Here’s a simple tip on how to disable / enable touchpad on your laptop with Windows 10 operating system. This is handy if you already have a mouse attached to your notebook or use a touchscreen and want to disable the touchpad to prevent accidental pointer moves while typing on the keyboard.
Most Windows-powered notebooks on the market in 2018 do have a Bluetooth module built-in. Only a few new laptop PCs (some of the cheap models) and some outdated notebooks don’t.
Let’s say you bought an affordable brand new Windows 10 laptop. Bluetooth isn’t listed in its specs sheet. You assume it’s included, but still want to check if that’s true. Or you bought a used notebook from 2010, with its original Windows 7 upgraded to Windows 10, and have no idea whether your unit features Bluetooth or not.
Here’s how you can tell if your Windows 10 laptop has Bluetooth radio built-in.
We probably all know the ubiquitous Alt + Tab Windows OS keyboard shortcut for switching between different programs. But what about keyboard shortcuts for switching between web browser tabs within a single Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, or Mozilla Firefox browser window? Yes, there are key combinations for that. They are simple.
Sometimes you want to keep your Windows 10 laptop running while it is closed. For instance, when you connect a laptop to an external monitor and don’t want to use the notebook’s own display. Or, if don’t want to interrupt an ongoing file download, but for some reason you need to close the lid. Or if you want to continue an online audio streaming with the laptop closed.
If you’re planning to get one of the Microsoft Office products, Cyber Monday 2017 is a good opportunity to get a deal on the world’s most popular productivity software suite. For now, we know of Microsoft Store Cyber Monday Office deals, as well as discounts on Amazon. For future updates, you can bookmark and check back this page. We will include new deals as soon as we find them.
The simplest way to install Windows 10 OS on your laptop, tablet, or other PC is to upgrade your existing Windows 7 or 8.1 using an upgrade process via Windows Update service. However, if you want to install Windows 10 on an empty partition of your hard drive or solid state drive, you’ll have to perform a “clean” install using bootable USB Flash drive or DVD media. A clean install is a must if you’re running any operating system such as Windows XP or Vista or you have a laptop with no OS. In that case, you’ll have to pay for Windows 10 activation, whereas for owners of Windows 7 and 8.1 machines activation is free of charge.
Although you can upgrade your Windows 7 or 8.1 OS to Windows 10 without help of a bootable USB Flash drive, creating one is a must if you want to do a “clean installation” of Microsoft’s latest OS on an empty hard drive partition. Microsoft has made creation of bootable Windows 10 installation media quite easy. You can do that with Media Creation Tool software in a few steps. With a bootable USB Flash (or DVD) you can install Windows 10 on an empty storage partition of your laptop, tablet, or any other PC which meets Win 10 hardware requirements. You can use them for upgrades of existing Windows 7 and 8.1 installations on your computer, too.
In this post, I’ll describe how I easily upgraded to Windows 10 an HP Pavilion 11 x360 2-in-1 test notebook which previously had Windows 8.1 version. On this laptop, I earlier reserved a free copy of Microsoft’s new operating system using the Get Windows 10 app. My goal was to upgrade Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 as easiest as possible, while keeping previously installed programs and user files intact. The Windows 10 installation/upgrade required only a few clicks, one system login, and a bit of time – roughly about 1.5 hours. No USB Flash drive or other media was needed. This process also applies to Windows 7-to-10 OS upgrades.
Update: In the meantime, Microsoft has officially released Office 2016, which replaced the 2013 edition.
Microsoft Office is world’s most popular productivity software suite. On the other side, Microsoft’s Windows is the most used operating system for PCs. In this post, we’ll explain what options are available when it comes to Office use under the latest version of OS – Windows 10. Besides the old-school Microsoft Office suites, free Office Online web service, and free open source replacements for Office, in Windows 10 users now have a new option – touch-optimized “Universal” Office apps.
UPDATE: Microsoft has made creation of Desktop shortcuts to both traditional and modern-style “universal” apps in newer builds of Windows 10 much easier than described in the old version of this post. Now you just need to open the Start Menu (click on the Start button in the lower left corner), find the item you want to create a shortcut to and simply drag it and drop on the Desktop. It works for almost all items displayed on the Start Menu, including programs and features you can find on the main list (left part of the Start Menu) and tiles (right part of the Menu). Exceptions are the “Power” and “All apps” buttons, as well as folders.