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Dark Theme Windows 10

Here is how to enable the Dark Theme for Windows 10 build 10074

Microsoft is adding more polish to Windows 10 Technical Preview, including dark Start menus and more in the latest 10074 build for Insider. Now, a new – and simple – registry trick lets you make even more of the OS dark. Specifically, the Settings, which is still a bright white that contrasts...
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How to switch between fast and slow rings on the Windows 10 Insider Preview

You might not even know that you can change how quickly you get updates to the Windows 10 Insider Preview, nor which speed you're currently getting them at. Fortunately, changing between the "fast" and "slow" rings is extremely simple to do. And since build 10122 has some pretty showstopping...
How to use Microsoft OneNote to organize your receipts

How to use Microsoft OneNote to organize your receipts

The next Brain Candy productivity tip video has made its way onto the Microsoft Lumia channel, and this one is timely. With tax season upon us, I'm sure many of you (like me) are thinking about how you can easily keep more organized throughout the year so when it comes time to pay Uncle Sam you...
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Screen mirroring with Amazon Fire TV Stick

Mirror your Windows Phone to the big screen with the low-cost Amazon Fire TV Stick

The Android powered Amazon Fire TV Stick might not be the first device on your radar, but it can be very useful to Windows Phone owners at a pretty low price. If you enjoy mirroring your Windows Phone to your TV, the Fire TV Stick is a great option for doing so. And it has so many benefits over...
Windows 10 updates

How to switch between fast and slow rings on the Windows 10 Insider Preview

You might not even know that you can change how quickly you get updates to the Windows 10 Insider Preview, nor which speed you're currently getting them at. Fortunately, changing between the "fast" and "slow" rings is extremely simple to do. And since build 10122 has some pretty showstopping...
Roll Back Windows Phone

How to roll back from Windows 10 Mobile preview to Windows Phone 8.1

Microsoft recently made available a new preview of Windows 10 Mobile (build 10080) through the Fast ring of updates with a bunch of new changes. It's the first preview of the universal version of Office apps, and starting with build 10080 the operating system now expands to new phone headsets,...
How to manage accounts in the new Mail and Calendar app for Windows 10

How to manage accounts in the new Mail and Calendar app for Windows 10

In Windows 10, Microsoft is including two new apps, Mail and Calendar, and while the company is bundling them as separate apps, they work very close to each other. The two apps will replace the same ones currently in Windows 8.1 and they both introduce a brand new look that follows Windows 10...
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How to upload a non-square photo to Instagram with Windows Phone

Sometimes the best Instagram photo isn't square. However, the popular photo-sharing service forces users to upload images in square aspect ratio. There are workarounds, and we'll show you the best way to do it on your Windows Phone. We'll use the popular third-party Instagram app, 6tag. Follow...
Windows Phone Calendar

How to enable week numbers in Windows Phone 8.1 calendar

Week numbers are important in some places especially in some European countries. Many Windows Phone users have requested to see week numbers in the built-in calendar, and it arrived earlier this year. If this is an important feature, then you probably already know how to enable it. If not, we'll...
Xbox One SmartGlass

How to power on and off the Xbox One with Windows Phone

One of my favorite features on the Xbox One is voice command. I love saying "Xbox on" or "Xbox, turn off" to power on or off the console. This isn't possible without a Kinect and it's not available in all regions. There's another way to power up the Xbox One in addition to pressing the power...
Surface 3

How to take a screenshot on the Surface 3

Taking screenshots is one of the most common tasks I need to know when using new devices. It's useful for how-to guides, troubleshooting, or sharing fun images with friends. Taking screenshots is very similar among Windows 8.1 devices. I've just received the Surface 3 and use six methods to take...
Surface Pen

How to pair the Surface Pen with Surface 3

Unlike the Surface Pro 3, Windows won't prompt you to pair Surface Pen with Surface 3 during setup. Instead, you'll need to pair Surface Pen with your Surface 3 manually. Don't worry, though. It's very easy to pair. Follow our step-by-step instructions and watch our how-to video. Swipe in...
Use this '60-second productivity hack' with Cortana to set location-based reminders

Use this '60-second productivity hack' with Cortana to set location-based reminders

Tips and tricks are always good to learn, especially if you are new to Windows Phone. This one is aimed at those users and it was just posted to the Microsoft Lumia YouTube channel. It is an oldie but a goodie and it has to do with Cortana's ability to use location-based reminders. In fact, this...

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