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Soon you’ll be able to run your favorite GUI apps directly on Windows.

Tuesday, Microsoft reported it was adding GUI app support and GPU hardware acceleration to its Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). While you could previously run Linux GUI apps through Windows using a third-party X-server, installation was effortful and graphic performance was poor.


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Since its release nearly five years ago, Windows 10 has grown to more than 900 million users worldwide. It’s also packed with more features than ever before, including apps like Your Phone that brings your PC and smartphone closer together.

Getting the most out of Windows 10 isn’t just about convenient apps — it’s also important to know how to maximize productivity, find the best ways to maintain your PC, learn how to modify the system to make it easier to use, clean it up and more.

With the end of support for Windows 7, hopefully, you’ve made the switch to Microsoft’s latest OS. Whether you’re new to Windows 10 or someone who’s been using it since its debut, we’re here to help you find the right tools to maintain your computer and customize settings. Let’s start with productivity apps.

Stay on task

Whether you work in a bustling office or on a laptop in the comfort of your home, it’s easy to get distracted. Alternately, it’s also very easy to get a little too into your work, resulting in more programs running than you can count and a cluttered browser.

The best way to combat distractions and overwhelming yourself? Helpful apps that organize your workflow and keep you focused.

Here are two of our favorites.

TidyTabs

Tired of jumping from window to window and tab to tab? It’s time to clean up that desktop with TidyTabs. Even if you have different apps open, like Excel, Word and PowerPoint, you can use TidyTabs to create a single window with each program in its own tab.

You can drag tabs in and out of windows and even create layouts to help streamline your workflow. Just save a group so your apps automatically come together in a specific order within the same window, or use a more complex arrangement by customizing the auto-grouping rules.

It also offers automatic tab sorting, keyboard shortcuts and more. There are three license options, but the one you need is Personal Freeware (free). Download TidyTabs to help keep your desktop clutter-free. For more information, visit the website.

StayFocusd

Do you often take breaks to check your social media accounts? It’s time to stop wasting time and start being more productive. Download browser extension StayFocusd to block unnecessary sites during customizable times and dates — like Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

You can also wean yourself from websites by giving yourself daily limits, like only 30 minutes of Facebook each day.

Obviously, if you really want to access these sites, you can use your phone or another device, but it’s not about stopping you — it’s a tool to help you reach productivity goals and learn to limit distractions. Whether you use it and learn from it is entirely up to you.

System tweaks
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One of the best parts about owning a computer is all the customization options. You can do anything from using your smartphone to access your PC to completely redesigning and getting that classic Windows 7 look.

Feel like showing off your PC skills and customizations? Here are two simple but effective options to help get you started.

Connect your phone

No, we don’t mean plug your smartphone into your PC so you can download backups of photos and videos. You can actually use your device to interact with your computer.

There’s a trick that’s perfect when you’re having trouble with your wired mouse or the power died on your wireless mouse and you’re out of batteries. The solution? Combine your two favorite pieces of tech: Your phone and PC.

Tap or click here for the best apps to turn your phone into a computer mouse.

Get it back

If you’re one of the people who had to update from Windows 7 following the conclusion of support, you probably miss the look of your old operating system. But don’t worry, there’s still hope.

This app can help you make Windows 10 look like Windows 7 — but be prepared for multiple steps, since you’ll have to adjust everything from your Start menu to the File Explorer.

Your computer can last several years if you remember to maintain it correctly. Yes, dusting it off and cleaning the screen can help keep it in shape, but those are superficial. What you really need to focus on is what’s inside your system.

The more often you use your computer, the more it takes on clutter in the form of log files, cookies and more. But what can you do about it?

If you don’t know much about computers, it can be dangerous to start deleting things you don’t think you need. Instead, try CCleaner. It automatically cleans your browser cookies, trackers, internet history and download history.

Maintenance

Your computer can last several years if you remember to maintain it correctly. Yes, dusting it off and cleaning the screen can help keep it in shape, but those are superficial. What you really need to focus on is what’s inside your system.

The more often you use your computer, the more it takes on clutter in the form of log files, cookies and more. But what can you do about it?

If you don’t know much about computers, it can be dangerous to start deleting things you don’t think you need. Instead, try CCleaner. It automatically cleans your browser cookies, trackers, internet history and download history.

More helpful tools
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Now that you know how to clean, maintain, customize and prioritize things on your computer, it’s time for a little fun. There are tons of free programs you can use to edit photos or videos, watch movies or TV shows or stream other content.

Here are our top two favorite “extras” that can help transform your computer from a mere work tool to an entertainment machine.

Free editing software

If you love taking pictures, then take your time editing them, too. A few touch-ups are what make good pictures great. Try Pixlr, the free, Flash-based photo editing software that lets you draw, make quick adjustments, add filters and more.

Want to take your editing skills above and beyond? Try the paid service, which connects to Dropbox and lets you access Pixlr from any device, securely back up files, share edited photos and more.

Tap or click here to add Pixlr to your repertoire, then post all your stunning images across social media.

The program you never knew you needed

Computers are capable of amazing things. They help us get work projects done, connect to others, create, build and edit. But the one thing that often stands out more than anything else? Watching and listening to a variety of media files.

Try VLC, the VideoLAN Client can play DVDs, audio CDs, VCDs, MP3 and MP4 files. This free program is perfect for people who want to access their physical and digital media files without paying or dealing with ads.

Tap or click here to learn more about the free media player that plays just about everything.

Now that you know how to have fun with your device during downtime and how to clean up your gadget properly, the sky’s the limit for your Windows 10 laptop, PC or tablet. Whether it’s for work, school or play, with help from these apps and programs, you’re ready to go.

Bonus: Clean up your tech

Part of maintaining a healthy device is to ensure it is free of dust, grime and moisture. Luckily, unless you’re sweating over your keyboard or accidentally spilled a drink on your laptop, the moisture thing isn’t such a big issue.

What matters is whether your ports are choking on dust particles, your keyboard has food crusted to it or if your mouse is grimy.


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Acer knows extremes. Between the lightweight Swift 5 and the monstrous Predator Helios 700, Acer has pushed the boundaries of laptop design in every direction. Now it’s improving upon a laptop we fell in love with last year: the Swift 7. Just like its predecessors, this year’s Swift 7 has an impossibly thin chassis that you’ll want to show to all of your friends. And while portability is the highlight of the Swift 7, this attractive laptop also offers a beautiful 14-inch display and surprisingly long battery life


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Windows 10 is a personal computer operating system and released by Microsoft as a feature of the Windows NT group of working operating systems. It was released on July 29, 2015. Unlike previous versions of Windows, Microsoft has marked Windows 10 as an “service” that receives ongoing “feature updates”.

1. XBOX APP

 

You will soon be able to play any Xbox One game on your PC or tablet, with the Xbox application for Windows 10. The new operating system will support Xbox game streaming, with enhanced speed and graphics performance because of DirectX 12 bolster. The application likewise gives you a chance to record, alter and share your fragging victories with the Game DVR highlight, which gives you a chance to snatch the past 30 seconds of your game so you don’t miss surprising wins. You’ll likewise have the capacity to join your companions in games across Windows 10 or the Xbox platforms, and see your friends’ activity via Xbox Live.

2. THE START MENU

Windows 8 made the hugely controversial move to eliminate the Start Menu,picking rather for a don’t-call-it-Metro style Start Screen. It went over about and also you’d expect. In Windows 10, however, the Start Menu is back. Presently, Live Tiles live here simply like general application icons, in (moderately) perfect harmony.

The folder based organization has been left behind in favor of a favorites- and search-based organization. You can begin typing when you open the Start menu to discover an application and launch it by name. If you’d rather not type the name of an app every time, you can stick it to the Start Menu where it will live nearby your different tiles. Your most utilized alternate ways will likewise show up in their own list. You can click “All Apps” to see a list of everything that’s in your Start Menu, though it will show up as an alphabetical list that may be hard to sift through if you’re used to folders.

3. ADD MULTIPLE DESKTOPS

Another Multiple Desktops .gives you a chance to run another arrangement of windows as though on another screen, however without the physical screen. This is like Apple’s Spaces highlight on OS X, and causes you deal with your huge number of open windows and applications. Rather than having different windows open over each other on one desktop, you can set up an entire other virtual desktop for those projects to live in. Set up one particularly for home and leave your applications, for example, Netflix and Amazon open, and make another desktop for take a shot at which you keep Word, Excel and Internet Explorer open.

With the new desktops comes another approach to monitor your open applications on Windows 10. On the new working framework, you can either hit the new Task View catch on the errand ban or swipe in from the left edge of the screen to pull up a one-site visit of all your open applications and records. It’s very little unique in relation to utilizing the Alt-Tab mix alternate route on your console, yet this displays a helpful path for touch-situated clients to get an outline of what’s running.

4. CENTRAL NOTIFICATION CENTER

Nearly every OS—from Android to iOS, OS X to Ubuntu—has had a central notification area for some time. Microsoft is finally adding this much-needed feature to Windows 10. You can click the notification tray icon in the lower-right side of the screen or press Win-A to open up your notifications. It may take a while for some apps to make use of the new system—Google famously got tired of waiting and made their own notification system in Chrome—but many system notifications already show up here.

 The notification tray also has links to various useful features like the Windows 10 Settings app, VPN settings, and quick toggles for things like location and Quiet Mode. If you have a Windows machine connected to a touchscreen, there’s also a button to quickly switch between desktop and tablet modes.

5. CORTANA MAKES THE START MENU EVEN SMARTER

As though bringing the Start Menu back weren’t sufficient, Microsoft has built its personal voice assistant Cortana right in. Even if you’re already using Google Now or Siri, having Cortana on your desktop can be helpful. You can perform web ventures to get a large number of a similar speedy answers by just squeezing the Win key and writing an inquiry like “What number of ounces are in a cup” or “What’s the climate like?”

Cortana’s something beyond voice commands, however. If you sign in with your Microsoft account, you can utilize Cortana to set updates, add calendar events, and it can even give you Google Now-style cards with relevant information like stock quotes or news stories. Obviously, a large number of these features only work at their best if you’re using Microsoft services—or at least syncing your services like Google Calendar to a Microsoft app—but even if you don’t want to get into Microsoft’s ecosystem, it’s still far more powerful than the Start Menu of the past.


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Microsoft updated the open-source PowerToys toolset for Windows 10 with a new utility named PowerRename that will allow users to batch rename large file collections.

“PowerRename is a Windows Shell Context Menu Extension for advanced bulk renaming using simple search and replace or more powerful regular expression matching,” Microsoft explains.

To get started with the Windows 10 PowerToys, you have to download the installer from the project’s GitHub page, install them on your Windows device, and then access them using the system tray PowerToys icon.

PowerToys’ settings dialog enables users to easily toggle each of the built-in utilities and to configure them to start automatically on login if needed.

PowerToys Settings

Bulk file renaming via the context menu

The newly added PowerRename PowerToy makes it possible to rename large numbers of files using search and replace, and it also provides regular expressions support to replace filename parts easier.

“While you type in the search and replace input fields, the preview area will show what the items will be renamed to. PowerRename then calls into the Windows Explorer file operations engine to perform the rename,” Microsoft adds.

Microsoft provides a guide on how to use regular expressions with PowerRename to help rename files by searching for text patterns. The tool uses the ECMAScript, a highly popular grammar among modern programming languages.

A demo on how to use PowerRename recorded by the tool’s dev team is embedded below.

PowerRename Demo

More PowerToys coming

Microsoft released the first PowerToys preview release on September 5 with only two tools, the FancyZones window manager that help you set up elaborate window layouts and easily move windows into those layouts, and the Windows Key Shortcut Guide which shows all available shortcuts for the current desktop state.

The Windows 10 PowerToys are inspired by the Windows 95 era PowerToys project and they are designed to provide “power users with utilities to squeeze more efficiency out of the Windows 10 shell and customize it for individual workflows,” according to Brandon LeBlanc, Microsoft Senior Program Manager on the Windows Insider Program Team.