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Since the late 1980s, when the mouse became the main way people invoked actions from the applications they use, the art of the keyboard shortcut has slowly disappeared. I started using a PC in the time when a pointing device was an expensive option on laptops.

So, I became pretty adept at using keyboard shortcuts. But it turns out the creators of our software still include them even though we are more likely to use a touchpad, mouse or touchscreen these days. What are some of the lesser known keyboard shortcuts you can use with Windows?

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I'm still a bit of a newbie when it comes to Windows 10. I recently joined the Windows Insider Program in order to give the latest update a try. Then I started reading a bit about it and stumbled upon a article about the Windows 10 Virtual Touchpad.

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Sharing folders between two computers on your network always feels like it’s more trouble than it’s worth. At least, there’s no guarantee that the process is going to go smoothly, and by the time you’ve troubleshot whatever’s going on, set up your share, and transferred files, well, you might as well have copied them to an external hard drive (or flash drive).

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It sounds weird, but when you click that power button on the start menu to shut down Windows 10, you aren't shutting down Windows 10. Sure, Windows 10 goes through the motions of shutting down. And your computer sure looks like it shut down. And it sort of did, but it didn't.

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In a perfect world, every new computer with Windows 10 on it—or every new installation of Windows 10—would arrive free of annoying applications and other bloatware that few people need. (Sorry, Candy Crush Saga.) It would also be free of annoying advertising. While that’s not to say that Microsoft is dropping big banners for Coke or something in your OS, it is frustrating to see it shilling for its Edge browser in your Start Menu.

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There are so many Windows apps out there, that picking a list of the very best, most must-install software for your desktop or laptop feels daunting. We've pored over pages of recommendations, countless forum posts, and lots of comments to come up with this year's Lifehacker Pack for Windows, a list of software champions across four categories: productivity, internet/communications, music/photos/video and utilities.

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Most Windows 10 laptops on the market come with a full version of the software pre-installed. However, some models use a version called 'S mode'. It's considered a more streamlined option with better security and speed but there's a catch — it forces you onto the worst aspects of Windows 10 with heaps of annoying restrictions. Here's how you get out of it.

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One of the very first things I do when I’m faced with a fresh operating system is to fire up its default browse - the meh Edge or Safari - and head straight to Ninite (Windows) or macapps.link (Mac). Both sites allow you to pick and choose apps you’d like to install on your new system. Once you’ve finalised your list, you either get a custom installer (Ninite) or a Terminal command (macapps.link) you can run to quickly dump a bunch of apps on your new system.

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While your maths teacher (or your kid’s maths teacher) might not let them lug a laptop into their calculus class, I still think it’s awesome that Microsoft is finally giving the good ol’ Windows Calculator a boost of geekiness. If you thought “Scientific” mode was fun, you haven’t seen anything yet—coming soon, to Windows 10, is a full-fledged graphing calculator.

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If you’re a Windows user, all Patch Wednesdays should be important, save for those instances where Microsoft borks a patch and actually makes your Windows system worse than it was previously. Getting the latest feature and security updates for your system—mostly the latter—should be something you look forward to each month. But today’s Patch Wednesday is even more important than most.