Q&A: How do I change the default Downloads folder in Windows 10?

Windows-10-logoQuestion from Danny P.:  Hi Rick. A while back I read your post explaining how to change the default Downloads folder in Windows 7.

I followed the instructions and changed the Downloads folder on my PC to the Windows Desktop.

I upgraded to Windows 10 last week and I’d really like change the Downloads folder to the Desktop again. Can you tell me how to do it in Windows 10?

Rick’s answer:  I’ll be happy to tell you how to do it Danny. The procedure for changing the Downloads folder is just slightly different in Windows 10 than in Windows 7. Follow these steps: [Continue Reading]

Glowing Keyboard Stickers let you ‘hunt-and-peck’ in the dark

glowing-keyboard-stickersAre you a “hunt-and-peck” typist who enjoys using your computer with the lights turned down low? If so, you probably have trouble finding the right keys in the semi-darkness.

Well, as it turns out there’s a very simple and inexpensive solution to this problem: Glowing Keyboard Stickers!

Simply place the matching fluorescent stickers over the corresponding keys on your keyboard and you’ll be able to peck away in virtual darkness (the light from your computer screen will make the letters on the stickers glow). [Continue Reading]

Which programs can you safely remove from your PC? Find out with ‘Should I Remove It?’

should-i-remove-it-logoIf your PC is like most others out there today, it probably has tons of programs, apps, toolbars and small utilities running in the background.

And it’s quite possible that all of those running processes are causing your system to run about as fast as a snail fitted with a full body cast.

You have probably read somewhere that removing unused programs can help speed up your computer, but which of the programs listed in the Control Panel’s “Uninstall a program” list can you safely remove?

That question has puzzled computer users since the early days of Microsoft Windows, but there’s a handy free download that can help you answer it with confidence. [Continue Reading]

5 reasons why I prefer LED light bulbs over Compact Fluorescent (CFL) bulbs

led-bulb-geAs you probably know by now, incandescent light bulbs are being phased out in the U.S., and when they are gone, they’ll be gone for good.

That leaves us all facing a decision going forward: Do we replace our bad incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs or Compact Fluorescent (CFL) bulbs?

Both of these new types of bulbs are vastly more energy efficient than the incandescent bulbs they were designed to replace, but deciding which type to buy can be confusing. Hopefully, this post will help clear up the confusion a bit.

Although I can’t tell you which type of bulb you would like best, I can tell you that I personally prefer LED bulbs over CFLs for the following reasons: [Continue Reading]

RicksDailyTips Newsletter for Jan 14, 2017 – The difference between getting ‘hacked’ and getting ‘cloned’ on Facebook

Hello again. I sincerely hope the new year has been wonderful for you and your family thus far.

If you’ve been using Facebook for more that 5 minutes you’re probably well aware that hackers and scammers love targeting Facebook users with all kinds of fraudulent activities.

I’m sure you’ve seen an occasional “Yikes – I’ve been hacked!” post pop up in your newsfeed. In fact, you probably see them on a regular basis.

The thing is, many of the folks who believe their Facebook account has been”hacked” weren’t really hacked at all. Their accounts have been “cloned” instead.

While the hacking and cloning of Facebook accounts are both extremely irritating for everyone affected by the fallout, they are actually very different things which require very different responses when one of them happens to you.

First, let’s talk about getting “hacked”… [Continue Reading]

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