Monthly Archives: August 2015

Clear The Browsing History In Windows 10’s Edge Browser

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When using the Edge web browser you may need to clear out your browser history from time to time, perhaps for reasons of privacy, perhaps because you inadvertently visited the wrong site and don’t want it cluttering up your History tab. Fortunately, Edge offers a number of convenient ways to clear out your browser’s history. You can purge the entire history at once, or delete specific sections of your browsing history.

To delete your Edge browser’s history, you first have to visit the History view in the Hub.There are two different ways to view your browser’s History tab. The first way is to go to the Hub menu by clicking on the Hub button in the upper right-hand corner of the Edge window. From the Hub pane, click on the History button, which will resemble a small clock. The Edge browser will immediately display your browsing history. The second way is to hit the CTRL+H keys simultaneously, which will also summon the Hub pane with the browsing history already loaded.

Once you are in the History view, you can delete large chunks of your web history at once by clicking on the Clear Browsing Data link towards the top of the Hub. This will take you to a dialog box offering you options for clearing your browsing data. There are a number of checkboxes that let you specify which specific items will be deleted: browsing history, cookies and saved website data, download history,, autofilled forms, passwords, and content licenses. Once you have made your selections, click the Clearbutton at the bottom of the dialog box, and the Edge browser will clear the specified data.

You can also wipe out individual pages from your History tab, if you inadvertently visit a website you don’t wish to have preserved in your browsing history. On the History view, each visited website has a gray X next to it. Click that X, and the Edge browser will remove that specific website from your history.

-JM

View The Web Browsing History In Windows 10’s Edge Browser

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Whether you are using the Chrome browser for work tasks or simple recreation, you can quickly accumulate a long history of visited web pages. From time to time you might need to go back and visit a page you had previously viewed, or you might need to check a page again but have forgotten its address. This is where Chrome’s History function comes into play. The History function records every website you have visited, allowing you to review your browsing history and return to a page you might previously have viewed.

There are two different ways to view your browser’s History tab. The first way is to go to the Settings menu by clicking on the Settings button in the upper right-hand corner of the Chrome window. From the Settings menu, click on the History item. The Chrome browser will immediately open the History tab. The second way is to hit the CTRL+H keys simultaneously, which will also summon the History tab.

The History tab will display your browsing history by day, with individual web pages marked with a time stamp on the day that you visited them. Each one of the individual web pages is an active hyperlink, and you can visit any page listed in your History by clicking on that link.

-JM

Reopen Closed Tabs In Windows 10’s Edge Browser

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The Edge browser offers several different ways to close tabs, but the downside to this is that it is very easy to accidentally close a tab. Or you can close a tab intentionally, only to realize that you need it back. Fortunately, Edge offers several methods for easily recovering lost tabs.

To open the most recently closed tab, right click on any tab and select “Reopen closed tab” from the menu. The most recently closed tab will reappear. If you right-click on a tab and select “Reopen closed tab” from the menu, Edge will then open the second most recently closed tab, and then the third and the fourth until the browser reopens all the tabs you have closed during your browsing session.

A more granular method of reopening closed tabs can be found in Edge’s Hub. Click on the Hub button in the upper right-hand corner of the Edge window (it looks like three horizontal bars parallel to each other) and then select History. Edge will list your browsing history, and you can open any website in a new tab by double-clicking on it.

-JM

Rearrange Tabs In Windows 10’s Edge Web Browser

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When using the Edge browser, you will likely soon generate a large number of open tabs. The Edge browser can quickly become cluttered with multiple tabs, but fortunately there are a number of easy way to close and rearrange tabs.

You can close a tab by clicking on its black X close button. Every tab in Edge has a small black X on the right-hand side of the tab. Click on that black X, and the tab will immediately close. You can also close a tab by hitting CTRL+W on the keyboard. That key combination will immediately close the selected tab, but no other tabs.

Right-clicking on a tab summons a menu that also offers several tools for closing multiple tabs at once. Right-click on a tab and select “Close tabs to the right”, and Edge will close every tab to the right of the selected tab. For a more powerful version of the same menu option, right-click on a tab and select “Close other tabs”. Edge will then close every single other tab open in the browser, so use this option with care!

If you do not want to close your tabs, merely rearrange them, Edge offers an easy way to do so. Left-click on the tab you want to move and hold down the left mouse button. You can then drag the tab to a new position on the left or the right. The other tabs will automatically slide over to make room for the dragged tab. Once you release the left mouse button, the tab will drop into its new location.

-JM

Configure Launch Behavior in Windows 10’s Edge Browser

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By default, when you launch a new instance of the Edge browser, the browser opens up with a number tabs. These tabs are simply the tabs the Edge browser automatically opens when you open a new browser window. The launch tabs can be a number of different items. You can configure Edge to open at the New Tab page, tell it to save the tabs you had open when you last closed the browser, or instruct it to open a specific set of pages.

To configure the launch tabs settings, access Edge’s settings menu by clicking on the More Actions button in the upper right-hand corner of the Edge window (it will look like three horizontal dots). When the More Actions pane opens up, click or tap on the Settings item. This will open Edge’s settings, showing you four different options for the launch tabs.

The first option, “Start Page”, will configure Edge to open the Start page whenever it is launched.

The second option, “New Tab Page”, will open a blank tab when Edge launches.

The third option, “Previous pages”, will cause Edge to save your open tabs and reopen them when you launch Edge.

The fourth option, “A specific page or pages”, tells the Edge browser to open a specified group of pages every time it opens. Type the addresses of the page you wish to open into the “Enter A Web Address” field and click the + button. Edge will save the page, and launch it as a tab the next time you open Edge. Note that the more launch tabs you have, the longer it may take for Edge to launch.

Open New Tabs In Windows 10’s Edge Web Browser

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Like all modern web browsers, the Edge browser offers a highly useful feature called “tabbed browsing”. In the earlier days of the World Wide Web, older browsers such as Internet Explorer 6 only would view one web page at a time. If you wanted to view multiple websites simultaneously, you had to open up multiple browser windows, which could quickly eat up quite a lot of memory and screen space. With tabbed browsing, you can only have one browser window open, but multiple tabs within the browser. This lets you open as many websites as you like simultaneously while keeping only one browser window on your screen.

The Edge browser lets you open up new tabs in one of two ways.

-The first way is to click on the + button to the right of the rightmost currently open tab. Edge will immediately generate a new black tab.

-The second way is to hit the CTRL+T keys simultaneously, which is the keyboard shortcut for launching a new tab. Edge will create a new blank tab when you use this option.

After you have multiple tabs open, you can close individual tabs by left-clicking on the X button at the right side of the tabs themselves. You can rearrange the order of the tabs by left-clicking on the name of the tab and then dragging it to the right or the left. The other tabs will automatically reshuffle themselves. Finally, you can convert a tab into a separate Edge window by dragging it to a blank space on your desktop and releasing it.

-JM

Search From The Address Bar In Windows 10’s Edge Browser

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The address bar in the Edge browser actually has a dual function. It functions like a normal address bar in a typical browser. Type in any web address into the bar, and Edge will attempt to connect to that website. However, the address bar is also tied into Microsoft’s Bing search engine. That means you can use the address bar as a search engine without first navigating to an Internet search site like Google, Yahoo, or Bing.

To use the address bar as a search bar, simply type your search terms into the address bar. As you type, Bing will suggest “autocompletes,” likely guesses based upon your search terms. For example, if you type “Surface review” into the Omnibox, Bing will offer suggestions appended with the names of popular electronic review sites. You can then either keep typing, or select one of the search terms by clicking on it with the mouse.

You can also use the address bar to search within a specific site. For example, if you wanted to search microsoft.com for any specific mention of the term “surface”, you would use the search terms “site:microsoft.com surface”. You can, of course, change the value after the “site” operator to any site you would wish to search. Additionally, you can also search for exact search terms by enclosing the search term within quotation marks.

Basically, you can use the address bar in exactly the same way as Bing search – any operators that work in the Bing search engine will work here as well.

-JM

Restore Files With Windows 10’s File History

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Windows 10’s File History keeps backup copies of your files, but it also maintains previous versions of your files. That way, if you accidentally overwrite or delete an important file, you can use File History to retrieve an older version of the file. Note that for this feature to work, File History needs to have been active long enough to store an older version of the overwritten or deleted file.

To launch File History, go to the Start Screen and type “file history”. Click or tap on the tile for File History. The File History control panel will then launch. Then click on the “Restore personal files” link on the left-hand side of the control panel.

This will take you to File History’s record of your files – the folders that File History monitors will be listed here. Navigate to the file you want to restore, and then hit the restore button – it’s the large round blue button at the bottom of the window.

Additionally, you can restore an older version of an overwritten file through File Explorer through the History button on File Explorer’s Home tab. Select the file you want to restore, and then click on the History button. This will bring up the File History window, displaying all extant previous versions of that file. You can then restore whichever version you need.

-JM

Enable File History Backups In Windows 10

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If you’ve ever lost data to a computer crash, you know how important it is to back up your files on a regular basis. Fortunately, Windows 10 comes with a useful backup utility called File History. Using File History, you can regularly back up your files to an external hard drive or a network location. Additionally, File History also keeps multiple versions of your files as you change them. That way, if you make an alteration to a file and later change your mind, File History can recover an older version of the file for you.

To launch File History, go to the Start Screen and type “file history”. Click or tap on the tile for File History. The File History control panel will then launch, and activating File History is as easy as clicking the “Turn on” button.

However, you first need a location to store your backups. The backup location can be a USB hard drive, a second internal hard drive inside your computer, or a network location. If your backup location is a hard drive, it must be formatted with the NTFS filesystem. You cannot use burnable optical discs (like CDs or DVDs) or USB flash drives with file history. Also, you cannot store File History’s backups on the same drive containing your Windows 10 installation.

Additionally, File History will reserve part of your main hard drive to cache the backups. It will not take a large amount of space, and the maximum amount of space it can use on your main hard drive is capped at five percent of the disk’s total space. Nevertheless, you will need at least some free space on your drive to use File History.

What exactly does File History back up? With the default settings, it backs up all the files on your Desktop, in your libraries, your Internet Favorites, and any contacts you have created. Note that File History does not back up any applications, whether through the Desktop or the Windows Store, that you might have installed.

After you have clicked the “Turn on” button, you will see a message informing you that File History is making copies of your files for the first time. Depending on how many files you have, this process can take anywhere from a few minutes to nearly a day. After File History has finished, the control panel will display the last time the files were copied. Additionally, it will also indicate which locations it is backing up, along with the space remaining on your backup drive.

Once it is activated, File History will run in the background without any intervention from you, so long as your destination drive remains connected. By default, File History makes copies of any files that have changed every hour.

You can also customize File History’s settings by clicking on the Advanced Settings link in the left-hand column of the control panel.

Here you can change how often File History will make copies of any files that have changed. The default, as mentioned above, is one hour. You can adjust that to as often as ten minutes or as infrequently as every day. Bear in mind that setting the backup interval below one hour can cause a performance hit on your computer, especially if you have a lot of files change in that hour.

The option for “Size of offline cache” lets you change how much of your main hard drive File History will use for its working space. The default is 5%, but you can set it as low as 2% and as high as 20%.

The final option lets you control how long File History will keep previous versions of files. The default version is forever, which means File History will store things until your backup drive fills up. You can specify that File History will start deleting older backup sets when space is needed. Alternatively, you can configure File History to only delete older versions of files over a certain age, ranging from one month to two years.

-JM

Use Advanced Search In Windows 10’s File Explorer

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By default, you can search for files from the Start Menu of Windows 10. However, the Start Menu’s search is very broad – it searches both the Internet and the entire contents of your computer. By using the File Explorer’s Search tab, you can create more powerful and specific searches.

To launch File Explorer, hit the WINDOWS+E key from either the Desktop or the Start Screen. When File Explorer launches, click on the small magnifying glass icon to the right of the Search box. This will bring up the Search Tools tab on File Explorer’s Ribbon. The Search Tools themselves have three categories – Location, Refine, and Options.

Location will let you set the specific folder or folders than the search will use. This is useful if you are looking for a particular file within a specific set of folders, but do not want to search the entire computer.

The Refine tools allow you to adjust the parameters of the search. You can adjust by Date Modified, Kind (the type of file you are searching for), the size of the file, the file’s name, metadata, or extension. This can come in handy if you are looking for, say, a misplaced Word document, and do not want the search to find other types of files that have similar names.

Finally, Options allows you to review and reuse recent searches, save searches (if you find yourself performing the same set of searches over you can save it), and to open the location of a file found in the search.

-JM