How to Hide TaskBar in Windows 10? If that's what you're searching for you're exactly where you should be! (I know I say that a lot!).
Anyway, Windows is one of the most popular and commonly used Operating systems in the world, so it's common for it to have such advanced, user-friendly options and it's common for you to have such doubts as How To Auto Hide Or Completely Hide Windows 10 Taskbar.
So that's what we would be discussing throughout this piece. But before that let's start from the basics.
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What is the Taskbar?
The taskbar is exactly what the word translates to in its literal meaning- Task Bar. Meaning, it was originally developed to let you gain easy access to various tasks on your system.
It isn't something that made its appearance recently, instead, it has been around since the very first launch of Windows, that's Windows 1.0
With time, it's graphical look and feel was developed and today Windows 10 has the most advanced interface that we see. Here is the taskbar of Windows 7 and the taskbar of Windows 10.
Somewhat of a metro feel has been incorporated into the whole Windows 10 system, and the same holds true for the taskbar as well.
Apart from granting us easy access to apps, it also somewhat adds to the signature look of Microsoft, although Mac OS has a taskbar of its own which is slightly different than the Microsoft one.
Technically though, it's the same thing just the difference of shapes and icons, in addition to the taskbar on Mac being placed in the center by default while that of Microsoft is attached to the full width of the screen on Windows.
One other important function the Taskbar serves on Windows is to grant us access to the Start menu. It's one of the most important elements of any Windows Operating system, isn't it?
It's almost like the “launch hub” for everything. The tools, accessories and everything else. Although the start button concept has been totally changed in Windows 10, it still holds the same importance and value to its users.
Also ofcourse the date-time setup on Windows systems is stationed on the Taskbars' right-bottom by default.
Not that it's an extremely important feature, but well it is a feature and that's a fact.
How to Hide TaskBar in Windows 10?
Now you know what the Taskbar is, let's get down to why you came here for. (It's just a 2 click process so it won't take much of your time anyway!)
Right-click on your taskbar, and click on settings.
Then simply select the “automatically hide the taskbar” to slide the slider from disabled to enabled mode.
Done! Well, that's all you had to do.
Why Hide Taskbar in Windows 10?
Before answering your question How to auto-hide the taskbar in Windows 10, I think it's only fair for me to answer the “why” to the question.
Why would you want to hide the Taskbar in Windows 10? It's such an important element and has been there since Windows 1.0 (this goes on to establish the importance and user-response for it!)
Well everything on this universe, every single atom has its own pros and cons. Now obviously the pros for the Taskbar outweigh the cons, still, the cons exist. Let's have a look.
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This is my personal reason why I've disabled my own Windows 10 taskbar. I've got a limited screen-space.
Why should I waste it with the taskbar? And I've always felt that once you hide the taskbar, your screen starts looking considerably larger.
And it's not like the taskbar is gone forever, right? You can always enable it right back up with just a couple of clicks.
The taskbar icons have a bad habit of getting themselves clicked. Doesn't matter if you're trying to click at something else, or not click at all.
Not sure why, but the worst times are those when you accidentally click on Internet Explorer! It doesn't matter how much RAM or which Processor you're running, Explorer would just lag your system down as a general rule.
And it's not just about I.E, you might click on just about any app and it frustrates you to the ground.
The Look & Feel:-
Almost every computer I come across in India is a Windows-based system generally, so of course, it has the taskbar as well.
So honestly, hiding my taskbar on Windows 10 just gives me a “new, fresh, different” feeling. It makes my system look different.
Or else, it's just boring to stare at the same screen since the day you first touched computers, right?
And now that the option is available, why not use it?
So that was all I had for this How to hide the taskbar in Windows 10 guide folks. Hope this piece helped.
If it did, I'd love to get your feedback in the comments section. Or if you're stuck someplace, have doubts or queries even then the comment box is all yours.
And if you've got other ways to disable taskbar in Windows 10, well I'm all ears If it's good enough I'll love to include it over here along with proper credits.
And if nothing else, you can just let me know why you're trying to hide your taskbar in the least!
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How to Hide Files and Folders on Every Operating System?
I loved those days when knowing answers to questions like How to Hide Files and Folders on Every Operating System made me feel like a pro hacker, although that's not the case anymore.
Just about anyone with a working computer system can find his way around answers to questions like How to Make an Invisible File, and How to Make an Invisible Folder.
And trust me some of the methods in this article were actually “discovered” by me back when I was around 12. Of course, others might have known about them already, but I didn't and I came across those methods just because I was desperate enough.
But before getting into the details of How to Make an Invisible File on Your Desktop, let me get into some of the basics.
Let me tell you, you don't need to download any software, neither paid not free, all the methods I'm discussing are pretty straight-forward and are almost the official features of Windows (they were intended for different purposes, but we will be using them to our advantages!)
How Far “Hidden” will These Methods Be:-
So okay you might be wondering how good will these file hiding methods be.
Let me tell you, Windows has an official “hiding” option, which isn't really hidden anymore so although I'd be discussing it, I'd say it's 2/10 on a rating scale.
Although the other methods I'd be discussing are almost like password protecting the files and folders, just without using any software or code or anything, so let's scale them 5/10.
And then there's one final method which literally is a “password protect” method, so considering it's a real password that method goes for around 8/10 (because it still can be cracked with Brute force or good-guessing!)
But well considering you don't work for the FBI or the NSA, you don't need 10/10 methods either, so yeah these methods will do for you.
How to Hide Files and Folders on Every Operating System:-
Method #1 to Hide Files and Folders:-
Select the file you want to hide, and right-click on it, then select Properties.
Now click on the “hidden” checkbox, and click on OK.
Done! The file is now hidden.
Now this is the first method I was talking about, and it's not exactly a secret anymore as it exists from the days of Windows XP so every guy knows about it, so it's the least secure way to hide files and folders, but it's still away.
Method #2 to Hide Files and Folders:-
These are the methods I said I discovered myself (and later found out on the internet that the world already knew about them, my bad!)
This method comes in handy if you're trying to hide a “file” and not a folder. I mean something that has an extension, like album.jpg document.dox notepad.txt etc.
So okay select the file you want to hide> Right-click > Rename.
Now check out the extension of the file, whatever it is, change it to something else. Some common extensions you can mixup are:-
So you can change your files' extension to any other extension from the above list (or even any other extension types you know!)
For eg., if I want to hide password.txt file, I can rename it to myphoto.jpg (I've renamed the name to make it look less suspicious)
And when a box like the following comes up, just click on OK.
So what you did is, you made a notepad file look like a photo. First of all, a photo is not something as interesting as a “password” file. And secondly, it's originally a notepad file, while I used a photo extension (.jpg), so it partially corrupts the file and it won't open.
Additional Security:- Now if you want to make it totally “hidden”, I'd suggest placing it with other filetypes of the same type.
Meaning I'd place this photo (really the password file) with some of my other photos. So anyone looking in the folder will think it's just another photo file that was corrupted for some reason among other photos.
How to Get the File Back:-
Just rename it back to the original extension. The “name” doesn't matter. Meaning if originally your file was “passwords.txt”, even renaming it back to “I want my file back.txt” will work, just keep the extension same.
Method #3 to Hide Files and Folders:-
This one consists of “password protection” but I'd still scale it below the above method when it comes to security, because of passwords? If you ask me, I'd say they're the least secure part of your digital life.
So anyway, this comes in handy in almost all the situations, if you're trying to hide a single file, or if you're trying to hide more than one file, or if you're trying to hide folders well it covers everything.
Just select the File / Files / Folders you want to hide, and right-click > Add to Archive.
Now go to the “advanced” tab and click on “Set Password”. Where a new pop-up box would come up, and you just enter your desired password in the box and click ok.
Done! This will compress all your files and folders into one single file (if you've more than one file you're trying to hide!) and password-protect them.
So next time anyone tried to decompress the archive, they'll be asked for the password.
So that was all I had on How to Hide Files and Folders on Every Operating System guys. Although let me tell you there's one more method How to create blank folder names in Windows but for some reason, it stopped working with the new windows releases so I omitted it from this article.
But anyway I'm pretty sure the methods I've discussed will help you out with hiding your files and folders good enough.
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How To Password Protect Any Windows Program?
How To Password Protect Any Windows Program? That's your problem? Well, it gets solved right here and right now. That's what this article is about but that's probably already clear is it not?
Now it's easy hiding files and folders on windows, but when it comes to how to set a password for Program (Application) in Windows that gets a bit complicated doesn't it?
I mean you don't have to “hide” it, you've to password protect it. And then it's not a file or a folder, it's an executable, an application, a software. So well yeah I do agree it sounds a bit complicated, but it's not.
I'll just go with some of the traditional methods to password protect any Windows program without any software first, and then I'll list a couple of third-party freeware (free software) too if you don't want to do it manually.
Well before getting into all those technicalities, let's get into some basics.
What is the Difference Between Password Protecting and Hiding a Program?
Password Protecting an application and hiding it is basically meant to the same end, keeping the application safe and restricted to unwanted access.
But there's this difference between password protecting and hiding the applications. When we hide them, others don't know they exist so they don't try to access them. But when we password protects it, it's not always necessary that they're also hidden (although that's an option).
Hiding is a basic level of security, which if bypassed reveals the files and folders. While Password protecting isn't as easy to bypass, because even if the programs are already revealed, cracking a password isn't that easy.
So okay let's get down to business.
How To Password Protect a Folder in Windows:-
Now there are numerous ways to go about it. Let's start with the one that's the simplest.
Steps:- I'm listing this as the simplest method because you don't need any other third-party software to do it apart from Winrar. (Which 99.99% of Windows operating systems already have!)
So Right-click on the folder you want to password protect, and click on “Add to Archive“.
Now click on the Advanced button and click on “Set Password“.
A popup would come up asking you for the password you want to set for it. Just set the password and click on Ok.
Done! Now whenever someone tries to extract the file, they'd be prompted to enter the password for the file.
Simple enough isn't it? Well, this is the fastest and simplest method to Password Protect a Folder in Windows.
How To Password Protect Any Windows Program:-
Now that we've password protected a folder, let's get down to password protecting the Windows Programs.
Again, I'd say Winrar can be our simplest solution.
Well to access any application on Windows, we need to double click on the “executable” or .exe file of that application, right? So it's basic knowledge that password protecting that .exe file would password protect the whole application.
So the simplest solution to Password Protect Any Windows Program is:-
Copy the executable file of the application you're trying to password protect to a new folder.
See? The .exe file is now in a folder. And delete the original .exe file from the desktop or any other place it might exist. That way, the only copy of the .exe file of the application that exists on your computer would be this file in your folder which you just copied.
Once that's done, just proceed with the same steps as mentioned in the above section. Right Click > Add to Archive > Advanced > Set Password
Now I do agree the above method was just a “solution”, the simplest one probably but not a very professional method to achieve the goals. If you're looking for more professional methods, continue reading.
Method #2 to Password Protect Any Windows Program:-
You need to download WinGuardPro. It's a free application that supports Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and even Windows 10. So you can also use this as an answer to questions like How to lock specific apps in window 10.
Now It's only around 3mbs, so yeah it's light. Once you've downloaded it, install it and run it. It'll ask you to set up a new password for the application, so set your password.
Once you're done, run the program you want to lock. Meaning double click on the application so that it's running on your system. And then click on the “Lock program” button inside WinGuard Pro.
Now it will show you all the running programs on your system. Just select the program you want to lock, and click on Lock.
Done! The program would be locked. Now every time someone tries to access that application, he would be asked for the password you set with the application.
Also, the added bonus is, WinGuardPro doesn't just lock any specific .exe file copies, it locks the whole code. Meaning even if there's a copy of the .exe file somewhere else on the computer other than the one you locked, still it won't be accessible without the password.
So that was all I had on How To Password Protect Any Windows Program guys. I hope this piece helped if it did I'd love to hear your feedback in the comments section.
Also, do let me know if you're facing an issue, and if everything worked as planned, I wouldn't mind you guys hitting the share button and spreading the word around.
How to Fix Dns Server Not Responding?
How to Fix Dns Server Not Responding? That's what you're looking for, right? Well, it's one of the most common Internet problems which will get solved by the end of this article.
But before getting into all the details, let's start from the basics.
What is a DNS Server:-
I like to explain DNS servers in terms of “Phone directories of the internet”. That's what it basically is. Just like in a phone directory there's the name of the person on the left side and his number on the right.
Similarly, a DNS server is a record of Website addresses and their IP addresses. Now how this is important is, we humans can spell out websites in English and other languages, but the internet only understands numbers, that's Ip addresses.
So when we type in Knowledgecage.com, it's the DNS that looks up in its directory and then connects the URL to its IP addresses which are how we are able to access the websites.
How to Fix Dns Server Not Responding?
Now there are quite a number of reasons why this might be happening, so I'll just list out the most common solutions to the problem and that should help you fix your DNS server not responding issue.
We will try to determine the point of origin for the problem, see where exactly the problem is happening and then solve it.
#1 Verifying your Connection:-
The most probable cause of this issue is that your internet connection isn't really connected. So all you've got to do is, verify the connection.
Let's say if you're on a Wi-fi connection, just connect another device to the wifi and see if it works. Or if you're on broadband, try accessing the other machines on the same connection.
If you're able to connect to the internet in both cases, then move on to the next section. If you're unable to connect to the internet on any one device, it means there are connection issues with that device and you need to fix that. (Now the issue might be a hundred things, so it really depends on the situation.)
Yet another method to test your internet connection is to download any other browser and then try to access the internet with it. If you can, it means your browser had some issues, and if not then well you need to fix your internet connection.
Method #2:- Flush DNS
There's a DNS cache buildup on your system for several positive reasons. But there are chances it gets outdated and hence can't correlate with your connection.
So the bottom line is, you need to manually flush your DNS to fix your DNS server isn't responding problem.
Click on the Start button, and in the search box type “cmd”.This will bring up the windows command prompt.
Now type ipconfig /flushdns
Give it some time to process and once it's done, restart your connection.
#Method 3:- Changing DNS Manually:-
There's yet another option for you which allows you to change your DNS server manually.
So click on the start button again, and in the search box type ncpa.cpl > Click on the option shown in the screenshot.
Right-click on your Internet connection and select properties.
Click on “Internet Protocol Version 4” and then click on Properties.
Now click on the “Use the following DNS server address” and enter the following DNS addresses in the respective fields:-
- Preferred DNS Server:- 184.108.40.206
- Alternative DNS server:- 220.127.116.11
Make sure that you've checked the “validate settings on exit” button so that you don't have to restart your computer for the changes to take effect.
#Method 4 to Solve DNS Server not Responding:-
It's called the PowerCycle method, well because we will do something that's like a cycle and we will do it to the power hence the name.
All you've got to do is, Powerdown your router > Wait for 60 seconds (so that no residue charge is left) > Power it back on.
#Method 5:- Disabling Extra Connections:-
In my case, this solved the issue.
Well at times, Windows creates extra connections on your system apart from the one you use, and this at times interferes with your current connection.
So what you've got to do is, go to Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center.
Now click on Change Adapter Settings.
And see if any other connections are active apart from the one you're using. In my case, I'm using only the “Not Found Wireless connection”, while there are over 4 other connections active.
So what you should be doing is, Right-click on these extra connections, and click on Disable.
Of course, once you've disabled them you also can delete them, but I wouldn't suggest that because disabling does the job and additionally there might be situations in the future when you might need those connections.
Well, I listed as many as 5 different solutions to the problem, right? I'm pretty sure they'll be enough.
But if for some reason you've got a stubborn connection, you can also try:-
- Disabling the Firewall.
- Try to Connect in Safe mode.
So that was all I had on How to Fix Dns Server Not Responding guys. I'm sure this piece should've solved your problem by now.
But if it still pertains I'd suggest getting in touch with your ISP provider. Anyway, I'd love to hear from you guys down in the comments section, so do make use of it.
A share of this article on your social media too won't go unnoticed either.
How To Set Up Your Own WampServer?
The title of this article is “How To Set Up Your Own WampServer”, so I'm pretty sure no one is oblivious to what this article is going to be about, right?
So I won't beat around the bush either, I'd just make it clear and simple for you, in fact, the simplest process for How to install and run wamp server on your local machine.
But before that, as always, let's get started from the basics.
What does WAMP Mean?
Well, to some of you it might seem that WAMP is a kind of software of program that will just create a server for you instantly, that's not entirely correct.
WAMP is just the short-form of “Windows, Apache, MySQL, and PHP”. So individually, WAMP isn't really a thing, it's just a collection of things you'd need as solutions to questions like How to run PHP files using wamp server.
Now all those things which WAMP stands for are needed in order to let you host your site on your local machine (WAMP Server), so using WAMP makes it easier or else you'd have to download each of those packages separately which is just 3x the time and energy consumption for the exact same files.
So okay let me get a bit deeper into those files right? Only then you can get a hold of what exactly they are and why you need them.
Windows:- It makes sure that the program is compatible with the Windows operating system.
Apache:- This is the real magician. It's the program that lets you host the websites.
MySQL:- I think you already know about it, but in case you don't, your HTML files aren't complete in themselves, on any website, there are one or more login credentials, like usernames and passwords, and they're stored in the MySql databases.
PHP:- It's more of an optional option but anyway just “HTML” isn't enough to create and run a website is it? That's where PHP comes in, it makes sure you're able to create something more than just static Html websites.
Now considering you're not on Windows and are on Linux instead, in that case, you'll be needing a LAMP, but that's for another article, let's keep this piece confined to questions like how to open wamp server, and how to test wamp server.
How To Set Up Your Own WampServer:-
So okay we're down to the section you've been waiting for, the setting up of the WAMP servers.
First of all, download a WAMP package.
Installation is pretty simple, nothing out of the box there so just proceed with it, and once you've completed the installation, you'll get a box like this on the right -bottom of your bottom bar which confirms that installation is successful
Now, type “localhost” in the URL bar of the program, and you'll be greeted with the default welcome screen, if you're getting the below screen, it means that all the files (apache, PHP, etc) have been installed correctly.
Done! Well yeah, that's pretty much it! You've your own WAMP server up and running, but still, let me get you some more answers.
Hosting the Files:-
So now that you've your own WAMP server up and running, where do you put the files, right?
Doesn't matter what you're trying to host, all the files need to go to the “www” directory of your Wamp server. And you access that by just right-clicking on the WAMP icon in the notification bar at the right-bottom and selecting the WWW directory.
Method #2 to Host your Files on Local WAMP Server:-
Considering you've installed WAMP in the default directory, it would be the C:// directory.
In that case, all you'd have to do is, take your files (index.php, style.css) or whatever, and paste it in this directory:-
It's the same thing as pasting it on the www directory, just a different method.
And once you've done that, you can again go back to your WAMP server, hit “localhost” in the URL bar and you'd get the results of whatever you pasted.
Okay so if the files are working it's time to put your site online, right? “localhost” means your website is only accessible by “you” on your local system.
How to Take the Local WAMP Server Online:-
So okay right-click that little icon in the notification area again, and select “put online”.
Now, the apache configuration files are set to restrict incoming traffic by default, so that only you (localhost) can access the site. But we need to allow the permissions, right?
In order to do that, right-click the notification bar icon> Apache > httpd.conf
In that file, find the line that says
Deny from all".
And you need to change it to:-
Allow from all
Once that's done, just restart the services again, that you can do by right-clicking the notification icon again, and clicking on the restart option.
Done! If you did everything right, now your website is accessible worldwide!
Important:- It's not advisable at all to use a local machine for hosting websites, opening up your local network to the world is similar to giving a key to your house to your whole country. Instead, use professional hosting companies like Bluehost or Hostgator maybe.
So that was all I had folks on How To Set Up Your Own WampServer. I'm sure I didn't make it hard for you now did I?
So if the piece was helpful and you were successfully able to set up the WAMP server on your local machine, I'll look forward to hearing your experience with it in the comments section.
And of course, if you're stuck somewhere I'm here to help.
How to Assign a Static IP Address in Windows 7, 8, 10 or XP?
How to Assign Static IP Address in Windows 7, 8, 10 or XP? That's your problem? Well, it won't be anymore, because that's exactly what this article is about.
These last couple of days I've been writing quite a number of articles on IP addresses, which led me to uncover some facts even I was oblivious to.
Anyway before getting into the details of How to Change my IP Address in Simple Steps, let me just start from the basics.
What is a Static IP Address?
I know you already know the answer to this or else you wouldn't have been searching this on the internet at the first place. But still, let me humor you.
The “IP Address” as you might know is like your cell phone number on the internet, it's what identifies who you are, where you're located and other information as such.
It's assigned to you by the ISPs when you're registering for your connection, just like your cell phone number is assigned to you.
Now, most of the time people search on the internet about “changing” their IP address or hiding them at least, so as to hide their identity and any other illicit activity they might be doing on the internet.
But a static IP Address? It's completely the opposite of “hiding” or changing. Now the point is, the public IP address, the one that's normally visible to you keeps changing every time you connect to the internet.
It's like a dynamic address which might be a problem if you're managing a program or network which is “IP Concerned”, meaning it requires a pre-defined IP to function.
A real-life scenario is, I'm security researched by passion, so when I try to get into someone's system I need my payload to connect back to me on a very specific IP address because that IP was set by me when delivering the payload, and hence I need a static IP.
Also if you're connecting to more than one computer from the same ISP it's better if you know which system is using which IP instead of powering up each machine manually and then checking the IP address of it.
So in simple English, a Static IP is exactly what the phrase means, it's an IP address that is static and doesn't change, simple as that.
So okay finally down to the section you've been waiting for, let's answer your question:- How to Change my IP Address for windows.
How to Change my IP Address for Windows:-
Now if you're looking forward to just “changing” your IP address, the simplest and fastest method (takes less than 30 seconds) I can recommend you is checking out our guide on How to Change the IP address in Less than 30 seconds!
I've written a detailed and illustrated guide on the same.
The other option is, using a VPN. There are tons of VPNs out there in the market, just download a free one or buy a premium VPN and you can change your IP addresses in seconds, and virtually be anywhere in the world.
Although let me make it clear that the first method, that's changing it in 30 seconds only “changes” your IP address, it doesn't hide your identity.
While using a VPN is essentially a method used if you're trying to hide your identity and location online.
A VPN will grant you a completely new server, a new location, and your real IP address would be masked, however, the above methods or the one I'm discussing in the next section merely grant you an alternative IP address from the same ISP.
Hence your real IP address or identity can still be tracked if needs arise.
Although, our primary goal for this article was something else, so let's get down to it.
How to Assign Static IP Address in Windows 7, 8, 10 or XP:-
So in order to assign static IP to your system, you need to hit the start button and type “Network and Sharing” in the search box.
Now click on “Change Adapter settings” in the Network and sharing screen.
Then select your connection and select “properties”.
Select “Internet Protocol Version 4” from the list, and click on properties.
Now just select “Use the following IP address” and enter your corresponding IP address, Subnet Mask, and default gateway. (These are different for every network so I can't specify them for you).
Also, make sure you've checked the “use the following DNS server addresses” radio box and enter your DNS server addresses there manually.
Done! That's all you had to do!
Now if you wish to, you can just go to Google and type “What is my IP Address” to verify that your IP address was changed successfully. (Yeah Google has a snippet for it now, pretty 21st century huh?)
So that was all I had on How to Assign Static IP Address in Windows 7, 8, 10 or XP. I'm pretty sure I made the steps clear and simple enough for you.
And the steps are the same for every OS out there, of course, the user-experience on Windows XP would be a bit different but the steps are essentially the same, you've to go to networks and sharing and change the properties of your connection in a nutshell regardless of your OS.
So I hope this piece helped, if you've got questions, doubts or even other methods to assign static IP to your system, I'd love to hear about them in the comments section.
And finally, if this piece helped, I'd love it if you guys share this piece around and help us get some eyeballs.
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