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Free Disk Space in Windows 10 with These Quick Easy Tips

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Free Up Some Extra Disc Space on Windows 10

No matter what size hard drive we may have, it seems to fill up quickly. High-definition movies, high-resolution photos, songs, games tend to take up space faster than we might think, making you reach the limit of space on your hard drive before you know it. However, by utilizing some quick easy tips, you can reclaim some of that needs space.

1. Remove Older Versions of Microsoft Windows

When upgrading Microsoft Windows, data from the older version of Windows is saved automatically. By saving this data, users have the ability to return to the previous version is desired. However, this saved data uses up a ton of space on your hard drive. To delete these files, go to Settings > System > Storage then select your primary drive. You will notice several categories and how much space each one is using. Look for Temporary Files and select it. Next, put a check mark in the box Previous Versions of Windows then select Remove Files

2. Cleaning Update Cache

Copies are stored in the update cache of the installation files. If the time ever comes that an update needs to be reapplied, the OS will use these without the need of downloading them once again. But, these files take up a lot of space of your hard drive. To remove them, first, the Windows Update service must be stopped. Go to Services then select the top result by right-clicking on it to Run as administrator. Head down the list until you find Windows Update and right-click on it and select Stop.

Next, to delete these files the run box needs to be opened by pushing Windows Key + R. Now you want to type C:\Windows\SoftwareDistibution\ then select Enter. Everything within the download folder can be deleted. When finished be sure to re-enable Windows Update by heading back to Services.

3. Delivery Optimization Files Removal

With the introduction of Windows 10, a new update feature was added. This feature is called Delivery Optimization and allows your PC to take updates from nearby machines. This feature has received several complaints stating there is increased usage of memory and bandwidth, however, this is to allow for faster delivery of updates.

To remove these files, the feature needs to be disabled first. Without doing so, accumulation of these files will continue to occur. First, go to Start > Settings > Update & Security > Advanced Options > Choose How Updates Are Delivered and ensure slider is in the OFF position.

Next, open Disk Clean-up. Go to Delivery Optimization File and put a check mark. Lastly, hit OK.

After using these tips for your Windows 10 PC, if you still lack hard drive space, it may be time for an upgraded hard drive. If you’re not yet to Windows 10, use these Windows 8 tips to your advantage.

Tired of Windows? Newbie Mac Keyboard Tips

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Mac Navigation is Different From PC

Switching to a Mac after being a Window user can be a shocker for many users. Windows shortcuts which you have been accustomed to using no longer work, helpful keys are missing from the Mac keyboard such as End and Home. Functions of Apple’s ctrl key are unlike Windows.

No need to worry! In no time at all your memory will adjust to the Mac keyboard, and when you understand some simple differences between Windows and Mac, expect it to be quicker.

Equivalent to Window Keys

On Mac, command or cmd key, located on either side of the spacebar is equivalent to Windows Control key. Several Window shortcuts work on Mac as well when cmd is used instead of Control. For example, Windows shortcuts for cut-copy-paste is ctrl+x, ctrl+c, ctrl+v and when used on Mac they become cmd+x, cmd+c, and cmd+v. 

There is a key named control (ctrl) on OS X. This is placed between option and fn keys on the spacebars left. Mac’s ctrl key is used for some keyboard shortcuts you soon will discover.

(Windows) Alt+Tab = (OS X) Command+Tab

Switching applications on Mac with cmd+tab is just as simple as it was on Windows with Alt+Tab. With OS X cmd key in the same location as Windows alt key, this shortcut is already memorized for you.

(Windows) Home/End = (OS X) Command+Arrow Keys

Mac keyboards are missing the helpful Home and End keys which are located on PC keyboards. For Home use cmd+left arrow and for End use cmd+right arrow. Using cmd+down arrow to bring you to a selections bottom and to go the beginning use cmd+up arrow. 

Using Enter on OS X to Rename Files

When working on Windows, hitting the Enter key opens the file in the default application. When hitting Enter on Mac while having a folder or file selected allows it to be renamed. When selecting cmd+o the file can be opened by use of the keyboard.

(Windows) Alt = (OS X) Option

The option key is one that will be used often, giving the ability to type special symbol, diacritical marks, and characters. Many but not all shortcuts using alt on Windows are replaced with option. 

There are hidden options you are given access to by way of the option key. For example, using a Word document, if you open the File menu and hold down the option key, there is a new option available – Save As… – when option key is released this new option goes away.

This is just a handful of handy Mac shortcuts available to you. A Mac keyboard may feel strange to you as of now, but after first few weeks of use, you will feel right at home. Of course, if you need a refresher for PC shortcuts, here is the list you can follow.

Using Document Inspector to Remove Personal Data Hidden in Microsoft Office

Document inspector can help remove unwanted hidden files.

Document inspector can help remove unwanted hidden files.

Remove Personal Data Thats Hidden with Doc Inspector

Microsoft Office produces and keeps a hidden metadata on your documents for Office, including such information as how long the document has been worked on, when creation of the document took place, documents previous versions, and name of each person that worked on it. Every time this document is sent, these details are passed on to the recipient and anybody after that in which the document is sent to. This might be okay to do in some situations, however, there are times when it can be best for your documents to be cleaned of any personal data prior to sending them on.

Information Microsoft Stores

There is several types of hidden data and personal information in which Microsoft Office automatically stores. This data is not immediately noticeable, it is not next to your document on display. It needs to be rooted out. Some information, but not all, Office documents contain include:

  • Personal Information and Document Properties. Document properties indicate metadata for the document, such as author, title, and subject. This is mostly information generated automatically by Office and is kept each time every time a document is worked on. This can include information which is related to specific features a document is used with. For example, printer paths, email headers, and file-path information.
  • Comments, versions, revision marks, and ink annotations. If there was collaboration on your document, there might be comments, revision marks, and more from the working process. Other people are able to see who worked on this document, and what changes each person made.
  • Hidden Text. Hidden text can be placed on Word documents. If you do not know if there is, Document Inspector can look for it.
  • Invisible Content. PowerPoint presentations and Excel workbooks can contain objects which were items formatted as invisible.

In many cases this content being saved does not pose any issue. There is no problems from most people that create and send documents with the use of Microsoft Office sending this information with their work.

Document Inspector for Personal Data

Select File menu in Microsoft Office, now select Info and you will see the tool for Inspect Document. To view this documents hidden metadata, select Check for Issues, then Inspect Document. Now you have a choice of what metadata you want the document examined for. If want to check for all metadata, you can leave all options selected. Finally, select Inspect. Office finally examines your document for all metadata. To remove any metadata found you must select Remove All next to it.

Prevent Metadata Being Stored

This can only be done by document specific, not multiple documents. This setting needs to be saved each time a new document is used. Go to File > Options > Trust Center > Privacy Options. Now select Remove personal information from file properties on save. Keep in mind, this only works on current documents.

Boot into Windows 10 Safe Mode

Boot safely and effectively.

Boot safely and effectively.

Boot Your Computer into Safe Mode Easily

If you are somebody that done your own troubleshooting, then most likely you have come across Safe Mode. Safe Mode is a feature built in which unnecessary programs and drivers are disabled during startup, allowing us to separate any system errors or setting and repair them without needed applications interfering.

Here are some different methods for booting into Safe Mode:

System Configuration

Use Cortana search to get to System Configuration. Enter either system configuration or msconfig and hitting Enter opens the panel for System Configuration. Go to Boot > Safe Boot and when you restart your computer it will boot into Safe Mode.

Under Safe Boot there are additional options you can choose. You want to choose Minimal, next hit Apply then OK. You now will be asked if you was to restart your computer. If you choose Restart, be sure any active projects or documents are saved.


Tapping the F8 key is the method most commonly used to reach Safe Mode. During startup, Safe Mode selections are brought up allowing you to choose which operating mode to start in. However, Windows 10 disable Safe Mode by F8 for faster boot process. You can use Command Prompt to enable F8 menu, which will only cost a few seconds more of boot time.

To start you need to open Command Prompt elevated. On the Start menu, Right-click and choose Command Prompt (Admin). In User Account Control dialogue, choose Yes if it pops up. You should now see Command Prompt. Enter this command:

bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy

Hit Enter.

To undo this command, open the Command prompt elevated once again and enter:

bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy standard

This command returns startup to the state it was originally in.

Advanced Startup

This is a useful way to know. Go to Settings menu, then over to Update & Security > Recovery > Advanced Startup. Hitting Restart Now restarts your computer in recovery mode, where you will come upon three options: Troubleshoot, Continue, or Turn off your PC. Choose Troubleshoot > Advanced Options. You will now get several more options. Hit Startup Settings then Restart. Your computer now will restart. You will see the Startup Settings screen when rebooting. This is where you choose your function required.


You can bypass the clicking process and hold how the Shift key and hit Restart listed under Power, located in Start menu of Windows 10. This reboot option brings you directly to Recovery options. This is where you can choose Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Startup Settings.

***Please keep in mind that many newer computers, those with UEFI enabled, may not be able to use these options, but instead should configure their computers into safe mode through this method:


Use a USB flash drive, or a DVD installation disc with Windows 10 installation on it. When the screen pops up, choose the repair option > troubleshooting > advanced options. Then you will want to change the startup options.


Once the computer is restarted, there will be a numbered menu with one of the options being to start up in Safe Mode.

Now you should feel at ease booting into Safe Mode with Windows 10 using one of these methods explained above.