Microsoft’s 21H2 update will debut in the second half of 2021. This is a bigger update with more new features and follows the 21H1 update planned for Spring 2021, which is focused on stability and polish. This article is up-to-date with the latest changes as of Windows 10 Insider build 21313 , which was released on February 12, 2020. No Guarantees! As usual, Microsoft offers no guarantee that these features will appear in the final version of 21H2. They’re currently in the development builds of what will become the 21H2 update, but Microsoft may pull these features and spend more time working on them—or never release them. With that in mind, let’s look at what Microsoft is working on. RELATED: What's New in Windows 10's 21H1 Update, Coming Spring 2021 Weather and News on the Taskbar Microsoft is adding a “News and Interests” pane to the taskbar. You’ll see the local weather to the left of your notification area icons on the taskbar. Click it and you’ll … [Read more...] about What’s New in Windows 10’s 21H2 Update, Coming Winter 2021
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Last week we took a look at some of the basics to installing and upgrading a hard disk in your PC. This week, we’re going to look at the many problems that pop up when install a new drive. Installing a disk is one of the easier upgrades you can perform, but it’s not without its headaches. In this edition of Hardware Upgrade, we’ll try and quickly squash as many common problems that we can. If you’re currently having trouble with a hard drive installation, or have solved problems in the past, tell us about them in the comments, so that other readers can share your experience as well. And if you missed the first part of this two part article, you might want to check it out before reading this one. Check And Prepare The New Drive As we discussed in part one, your drive will likely be one of two basic types: a IDE (also known as PATA) drive, or a SATA drive. If you’re upgrading a particularly old system, your machine might have issues with SATA drives—issues that can’t be … [Read more...] about Hardware Upgrade: How To Install A New Hard Drive, Pt 2, Troubleshooting
Google has added more solid updates to its popular browser with the release of Chrome 87 . Along with the usual developer goodies, Chrome 87 includes a brand new PDF viewer, more performance updates, and fresh wallpapers for Chrome OS. Google released Chrome 87 on November 17, 2020. The Chrome browser will either automatically install the update or ask if you’d like to install it. If you want to check for it right now , you can click Menu > Help > About Google Chrome. RELATED: How to Update Google Chrome Revamped PDF Viewer One of the most significant visual changes in Chrome 87 involves PDFs. For the first time in a while, the built-in PDF viewer has received a facelift. The new PDF view includes a sidebar that shows a preview of all the pages. The zoom buttons are now at the top of the screen along with a rotate button and “Fit to Page” option. The menu also includes a new option to view pages side-by-side. If you don’t see this new UI in Chrome … [Read more...] about What’s New in Chrome 87, Available Now
All Windows 10 PCs have “Game Mode” enabled by default. Microsoft once touted this feature, but it’s now faded into the background. Bizarrely, some people report that disabling Game Mode boosts the performance of certain PC games! What Does “Game Mode” Do on Windows 10? First introduced in Windows 10’s Creators Update , which was released back in April 2017, “ Game Mode ” promises to boost the performance of many PC games. Here’s the official description: Microsoft says that Game Mode “helps achieve a more stable frame rate depending on the specific game and system.” Technically, it works by detecting games and giving them priority access to your computer’s resources. The game you’re focused on playing gets more CPU and GPU resources, while other applications and background processes get fewer resources. This only works if Windows 10 detects that you’re playing a game. Microsoft’s limited explanation of Game Mode also says that, in Game Mode, Windows Update won’t … [Read more...] about Did You Know? Windows 10 PCs Have “Game Mode” on by Default
What does it mean when someone comments “ITT” on a message board, and what exactly is a thread? We’ll answer all your questions about this online forum acronym here. ITT: In This Thread ITT is an initialism that stands for “in this thread.” It’s typically used on online forums, social networking sites, and message boards to describe or suggest a topic to be discussed in a particular thread. If you’re unfamiliar with message boards, this might be the first time you’ve heard of an internet “thread.” It’s a string of messages from various people on the same topic. Each message is viewable by a community, and they’re often replying or referring to each other. Every thread is started by an “OP” or “original poster. Threads are also present on social networks, like Twitter and Facebook. A highly popular website that uses threads is Reddit, where the comment section under each post is a thread. RELATED: How to Make a Twitter Thread The Origins of ITT ITT has likely … [Read more...] about What Does “ITT” Mean, and How Do You Use It?
If you’re browsing the web with Mozilla Firefox and you’d like to quickly open a Private window , there’s no need to reach for a menu. Here’s how to start private browsing in Firefox with just a keyboard shortcut on Windows, Linux, and Mac. First, open “Firefox.” With any Firefox window active, press one of the following shortcuts depending on your computer platform. Windows or Linux: Press Ctrl+Shift+P Mac: Press Command+Shift+P After that, a new Private window will open. While in Private mode, you can always tell because Firefox will include a special “Private” logo in the toolbar that looks like a silhouette of a carnival mask within a circle. While using a Private window, Firefox will not store your browser history, cookies, or saved form data once you close the window. You’ll still need to manually clear downloads and bookmarks if you’ve added any of those during your Private session, however. Once you’re in a Private window, you can open as many tabs … [Read more...] about How to Open Firefox’s Private Browsing Mode with a Keyboard Shortcut