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Everything you need to know Windows 10 build 10576

By Giáp Nguyễn Bá → 04 November, 2015

Everything you need to know Windows 10 build 10576

This week, Microsoft didn't release one, but two pre-release builds of Windows 10. Build 10581 rolled out to mobile devices and build 10576 for PCs to the Fast ring of updates. Both preview builds include changes and improvements overs their previous builds, but Microsoft is now simply focusing on fixing bugs and adding the finishing touches, as we are getting closer to the first public release of Windows 10 Mobile and the "Windows 10 Fall Update".
While there aren't many significant changes, Microsoft is adding a few improvements that will also become part of the "Windows 10 Fall Update". 

Since the company released Windows 10 build 10565, we have also seen a leaked build making its way around the internet, but today we're going to talk about the improvements that appear in Windows 10 build 10576 since build 10565.

Windows 10 build 10576

Start menu

In this new build of Windows 10, the Start menu isn't getting any changes, but we can see a small improvement in the context menus -- more specifically, the Power button menu --. In build 10576, you will notice that the menu is no longer narrow, now it's wider and matches the rest of the new context menus on Start.

In addition, Microsoft has now enabled the ability "rate and review", and share your favorite apps from the Start menu. Simply, right-click a Windows app, go to More and click on Rate and review to open the "Rate this app" on the Store.

In the same way, you can click Share, and then the Store will open, and you'll be able to share your app with other people.

Microsoft Edge

Perhaps the more important changes from build 10576 are happening on Microsoft Edge.
In this new preview, Microsoft is officially enabling Media Casting in Microsoft Edge. Similar to Google's Chromecast, you can now cast videos, pictures, and audio from Edge to any Miracast and DLNA device over your local network.

There is no setup involve at all, the only thing you have to do is to come across a compatible media that you can cast, click Cast media to device, and then click the available device from the list to cast and see the magic happens.

I have tested the new feature on Edge, and while it took a few tries, I was able to cast a YouTube video from my computer to the Xbox One. Once I clicked the "XBOX ONE" from the list, the console immediately opened the Movies & TV app on the New Xbox One Experience and began to play the video.

To make things a little more interesting, while the YouTube video was being cast, I launched my Xbox app on my primary computer running Windows 10 (build 10240), and I was also able to stream the YouTube video back to my PC.

Microsoft says that you can now try to cast videos from YouTube, photo albums from Facebook, and music from Pandora. However, the company notes that cast will not work with protected content, such as with content from Netflix and Hulu.

Starting build 10576, you can highlight text, right-click, and "Ask Cortana" about content from PDF files.

The search box to find content on a page user-interface has been updated with a few design tweaks, and the version of Microsoft Edge has been bumped to 25.10576.0.0.


The Settings app didn't get any important updates, but now if you go to System > Default apps, and try to change any default app, you will see a note saying "Recommended for Windows 10".

On Settings > Update & security > Windows Update, you'll see a new link to get more information about the latest update. However, currently it only opens a Bing search with no update details.

Other changes

Other changes in this build include improvements the new nested virtualization feature that allows people to run Hyper-V containers in a Hyper-V virtual machine.
The company fixed the search box on computers running Windows 10 where Cortana isn't available, and there is a permanent fix for the Xbox app that was consuming gigabytes of memory on your PC.

Wrapping thing up

Although there are a few bugs with this build, and you might need to try more than one attempts to see some features working, Windows 10 build 10576 seems like a really good preview. As you know, Microsoft plans to roll out Windows 10 Fall Update very soon, as such the company isn't likely to introduce any new features at this point. Instead, it will be fixing bugs and get ready things ready for the final release.

Word timesaving tips: Random text, quick definitions, formatting tricks and more

By Giáp Nguyễn Bá → 22 October, 2015

Word timesaving tips: Random text, quick definitions, formatting tricks and more

Make it easier to format and read long documents (and shorter ones) with these tips. Microsoft Word has many, many tricks up its sleeve. The seven here will help you through some common snags in complex documents.

Quickly change Line Spacing

You can change the line spacing on a single paragraph, page, or the entire document in two easy keystrokes. Place your cursor anywhere on the target paragraphs, then press:

Ctrl+1 to change the line spacing to single spaced.
Ctrl+2 to change the line spacing to double spaced.
Ctrl+5 to change the line spacing to 1.5 (or one and a half spaced).

Note: You must use the numbers above the alphabet keys. This shortcut does not recognize the numeric keypad.

Rand command

1. To generate random text for tutorials (like this one), graphic designs and other projects, place your cursor at the beginning of a new paragraph and type =Rand(2,3) then press Enter. The first number determines the number of paragraphs, and the second number determines the number of sentences in each paragraph. For example, the following two paragraphs were generated using the =Rand(2,3) command.
Video provides a powerful way to help you prove your point. When you click Online Video, you can paste in the embed code for the video you want to add. You can also type a keyword to search online for the video that best fits your document.
To make your document look professionally produced, Word provides header, footer, cover page, and text box designs that complement each other. For example, you can add a matching cover page, header, and sidebar. Click Insert and then choose the elements you want from the different galleries.

2. You can also insert the random text in Latin; for example, =Lorem(2,2) looks like the text below:

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Maecenas porttitor congue massa.
Fusce posuere, magna sed pulvinar ultricies, purus lectus malesuada libero, sit amet commodo magna eros quis urna. Nunc viverra imperdiet enim.

Quick definitions

You need synonyms to avoid repetition in your writing, but synonyms can easily stray from the precise definition. The Define feature defines words for you in just two clicks.

1. Place your cursor on any word in your document and right-click once.

2. In the drop-down menu that appears, click Define.

3. A panel on the right opens and displays the selected word with its definition.

If the panel fails to open, then you have not yet selected a dictionary app from the Office Apps Store. From the Insert tab, click the Store button. Choose Reference under Category on the Apps for Office screen. Browse through the Reference apps and select a dictionary, such as Merriam-Webster. The screen for the selected app appears. Click the Trust It button and Microsoft downloads the app to your hard drive. Now, when you right-click a word, then click Define, the Merriam-Webster dictionary appears onscreen in the right panel with the definition of the selected word.

Expand/Collapse paragraphs

Expanding and collapsing paragraphs make it easier to browse through long documents. For example, it’s easier to skim a document if all the text below the headers is collapsed. It’s also easier to read onscreen documents if the paragraphs that you’ve already read are collapsed. For extremely long documents, especially technical documents and reference materials, collapsed paragraphs are less intimidating for your readers and colleagues.
To set up this feature, you create headings that define sections of paragraphs that can be expanded or collapsed.

1. Type a few paragraphs (or use the =Rand command to create some random text). Enter a header over the first two paragraphs, then select it, and choose Heading1 from the Styles group under the Home tab.

2. Enter a few more paragraphs, add another header, then choose Heading1 again. Place your cursor on the first heading. Notice that a solid triangle appears. This symbol means this paragraph is collapsible.

3. Right-click on the first header, select Expand/Collapse > Collapse Heading and the paragraph disappears. Notice the triangle is now clear, which means there are collapsed paragraphs beneath this header.

4-5. Any subheadings (such as Heading 2, 3, 4, etc.) under Heading One will also collapse when the main Heading1 collapses.

Quick Underlines

When you want to run a line across the page, you don't need to press and hold the hyphen or asterisk key and then add or subtract characters until you fill the line. Instead, type a sentence, press Enter, then do one of the following procedures:

Press the hyphen/dash (-) key three times, then press Enter to draw a .75 point underline.

Press the underscore ( _ ) key three times, then press Enter to draw a 1.5 point underline.

Press the tilde (~) key three times, then press Enter to draw a zigzag underline.

Press the asterisk/star (*) key three times, then press Enter to draw a dotted underline.

Press the equal (=) key three times, then press Enter to draw a double underline.

Easy tricks to rearrange lists

If you have a numbered or bulleted list of items and suddenly decide that number 2 should be number 5 and number 4 should be number 2, most people just cut and paste the listed items until they are rearranged in the proper order. For a short list, no problem. But if you’re working with a long list, this can be a real headache.

1. Position your cursor anywhere on the phrase,

2. Press Alt+Shift and hold, then press the up/down arrows to move the phrase up or down on the list.

3. Now all you have to do is renumber the list.

4. Bullet lists are easier because you don’t have to reorder the numbers once the list is reorganized.

Vertical Selection feature

The Vertical Selection feature is a handy tool for making quick changes to a vertical column of characters—for example, adding or removing an attribute such as bold or italics, changing the color, font, and/or size of the numbers, bullets, or text.

You can delete the selected vertical text without also deleting the rest of the text beside it. For example, you can delete the numbers in a list, but not the list.

1. Press the Alt key, then click on the first character in the list or paragraph and drag the highlight down and over through the characters you want to modify, then make the changes.
Note, however, that you cannot sort the vertical characters separately from the adjacent text. You cannot change the design of a bullet through the Insert > Symbol menu, but you can change it through the Font menu or the Bullet menu (with some limitations).

For example, if you select Home > Paragraph > Bullet Library > Define New Bullet > Symbol, then select a “symbol” bullet from the list, only the first item in the list is affected.

2. If, however, you choose a bullet from the font option (Home > Paragraph > Bullet Library > Define New Bullet > Font)...

3-4. ...or select a picture from the Picture option (Home > Paragraph > Bullet Library > Define New Bullet > Picture), the new bullet displays on all the listed items.

5-6. You can also select the Numbering Library, and choose a nice number format for your list such as all lowercase letters or roman numerals.

JD Sartain/pcworld

How to delete Windows File Explorer Address Bar History

By Giáp Nguyễn Bá → 21 October, 2015

How to delete Windows File Explorer Address Bar History

Every Windows user might have observed, whenever he clicks on the ‘down’ arrow or start typing something in the address bar field of File Explorer, a history of all previous locations and URLs appears before him. This could raise privacy or security concerns for some. All the URLs can be deleted by removing them via Registry Editor. In this post, we will see how you can remove or delete Windows File Explorer address bar auto-suggest history items from the drop-down menu.

Delete File Explorer Address Bar History

Press Windows + R to bring up the Run dialog box. Type regedit and hit Enter.
Next, in the windows that opens, navigate to the following path:
Once there, select the TypedPaths entry from the list of options available.
In the right-side panel, you will see url1, url2, etc corresponding to various URLs or paths. Right-click on the one you want to delete and select Delete.
This way, you can delete one, more or all of the items.
Related tips:

If you wish to delete all address bar history, in Windows 10 you can right-click on the Explorer bar and select Delete history.

To delete all File Explorer History in Windows 10, open Folder Options or File Explorer Options as it is now called, and under the General tab, under Privacy, click on the Clear File Explorer history button.

And, well, then there are always those several free junk file cleaners that let you achieve all this and more with the click of a button.

How to reset Microsoft Edge in Windows 10 when things are broken

By Giáp Nguyễn Bá → 19 October, 2015

How to reset Microsoft Edge in Windows 10 when things are broken

In Windows 10, Microsoft is introducing many new features to make users more productive, such as a new Start menu, Cortana, new universal apps, Settings, which is the central place to configure the operating system, ultimately designed to replace Control Panel, and much more. The software giant is also introducing Microsoft Edge, the new default web browser built for the future web and to replace Internet Explorer (which it's still present for compatibility purposes).
Microsoft Edge is a completely new web browser with a minimal design that focus on web content, and like Chrome and Firefox, the software maker plans to match and surpass the features available from its competitors with extensions, web notes, tab preview, Cortana, and more.
While the web browser works quite alright without major problems, it's still in the early days. Some users may run into some issues, such as sudden crashes, slow performance, or simply it won't launch.
If you were running Chrome or Firefox, and you're having similar issues, you should try to uninstall and reinstall the web browser to try to resolve the problem. However, like Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge is part of Windows 10. It's nearly impossible to uninstall the app, and even if you could, you might run into different issues.

If you are having problems with the new web browser, you can try resetting the instance of Microsoft Edge in your account to try to fix the issue you're having.
Of course, we would only recommend you do this as a last resort process, where you have tried everything else and nothing worked.

Warning: Using this guide might cause you lose your favorites, history, and settings. Before, you move forward, it's recommended that you perform a full backup or create a system restore point in case something goes wrong and to need to restore your last good known state of Windows 10.

Fixing Microsoft Edge

1- If you're running Microsoft Edge, close it.

2- Open File Explorer and type the following path into the address: 

C:\Users\UseYourUsername\AppData\Local\Packages and hit Enter. (Remember to replace "UseYourUsername" with your user account name.)

3- Select and try to delete the Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe folder as you would with any other folder. If you get a "Folder Access Denied" prompt, simply click Continue. Also, there might be some content that you won't be able to delete. If this is the case, in the dialog box, select to skip the files.

You should be able to delete most of the content inside the folder, but if you can't right-click Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe, select Properties, remove the check from the Read-only option, and click Apply and OK.

4- Once you've tried deleting all the content, go inside the Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe folder and try deleting the remaining folders by selecting all the folders, right-clicking them, selecting Delete, and clicking Yes to confirm the deletion. You may notice that you can't delete AC folder, but that's alright.

5- Restart your computer.

6- Now, were going to re-register Microsoft Edge in your account. Open the Start menu, search for Windows PowerShell, right-click it from the result, and select Run as administrator.

7- Type the following command and hit Enter:
cd C:\Users\UseYourUsername. (Remember to replace "UseYourUsername" with your user account name.)

Then, type the following command exactly and hit Enter:

Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml" -Verbose}
If the process was completed successfully, you would see a message similar to this one:

That's all there is to it. If you want to be cautious, restart your computer one more time, and then you should be able to run Microsoft Edge again and hopefully without any issues.

How to configure the System Restore feature in Windows 10

By Giáp Nguyễn Bá → 16 October, 2015

How to configure the System Restore feature in Windows 10

We can safely customize many features and options in Windows without having to worry about if the next time you boot your computer will start correctly. Then there are those times when you need to modify the operating system in such a way that if you don't do it correctly, you might end up with serious problems. These problems could include not being able to boot, system stability problems, and many other issues.

This reason is why we always recommend you to protect your computer by doing a full backup of your system (or we tell you the risks involved doing a particular change). However, for years Microsoft's operating system has come with the System Restore feature, which can also help you fix your computer when things go wrong. System Restore allows you to revert the state of your computer to a previous point in time to undo changes that might have harmed your computer. These changes in the system files and settings, registry, and on installed applications. It's just like a time machine.

When enabled and configured correctly, Windows generates restore points when you install a new app, device driver, or Windows update, but, of course, you can always create a restore point manually. For example, when you want to change some of the Registry settings or install a big application.

This feature is like a backup, but not exactly, as going back in time with this feature won't affect your documents or settings prior the creation of a particular restore point. However, it will remove apps, drivers, system updates, and registry changes after the restore point was made.

Configuring System Restore hasn't been a difficult task to accomplish, but it's been a feature somewhat hidden from most users, even in Windows 10. Today we're going to go through the steps you need to follow to enable, create, and restore a system restore point in your computer.

Enable System Restore

1- Go to the Start menu, or click the search box and type Create a restore point and hit Enter to open the legacy "System Protection" settings page to configure the feature.

2- While in "System Properties" under the "System Protection" tab, make sure to check your Windows drive (typically C) has Protection turned On.

3- If Protection it's turned Off the Create button won't be available. The next step is to select the drive you have installed Windows (system) and click on the Configure button.

4- Once inside of "Restore Settings" make sure to select "Turn on system protection" to enable the feature.

Note: System Restore can only be enabled per supported drive, no per computer. If you have additional drives, you may not be able to configure them.

Under "Disk Space Usage," you can adjust the maximum storage space dedicated to storing restore points. By default, Windows only uses a small percentage of the total available storage of a particular drive, and as the reserved space fills up, older restore points will get deleted to make room for future ones.

You will also notice the a Delete button that will erase all the current saved restore points. You may want to use this option when you need to create a manual restore point, and you can't allocate more space.

5- After configuring your preferences, click Apply and then OK. Now, you'll see that under the system drive now has Protection turned On.

Create System Restore Point

Now that you have enabled Restore Point in your system, the operating system will create a restore point automatically every time a significant change happens. However, sometimes you might want to create a system restore point manually before modifying anything that you might think could cause a problem.

To configure a restore point manually, simply click the Create button, and type a description to help you identify the restore point (e.g., System Restore Point before installing X app). Then click the Create button to complete the process. (Restore points creation are fast, it shouldn't take longer than a minute.)

Using System Restore

If at any point in time, you run into issues, before using a backup or the "Reset this PC" feature in Windows 10, you can use a system restore point, which will be quicker and easier.

To undo unwanted system changes to fix your computer by going back to a previous point in time do the following:

1- Go to the Start menu, or click the search box and type Create a restore point and hit Enter to open the legacy "System Protection" settings page to configure the feature.
2- Click the System Restore button and click Next.

3- You will be shown all the available restore point available with date, description, and more importantly, you'll also see the type, which specifies if it was created manually or by the system.

As you select a restore point, you can click the "Scan for affected programs" to view the applications installed since the last restore point, which will be deleted during the restore process. Then click Cancel to go back to the wizard.

Then click Next and then Finish to begin the restore process.

Once the process complete, you will back to that point in time your system was working correctly.


Thus far, we have seen how to use a restore point when things go wrong in your system, but only when you can still operate the PC and OS. However, there will be a time when you have created a manual restore point, but your computer won't boot because a certain specific error after you have modified Windows.

In these cases, you use the system advanced options during boot to access the "System Restore". Simply, try to boot your computer three times to trigger the automatic repair environment in Windows 10, and then:

  1. Click on Advanced startup.
  2. Click on Troubleshoot, Advanced options, System Restore.
  3. System Restore will load, and you can use the previous steps from Using System Restore to restore your system.

Alternatively, you can use a bootable installation media of Windows 10 to start your system and then:

  1. Click Next, and click Repair your computer.
  2. Click on Troubleshoot, Advanced options, System Restore.
  3. System Restore will load, and you can use the previous steps from Using System Restore to restore your system.

That's all there is to it.

Wrapping things up

For years, System Restore has been a well-known feature, and it also comes as part of Windows 10. Like in previous versions, it's easy to use, but it could be somewhat difficult to find for regular users. As such, today we remind you of the feature for those times when you're eager to test a new configuration, but you don't know if it will work.

Keep in mind that this feature is not a replacement for a full backup or reset functionality. If your computer's hard drive fails, you won't be able to restore the previous version of the operating system, and you are likely to lose all your files. Also, the reset functionality built-in Windows 10 will only help when you need to reset all of your settings, apps, and operating system to the factory defaults.