Secret Shift Key Tricks

Secret Shift Key Tricks

Unlock the Power of Your Shift Key: From saving all documents at once to booting from USB on-demand, discover what the humble Shift key can do.
Trusting an Office Document For Good

Trusting an Office Document For Good

Tired of security warnings in Office files that have data connections or macros? Ignoring them is safest if they are not relevant to you, but for files you trust and use regularly, marking them as Trusted Documents avoids repeated warnings.
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PowerToys Crop & Lock App

PowerToys Crop & Lock App

PowerToys has a new tool to crop other windows, but to use it effectively, there's a few things to know about it and how Windows handles your windows.
Right-dragging in Windows

Right-dragging in Windows

Sometimes it's better to be sure of what will happen when you're dragging files around, plus there's a nice shortcut for extracting files that engages when you use the lesser known right drag. Check this out.
Running as Admin

Running as Admin

Windows provides various ways for you to run a program with increased privileges. Some are easier to discover than others but knowing the alternative shortcuts can come in handy.

Taking a Screenshot

Taking a Screenshot

You probably know how to take a screenshot on your PC, you might even know what adding in the Alt key provides. But did you know about these new capabilities added later?

Windows Volume Gestures

Windows Volume Gestures

When you’re driving down the freeway and your favorite song comes on the radio, I bet you can reach out and adjust the volume knob without ever taking your eyes off the road: your muscle memory kicks in, and you instinctively know where to reach without even looking. This is a practical demonstration of Fitts’ Law.

PSA: Microsoft asks you to set your Xbox Series to Energy Saver Mode

PSA: Microsoft asks you to set your Xbox Series to Energy Saver Mode

At launch, the Xbox Series S/X systems were very inefficient power-wise, drawing nearly 30 watts of juice in standby mode, 24 hours a day. With 12 million consoles sold and counting, this was projected to require 4 billion kWh of electricity within just a few years. This is as much as a year’s output from a large power plant, releasing more than 3 million tons of CO2 into our air just to power consoles that weren’t even being used. Things have improved, but it needs you to flip the switch.