How To Create A System Restore Point On Windows 10

A System Restore point is backup of the system’s settings which includes installed apps, the Windows Registry, and system files. It’s incredibly useful for when something breaks on your system e.g., after you update to a new version of Windows 10. You can use a system restore point to return to a previously stable state. Here’s how you can create a system restore point on Windows 10.

System Restore Point

You will need administrative rights to create a system restore point on Windows 10.

Open File Explorer and in the navigation bar on the left, right-click This PC and select Properties from the context menu. In the Properties window that opens, look at the options on the left, and click Advanced System Settings.

Enable System Protection

On the System Settings window, go to the System Protection tab. The System Protection tab will list all the drives that are currently configured on your system. You can create a system restore point for each drive but in most cases, creating one for the Windows drive is enough.

Select the Windows drive i.e., the drive that Windows 10 is installed on, and click the Configure button.

Select the Turn on system protection option, and then allocate space that can be taken up by these restore points. Typically, 500 MB is enough but to be on the safe side, you can allocate up to 1 GB of space if you have it. Set the space by dragging the Max Usage slider. Click Apply, and close the window.

Create Restore Point

Next, return to the System Properties window, and click the Create button at the bottom to create a system restore point for the selected disk. Give it a name, and the restore point will be created. The restore point takes only a few minutes to create. The date is added to restore point automatically so don’t include it in the name.

Restore To System Restore Point

To restore your system to a restore point, you need to open this same System Settings window, select the drive you want to restore, and click the System Restore button. This will open a window where, after you click Next, you will see a list of the restore points that have been created. Each restore point is time stamped and all you need to do is select which one you want to restore to. Follow the on-screen instructions to restore your system.

Delete Restore Point

If you want to delete all restore points that you’ve created, click the Configure button on the System properties window, and click the Delete button at the bottom to delete all restore points.

To delete individual restore points, open Command Prompt with administrative rights.

Type the following command to list all restore points.

vssadmin list shadows

The restore points are not listed with the name you gave them. Instead, they have a shadow copy ID, and the date they were created on. That’s how you can tell which restore point is which. Note down the ID of the restore point you want to delete.

Run the following command to delete the shadow copy i.e., restore point.

vssadmin delete shadows /shadow=(shadow copy ID)


vssadmin delete shadows /Shadow={87d856bc-bbf4-4f05-a2f0-9e3accf3477f}

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How To Enable High Priority Notifications For Gmail

It’s no secret that smartphones were once a great way to stay in touch, and keep up with work on the go but now most people are just overwhelmed with notifications from apps. It’s no secret that notifications need to be managed. Apple is adding a new feature in iOS 12 where you can have notifications deliver quietly for an app. Gmail has a new feature for its smartphone apps where you can change which emails you get notifications for. It’s called High Priority Notifications and you can enable them on a per-account basis if you have multiple accounts configured.

High Priority Notifications

Make sure you’ve got the latest version of Gmail on your phone.

Open the app and tap the hamburger icon at the top left. In the navigation drawer, scroll down and tap Settings. On the Settings screen, tap the email account you want to enable High Priority notifications for.

On the Account settings screen, tap Notifications under the Notification section. On the Notification screen, you will see four different options for how notifications are delivered.

The ‘All new mail’ option is just that; you will get a notification for every single message that arrives in your inbox. The ‘Primary only’ option will only send you notifications for emails that are filtered to your Primary inbox if you have the tabbed interface enabled. Under this option is the High Priority Only option whereby you will get notifications for emails that are most important, as determined by Gmail. The None option will turn off notifications for new emails.

Since this is set on a per-account basis, you can enable high priority notifications for one account, but not the other.

The feature is good but the only trouble is that Gmail decides which email is important. Gmail isn’t necessarily going to incorrectly identify which email is important. It’s good at that, but you might want a notification for an email that Gmail doesn’t think is important such as a newsletter and you’ll have to mark the message as important manually before you start getting notifications for it.

To make an email as important, you have to move it to the primary inbox (if enabled). If you don’t have the Gmail tabbed interface enabled, you can tap the star icon and you will start getting notifications for it.

The feature doesn’t seem to have rolled out for Android users just yet. Android already has priority notification settings so perhaps the feature won’t be released for Android users.

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How To Message From Your Desktop To Your Android Phone

Phones are useful but they’re also a distraction which is why we’re always looking to minimize how much they can distract us. Messages are one reason we often pick up our phones, and after that we end up checking other apps. To minimize this particular distraction, Google has a web version of its Messages app. You can use it from your web browser and Message from your desktop to your Android phone.

The web app basically routes the messages to the Messages app on your phone, and the message is sent. All messages that are sent to you are likewise synced to the desktop. You do need a SIM card in your phone to send the message and both your phone and desktop need an active internet connection to sync messages.

Messages For Web

The Messages app for web is a web app that you have to connect to your Android phone in order for it to work. It connects by scanning a QR code. The app will give you a code when you visit it.

Messages On Android

Make sure you’ve got the latest version of the Messages app. Open the app and tap the more options button. The menu ought to have a ‘Messages for web’ option. Tap it, and it will take you to the scan code screen. Tap the Scan QR Code button, and scan the code the web app gave you.

Sending & Receiving Messages

Once the app is connected, you can start messaging from your desktop. The message takes a little time to send. It’s sent from your desktop to your phone, and then from your phone to your intended recipient. Likewise, your messages might be a little late to arrive on your desktop from your phone.

If you’re using a modern browser like Chrome or Firefox, you can enable desktop notifications and minimize the window you have Messages for Web open in. When you have a new message, the web app will send you a desktop notification.

Like its Android counterpart, the web app lets you send pictures, stickers, and emoji. The messages are time stamped, and your contacts’ name sync with the synced message threads so you’re not just looking at numbers when you send and receive messages. You can start a conversation with any of your contacts even if you don’t have an active message thread with them.

The web app requires an active connection to your phone for it to work.

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How To Set Notifications To Deliver Quietly For An App On iOS 12

All app notifications aren’t the same. A notification from Candy Crush isn’t as important as an email. Up until now, iOS users have had the option to turn off notifications from less important apps, and allow only those that they cannot afford to miss. With iOS 12, Apple gives users a new way to get notifications that is far less distracting. For less important apps, you can choose to have notifications delivered quietly. What this means is that the notification will not appear on your lock screen, and on your home screen if your phone is unlocked. It will however appear in the notification center. Your screen won’t turn on as often saving battery life, and it will be less distracting, Here’s how to enable deliver quietly for an app.

This setting is set on a per-app basis. You can quickly enable deliver quietly for an app from the notification center, or you can enable it from the Settings app.

Deliver Quietly From Notification Center

To enable, or disable deliver quietly for an app from the notification center, you must have a notification from the app present there. Swipe down to open the Notification Center and swipe left on the app’s notification. Tap the Manage button. From the menu that appears, tap Deliver Quietly.

To disable Deliver Quietly, again swipe down and open the Notification Center. Swipe left on the notification and tap Manage. From the menu, select Deliver Prominently.

Deliver Quietly From Settings App

Open the Settings app and go to Notifications. Tap the app you want to enable or disable Deliver Quietly for. An app, by default, can deliver notifications to your lock screen, to the notification center, and to your home screen.

If you disable delivering notifications to the lock screen and to the home screen i.e., banner, you will have enabled deliver quietly for that app. To disable it, enable all three types of notifications for the app.

Apple is changing a few things with notifications in iOS 12. You can group notifications by type on iOS 12, and you can choose where they’re delivered.

Delivering notifications quietly will reduce distractions for users but they won’t miss notifications. They can always be checked from the notification center. Where this will reduce distractions, it will also help your device’s battery last longer. If your screen isn’t waking up for unimportant notifications, the battery will last longer. You’re not going to double your battery life but it will help.

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How To Increase Or Decrease Desktop Icon Spacing On Windows 10

Desktop icons on Windows 10 can be resized. You can make them smaller, or bigger. You can also align them properly in a grid layout. If you don’t like the grid, you can move them anywhere you like by disabling snap to grid. This is all great but when you resize desktop icons, the grid doesn’t change. If your icons are too big, there will be very little space between them. If your icons are really small, they’re will be enough space between them to add another entire row of icons. The grid doesn’t change much with the icon size, you can increase or decrease desktop icon spacing to make it more suitable for the icons.

To change desktop icon spacing, you need to edit the Windows registry. This is my desktop with fairly large icons. You can see there’s very little space between the individual icons.

Desktop Icon Spacing

Open the run box with the Win + R keyboard shortcut. In the run box, type regedit to open the Windows Registry.

Go to the following location in the Windows Registry.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics

With the grid, you need to change the difference between the rows of the grid, and the columns. That means there are two values you have to edit. Each value manages a different aspect of the grid. TheĀ IconSpacing value will change spacing between columns, andĀ IconVerticalSpacing will change spaces between rows.

By default, the value for both is set to -1128 but it may be different depending on your screen’s resolution.

You can change it to anything between -480 and -2780. -480 is the least amount of space you can have between icon rows and columns, and -2780 is the maximum amount of space you can have between them. You will have to experiment with the numbers to see which looks best. After each change you have to restart your system for the new value to be applied.

The following is what you get when you have large desktop icons, and spacing set to -1500.

You don’t have to set the same value for both registry values. You might want more space between rows than you want between columns so it’s fine if the values don’t match each other. You will need to remember, or write down, the default value of both registry values if you ever want to reset the grid to its default size.

Changing these values will not break anything; you can still align icons to the grid though it’s worth mentioning that with more space between the grid lines, you might end up with more space between the Taskbar and the bottom row of icons than you’re normally used to.

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