Change the default search engine in Microsoft Edge

With the release of Windows 10, Microsoft introduced Microsoft Edge a new browser. Edge has many new functionalities embedded along with it.

Today, people have changed the way on how search is being done. Many of us rarely go in to a search engine and enter our search query. Instead, we type the search query in the browser address bar which in turn will provide the results in the default search engine set by the browser. By default the Microsoft edge browser is configured with Bing as the search engine. lets look at how do we change this to an alternate search engine like Google.

Open Microsoft edge and click on settings

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Scroll down and click view Advance Settings

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Scroll down and select change search engine

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Select the search engine you prefer and click set as default

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Outlook 2016 doesn’t fully synchronize your Exchange mailbox

Recently I reinstalled Windows 10 on my computer and on top of Windows, I installed Microsoft Office 2016.

When I setup my email on Outlook 2016, I noticed that only part of my emails which is on my Exchange mailbox had synchronized with my Outlook. This was not the case before where all my mails use to synch and due to this the search operations especially on older emails were a bit slow.

After some research I found out its due to the fact that Outlook has a behavior where it limits the emails to be synched considering the hard disk space when you are setting up a cached Exchange mode mailbox.

In order to increase this;

Open Outlook => File => drop down Account settings => select Account settings => Under email select the email account and click on change.

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Move the slider according to the timeline you require and click next and finish.

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Once done, your emails will start to synch and download.

Windows 10 Privacy for displaying user name

With the release of Windows 10, it enabled users to log in using their Microsoft accounts. This gives a has a privacy issue where, in the lock screen of the computer which is accessible by anyone can view the email address that is used to log in. This could lead to unsolicited SPAM emails and other unwanted risks.

By default there is a setting in the sign-in options to turn on or off to show the account details (eg: email address) on the login/sign-in page. By default this option is switched off and the account details are not displayed.

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If this option is turned on, your account details will be displayed on the sign in page to the computer when it starts.

Installing Windows Live Writer on Windows 10

I have been using Windows Live Writer to compose and publish my bog for almost for the past 4 to 5 years. Earlier this year, Microsoft announced that Windows Live Writer has gone end of support on January 10th 2017 https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/18614/windows-essentials

But if you still like to use like me then you may find it difficult to install Windows Live Writer on your Windows 10 computers.

Below are the steps article published on TechNet blogs on how to install and it works.

  1. Save wlsetup-all.exe file in a folder. Example: c:\temp
  2. Open command prompt (cmd.exe)
  3. Navigate within command prompt to location where you saved wlsetup-all.exe file.
    Within the command prompt type: cd c:\temp (if that’s the location where you saved the wlsetup-all.exe file)
  4. Type: wlsetup-all.exe /AppSelect:Writer /q /log:C:\temp\Writer.Log /noMU /noHomepage /noSearch
  5. Hit enter

Reference: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/stefan_stranger/2015/07/23/installing-windows-live-writer-on-windows-10/

Windows 10 Metered Connections

It’s a known fact that this is a digital era where internet is something equivalent to oxygen we breath. The first thing we do when we go to a new place is search for mobile data connectivity or WiFi connectivity. Internet has become an important aspect to people as well as organizations. But on the other hand, many ISP’s around the world have introduced data caps on the bandwidth consumption by the consumers.

Considering this Microsoft Windows 10, which is designed for a world with internet, comes with a setting called metered connections. By enabling this setting or feature, Windows 10 will limit the bandwidth usage and will stop auto downloads of Windows and app updates, disconnect some applications which use internet heavily, some live tiles my stop getting updates, etc.

Usually you would enable this feature on internet connectivity which has a bandwidth cap, mobile data, or any other connectivity option which is slow and has a limit.

To enable;

Click on properties of the WiFi network connected

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Enable Set as metered connection

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Similarly any number of networks connected could be set as a metered connection by following the above steps.

Windows 10 Active Hours

Windows 10 has been delivering loads of updates to its millions of users world wide. Users who are in a corporate or enterprise environment often does not notice this or feel this since the updates are managed by the IT team using products such as Windows Server Updates Service (WSUS). For others who use Windows 10 devices as stand alone, this becomes annoying due to the unscheduled restarts. Although initially it prompts a notification whether to delay the restart, generally users do lose track of time and face these restarts.

With the Windows 10 Anniversary update, a new feature called Active Hours was introduced. By setting this feature, Windows would be notified on when the device is used and the update installation and restart would not occur during the active hours.

To change or set a new active time;

Click on settings in start menu

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Click on Update and Security

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Click on Change Active Hours

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Do the necessary change and click save

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Windows Ink Workspace

The Windows 10 anniversary update released in early August 2016, came bundled with many new features. one of the interesting and useful feature was the “Windows Ink Workspace” primarily targeted at devices which has touch and pen capabilities.

This feature makes it fast and fluid to use a stylus with your Windows 10 powered device to execute certain productive tasks.

This feature can be accessed via the system tray on your task bar. After the anniversary update is installed, look for an icon with a pen.

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Clicking on this icon will open a detailed menu with the apps available to be used (similar to the start menu). Furthermore, the menu will also give an option to visit the Microsoft app store to download additional apps which supports Windows Ink.

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The three default apps Screen sketch, Sketchpad and Sticky Notes are quite interesting and have its own diversification of usefulness.

By tapping the Screen sketch it captures the desktop with whichever the application opened as a print shot to allow us to do annotations, etc. 

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On the top right hand corner, another sub menu with options are presented for editing and sharing.

The sketch pad will open a window to sketch and color drawings and it goes to an extent to use a ruler to draw fine straight line.

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Of course, we all know about the use and how to use the sticky note application.

To enable or disable the Windows Ink Workspace, right click on the task bar and select or de select the option.

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