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How to display Delete Confirmation Dialog in Windows 10?

You might have noticed that later versions of Windows including 8 and 10 don’t ask before sending to files to the Recycle Bin after you’ve set Windows to delete permanently, it won’t ask you before deleting the files permanently.

When you press the delete button, your file will be gone forever without any prompt.
If you want to see a prompt before deletion you’ve to set that too.

Here are the simple steps to follow.

delete confirmation windows

You can get back the delete prompt in Windows 10 using the following steps:

  1. Go to your Desktop.
  2. Open Recycle Bin properties.
  3. Tick the checkbox for Display delete confirmation dialog.
    Display Delete Confirmation
    Note: You don’t have to do this for every drive.
  4. Click Apply to save the settings. Click Ok to save and exit the Recycle Bin properties.

Now, Windows will ask you before deleting any file, as it did in Windows 7. This options also works if you set the files to go to the Recycle Bin.

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How to delete files permanently in Windows 10 Whithout using Shift+Delete?

When you delete a file or folder in Microsoft Windows, it goes to a special folder called Recycle Bin. Recycle Bin allows you to restore your deleted files, in case, you change your mind at a later stage. The file continues to stay there along with other deleted files, still consuming space on your hard drive, until you clear them using the Empty Recycle Bin option.

But if you fail to clear the Recycle Bin at regular intervals, it will start taking up valuable space on your hard drive. Windows allows you delete the permanently, without sending them to Recycle Bin.

Now, one way to do this is by using the Shift+Delete key combination. But if you don’t want to keep the deleted files in the Recycle Bin, you can enable Windows to automatically delete the files permanently

This method has been tried in Windows 10.

Follow the steps below

  1. Go to the Desktop on your Windows 10 OS.
  2. Right Click the Recycle Bin folder.
  3. Click the Properties option.
  4. In the Properties, select the drive for which you want to delete the files permanently.
  5. Now, under Settings for selected location, click the radio button for Don’t move files to the Recycle Bin. Remove files immediately when deleted.
    recyclebin1Note: You need to do the above steps for all individual drives for which you don’t want the files to go to the Recycle Bin. For instance, in my case I have only one drive, C. You might be having more than one.
  6. Click Apply to save the settings. Click Okto save and exit Recycle Bin properties.

You have set Windows to delete your files permanently. Keep in mind, it won’t be easy to recover these files after deleting them. So, use this feature wisely, else, you’ll end up losing something important. 😱😱😱

How Apple Got Slapped For Making Fun Of People Using Older Windows PCs.

 

apple makes fun of windows pc old calls sadTech News Nation: At its iPhone SE launch event, Apple compared its new iPad with older Windows computers and called it a perfect PC-replacement. In this process, Apple’s marketing VP Phill Schiller went on to call the old Windows PCs “sad”. As a result, the company had to face widespread criticism in media and social networks.

Yesterday, at its Spring Event 2016, Apple launched its cheapest iPhone yet in the form of iPhone SE. As usual, the Apple event attracted its fair share of controversy. While Apple launched some new and shiny products, the it didn’t refrain itself from making fun of Windows users.

So, here’s how it happened — At the event, everything was going fine. Apple’s worldwide marketing VP Phill Schiller said, “The majority of people coming to the iPad Pro are coming from a Windows PC. This is an amazing statistic.” Then, he took a moment to take a jab at the Windows users.

“There are over 600 million PCs in use today that are over five years old. This is really sad. These people could really benefit from an iPad Pro,” he said.

While Apple likes to launch multiple iDevices in a single year, there are a number of reasons why people choose not to buy a new PC. Talking about these reasons, the first and foremost one is the cost factor. There are so many people out there who can’t afford to buy a new PC. Instead, they choose to upgrade their PCs with new components and extend its life.

This insensitive comment made by Apple VP also contradicts company’s environment-friendly initiative. While “older” desktop PCs are upgradable machines, Apple constantly lures the users into buying new gadgets,

Well, Schiller is a marketing guy and it’s his job to make such statements to impress Apple shareholders. Whatever the case may be, the Twitter users were quick to slap Apple:

Windows Defender Download And How To Turn On Windows Defender?

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Tech News Nation: Windows defender is the default antivirus for Windows 10. Know about its different features like Update, History, Scan options, Scan settings, Exclusions etc. These Windows Defender settings will help you customize this antivirus more according to your need.

What is Windows Defender?

Windows 10 has already a built-in real-time antivirus named Windows Defender. It automatically runs in the background, ensuring all Windows users have a baseline level of antivirus protection. Windows 7, which always complained to install antivirus, Windows 10 does not do the same. If you are still interested in other Antivirus, you can take a look at a list of free antivirus for Windows 10 for 2016.

 

Windows Defender download:

You do not need to perform Windows defender download because it is already integrated into Windows 10. You can instead activate and use this Microsoft defender to work as an antivirus for Windows 10. Here are the steps on-

How To Turn On Windows Defender?

  • Search for Windows Defender on Search bar on Windows 10 Taskbar. Once it appears in the search result, click on it.

WIndows defender

  • Once the Windows defender app opens up, click on the ‘Update’ and under the Update tab, you will see ‘Update definitions’. This will update the latest definitions of virus and spyware from Microsoft.

Windows defender update

  • Under the History tab, you can look for the details of Detected items, allowed items and Quarantined items.

WIndows defender history

Manual Scan or Custom Scan in Windows Defender:

Windows Defender gives you three scan options:

  • Full Scan
  • Quick Scan
  • Custom Scan

The Full scan might take too long; Quick scan might not be that effective so you might want to go for the Custom scan or Manual scan. So, here are the steps for that-

  • Select ‘Custom‘ under Scan options in Windows defender. And click on Scan now.
  • After you click, Windows Defender will ask you for the folders and files of your choice in a pop to select. You can select those files and folders for the custom scan. It looks something like this-

Custom scan Windows Defender

Windows Defender Settings:

Under the Windows defender Settings, you can manage many other settings of this antivirus for Windows 10 like Real-time protection, Cloud-based protection, Automatic sample submission etc.

  • Click on the Settings on the right-hand top corner in the Windows Defender.

Windows defender Settings

  • Update and Security‘ option will open up in the Settings

Update and security Windows defender

  • As you can see in the picture above, the options like Real-time Protection, Cloud-Based protection, Automatic sample submission etc. Turn on these features if you think you need them.
  • After you turn on these features, go on the Windows update on the left tabbed Windows at the left corner tab and click that.
  • Now click Check for Updates.

Windows update

  • If your Windows 10 is up to date, it will show a message corresponding to the same, else you will see a list of the files for Windows 10 update. In those files, you look out for any particular file related to Windows Defender and update your Windows.

Manage Exclusions under Windows Defender:

Sometimes, it might happen that Windows Defender shows some file to be malicious and you think otherwise. To prevent that file from being marked as malicious, you need to Add Exclusion under Windows Defender settings. Here are the steps to manage exclusions under Windows Defender:

  • Go to ‘Windows defender’ tab in the left pane menu, click on it, scroll to the bottom when you see Exclusions heading. Under Exclusion, click on ‘Add an Exclusion’

Add an Exclusion WIndows Defender

  • Once you click, ‘Add an exclusion’, you will see various options to exclude a file, folder, file extension and processes. If you want to utilise these options, you can add different exclusions here.

How to add an exclusion in Windows Defender

And now you are done and good to go.

Windows 10 Started Showing Ads on LockScreen — Here’s How to Turn It OFF.


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If you’ve upgraded your older version of Windows OS to an all new Windows 10 operating system then you may have noticed an advertisement appearing on your desktop or laptop’s lock screen over the past couple of days.

Yes, this is what Microsoft has chosen to generate revenue after offering Free Windows 10 Download to its users: Monetize the Lock Screen.
Thanks to Windows 10’s new Spotlight feature that usually shows you clean and beautiful photographs and fun facts on your lock screen, but now started displaying advertisements to over 200 Million devices running Windows 10.
Some Windows 10 users have reported seeing ads for Rise of the Tomb Raider with links to Windows Store from where users can purchase the video game. Microsoft started selling the game last month.
 

 
Although the ads are not as annoying as the Windows 10 privacy concerns related to the way Microsoft collects your personal data, the good news is that you can turn the ads OFF.

Here’s How to Turn the Ads OFF

Disable Windows 10 Lock Screen Advertisement

The advertisements are because of the Windows Spotlight feature in your Personalization settings.

If you don’t want to see these intrusive ads, follow the steps given below to disable Windows Spotlight:

  • Open the Start Menu and look for ‘Lock Screen Settings.’
  • Under ‘Background,’ Choose either ‘Picture’ or ‘Slideshow,’ instead of Windows Spotlight.
  • Now, Scroll down to ‘Get fun facts, tips, tricks, and more on your lock screen’ and uncheck this box.
The advertisements are turned ON for your lock screen by default, which is definitely a clever way to offer companies to reach their customers, without mentioning the word ‘advertisements’ to the Windows users.
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As I previously said: Nothing comes for Free, as “Free” is just a relative term. Everything comes with its own price.
As warned last year, Microsoft also started pushing Windows 10 upgrades onto its user’s computers much harder by re-categorizing Windows 10 as a “Recommended Update” in Windows Update, instead of an “optional update.”

 

Windows Keyboard Shortcuts Cheat Sheet For Windows 10.

 

 

 

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TechNewsNation: With the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft also launched newer Windows keyboard shortcuts. These Windows Keyboard shortcuts use almost all the alphabets on a keyword along with the Windows sign. These shortcuts for Windows 10 can also be downloaded from the Microsoft’s website as a cheat sheet.

Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts list:

We have compiled a list of the most useful Windows 10 shortcuts that will make your job at work and play much easier. This list includes shortcuts for opening Cortana, locking the orientation, working with virtual desktops and much more. Additionally, you can also read our article on the new Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts in Command Prompt  and make things hassle-free.

 

 

 

So, here is an interesting list of Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts:

Windows keyboard shortcuts Function
Windows+1, +2, etc. Switch to the desktop and launch the nth application in the taskbar. For example, +1 launches whichever application is first in the list, numbered from left to right.
Windows+A Open the action center.
Windows+B Highlight the notification area.
Windows+C Launch Cortana into listening mode. Users can begin to speak to Cortana immediately
Windows+D Switch between Show Desktop (hides/shows any applications and other windows) and the previous state.
Windows+E Switch to the desktop and launch File Explorer with the Quick Access tab displayed.
Windows+H Open the Share  charm.
Windows+I Open the Settings  app.
Windows+K Open the Connect pane to connect to wireless displays and audio devices.
Windows+L Lock the device and go to the Lock screen.
Windows+M Switch to the desktop and minimize all open windows.
Windows+O Lock device orientation.
Windows+P Open the Project pane to search and connect to external displays and projectors.
Windows+R Display the Run dialog box.
Windows+S Launch Cortana. Users can begin to type a query immediately.
Windows+T Cycle through the apps on the taskbar.
Windows+U Launch the Ease of Access Center.
Windows+V Cycle through notifications.
Windows+X Open the advanced menu in the lower-left corner of the screen.
Windows+Z Open the app-specific command bar.
Windows+ENTER Launch Narrator.
Windows+SPACEBAR Switch input language and keyboard layout.
Windows+TAB Open Task view.
Windows+, Peek at the desktop.
Windows+Plus Sign Zoom in.
Windows+Minus Sign Zoom out.
Windows+ESCAPE Close Magnifier.
Windows+LEFT ARROW Dock the active window to the left half of the monitor.
Windows+RIGHT ARROW Dock the active window to the right half of the monitor.
Windows+UP ARROW Maximize the active window vertically and horizontally.
Windows+DOWN ARROW Restore or minimize the active window.
Windows+SHIFT+UP ARROW Maximize the active window vertically, maintaining the current width.
Windows+SHIFT+
DOWN ARROW
Restore or minimize the active window vertically, maintaining the current width.
Windows+SHIFT+LEFT ARROW With multiple monitors, move the active window to the monitor on the left.
Windows+SHIFT+RIGHT ARROW With multiple monitors, move the active window to the monitor on the right.
Windows+HOME Minimize all nonactive windows; restore on second keystroke.
Windows+PRNT SCRN Take a picture of the screen and place it in the Computer>Pictures>Screenshots folder.
Windows+CTRL+LEFT/RIGHT arrow Switch to the next or previous virtual desktop.
Windows+CTRL+D Create a new virtual desktop.
Windows+CTRL+F4 Close the current virtual desktop.
Windows+? Launch the Windows Feedback App.

If you are also aware of some other cool Windows Keyboard shortcuts, let us know in the comment section below.

Microsoft vs. Linux — This Happy Birthday Linux Video From 2011 Is The Best Thing Ever.

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TechNewsNation: Do you remember how Microsoft wished Linux on its 20th birthday? If you don’t know what I’m talking about, watch the video below and share it with your friends.

Linux vs Microsoft — an open source underdog fighting an enterprise tycoon — it could the perfect tagline of a Hollywood blockbuster with its roots in the technology world. The things have started to change at Redmond under the leadership of Satya Nadella, but technology geeks have seen enough action already.

 

 

 

Linux and Windows have battled competitively for the past decade in the server and desktop  markets. Also, both sides have had their share of bitter remarks in the past. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer once labeled Linux as cancer “that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches.” Along the similar lines, 5 years ago, the Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin claimed that Microsoft used to be “our big rival, but now it’s kind of like kicking a puppy.”

As I mentioned above, the relations between Linux and Microsoft are improving. Microsoft is embracing Linux and other open source technologies and trying hard to be a good guy.

The same nature of Redmond was reflected in July 2011, when the Windows-maker created a video on the 20th anniversary of Linux and submitted to the Linux Foundation with the message “warm wishes for your 20th Anniversary. Be prepared for your birthday cake :-).”

It’s a very important milestone in the Microsoft vs. Linux rivalry and you might have seen it before. Well, if you haven’t watched it already, take a look below and share your thoughts in the comments section:

How To Enable Windows 10 Fast Startup: The Ultimate Windows 10 Guide.

windows 10 fast startup how to enableTechNation: Windows 10 Fast Startup feature is an inbuilt feature of Windows 10 which saves some Windows 10 files upon shutdown and when the computer is turned on, Windows 10 does not need to reload the complete system again from scratch. Thus, its gives a better startup performance and fast boot which helps to make Windows 10 faster.

What is Windows 10 Fast Startup?

Windows Fast startup is one of the built-in features that can help us accomplish fast boot of Windows 10 by combining the hibernation and shutdown properties to make Windows 10 faster.When the fast startup is enabled, Windows 10 will save some of your computer’s system files to a hibernation file upon shutdown. And when you turn your computer back on, Windows will use these saved files to boot up quicker. In short, Windows 10 will boot from the hibernate mode instead from the scratch. You can also turn on this feature if you are using older version of Windows.

 

 

 

Turn on Fast startup on Windows 10:

  • Open settings on your Windows 10 PC.

Settings WIndows 10

  • A settings Window will pop up. Select the ‘System’, the first option in the image below

Settings Options Windows 10

  • Under the System Window, click on ‘Power & Sleep’. Under this window, click on ‘Additional Power Settings’

Power and sleep under system settings

  • When the Additional Power Settings option opens up, you will see ‘Choose what the power buttons do‘ option in the left panel, click on it,

Power Options Windows 10

  • Once you click on ‘Choose what the power buttons do’, you will see a checkbox under the shutdown settings with text as ‘Turn on Fast Startup (recommended)’. Check the checkbox and Save changes.

Turn on Fast startup on Windows 10

Once you have saved the changes, you have turned on the fast startup for your Windows 1o PC. This will make your Windows 10 system faster with fast boot up on startup.

I hope that you would have found this article helpful. If you are aware of some other tips which can make Windows startup faster, do share with us in the comment section below.

16 Futuristic Predictions Made By Microsoft For 2016.

 

From AI to Big data, Cryptography to Machine learning, Quantum computing to Economic predictions, here are the 16 futuristic predictions by Microsoft for 2016 in common man’s language

 

Here is the list of 16 Futuristic Technological predictions made by Microsoft for 2016:

1. Get aware of your health in 2016:

health app

 

Plethora of Health monitoring mobile apps coming inbuilt with mobile phones will come closer to your heart and veins than you think. These mobile apps will somewhat behave more like your personal assistant monitoring and guiding you always about your sugar level, heart beats, the number of floors you took and how many calories you infused while having nice romantic time last night on the bed. Well, that’s too private but as long as you keep your app private, it’s okay.

2. Health technology will take a big leap:

health monitoring

Let’s relate to the point number one made above. Now if you decide to share your health data with mobile app company, they might be able to devise a conglomerate health plan on what percentage of people are suffering from what kind of diseases. Based on the upcoming trends in unhealthiness of health and more personalized data, the days won’t be too far when they might predict and suggest you the best-flavoured chocolates for a dark dinner based on your personal health behaviour.

 

3. People will get more aware of data collection:

data collection

As far as you are normal human being you are still on the safer side. You are born unknown and die little known. However, if you think you are soon going to be a known personality in near future, better turn the privacy of your data off. Once they have access to your data, they will be able to predict your future based on the evidence from the past. Looking at these scenarios, it looks like people who have been ignoring the data collection policy for long will get up to take some action against it and it might happen that million-dollar industries which are making billions out of it might have to come up with another secretive plan.

4. Technology will monitor the environment better:

environment monitoring using technology

Annual fight over carbon emissions among developed and developing nations is not going to end sooner. Technology will have to jump in between for betterment of the society and environment. How? Sensors, IOT, smaller chip designs and faster computing will all combine together to sense, learn and predict the futuristic behaviour of the environment. Technology could go as deeper as sensing the amount of Ozone, moisture and even photo-sensitive bacterias in your room.

20 Facts About Microsoft That You Probably Don’t Know.

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Microsoft, headquartered in Redmond, Washington, has been in the software industry since the mid-1970s. They have proved their dominance by launching some revolutionary products like Windows and Office. Here are some facts which you might not know about Microsoft.

 
Microsoft has been in the computer business since the mid-70s and they’ve been the pioneer in the software industry since then. Co-founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen on April 4, 1975, the company has been synonymous with the word Operating System as many of us had our first computer with Windows operating system.Here are some facts which you might not know about your Redmond-based Company:

 

1. MS-DOS was not the first Operating System:

microsoft xenix

The very first operating system they coded was XENIX, not MS-DOS. In fact, MS-DOS was a modified license version of the 86-DOS, which was also known as Quirky and Dirty DOS, created by Seattle Computer Products in 1980. Furthermore, XENIX was also a version of the UNIX operating system but was differently named.

2. Microsoft started with another name:

Microsoft started their journey with a hyphen, I mean they were titled as Micro-Soft in their initial days. The hyphen was deleted in 1976. The term Microsoft is a combination of microcomputer and software.

3. $16000 for the first year:

The company whose ex-CEO was the world’s richest man for years had only $16,000 as the revenue for the first year.

4. The wannabe Casanova:

microsoft bill gates

Bill Gates coded the class scheduling program for his high school. He wrote the code in such a way that he was allotted a seat next to girl students.

5. Mac before Windows:

microsoft office for mac

Microsoft’s Office has been praised for its huge portfolio of awesome features, but you’ll be amazed to know that Office for Macintosh was released a year before (in 1989) it was released for Windows.

6. The first Virus for Windows:

microsoft first virus

WinVer 1.4 was the first virus program coded for Microsoft Windows and it was released in 1992.

7. All about Patents:

Microsoft holds more than 10,000 patents and they’ve successfully made to the list of top-five patent holders in the USA. Microsoft files around 3,000 patent requests per year.

8. The folder you can’t create:

One of the easiest tasks on Windows in creating folders and you make many of them on a daily basis. But you can’t create a folder named “~con’ in Windows.

And I can bet you gave it a try and didn’t succeed, this is because Windows doesn’t allow some special characters to be a part of the folder name.

9. They like Code-names:

microsoft windows blue

Microsoft has their legacy of giving code-names to their products since the time of Windows 3.1x family. For example, Windows 8.1 is called Blue and Windows Phone 8 is known as Apollo. Check out the complete list here.

10. The Dash Trash email addresses:

Microsoft employees who work on a temporary basis are assigned email addresses with a dash before the ‘@’ symbol ( -@) and are referred to as Dash Trash by permanent workers.

11. Why is manhole cover round?

These are the kind of questions asked in the interviews, probably to judge the creativity of the person.

12. Billionaire by 31:

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Microsoft’s co-founder Bill Gates was a billionaire by the time he turned 31. In 2005, he was awarded Knighthood by the Queen of England.

13. They love M&Ms:

microsoft m&m

Microsoft loves to celebrate events with M&M candies, in fact, its kind of a tradition in the company since a long time. If you are an employee celebrating your birthday, you need to give 1 pound of M&Ms for every year you’ve worked at Microsoft.

14. They had a tablet long ago:

microsoft windows xp tablet

Microsoft introduced their first Windows XP-based tablet in 2001, but only contributed to the biggest blunders in their history, as no one purchased it. Not literally, but the market share was zero for the tablet. It was a touchscreen with a stylus and a keyboard.

15. Call me “Softie”:

microsoft employees

The Microsoft employees have a usual age 38 with an average pay of $100,000 for a developer. They like to call themselves “Softie”.

16. The Art Fans:

microsoft gallery

Microsoft has one of the biggest art collection at around 150 of their office locations, as they believe art in the workplace reduces tension and enhances productivity. The Microsoft Art Collection showcases 4,728 pieces, including work from Cindy Sherman, Chuck Close and Takashi Murakami.

17. The Interface Manager:

microsoft interface manager

The very famous Windows operating system was initially titled as Interface Manager. Thank god, someone intervened and saved Microsoft from the disastrous path.

18. The “Microsoft Rescued Apple in the summer of 1997” myth:

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Apple had its dark days in the 1990s when Jobs was not there for the company. One myth that has been floating around since the time Jobs was re-appointed as the CEO of Apple, that Bill Gates promised Steve Jobs that he would invest $150 million in Apple, which was on the verge of bankruptcy.

19. Far reached out:

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More than 1.5 billion people use Windows every day, and 1.2 billion people use Microsoft Office – this is around “1 in every 7” people on earth. Microsoft’s Outlook has 400 million active users and around 3 billion minutes of Skype calls are made every day.

20. The Charity:

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Microsoft’s co-founder Bill Gates donated his whole wealth to charity for two times. He also started the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, engaged for the upliftment of people in poor and developing nations.

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