Computer Tutorials and How - 小同TLCBET手机版|同乐棋牌返水无上限 - 立即下载同乐城TLCBET ! http://www.mmpics.com/tutorials/ The latest www.mmpics.com tutorials and how-tos on basic computer concepts that will allow you to use your computer efficiently and perform various tasks. The content in this RSS feed is to be used by news aggregators and informational purposes. It is not to be used to add as content on a web site. Sat, 27 Jul 2019 12:39:32 EDT http://www.mmpics.com/ en How to Export a Registry Key in Windows - 小同TLCBET手机版|同乐棋牌返水无上限 - 立即下载同乐城TLCBET ! http://www.mmpics.com/tutorials/how-to-export-registry-key-in-windows/ Wed, 06 Mar 2019 08:50:01 EST Lawrence Abrams http://www.mmpics.com/tutorials/how-to-export-registry-key-in-windows/ The Windows Registry is a centralized hierarchical database that is used by Windows to store system settings, hardware configurations, and user preferences. The Windows Registry can be explored by using a program called the Windows Registry Editor, but modifying the wrong key could cause your computer to not boot properly, so it is advised to only use it as necessary.

More detailed information about the Windows Registry can be found in our Demystifying the Windows Registry article.

When making a change to the Registry, it is recommended that you first create a export of the entries that you are about to modify. This allows you to save the information to a Registry file, or .reg file, so that if a problem occurs you can import the original settings back into the Registry.

You can see an example of a Registry file below, where each setting is saved as text in the file.

Windows Registry File (.reg)
Windows Registry File (.reg)

If you need to import the data back into the Registry, and overwrite any existing settings that it corresponds to you, you would simply double-click on the Registry file and allow the changes to be merged when Windows prompts you.

Below we have provided two methods that you can use to export data from the Windows Registry.

Method 1: Export a Registry key using the Windows Registry Editor

For most people, the easiest method to export a Registry key is to use the Windows Registry Editor. The Windows Registry Editor, otherwise known as regedit.exe, is a graphical tool that allows you to modify the Windows Registry.

To open the Registry Editor, type regedit in the Start Menu search field as shown below and then select Registry Editor.

Open the Registry Editor
Open the Registry Editor

When the Registry Editor opens, navigate to the key that you would like to export. In our example, we are going to export the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management key.

The Windows Registry Editor
The Windows Registry Editor

When at the key you wish to export, right-click on the key name and select Export as shown below.

Export key via Registry Editor
Export key via Registry Editor

Windows will now prompt you for a location and file name that you wish to save the Registry information. Please select the location, enter a filename, and press the Save button.

Save Registry File
Save Registry File

After saving the Registry file, you will see a file ending with the .reg extension at the location you saved it to.

Registry File Icon

This file can be used in the future to restore your exported settings if needed.

Method 2: Export a Registry key using the Reg command-line command

Windows includes the reg.exe program that can be used to manipulate the Windows Registry from the command line.  In order to use this tool, you will need to open an Elevated Command Prompt.  

Once an elevated command prompt is open, you can use the reg.exe command to export a Registry key using the following syntax:

reg export [key] [file_name]

For example, to export the reg export "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management" to the test.reg file, you would use the following command:

reg export "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management" test.reg

Please note, when entering the Registry key to export, we enclosed it in quotes because there was a space in the key name.

You can see an example of this command being used in the image below.

Using the Reg.exe command from an Elevated Command Prompt
Using the Reg.exe command from an Elevated Command Prompt

Once the command is executed, a file will be created, which in our case is test.reg, that contains the exported Registry key.

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How to Restart the Windows Explorer.exe Process - 小同TLCBET手机版|同乐棋牌返水无上限 - 立即下载同乐城TLCBET ! http://www.mmpics.com/tutorials/how-to-restart-windows-explorerexe-process/ Wed, 06 Feb 2019 16:16:47 EST Lawrence Abrams http://www.mmpics.com/tutorials/how-to-restart-windows-explorerexe-process/ When using Windows 10, you may find that the Windows desktop has frozen and you can no longer use the Start Menu, click on programs, drag files, or switch between windows. When this happens, it may be caused by the Windows Explorer, or Explorer.exe, process having issues and can typically be fixed by restarting it.

Explorer.exe is an executable in the Windows operating systems that is located at C:\Windows\explorer.exe. When Windows starts and a user logs in, the operating system will launch the Explorer.exe process, which displays the Windows user environment such as the desktop, taskbar, and Start Menu. 

To restart the Explorer.exe process, you can perform three different methods, which we have described below.

Method 1: Restart Windows Explorer.exe via Windows 10 Task Manager 

If you are using Windows 10, the easiest way to restart Explorer.exe is through the Task Manager.

To restart Explorer.exe in Windows 10, please follow these steps:

  1. Open Task Manager by either pressing the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keyboard combination and selecting Task Manager or right-clicking on the taskbar and selecting Task Manager. Once Task Manager is open, click on the More details option as shown in the image below.
    Task Manager More Details
    More details button
  2. When the full list of processes is displayed, scroll down until you find the Windows Explorer process.  Then right-click on the process and select Restart as shown below.
    Restart Windows Explorer
    Restart Windows Explorer
  3. The Explorer.exe process will now be terminated and automatically restarted. During this process you will see your desktop disappear briefly and then reappear.
  4. Now that the Windows Explorer has been restarted, you can close the Task Manager.

Method 2: Restart Windows Explorer.exe from the Command Prompt

This method allows you to restart the Explorer.exe process directly from the Command Prompt. This method works in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

To restart Explorer.exe from the command prompt, please follow these steps:

  1. Open a Windows Command Prompt by clicking on the Start button, entering cmd, and then clicking on the Command Prompt search result that appears.
    Open Command Prompt
    Open Command Prompt
  2. When the Command Prompt opens, type the bolded taskkill /F /IM explorer.exe & start explorer command into the command prompt and press enter on your keyboard. This command will terminate the explorer.exe and then immediately restart the process so you can see your desktop again.
    Execute taskkill /F /IM explorer.exe & start explorer command
    taskkill /F /IM explorer.exe & start explorer command
  3. After you enter the command, you will see the Windows desktop go away for a second and then restarted. You can now close the Windows Command Prompt as the Explorer.exe process has been restarted.

Method 3: Exit Explorer and then restart it via Task Manager

If you are using Windows 7, or any version of Windows for that matter, you can also restart the Explorer.exe process by first ending the process in Task Manager and then running it again from the Create New Task dialog.

To restart explorer.exe by first terminating the process, you can perform these steps:

  1. Open Task Manager by either pressing the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keyboard combination and selecting Task Manager or right-clicking on the taskbar and selecting Task Manager. Once Task Manager is open, scroll through the list of processes until you find the explorer.exe process and right-click on it as shown below. When the context-menu opens, click on the End Process option
    End Explorer.exe Process
    End Explorer.exe Process
  2. When you attempt to the end the explorer.exe process, it will ask you to confirm the request. At this prompt, click on the End process button.
    End Explorer.exe Confirmation
    End Explorer.exe Confirmation
  3. You will now see the Explorer disappear and you will be left with a blank screen with Task Manager floating on it. In Task Manager, click on the File menu and select New Task (Run...).
    New Task Menu Option
    New Task Menu Option
  4. When the Create New Task prompt appears, enter explorer.exe in the Open: field and then press the OK button.
    Create New Task Dialog
    Create New Task Dialog
  5. The Explorer.exe process will now launch and you will see the Windows Desktop again. Now that the Explorer.exe process has started and you can see the desktop, you can close the Task Manager.
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How to Open a Windows Command Prompt - 小同TLCBET手机版|同乐棋牌返水无上限 - 立即下载同乐城TLCBET ! http://www.mmpics.com/tutorials/how-to-open-a-windows-command-prompt/ Wed, 06 Feb 2019 14:40:04 EST Lawrence Abrams http://www.mmpics.com/tutorials/how-to-open-a-windows-command-prompt/ Command Prompt Header

The Windows Command Prompt is a Windows shell that allows you to execute command by typing them in and pressing enter on the keyboard. 

Stemming from the Microsoft DOS operating system, this command prompt has continued to be available in Windows and allows administrators and users to quickly execute commands that manipulate Windows and the file system.

To learn more about how to use the Command Prompt once it is opened, you can read our Introduction to the Windows Command Prompt article. If you want to open an Elevated Command Prompt, which is one that runs with Administrator privileges, you can see the How to open a Windows 10 Elevated Command Prompt article instead.

Below we have provided two methods that can be used to open the command prompt in Windows.

Method 1: Open from Start Menu

You can launch the Windows Command Prompt directly from the Start Menu by typing cmd into the search field as shown below. This will display a search result called either cmd.exe in Windows 7 or Command Prompt in Windows 8 and Windows 10.

Caption

To launch the command prompt, simply click on the Command Prompt search result as shown above and the Windows Command Prompt window will open. When the command prompt is started, you will be in your home direct at C:\Users\[login_name].

You can now enter commands that you wish to execute and see their output in the command prompt.  When you are ready to close the command prompt, you can type exit and press enter and the window will close.

Method 2: Open Command Prompt from Run: Dialog 

The executable associated with the Windows Command prompt is C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe and can be launched directly from the Run dialog box.

To open the Run dialog, press the Windows key (Windows key)and the at the same time and a box similar to the one below will open.  In the Open: field type cmd and then press the OK button.

After pressing the OK button, the Windows Command Prompt will open and you will be in your home directory, which is located C:\Users\[login_name], as shown below.

You can now type commands that you wish to execute and see their output in the command prompt.  When you are ready to close the command prompt, you can type exit and press enter and the window will close.

If you are confused on how to use the command prompt, you should read our Introduction to the Windows Command Prompt article.

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How to Clear or Flush the DNS Cache in Windows - 小同TLCBET手机版|同乐棋牌返水无上限 - 立即下载同乐城TLCBET ! http://www.mmpics.com/tutorials/clear-flush-dns-cache-in-windows/ Tue, 05 Feb 2019 13:08:13 EST Lawrence Abrams http://www.mmpics.com/tutorials/clear-flush-dns-cache-in-windows/ If you are not able to connect to a particular site and its IP addresses is not resolving properly, it could be a problem with the DNS servers that you are connecting to or an incorrect DNS entry cached in the Windows DNS cache.

If you are having this problem, before you change your DNS servers, you should first you should first try to clear your DNS cache and see if that fixes your problem.

To clear, or flush, the DNS cache in Windows, you can perform the following steps:

  1. Right-click on the Start Button or press the Windows+X keys on your keyboard. When you do this, a menu will open that contains either Windows PowerShell (Admin) or Command Prompt (Admin). When you see one of these options, click on it and allow the program to run when Windows asks you for permission.
    Right-Click Menu
    Right-Click Menu
  2. When the Command Prompt or PowerShell opens, type ipconfig /flushdns and press enter on your keyboard as shown below.
    ipconfig /flushdns
    ipconfig /flushdns Command
  3. After you press enter, you should see the command return "Successfully flushed the DNS Resolver Cache." This indicates the command ran successfully and you can now close the PowerShell or Command Prompt Window.

Now that your DNS cache has been cleared, or flushed, you can attempt to connect to the site again. If the problem still persists, then you may want to contact your ISP or change your DNS servers to Google's 8.8.8.8 service of Cloudflare's 1.1.1.1 DNS service.

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How to Find and View the Files Installed by a Chrome Extension - 小同TLCBET手机版|同乐棋牌返水无上限 - 立即下载同乐城TLCBET ! http://www.mmpics.com/tutorials/how-to-view-files-installed-by-a-chrome-extension/ Mon, 14 Jan 2019 10:31:59 EST Lawrence Abrams http://www.mmpics.com/tutorials/how-to-view-files-installed-by-a-chrome-extension/ Whether it be because you suspect a Chrome extension is malicious, you want to create a backup of a favorite and discontinued extension, or you just want to see how the extension works, knowing how to find and view the files installed by a Chrome extension can be useful.

In this tutorial we are going to provide two methods that you can use to view the files associated with a Chrome extension. The first method is to view the actual files installed on your computer, which is useful if an extension is no longer available on the Chrome Web Store or the store has a different version than the one installed on your computer.

The second method is to use an extension called Chrome extension source viewer that makes it very easy to view the source code of an extension directly from the Chrome Web Store.

View the files belonging to an installed Chrome extension

When extensions are installed into Chrome they are extracted into the C:\Users\[login_name]\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions folder. Each extension will be stored in its own folder named after the ID of the extension.

For example, below is the folder that contains the currently installed Chrome extensions, with each subfolder corresponding to an installed extension.

Extensions Folder
Extensions Folder

To view the contents of an extension, first find its ID, and then open the corresponding folder. When you open the folder you will be shown all the images, html, JavaScript files used by the extension.

Files belonging to an extension
Files belonging to an extension

To view the source code of a particular, simply right-click on it and select Open with and open it with the Notepad application. For JS, HTML, and JSON files, you will now be able to see the source code directly in Notepad.

View source file in Notepad
View source file in Notepad

If you wish to backup the folder that contains the installed extension, just zip the folder named after the extensions ID in the C:\Users\[login_name]\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions folder.

View source code of extension on Chrome Web Store

If you would like to view the source code of an extension before you install it, then there is a great extension that allows you to do so. The Chrome extension source viewer is an extension that allows you to view the source code of any extension that is available from the Chrome Web Store.

Once you install the extension, you will be given a new a right-click context menu option titled "View extension source".

Caption

Clicking on this menu option, will open the zip file containing the extension and display the contents of the archive as shown below. From this interface you can click on the various files to see their contents.

Extension Source Viewer
Caption

When done viewing the contents, you can close the windows.

This extension also allows you to download the corresponding Zip file for the extension from the Chrome Web Store by clicking on the Download button. This is particularly useful when you want to make an archive of the current version of the extension being offered by the Chrome Web Store.

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How to Find the ID for a Chrome Extension - 小同TLCBET手机版|同乐棋牌返水无上限 - 立即下载同乐城TLCBET ! http://www.mmpics.com/tutorials/how-to-find-id-for-chrome-extension/ Mon, 14 Jan 2019 09:27:18 EST Lawrence Abrams http://www.mmpics.com/tutorials/how-to-find-id-for-chrome-extension/ Google Chrome extensions are small programs that can be installed to add or change the browser's functionality. When an extension is created and signed by Google, it will be given a unique ID that becomes associated with the extension.

These unique IDs are 32 characters long, such as jifpbeccnghkjeaalbbjmodiffmgedin, which is the extension ID for the Chrome extension source viewer extension.

If an extension is installed in Chrome, you can find its unique ID by following these steps:

  1. Click on the Chrome Menu, select More Tools, and then select Extension as shown below.
    Open Extension List
    Open Extension List
  2. You will now see a list of the installed extensions. Find the extension you wish to determine the ID and click on the Details button for the extension as indicated below. 
    List of Installed Extensions
    List of Installed Extensions
  3. When you open the details screen for an extension, the address bar will display it's ID after the ?id= part of the address. In our example below, the ID for the Chrome extension source viewer is jifpbeccnghkjeaalbbjmodiffmgedin.
    Extension Details
    Extension Details

You can now copy that ID as needed and use it to find its associated files under the C:\Users\[login_name]\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions folder.

Chrome Extensions Folder
Chrome Extensions Folder

More information on how to view an extensions files can be found in this tutorial.

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How to Enable the Dark Mode Theme in Windows 10 - 小同TLCBET手机版|同乐棋牌返水无上限 - 立即下载同乐城TLCBET ! http://www.mmpics.com/tutorials/how-to-enable-dark-mode-theme-in-windows-10/ Thu, 05 Jul 2018 12:24:10 EDT Lawrence Abrams http://www.mmpics.com/tutorials/how-to-enable-dark-mode-theme-in-windows-10/ Windows 10 includes a Dark Mode setting, otherwise known as a Dark Theme, that changes the colors used by Windows and some installed apps to darker colors. While dark mode was originally created so that Windows would display less light and thus would not disturb others who may be sleeping, many have found that they prefer to use a dark theme at all times as they fine it easier on the eyes

To enable the Windows 10 Dark Mode, you need to go into the Colors settings screen. To do this you can either go to into Settings > Personalization > Colors or type "dark" into the Start Menu search field as shown below and select "Color settings".

Searching for

Once you are at the Color settings screen, scroll down until you see "Choose your default app mode" as shown in the image below.

Color Settings screen

To enable dark mode in Windows 10, simply select the "Dark" setting under "Choose your default app mode" and Windows 10 will immediately change the color scheme to the new dark mode theme as shown below.

Windows 10 dark mode enabled

Now that Dark Mode is enabled, this same dark theme will be used throughout Windows and many of its apps.

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How to Change Your Twitter Password - 小同TLCBET手机版|同乐棋牌返水无上限 - 立即下载同乐城TLCBET ! http://www.mmpics.com/tutorials/how-to-change-your-twitter-password/ Fri, 04 May 2018 11:58:26 EDT Lawrence Abrams http://www.mmpics.com/tutorials/how-to-change-your-twitter-password/ This article will provide instructions on how you can change your password on Twitter. When using any online service, including Twitter, it is important to make sure you use a unique password at each site. This way if your password is ever exposed, only that particular site is affected and your other sites are safe.

If you are not using a unique password at Twitter, you should definitely change your password so that you do so. Even if you are using a unique pasword, you should change it as Twitter just announced that they had mistakenly stored unencrypted passwords in their log files.

To change your Twitter password you should perform these steps:

  1. Login to Twitter and go into the Password settings screen.
  2. Enter your current password in the first field.
  3. Enter your new password in the second field.
  4. Enter your new password again in the third field.
  5. Click on Save Changes
  6. Your password is now changed on Twitter.
  7. In addition to changing your password, it is strongly advised that you enable Twitter's Login verification for better security.

For more detailed instructions on how to change your Twitter password, please see below.

How to change your Twitter password

To change your password, click on the following link to open the Password Settings screen: https://twitter.com/settings/password.

Twitter Password Settings Screen

At the above screen, enter your current password in the first field. Then enter your new password in both the second and third fields. Make sure to use a strong password consisting of at least 12 characters with numbers, capital letters, and symbols such as $, %, &, *, !, etc.

New Twitter Password Entered

When done entering this information, the "Save changes" button will become available. Click on this button and your Twitter account will now be using the new password.

Now that your password has been changed, it is strongly recommended that you also enabled Twitter's Login verification feature for even more account security.

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How to Setup Login Verification in Twitter - 小同TLCBET手机版|同乐棋牌返水无上限 - 立即下载同乐城TLCBET ! http://www.mmpics.com/tutorials/how-to-setup-login-verification-in-twitter/ Fri, 04 May 2018 11:24:27 EDT Lawrence Abrams http://www.mmpics.com/tutorials/how-to-setup-login-verification-in-twitter/ To increase security, Twitter offers a feature called Login verification, which is their version of two-step verification. With Login verification enabled on an account, a user will not only need their password to login, but will also require a code sent to your mobile number at the time of the login.

This extra layer of security protects you from attackers brute forcing your password as they would still need the code sent to your mobile number. Therefore, the only way the way could login to your account would be not only have your password, but also to have access to your mobile device as well.

In summary to setup Login verification in Twitter, you would do these steps:

  1. Login to Twitter and go into the Account Settings.
  2. Click on "Set up Login Verification"
  3. Click "Start" and then enter your mobile phone if requested.
  4. After entering your number, Twitter will now want to send a code to your mobile phone to configure it for Login verification. At this screen click on "Send Code".
  5. A code will have been sent to your mobile number as a text. Enter the code you received and press "Submit".
  6. You will now be enrolled in Login Verification.
  7. Twitter will now prompt you to generate a backup code. Click on the "Get Backup Code" button and then write down or print the code that is displayed. This code can be used once to bypass Login verification.

Below are these same steps in more detail.

Setting up Login Verification in Twitter

To setup Login verification in Twitter, a user should open their user menu by clicking on their profile picture in the upper right part of the Twitter screen. 

Open Twitter Use Menu

When the user menu opens, scroll down and click on the "Settings and Privacy" link.

Click on Settings and Privacy Link

When the settings section opens, you will automatically be in the Account settings screen.  Scroll down till you see the "Set up login verification" button and click on it.

Setup login verification

You will now be shown a screen where you will be walked through setting up Login verification.

Setup screen

Click on the "Start"  button to begin. First, you will be asked to enter your password to verify that you are the owner of the account. Enter your password and click on the "Verify" button.

If you do not already have a mobile number associated with your account, you will now be asked to enter one. Enter your phone number and then click on "Send Code".

Add Phone Number

Twitter will then display a screen asking you to enter the code that was just sent to the phone number you submitted.

Once you enter the code, you will become enrolled in login verification. 

Enrolled in Login Verification

Now every time you log into Twitter, a code will be sent to your mobile phone to confirm your identity. As a last step, Twitter wants you to a generate backup code, which is a one-time use password you can enter to bypass Login verification and get back into your account in the event you lose your phone. 

To get this backup password, click on the "Get backup code" button. When you are done saving or printing your code, you can click on the "Done" button.

Get Backup Code

Login verification is now configured and every time you login to Twitter, you will receive a text on your associated mobile phone. This text will contain a code that you will need to enter along with your password to gain access to your Twitter account.

Now that Login verification is configured, you can take it a step further and have these verification codes generated using a 3rd party application such as Google Authenticator, Authy, or Microsoft Authenticator. Setting this up is explained in the next section.

Using Twitter Login Verification with a 3rd Party Authenticator

Instead of having your Login verification codes sent to your mobile number, you can also use a 3rd party authentication app such as Google Authenticator (Android | iOS), Authy (Android | iOS), or Microsoft Authenticator (Android | iOS). Make sure you download one of these apps before proceeding. Personally, I prefer Google Authenticator, but any of the above will work.

To setup a 3rd party authenticator, go back into your Account Settings as described above and you will now see a button labeled "Review your login verification methods".

Review login verification

Click on this button and you will be brought to a screen where you can modify the Login verification configuration. Click on the "Set up" link next to the "Mobile security app" label.

Review login verification screen

You will now be presented with a tutorial showing how to setup your 3rd party authenticator.

Setting up Security App

Once you click on the "Start" button you will be shown a QR code that you need to scan with your authenticator.  

QR Code

Once you scan the code, the account will be added to your authenticator app and begin to display verification codes. Twitter will then prompt you to enter the code shown on your authenticator app in order to verify it was configured correctly.

Enter Authenticator Code

If you enter the correct code, Twitter will state that your authenticator app's verification codes can now be used when you login.

Authenticator Setup in Twitter

Twitter is now configured to use a 3rd party authenticator for Login Verification.

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How to Use Cortana As Your Virtual Assistant in Windows - 小同TLCBET手机版|同乐棋牌返水无上限 - 立即下载同乐城TLCBET ! http://www.mmpics.com/tutorials/how-to-use-cortana-as-your-virtual-assistant-in-windows/ Tue, 03 Apr 2018 18:06:38 EDT Lawrence Abrams http://www.mmpics.com/tutorials/how-to-use-cortana-as-your-virtual-assistant-in-windows/ Cortana is a virtual assistant, similar to Amazon's Alexa and Apple's Siri, that is built into Windows 10. Using Cortana you can ask it to look up information, schedule appointments, send emails, start applications, and much more. The best part is that you can also do all of this hands free using voice commands so that you can work on other things and still have access to your Windows 10 computer.

In this tutorial, we will show you how to use Cortana by typing commands that you wish her to execute. We will then show you how to make it so that Cortana responds to voice commands so that you can use it hands free. Finally, we will provide information on how to configure Cortana and personalize your experience.

Available sections in this guide:


How to start Cortana in Windows 10

In order to use Cortana, you need to launch it, which can be done using the Start Menu, through various keyboard combinations, and by saying "Hey Cortana" out loud. I have explained how to use each of these methods below.

Start Cortana from the Start Menu:

To launch Cortana from the Start Menu, click on the Start Menu button (Start Menu Button) and then select Cortana as shown below.

Start Cortana via the Start Menu
Start Cortana via the Start Menu

Once you click on the Cortana, it will open and wait you for you to type in a command.

Cortana!
Cortana!

From here you can type commands such as "What is the weather?", "What time is it?", "Send an Email to John", etc and then press Enter. Cortana will then execute them. For more information on how to use Cortana, please see this section.

When Cortana is open, you can also click on the microphone button (Microphone) to make Cortana listen for a command. You can then simply speak the command you wish her to perform.

Open Cortana using the Windows+S keyboard combination:

To make it easier, you can also open Cortana by pressing the Windows key and the S key at the same time (Windows+S). This will cause the Cortana window to open and wait for you to type in a command.

When Cortana is opened in this way, it will look exactly like the screen above.

Speak commands to Cortana using the Windows+C keyboard combination:

If you press the Windows+C keyboard combination, Cortana will open in a smaller Windows and sit their listening for you to speak a command via your computer's microphone.

Speaking to Cortana
Speaking to Cortana

Using this method you can simply speak the command that you wish Cortana to perform.

Using Cortana in hands free mode with "Hey Cortana":

Cortana also has the ability to be entirely hands free by speaking the command "Hey Cortana". This will then open Cortana and wait for a command to be said using the microphone. This command is not enabled by default, so you will need to enable it first using these instructions. To use this feature, you will need to be near your Windows 10 computer and for it to have a microphone.

Hey Cortana
Hey Cortana

If saying "Hey Cortana" does not do anything on your computer, then you should make sure this feature is enabled using the instructions here.

How to use Cortana

Now that we know how to start Cortana, let's learn how to use. When using Cortana, you can either type in commands or speak them. When using typed or voice command, Cortana will return the same information, but with voice command Cortana will respond out loud using the computer's speakers.

Examples of some of the commands you can execute are: "What time is it?", "Schedule an Appointment", "Open www.mmpics.com", "Add butter to my grocery list", "How much is windows 10?", "Open Word", etc. As you can see, you want to speak to Cortana in a natural way as if you are talking to a human being. 

Personally, I find executing commands with Cortana to be a better experience when doing so via voice rather than typing them. I will illustrate both methods below so that you can decide what method is better for you.

Below is an example of how Cortana will schedule an appointment when you type it in. In the search field I typed "schedule conference call for friday" and Cortana automatically filled in the information and asked me to confirm if I wish to add it to the calendar.

Scheduling an appointment
Scheduling an appointment

Below is a video showing how you can use "Hey Cortana" to schedule an appointment and ask for the time.

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As you can see, speaking to Cortana makes it much easier to use.

Using the Cortana Notebook to personalize Cortana

Cortana has a section called the Notebook, which is used to enable various features and to tell Cortana the types of things you are interested in. This includes your favorite places, the type of food you like, how you prefer to travel, and other information that allows Cortana to get to know you so that it can provide a personalized experience.

To access Cortana's Notebook, you can click on the Notebook icon in Cortana as shown below.

Cortana Notebook
Cortana Notebook

Once you open the Notebook, you can then click on each category to enable various features or input information that you wish Cortana to know about you.

For example, if you open the Eat & Drink notebook, you can tell Cortana the type of cuisine you like and the ambience you prefer. This allows Cortana to tell you about new restaurants that she thinks you may enjoy.

Eat & Drink Notebook
Eat & Drink Notebook

These notebooks are commonly updated as new Windows updates are released in order to continue providing you a more personal experience.

How to enhance Cortana using 3rd party skills

Like Alexa, Cortana also has the ability to add 3rd party skills that extend Cortana's functionality. These skills include the ability to query popular services such as Dark Sky, Expedia, Spotify, and Nest. To see a complete list of skills you can go to the 小同TLCBET手机版 and browse what's available.

To install a skill, on the site linked to above, click on a skill and then click "Try Now". Cortana will then ask your permission to install the skill.  If you wish to use this skill, click on the Yes button to install it.

Cortana asking permission to install a skill
Cortana asking permission to install a skill

Once a skill is installed, it will now be found in the Skills Notebook as shown below.

Skills Notebook
Skills Notebook

From the Notebook you can disconnect a skill you are no longer using.

How to enable "Hey Cortana"

As previously stated, you can configure Cortana so that it launches when you say "Hey Cortana". By default this feature is not enabled and you need to go into the Cortana settings and enable it.

To enable "Hey Cortana", click on the Start Menu button (Start Menu Button) and type Cortana Settings. When the search results appear, click on the Cortana & Search settings option as shown below.

Open Cortana?Settings
Open Cortana Settings

When the settings open, scroll down till you see the Hey Cortana section.

Hey Cortana Settings
Hey Cortana Settings

In this section, change the Let Cortana respond to "Hey Cortana" to On.

Once this is enabled you can open Cortana by saying "Hey Cortana" out loud.

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