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Tip of the Week: How to Navigate Windows 10 and Find the App You Need

Now that the Start menu is back in Windows 10, you have plenty of opportunities to search for not just your applications, but basically anything–all thanks to Cortana integration. You have all sorts of ways to better search your PC for important things. We’ll discuss how you can use the Start menu to find your apps both quickly and efficiently.

First, you can use the Search bar to find a specific program. This is by far the easiest way you can do so, but sometimes you may not know how to spell it.

You can also look at the complete list of programs on your PC easily enough. To do this, click on the Start menu and check out the right column. This will show you a list of your most used apps at the top, but the bottom will show you an alphabetical list of all programs on your computer. If you click on one of the letters in the headings, you’ll be shown an even simpler way of viewing your apps.

When you click the letters, you’ll be shown a list of all of the letters of the alphabet, which can further narrow down what you’re looking for. By clicking on a specific letter, you’ll be shown all applications that begin with that letter. If you don’t know what a program is called, but you still don’t know the exact name, searching this way a good way to find it.

Windows 10 is one of the best ways that you can improve the way your organization functions. It provides both a solid user experience and a much-needed technological update for organizations that have yet to upgrade.

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14-Dec-2016   |   ,,   |   0

Tip of the Week: Prevent Phone Calls From Interrupting Your Meetings With Volume Scheduler App

It’s an all-too-familiar scenario: you’re sitting as an audience member while the demonstrator–be it your boss, a coworker, or your child’s school chorus–is suddenly interrupted by the sound of your phone going off after you forgot to kill the volume. Or, you miss a crucial phone call from your boss or coworker because you remembered to silence your phone when it was appropriate, but forgot to reactivate the sound later. Either way, you don’t look very good, and your professional reputation and performance could suffer as well.

However, there is an app available for download that can help to avoid these issues automatically: the aptly-named Volume Scheduler.

This free app allows Android users to preset their volume adjustments based on the time of day. As a result, if a user knows that they will be in an important meeting from 1:30 until 3:45, they can tell Volume Scheduler to silence their phone between those times. On the flip side, if they know that they’ll be in a crowded terminal between 9 AM and 3:45 PM where they can answer their phone at any time, a user could make sure their phone was scheduled to be at full volume.

What makes this app an excellent option is how budget-friendly it is, in all senses of the word. Not only is the app free to download, but since it works based on time, it will not eat up data charges or even battery life. As a result, a phone can be set to a pre-established schedule and relied on to be quiet when necessary.

What are some of your most embarrassing phone volume-related stories? Feel free to share some in the comments!

05-Oct-2016   |     |   0

Tip of the Week: A Step-By-Step Guide to Customize Your Windows 10 Notifications

On the Lock Screen
Notifications will appear on your Windows 10 lock screen, which is great for when you don’t want to log into your device, but a privacy concern otherwise. If you want to remove all notifications from the lock screen, go to Settings > System > Notifications & actions > Notifications. Then, turn off the switch for Show notifications on the lock screen. Or, if you’d rather just hide certain notifications from appearing on the lock screen, go through System > Notifications & actions > Get notifications from these senders. Select the app that you want to change and select On under the Keep notifications private on the lock screen option.

Set Priority Notifications
You’re a busy person, so you understand that not all app notifications should have priority. Thankfully with Windows 10, you can set certain apps to different priority levels to better manage how you receive their notifications. To do so, go to Settings > System > Notifications & actions > Get notifications from these senders. Select the app that you want to configure and, under Priority of notifications in the action center, assign it a priority level. You can choose from Top, High, or Normal.

Additionally, you can choose how many of an app’s notifications will appear in the action center at any given time. The default is set to three, but you can have it go all the way up to 20. You can change this setting under Number of notifications visible in action center.

Change the Sounds of Your Notifications
You can remove and change the sounds that your notifications make, and it’s as easy as going to Settings > System > Notifications & actions > Get notifications from these senders > Your Chosen App > Play a sound when a notification arrives. Next, right-click the Start button and open up the Control Panel. Select Sound, which will open up a menu. In the Program Events box, scroll down to Notification and select it. Underneath the Sounds dropdown, you can change the sound that you want to play for your notifications; or, select None to turn them all off.

Turn Off Notifications
If you’re not a fan of notifications, you can turn all of them off, or just those of a select few. Go through Settings > System > Notifications & actions > Notifications > Get notifications from apps and other senders. You can then select the apps that you want to receive notifications from under: Get Notifications from These Senders.

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