. Click or Tab Menu button found in the Top Right corner of the window.
  3. Select Extensions list item.
  4. If you don’t see the Extensions menu item in the menu, your Windows 10 not yet downloaded the Latest Microsoft Edge browser. Windows 10 offering this Extension feature via updates. You have to wait until then.
  5. After clicking the Extension menu item, it will take you to the Extension panel window. This panel will list your all of the Extensions you currently installed.
  6. Click or Tab “Get Extensions from Store” button. It will show the Microsoft Extensions page.
  7. Choose your Extension and click or tab Download and Click Run once downloaded.
  8. Extension installer will extract the Extension content to Downloads folder.
  9. Now open Microsoft Edge browser and Click menu button and then Click Extensions.
  10. Now click Load Extension button and choose the folder where the Extension from store is downloaded and extracted.
  11. Click Select folder to load the Extension to Microsoft Edge Browser.
  12. Now you can see the Extension is loaded in Microsoft Edge browser.

To Remove the Extension from Microsoft Edge browser

  1. Open Microsoft Edge browser.
  2. Click or Tab Menu button
  3. Click Extension to load your installed extensions.
  4. Click the Extension you want to remove.
  5. You can find the options of that Extension.
  6. Scroll down to the bottom  and click Remove button.
  7. Now your Extension will be removed from Microsoft Edge browser.

How to Add a Website Shortcut to your Android home screen with Google Chrome

If you are regularly visiting a Website in your Android mobile and you think to have its shortcut in your Android home screen rather than opening Google Chrome and typing Website Url then this tip is for you.

You may have several browsers in your mobile but using this easy tip you can easily add a Website shortcut in your home screen and it will be opened via Google Chrome only.

Lets get into the steps,

  1. Open Google Chrome in your Android mobile.
  2. Type your favorite website Url. Navigate to your favorite link if any.
  3. Tab menu icon (Three vertical dots) found in the top right.
  4. Tab Add to Home screen menu item.
  5. It will popup with the Website title. It will be the Home screen shortcut icon’s name. You can customize if you want.
  6. That’s it. Now the Website Shortcut will be displayed in your Android home screen with its Website’s icon (Favicon).

How to Reduce Windows 10 Data Usage by Disabling or Restricting Automatic Updates

Windows 10 is designed to connect always and stay up to date. It will consume much more data compared to other windows versions. You can check the Apps data usage too.

Windows 10 Automatic updates plays major role in the Data Usage. It consumes a lot.

Follow these few tricks to avoid more data usage in Windows 10.

Disable Automatic updates by setting your Wifi connection as metered connection from Settings app

  1. Open Settings app, Click Network & Internet.
  2. Click Advanced Options to show the list of Wifi connections
  3. Click to Enable Set as metered connection.

Disable or Restrict Automatic updates from Group Policy

  1. Open Run dialog box by pressing Winkey+R
  2. Type the following and press enter
    gpedit.msc
  3. Open,
    Computer Configuration->Administrative Templates->Windows Components->Windows Update
  4. Double Click “Configure Automatic Updates” to open it.
  5. You can set Disabled to Disable Automatic Updates completely. Completely disabling is not recommended by Microsoft.
  6. You can have the other options with Enabled setting like,
    a) Notify for download and notify for install
    b) Auto download and notify for install
    c) Auto download and schedule the install
    d) Allow local admin to choose setting

By using these settings you can take control of your Data in Windows 10 Automatic Update. But don’t forget to check the Data Usage. It gives a clear view about which Apps consumes more data.

 

How to Remove Live Tiles from the Windows 10 Start menu

If you don’t like the new Windows 10 Tiles in the Start menu you can remove them one by one or all.

Click Start button to open the start menu. Right Click on any Tile you want to remove and click Unpin from start.

You can do this to all Tiles one by one to remove all the Tiles. Then your Start menu will be look like old Classic Windows Start menu style.

 

How to Set Access Time Limits Locally for an User Account in Windows 10

You can set Time limit for an User account in Windows 10. You can set the User can use computer on Particular Day and Particular time periods.

Open Command Prompt in Administrator mode.

This is the basic command for setting Time limit for a User account.

net user <useraccountname> /time:<day>, <time>

Replace <useraccountname> with your User account you want set Time limit.

Replace <day> with the day user can access. It can be full day format (Sunday) or short day format (Su, M, T, W, Th, F, Sa).

Replace <time> with the time range. (3pm-4pm).

 

Examples:
This sets user john to access the computer on sunday, from 9AM to 9PM.

net user john /time:Su,9am-9pm

This sets user donald to access the computer from monday to friday, from 9AM to 6PM.

net user donald /time:M-F, 9AM-6PM

This sets user gates to access the computer on specific days and specific times. Multiple time range can be specified using semicolon “;” .

net user gates /time:M,9AM-6PM; Sa,9AM-9PM;

If you want to remove all the time restrictions, type the following,

net user bill /time:all

 

 

How to Always Start your Microsoft Internet Explorer in Private Browsing mode

Follow these easy steps to start your Microsoft Internet Explorer always in Private Browsing mode.

  1. Open the shortcut properties by Right Click on the shortcut icon.
  2. This icon may found in Taskbar (May Right Click again) or Desktop or Startmenu.
  3. Click Shortcut Tab in the Properties window.
  4. In the Target box, it will show the actual executable file location.
  5. Add the following at the end of the Target location.
    -private
  6. Target location may end up with iexplore.exe. put a space and add -private (Single hyphen).
  7. Click Ok button to close the properties window.
  8. Now your Microsoft Internet Explorer will always open in Private Browsing mode.
  9. If you want to revert, just go to the shortcut properties just before and remove that -private, and leave the rest in the Target box.

How to Always Start your Google Chrome in Incognito Mode (Private Browsing)

Follow these easy steps to open your Google chrome always in Incognito mode (Private Browsing).

  1. Open the shortcut properties by Right Click on the shortcut icon.
  2. This icon may found in Taskbar (May Right Click again) or Desktop or Startmenu.
  3. Click Shortcut Tab in the Properties window.
  4. In the Target box, it will show the actual executable file location.
  5. Add the following at the end of the Target location.
    --incognito
  6. Target location may end up with chrome.exe. put a space and add –incognito (Double hyphen is mandatory).
  7. Click Ok button to close the properties window.
  8. Now your Google chrome will always open in Incognito mode.
  9. If you want to revert, just go to the shortcut properties just before and remove that –incognito, and leave the rest in the Target box.