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How to Add Tabs to File Explorer in Windows

Even if adding tabs to Windows Explorer has been one of the most popular features that have been requested for, Microsoft still hasn’t delivered.

But you don’t have to wait for them to deliver – you can use the Clover 3 extension which works on all versions of Windows. Yes, even Windows 10 too.

Why tabs, you might ask?

If you need to open another File Explorer window, you don’t have to open a new window altogether. Best part: If you do want a second window, then all you have to do is open a tab and separate the two until you have two separate windows.

autschBut there’s a downsides to using Clover on Windows 10, at least. For starters, Clover 3 will change the File Explorer’s menus. Both the Home and Share options will disappear while the Computer menu option will be added from Windows 8.

Not surprisingly, when you do open File Explorer, you will find a Clover icon instead of a File Explorer icon in the taskbar.

Apart from this, Clover will automatically open a new window which will display the “This PC” view instead of Quick Access which is how it is in Windows 10. No need to panic – Quick Access is still there, of course.

So, if you’re fine with these issues, then Clover 3 can be a great option to get tabs in File Explorer. In order to download it, visit Ejie.me. You will have to extract the ZIP folder and run the .exe file as you would any other any other program made for Windows.

After this, open File Explorer and you should find the ability to use tabs.

5 Steps to Removing a USB Drive Safely

Unplugging a USB drive before it is safe to do so can result in disaster. Corrupting files is one issue. The USB drive not being usable is the second.

If anything, recognizing the importance of removing your USB drive should be understood here. So, here are 5 steps to removing a USB drive safely even Windows tells you that it isn’t:

Step 1: Use the Windows’ Remove Hardware Tool

Click the Safely Remove Hardware icon in the notification area. Select your device. Wait until a message pops up which says ‘Safe to remove hardware’. Now, remove the hardware. If it is says ‘Device currently in us’, then move on to Step 2.

Step 2: Take An Educated Guess

In this case, think about what you loaded from the USB whether it is a portable program, document, photo or any other file. Sometimes the application in which you might have opened a file might still be hanging on to it. So, close that application and try again. Also, check both the Applications and Processes tabs in Task Manager to see if anything is hanging on still.

Step 3: A Third-Party Utility Might Be Useful

One example is USB Safely Remove which replaces the Windows Safely Remove tool. Only difference is that if it can’t remove the USB safely, it tells you which program is causing the trouble. It costs about $20. If you buy it, then you might never have to move to step 4.

Step 4: Log off and Turn It Back On

Now, you can log off your computer. It will close every file you’ve opened. But it’s annoying and also time consuming. You’ll have to save all files that you’ve opened. Of course, if another user account is holding on to a file, then you might have to move to step 5.

Step 5: Shut Down Your PC

While this one is time-consuming, it always works. Remove the external drive after shutting down. Then boot your computer. That’s all.

What You Need to Know About Multiple Desktops and the Workspace Switcher

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A wonderful feature of Linux has been the use of virtual (and multiple) desktops. This is something that Windows users have never had the privilege of using for some time now.

Of course, with this feature being added to Windows as well, it’s surprising to see that it is being removed from a number of Linux distributions.

So, here how you can activate it for your use, if you consider it necessary:

Firstly, you have to look for the Workplace Switcher, which is a series of grid or rectangles, and that aren’t enabled by default.

In Ubuntu, you would do this by going to All Settings>Appearance>Behavior and select the checkbox titled ‘Enable workspaces’. After you exit, you’ll find the Workspace Switcher on Unity’s dock.

This can also be done in the Cinnamon, KDE and Gnome version of Linux Mint as well but you’ll have to look through the Menus to find out how to add this feature if it isn’t enabled already.

When it comes to using the workplace switcher, clicking on it will give you an excellent overview of the workspaces and the applications open in each workspace. In other traditional desktops, this feature will just allow you to click between desktops.

All of them will allow you to drag and drop windows or even select which workspace to move the application to in a drop-down menu. Of course, there are additional mouse actions and keyboard shortcuts that can be used to carry out tasks in the Workplace Switcher.

In that sense, you can use different windows of the Workplace Switcher for different applications pertaining to work or fun.

What You Need to Know About Can You Run It

PC gaming can be an excellent way to spend your free time. However, it can be a real headache when finding whether or not certain games work on your PC or not.

Of course, if your PC has been created for gaming then that might not be much of a problem but this will be difficult if you’ve got a standard issue laptop.

Going through specifics to see if your graphics card or processor can be a real task to deal with but this can all be fixed just by taking from the website, Can You Run It.

What this website does is it scans your PC to find out whether your machine can handle the game you’ve been wanting to play for sometime.

For this, open the website and pick the game you want to play from the dropdown list. Once you’ve done this, click the button that reads “Can You Run It”.

A pop-up window will appear with three choices asking you to choose between using a desktop or web app to check your system requirements or to just read the requirements of the game manually.

The recommendation from experts include picking the desktop app, installing and running it. This will redirect you to a page at the website along with the recommendations for the game you wish to run on your system.

Once you’ve installed the desktop app, you can go back to the site over and over again to check if other games will work on your PC as well.

3 Ways to Separate Your PC Use for Work and Play

All if not most of us both play and work online. While you might be working on Google Drive during the day, there’s a chance that you might be chilling out and chatting with friends using Skype.

Which begs the question: can you separate your personal and professional identities?

That said, here are 3 ways of making this clear demarcation between these identities on Windows devices:

#1: Separate browsers

The first way is to use separate browsers for both work  and play. Chrome and Firefox are obvious choices. However, this will mean that you can only use one browser at a time. One way of dealing with this problem is to open multiple accounts in either browser.

#2: Several Windows accounts

While it is difficult to create these accounts, they’re rather easy to use for your work and personal life. Of course, all your files and work-related material can be on one account while the other one can have all your play-related stuff. In Windows 7, you can open a new account in Control Panel while in Windows 8.1, you can navigate through Settings>Change PC settings>Accounts>Other Accounts.

#3: Several Google accounts

The third way to do this is by switching between two Google accounts that Google allows but only if you keep in mind a couple of rules. The first is that the account that you use first will be considered the default account when you navigate to other Google pages. As for the second rule, if you want to view your personal account’s Google+ page, you will have to follow it from another personal page or switch accounts normally at the top of the page.

How to Spot Potentially Unwanted Programs when Installing a Free Program

Potentially unwanted programs can be a real headache since they slow down performance, hamper productivity and add annoying toolbars and pop ups too.

People who have had to deal with this often avoid downloading free programs but this isn’t really necessary.

All you have to do is carefully avoid the traps that are present in the program’s installation wizard.

For this purpose, let’s consider the program, All Free ISO Ripper, which contains every dirty trick that potentially unwanted programs use for installation on your system.

While creators of this program have even turned off the “Add a Desktop Icon” in the second page of the installation wizard, this is the best you are going to get.

On the next page, if you pick the Standard Installation, and which is recommended, you will install the AVG Toolbar as a result. So, the first thing to keep in mind when installing PUPs, never pick the Standard, Default or Recommended Installation but pick the Custom Installation options instead.

In the case of the All Free ISO Ripper, the options to install the AVG Toolbar is already checked when you select “Custom Installation”. Of course, it’s wise to uncheck those options before you move to the next page.

Speaking of which, the next page leads you to pick between an ‘Express Installation’ and ‘Custom Installation’ of PureLeads – yet another program that you don’t want to install.

Once you pick the Custom Installation and uncheck the option that gets you to install PureLeads.

Apart from this, the program also invites you to install “Cause of the Day Reminder” as well as “PC Utilities Pro: Optimizer Pro”, which you should avoid.

Finally, the terms of condition that they ask you to read is also tagged with another PUP program, and which you should avoid as well.

3 Simple Ways to Move Data from Windows XP to a New PC

With support ending for Windows XP as we know it, the only options that you might have include upgrading to Windows 7 or 8 or even Linux. This also means that you might have to move your data, which might seem like a real headache.

Actually, nothing can be further from the truth. That said, here are 4 ways to transfer data from Windows XP to a new PC:

#1: Cloud-based Storage

If you don’t want to spend any money on storage, then you can opt for cloud-based storage that is free of cost. Since there are a number of providers, you can put together almost 50 to 100 GB for all your data that you will have to upload. Of course, if you don’t have the patience of dealing with a number of accounts, you can pay a bit to get extra storage on a couple of these accounts.

#2: Flash drive or external hard drive

This is the simplest (and most common) method which doesn’t require you to download any software or even run through a particular set of steps to move data either. Plug your external hard drive or flash drive into your system and then transfer files.

And while you won’t have to spend much to get external hard or flash drives, the only thing that you will have to deal with is manually selecting files and transferring them in the process. For this, copy files from “C:/Documents and Settings”.

#3: Windows Easy Transfer Tool

Both Windows 7 and 8 offer a free tool that allows users to download both files as well as user accounts and settings to their new PC. While this tool is present by default in the aforementioned operating systems, you will have to download this for Windows XP.

What You Need to Know About SD Cards

By definition, the acronym SD stands for Secure Digital, and in short, is referred to as SD cards.

And as you all know, SD is the present standard for removable flash storage cards used in mobile devices and come in a wide range of three physical sizes along with a number of speeds and capacities.

As for the word ‘Secure’ used in the term ‘SD card’, there are a few features that are rarely used that benefit not only Hollywood (such as the DRM feature) as well as a write-protect notch and password protection on a select few of these devices.

As for their sizes, they come in three and are called Mini, Micro and normal SD cards. The normal SD cards have slots in PCs while the Micro version is largely used in Android devices. Alternatively, Mini SD cards are obsolete now.

Also, these card are classified by their sizes too with the standard capacity measuring up to 2 GB, high capacity is 32 GB and extended capacity going up to 2 TB maximum.

SD cards are also classified based on their speeds with the lowest being signified by the letter ‘C’ and a number where 2 is the lowest and 10 is the highest. Other cards have a ‘U’ and are designed for ultra high speeds and only for specific devices.

Apart from the usual SD cards that are available called SDIO cards (Input/ Output) and which work in very specific devices offering much more than simple storage much like the aforementioned ones. Some of the features that these devices add are GPS and Wi-fi among several others.

Hiring IT Support

Just because you run a small to medium sized business, doesn’t mean you can’t hang with the big dogs when it comes to an IT department. While traditional options may kill your revenue, nowadays you can simply hire IT consultants. Los Angeles has many to choose from so keep reading to find out what to look for.

If you’re based in LA, any consultant in the metro area will do. If you find network support Orange County businesses rely on, that will work. This is a remote position, after all, and you probably won’t need them in the office often.

To narrow the list of candidates, however, you will want to speak with them in person. So do your due diligence by looking for companies that provide the exact services you need and can offer you only those. You don’t want to end up paying for services you just don’t need.

Look for companies that support businesses your size. If your hire a great group, but they’re used to businesses much smaller than yours, mistakes will happen and it could wind up costing you money or customers.

Lastly, when you speak with your candidates, try to get a sense for how it will be to work with them. When you have an IT emergency, there won’t be time for anything but solutions, so you’ll want a group of people you have good rapport with.

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Article submitted by Cal Net Technology Group. They provide all types of computer services to Southern California including computer services Orange County businesses can rely on.

How to Get the IT Support your Business Needs

When it comes to computer services, Orange County businesses have a number of options. This can be both a blessing and a curse though. While more options are better than too few, they can make the choice overwhelming. Keep reading for some simple tips on how to make the choice an easy one.

Just because you’re located in Orange County doesn’t mean you can’t consider the IT services Irvine has to offer or those of other areas for that matter. This will be predominantly a remote position, so cast a wider net by looking at the surrounding area.

Only pay for what you need. There are countless services IT companies can provide. But chances are you only need a fraction of them. Figure out what exactly you need and find the service that can provide it at the lowest price. It’s certainly possible that you’re unaware of some services your company could benefit from so keep an open mind when suppliers are pitching you. However, don’t pay for anything until they explain in detail why it’s something you absolutely need.

 Pay close attention to a provider’s communication ability. You’ll be working very closely with them for years to come, so it’s important that you get a feel for how they treat customer support. Any provider that isn’t 100% satisfactory should be ignored.

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Article submitted by Cal Net Technology Group. For over 14 years, the company has been providing IT services Los Angeles residents can rely on.

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