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How to Disable Windows 10 Notifications?

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In this exclusive How to disable Windows 10 notifications guide, you’ll discover everything related to notifications and Action Center so you can customize your Windows 10 in a way you want.

Microsoft included the Notifications inside the Action Center in Windows 10, but sadly the compony received negative feedback across the world. Who would like to receive a barrage of notifications?

Besides, If a developer added the notification functionality in their app, only then you will receive notification from that app.

The action center and notifications took the place in Windows 10 by replacing the Charms bar. Charm Bar was there in Windows 8 releases. I do not know why but Microsoft had a lot to negative feedback from peoples using the Windows 8, and finally, Microsoft pulled the charms bar down, but they have to replace it with something which will provide features of charms bar.That is why Action Center is included in Windows 10. The notifications are the soul and heart of action center.

That is why Action Center is included in Windows 10. The notifications are the soul and heart of action center.

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You can view all the notification and have access to various windows function such as brightness, Wifi, etc. Action center is accessible in one click by clicking its Icon, which is located taskbar’s notification area.

The notification and action bar works like notifications system we can find on Android and Windows-powered phones.

How to manage Windows 10 notification

You may want to disable notification coming from a particular app, here is how to do that. If you completely want to remove all kind of Notifications skip this section and read the next method.

Suppose you installed the Facebook app, so you cannot toggle notification unless you get first notification from Facebook (such as of comments, messages notifications.)

You have options to enable to disable notifications from specific apps, and you can also turn off notifications sounds.

Step 1. Open Control Panel, and click on System tab. You can also begin by clicking on the Action Center icon and choosing All Settings.

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Next, click on the ‘Notifications & Actions tab. Scroll till you find this heading ‘Show notifications from these apps. All apps which Microsoft entirely removes that Notifications functionality will be demonstrated here. i.e. Insider Hub is an app which is allowed to send notifications with a sound.

You can completely disable all notification from this app by clicking the-the toggle button.

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However, if you click on the app’s name a new box will open with a list of settings. From here you can set notification preferences such as showing banner, playing a sound when notifications arrive.

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If you wish to disable entire notifications from an app, set the Notifications option to off. It will prevent all the notifications from the app. Such as Facebook and Twitter.

That is it; you can always turn off notification from a particular app. Sometimes it happens that you were enjoying a moment, and suddenly a disturbing notification pops up.

How to Disable Notification Sounds in Windows 10.

In notification settings, when you scroll you’ll see Apps list, choose an app and click on it and turn this following option to off (Play a sound when a notification arrives.)

If you wish to entirely disable Windows 10 notifications you may need to follow the next method. It is useful if you just like you do not want any Notifications.

How to disable Windows 10 notifications

Besides, Notifications are the necessary and worth addition in Windows 10, but interest varies person to person. Many people may want the Charm Bar, but that is entirely removed by Microsoft in Windows 10 release.

Just like that, Many people may want to remove the Notification or simply want to turn off the Notifications. In this section, you’ll learn how to turn off notifications on Windows 10. So without wasting time lets start the tutorial:

Step 1. You need to open the Notifications settings; there are several ways to do so.

→ Press Windows icon (or click start icon) and type ‘Notifications & Action.’

→ Right Click on Date and Time display which is located in the Taskbar’s right corner, and Click on ‘Customize Notification Icons.

→ Control Panel – System – Notifications.

Step 2.

  1. Toggle off both options as highlighted in the below image.
  2. Now under “Notifications” section, set following options to Off:
  • Show me tips about Windows
  • Show app notifications
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You can go notifications setting any time to enable the notifications. Share this post how to disable Windows 10 notifications with the peoples who is having negative views on the Notifications features.

Disable Notifications & Action Center by using Group Policy Editor

This method is recommended if you are a tech savvy. This method will completely disable the Notifications & action center. Here is how to do it using Group Policy Editor:

Step 1. Right click on start menu and click on RUN, type gpedit.msc inside the RUN prompt and hit Enter. A box prompt will be opened; it is Group Policy Editor.

Step 2. Now navigate to User Configuration → Administrative Templates → Start Menu and Taskbar

Find ‘Remove Notifications and Action Center’ setting there and double click on it.

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By double-clicking a prompt will be opened, choose Enabled and then click Apply or Ok button. Now you have to sign out or restart your computer. So next time you start the computer you will not see any notifications and Action Center.

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To enable it again, go over and set the “remove Notification and Action Center” to Disabled.

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That is it you just learned how to disable Windows 10 notifications make sure to read next paragraph so you can revert it anytime.

To re-enable notifications & action center, double-click on ‘Remove Notifications and Action Center’ setting in Group Policy Editor and set it as Not Configured and save it. You might need to restart your computer to see the effects.

Final Words.

Windows 10 has flexibility; it enables users to customize some of the features in a way they want. However, Notifications had a significant impact on Windows 10, yet some people may want to remove it because of the number of reasons.

Jitendra Vaswani is the founder of SchemaNinja WordPress Plugin, prior to SchemaNinja he is the founder of big internet marketing blog BloggersIdeas.com & Digital Marketing Agency DigiExe. During his more than 6+yrs long expertise in Digital Marketing, Jitendra has been a marketing consultant, trainer, speaker and author of “Inside A Hustler’s Brain : In Pursuit of Financial Freedom” which has sold over 20,000 copies, worldwide. He has trained 3000+ digital marketing professionals till date and has been conducting Digital marketing workshops across the globe from 5+ yrs. His ultimate goal is to help people build businesses through digitization make them realize that dreams do come true if you stay driven. Check out his newly acquired websites WPCrew, Crazythemes, and DesignSkew

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  1. James

    August 19, 2016 at 2:46 am

    I believe you confused Enabled with Disabled. Enabling the GPO disables the notifications. Disabling the GPO does not.

    • Devendra

      August 20, 2016 at 8:31 pm

      Hi James, I have corrected that mistake. Thanks for your feedback.

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How to Fix Desktop Icons Missing?

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Have you ever faced the situation desktop icons missing? Or have you ever wondered how to get back missing icons on the desktop? 

When we are using the computer, sometimes, accidentally or for some reason desktop icons to get disappeared. In some cases, not only the desktop icons but everything gets disappeared. And the desktop appears all empty.

If you have faced such situations, then reading this guide will let you know the reasons for causing this problem as well as the solutions. Let’s check out how to restore missing icons on the desktop. 

How to Fix Desktop Icons Missing

In this guide, we will not only let you know the procedure for how to fix desktop icons missing windows 7, but we will also cover the windows XP.

If you are Windows XP user or windows 7, this guide is helpful for both the users.

But before following the steps for the solution, let’s check out what are the reasons for causing the icons missing issues in windows.

  • One of the most prime reasons for disappearing icons from desktop may be clicking on the show desktop option.
  • Another reason for this issue can be the sleep mode of the monitor. If your system goes to sleep mode, then you may face the icons disappear issue.
  • Corrupted system files can also cause the issue.

These are the basic reasons that can cause the icon missing an error in the windows.

But luckily we have solutions for all your problems. Let’ check out the solutions for both the versions i.e Windows XP and Windows 7. First, we will check the method for Windows 7, and then in the next part, we will cover the Windows XP.

#For Windows 7 and above

#Method 1: Unhide the icons

Step 1: First of all, right-click on the empty place on the desktop. As sooner you do this, you will see a small dialogue box will pop up. In the list of options, click on view. Check the screenshot below. 

Step 2: As sooner you click on the view option, a sub-dialogue box will appear. Here you have to go to the option Show desktop icons. Make sure the option is checked. If it is unchecked then do check it.

Checking the option will get back all your icons on the desktop. Pretty simple, isn’t it!

But let me tell you, as I said above, this is not the only option, that causes the missing icon. Another reason can be the corrupted system files. If this is the reason then you will have to repair them. Check out the method below.

#Method 2: Repair System Files

Step 1: To repair the system file, you will have to run System File Checker. This will check for missing and damaged Windows system files and repair them.

Step 2: For this, go to the command prompt and type the command SFC /scannow. And hit enter

Before following the previous step, make sure you run the command prompt as an administrator.

#Method 3: Restart Explorer.exe

If there is something wrong with the explorer.exe process, then you may face the desktop icon missing error. With this, not only the desktop icons but the entire taskbar disappears also.

So, to fix the issue, you will have to restart the explorer.exe. For this, press, CTRL + ALT + DEL and click on Task Manager.

Now in the task manager, you will have to click on the File menu. In the file menu, you will see two options, one, New Task (Run), and the other one is an Exit task manager. Click on the New Task (Run). Check out the screenshot below.

As sooner you click on the New Task(Run) option, you will see a dialogue box, Create New Task. And the dialogue box will look like the image I have mentioned below. In the dialogue box, all you have to do is type explorer.exe. Once done, click on Ok.

As sooner you click on the Ok button, the  Explorer process would get restarted. And probably, you will get your desktop icons, taskbar, and Start button back.

Hoping all the methods mentioned above will help you get back the missing icons on your desktop. If you have any queries regarding the procedure, you can ask via the comments.

Now let’s check out what to do when the icons get disappeared in windows XP. The procedure for Windows XP is given below.

#For Windows XP

Step 1: First of all, right-click on the empty are on the desktop.

Step 2: As sooner you do that, a small dialogue box will pop up. Here all you have to do is click on the options Arrange Icons By.

Step 3: As you can see in the above image, there are various options, including the Shoe Desktop Icon. All you have to do is click on it.

As sooner you do this, all the hidden icons would go appear on the desktop as before.

This is how we can get back the desktop icons missing.

Apart from that, you can also manage the sleep mode of the system if the problem occurs due to the monitor’s sleep mode. However this is the rare case, but still, if it is so, then you will have to change the settings so that the monitor does not go to sleep.

You can get the setting by going to Power Options from the Control Panel and then click on Change plan settings.

So, this was all about how can you get the missing icons on the desktop. I hope after following one of the methods, you will be able to resolve the issue of missing icons.

If you want to get some prime icons on your desktop like Computer, Control Panel, Recycle Bin, Network or User’s Files icons on your desktop, then you will have to go to the Personalize option by right-clicking on the desktop.

In the personalize option to click on the Change desktop icons. 

As sooner you click on the change desktop icon, you will see a dialogue box containing all the options like Computer, Control Panel, Recycle Bin, Network. Simply check all the options and the icons would start appearing on your desktop.

I hope you liked and enjoyed the guide and found it problem-solving. If it is so and want to share on your social media platforms, go ahead!

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How to Reinstall Windows 7 on your PC Easily?

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Back in the good old days knowing How to Reinstall Windows 7 on your PC made you feel like the smartest guy in the room, didn’t it? Sure it did to me!

Well, the thing is it’s almost 2017 and still not a lot of people have a solid grip over How to Reinstall Windows or How to install Windows from USB.

It’s not very technical or complicated, but if done wrong it surely can mess up your system and who knows you might end up losing everything you’ve had on the Hard-disk. Well, that’s the reason why I’ve made this guide step-by-step with screenshots to assist you at every step.

Now a fresh Windows 7 Installation helps you cope up with quite a number of issues:-

  • Getting rid of Malware/Spyware/Virus
  • Boosting performance
  • Getting rid of unnecessary files (in case you haven’t re-installed it in years!)

Basically, anything that lags your computer down and is caused by software, is resolved. Now it’s not advisable to re-install windows 7 if you get infected by malware, or just because your PC is lagging a bit.

A word of caution? Keep in mind that reinstalling Windows over and over again isn’t a good thing for your Hard disks. It might corrupt hard-disk sectors in some cases which you clearly don’t want, so unless you have a very solid reason to do so, try to get things done with your current installations.

Although if it’s something serious or maybe if you know that you’ve more than one issue like you’ve got virus + a lot of not-needed files + a corrupt partition and stuff then it can be used as a combined solution.

Things to do Before Re-installing Windows:-

You don’t want to lose your data and work once you re-install Windows, do you? So here are some of the things you should do beforehand.

  • Make sure your C drive doesn’t have any important files (like the ones you don’t want to lose) if it does copy it to any other partition.
  • Have the serial key of your Windows copy ready, you don’t want to promote piracy, do you?

Optional:- If you need a 100% fresh system, you can also format your C:/ drive before reinstalling the Operating system. Now it’s not the best way to go about it because it makes you lose all your installed programs and drivers, but it’s your choice.

How to Reinstall Windows 7 on your PC Easily (Step-by-step guide):-

So I assume you’ve got your Windows copy ready? Probably in a CD disk or a USB stick, either way, the process remains the same.

Insert the CD /USB into your system.

Press the restart button on your system, and then press the BIOS Screen  (Setup) button. The BIOS Screen button is the button that is displayed in the initial 1-2 seconds of your system startup and it’s not always the same for every system.

Look at the bottom of the screen when your system is starting, you should see something like “Press ButtonX for Setup”, that’s the button you need to press.

Once on t
he set up screen, you need to move towards the BOOT option, and then select your media which contains the Windows copy as the boot device.

Once you do that, you’ll be asked to “press any key to boot….”, so press any key and your Windows 7 installation would start.

On this screen, you can choose your language and click on next.

The next screen would present you with two options:-

  • Upgrade:- Use this option if you just want a fresh Windows installation and nothing else. This option keeps your files intact, meaning you won’t lose the programs you’ve installed or other files. But then again, this isn’t the best cleaning or repairing option to opt for.
  • Custom:- This is the option that would clean your system head to toe. You’ll lose your program installations and files but that’s why we’ve got the backup for, right?

So anyway make your choice and click on it.

The next screen lists all your Windows partitions (drives). This is where you select which drive you want the Windows installation to be in. The best bet is to install it in the exact same drive where it was earlier, which mostly is the C:/ drive.

So choose your partition (preferable the C:/) and then click on next.

And it’s done! You’ll get the “installing..” screen. A word of advice? The first 1% takes quite a bit of time to come up depending on your system hardware configuration so bear with it instead of assuming there’s something wrong. (Although 15 minutes is the max it would take even on a 1950’s system).

Once this is complete you’ll be taken to the final screen which will ask you for details like Username and stuff so just fill it up.

And done!  You’ll finally get the screen where it says “Setup is checking Video Performance” and in the next 3-4 seconds your windows screen would come up.

Final Words:-

So that was all I had on How to manually reinstall Windows 7 folks. This solved your problems regarding How to Reinstall Windows 7 on your PC Easily? I hope it did.

And well here’s some personal advice, try to get a good antivirus installed as soon as you get your new OS done, it’ll considerably lower your virus risks hence will boost your “OS Lifetime”, and you’d have to worry much less about questions like How to Reinstall Windows 7 on Your Computer.

Although do leave your problems, questions, doubts or even just simple feedback in the comment box down there, I love the interaction.

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How To Use Google DNS Servers?

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Have you ever heard someone saying google DNS servers provide faster internet than your local Internet service provider?? If no, then you are missing out something.

The Google DNS servers status has the ability to offer you the fast as well as the secure internet service. Most of the time we fear to use the public DNS server due to the lack of security they offer but the Google Public DNS is different from this.

Google is the world’s biggest organization, if they offer something, we can trust it blindly. Moreover, they have a mechanism to provide the most secure DNS service despite its public.

If you have never come to know the fact that Google DNS servers offer faster internet speed, you can try that by yourself. The steps are extremely simple!

So want to know how to switch to OpenDNS or Google DNS to speed up web browsing? I’m sure you are dying to know, who don’t want the fast internet after all!

So, let’s get started with the guide!

How to Use Google DNS Servers:

Different browsers have a different set of rules to change the DNS servers but the overall idea is the same. Since we can’t cover the method to change the DNS servers in all the windows, we have explained the two major windows versions, windows XP and windows 7.

Following similar steps, you can replace the DNS servers of your local browser to Google’s public DNS. Let’s see what are the steps.

#WIndows 7 and Above

Windows 7 and above users need to follow the below steps for replacing their local DNS servers to Google’s public DNS server.

Step 1. To change the DNS server settings, you need to go to the network place on your computer. To do that, click on the small network icon in the bottom right area of your computer and click on Open the Network and Sharing Center. See the screenshot below to locate the option easily.

Alternatively, you can go to Control panel> Network and Sharing Center. Following both the ways, you will see the above window.

Step 2. On the Network and Sharing page, click on the Change Adapter Settings in the left pane. This is the page where information on all your connection is given.

Ignore the rest of the network connections except the one which is active. Right-click on it and Go to Properties. Have a look at the below screenshot to understand the process.

Step 3. On clicking the Properties option, the Wireless Network Connection Properties window will pop up. Now under the section, This connection uses the following items, select the option Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4). 

Once done, click on Properties. Have a look at the below screenshot to find the options easily.

The Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) Properties window looks like the below image.

Step 4. In order to change the DNS server address, you need to select the Use the following DNS server addresses. As sooner you do this, the two Preferred DNS server and the Alternative DNS server will get open to type.

Now we need to type in the Google Server address here. Google’s Public DNS IP addresses (IPv4) are,

Preferred:  8.8.8.8

Alternate: 8.8.4.4

Have a look at the below image to see how we need to do this.

Once all the changes are done, click Ok to save the changes. Now restart your computer and see the changes taking place. If you want to replace your local DNS servers to the public network, the method is identical, except the address of the DNS servers.

The DNS address for a public network is given below.

Preferred: 208.67.222.222
Alternate: 208.67.220.220

Now head over to the second portion of the guide to see how to change DNS server into Windows XP.

#WIndows XP

For Windows XP users, the process is even simple. Just a few simple clicks and you are done. Here are the steps.

Step 1. To change the DNS address of your network in Windows XP, click on the start menu and go to my computer. Or, you can also directly go to my computer from the desktop.

Step 2. In My Computer window, go to My Network Places from the left panel. See the screenshot below.

Step 3. Now go to View Network connections from the left pane and you will see a list of all the network connected to your computer.  Now right click on the active connection on your computer and go to Properties. The screenshot is given below.

Step 4. In the local area properties window, click on the option Internet Protocol and then go to Properties. Have a look at the below screenshot.

Step 5. Okay, now we have reached the Internet Protocol Properties window and this is the same place we will be changing the DNS address from our local server to the Google’s DNS server.

See the screen below.

Step 6. Now under the option use the Following DNS server, write down the below address.

Preferred:  8.8.8.8

Alternate: 8.8.4.4

The screenshot to show the procedure well is given below.

Step 7. Once the settings are done, click ok to save the changes.

Once done, restart your computer and enjoy the faster speed of the internet.

So that’s how we replace DNS servers from our local ISP to google DNS servers. I hope you have successfully executed all the steps.

After replacing the DNS servers, you will see the changes taking place within minutes. Those websites which were not loading before will be loading now. The speed of your Internet will be considerably changed. These are some of the changes which most of the Google DNS server’s users claim including me.

We have now reached the end of the guide. It’s now time to wrap up the article! But before going off, do let us know how did it affect your server, have the speed of your internet got faster than before?? Do let us know in the comment section below.

Also for any doubt or query, drop us a comment below. We will reach you as soon as possible.

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How to Uninstall Internet Explorer?

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Internet Explorer (IE) is the most widely used World Wide Web browser. Launched in 1995, by Microsoft, it is one of the first graphical-based Web browsers. With time, a lot of up-gradation has been made on Internet Explorer and Internet Explorer 11 is a big step forward for the default Windows system browser. IE 11 has the capability to compete with the most popular browsers, like Chrome, Firefox or Safari.

However, Microsoft has discontinued all versions of Internet Explorer other than the recent version for its still-supported operating systems. Moreover, with a lot of other popular browsers gaining momentum, the question that surfaces is that how to uninstall Internet Explorer. But before that, you should be knowing, in practical terms it is:

  • Windows 8.1: Internet Explorer 11
  • Windows 7 SP1: Internet Explorer 11

Now, whenever a new version of Internet Explorer was launched, it is but obvious that people tend to delete the previous one. Today, in most of the systems we have Internet Explorer 11 and removing it involves a very different process. Before discussing the removal process, take a look at how to install Internet Explorer:

Installing Internet Explorer

There are two ways via which you can install the Internet Explorer:

  1. Download from the official web-page of Internet Explorer 11.
  2. The second one is based on the Windows update.

The first method is simple and is clear from the heading only. Take a look at the steps for the second one:

  1. Navigate to “Control Panel – > System and Security – > Windows Update”, or just type “windows update” in the Start Menu search box.
  2. Click on “Check for the latest updates.” In the list of Optional Updates, you will see one that says Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7. Select it and then click OK.
  3. Next, click on the Install updates button, for the installation to start.
  4. The installation process will begin, and then restart your computer to finish the whole process.
  5. Once this is done, the Internet Explorer 11 shortcut will be placed in your Taskbar.

Now, take a look at the process of getting rid of Internet Explorer 11 in Windows.

How to Uninstall Internet Explorer from Windows

Now, usually in order to delete any installed program out of your computer, the process followed is “Control Panel -> Programs -> Programs and Features, then choose the selected program and click on Uninstall.” But, as far as Internet Explorer is concerned, the case is different. Microsoft has classified this browser as a Windows Feature. Take a look at How to Remove Internet Explorer from Windows:

  1. Navigate to “Control Panel -> Programs -> Programs and Features”. Then, in the column on the left, click on “Turn Windows features on or off”.
  2. The Windows Features window opens up. Just, scroll down to find the entry for Internet Explorer. Uncheck it and press OK.
  3. A warning will appear, stating “Turning off Internet Explorer might affect other Windows features and programs installed on your computer, including default settings”. Click, Yes to continue.
  4. There appears that Windows needs to reboot your PC. Just, Click on Restart now. Remember, to lose any unsaved work of yours.
  5. And when you restart your system, the Internet Explorer will be removed.

However, this doesn’t completely remove all traces of Internet Explorer as other programs and processes rely on its rendering engine. This process is applicable for Windows 7 and the same goes for Windows 10, too.

Removing Internet Explorer from Windows 8

There is a slight change in the process of removing Internet Explorer, from Windows 8. Let’s see, How to Uninstall IE11 from Windows 8:

  1. Simply in the Search button, enter “Windows features” in the search box, click the Settings option located on the right side of the screen, and select “Turn Windows Features on or off.”
  2. The slight change is that, if prompted, you need to enter your administrator password to progress.
  3. Once you have entered the password, Window features screen opens up, just uncheck the box to the left of Internet Explorer, and then click OK. Now, click Yes to confirm that you want to hide Internet Explorer.

    Now, click Restart Now to apply the changes, and you are done.

In case you want IE 11 back on your system, simply access this same screen again and check this box, and Press Ok.

Remove Internet Explorer from MAC

Till 2003, Macintosh computers came pre-loaded with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer web browser. Now, Apple features a lot of superior options like Safari and the operating system. Still, some people, due to a habit or for some old flames, Internet Explorer still remains the browser, even on the MAC.

Now, for some reason, in case you want to delete Internet Explorer from MAC, you need to follow the enlisted process. However, Internet Explorer for Mac does not create a “Preference” file, so you only need to delete the main application file. Take a look at the steps:

  1. Click on the Internet Explorer icon in the “Applications” folder.
  2. Drag the file to the Trash in the Dock. As the Trash icon darkens, just drop the file in the Trash.
  3. Go to the “Finder” menu and select “Erase.”
  4. A pop- up window appears, just confirm the selection.

Closing the updates

Even after uninstalling the Internet Explorer from your system, you may continue to receive notifications. Getting frequent notifications to update the older version, can be annoying. Now, if you want to shut these notifications too, follow the steps:

  1. Go to Control Panel and click on System and Security.
  2. Then click on Windows Update and click Change Settings in the left pane.
  3. Under Important updates, click the drop-down menu box. It says Install updates automatically.
  4. Select and click on Download but let me choose which updates to install. To finish, click on the OK button.

Conclusion

Internet Explorer is a great browser to use and embarks a lot of improvements in security, performance, privacy, and standards support. However, in case you still want to remove it, then how to uninstall internet explorer, is not at all a rocket science. Just follow the above-listed steps and simply get rid of Internet Explorer on your system.

It is recommended that before removing Internet Explorer, you do have another browser on your computer. Go for the deletion, only in case, you cannot withstand Internet Explorer on your system.

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How to Show File Extensions?

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One of the most popular OS in the world of desktop computers, Windows over the years has become synonymous with the words Desktop PC!  The Windows Explorer always hide extensions of files that are known to the computer.

If you are able to open a file via double click, the extension of the file will be hidden by default. In this article, you’ll learn How to show file extensions on each version of Windows.

For example, if you have a file named example.txt, It will appear as  “example”. And if you have a video file name X-Men.mkv, you’ll see only “X-Men”.

There are a number of reasons Microsoft has set file extensions to hide by default. One reason is here when we rename files we can remove the file extension, and this will result in the file not playing or opening.

To prevent this issue, Windows using this default option to hide known file’s extensions.

Attacker: They can affect your computer by viruses or Malware. Let’s assume they create a file and name it virus.png.exe! Your computer will show that file named as virus.png, and you will probably think this is an images file. But that will be executed once you double click it.

This creates a lot of issues and problems, such as peoples who try to fix problems caused by notepad and others. A .bat file is created by Notepad program and can be turned into a pretty dangerous virus with some commands.

So it is recommended to use an antivirus program on a daily basis. But wait, Microsoft added an option to easily enable file name extensions. In this post, we’ll show you how to do for each window, from Windows XP to Windows 10.

How to Show File Extensions in Windows 10

In Windows 10, this is quite easy to do. Enabling extension on Windows 10 is just a matter of 2 mouse clicks. Let’s jump how to enable file extensions.

Open the File Explorer by clicking either Ctrl+E, clicking its icon in the taskbar or from the start menu.
Now there are 2 methods to do this; you can pick any of these methods to enable file extensions.

Way 1. Is for keyboard nerds, Press the ALT key, next V then press HF, this will allow the extension of files to show.

Way 2. Or click the ‘down arrow’ and click on the VIEW tab. (At the top side, you’ll have three tabs. Click the third tab VIEW). A semi-windows-box will slide down, where you need to tick ‘File name extension’.

Now tick the settings that say “File name extensions,” click the ‘up arrow’ to close the semi-windows box. This will show file extensions for every file. Repeat the steps to hide file extensions.

Method 2. Doing it the old way, Open the start menu, and type either “Folder Options” or “Folder settings”. You know that there is no floating tip that says you can search from the start menu.

A little knowledge is indeed, however. Click the result and switch to the View tab. From there find the file extension setting and untick it.

From there find the file extension setting and untick it. Now save and check files, they will show their file extensions. If you anytime downgrade to Windows 8, read the next section. Although the steps are almost identical.

How to Show File Extensions in Windows 8

Step 1. Access the Start Screen; it’ll be opened as full-screen. (Unlike Windows 10, where you has options to make is boxed or full screen).

Step 2. Type “Folder options” or “Folder settings” without the quote. You know that there is no floating tip that says you can search from the start menu. A little knowledge is indeed, however. Click the result and switch to the View tab.

Untick the option “Hide extensions for known file types-ON. Also, you can set hidden files to show.

Click ok to save it. If you already had upgraded to Windows 10, you can use this same method to enable file extensions.

How to Show File Extensions in Windows XP

First of all, open the Windows Explorer. You can open it by Clicking the ‘My Computer icon on the desktop, or clicking My Computer from the start menu or Pressing CTRL+E.

Look for the menu bar, and click on ‘Tools’ ( the menu bar is present just below the top bar of windows explorer. Click the Tools; a pop-up menu will appear to choose ‘Folder Options.’

A new box will open, and you’ll see three tabs in it. Click the tab that says “View.”

You may need to scroll a Lil bit to find the “Hide file extensions for known file types” settings. You need to untick it to show file type. Apply or click ok to save this setting. Now you can see file extensions on your Windows XP machine.

How to show File Extensions Windows 7 and Vista

Press the Win button on your keyboard or just click the start menu.

IN the search box type “folder options” (with no quotes). And click on the “Folder Options” that appears in the search result. Next, on the dialogue bix switch to the VIEW tab. Untick the box for “Hide extensions for known file types”.

Click the “OK” or Apply to save the settings.

Extra Tip: Here is how to show hidden files in Windows 7 so you can see hidden files along with their file extensions. Also in other windows show hidden files steps are almost the same.

In folder settings, choose the settings to show hidden files.

Conclusion.
Windows Explorer is more than just a File Explorer That all about How to Show File Extensions, so you’d be able to know the specific extensions of a file. This was a little knowledge you should know to be an advanced computer user.

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