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Windows – How to only search for files in the current folder

Posted in Computer, How to, Windows with tags , , , , on September 19, 2015 by Sirusdark

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Hello everyone!

Here’s a useful tip on how to search for files of a single folder and not the subfolders.

There’s only one thing you need to pay attention to: where are you searching from?

>> Searching from the Libraries?
or
>> Searching from the actual folder’s location?

That’s it! Once you’re in the right place to look for file(s), the option to search in the current folder will become available:

Searching from the Libraries disables the “Current folder” option:

search_libraries

Searching in the actual “physical” or local folder enables the option:

search_local

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Windows 10 – Access your beloved Recycle Bin

Posted in How to, Knowledge, Windows with tags , , , , , on August 17, 2015 by Sirusdark

[ “Windows 10 Part 2 – Upgrading to Windows 10!” is still under writing ]

Hello readers!

Here’s a quick tip for those of you who’re already using Windows 10!

You may have noticed by now that the Recycle Bin is nowhere to be found… Had you looked it up online, you most likely would’ve found the following tedious solution:

Right-click on your Desktop  > Personalise > Themes > Desktop icon settings > Check the “Recycle Bin” box.

This works, but it adds clutter on the desktop and doesn’t make the Recycle Bin visible on the Desktop in File Explorer.

Simplify!

Here’s the simplest way to access the Recycle Bin while keeping it out of sight:

Open File Explorer (Win + E) > Click the little arrow on the left of the address bar > Recycle Bin.

explorer_recycle

That’s it! And here’s how efficient users do it with their eyes closed:

Windows 10

Win+E > Tab x 2 > Up-Arrow x 2 > Enter

Windows 8/8.1

Win+E > Tab x 2 > Down-Arrow x 5 > Enter

Enjoy!

Sirus

Yes, I really don’t have any icons on my desktop.

Windows 10 Part 1 – Upgrading to Windows 8.1

Posted in Computer, Free Stuff, Windows with tags , , , , , , , on July 31, 2015 by Sirusdark

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Hello dear readers!

I hope you all refrained from upgrading to Windows 10 on day one! Never a good idea; instead, let others mess things up and find solutions for you. Like me! :D

First step getting Windows 10 is to either be running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. Since I went directly from Windows XP Pro to Windows 8 Pro, I had to upgrade to 8.1 first. For those of you who prefer doing “clean installs” (I’m one of those, though I won’t this time), see references to download the Windows 10 media.

What went wrong

  • Had to uninstall printer software/drivers and re-install after the update.
  • Folder Libraries are disabled by default in 8.1. Annoying, yes, but pretty simple to re-enable them. It’s the very first answer in Microsoft’s FAQ. (see references)
  • Had to re-install/upgrade my Comodo Firewall and doing so, lost all my firewall settings. That’s normal since the system changed, thus everything is a “new” application. I now have to re-authorize applications as I go. I’ll be back to normal in a day or two.
  • The Windows lock screen picture changed back to the default image. Mine used to be the one with Seattle’s Space Needle tower. Again, super easy to change.
  • I lost my Windows “run” history (shortcut: Windows Key + R). Not a big deal, but still worth mentioning.
  • Windows Defender stopped working, but after some updates, it finally got back to normal.

NOTE : Always have an antivirus, anti-spyware and backup solution.

What went right

Haters

If you don’t like your Windows, please, let me know! I’m sure I can help you. I know frustrated users (often, myself) usually have good reasons to be. But once you understand things, it becomes JOY.

If you did ask me for help and still hate Windows, there’s more I can do for ‘ya! Bring some rope, quick-setting cement, a sleeping bag and we’ll be good to go.

Stay tune for the grand final: “Windows 10 – Part 2: Upgrading to Windows 10!”

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References
-http://windows.microsoft.com/en-ca/windows/libraries-faq
-https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
-http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/media-creation-tool-install
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Saving files painlessly in Windows 8 – Easier and faster than XP!

Posted in Tweaking, Windows 8 with tags , , , on April 21, 2014 by Sirusdark

Windows 8 + saving files = @&*%$

That used to be my initial reaction…. Until I used the Libraries.

Note that I made the jump strait from Windows XP to Windows 8 and was used to save files easily and faster than most people. Thing is, I couldn’t save stuff the same way I used to in Windows 8… until I figured it out. It’s now easy and as fast. Here’s why and how:

Quick access gone?

When saving files in Windows 8, you’ll notice the big quick access shortcut buttons are gone (My recent Documents, Desktop, My Documents, My Computer, My Network) in the left side of the save prompt. In Windows XP, I used Tweak UI to customize those shortcuts to point strait at my data hard drive’s folders. Life was good… But, now, it’s even better!

XP - Save as...

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[ Windows XP “Save as…“; customized with Tweak UI ]

Instead, in Windows 8 you have Windows Explorer’s tree view (folders listing) on the left. And that’s where the magic happens.

Windows 8 Save Prompt and Libraries

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[Windows 8 Save Prompt with custom Library “My Picture” selected]

Libraries

Libraries are a bit weird, but they’re awesome: simply put, they are pointers/shortcuts that redirects you to specific locations. Using libraries, you can now have a LOT more than just 4 or 5 quick access shortcuts! As of writing, I already use 8 custom Libraries, in addition to the default 4 Windows libraries! :D

Creating a custom Library

Here’s how to create a custom Library: navigate to your Libraries, then right-click -> New -> Library. Name it, then go in its properties (Alt + Enter), choose a location and voilà!

Library Folder View

In case you didn’t already noticed, Libraries all use the same folder view. You might wanna read my previous article on this: Windows 8 folders view – Nasty frakin’ oversight from Microsoft?

In conclusion, using Libraries I can now save files strait to my most used locations without the hassle of clicking down the trees. Combined with Windows’ Recent places in the Favorites section, I usuallydon’t have to browse more than one or two folders when saving stuff.

Enjoy!

Sirus
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Skype – How to prevent sound from being lowered during a call

Posted in Audio, Software, Windows with tags , , , , , on March 17, 2014 by Sirusdark

You may have noticed that when you make a call or answer one in Skype, your global Windows sound may lowered in order let you to hear the call better. Often, this behavior may not be desirable. So here’s how to modify the default settings!

Windows, not Skype

First of all, you must understand that it’s NOT Skype that’s turning down da volume, it’s actually Windows: it detects conferencing/phone call applications (aka Skype) and reduces the overall volume when one is used. This can sometimes messed up online videos volume, live/streaming video feeds volume, etc. which may require a browser restart to get the volume back to normal. That’s just one of the numerous reasons you may not want this behavior.

Windows Sound Settings

Here’s where you can change the settings to fit your specific usage:

Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Sound > Communications tab

Windows Skype Sound

Enjoy!

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How to clear Windows 8’s Jump Lists (aka Folder History)

Posted in Privacy, Tweaking, Windows with tags , , , on March 11, 2014 by Sirusdark

Here’s how to clear Windows 8‘s recent Jump Lists (aka Frequent File, Recent or Folder History) from your Taskbar shortcuts/icons. Note that you can also clear your recently opened programs, but that’s not desirable, as you’d also lose your Run history… Something very useful to keep if you work efficiently.

Jump the Jump Lists

First, right-click anywhere on an empty space of your Taskbar >go in Properties > then click the Jump Lists tab and ONLY uncheck:

[ ] Store and display recently opened items in Jump Lists

Click Apply, then re-check the box and click Apply. That’s it! Your Jump Lists history should now be empty.

Enjoy!

Sirus
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Tweak Windows 8 security – Configure auto-play settings

Posted in Security, Tweaking, Windows with tags , , on March 6, 2014 by Sirusdark

Here’s how to secure your Windows 8 system with an easy tweak: disable auto-play for all devices. That way, whatever you insert in your optical drive or USB ports, nothing will run automatically.

We used to rely on a third party software to do that in Windows XP (via Tweak UI). Not anymore: it’s now a native feature integrated into Windows 8!

Disabling Windows Auto-Play

Here’s how to secure your system by disabling auto-play on all devices.

Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > AutoPlay

Then simply UNCHECK: “Use AutoPlay for all media and devices” and choose the action you wish for each type of devices. In this case, choose “Take no action“.

That’s it!

Enjoy!

Sirus
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