How to get ‘news and interests’ taskbar widget on Windows 10

The “news and interests” taskbar widget is officially coming to older versions of Windows 10, and with the release of the update KB5001396, version 1909 is getting it now.

On Windows 10, news and interests is a feature available from the taskbar that gives you quick access to weather, trending news, sports, stocks, and other information without the need to reach your phone. The update KB5001396 is available as an optional update containing all the non-security patches expected to arrive on the next Patch Tuesday. It also includes the news and interests feature, which means that you can install this update manually to get it without waiting.

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When your computer’s hard drive begins to fill up, you will start wondering what’s taking up all the available space, and this is when “Storage sense” will come in handy.

On Windows 10, most people know Storage sense as a feature to free up hard drive space. While this is true, it is also a tool you can use to analyze the content of a drive to figure out how space is being utilized to know where to start cleaning up files you cannot remove using this feature.

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How to change Mail app background image on Windows 10

The Mail app on Windows 10 makes it easier to manage your emails no matter the service you use, including Outlook, Gmail, iCloud, POP, and IMAP.

Although the app is pretty basic, you can customize various aspects of the experience, including the background image that appears when no email is selected. If you want to refresh the app look and feel, the Windows 10 Mail app ships with several background images, themes with specific backgrounds and colors, and you can even set a custom wallpaper or disable the feature.

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How to check if Windows 10 21H1 is installed on your PC

Windows 10 21H1 is the first semi-annual feature update that will release during the first half of 2021, but since these rollouts are incremental and are simply known as “Windows 10,” it is difficult to know which version your computer has installed.

Although you won’t find the official name anywhere, every new release of Windows 10 gets assigned a specific version number. In this case, the first major update for 2021 is known as version “21H1,” which reflects the year (21) and part of the year (H2 or half two) to indicate when the feature update will be generally available. If you want to check what version of Windows 10 is installed on your device, you can check this information using the “winver” command and “About” settings page.

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How to adjust app sound individually on Windows 10

On Windows 10, you can adjust the volume of your device quite easily. You can do this by using the speaker icon in the notification area, using the volume buttons at the side of your device.

However, the only caveat is that using this option is that you would be only adjusting the “master volume.” If you want to adjust the system or a particular app’s sounds, the steps are different. In the past, you would use the “Volume Mixer” experience, but on the latest version of Windows 10, the advanced sound settings are integrated into the Settings app.

In this guide, you will learn the steps to adjust the volume level for a specific app or system sound on Windows 10.

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How to enable dark theme for search results in Google

Google now has dark theme support for its homepage and search results. The new dark color scheme is slowly rolling out to users, and it works like on most applications by adjusting the appearance settings for the website.

When enabled, the dark theme will be available for the homepage (which also includes a white Google logo), and the color scheme is also present for search results. If the option is available for you, the appearance settings will consist of three options, including “dark theme,” “light theme,” and “device default,” which allows to switch the theme automatically depending on the system color that you are using on Windows 10, macOS, and other supported systems.

In this guide, you will learn the steps to enable or disable the dark theme for and search results on Windows 10.

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How to shutdown or restart device on Windows 10X

Although Windows 10X still carries much of the familiarity of Windows 10, a lot of features have been removed, and many others have been reworked, including the power options. If you are a Windows 10 user, you know that the power options are located in the Start menu, but on Windows 10X, that is no longer the case. Instead, the option to shut down, restart, and lock the device has been relocated to Action Center.

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How to check Bluetooth version on Windows 10

On Windows 10, Bluetooth is a short-range networking technology that allows you to connect compatible devices (such as headphones, speakers, mice, and keyboards) to your computer wirelessly.

Although for the most part, you never need to worry about the version of the Bluetooth adapter you use. Sometimes to use a specific feature, you must have a particular version that includes a specific technology. For example, starting with Windows 10 version 1803, your device must have Bluetooth 4.0 with Low Energy (LE) support if you want to use the Nearby sharing feature to send files and links to nearby devices.

If you need to know the adapter version, you can quickly find out by checking the company’s support website or just checking your system information.

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How to create a poll with Microsoft Forms

Polls are a great way to interact with customers or colleagues to settle a discussion or get a quick opinion on a specific product or service, and Microsoft Forms can help you create and share this type of survey quickly and free.

Microsoft Forms is an online service like Google Forms that ease the process of creating all sorts of forms with a variety of question types, including multiple choice, text, rating, Likert, and net promoter score, which you can share with other people to collect feedback from virtually anywhere using a laptop or desktop device running Windows 10 or any other operating system or mobile device. The service even offers tools to check results in real-time, analytics, and more.

The service is free and it features all the basic tools to create a poll, but you will need a Microsoft 365 or business subscription to access the premium options. In this guide, you will learn the steps to create and share a quick poll using the free version of Microsoft Forms.

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