More than half of all computer uses will encounter malicious software, or malware, costing consumers billions of dollars each year. These programs can destroy your data, steal your information and make your PC unstable.
Learn how to customize your Windows 10 start menu. With an organized start menu on your computer you have quick access to your favorite apps, programs and internet shortcuts. In this article we’ll show you a step by step way to organize your start menu in Windows 10. With an organized menu you’ll come to love the new tiles in Windows 10.
In Windows 8 Microsoft introduced a new type of menu. This menu, in Windows 8, was called the start screen. But, users were clearly frustrated with the Windows 8 start screen and lack of a start menu. Users were so upset about that software was developed by third parties to allow users to get their start menu back!
Windows 10’s start menu combines features of the historical Windows start menu and the Windows 8 start screen into one.
Windows 10 Tiles
So, what was it about the Windows 8 start screen that was added to the start menu? The tiles. Think of tiles as the icons on your phone’s screen. Or, the apps on your tablet.
So, the Windows 10 start menu now contains:
How to Remove Tiles from Start Menu in Windows 10
Your computer probably came with tiles already in the start menu. To customize the Windows 10 start menu let’s first start by deleting the tiles you don’t want. You probably have all sorts of tiles that Windows or your computer manufacturer loaded onto your system. Let’s remove tiles that you won’t use.
To remove tiles from start menu:
How to Add Shortcut to Windows 10 Start Menu
Now that you’ve removed the tiles you don’t want you have room to add shortcuts to your start menu for programs you actually use.
What types of tiles can you add to your start menu? Tiles for apps, programs and applications you use (whatever you want to call them, they’re all the same thing really). Shortcuts for your favorite internet sites can be added to your Windows 10 start menu as well.
To add a tile to Windows 10 Start Menu:
Add Shortcut to Start Menu
Did you know you can also pin internet shortcuts to your start menu? If you check your email in a web browser you may want to pin that to your start menu. If you like to shop at amazon you could add an amazon shortcut to your tile menu. Do you have to log into your work website often? Add that internet shortcut to your start menu. And if you love social media you can add shortcuts to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc to your smart menu in Windows 10.
In previous articles we’ve explained how to add internet shortcuts to your start menu if you use Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. The process for each is similar but there’s an important thing to understand.
With each of these instructions you’re pinning the internet shortcut to your start menu. When the shortcut opens, it will open in your default browser.
Here’s how to set your default browser on your computer:
How to pin Microsoft Edge shortcut to start menu:
How to Organize Windows 10 Start Menu
Now that we’ve added our most used content, it’s time to organize the Windows 10 start menu.
Change Tile Sizes in Start Menu
The tiles in your start menu can be different sizes. When they’re first added they’re probably added as the medium size, a square. But, many of these can also be a small square, a horizontal rectangle or a large square.
To change the tile sizes in the start menu:
Change the size of the tiles in the start menu to suit your style.
How to Add New Column to Start Menu
Now if you’ve added a lot of content to your start menu you may have to scroll down to see it all. I prefer it all to be on the screen at the same time. To be able to view more tiles on your start menu you can add new columns to the menu. When you do this, you can essentially add more shortcuts to the right of your screen instead of having one long column that’s taller than your screen.
How to Add a New Column to Your Start Menu
To view more tiles per group:
Now you may have a lot of tiles all bunched together and looking crowded. To better organize your start menu, Windows 10 gives you the capability of grouping your tiles into “groups”.
How to create a new group in start menu:
Rename Groups in Start Menu
Now we have organized tiles on our start menu in nice organized groups. Wouldn’t it be nice to give these groups names? Well, you can!
Here’s how to rename groups in start menu:
Now that you know how to add tiles, remove tiles, resize tiles, create groups and rename groups in the Windows 10 start menu you can organize your start menu in no time. My only problem is coming up with an layout I like. I keep tweaking it to rearrange tiles. I love things nice and organized and my start menu is no different!
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Learn to code. Seriously. I can’t stress enough how valuable coding skills are. And coding know-how can often lead to much more flexible (and lucrative!) work.
So, if you’ve been plotting an escape from your cubicle for some time, coding may very well be your ticket out of the office.
In fact, some of the most in-demand, remote-friendly positions revolve around coding. So, I’ll say it again, if you want to work from anywhere (and make a good living to boot) learn to code!
But before we jump into how and where you can learn to code, let’s look at what exactly coding is and why it’s such a hot commodity skills-wise in the remote working world.
What Exactly is Code?
All the websites, apps and software you use are built on code.
Your favorite social media site? Yep, that’s code.
That game you spend way too much time playing? That’s code, too.
Your go-to browser for searching? All code.
This very line of text you’re reading right now? You guessed it! Code.
And because so many amazing things are built upon code, it means there’s a lot of demand for people who know how to code. After all, behind every awesome app and share-worthy site, there’s the brillaint mind of a programmer (what you call someone who codes). And when you learn to code, that programmer could be you.
What Does a Programmer Do?
We know the term coding is super broad and applies to many different applications, software, and sites. And the job duties of one programmer will be just as broad, varying greatly from one to the next.
In fact, there are different types of code, called languages. Each language has a specific purpose in the world of web design and development. Typically, a programmer will specialize in a few languages.
If this is starting to make your head spin! Hang in there. I promise, it’s not as complicated as it sounds.
As a beginner, you won’t be focusing on the super complex languages that well-seasoned pros tackle. You’ll start from the beginning and work your way up. Baby steps, right?
Popular Programming Languages
Someone who builds websites will be more well-versed in certain languages than others. Just as a programmer who specializes in databases may only work with a handful of languages.
Really, the type of programming languages used depends on the nature of a job and its industry.
But, generally speaking, there are those languages which are continually in demand thanks to their popularity and frequent use in building the applications, sites, and databases we use every day.
These languages include:
Have an Android smartphone or tablet? Your device’s operating system is built on Java. This popular language is also used to build games, apps, and web-based content (to name a few).
Every time you visit Facebook, you’re looking at PHP in action! WordPress sites are also built using PHP.
The name sounds intimidating, but Python is actually regarded as a beginner-friendly language to learn. It’s also the power behind web apps for my favorite visual search engine, Pinterest!
Although specifically built to be easy to write, Ruby packs quite a lot of punch. This powerful language is used to build websites and apps as well as power Ruby on Rails, the framework that brings sites like Groupon and Shopify to life.
Many databases are built using the special-purpose language of SQL. It’s specifically known for its query feature that allows users to search databases.
Before there was Ruby, Python, Java (or any other languages), there was C Language. As the oldest programming language around, many of the others mentioned on this list were built with C Language as a foundation. Needless to say, it’s a must-learn for aspiring programmers!
A Cubicle-Free Career
We know what code is. We know when you learn to code, you posess a super valuable skill. And we know the different coding languages and how they’re used to make the things we see, use and interact with every day.
But what makes programming such a remote-friendly career path?
Coding can be done from, well, anywhere. With a computer and Internet connection, you can work on, collaborate with, and share code with coworkers from around the world.
And many startups and well-established companies alike recognize this. So, instead of limiting their taent pool to local candidates, they open their virtual doors to anyone with the knowledge to get the job done.
So, when your end goal is to carve a cubicle-free career path, programming can definitely open up a lot of those opportunities for you.
Who Hires Programmers?
Programmers may be hired as full-time employees or as freelancers to perform one-off gigs.
For example, an online boutique owner may hire a programmer to help give their website a new look.
Or a large tech company may need a programmer on staff to make updates and troubleshoot bugs.
Really, it just depends on the company or person hiring and their needs.
But a quick search on Dice, a popular tech job board, shows a good mix of full-time, part-time, and freelance projects to choose from.
So, no matter the type of employment you’re after, chances are you can find it once you learn to code!
How to Safely Clean Your Laptop
Cleaning a laptop is easy to do, but you need to be careful about which products you use so you don't damage your laptop screen or keys. This tutorial will show you exactly what you need to do to make your laptop clean and germ free too!
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It's always exciting when you bring home a new computer. It feels so powerful and fast; you can't imagine ever needing to buy another one again. Unfortunately, neither your excitement nor your PC's performance lasts.
Whether your hard drive is running out of space or your system takes forever to run simple tasks, it might be worth your time to try and revive it before replacing it. Here are some spring cleaning tips to revive your Windows PC:
Free up disk space
The enormous size of modern multimedia files can eat up your hard-drive storage quickly. What once seemed like a laughable amount of storage, can suddenly become insufficient. But are you using that storage efficiently?
Performance on Windows computers tends to degrade over time, but with a few OS tweaks, you can recover some performance.
Simple hardware upgrades can make your system perform better than when it was new.
While you're tuning up your system for performance, it's also a good time to check your system security.
Cleaning your computer gear not only makes them look nice, but also keeps germs at bay and can help your system run better.
If you've decided to go ahead and buy a new PC, you can still use your old one for some great things or sell it to put some cash back in your wallet.
That's it. Performing some or all of these tips should help keep your Windows PC running smoothly for at least another year. If you have questions on any of these tips, let us know in the comments below.
Earlier this week we talked about Macs vs. PCs to help you make a decision on which computer is best for you. If you are deciding on getting a new computer then that means you are getting rid of an old one. Passwords, emails, bank details and address books - chances are your computer contains plenty of personal information about you.
Though dragging and dropping documents into your computer's trash folder is easy - it doesn't mean they're really deleted! Here's how you ensure your deleted files are permanently disappear from your hard drive.
Trying to decide if you are better off buying a PC or a Mac? We've provided a great comparison infographic for you here.
Let us know your thoughts and which you prefer and why?