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How to Find Copyright Free Images

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It is an oft-repeated phrase in the blogosphere that “Visuals convert better”. Yeah, it holds utmost value because visuals certainly appeal more. So, if you want to know that from where and how to find copyright free images? Then you are certainly in the right place.

In this article, we will make you aware of such resources from where you can download and use royalty free images or non-copyrighted images.
So, let’s get started:

What is a creative commons license?

As per Wikipedia,

“A Creative Commons (CC) license is one of several public copyright licenses that enable the free distribution of an otherwise copyrighted work. A CC license is used when an author wants to give people the right to share, use, and build upon a work that they have created.”

In simpler terms, if an image is tagged under Creative Commons License then it is meant that you can use it for commercial as well as personal use without asking for any kind of permission from the owner.

How to find copyright free images?

1: Pixabay.

This website is my personal favourite because it has a huge and whooping database of pictures varying from various niches. Be it workspace, startup, nature, blogging and anything else. It has almost everything. The site has over 550,000 pictures headed under various sections.

In order to get copyright free images from Pixabay, all that you need is to make a search through the search bar just by typing in your keyword.

For instance, if you want a picture of a laptop then you should do a search with the keyword “Laptop” in the search bar and the moment you hit enter, you will have outstanding and professional looking pictures in front of you.

The added fact is that the website provides images with different resolutions or sizes like medium, small, large and original. Though in order to download the original file you will have to sign up to the pixabay website.

Once you have signed up to the website, you also do not require entering the captcha code which appears whenever you download an image if you haven’t logged into the website.

Most of the pictures are free for commercial use and do not require any attribution.

2: Unsplash.

This vast repository of copyright-free images is yet another website from where one can download and make use of outstanding and jaw-dropping images.

This website has a humongous and beautiful collection of nature-related images. So, if you own a travel or nature related blog, website or a magazine, this website is exactly where you should look for your needs.

The website terms and the license allow the user to modify, copy and distribute the images and all of these can be done for free.
Moreover, subscribing to their newsletter will fetch you 10 new photos every 10 days. Not a bad deal.

3: Splitshire.

Splitshire is a website by an Italy-based photographer “Daniel Nanescu” who has been into the photography sphere from the past 10 years.

Splitshire was started two years back with an intention to share the artwork of Daniel Nanescu, which was accumulated during the course of his photography.

The website provides quality, gorgeous photographs which are free for commercial use and do not require any attribution.

According to the about section of the Splitshire, it is said that the big players like The Huffington Post, CNN, magazines, book covers and many other website and blogs use the images which are available on “Splitshire.”

Splitshire also offers a premium service which grants access to a wider collection just for $20 a year.

4: DesignersPics.

DesignerPics is a website which provides high-quality images absolutely free for commercial use. The website is a project by an India based web developer and designer “Jeshu John” who has a prime objective to solve the problem of non-availability of free photographs.

The project is still in progress and as said by the owner that new images are being added every day.

5: Stokpic.

If you are seeking for photographs for your website or a mobile app, printing marketing materials, image placeholders for blogs or websites, advertisements or all type of personal and commercial uses then Stokpic is a one-stop destination for you.

Stokpic allows you to use the available images on its platform for free and moreover you are not required to provide any attribution. But there is one thing of which you should mark a note is that you are not allowed to sell the images.

Additionally, if you subscribe to the website, then you will get 10 new photos every 2 weeks.

6: Gratisography.

Like all other image repository mentioned here in this article, this website also contains images which are free for commercial and personal use or more precisely we can say that the pictures are free of copyright restrictions.

All the pictures here are captured by “Ryan McGuire” and new pictures are added on a weekly basis.

7: Startup Stock Photos.

If you are a startup or a small scale business, then this website is your perfect one-stop destination. Here you can find images related to the startup industry. As obvious, the images are free for commercial use and no attribution is required in return for using the photos.

8: PhotoPin.

This website extracts those images from Flickr, which are tagged under the creative commons license which make it a giant collection of copyright free images available for commercial use for free.

You can download the images, and the website also provides the attribution code which you can put on your website or blog underneath your image.

The design of the website makes it super awesome to use as it is elegant and sober in its looks.

Wrapping up.

This wrapping up sections brings us to the end of this article on “how to find copyright free images?” We hope that this article has helped you in your quest of finding free images for commercial use.

If it has then do not forget to share it with your peers by sharing this article on your social media profiles.

Moreover, if you know any other sources from where one can download free stock photos then do let us know through the comments section. We would love to know your exclusive sources.
Thank you for passing by and giving it a read.

A student of life, writer, technology freak, and a thinker.

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  1. Purushottam Kadam

    February 12, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    I used to get images for my blog post which are Flicker, Shutterstock with giving credit back to the owner
    & I also create my own graphics using Canva the great tool to create custom images for any type to post

  2. Aswini

    February 12, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    Nice List but photo pin is licensed under cc2.0 which means we must give credit to those photos. I think Pexels, Kamboopics and Imfree may be the best one’s for cc0. licenses.

  3. Vish Agarwal

    February 12, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    Great list of websites . Even today I was searching for free license pictures . I think finally i got the answer!! Thanks for the valuable article…!!

  4. Ravinder Dande

    February 13, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    Hi Shubham,

    You have done good job writing about this need thing.I tried to take picture from every site but some time i did’t get what picture i want so Again giving trying to your list lest see how many works for me.

  5. Quamarul Islam Manna

    February 14, 2016 at 6:32 am

    I always use Google advanced image search. Thank you for sharing these websites. I’ll keep this in mind.

  6. jaidayal Saraswat

    February 14, 2016 at 9:34 am

    Getting Copyright free images is one of th hardest task for me as filtering Copyright vs no copyright is Too much Hard 😛 so thanks a lot for Writing such a awesome post for us 😀

  7. Vince Comfort

    February 14, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    I always get my images from pixabay, and thanks for the post because Startup Stock Photos really has a good collection of images that will help me.
    Great post.

  8. Myloverstrick

    February 15, 2016 at 12:01 am

    The list is really useful and I need to work with most of them to get some fantastic images for my blog.

    Thanks for the useful info.

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How to Create a Pivot Table in Excel?

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If you have large data tables to handle, learning how to create a Pivot table in Excel is something, you should never overlook.

Pivot tables are one of the most important and powerful tools of excel which lets us handle a large amount of data seamlessly. With a Pivot table, you can easily calculate, analyze and summarize important data tables within seconds.

To understand pivot tables better, take this example for instance. Suppose you are a businessman and selling multiple products in your day to day job. You have an excel sheet of total products sold in a year with the total revenue made, along with their product ids and name.

If you have to calculate the average, sum, max or min of the revenue of a particular product sold in that year, how will you do it?? If you have been working on excel, I'm sure you will opt for putting a formula and so??

But if you ask me, my answer would be Pivot tables. If you are hearing the term pivot for the first time in Excel, I'm sure you are gonna love this Excel Pivot Table Tutorial.

How to Create a Pivot Table in Excel

After getting to know about what actually pivot tables are, I know you desperately want to explore this excel function.

This guide is dedicated to teaching you how to use pivot tables in Excel and how to create them to analyze and summarize big data seamlessly.

Let's find out the steps involved in this process.

Step 1. Since we are learning to create the Pivot table in Excel, the first step is to open it, of course.  So click on the start menu, go to MS office and open excel.

Once the Excel is opened, you need to open the large data files which you would like to have sorted, analyzed and summarized. Yes, having large data tables is a must to leverage the pivot table feature to the fullest. You can even import access data tables to your excel sheets if you wish to.

Besides the large table along with multiple rows and columns, it's also important to have at least one column with numerical values. Once you have your excel sheet ready fulfilling all the requirements and opened, you are good to go.

The screenshot below is to show the example table we will be working on, to create and use the pivot table.

As in the above field you can see, we have four fields Product Name, Product ID, Sales Quantity and Total revenue; we will be creating a pivot table to sort these data out.

Step 2. Now its time to build the pivot table. Click on any cell in the table and click on the Insert tab from the top. In the Tables group, click on the Pivot table to insert the pivot table in the sheet. Have a look at the below screenshot.

Step 3. After clicking the pivot table option as said above, a new Create Pivot Table dialogue box will pop-up. You don't have to do anything there, just click Ok and you Pivot table will be inserted in the sheet.

Step 4. Once the pivot table is created, the Pivot Table fields window will appear showing all the fields present in the sheet. The page looks like the below image.

Step 5. Now we need to drag and drop the data fields into the Row, columns, and Values area respectively.  Or you can directly select them to make things easier.

For instance, I selected the fields Product name and Sales Quantity and got the below result.

You can drag and drop more fields under Values if you wish to. And the result will be changed to the following image.

Step 6. By default, the result we got was the sum of Sale quantity. If you want the average number of the to total sales made instead of their sum, click the small down arrow next to the Sum of sales option under the values field, and select Value Field Settings.

Step 7. In the new window, customize the table options the way you want to. We want to calculate the average of the number, for instance, then the option we need to select from the drop-down list under Summarize value field by.. is average and click Ok.

Have a look at the below image to see the result of selecting average instead of Sum.

Step 8. Also, if you want your data to be sorted in ascending or descending order, you can simply do that by selecting any cell from the column and then clicking Sort under the Options menu at the top. Select the order from A to Z or Z to A, as per your choice.

Step 9. That's not it. If you don't want total or average of the entire column, instead you want the result for just one product on the list, you can do that too.

Just click the drop-down arrow next to the first field i.e., Row Labels and un-check the rest of the options except the one you want results for. For instance, I want a total of only computers sold in that year; I will do the following customization.

The result will look like the below image.

After getting to know about how do Pivot tables are created in Excel, let me illuminate some basic uses of Pivot tables. Below are some places where Pivot tables make sense the best.

  • If you are a salesperson, you can easily calculate, analyze and summarize your total sales made.
  • The Pivot tables help you sort the duplicate data with ease and combine them into one.
  • You can easily compare your sales or revenue of different months or year in pivot tables with just a few simple clicks.
  • Moreover, you can also create pivot charts of the data sorted and analyzed in pivot tables.
  • Also, you can easily change the location and order of fields in pivot tables.

These are some basic places where Pivot tables come out really handy!

If you have more questions to ask on How to Create a Pivot Table in Excel and to leverage this excel feature, drop us a comment down below. We will assist you as soon as possible.

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How to Insert a Line in Word?

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How to Insert a Line in Word is one of the most frequent questions asked by Word users. Inserting a file between a word file is a common phenomenon. Adding borders and lines in Word is easier and just takes a few seconds. To segregate any line of text you can simply add horizontal lines to the file.

Not only it lends a neat look to the document but even makes it easier for the user to read and identify various segments in the text. How to draw a line in word is not as difficult as it seems to.

There are actually three or four different methods using which you can insert lines in Word. It all depends on your preference and the method which most appropriately matches your convenience.

Let’s take a detailed look at the methods on how to add lines in a word:

Inserting Lines with Shapes tool

It is a tool in Word that contains almost all geometrical shapes, be it rectangles, back arrows, lines, stars & banners, etc. Basically, any shape that is imaginable can be created via a Shapes tool. Take a look at how to add a line in the word:

  1. Open the MS office word file in which you want to insert the line.
  2. Navigate to the Insert tab. Click on the option Shapes and select the line shape.
  3. A plus sign will appear on your word document. Drag the mouse along this sign to get the required length of the line on the Word document.
  4. Click the line to open the “Drawing Tools” tab. As soon as it opens, see at the top to see the “Shape Styles” section of the ribbon. From here you can easily give colors to the line, change its thickness and shadow.

Now, in case you want to draw another line you can simply copy and paste the same line. Just press Ctrl + C to copy and Ctrl + V to paste.

How to Insert a Line in Word via Paragraph Tool

Word includes a built-in horizontal line feature to easily add lines. It quickly inserts a horizontal line in the document. Take a look at how to insert horizontal line in word:

  1. Keep the cursor where you want to insert it. Now, open the Home tab and in the Paragraph group, you will see a small square box and along with it a drop-down button. Click it.
  2. Select the option Horizontal Line and a line will be inserted in the Word document.
  3. Once a horizontal line is created, double- click on the line to select it. Format Horizontal Line dialog box will appear, where further adjustments related to height and width can be made and even color to the line can be added.
  4. In fact not only a Horizontal line, but you can also even add inside and outside horizontal and vertical borders via the same option.

Note- To remove or delete the horizontal line, just click it once and it will be selected. Now, simply press either the Delete or Backspace key.

Inserting Lines via Auto-Format

The best and the most convenient method to insert lines in Word file is by using the AutoFormat function. These are basically small tricks using which you can easily insert lines in your Word document. However, this trick works only on MS Word and MS Outlook.

When you type at least three dashes, underscores, or equal signs in a paragraph and press “Enter”, automatically a single, double horizontal line or a dotted line is formed, i.e. just by typing these characters and pressing Enter, the desired line will be formed.

Take a look at various such characters used to insert line in word:

  1. First of all, place the cursor where you want to add a line. Now, here enter any of the characters accordingly, and Press Enter. The line inserted will cover the full width of the page.
  2. Type three hyphens together (—) to form a single Horizontal line.
  3. Type three equal signs (===) to form a double horizontal line.
  4. Type three asterisks (***) to form a dotted line. (…..)
  5. Type three underlines (___) together, to form a broader and darker horizontal line.
  6. Type three tildes together (~~~) to form a tilted design line.
  7. Type three-pound or number signs (###) together, to form a bunch of broad and sleek horizontal lines.

Note- In case you add this line to the column, the line will cover the full width of the column.

Adding Lines between Columns

It is obvious that while writing any document, you display text in columns, instead of standard paragraphs. In case you want to add or draw vertical lines between columns, you can easily do it Word. Some people may prefer doing it via a Shapes tool, but there is a much easier way to do this.

Take a look at how to make a line in word columns:

  1. Place your mouse cursor on the text that you want to be displayed in columns.
  2. Choose Page Layout ribbon tab and select Columns. At the bottom of the list, choose More Columns.
  3. In the Columns dialog box, you can see an option called Line between. Tick mark the checkbox next to it.
  4. You can even adjust the column width and spacing between these columns via this box.  You can specify the number of columns you want to use from the number of columns list.
  5. In the Apply To box, click the drop-down arrow and select This Point Forward. By doing so, the column will be inserted only where you have placed the cursor, and not in the entire document. Click OK.

Your text will be now displayed in columns with a line between each one.  Adding a vertical line between columns in Word is easier and can be done by the above-stated method, easily.

Conclusion

Considering spacing via lines is usual while designing or formatting a document.  It adds appeal to your document and makes it easier for your audience to read. Moreover, adding lines is really useful if you preparing a questionnaire, i.e. to be filled by the audience.

So, go ahead with the methods stated in How to Insert a Line in Word and pick any one method that appeals to you to add lines to the Word document easily.

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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 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 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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