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How to Boot to the Desktop And Skip Metro UI in Windows 8

Windows 8 is known for its tile-d interface, which begins right from the Start screen when the user logs in.While many believe that the glance-and-go model of the new UI is the future, many hate change and the extra steps it requires to get something done. There is no middle ground, you either love the metro UI or you absolutely hate it! But with this simple tutorial, you can now skip the Modern UI completely and directly boot straight to the desktop with a quick trick.

This when combined with third–party Start menu applications like “ViStart” or “Start8” eliminates the need to use the Modern UI.

Creating the Shortcut to

First step is to open a Notepad which is done by pressing the windows Key from the desktop to access Metro and then typing Notepad at the Start screen and hitting Enter. Paste the below text into a new file:

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Save the file with the .scf file extension. For example, ShowDesktop.scf

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This is same shortcuts the “Show Desktop” button that was found in the Quick Launch area on Windows XP.

Using the Task Scheduler

By using the Task Scheduler, the user can set the shortcut to automatically run when the user logs in. The Task Scheduler can be launched by pressing the Windows key and typing in “Schedule”. Click on the Settings category and select “Schedule Tasks” application. It can also be found under the Administrative Tools in the Control Panel. Once the Task Scheduler Window appears, on the left side there will be a “Task Scheduler Library”, click on it.

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Right-click in the main pane. Select “Create New Task.” On the General tab, name the task something like “Show Desktop.”

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Click on the “Triggers “tab and use the New button to set a new trigger. In the New Trigger Window, set the task to begin “At Log On” and click OK.

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Click on the Actions Tab and create a New Action. Set this action to “Start a program” use the Browse button to select the shortcut that has been created earlier and click OK.

Click on the conditions tab and uncheck the “Start the task only if the computer is on AC power”, check the box under Power. If this is not done, the laptop will not boot to desktop if it is running on battery power.

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Click OK and all the steps to skip metro UI in windows 8 are done. When you boot your PC next time, it will automatically jump to the desktop mode. However, you can still spot the Metro UI for a moment for a moment. Also, when you land in the desktop mode, you will be greeted with a Windows Explorer windows.

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How to Setup Google Cloud Print on Android

Generally, printing a document is a piece of cake. Open the appropriate application, load the file that has to be printed and click on “PRINT”.  However, this process gets a little tricky when it is an Android device, as one has to email or copy the particular file from the Android device to the PC in order to give it for print. Cloud Print makes printing easier again.

What is Cloud Print?

It is a service provided by Google which has many features. It can be used to print files from an Android device directly using a compatible printer and eliminating the involvement of the PC. This service can be used on a regular printer too but a few things have to be done to do so.

First step is to make sure that the user uses the Google Chrome. Secondly, it has to be made sure that both the printer and the PC to which it is connected are switched on when it is required to print a document. The third step is to install the Cloud Print App.

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How to configure Chrome?

Open the Chrome browser on the PC. Click on the menu button which is at the upper right corner of the program window. Select Settings from the drop down menu. Click on the ‘Show advanced settings ‘link which is available on scrolling down the page. Locate the Google Cloud Print section. Click the ‘Add Printers’ button.

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Make sure that the user is signed in to his/her Google account before clicking on the ‘Add printers’. Any printer that has been connected to the PC- both real and virtual will be added to the Chrome.

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Make sure that the expected printer has been added by clicking on the “Manage your printers” link.

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How to configure the Android device?

Install Cloud Print from Google Play on the Android phone or tablet to print directly from the device. After installation, launch the app and select the Google account that has been set up on the PC. The user has to grant permission for the app to access the Google account. Choose the option that relates to the type of printer that the user wants to add. In most cases this will come under the option Other Printers. The user can select one of the printers that have been added from the list that is displayed.

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The user can indicate whether the selected printer is the default printer and then print a test page to check that everything is working perfectly. More printers can be added if required.

How to Print from the Android Device?

This can be done in two ways. The first method is to launch the Cloud Print on the phone or tablet, navigate to the Local section and then select the type of document that has to be printed. Select an individual file, use the “Page Setup” option to configure basic settings and then choose “Click here to Print”.

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The second option is to open the file in the appropriate application and then make use of the Share option. A menu will appear from which the user has to select the Cloud Print option. The current file will be transferred to Cloud Print and will be ready for printing.

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So, that is how to setup Google Cloud Print on Android devices. Do let us know if you run into any walls!

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How to Create, Change, and Recover Your Windows 7 Password

The most popular Microsoft operating system is Windows 7. Every user wants to keep their PC or laptop from the hands of unauthorized users and also to make sure all their documents and photos or videos are safe. The most commonly used method is to set a password for your PC. A password will prevent another person from using the PC or laptop without the users’ permission.

Windows 7 is still one of the most popular operating systems out there even after the launch of Windows 8 which was a huge shift in strategy for Microsoft. While the success of Windows 8 is debatable, Windows 7 is its biggest competitor at the moment.

How to create, change and recover a password in the Windows 7?

 Creating a password in Windows 7

  1. Go  to the start button and click on the control panel
  2. Click on user account and family safety.
  3. Click change your windows password from the three options available.

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  1. Create password for the account.
  2. Enter the password and click on the Ok button.

The password has been created for your Windows 7 PC. If you ever want to change your password, follow the steps below

Press “ctrl+ Alt+delete” and then click change password. It will direct the user to enter the old password and also the new password. On pressing the enter button the new password will be set and the old password has been changed.

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What if you forgot your password?  It is a very common situation to forget the password that has been set as the mind is forgetful. The password can be recovered by using the reset disk. A reset disk is a disk which will recover the password which has been lost. If the reset disk is not present another way to recover the password is by using the recovery tool to reset the password.

To make your password reset disk, visit “User Accounts and Safety” link in Control Panel and you will see an option”User Accounts”. Do note that you will need a flash drive (or a floppy drive, if your PC still supports it) to proceed from this point. In the tasks on the left pane, select “Create a password reset disk” and follow the instructions.

Do let me know if you need any help with this through the comments section below.

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How to Password Protect SMS on Android

We all have those nosy friends or family who pry on our smartphones when they access our device. Today we will see how we can keep these messages away from everybody else, so that it is easier to hand over the phone when someone asks for it as the fear of them seeing it is no longer visible. Everyone has their own reasons to keep their text messages locked up so let us see how to password protect SMS on Android devices using Go SMS Pro.

Go SMS Pro can be downloaded and installed on Android devices through the Google Play Store. This app provides a lot of functionality apart from the password protection such as cloud back up, themes, auto-reply and more. You can access all the existing message threads can be accessed in the Go SMS inbox.

The private box on GO SMS Pro has to be configured before it is used. To configure, open the app menu and navigate to the Services tab. Select Private box to get started.

go sms proGo SMS will direct the user to set up the “private box” and also to provide a password which will be used to encrypt the messages. After this is done, it will direct the user to the private box.

protect sms threads on androidAdd the contacts whose SMS/MMS that has to be seen only by the user to the private box.  These contacts which have been encrypted and have been added in the private box will remain hidden from the normal Inbox. These encrypted messages will be hidden from other apps that have permission to read the messages.

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On exiting from the app, the private box gets locked. Now on, when the user receives a message from the secured contact, a private contact notification alert will be received. Click on the alert will open the SMS but on entering the correct password.

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Another way to see the messages in the private box is go to Menu> Services> Private Box. There is also an option to change the lock type from automatic to manual; the automatic mode is recommended for maximum security. The password which has been set for the private box can be changed in the settings menu. In case messages from a contact has to be made visible to public again, long touch the contact thread in the private box and select Move out of private box.

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How to Encrypt Files on Android

We are a generation that depends a lot on smart phones in our daily lives. We have private and sensitive information on our Android phones and this article is all about password protecting or how to encrypt files on android devices for security.

There is a tool called the File locker which can be used to lock any file on an Android device. It will be a password protected folder and nobody will have access to the folder.

From the Play Store download and install File Locker on the device. The app works for devices running on Android 2.1 and above.

After installation, the app will display all the files and folders on the Android device. Browse for the files that have to be locked, a long tap will show a popup menu with options.

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Select the Lock option from the popup menu. There is an option to even batch select files and then lock them at once. The app will ask for a password for the file. On providing the password the app will hash the contents in the files.

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There is no master password option and hence the app will ask for a new password every time a file is locked. It would be recommended to use the same password each time, to keep things simple. The files that have been locked cannot be read using any app installed on the device or even on a computer.

So, how these files can be unlocked?

To see all the files that have been locked using the app open the Locked tab. A file can be unlocked by tapping on the lock icon next to the file. The password has to be entered to open the file. There is an option that can be selected to ensure that on exiting the app, the file gets locked automatically.

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Once a file had been unlocked it can be viewed in the unlocked tab. The file can be opened in their respective viewer from the File Locker app itself.

There a few things to remember, as there is no password recovery option so make sure the password is safely written down somewhere else or you have a good memory of it. The app does not store the password anywhere on the device so if the password is forgotten it is bye to the files forever.

Another point to note is that the app will give the file a hashed file name. Do not rename the file using any other file managers as the app will not be able to read the hashed file and hence leading to failure in unlocking it.

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How to Lock and Protect Specific Apps on Android

As nice as it sounds, but sometimes having to enter the pin or drawing patterns to be able access the device each time can get a little too annoying. It would be great if certain applications that do require the lock and protection from others eyes can be done so rather than the whole phone itself. This thought I am sure must have crossed all your minds at some point or the other.

Among the applications that are usually used, only a very few apps like gallery, mail, messaging etc really need a lock as it holds data that one might not be willing to share with others.

Smart App Protector is a free app that helps the user in locking and protecting specific apps on their Android device. The app is available in the Play Store, download the app and install it. When the app is launched for the first time, the app will ask the user to install Smart App Protector helper application from the Store. This application will make sure that the main app services do not get killed using any third-party app killer for Android.

The combination 7777 is a default password for the app, which can be changed in the app settings. There is also an option to change the password type from pin to patterns. This can be done in the Password and Pattern settings. Next the app has to be added to the secured list.

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Open the Running tab on the app which has to be password protected and tap the Add button. Next select all the apps that have to be protected from the pop-up list and tap on the Add button.

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Now all the apps that are password protected can only be accessed after providing the correct one.

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The password can be reset in case it is forgotten by selecting the option Lock Initialization from the App’s settings menu. The type of authentication can be selected in case the password is forgotten.

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In case the password is forgotten and an incorrect password is entered for more than five times, the lock initialization feature will pop-up automatically. The secret question which had been configured earlier will be asked. On providing the correct answer the default password 7777 will be restored. A new password can now be configured for the app.

Hope this will be of help protect specific apps on android from the eyes of those who should not see it. Do let us know in the comments if you have any alternatives or a better way!

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How To Create an Encrypted Folder On Mac To Secure Your Files

Have you always wondered how you could safely hide your files and folders so that no one gets an access to them even though they do have full access to the device? Or keep away confidential information? This can be done by creating an encrypted folder on Mac which can be actually locked with a password to secure it and take it along anywhere you want.

Steps on How to create an encrypted folder on Mac

Disk-UtilityOpen Disk Utility (Applications> Utilities) and from the options available at the top of the window click on New Image.

Using the Save As option, create a memorable name for the encrypted folder being created and then choose where the folder has to be put. You can choose a different size from the drop down, but a 500 MB should be good enough to store important files and documents.

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Next step, choose the desired encryption strength, a 128 – bit should be good enough in most cases. A 256 – bit encryption can be selected if these files need more security but it will be slower. Once done, click on Create. You can choose a password that can be given for the encrypted folder.

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Uncheck the remember password option so that the password will not auto-complete every time you access the encrypted folder. This will help keep the information confidential.

The newly created encrypted folder will be visible on the desktop. Store the important files in the folder. After transfer of files, close the folder and eject it. This can be done either by dragging it to the Trash or by right – clicking on it and choosing the Eject option.

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Once the folder is ejected the password is required in order to access the folder again.

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One of the great features of encrypted folders is that it is portable. It can be transferred to an USB stick or drive or even to an iPhone device or any other iOS device and it can be carried anytime anywhere. The encryption and password features will still work. Each time you try to access the encrypted folder you will have to provide the password.

This encrypted folder can also be placed in the DropBox account so that you can access it from anywhere on any other Mac machine which has access to the net, saving the trouble of carrying a USB or an external drive all the time. And that’s the end of the tutorial on how to create an encrypted folder on mac! Sound off in the comments if you run into a wall.

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How To Get Better Battery Life On Android Devices

As phones get better displays and more powerful processors, battery technology seems to  be playing catch-up. Today a “decent battery” means the phone can last till you get home in the evening on a single charge. Lets find out how to get better battery life on Android Devices.

First step, test the battery usage so that the user can determine whether the changes that have been adopted from those mentioned below is helping or not.

Battery Graph, a free app is a great application to check battery usage. Also, go to Settings>>About Phone>>Battery to check what is draining the battery the most.check battery usage android

Time Table

Set a rigid bedtime for the phone. Most phones have tools that automatically turn off the mobile signals and Wi-Fi after the fixed time. This will help in saving power on the phone. If your phone does not have such a feature, install Tasker

The screen is a big strain on battery life. The bigger the screen, the heavier the strain. We cannot reduce the screen size but there are two settings which will reduce the battery usage.

Brightness

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Make use of the automatic adjustment setting, the OS will by itself dim the display in darker environments, even well lit indoor rooms.

Settings>>Display>> Brightness

Another option is using the Power control widget. Make sure it is on the home screen for easy access so as to toggle between low and high brightness. To get the widget, press and hold on an empty section of the screen, choose widgets and pick the Power control option.

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In most cases the screen is well lit even when the user is not using the phone. This also uses up battery life. A small change in the display settings can reduce the battery strain, to do so go to Settings>> Display>> Screen time out. Change the interval before time out of the screen.

Deactivate Wi-Fi when Not Needed

Turn off Wi-Fi when it is not required. If the phone is constantly in search of Wi-Fi signals and trying to get connected to every signal available, it is wasting power. To make it easy, it is better to have a home screen toggle for it. The Power Toggles widget mentioned above will help on this.

Syncing

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To sync various applications to the phone means that the phone has to be connected to the internet either via cellular data or Wi-Fi, this will drain power from the phone. One way to reduce strain is to increase the gap between the updates which can be done by going to the settings and tweaking the options.

Another option is to turn off sync completely and get updates only when a request is given manually for the applications as and when it is required.

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How to Sync Game Progress, App Data and More Between Android Devices

Always juggling between the different Android devices that you own? Do you end up having to play a whole level that you have already cleared just because both the devices are not synced? In this write-up we bring you a way so that you no longer have to.

Sync Game Progress and App Data for Rooted Android Devices

If the Android devices that you own are all rooted then DataSync is a wonderful app that not only syncs Android game progress but also syncs app data and specific folders. After the app is installed on the devices, it should be granted root access. The app will automatically check if the device has the latest version, if not it will open the Play store page and will direct you to download BusyBox Installer. (BusyBox Installer)

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As the app is initialized, a long tap on the app data will add it to queue for sync. To sync files and folders, go to Files tab and add them to the queue too. After selecting all the data that you want to sync, tap on the save button and give the folder a name.

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Tap on the transfer button when a transfer of data is required. Select the device to which the selected data has to be sent. If the Android device at the receiving end is on the same Wi-Fi network and the app is running on it, it will be detected automatically. After detection, the device will give the options to upload, download or a two way sync, which is available after upgrading to the Pro version. Depending on the size of the files to be transferred, it might take a while. A great feature of the app is that it supports Bluetooth connectivity too, so if Wi-Fi access is not possible you can still sync the devices.

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Keep both the apps running as long as the transfer is taking place.

Remember to kill the app once transfer is done for security reasons as the app does not provide syncing authentication.

Non Rooted Device Alternative

If the device is not rooted and you want to transfer the game progress between the devices you have, SaveShare is a great app. The only drawback of the app is that it supports only some of the common and famous games. The app has a list of the games it supports.

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SaveShare uses a Dropbox folder so as to save and restore the game’s progress. Hence it is important that both the devices should be connected to the internet. After the app has been launched, you will be directed to link it to your Dropbox account. This has to be done on both the devices that you wish to sync. Once that is done, click on the game whose progress you want to sync and tap on the option either to save the content or restore it on DropBox.

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