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Windows Help & Advice

Windows Help & Advice March 2020

Windows Help & Advice features all the best ways to get more from your Windows PC, along with in-depth advice on new hardware, the latest technology and the internet. And it's 100% jargon free!

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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Hello, and welcome to Windows Help & Advice issue 172. This month, we’re full of ideas for things to do with your PC. Starting on p11, you’ll find inspiration for all kinds of projects that have just one thing in common – your Windows machine is the centrepiece. There’s more incentive to get stuff done in the Explore section, where we show you how to use keyboard (p24) and desktop (p30) shortcuts to speed both work and leisure time. Windows 7 users hanging onto their ten-year-old operating system can find tips on how to stay secure now the OS is out of support (p36) and we also investigate how to limit the time your kids spend on your PC, or any Windows device. Elsewhere, you’ll find reviews of laptops from Panasonic, Alienware and…

2 min.
it’s time to upgrade your memory

“There are techniques that can turn you into a Sherlock Holmes” As we get older, those cognitive skills which got us through those bright early years tend to fade. Take a look at a kids’ textbook today – how much long division can you still do? How many of those tasks can you still pull off? Realistically, though, there’s no reason it has to be that way. While the hard science behind brain training is fluid at best, there’s no doubt that pulling off challenging tasks can help you remember how they’re done, and give you a logic boost when it comes to using your brain in real life. Lumosity (www.lumosity.com) is a great service if you’re just getting started with brain training, offering up a few daily exercises for free and…

1 min.
alien technology

This year’s CES showed off stacks of exciting foldable PCs, showcase phones, electric vehicles and TVs upon TVs. But one of the most exciting and eye-catching devices on the show floor was Alienware’s Concept UFO, a working prototype of what it imagines could be the portable PC of the future – compact, cool, made for gaming, and borrowing a little from the Nintendo Switch. No word on release date, pricing, or if this will even become a thing, though.…

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the knowledge…

Dynamic wallpaper Ooh, ‘dynamic’. Sounds exciting. Well, that depends on your definition of exciting. Dynamic wallpaper is desktop wallpaper that changes automatically based on certain conditions, usually the time of day. A bright and sunny vista might grow duskier towards the end of the day, then light up with a starry sky when you’re computing at night, presumably to help your awareness of the world outside if you have the blinds closed. Is it a new thing? Not really. It’s a pretty basic idea, and time-dependent dynamic wallpaper has existed on other platforms (notably the Apple Mac) for a while. But now it looks set to become part of Windows 10 too. Whether you’ll actually see it on your desktop, though, is another matter entirely. Why? What’s the problem? It’s the specifics. Reports are bubbling up…

2 min.
big time online tracking

When you use any device, from your laptop to your phone, you leave traces. These can be physical – greasy fingerprints on a screen might lead a clever attacker to decipher your PIN code – but they’re most likely invisible. Many large companies (including the likes of Google, Microsoft and Amazon) incorporate tiny trackers into just about every website you visit, offering helpful services to website owners in exchange for a little information on what you’ve been up to. If you’ve ever wondered just how Amazon can show you a month’s worth of toaster adverts after you once looked up the temperature of bread, that’s why. Many trackers are not just online; unless you opt otherwise, Microsoft will keep information on the way you use Windows 10, Google will remember your…

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the 60-second quiz

1 Visiting video.com will lead you to which company’s website? A Disney B YouTube C BBC 2 Where does visiting windows.org lead you? A Microsoft B Autoglass C Saint James Chapel, Chicago 3 Let’s try another – where does go.com lead? A Go Compare B Go Outdoors C Disney again 4 Sticking with a theme, where do you end up if you visit wallet.com? A PayPal B Google Pay C Apple Pay 5 Which company owns the web address microsoft.sucks? A Microsoft B Apple C Google 6 Lastly, which of these takes you to the Amazon website? A awake.us B awake.com C awake.org…