Install Office 365 on up to 5 Devices with one License

Office 365 Pro Plus includes the Office desktop applications. With one license, With the one license you can install a fully functioning version of office on 4 more devices.

Being able to install and use Office on up to 5 PCs at the same time is one benefit of having an Office 365 subscription with Office 365 Pro Plus.

For example, a user could have Office installed on the following computers:
  • Your Office laptop
  • A tablet or Chrome Book
  • A home computer
  • A child’s computer
Even though Office is installed on four different computers, only one Office 365 license is used, the license that has been assigned to you.

This works for employees of company that has office 365 ProPlus
To see if you have a installs available login to the portal (See screen shot below)   

 Download Office and install Office for Windows
  1. Sign in to Office 365, at

  1. On the Office page, select a Language, and then choose Install to install the 32-bit version. 

Note To install the 64-bit version, choose 64-bit in the Version section before you choose Install. If you're uncertain, try the 32-bit or 64-bit version of Office for more information.

Things to remember
If you are an employee of a company and install a copy of Office 365 on a hone computer, Your Microsoft License will be disabled if you were to leave the company and any Office installations you might have on an extra computer (home or child’s) will end up in reduced functionality mode.  At that point, the install will begin prompting for a valid license code. 
Individuals can un-install Office or if you can extend your subscription by purchasing a license through Microsoft. 
If the new license is not obtained within 60 days, the product changes to read-only mode 

Speed up your browsing with Google's Public DNS

Google Public DNS: what it is and isn't
Google Public DNS is a recursive DNS resolver, similar to other publicly available services. We think it provides many benefits, including improved security, fast performance, and more valid results. See below for an overview of the technical enhancements we've implemented.
Google Public DNS is not, however, any of the following:
  • A top-level domain (TLD) name service.
  • A DNS hosting or failover service. Google Public DNS is not a third-party DNS application service provider, such as DynDNS, that hosts authoritative records for other domains. 
  • An authoritative name service. Google Public DNS servers are not authoritative for any domain. Google maintains a set of other nameservers that are authoritative for domains it has registered, hosted at ns[1-4]
  • A malware-blocking service. Google Public DNS rarely performs blocking or filtering, though it may if we believe this is necessary to protect our users from security threats. In such extraordinary cases, it simply fails to answer; it does not create modified results.

  • Configure your network settings to use the IP addresses and as your DNS servers.
If you decide to try Google Public DNS, your client programs will perform all DNS look-ups using Google Public DNS.

>>>>How to configure in Windows

Set up Microsoft Exchange e-mail on an Apple iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch

Configuring Email on an iPhone/iPad 

How do I set up Microsoft Exchange e-mail on an Apple iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch? 

1. If this is the first e-mail account on this iPhone, iPad, or i Touch, tap Mail. Otherwise, tap Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Add Account.
 2. Tap Microsoft Exchange.
 3. Tap in the E-mail box and enter your full e-mail address (for example,
 4. Tap in the Username box and enter your full e-mail address again.
 5. Tap in the Password box and enter your password.
 6. Optionally, tap in the Description box and enter a short description for the account.
 7. Tap Next on the upper right corner of the screen.
 8. Tap in the Server box and enter your Exchange Active-sync server name and then tap Next.
 9. Tap Next.
10. Choose the type of information you want to synchronize. By default, Mail, Calendar, and Contacts are all turned on. To turn off synchronization for a type of information, tap and slide the switch to OFF.
11. Tap Save.
12. If you're prompted to create a new pass code, tap Continue and enter a numeric pass code. You'll need to enter the pass code twice.

Note:If you tap Close, you'll need to configure your pass code in the iPhone Settings application before you can view your information on your iPhone.

How to Change Windows Update Settings, When Managed or Disabled by System Administrator

If you are using Windows 10 or any previous versions and want to be able to change Windows Update settings, but see this message

"Some settings are managed by your system administrator"

This will do the trick

None of the usual Windows Update repair tools corrected the problem.

Type regedit in RUN or Start search box and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor.

Navigate to HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\ Windows\WindowsUpdate
  1. Remove any and all values within this key. Most likely, the culprit is a faulty Windows Update source server. Sometimes this is the result of a latent or previous infection.
  2. Finally, download and run Microsoft FixIt 50202.
Reboot the computer and check to see that Windows Update is working properly.

An annoying issue  sure, but at least this solution works!

This should not be performed if your computer uses a Group Policy for Windows Update

Windows hidden “Battery Report” feature

Windows has added a hidden “Battery Report” feature to Windows 8 and Windows 10 Laptops

You can Generate a report to see health information about your battery, how its capacity has decreased over time, and other interesting statistics.

First, open a Command Prompt window. Right-click in the bottom-left corner of your screen or press Windows Key + X, and then click the Command Prompt option in the list.

In the Command Prompt window that appears, type the following command powercfg /batteryreport and press Enter:

The command will save a battery report to your Windows directory.

To view the report, head to the following directory C:/Windows/battery-report.html double-click the file to open it.

Note: Report might be saved in C:/Windows/System32/battery-report.html
just follow the path that appears in the Command prompt window

Windows 10 make Internet Explorer your default browser

To make Internet Explorer your default browser in Windows 10

launch IE by pressing the Windows key and R. then type iexplore in the Run box and
Click Run.

Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts

Windows 10 has introduced a series of new keyboard shortcuts that make it easier to accross new features.

Here are a few of the critical ones

+A= Opens Action Center
+S= Open ssearch
 +C= Opens Cortana in minimised “listeningmode”
+Tab= OpensTaskView
+Ctrl+D= Opens an  additional virtual  desktop 
+Ctrl+right/leftarrow= flip between open virtual desktops
+Ctrl+F4= Close the current virtual desktop

Windows 10 Disable Automatic Updates

Automatic updates Unprompted,unexpected restarts to install important updates can take you by surprise, leading to wasted time.

To do this,

Go to (this only works in Internet Explorer, not Edge) and enter“Windows 10”in the search box to see a list of compatible updates.

Choose Settings in the Start screen,then“Update & security”.Choose Advanced Options,then“Notify to schedule restart.

This won’t stop updates from downloading, but will at least prevent Windows acting on its own initiative when you pop downstairs for a cup of tea. Moreover,true control freaks can opt to defer upgrades.

This Doesn’t stop security updates downloading and installing ,but does put the brakes one every thing else  

Google reverse image search

Google reverse image search

Google Images has a Search by Image feature for performing reverse image searches. Unlike traditional image retrieval, this feature removes the need to type in keywords and terms into the Google search box. Instead, users search by submitting an image as their query. Results may include similar images, web results, pages with the image, and different resolutions of the image. For example, if you search using a picture of a beach, you might get results including similar beaches, information about the same beach, and websites that use the same beach picture.

You can access Search by Image in four ways, If you do not have a camera in the search box as shown below, Simply go toThis link

Upload an image Click the camera icon in the Google search box. Select "Upload an image" and choose an image from your computer to upload.

Remotely wipe a device by using Outlook Web App

Want to learn how to Remotely Wipe Your Mobile Device with Office 365


This only works if you have an 0365 work or school email account

Sign in to the Office 365 portal (
Click Mail. Click Settings ( ), and then click Options.
In the left navigation pane, click Phone.
Select the device that you want to wipe.

Click Wipe Device ( ), and then click Yes when you're prompted.

When the wipe operation is completed, you should remove the device completely.

To do this, click Delete, and then click Yes when you're prompted.

Access all of the hidden features of Google Chrome.

Here is how you can access all of the hidden features of Google Chrome. 

There is a few dozen of these commands available that allows you to do everything from viewing DNS information, GPU information, look for conflicts, setting flags, and much more. A listing of these commands can be accessed by typing chrome in to the address bar as show below

Once you type chrome://chrome-urls/    in the address bar, You will see a list populate of all available commands

Windows 10 activity Tracking How to disable

Windows 10 activity Tracking information

If you’re not concerned about the information that Microsoft is keeping tabs on then you’re good to go – carry on, there’s nothing to see here
Even though Windows 10 did bring many of the features users expected of it, such as a Start Menu and revamped icons, You are still being tracked by Microsoft

You’d be surprised by the amount of personal information Windows 10 collects from its users—information including phone numbers, GPS location, credit card numbers, and even video and audio messages. Of course, Microsoft’s privacy statement outlines all the data that is collected, and you agreed to this when you downloaded Windows 10 and checked the terms of service.

Did you know that Microsoft states that
(Use of the Program software and services is at your discretion. Many features that transmit data to Microsoft are enabled automatically. You will not have the option to turn off the transmission of data for certain features in the Program software and services.)
To stop the transmission of all data, you must completely uninstall the Program software and services from all of your devices. This may require you to reinstall your device’s operating system.

Running Windows 10 means that one literally grants Microsoft access to your "private folders" entirely at their digression ("good faith") they call it.

Here's the snippet from the Service agreement:
"Finally, we will access, disclose and preserve personal data, including your content (such as the content of your emails, other private communications or files in private folders), when we have a good faith belief that doing so is necessary to."

Thanks to a free program called DoNotSpy10 that provides you with the opportunity to easily manage what you want to share and what not. While many of the settings represent what
you can configure using the Settings and various other apps, there are also tweaks that are not easily accessible through the apps Windows provides.
The list of things DoNotSpy10 secures is quite comprehensive: Below is just a few of the tracking features that you have the option of disabling.

Disable Windows Media DRM Internet access
Activate postponing upgrades
Disable app notifications
Disable Password button ads
Stopping and resetting the advertising ID
Disable SmartScreen filter for URLs
Disable sending write information
Disable Telemetry
Disable Biometrics
Disable app access to calendar
Disable app access to messages
Disable app access to wireless connections
Disable app access to Uncoupled devices
Disable prompts Feedback
Disable app access to camera
Disable app access to microphone
Disable acquaintance
Disable app access to user accounts info
Disabling Windows Update distribution
Disable Windows Update for other products
Disable WiFi Sense
Disable Windows Defender
Disable automatic Windows Updates
Deactivate OneDrive
Disable Automatic Driver Updates

Download link right here DoNotSpy10-

If you do not want to download the ad-supported (OpenCandy) installer, you can support the application’s development by making a donation. by following this link  personal Donation Edition

Windows 10 turns your PC into a server for distributing updates -Learn how to Disable it

How to disable P2P updates in Windows 10

So by default, Windows 10 turns your PC into a server for distributing updates to other machines.
Hey Thanks Microsoft

Here's how to make it stop.

First, open the Start Menu and select Settings, then click Updates & Security.

Make sure Windows Update is selected in the left-hand navigation pane (it’s the default when you open Updates & Security) and then click Advanced Options in the main pane. 

You’ll see a lot of options and check boxes. Peruse them if you’d like, but for today’s task, you’ll want to click on Choose how updates are delivered.

Now you're on the page with the options that legislate how Windows 10 handles P2P updates.

By default, Windows 10 will both send and receive updates from devices on your network and the Internet at large. It’s the latter option that’s the potential data cap destroyer.

Using the options on this page, you can opt to only allow P2P updates among machines on your local network, or disable them completely and rely on
Microsoft’s servers alone—just like the good ol’ days.

Windows 10 Shares Your Wi-Fi -How to disable

Windows 10 Shares Your Wi-Fi With Contacts!

This brilliant new feature, which Microsoft has dubbed Wi-Fi Sense, doesn’t share your WiFi network password per se — it shares an encrypted version of that password. But it does allow anyone in your Skype or Outlook or hotmail contacts lists to waltz onto your Wi-Fi network — should they ever wander within range of it or visit your home (or hop onto it secretly from hundreds of yards away with a good ‘ole Cantenna!).

Time to change things....

Change your network name  (a.k.a. “SSID“) to include the text “_optout” somewhere in the network name (for example,      oldnetworknamehere_optout

Dam you Microsoft

Windows 10 features you need

  1. Refreshed user interface

    The most obvious change from Windows 8 to Windows 10 is the new user interface. It’s still flat and modern looking, but Microsoft went through great efforts to make it work for both touchscreen devices and computers that rely mostly on a mouse and keyboard. While Windows 8 essentially forced a touch interface on users whether they had hardware that took advantage of it or not, Windows 10 works equally well on both touch devices and mouse-and-keyboard PCs. Full screen apps can now be easily windowed on the desktop, and there are new ways to arrange and manage multiple windows for easier multitasking.
    For power users, Microsoft has implemented new windows-switching gestures similar to Expose on the Mac and native virtual desktops. All of these updates are pretty minor in themselves, but they add up to a much better user experience for the vast majority of Windows users, something that Microsoft whiffed on with its last version of Windows. If Windows 8’s take on the user interface was too different from prior versions of Windows for you, Windows 10 should be just what you’ve been looking for.
  2. New Start Menu

    A big part of Windows 10's interface overhaul is the new Start menu, which replaces the full screen Start screen of Windows 8. It’s a blend of the traditional Start menu from Windows 7 and earlier with the Live Tiles of Windows 8 and Windows Phone. Users looking for quick access to recently used apps, the file explorer, and power controls will be just as happy as those that want the extra information displayed by Live Tiles. It’s a really great blend of the old and new and rectifies one of the biggest complaints many had with Windows 8 (and Windows 8.1, which fixed some issues, but didn’t really go far enough).
  3. Cortana

    Windows 10 includes something that Microsoft has never offered in a desktop operating system before: a built-in virtual personal assistant. Cortana, which first became available on Windows Phone last year, is Microsoft’s answer to Google Now and Apple’s Siri, providing useful information at a glance. In Windows 10, Cortana is built into the system’s native search function, pulling in both local and web-based data whenever you perform a search on your machine. It also crawls your mail and calendar to provide updates on upcoming events, plane tickets, travel plans, and more without you having to ask for it.
    Cortana in Windows 10 is also able to be fully voice controlled and can even be activated with a simple "Hey Cortana" command. You can set reminders, perform searches, send email, add calendar events, and more with just your voice. If your experience with a PC has been mostly silent so far, Cortana might just get you talking to your computer and liking the results.
  4. New Mail, Calendar, Photos, Maps apps

    Every major new version of an operating system comes with new versions of core apps for email, calendar, photos, mapping, and more. But with Windows 10, you might actually want to use these core apps, because the updated versions of them are actually quite good. The Mail and Calendar apps have been completely overhauled with new interfaces and features. They borrow a lot of ideas and design from Microsoft’s very highly rated Outlook app on iOS, and support a variety of email and calendar services. Threaded conversations, easy ways to delete or archive mail, and gesture controls make the new Mail app fast and efficient to use. Mail and calendar also provide a lot of data to make the Cortana personal assistant more useful, so even if you plan to use web tools to manage your inbox and appointments, it’s worth the time to set up your email and calendar accounts when you install Windows 10.
    The built-in Photos app has been redesigned with a new interface and plugs into Microsoft’s One Drive service to make it easy to view all of the images or videos backed up from your phone. It also has automatic image enhancement features and basic editing tools. Maps has also been overhauled with a new interface and better integration with other parts of the system, such as Cortana.
  5. Continuum

    A big piece of Windows 10’s new interface is the Continuum feature, which lets devices that can be both tablets and PCs seamlessly switch between the two modes. Continuum allows Microsoft to keep the tablet-style interface ideas of Windows 8 without interfering with the desktop interface that works best with a mouse and keyboard. On a device like the Surface Pro 3, disconnecting the keyboard will switch apps to their fullscreen mode and turn the Start menu into a full-screen experience. Pop the keyboard back on, and the interface will revert back to the windowed desktop and standard Start menu. Continuum will also allow smartphones to act as full-fledged computers when connected to appropriate displays, once Windows 10 is available on mobile later this year.
  6. Edge Browser

    Ever since Windows 95, Microsoft has included a web browser with its operating system. For years, that’s been Internet Explorer, which has been left behind by more modern browsers such as Google’s Chrome or Mozilla’s Firefox. For Windows 10, Microsoft is leaving the bloated and slow remnants of Internet Explorer behind and including Edge, its first new browser in 20 years. (Technically, Windows 10 still ships with Internet Explorer mostly for enterprise compatibility purposes, but most people using the system will be using Edge.)
    Edge is a completely overhauled browser that’s lean, fast, and supports modern web experiences. It also includes useful features such as integration with Cortana and a note-taking mode that lets you doodle on a web page and share it with others. The first version of Edge will still be too bare-boned for power users — conveniences such as extension support are not yet available — but for the vast majority of people, it should provide a much better web browsing experience than anything Microsoft has offered before.
  7. Action Center

    Windows 8 included a basic notification panel, but Windows 10 takes it to another level with its Action Center. Accessible via a swipe in from the right on the screen or track-pad or by clicking the icon in the task bar, Action Center organizes notifications by app and provides quick access to a number of commonly used settings. It’s completely customizable in terms of appearance and which apps display notifications, and you can even perform actions on certain alerts, such as calendar notifications.
  8. Xbox streaming to PC

    Windows 10 is coming with an all new Xbox app that lets you stream games from your console to a PC or laptop. It’s still a beta feature for now, but it works quite well over Wi-Fi and makes use of Windows’ native support for the Xbox’s USB controller. It also offers the ability to record your gaming session up to two hours in length right to your laptop’s drive. If you’ve been fighting for time on the TV to play games but other people are hogging the screen, this might be just the reason you need to get Windows 10.
  9. Hello

    Windows 10 has a new, cleaner lock screen that’s available to everyone. But if you have a laptop or PC with supported hardware, the new Hello feature will let you log in without ever typing in a password. Just sit in front of your computer, and Windows 10 will recognize you and log in. It’s similar to image recognition login systems we’ve seen for years on Android, but Microsoft insists it’s far more foolproof thanks to the requirement of special cameras and infrared hardware. There aren’t many laptops that can take advantage of Hello just yet, but that will likely change quite a bit in a short time.

1GB Favicon crashing FireFox and Google Chrome

1GIG Favicon bug reportedly can crash your Chrome & Firefox browsers. Strange but true, the small little icon termed as Favicon is really a backup of the whole WP site, downloaded by every browser passing by” This creepy bug makes Chrome and Firefox download the huge favicon files to the point till they crash the browser.

Weirdest is that thing that users are not at all aware of this download as it is all done in the background. Favicon is a symbol image or an icon of a website which is displayed in the top left corner of the web browser.

A Favicon is specifically 16X16 in size, but it seems that the bug has come from a favicon file which is wrongly sized. The browser downloads a huge 1GB  file without any visual indication and the browser becomes unresponsive and crashes eventually.

Test your browser by visiting http://localhost:3000 (or if you have process.env.PORT set then that port)

Outlook App for Android out of preview

The preview label from Outlook app for Android has been removed and is now available in all markets supported by the Google Play Store

The Outlook team set a high bar for releasing the Outlook for Android before removing the preview label. Working hard to meet this high standards, they aupdated Outlook for Android 17 times which included before removing it from Preview 

Upgrades includes 
Improvements in performance and stability Localization, accessibility Adding more features to Match the iOS version.

Main features:
Some of the main features added are: Improved look and feel IMAP support improved People section Directory Search Calendar’s 3-day view and many more new Calendar features Customized swipe gestures Choose default folders Empty trash

What’s next for Outlook app for Android Outlook app is an example of Office’s new development model for building mobile apps. The removal of Preview tag does not mean that development is over – it is not the end, but it’s the start. The Outlook team will keep the app updated to make it better, to provide new features regularly.

Get it from the Google Play Stores. It requires Android 4.0 and above.

How to change windows language settings


Now your entire computer is in Japanese and you have no idea how to fix it.

Here's how to change your language settings back to English Even if you can't read enough Japanese to navigate your way around.

Step 1: Get into your PC If your computer's language has been changed, you may not even be able to log in to your account if you're using the wrong keyboard.

On the log-in screen, if you have multiple keyboards enabled, you'll see a small group of letters next to the power button icon in the lower left corner.

Click this group of letters to see a list of keyboards; choose the keyboard you want to use to type in your password and log in to your account.

Step 2: Find the language settings
There are a few different ways to get to the language settings, but the easiest way is to open up the Charms bar and hit the gear-shaped Settings icon at the bottom of the list. 

That link in the lower right corner takes you to PC settings. From the Settings sidebar, click the link at the very bottom (under the status icons) to go to the PC settings screen. The seventh item on the list is the Region and language tab. On the PC settings screen, click Time and language (the seventh item in the list) and then click Region and language (the second item in the list).

Step 3: Change the language Finally!
The Region and languages menu! There are two sections in the Region and language menu: Country or region and Languages. To change your language, look under the Languages section (the second section) and find your desired language in the list of languages. "Set as primary" is the first button.
If it's there, click it and click Set as primary (the first button). Pick your language from this list. If it's not there, click the plus sign next to Add a language. A list of languages will open up - find yours and click it to add it to the Languages section. 

Then click Set as primary to make it your primary language. Click Options (the second button) to download additional language packs. You may need to download an additional language pack, which you can do by clicking Options and then Download. You may need to log out of your PC for the changes to take effect.

Is Your Gmail slow, not loading ? HotFix

Dude you got loading issues!!

Gmail Error Messages Citing a Longer Delay!

If this is the case, then the first thing you should do is to try resetting your Internet connection. This can be done by restarting your computer, unplugging your wired connection if you have one, or by resetting your router. If you still receive these messages, ensure that you’re using the latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera or Google chrome.

You might try switching from one browser to the next if one seems to not work. If you still encounter errors, try disabling any antivirus software or browser extensions that you may have run
Gmail Loads Very Slow? 

The first thing you should do is to clear your browser’s cookies and cache.
The next thing to try is disabling any extensions you might be using in your browser. Popular extensions that work with Gmail may be outdated and not work with the latest instance of Gmail available. If your still have issues loading Gmail, then try disabling your antivirus and adding an exception for Gmail through your firewall. Doing the latter will vary depending on the software you use.

This is also an issue that could be caused by a limited Internet connection or troubles with your ISP. You may try calling your ISP’s support to see if the problem is on their end. Links or Buttons Won’t Work First, you should try the aforementioned solutions for loading issues with Gmail. If neither of these resolve your problems, then continue with the steps below. After clearing your cache and cookies, try visiting Gmail by visiting the encrypted version of Gmail at

This may fix some of the problems that other applications can cause when trying to use Gmail. If you can successfully load Gmail by visiting the secure site, then click the gear icon and then settings. Navigate to the “Browser Connection” area, and ensure that “Always use https” is enabled.
This will make Gmail automatically load using the secure website in the future. If you’re using Gmail labs or any features associated with them, then they may be the cause of your issues. 

Try disabling them by clicking on the gear icon, then settings, then “Labs” at the top of the settings page. Disable them in the options, then click save changes and reload Gmail. Drafts, Settings and Signatures Won’t Save Try the aforementioned solutions in “Links or Buttons Won’t Work”. Many of the problems that can cause Gmail to fail to save information coincide with these issues. As a last resort, Gmail or your ISP may just be temporarily experiencing a problem. Opting to wait to see if the problem resolves itself may be the best solution

Outlook 2013 Quickie for Forwarding emails

Time to learn the rules

In Outlook you can Use rules to automatically forward messages you can use Inbox rules to automatically forward or redirect messages sent to your mailbox to another account.

Note: This information applies to the standard version of Outlook Web App.

After you sign in to Outlook Web App, click Options > Create an Inbox Rule.

On the Inbox Rules tab, click New. Under When the message arrives, select Apply to all messages.
Under Do the following, select Redirect the message to. Select the address you want your mail sent to by double-clicking on it in the address book view.

If the address you want to redirect to doesn't appear, you can enter the e-mail address in the To field.

Click oK to save your selections and return to the new rule window.
Click save to save your rule and return to the Inbox Rules tab.

What else do I need to know?

Messages that are redirected will appear to come from the original sender.

When you reply to a message that has been redirected, the reply will be sent to the original sender. Messages that are forwarded will appear to be forwarded from you.

When you reply to a message that has been forwarded, the reply will be sent to the address the message was forwarded from, not to the original sender. A copy of messages that you redirect or forward will remain in your mailbox.

If you add an action to delete the message, the message will go to your Deleted Items folder and will still be counted against your mailbox limit.

If you exceed your mailbox limit, you may be blocked from sending or receiving new messages and forwarding rules may not work until you delete enough messages to bring the total below your mailbox limit.

When you create a forwarding rule, you can add more than one address to forward to. The number of addresses you can forward to may be limited, depending on the settings for your account. If you add more addresses than are allowed, your forwarding rule won’t work. If you create a forwarding rule with more than one address, test it to be sure it works

Windows keyboard shortcuts

Here is a list of shortcuts, the Windows key is represented by "WINKEY"
All versions of Windows

Pressing the Windows key alone opens or hides the Windows Start menu. In Windows 8, this opens or hides the Start screen.
Open the Microsoft Windows help and support center.
WINKEY + Pause / Break key
Open the System Properties window.
Opens the Desktop to the top of all other windows.
Open Microsoft Windows Explorer.
Display the Windows Search or Find feature.
WINKEY + Ctrl + F
Display the search for computers window.
Lock the computer and switch users if needed
Minimizes all windows.
WINKEY + Shift + M
Undo the minimize done by WINKEY + M and WINKEY + D.
Open the run window.
Open Utility Manager or the Ease of Access Center.
WINKEY + 1-0
Pressing the Windows key and any of the top row number keys from 1 to 0 opens the program corresponding to the number of icon on the Taskbar. For example, if the first icon on the Taskbar was Internet Explorer, pressing WINKEY + 1 would open that program or switch to it if already open.
WINKEY + (Plus (+) or Minus (-))
Open Windows Magnifier and zoom in with the plus symbol (+) and zoom out with the minus symbol (-).

Press the WINKEY + ESC to close the Magnifier
Minimize all windows except the active window.
Change between the monitor and projection display types or how second screen displays computer screen.
Set the focus on the Taskbar icons
WINKEY + Left arrow
Shrinks the window to 1/2 screen on the left side for side by side viewing.
WINKEY + Right arrow
Shrinks the window to 1/2 screen on the right side for side by side viewing.
WINKEY + Up arrow
When in the side by side viewing mode, this shortcut takes the screen back to full size.
WINKEY + Down arrow
Minimizes the screen. Also, when in the side by side viewing mode, this shortcut takes the screen back to a minimized size.

Windows 8 only

Peek at the Windows Desktop.
Snap a Windows App to the sides of the screen. Pressing it multiple times will switch between the right and left-hand side of the screen or unsnap the app.
WINKEY + Enter
Open Windows Narrator
Open the Charms.
Cycle through Desktop gadgets.
Open Share in Charms.
Open the Settings in Charms.
Switch between snapped apps.
Open Devices in Charms.
Lock the screen orientation.

Open the power user menu, which gives you access to many of the features most power users would want to use such as Device Manager, Control Panel, Event Viewer, Command Prompt, and much more.

Microsoft Outlook Inbox Rules - Explained

Hate following rules?

Rules can be used to automatically sort incoming e-mail into folders based on, for example, who the sender is, who the message was sent to, or the importance of a message.

For example, you can create a rule to automatically move all mail sent to a group you're a member of to a specific folder.

How do I manage rules?

To manage rules, click Options> Create an Inbox Rule. You can use the Inbox Rules tab to create new rules, or to edit or delete existing rules.

What else do I need to know?

To create a new blank rule using the Inbox Rules tab, click New. You don't have to use the Inbox Rules tab to create a rule. You can also create rules directly from messages.

To create a rule directly from a message: Right-click the message in the message list pane. Click Create Rule, or open the message and then click Create Rule on the toolbar.

Rules are run from top to bottom in the order in which they appear in the Rules window.

To change the order of rules, click the rule you want to move, and then click the up or down arrow to move the rule to the position you want in the list.

Some types of messages won't trigger Inbox rules, including: Delivery status notifications, which include non-delivery reports and system messages. Read receipts and delivery receipts that are generated by an e-mail client.

Some automatic-reply (Out of Office) messages. You can create more complex rules by clicking More Options.

After you click More Options: You can set more than one condition for your rule. You can set more than one action for your rule. You can add exceptions by clicking Add Exception. You can turn on or turn off Stop processing more rules.

By default, the option to stop processing more rules is turned on. With this option on, when a message comes in that meets the criteria for more than one rule, only the first rule will be applied. Without this setting, all rules that the message met the criteria for would be applied.

For example, without Stop processing more rules selected, if you have a rule to move all messages sent to a public group to a particular folder and another rule to move anything from your manager to another folder, and your manager then sends a message to that group, you'll find a copy of the message in both folders.

If you want only the rule that moves messages from your manager to be applied, put that rule higher in the list than the rule that moves messages sent to the group, and then edit the first rule to add the option to stop processing more rules. You can edit the name of the rule using the Name box. Each rule you create will take up space in a hidden section of your mailbox.

This section is limited to 64 KB. The actual amount of space a rule uses depends on several factors, such as how long the name is and how many conditions you've applied. When you reach the 64 KB limit, you'll be warned that you can't create any more rules.

If that happens, you'll have to delete or simplify some of your existing rules before you can create more. Some ways you can reduce the space used by rules are: Delete rules you no longer need. Shorten the names of your rules. Combine one or more rules that do the same thing. Remove criteria from rules. When you create a forwarding rule, you can add more than one address to forward to. The number of addresses you can forward to may be limited, depending on the settings for your account.

If you add more addresses than are allowed, your forwarding rule won’t work. If you create a forwarding rule with more than one address, test it to be sure it works.

Office 2013 tweaks n goodies -Customer Preview

This time I would like to share some registry tweaks that might come in handy if you are planning to use or already using the Customer Preview version of Office 2013.

Disable template chooser screen
 You have probably noticed that a template chooser screen is opened by default when launching an Office application:

Personally, I find this feature really annoying. I have used other than blank Word/Excel template only very few times. 99% of the times I am launching Word, I am either starting with a completely blank document or opening the existing one. So, I do not really need the template selection screen before I can start. Luckily, this screen can be disabled using this registry modification:

Key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Common\General
Value: DisableBootToOfficeStart
Data: 1

The value created above disables the template screen on all applications of Office 2013. If you find the screen useful on some specific application, such as, for example, PowerPoint, you can override the setting for that specific application creating the following value:

Key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\PowerPoint\Options
Value: DisableBootToOfficeStart
Data: 0

Instead of "PowerPoint" key you can use "Excel", "Word", "Access" or any other name of Office application you want to enable/disable the template chooser screen for.

Disable feedback buttons
As you can see in the screenshot below, Office 2013 applications include the extra button – yellow smiley face – which is designed to allow users to provide their feedback to Microsoft.

If you find this button annoying, you can completely disable it by applying the following registry modification:

Key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Common\Feedback
Value: Enabled
Data: 0

Once the above registry modification is made and your Office application is relaunched, the yellow smiley face will be gone.

If you are using Office 2013 actively and you find any issues you really think should be fixed in the final release of the application, I would suggest you to enable the button back (you can do that by setting "Enabled" value data to "1") and use the feedback tool to be sure that Microsoft is informed about the issue you are facing.

Disable inline replying (Outlook 2013)

One of the new features of Outlook 2013 is inline replying. Basically, when you click "Reply", "Reply All" or "Forward" button in the new Outlook, instead of opening a new window to write your email into, it makes the reading pane containing message body editable so you can start typing your reply just in place.

Personally, I really love this feature. The less opened windows you have, the smaller the mess in your taskbar is.
Being able to do everything in a single window might be especially convenient when using touch screen. Anyhow, if for some strange reason you do not like inline compose mode, you can disable it with this registry tweak:

Key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Outlook\Message
Value: DisableReadingPaneCompose
Data: 1

Once the modification is applied and Outlook is restarted, reply function behavior will revert to the one in previous versions of
Office – a new reply window will be opened when Reply/Forward buttons are clicked.
Disable trial notification
If you open File -> Account window in any Office 2013 application, you will see notification that the product you are using is unlicensed and requires activation:

If you do not have an activation key (you can actually get one if you have MSDN or TechNet subscription) and you would like to hide that trial notification, you can actually do that with the following registry modification:

Key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Registration\{87D2B5BF-D47B-41FB-AF62-71C382F5CC85}
Value: HideTrial
Data: 1

Actually, "Data" might have any data since Office only checks if that value is presented. Also, the numbers (GUID) in the key name might be different on your system if you are using not Professional Plus version of Office 2013 Preview. For Home Premium version they GUID should be

Once the modification is applied, the screen will look like that (it looks exactly the same as the one of activated Office 2013):

The change described above does NOT change license of your Office 2013 and does not make it legal for unlimited usage.

All it does is hiding the notification showed in the screenshot above.
Be ware that all of the registry modifications listed above (except for the one to hide trial notification) are applied only for a current user and they will not be effective on other users using the suite.
Also, make sure to do backups (right click on a registry key and selecting "Export" does the job) before making any registry modifications.

Windows Action Center – Troubleshooting

The Action Center will inform you when the following problems occur:
  • Windows Update (Important) - warns you that Windows Update is set to never check for updates, leaving your computer exposed to all sorts of risks. The recommended setting is to automatically download and install updates. To review the available options click the'Change settings...' button and then select the appropriate update option;
  • Spyware and unwanted software protection (Important) - warns you that Windows Defender and/or your other installed antispyware solution is turned off. To see a list of available options, click 'View antispyware programs';
  • Virus protection (Important) - occurs when your antivirus is not installed, disabled or has outdated definitions. It is strongly recommended to either install an antivirus, turn on your antivirus, if you already got one, or update your antivirus definitions;
  • User Account Control (Important) - warns you that the User Account Control is disabled. 
  • Network firewall (Important) - warns you that Windows Firewall and/or your other installed firewall (e.g. ESET, ZoneAlarm, Symantec etc.) is turned off. You should make sure you have a firewall always turned on. To see the available options, click 'View firewall options'. If you need a security solution, check out our Security for Everyone series for reviews of the best security solutions available for Windows 7;
  • Internet security settings (Important) - occurs when certain Internet Explorer security settings are lower than their default level. You can easily reset them to the desired level by clicking the 'Restore settings...' button in the Action Center message about Internet security;
  • Network Access Protection - refers to a security feature deployed in corporate environments to manage health information for client computers in a centralized manner. This setting depends on the Network Access Protection Agent service and further software settings and will not be an issue for home users;
  • Set up backup - notifies you that you should set up a backup task. This is not as important as the security issues above, although if you have enough available storage space, you could set your system to do regular backups of your files and settings;
  • Check for solutions to problem reports - notifies you about reported problems with your software and hardware and checks for solutions online;
  • Check for updates - notifies you about non-critical software updates, either for Windows components or for other Microsoft products;
  • Troubleshooting: System Maintenance - notifies about any maintenance routines that need to be carried on, in order to get your computer running more smoothly.


One great feature bundled with the Action Center is troubleshooting. If you are having problems with your computer, open the troubleshooting component and Windows will run tests to determine why the problem exists and how it can be fixed.

To test the troubleshooter, I decided to let Windows find out why I cannot run Aero in a virtual environment.
ToTroubleshoot a problem:

Click the Start button, type action, and click on 

Action Center.

Scroll down and click on Troubleshooting.

Click yes,  if you would like to get the latest troubleshooting updates.

Windows will now determine why you are having the problem.

In this case, Windows determined I need to update my drivers.

Windows may continue to detect problems.

Windows has found the exact problem: my graphics is my graphics card  (a generic VMware card) is not compatible with Aero

The Action Center is great and a move in the right direction. Computers will never completely fix themselves, But letting you know what the problem is helps greatly.

Recover Lost Data even from a formatted hard drive and more

If you lose your data, be sure to check the recycle bin first. If there are no files in the recycle bin, there is still hope.
Even though your files are deleted, the data may still be recoverable because the reference to the file has simply been deleted and not the data itself. As long as your file has not been overwritten, you have a chance at recovery

Lenovo preloaded with Superfish Adware - List of infected machines and how to remove

Our friends at IBM have been pre-loading Superfish, a "visual search" tool that includes ad ware that fakes the encryption certificates for every HTTPS-protected site you visit, on its PCs since at least the middle of 2014.

------------List of infected machines at bottom of page!--------------

Essentially, the software conducts a man-in-the-middle attack to fill the websites you visit with ads, and leaves you vulnerable to hackers in its wake. The ad ware intrinsic to Superfish is designed to inject visual price-comparison ads into the web pages you visit, in a “Visual Search results” section “powered by Visual Discovery.”

If you see that, you’re affected (though maybe “infected” is the better word to use).

How do you get ride of it?
Doing so is easy: Just head to Control Panel > Programs > Uninstall a Program and look for Visual Discovery. If you see it, uninstall it!

Ditch that troublesome root certificate

The biggest problem with Superfish isn’t the ad ware itself so much as the way it hijacks legitimate SSL traffic. It does so by installing a self-generated root certificate in the Windows certificate store—a hallowed area usually reserved for trusted certificates from major companies like Microsoft and VeriSign—and then resigns all SSL certificates presented by HTTPS sites with its own certificate.
In other words, Superfish conducts a man-in-the-middle attack and breaks the sanctity of HTTPS encryption. And simply removing the ad ware itself doesn’t remove the rogue root certificate.
You can revoke that certificate manually,
First, press Windows key + R on your keyboard to bring up the Run tool, then search for certmgr.msc to open your PC’s certificate manager.
Once that opens, click on “Trusted root certificate authorities” in the left-hand navigation pane, then double-click “Certificates” in the main pane. A list of all trusted root certificates will appear. Find the Superfish entry, then right-click on it and select “Delete.”

Is your Lenovo on the list?

  Lenovo has released a list of affected systems, but the wording is rather odd. The company states that Superfish may have appeared on the following models: (emphasis added)
G Series: G410, G510, G710, G40-70, G50-70, G40-30, G50-30, G40-45, G50-45
U Series: U330P, U430P, U330Touch, U430Touch, U530Touch
Y Series: Y430P, Y40-70, Y50-70
Z Series: Z40-75, Z50-75, Z40-70, Z50-70
S Series: S310, S410, S40-70, S415, S415Touch, S20-30, S20-30Touch
Flex Series: Flex2 14D, Flex2 15D, Flex2 14, Flex2 15, Flex2 14(BTM), Flex2 15(BTM), Flex 10
MIIX Series: MIIX2-8, MIIX2-10, MIIX2-11
YOGA Series: YOGA2Pro-13, YOGA2-13, YOGA2-11BTM, YOGA2-11HSW
E Series: E10-30

Shame on Lenovo for letting this happen to begin with.