How to Reset CMOS/BIOS Settings on Windows

Reset internally from your device’s BIOS or UEFI menu

By far the most simple and non-technical method, resetting internally from your PC’s BIOS menu during bootup is also the safest and most consistent with the manufacturer’s intentions. It should be your preferred method unless you encounter difficulties starting up your computer or accessing the BIOS menu conventionally.
Pre-Windows 10 builds should look for instructions during bootup, with F2 providing access on most machines. Windows 10 users have several options, though the first is the easiest:
Hold down the shift key while you restart your computer
You should see a blue screen with advanced troubleshooting options

  • Navigate to the Settings tab under your Start menu by clicking the gear icon
  • Click the Update & Security option and select Recovery from the left sidebar
  • You should see a Restart now option below the Advanced Setup heading, click this whenever you’re ready
  • When your computer restarts, it should load a blue screen with advanced troubleshooting options
  • Select Troubleshoot and then click Advanced Options from the resulting options
  • UEFI Firmware Settings and click Restart to continue
  • Your computer should shut off and then load a setup menu. This interface can vary in exact appearance and wording, but there should be several areas to find the reset default button.
  • Because the interface can vary, you may want to check multiple tabs for options, but be on the lookout for Configuration, Security, or Exit. Watch for phrases like “Load Setup Defaults” or “Load Default Options,” which should bring up a Yes or No dialog box. Select yes and your default settings should be restored. From here, simply exit and startup as usual.

Reset by removing and replacing the CMOS battery

The first of our more technical solutions involve removing and replacing the CMOS battery. Not every type of motherboard includes a CMOS battery, which provides a power supply so that motherboards can save BIOS settings. Bear in mind that when you remove and replace the CMOS battery, your BIOS will reset.

Here’s how to do it:

  • Turn off your PC’s power supply and remove all connections
  • Make sure you’re properly grounded to prevent damage to your computer
  • Acces your computer’s interior, find the motherboard, and identify the CMOS battery. If you aren’t sure what this component looks like with your device, do some research into your specific model and specifications
  • Remove the battery, wait several minutes, and reattach the battery to your motherboard. You may want to replace it with a new battery, rather than simply reinserting the old one. To avoid damage, remember to take extreme caution removing the battery, particularly if it doesn’t detach easily.
    Shutdown your computer
  • Remove the power cord to make sure that your computer receives no power.
  • Make sure you’re grounded. Static discharges can damage your computer.
  • Remove it. If the battery doesn’t move easily, stop following this method to reset the BIOS.
  • Wait 5 to 10 minutes
  • Put the battery back in
  • Power on your computer
Clear and reset BIOS settings by clearing your motherboard jumper

Our final method for resetting your BIOS involves clearing your motherboard jumper, but it’s almost always limited in application to desktop PCs. It can also involve making fine adjustments to your motherboard, so you should take precautions before you start. You’ll definitely need to do some research beforehand as well.
First, you’ll need to check your owner’s manual or make sure you can successfully identify your motherboard jumper. They often look different, so familiarity with one or another type is not always a guarantee. Videos and guides are common, and manufacturers usually outline these procedures fairly clearly.

Start by disconnecting your computer’s power supply, unplugging all connections, and grounding everything
From here, follow the jumper-clearing instructions in the manual or online guide for your specific motherboard
You can often find them near your CMOS battery or by identifying a small plastic pin covering with associated language. But to avoid hiccups or settings problems, it’s crucial that you work from instructions tailored to your device.
Your computer’s motherboard has a special jumper that can clear the BIOS saved settings and revert them to their original values.

By clearing the jumper, you can also reset the password for the BIOS menu. To do so, follow these steps:

Shutdown your computer
Flip the power switch so that the computer receives no power.
Make sure you’re grounded. Static discharges can damage your computer.
On the motherboard, find a jumper that’s named like any of the following. (This jumper is usually placed near the CMOS battery.)
CLEAR CMOS
CLEAR
CLR CMOS
CLR PWD
Set the jumper to the Clear/CLR position
Power on and start your computer
Once your PC has booted, turn it back off, move the CLR jumper back to its original position. Otherwise, each time you reboot, your settings (and clock) will automatically reset!

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How to reset your router to restore factory default settings

It’s important to note that when you reset your home router you will lose all of your current network settings, like the name of the Wi-Fi network, its password, etc

How to Reset a Router

  • Keep your router plugged in.
  • Find your router’s reset button. This will be on the back or the bottom of your router.
  • Use a paperclip to hold down the reset button for 10-15 seconds.
  • Release the button.
  • Wait for the router to power back on.
  • On many routers, if you hold in the button for 10 seconds, it factory resets your router.

Should i reset my router to factory settings?
Routers, like computers, work best with regular hard resets. Resetting a router can also clear the memory, which is critical for those with multiple devices or an older router. Resetting your router is an easy way to prevent malware attempts – the FBI even recommends router resets for that reason.

How often should you reset your router?
Know when to reboot your router so you can maintain a healthy, speedy internet connection. A good rule of thumb is to reboot your router or wireless gateway once a month to clear out its memory and refresh your wired and wireless connections or just when you have issues with it.

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How to protect your home network security

How to Secure Your Wireless Network
The good news is that it is not very hard to make your wireless network secure, which will both prevent others from stealing your internet and will also prevent hackers from taking control of your computers through your own wireless network. Here a few simple things that you should to secure your wireless network:

Step 1. Open your router settings page
First, you need to know how to access your wireless router’s settings. Usually you can do this by typing in “192.168.1.1” into your web browser, and then enter the correct user name and password for the router. This is different for each router, so first check your router’s user manual.

You can also use Google to find the manuals for most routers online in case you lost the printed manual that came with your router purchase. For your reference, here are direct links to the manufacturer’s site of some popular router brands – Linksys, Cisco, Netgear, Apple AirPort, SMC, D-Link, Buffalo, TP-LINK, 3Com, Belkin.

Step 2. Create a unique password on your router
Once you have logged into your router, the first thing you should do to secure your network is to change the default password* of the router to something more secure. This will prevent others from accessing the router and you can easily maintain the security settings that you want. You can change the password from the Administration settings on your router’s settings page. The default values are generally admin / password.

PS:What do the bad guys use – This is a public database of default usernames and passwords of wireless routers, modems, switches and other networking equipment. For instance, anyone can easily make out from the database that the factory-default settings for Linksys equipment can be accessed by using admin for both username and password fields.

Step 3. Change your Network’s SSID name
The SSID (or Wireless Network Name) of your Wireless Router is usually pre-defined as “default” or is set as the brand name of the router (e.g., linksys). Although this will not make your network inherently* more secure, changing the SSID name of your network is a good idea as it will make it more obvious for others to know which network they are connecting to.

This setting is usually under the basic wireless settings in your router’s settings page. Once this is set, you will always be sure that you are connecting to the correct Wireless network even if there are multiple wireless networks in your area. Don’t use your name, home address or other personal information in the SSID name.

Also see: Change Network Name to Prevent Wi-Fi Theft

PS:What do the bad guys use – Wi-Fi scanning tools like inSSIDer (Windows) and Kismet (Mac, Linux) are free and they will allow anyone to find all the available Wireless Networks in an area even if the routers are not broadcasting their SSID name.

Step 4. Enable Network Encryption
In order to prevent other computers in the area from using your internet connection, you need to encrypt your wireless signals.

There are several encryption methods for wireless settings, including WEP, WPA (WPA-Personal), and WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access version 2). WEP is basic encryption and therefore least secure (i.e., it can be easily cracked*, but is compatible with a wide range of devices including older hardware, whereas WPA2 is the most secure but is only compatible with hardware manufactured since 2006.

To enable encryption on your Wireless network, open the wireless security settings on your router’s configuration page. This will usually let you select which security method you wish to choose; if you have older devices, choose WEP, otherwise go with WPA2. Enter a passphrase to access the network; make sure to set this to something that would be difficult for others to guess, and consider using a combination of letters, numbers, and special characters in the passphrase.

PS:What do the bad guys use – AirCrack and coWPAtty are some free tools that allow even non-hackers to crack the WEP / WPA (PSK) keys using dictionary or brute force techniques. A video on YouTube suggests that AirCrack may be easily used to break WiFi encryption using a jail-broken iPhone or an iPod Touch.

Step 5. Filter MAC addresses
Whether you have a laptop or a Wi-Fi enabled mobile phone, all your wireless devices have a unique MAC address (this has nothing to do with an Apple Mac) just like every computer connected to the Internet has a unique IP address. For an added layer of protection, you can add the MAC addresses of all your devices to your wireless router’s settings so that only the specified devices can connect to your Wi-Fi network.

MAC addresses are hard-coded into your networking equipment, so one address will only let that one device on the network. It is, unfortunately, possible to spoof a MAC address*, but an attacker must first know one of the MAC addresses of the computers that are connected to your Wireless network before he can attempt spoofing.

To enable MAC address filtering, first make a list of all your hardware devices that you want to connect to your wireless network**. Find their MAC addresses, and then add them to the MAC address filtering in your router’s administrative settings. You can find the MAC address for your computers by opening Command Prompt and typing in “ipconfig /all”, which will show your MAC address beside the name “Physical Address”. You can find the MAC addresses of Wireless mobile phones and other portable devices under their network settings, though this will vary for each device.

PS:What do the bad guys use – Someone can change the MAC address of his or her own computer and can easily connect to your network since your network allows connection from devices that have that particular MAC address. Anyone can determine the MAC address of your device wireless using a sniffing tool like Nmap and he can then change the MAC address of his own computer using another free tool like MAC Shift.

Step 6. Reduce the Range of the Wireless Signal
If your wireless router has a high range but you are staying in a small studio apartment, you can consider decreasing the signal range by either changing the mode of your router to 802.11g (instead of 802.11n or 802.11b) or use a different wireless channel.

You can also try placing the router under the bed, inside a shoe box or wrap a foil around the router antennas so that you can somewhat restrict the direction of signals.

Apply the Anti-Wi-Fi Paint – Researchers have developed a special Wi-Fi blocking paint that can help you stop neighbors from accessing your home network without you having to set up encryption at the router level. The paint contains chemicals that blocks radio signals by absorbing them. “By coating an entire room, Wi-Fi signals can’t get in and, crucially, can’t get out.”

Step 7. Upgrade your Router’s firmware
You should check the manufacturer’s site occasionally to make sure that your router is running the latest firmware. You can find the existing firmware version of your router using from the router’s dashboard at 192.168.*.

Connect to your Secure Wireless Network
When choosing from among WEP, WPA, WPA2 and WPA3 wireless security protocols, experts agree WPA3 is best for Wi-Fi security. As the most up-to-date wireless encryption protocol, WPA3 is the most secure choice.

Once you have enabled the various security settings in your wireless router, you need to add the new settings to your computers and other wireless devices so that they all can connect to the Wi-Fi network. You can select to have your computer automatically connect to this network, so you won’t have to enter the SSID, passphrase and other information every time you connect to the Internet.

Your wireless network will now be a lot more secure and intruders may have a tough time intercepting your Wi-Fi signals.

Who is Connected to your Wireless Network
If you are worried that an outsider may be connecting to the Internet using your Wireless network, try AirSnare – it’s a free utility that will look for unexpected MAC addresses on your Wireless network as well as to DHCP requests. Another option is that you open your router’s administration page (using the 192.168.* address) and look for the DHCP Clients Table (it’s under Status > Local Network on Linksys routers). Here you will see a list of all computers and wireless devices that are connected to your home network.

*It is also a good idea to turn off the router completely when you are not planning to use the computer for a longer period (like when you are out shopping). You save on electricity and the door remains 100% shut for wireless piggybackers.

**If you ever want to let a new device connect to your network, you will have to find its MAC address and add it to your router. If you simple want to let a friend connect to your wireless network one time, you can remove his MAC address from the router settings when he or she leaves your place.

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How to pair a bluetooth device in Windows

Turn on Bluetooth
After you’ve checked that your Windows 10 PC supports Bluetooth, you’ll need to turn it on.In Settings: Select Start > Settings > Devices > Bluetooth & other devices, and turn on Bluetooth.

  • Turn on Bluetooth in Settings
  • In action center: Action center can be found next to time and date on your taskbar. On the taskbar, select action center ( or ), then select Bluetooth to turn it on. If it’s turned off, it might appear as Not connected.
  • If you don’t see Bluetooth in your action center, here’s how you can change it:
  • Expand quick actions. On the taskbar, select action center ( or ) > Expand. Bluetooth should appear here. It will appear as Bluetooth or Not connected.
  • Add Bluetooth to action center. Select Start > Settings > System > Notifications & actions > Quick actions. Go to Add or remove quick actions and turn on Bluetooth.

Note: For more info about how to change the apps and settings that appear in action center, see Change notification and action settings in Windows 10.

To pair a Bluetooth headset, speaker, or other audio device

  • Turn on your Bluetooth audio device and make it discoverable. The way you make it discoverable depends on the device. Check the device or visit the manufacturer’s website to learn how.
  • On your PC, select Start > Settings > Devices > Bluetooth & other devices > Add Bluetooth or other device > Bluetooth. Choose the device and follow additional instructions if they appear, then select Done.
  • Your Bluetooth device and PC will usually automatically connect anytime the two devices are in range of each other with Bluetooth turned on.

To pair a Bluetooth keyboard, mouse, or other device

  • Turn on your Bluetooth keyboard, mouse, or other device and make it discoverable. The way you make it discoverable depends on the device. Check the device or visit the manufactur’s website to learn how.
  • On your PC, select Start > Settings > Devices > Bluetooth & other devices > Add Bluetooth or other device > Bluetooth. Choose the device and follow additional instructions if they appear, then select Done.

To pair a Bluetooth printer or scanner
Turn on your Bluetooth printer or scanner and make it discoverable. The way you make it discoverable depends on the device. Check the device or visit the manufacturer’s website to learn how.

  • Select Start > Settings > Devices > Printers & scanners > Add a printer or scanner. Wait for it to find nearby printers, then choose the one you want to use and select Add device.
  • If you’re having installation issues with your printer or scanner, see either Fix printer problems or Install and use a scanner in Windows 10.

To pair a Bluetooth device using Swift Pair
Swift Pair in Windows 10 lets you quickly pair a supported Bluetooth device with your PC. If the Bluetooth device supports Swift Pair, you’ll receive a notification when it’s nearby and you put it into pairing mode to make it discoverable.

  • Turn on a Bluetooth device that supports Swift Pair and make it discoverable. The way you make it discoverable depends on the device. Check the device or visit the manufacturer’s website to learn more.
  • If this is your first time using Swift Pair, select Yes when asked if you want to get notifications and use Swift Pair.
  • When a notification appears that a new Bluetooth device was found, select Connect.
  • After it’s connected, select Close.
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How to make your windows to chose GPU for performance in games and apps

Windows 10 now lets you select which GPU a game or other application uses right from the Settings app. Previously, you had to use manufacturer-specific tools like the NVIDIA Control Panel or AMD Catalyst Control Center to control this. 

 This feature was added in Windows 10’s April 2018 Update. If you don’t see the Graphics Settings option, you haven’t installed the update yet. 

You can reach display settings with right click on desktop 🖥 and click on it. 

 

You can also type in windows search bar: settings 

 

Then you go system 

 

After you go Display 

 

And Graphics settings 

 

Browse and go to the installer folder and select the .exe  

 

Chose High performance GPU and save.

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How do you play the Chrome dinosaur game?

The simplest way to play the game online is by visiting this URL: chrome://dino/. Just access that link and voilà, there’s your little dino and “no internet” message. Once you see that message, just hit the spacebar and start jumping over cactus.

  • Open Google Chrome browser on your PC.
  • Click on the address bar.
  • Type chrome://dino/ and press Enter.
  • You’ll be able to see the game. Press the Spacebar to begin the game.

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How to use a PDF

PDF, or “portable document format,” is a common file type that is used for all kinds of important documents. From tax forms to job applications, chances are you’ll need to edit PDF files or fill in an existing one. Learn how to open, edit, and even add your signature to a PDF file that someone else has created in our step-by-step guide.

Can you edit a PDF file?

In most cases, you can make changes to an existing PDF file that you download from the internet or receive as an email attachment. Each PDF will have its own security permissions, which the owner may have locked so that you cannot make any changes. This is most common for copyrighted forms and some educational materials where the document is designed to be read-only.
For the most common forms we use in daily life, however, there are fields specifically placed on the PDF document that we are intended to fill in. A tax withholding form from your employer, for example, may be sent electronically and have places to type in your name, address, and other pertinent tax info. Even PDF documents that don’t have specific text fields can usually be typed on, provided you have the correct software to open, edit, and save the file again.

How to type on a PDF

Before you even begin to modify PDF files, you need to have the right software to view and edit them. If you own Windows, you may already have the Microsoft Edge browser installed. This browser not only lets you view PDFs, but it lets you type and draw on PDF files without strict restrictions.
  1. Use File Explorer to find the PDF document you wish to open. Right-click the document and select Open with, then Microsoft Edge
  2. The file will open in a new Microsoft Edge window or a new tab if the program is already running
  3. From here, it’s easy to use your mouse to point and click on the fields in which you wish to type
You can also add handwritten or illustrated notes using the Add Notes function at the top of the page. Select the color you want to draw with, or even switch to touch writing to have more control from a tablet or touch screen setting. This is one of the best ways to put your digital signature on a document as well.
When you finish editing the document, you can choose to save it as a new file and even print it out. The new data you typed or drew on the document should remain.
Using additional tools to type on PDF files
Sometimes you may want to type on a PDF in areas where there aren’t existing text fields. This is where third-party software comes in handy, such as the basic Adobe Acrobat software. This free PDF reader should support most PDF files you receive, and you can use the Typewriter tools to insert text in the appropriate fields using these steps:
  1. Use the Adobe Reader software to open the PDF file of your choosing
  2. Select the View menu from the top
  3. Choose Toolbars and More Tools
  4. At the bottom of this list, choose Typewriter Toolbar, and click OK (This is only available if the creator of the PDF allows it in the permissions)
  5. Type in the data you want, and hit Enter if you want to add a new line of text to a field
  6. Edit any text you want using the Select tool, and then adjust the text color, text size, line spacing, and more
  7. When you are done, save the doc as a new file.
For those who have a more full-featured version of the Adobe products, you will find additional ways to edit and change Adobe files. This includes the ability to type and sign from your mobile device, access PDFs from Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive, and turn documents with other file types into PDFs before you modify them.
  • Adding a legally-binding signature to a PDF
With the draw function in many PDF readers and editing tools, it’s simple to draw your name as a signature on any document. Because it’s so easy to edit and erase items on a PDF, these signatures may not always be seen as legally binding. To ensure that your PDF signature is treated as a contract, use one of the more full-featured PDF software products on the market.
These give you the chance to digitally sign your documents, and to digitally verify and securely send them to only those people you trust. Adobe and other third-party companies even have extra tools that can track when documents have been signed. They may also let you put a watermark on the PDF with “approved” or “draft” to help you know which versions are the official, final copies.
  • The legality of modifying PDF
Remember that many tools make it easy to sign, add text, draw on, or even remove part of a PDF file easily so that you can save or send it to someone else. Just because you can do it doesn’t mean you should do this in every situation. Make sure you have the permission of the document creator to make changes to a PDF. Also, always follow copyright law by never removing the copyright or trademark notations listed on the bottom.
If a document has a watermark – typically text or an illustration that shows up on the background when you print, then making any changes may be against the terms of use for that document. If in doubt, ask the person who made, sold, or sent the PDF. If used wisely, PDF is a wonderful file type that can make your home office or school more organized by cutting out the needless printing of materials before typing or signing.
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How to create and print labels in macOS

Set up and print a page of the same label
  1. Go to Mailings > Labels.
  2. Select Options.
  3. Choose Printer typeLabel products, and Product number.If you don’t see your product number, select New Label and configure a custom label.
  4. Select OK.
  5. Type an address or other information in the Delivery Address box.To use an address from your contacts list select Insert Address Picture of Insert Address button.
  6. To change the formatting, select the text and then select Font to make changes.
  7. Select Full page of the same label.
  8. Select OK.

  9. Select Print, or New Document to edit, save and print later.

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How to manage your full autofill in Chrome

Web browsers have changed significantly over the years, with a constant accumulation of new features and functionality as each new generation arrives. At the same time, many of us spend an increasing amount of our personal and professional lives online, which means automation and adaptive features are always in demand.
What are the drawbacks to autofill?
A tool like autofill is generally regarded as an incredibly useful addition to the standard browser suite because it helps save time and trouble when you don’t want to type the same thing over and over. But there are times when autofill can become a bit of a headache, popping up when you don’t need it or getting in the way of what you may actually be trying to do. The busier you are, the more likely it is that you’ve run into these types of problems.
Your risk only goes up when you have to use a different address for certain purchases, accidentally confuse one form with another, or let a coworker or loved one use your computer to do some important online paperwork.
Fortunately, it’s relatively easy to clear autofill in Chrome and manage your settings directly. In this article, we’ll give you two easy methods you can use to quickly delete entries, reset the tool, or turn off autofill completely. Before we do, let’s get started with a brief introduction on the basics of autofill and how it works in Google Chrome.
What is autofill and how does it work?
Autofill remembers and fills in specific information and form fields as part of the web browser on your computer. In a perfect world, autofill should save time in a variety of situations, and in most cases, that’s exactly how it works. Autofill is great when you need to fill out an address for online shopping or filing paperwork. It’s also useful when you’re frequently searching for similar things, and when you want to save non-sensitive login or payment information.
Without systems like autofill and predictive text, your life online can slow down a lot more than you’d expect. Mobile platforms like your smartphone or tablet would also become substantially less usable because they would force you to repeatedly input information into their cramped and somewhat tedious interfaces.
How to manage your full autofill features with Chrome
To make sure your settings aren’t causing you unnecessary trouble, we’ll start by highlighting the two quickest methods for getting rid of unwanted autofill entries. Both methods may appear the same, but they give you two ways to gain access and manage your information.
Use the first method if you only want to delete autofill Chrome entries or some combination of accumulated browser data. This is great for when you want to clear out your browser’s saved autofill entries and then get back to work as fast as possible.
If you have a little extra time or want more control over how you manage your settings, you can also access them using the complete autofill interface under your main Chrome settings. This method allows you to visualize more of your options for both autofill and your browser’s overall data settings.
1. Delete ALL autofill entries directly via Chrome settings in your toolbar
This is your quick method for clearing saved autofill entries in particular or in combination with other browser data. As opposed to your own unique arrangement of bookmarks and app icons, the Chrome browser interface is consistent from user to user.
  1. Open your Chrome browser
  2. Look to the top right corner of your browser and click the three dot symbol just below the close option. If you’re having trouble finding the symbol, it should be located next to your Chrome profile picture and to the far right of the search bar where you can type in search terms and web addresses
  3. Hover over the More tools… option until the dropdown appears
  4. Select Clear browsing data… from the dropdown. You can also skip steps 2 and 3 by using a keyboard shortcut (Control + Shift + Delete) from within your Chrome browser. This should load your Chrome Settings in a new tab, with several Basic options ready for use
  5. Click the Advanced tab from the new window. This will load a more detailed list that includes a comprehensive autofill removal option
  6. Check the box next to Autofill form data. Below this option, you should see a brief summary of what will be deleted. If you don’t want to delete anything else, adjust the selections to your preference
  7. Click the Clear data button near the lower right corner
Once that’s done, your Chrome autofill settings should be cleared. That means your problem is gone, but you may have to re-enter a lot of your routine autofill entries. If you want to avoid that, the next method gives you some extra leeway. Using it, you can get rid of what you don’t need while preserving the parts of your autofill data that you’d like to keep.
2. Access the autofill tab under Chrome settings to delete SOME autofill entries
This method guides you through your standard Chrome settings menu so that you can choose between individually managing your autofill categories or deleting everything at once.
  1. Open your Chrome browser
  2. Look for the three dot symbol to find a complete list of options to navigate. This menu icon is located to the far right of the search bar and just below the browser’s close button
  3. Click the Settings option from the dropdown to open a new window with all of your Google Chrome settings options
  4. Either click the Autofill tab on the left sidebar or navigate to the Autofill heading directly in the main feed. You should see three options
  5. You can individually edit or delete different autofill categories: passwords, payment methods, or addresses and more
  6. If you want to delete everything in one go, scroll past the Autofill section and click on the Advanced tab at the bottom of the page.
  7. Scroll down to Privacy and security, which should be the first new category available under Advanced settings options. You can also select it from the left sidebar
  8. At the bottom of Privacy and security, you should see Clear browser data. This will load the same interface described above
  9. Click the Advanced tab from the new window
  10. Check the box next to Autofill form data
  11. Click the Clear data button near the lower right corner
How you delete all your autofill data is essentially the same, but this method gives you the option to micromanage your autofill setup. It may add a few steps to your routine, but you’ll be less likely to encounter unexpected issues down the line.
How to make specific changes to what Autofill saves
Do you want to turn off autofill altogether? You have that option from the Chrome Settings menu as well. Since our second method provides access to the full suite of settings options, we’ll also discuss each of the three categories that make up the Google Chrome autofill feature. Within each category you’ll find a convenient toggle to turn off autofill for that category. They are as follows:
1. Passwords
To turn this feature off, look for the words “Offer to save passwords” and set the toggle to the off position. Look for “Auto sign-in” to turn off storage of your saved login credentials. To manage saved entries individually, you can find a complete index of saved passwords below your saved password and sign-in options.
2. Payment methods
If you want to turn off this feature, look for the words “Save and fill payment methods” and set the toggle to the off position. Below this, you’ll find a link to your Google account’s saved payment information, which is where you can manage your account, and an index of different payment methods.
3. Addresses and more
This category is a catchall for location autofill entries related to your physical and digital contact information, including your email address, billing addresses, and shipping locations. To turn this off, look for “Save and fill addresses” and set the toggle to the off position. Below this, you’ll find a complete list of address information saved by your browser.
Other data settings to keep in mind
To clear your saved autofill entries en masse, use the “Clear browser data” option. As part of this process, your browser prompt already includes several categories of saved information checked off for deletion. Most of your browser data isn’t worth worrying about, but here’s a quick guide to what you’re deleting if you leave these categories checked when you clear out auto fill entries.
1. Browsing history
This encompasses a basic record of your browsing, but it also includes some additional information beyond a list of websites. It provides a rundown of your saved auto-complete entries, which is the predictive text that helps finish familiar URLs in the Chrome search bar.
If your issue stems from auto-complete issues, the most direct solution is to delete your browsing history through the Clear browsing data procedure.
2. Cookies and other site data
Under this category, your browser accumulates the credentials that allow you to freely navigate your most frequently visited websites. If you include this option when you clear browsing data, you’ll be logged out of most of the services and websites that you have used to date. To avoid that, simply uncheck the corresponding box and move on.
3. Cached images and files
Here you’ll find saved images and site resources that your browser archives to more quickly load websites. You can clear a pretty big chunk of space out if you leave this category checked, but you may notice a slight slowdown the next time you visit one of your favorite sites.
4. Advanced settings
From the Clear browsing data window, you can also switch between Basic and Advanced options. Under the Advanced heading you’ll find a more detailed breakdown of options, including a pre-selected field for download history. In these expanded options you can turn off autofill form data, in addition to passwords and sign-in data, site settings, and hosted app data.
Reasons why autofill may not be working correctly
Some usage situations may present their own unique obstacles, but most problems with autofill are relatively easy to understand. For example, there’s always a risk of confusion or small input mistakes when you let a friend or family member use your computer to fill out a form for online paperwork or to make a purchase. You run the same risk when any user adds a new app to their loadout or a new website to their routine.
To combat these issues, it helps to periodically clear out your autofill log. This guarantees that you won’t stumble over redundant information or accidentally ship a gift to the wrong address. But if you find yourself having constant issues, it can also be helpful to manage your autofill settings directly and to periodically check in on each category in your Chrome settings.
If you need extra support with Chrome
For most users, your routine use of Chrome can lead to occasional autofill-related issues. So if you are experiencing an issue that seems more persistent or especially difficult, it may be something larger than just the stored data and browser settings.
If you think you may be dealing with something different or bigger, don’t hesitate to look for help at the main Google Chrome Help page or through your IT support team (either in your workplace or via your internet service provider).
The most important things to remember about autofill
When you have difficulty getting autofill to work correctly, it’s important to remember that you can easily control this feature in a variety of ways. The choice is yours whether or not to turn off autofill altogether, shuffle things around on a category basis, or even to just clear out your saved entries periodically.
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How to make computer shut down on a timer

Method 1. Use the Command Prompt
  • Press Windows key + R to open the Run the dialog box
  • Type cmd and hit Enter
  • Type in the following command, and hit Enter:

Shutdown -s -t 3000

  • -s is giving the command to shut down and -t is the number of seconds, you want it to wait
  • You can change the timing to your own
Method 2. Use the Run box
  • Press Windows key + R to open the Run the dialog box
  • Type shutdown -s -t and the number of seconds you need
  • Select OK

Method 3. Use a Desktop Shortcut
  • Go to your Desktop and right-click anywhere
  • Select New, and then Shortcut

  • Type in the command Shutdown -s -t 5000 and click on Next

  • Give the shortcut a name and click on Finish
  • A shortcut will be created on your Desktop

Cancel the Sleep Shutdown Command in Windows
  • Go to your Desktop and right-click anywhere
  • Select New, and then Shortcut
  • Type in the following command:

Shutdown -a

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