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So you got the new Windows 10 Anniversary Update? Wondering how to enable the new Dark theme? Here’s a step by step guide on how to enable Dark theme in the new Anniversary Update.

Are you someone who finds the default theme too bright? Are you looking for a darker theme? If your answer is “yes” to those questions, then you will definitely like the new Dark mode that came with the new Windows 10 Anniversary Update.

Google Chrome 52 for both Windows and Mac comes with a new Material design look. This new user interface is flat with a number of icons changed. You will notice that the tab shapes, icons, the omnibox are all changed. Thankfully, Google kept an option to get back to the old design if you do not like the new one. Here’s how to get Chrome‘s old look back replacing the new Material design user interface.

Microsoft introduced User Account Control back when it launched Windows Vista. User Account Control or popularly known in its abbreviated form UAC still continues to be a part of Windows, from Windows 7, to Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and in the latest Windows 10. UAC is a security feature in Windows that keeps the user in control and warns them when any program tries to make changes to the system that requires administrator-level permission. If a user account is not a part of the Administrator group, it asks the user to give an administrator user’s password to continue. Thus protecting the Windows PC from malicious or unwanted system wide changes.

The UAC dialog box displays the “Do you want to allow the following program to make changes to this computer?” message. It also provides details about the program trying to make the changes like its name and the publisher’s name of the program. The user can then either allow the changes by clicking on the Yes button or deny it by clicking on the No button.

Microsoft removed the default behavior of displaying a delete confirmation dialog box in Windows 8, 8.1 and Windows 10. If you use the Delete key to delete a file or folder its sent straight to the Recycle Bin. In earlier Windows editions, you used to get a delete confirmation dialog box. The new behavior may cause issues if you accidentally pressed the Delete key when an important file or folder is selected. Yes, you can recover it from the Recycle Bin but what if you didn’t notice it in the first hand? You will have a tough time finding your file or folder. In this post, you will know how to enable delete confirmation dialog box in Windows 8, 8.1 or Windows 10.

Starting from Windows 7, Microsoft included a nice feature in Windows Explorer called Favorites. In Windows 10, it has been renamed as Quick Access. It allows you to quickly access certain folder locations quickly. In Windows 10, Microsoft even opens it by default when you launch Explorer or This PC.

You will find Quick Access (or Favorites) in the Navigation Pane of Windows Explorer in Windows 7, Windows 8 / 8.1 and Windows 10. By default, Microsoft shows you some predefined locations in there. If you do not want them, you can easily remove them. In this post, in addition to how to add custom folders we will also show you how to remove predefined Quick Access (or Favorite) folders.

Windows 8 is a nice blend of the mobile and desktop operating system but some of its features will surely confuse some users. In this article, we will look at one such feature: Windows 8 Lock Screen. Windows 8 Lock screen may be useful for Microsoft Surface but it’s pretty pointless for traditional desktop or laptop (Ultrabook, Notebook, etc) PC. So, as we were saying, the Lock screen makes sense for any touch-based device like Surface but its only an unnecessary extra click when you are running Windows 8 on any traditional PC. For such users, there’s a simple way to disable Windows 8 Lock Screen.

The new Windows 8 Start Screen is a very useful way to quickly access your favorite Windows apps and programs. But when you are installing a lot of apps at a time, most probably after you do a fresh install of Windows 8, you will notice that Windows automatically pins the application shortcuts to the Start Screen. With all the application shortcuts automatically getting added to it, it looks very bloated and very cumbersome to work with, killing its overall appeal and usability.

Even though Windows keeps automatically adding the tiles of new apps, removing or unpinning tiles which you don’t need is very painful. You need to right-click on each tile and select “Unpin from Start”. If you are very frustrated by the bloated Start Screen after installing all your needed apps and programs, and want to simply reset Windows 8 Start Screen back to default, simply follow this tutorial here.

Microsoft has released Internet Explorer 9 few days back with a new interface, advanced features and a variety of improvements. But this new minimalistic interface comes at a price. To help users use IE9 faster, Microsoft has released some keyboard shortcuts. While some of these keyboard shortcuts may be new, but some were already available in earlier versions of IE.

Use the keyboard shortcuts below to streamline repetitive actions in IE9.