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How to set a custom accent color for Windows 10

By Giáp Nguyễn Bá → 31 August, 2015

How to set a custom accent color for Windows 10

Windows 10 is bringing a few options to customize the way things look.
One of the more hidden abilities is to set a custom accent color. Microsoft lets you choose from a palette of 49 hues, which is probably fine for most users. In fact, you can let Windows auto-match the color according to your wallpaper.

However, you can go further and pick an exact color, including saturation, hue, intensity, and brightness. This feature is actually hidden, but with a simple run command you can have access to it. Let's see how.

Custom accent color picker

1. Run

Use Win + R to bring up the run command window, or type Run into Cortana/search box on the taskbar

2. Command

Type in (or copy and paste) Control Color and hit OK

3. Enable

Reveal the extended menu by clicking on Show color mixer

4. Pick

Using the various sliders, you can pick the color, hue, brightness , and intensity to your liking. Hit Save Changes once you are done.

If you are using the release version of Windows 10 build 10240, the color changes the Start menu, Action Center, and Taskbar. If you are on the Insider build of 10525 or later, the color you also choose changes the Title bar on apps.

Of course, nothing is permanent. If you would like to undo the change, just go into All Settings > Personalization > Colors. From this area, you can let Windows auto-select an accent color based on your background again or use one of the 49 presets.

Most people should be okay with the default options in Windows 10, but for those who have a real peculiar hue that they want, this trick should help you out!

How To Get Windows 7 Start Menu In Windows 10

By Giáp Nguyễn Bá → 30 August, 2015

How To Get Windows 7 Start Menu In Windows 10

Microsoft has obviously listened to enough consumer feedback to know that the iconic Windows Start menu within its Windows software needs to exist. After removing the Start menu option in Windows 8 and 8.1, the software giant has launched a new Start menu as part of the recent release of Windows 10. However, it’s not what it used to be and certainly doesn’t fulfill the needs of those who prefer the classic Start menu of Windows of yesteryear. That’s where Start10 from StarDock comes into play.

StarDock as a company initially carved a market for itself back in the 1990s by serving up software to Windows users that essentially allowed the platform to be “skinned”. Customization was a big thing back then with users wanting to deviate away from the Microsoft look and apply their own custom themes. That level of customization isn’t as popular as it used to be as corporations continue to develop the overall aesthetic of their wares as well as the included feature sets. Start10 is a customizable Start menu application that reintroduces the classic look and feel of the original Windows Start menu.

The software is a continuation of the Start8 offering, and is currently available in a beta format. Installing the app allows the user to do away with things like the live tiles on the Windows 10 Start menu and reintroduce a more classic version that was found within Windows 7. Features include reintroducing the Search bar back into the Start menu, as well as adding back the quick links to the core system functionality that has been removed as part of Windows 10. Start10 also brings back the good old “All Programs” menu, which has been a preference for a large portion of users, but was taken away after Windows 7.

StarDock have also had the foresight of making the software configurable so it isn’t a case of “one or the other”. For those that miss certain aspects of Windows 7, but want to keep the aesthetic of Windows 10, it’s possible to switch certain options on and off as well as fully customize how the Start button actually looks, by skinning it. Currently in beta, Start10 is available as a commercial purchase for $4.99, but a 30-day trial is also available. A slightly elevated price to pay perhaps, but for those desperate to get that Windows 7 Start menu back, it could be a steal.

Check out Start10 in action, in the video below.

DOWNLOAD : Start10 For Windows10

How to stop Windows 10's annoying Microsoft Office ads

By Giáp Nguyễn Bá → 29 August, 2015

How to stop Windows 10's annoying Microsoft Office ads

Rather than upgrading to Office to stop Windows 10 from bleating about it all the time, take these steps instead. Windows 10 is awesome. Its Action Center notifications are awesome, too. But shortly after you upgrade to Microsoft’s new operating system, you’ll find it doing something that’s not very awesome at all: spitting out notifications—ads, really—cajoling you to buy or upgrade Office. That’s one of them above.

Fortunately, disabling the ads is incredibly simple. The only tricky part is identifying where they’re coming from, but we’ve got you covered. The culprit is the new Get Office app that comes preinstalled on Windows 10.

There are a few different ways you can disable the Get Office notifications. If you never plan to take advantage of the Office discounts available in the app, the scorched-earth approach gets the job done quickly. Simply open the Start menu’s All Apps list, right-click on the Get Office app, and select Uninstall. You’ll be asked to confirm the deletion; do so. Boom! Done.

But there’s another way to silence those annoying ads without wiping Get Office from your operating system. Open the Start menu and head to Settings > System > Notifications & actions. Scroll down to the “Show notifications from these apps” section and slide the Get Office app’s slider to off. Again: done!

How to search for files in Windows 10 with Cortana

By Giáp Nguyễn Bá → 28 August, 2015

How to search for files in Windows 10 with Cortana

A quick way to get to your files in your Windows 10 PC is by using Cortana's search feature. Sure, you can use File Explorer and go browse through multiple folders, but searching will probably be faster. Cortana can search your PC and the web from the taskbar to find help, apps, files, and settings. We'll show you how.

1. Select the search box on the taskbar, and type what you're looking for. You can also tap or click the microphone icon if you'd rather say it.

2. After you enter a search term, tap or click My stuff to find results for files, apps, settings, photos, videos, and music across your PC and even OneDrive.

That's it! It's that simple. There are also few neat tricks that Cortana can do when searching for files. She understands phrases in natural language. For example, try asking Cortana:

  • Show photos from last week
  • Show me photos from Philippines
  • Show documents from last Monday
  • PDF files from July
  • ............

The search results are listed within Cortana above the Taskbar. Tap or click the photo, document, or file to open it in its corresponding app.

How to Enable And Sync iCloud Photos In Windows 10

By Giáp Nguyễn Bá → 27 August, 2015

How to Enable And Sync iCloud Photos In Windows 10

Here’s a step by step guide on how to enable and sync iCloud Photos to your Windows 10 PC.

This will not only enable you to see photos from your iPhone or iPad on your Windows 10 computer, but will also enable you to add new photos from your Windows PC which you can see on your iOS device.

Enable iCloud Photos on your iOS device

First up, head over to Settings > iCloud > Photos and turn on iCloud Photo Library, Upload to My Photo Stream and iCloud Photo Sharing.

Enable iCloud Photos and Choose What to Sync in Windows 10

Step 1: Download and install iCloud for Windows from here.

Step 2: Launch iCloud Photos from This PC, and when presented with an iCloud Photos folder as shown in screenshot below, click on Open iCloud.

Step 3: In the window that appears next, place a check mark in the box next to Photos.

Step 4: Now that sync for Photos has been switched on, hit the Options… button next to Photos.

Step 5: Here, you can choose to sync My Photo Stream, and iCloud Photo Sharing. Both options will also be carrying a brief description of what they offer. If you wish to change the default location of the synced Photos folder on your Windows 10 machine, click on Change…, and then hit the OK button when done.

Step 6: Finally hit the Apply button, to save all your settings, and close the window.
With this set, now whenever you take a photo on your iOS device, it should automatically show up on your Windows 10 PC under iCloud Photos folder.

But what if you want to add photos from your Windows 10 PC to iCloud to make them show up on your iPhone or iPad? You can do that too!

Add Photos and Videos to iCloud Photos in Windows 10

You can also add new photos from your PC to iCloud Photos, be it even shared albums.
Step 1: To begin, navigate to the location of your albums in iCloud Photos, here you will see three albums: My Photo Stream, Activity and any other album which either you or your friend has shared with you.

Step 2: If you want to add photos from your computer so that they show up on your iOS device, open My Photo Stream folder and then click on Add photos button to add new photos to your Photo Stream.

If you want to add new photos or videos to a shared album, open the shared album from iCloud Photos and click on Add photos or videos button to start sharing.

You can also create a new shared album and add photos/videos to it to be shared with family and friends by clicking on New shared album directly from This PC > iCloud Photos folder.

Source: Redmond Pie