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How to Run a Windows App on a Chromebook How to Run a Windows App on a Chromebook

Google’s cloud-based Chrome OS has morphed into an impressive computing platform now that it’s compatible with Android apps and, more recently, Linux apps.

How To Reclaim Space On Your Windows 10 Hard Drive After the October Update How To Reclaim Space On Your Windows 10 Hard Drive After the October Update

It feels like Microsoft is ramping up its major system updates for Windows, with one now coming every six months or so. But the problem, apart from Redmond eating your files, is that Windows updates always leave a lot of temporary files and other space-stealing junk on your PC. This can accumulate over time and eat up…

Back Up Windows 10 Before Installing the October Update or Risk Losing Your Files Back Up Windows 10 Before Installing the October Update or Risk Losing Your Files

We are scratching our collective heads as to how the Windows 10 October Update ever made it past Microsoft’s QA teams. According to numerous reports, something about the update could delete the contents of your Windows 10 user folders—you know, your documents, photos, music, videos, et cetera.

The Coolest Things in Microsoft's Windows 10 October Update  The Coolest Things in Microsoft's Windows 10 October Update 

Microsoft’s big October update for Windows 10 is here. If Microsoft hasn’t rolled it out to your Windows machine yet, you can force a manual update by simply clicking on your Start button, typing in the word “check,” and selecting the “check for updates” option. Click on the gray “Check for updates” box under Windows…

How to Get the Best Dynamic Desktop Wallpaper for Windows 10 How to Get the Best Dynamic Desktop Wallpaper for Windows 10

Windows: While you might be wedded to your desktop wallpaper—be it a picture of your family, your favorite Internet pet, or something else amazing—there’s no reason you can’t have a little variety each day. All those Apple fans might get macOS Mojave’s dynamic wallpaper, but you can do even better in Windows, thanks…

How to Download Microsoft's Big October Update for Windows 10 Right Now How to Download Microsoft's Big October Update for Windows 10 Right Now

Microsoft plans to release Windows 10 version 1809 at the beginning of October, but thanks to a little trick, you can grab the update now and take it out for an early test drive.

How to Set Up a Virtual Machine for Free How to Set Up a Virtual Machine for Free

There are plenty of reasons to run a virtual machine. The first, and most compelling, is that you want to play: Maybe there are some other operating system you want to dabble with (cough Linux cough), but you don’t want to deal with installing another hard drive, partitioning your existing drive, or setting up your…

How to Get Started With the Windows Subsystem for Linux How to Get Started With the Windows Subsystem for Linux

Linux users are likely familiar with Wine—a piece of software that allows Windows software to be run on Linux.

How to Return to Chrome's Old Look—and Fix the Blurry Text on Windows How to Return to Chrome's Old Look—and Fix the Blurry Text on Windows

Google rolled out a new version of Chrome on Tuesday, which changes its look and feel quite a bit. As with any change of this size, not everyone is happy. In fact, there’s a fair bit of grumbling about switching browsers, or at least reverting back to Chrome’s old look.

You Can Now Run Windows 95 as a Windows or Mac App

In case you can’t remember the last time Windows 95 was cool, we’ll help: the Grateful Dead had performed their final show, the San Francisco 49ers had won their fifth Super Bowl, and Kevin Mitnick was tossed in jail.

Why Can't I Get Predictive Text on My Desktop Computer? Why Can't I Get Predictive Text on My Desktop Computer?

Nothing kills typos faster than predictive text. Just think of how often you go about your day, texting away, using your smartphone’s built-in capabilities to predict the big words you’re trying to type before you finish them. If you’re good, you can compose a decent thought without ever hitting an actual letter.

The Essential Windows Apps for 2018

There are so many Windows apps out there, that picking a list of the very best, most must-install software for your desktop or laptop feels daunting. We’ve pored over pages of recommendations, countless forum posts, and lots of comments to come up with this year’s Lifehacker Pack for Windows, a list of software…

Resize Your Windows Apps to Any Dimensions You Want with 'Sizer' Resize Your Windows Apps to Any Dimensions You Want with 'Sizer'

Windows: It’s been a long, long time since we talked about the Windows app Sizer, recently rewritten to be more compatible with Windows 10 apps. It’s almost embarrassing given the usefulness of this little utility. With the press of a few keyboard buttons, you can reconfigure the size of apps on your screen to any…

Our Favorite Apps of the Month for July 2018  Our Favorite Apps of the Month for July 2018 

Every week at Lifehacker, we highlight four different apps and browser extensions that can do something awesome for your devices (or life): one for each platform or major browser. If you took an Internet-free sabbatical or went on vacation for a week, you probably missed some gems.

How to Rescue Embedded Images From a DOCX File How to Rescue Embedded Images From a DOCX File

“If you rename a .docx file to .zip you can open it,” tweets SwiftOnSecurity, the security professional/Taylor Swift parody account. Then you can grab images and video that were embedded in the document, all as separate files. Swift’s followers have more great tips for rescuing data from different file formats. For…

How to Calibrate Your Computer Speakers Without a Fancy Microphone How to Calibrate Your Computer Speakers Without a Fancy Microphone

Most audio receivers worth their salt come with a tiny microphone that you can use to automatically calibrate your speakers to your room’s specific setup. Easy.

Keep Track of the Sites You Visit Each Day With This Browser Extension for Windows 10 Keep Track of the Sites You Visit Each Day With This Browser Extension for Windows 10

Chrome, Firefox: When Microsoft debuted its new “Timeline” feature in the Windows 10 April 2018 update, I was a bit bummed to find that this feature—which you can use to see what you were up to on any given day—isn’t very helpful unless you’re using the Edge browser. Fun as it is to look back at what handful of…

Install and Update All Your Windows Apps at Once With the Chocolatey GUI  Install and Update All Your Windows Apps at Once With the Chocolatey GUI 

Windows: The phrase “package manager” sounds a bit ominous, but if you’re smart, you’ve already used one to outfit your Windows PC with all the basics: Ninite. The site couldn’t be any simpler. You pick the programs you want, it creates one installation file for everything, and double-clicking on it installs…

Stop Copy-Paste From Turning Your Emails Into Ransom Notes Stop Copy-Paste From Turning Your Emails Into Ransom Notes

You’re typing an email, you paste in some text from a Word doc, and suddenly half your email is in the same font as the doc. Or you paste a headline into a Google doc, and it shows up in giant 48pt text. This annoying paste behavior is the default in most Windows, MacOS, and web apps. In outgoing docs and emails, it…

How to Get Apple's 'Quick Look' Feature in Windows 10 How to Get Apple's 'Quick Look' Feature in Windows 10

Windows: Even if you’re the world’s biggest Microsoft fan, you have to admit that Apple’s “Quick Look” feature for macOS is pretty convenient. If you’re such a purist that you haven’t even touched a Mac in the last decade or so, here’s a brief introduction: You click on a file. You press the space bar. A preview of…

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