How To: Find The PC Serial Number – Windows

Most Windows machines have a sticker at the bottom of the machine that shows manufacturing date and serial number. However, those stickers tend to fade or fall off the machine. Today’s post will review an option for getting your serial number when the sticker is no longer

How To Lock Windows PC Via Desktop File

Whenever I step away from my windows pc, I like to lock the screen. This way anyone who walked up to my pc, only gets to see the welcome screen. The easiest way I find to lock my pc is simply to have an icon on my desktop that says Lock Computer that I click on and the pc locks. In …

Installing or Reinstalling Microsoft PDF in Windows 10

PDF is a file format developed in the 1990s to present documents, including text formatting and images, so that the document looks the same no matter what application software, hardware, and operating system you use.  Today’s post will go over how to install or reinstall the PDF function that is built into Windows 10. For most the choice to print …

Ways To Extend Device Battery Life

Especially in these times, with all the emergencies and natural disasters that are currently happening, there may be a time where you just need to keep your device running “just a little longer”. How do you keep your device running,

Recommended Windows 10 Tweaks

For those of you who got your new Windows 10 toy (aka a PC, Laptop, or Tablet), and are coming from a Windows 7 or Windows 8 environment, here are a couple of Windows 10 Tweaks to give you all the power of Windows 10 while giving the feel of your older system. This is the list of Recommended Windows …

How to recover your software product key (serial number)

One of the issues that I’ve come across regularly, while trying to provide support,  involves having to reinstall either the Windows operating system and/or the Microsoft Office software on a pc without having the product key (serial number).  How do you recover the software product key when you don’t know it? In many cases, the sticker on the side of …

Tip: Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

You are showing your age, if you remember what keyboard commands like (holding down) Ctrl – C, Ctrl – V, Ctrl – X do. For those of you who are not familiar with keyboard short cuts, on a computer, a keyboard shortcut is a sequence or combination of keystrokes on a computer keyboard which invokes commands in software. Some keyboard …

How To Use The Function Keys (Windows)

  One of the functions of a computer is to help us work more productively, so we can get work finished more quickly and get on to other things. Using keystroke shortcuts can save us time rather than clicking around menus with our mouse. If you haven’t tried these, here’s a few that I’ve memorized and which use the function …

Tech 101 – How To Use KeePass Password Manager

There have been a number of news worthy hackings over the past few months (Yahoo being the latest BIG one), and the one thing you hear every one say after each site gets hacked is “You shouldn’t use the same password on multiple sites”.