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Adobe Acrobat Reader - Do not show any recent files
Set to 0 for 'Documents in recently used list' under Edit > Preferences > Documents > Open settings.

Automatic Login to Windows
-Start->Run->type 'netplwiz'
-clear the 'Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer' checkbox and click OK
-in the following dialog box, enter the user’s password twice and click OK

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Common Windows Program
Press Start, then Run or Windows Key + R, then type the following:
cleanmgr -> Disk Cleanup
msconfig -> System Configuration Utility
regedit -> Registry Editor
taskmgr -> Windows Task Manager (also works with Ctrl+Shift+Esc)

Google Chrome - suddenly seeing the text "Managed by your organization"
-type "about:policy" without quote in your address bar to identity the problem
-if the problem is 'EnabledPlugins' (as this policy has been deprecated)
-you would need to open Registry Editor (regedit.exe)
-go to \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Chrome
-delete the folder 'EnabledPlugins'
-restart Chrome should fix the problem

Google Drive Fix for 'Sorry, you can't view or download this file at this time.'
1. Locate the "uc" part of the address, and replace it with "open", so that the beginning of the URL reads https://drive.google.com/open?.
2. Load the address again once you have replaced uc with open in the address.
3. This loads a new screen with controls at the top.
4. Click on the "add to my drive" icon at the top right.
5. Click on "add to my drive" again to open your Google Drive storage in a new tab in the browser.
6. You should see the locked file on your drive now.
7. Select it with a right-click, and then the "make a copy" option from the menu.
8. Select the copy of the file with a right-click, and there download to download the file to your local system.
Basically, what this does is create a copy of the file on your own Drive account. Since you are the owner of the copied file, you may download it to your local system this way.

Google Map - Can't remove starred places
Here's a solution that worked for me: I found that you can only fully remove a starred place by editing your list (Your Places > Saved > Starred Places > Edit List). If you tried removing the place by clicking on it, then clicking the save icon in the place's details, and deselecting 'Starred Places', that will remove it from your starred places list, but it wont remove the icon from your map. Taking this as your starting point (assuming you cannot see the starred place in your starred places list, but still see the starred place icon on your map), perform the following steps:
1. Click the starred place on your map
2. Click the Save button in the details of that place (adjacent to the Directions button for that place)
3. Click Starred Place. A popup at the bottom of your map will give you the option to Undo the change
4. Click Undo to re-star the place (this adds it back into your list)
5. Now navigate to your starred places list
6. Click the triple bar Menu button in the top left corner of your map > Your Places > Saved
7. Click the vertical ellipses (three dots) next to Starred Places > click Edit List
8. Find the starred place you wish to remove. Click the X to the right of that location.
9. Important: navigate backwards out of the list by clicking the arrow at the top left of the Edit List pane (this seems to save the change)
At this point if you click anywhere in your map view you'll see the location's Starred Place icon disappear

-the hidden energy and battery tool for Windows
-Start->Run->type 'cmd' (hold down Ctrl+Shift key for administrator privilege)
-type 'powercfg /batteryreport' generates a report of battery usage of your notebook/laptop/ultrabook/tablet including its manufacturer, capacity, cycle count, and usage history (since OS install)
-type 'powercfg /sleepstudy' generates a diagnostic connected standby report, which tells you which apps/devices are draining your battery and its duration and time incase you need to troubleshoot battery usage problem

Show Seconds In System Clock for Windows 10
-Download this set of registry files to enable/disable 'seconds' display. file

Windows Directory List to Text (using Command Prompt)
Type "dir /b > dirlist.txt" without quotes and press "Enter." This creates a list containing file names only.
To include file sizes and dates, type "dir > dirlist.txt" instead.
To also include files in sub-directories, type "dir /b /s > dirlist.txt" to create a list of files with the full directory structure name, such as "C:\folder\subdirectory\file.txt."

Windows Hosts File
Location: %systemroot%/system32/drivers/etc
Note: Must open Notepad with administrator privileges on Windows to edit and save the file
- Start, type 'notepad', press CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER. Yes to UAC (User Account Control) dialog.
- In Notepad, browse to %systemroot%/system32/drivers/etc and open the file 'hosts'
- You may need to change the default view from 'Text Documents (*.txt)' to 'All Files (*.*)'
- Make your changes and save.

Recommend HOSTS list: http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm

Windows 7 Installation Stop
-if it seems to be freezing at "Completing Installation" for a long time
-consider removing ALL plug-in usb devices during this step (including mouse and keyboard) until after installation

Windows 10 - Manually Upgrade to the Latest Version
Option 1: Use the latest Windows 10 Update Assistant
Option 2: Use the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool
-both of them are available to download from https://www.microsoft.com/software-download/windows10

Windows 10 - Non-Common Feature
Clipboard History - When enabled, Windows will remember a history of text, images, and other media you copied to the clipboard. You can press Windows+v to open the history and select a previously copied item.
Emoji Panel - You can press Windows+. (period) anywhere to open the emoji panel and insert an emoji.


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