Inconvenient PC Default Settings that can be Modified

Even if we love our new computer and we are smitten with all the good features that it comes with, there are certain things that we wish we could change about it. However, the majority of users end up thinking that they have to accept those annoying things because they simply cannot be modified and as a result, they do not change the default setting of their OS or other software. The good news is that there are many things that actually can be changed and once you know what they are, you will be able to enjoy your computer more. These are some of the things that you can change in order to manage your PC better.

File Extensions view

When you receive a file, you can get an idea of the type of program required to open it as this is determined by the extension that appears at the end of a file name. The issue is that in most cases, Microsoft by default does not let you see the file extension in Windows. The simple solution is to unselect “Hide extension for known file types” in Folder Options.

Backspace key

If you press the Backspace key while you are typing in a Web form and the cursor is not in the right box, you could end up accidentally erasing your work as the browser will return to the previous page. This is something that you can solve when you are using Chrome, thanks to an extension called Backstop. In Firefox, you can make changes with the backspace_action setting. Unfortunately, there is no current way to avoid this issue in Internet Explorer or Safari.

Browser needlessly loads a home page

When you launch your browser, your default home page can take a few minutes or what feels like an eternity to load. if every time you open a new browser window you have to wait until MSN, Yahoo or any website that is set up to be the home page in your browser loads, you will waste precious time and bandwidth. This is something that you would not have to worry about with Chrome as it uses a blank tab by default but you can avoid the unnecessary wait in other browsers. In Internet Explorer, you can set up your home page to be blank by simply navigate to about:blank, go to Settings and click in “Use Current”. The solution in Firefox is to go to Options and select “Show a blank page”.

Get rid of unnecessary warnings

There are certain important notices that we need to get but Microsoft tends to use control alerts way to often and in some cases, it just feels like unnecessary nagging. An example is how every time you click to install a file, you get a small window asking if you want to allow the program to make changes to the computer. If you find these warnings irrelevant and want to make them disappear, go to the Windows Action Center and disable User Account Control.

Useless error reporting

Whenever a an app or a program stop working, Windows rushes to report the issue to the Microsoft servers and it spends an awful amount of time searching for a solution that is never found. The truth is that most likely there is nothing that Windows can do to fix a problem with a program that crashes, therefore there is no point in spending time waiting for them to report the problem and attempting to find a solution. In the end, the best thing is to restart the program or find the source of the error yourself so it makes more sense to disable Windows Error reporting. Just go to the Action Center, click Change Action Center Settings and in “Problem Reporting Settings” select Never check for solutions.

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