How To Get Microsoft Movie Maker On Windows 10

A long time ago, Microsoft had a bundle of awesome, free apps called Windows Live Essentials. It had some great gems in there like Live Writer, and Microsoft Writer, and Movie Maker. Like all great things that Microsoft makes, the Windows Live Essentials bundle was discontinued. For a while, it was still available on Microsoft’s website if you could find the link to it but that too is gone. Users still miss the apps in that bundle and Movie Maker is top of the list of most missed apps. To this day, it’s better than the mediocre editing features in the Photos app on Windows 10. If you want Movie Maker on Windows 10, you can still download it from online archives.

The Movie Maker app can still run on Windows 10. Compatibility is hardly an issue, availability is. Windows Live Essentials is available on a myriad of online software repositories but they’re not all trustworthy. Anyone looking to infect systems can bundle it Windows Live Essentials with malicious code and make it available to unsuspecting users.

Movie Maker On Windows 10

One safe repository where you can download Windows Live Essentials is Archive.org. You can download the Wlsetup EXE or you can get a torrent for it. Both are really slow to download the 128 MB file so we recommend using a Torrent so there’s a resume option should anything go wrong.

Once downloaded, run the file named wlsetup-all.exe. You will see the following screen when installation begins. Click ‘Choose the programs you want to install’, and on the next screen, uncheck everything except Movie Maker.

The installer will install nothing except Movie Maker though if you want some of the other apps that were part of Windows Live Essentials, you’re free to check them during installation and they too will be installed.

Windows Movie Maker runs without any trouble on Windows 10. It’s not a feature-rich movie making app that can replace professional video editing software however it can do a lot of basic video editing. You can trim a video, record a video with your webcam, add a title card, add a credits card, add a voice over narration, and tons more.

It may not let you add fancy affects however, if you’re making a basic video that you intend to publish online, this app isn’t just fully equipped but also incredibly easy to learn to use for just that purpose. The cherry on top is that it can save it in low, medium, and HD quality depending on how you need to use it. There’s a reason why everyone loved this app.

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How To Center Icons On The Taskbar On Windows 10

The taskbar on Windows is what the Dock is for macOS. Your active, open apps appear on the taskbar and you can pin your frequently used apps to the taskbar for faster access. The two do not mirror each other exactly and there are some features that one supports but the other doesn’t. With respect to UI though, the Dock on macOS centers app icons in the middle. The taskbar aligns them to the left and right. The right side is reserved for the clock and the system tray, and the left is where the Start button lives, followed by Cortana and Mulitasking on Windows 10. All apps that you pin, are pinned next to these three default icons. Falcon10 is a free Windows app that can center icons on the taskbar.

It has its limitations; it doesn’t support multiple displays so while Windows 10 can show the taskbar on multiple displays, and your pinned icons appear on the taskbar on both displays, Falcon10 will only center them on your main display.

Center Icons On The Taskbar

In order to center icons on the taskbar, you need to install two apps; the first is AutoIt , and the second is of course Falcon10. You should also have the .Net Framework installed though it’s highly likely that you already do, especially if you play games on your PC. Last, you must be running the Windows 10 April Update. That’s Windows 10 1803. You can check your build version to make sure you have the right one.

Download AutoIt, and install it. Go with the recommended settings during installation and don’t set anything to ask for user intervention when it needs to be executed. Once installed, download and run Falccon10.

Enable the “Center Taskbar icons” option and your icons will be centered.

Here’s what it looks like; the pinned app icons are centered, you can see which apps are currently open, the default icons i.e. the Start button, Cortana, and Multitasking icons are still aligned to the left, and the system tray is still on the right.

To quit the app and return the app icons to their default position, double-click the app’s icon in the system tray and uncheck the option.

The app is brand new and this is the first version so there are bugs. One such bug is that the system tray overflow menu changes its size so that some of the icons are no longer visible. It makes it harder to access the app’s icon to disable it, not to mention access other icons that are hidden in the overflow menu. To counter this, you can reduce the number of icons you’ve hidden in the overflow menu.

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How To Disable Scrolling Via Touchpad On Windows 10

Precision touchpads allow you navigate our device via gestures. Gestures are executed by dragging a combination of two, three, or four fingers across the touchpad. Some gestures, like the four or three finger swipe down are highly unlikely to be executed accidentally. The two finger swipe though is often executed when you don’t mean for it and that’s the gesture that’s normally associated with the scroll function. In the absence of a mouse wheel, a touchpad supports this easy to execute gesture so that you don’t have to drag the scroll bars to do when you need to scroll a window. If you often find yourself accidentally scrolling when you don’t mean to, you can disable scrolling via touchpad on Windows 10.

We should mention that the touchpad isn’t the only way to scroll a web page or an app window. You can use the arrow keys and the page up/down keys to vertically scroll them. If you happen to use a mouse with your laptop, and quite a few people do, you won’t miss anything. That said, this isn’t something you should do just because you can. If you genuinely find scrolling via touchpad to be a hindrance, disable it. If you find it’s a problem when you’re typing, consider disabling the touchpad when you type. There may be a dedicated button or a tap gesture that lets you do this.

Disable Scrolling Via Touchpad

Open the Settings app and go to the Devices group of settings. Go to the Touchpad tab. Scroll down to the Zoom and Scroll section, and uncheck the ‘Drag two fingers to scroll’ option. This will disable scrolling on the touchpad.

Since scrolling is an essential function, it may not be feasible to disable scrolling via touchpad. If you find that the gesture is easily executed, you can decrease the sensitivity of the touchpad. Alternatively, check your touchpad driver’s settings to see if it lets you set scrolling to three or four finger scroll. The default setting in Windows 10 doesn’t support this particular customization though your touchpad driver, especially if it’s a Snaptics driver, might support it.

If all else fails, you can try third-party apps but you might have to buy one. A free one may not do what you need it to do. If you have an Asus, Dell, or HP laptop, check if they have a proprietary software they bundle with your laptop for managing touchpad gestures. It is a long shot but these manufacturers bundle other apps for managing your display and sound and some, particularly Asus, might have a dedicated app for managing the touchpad.

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How To Limit The Recycle Bin Size On Windows 10

It’s rare that the Recycle bin ever runs out of space. The space for the Recycle bin is allocated dynamically i.e., the Recycle bin grows to accommodate whatever file it is you’ve just deleted. The Recycle bin is considerably large by default which is why you won’t ever get an error when deleting files. Try deleting a few files that are more than 20 GB in size and you will realize that the Recycle bin can and does take up considerable space if it needs to.

You can change, or more  precisely, limit the size of the Recycle bin. There’s a built-in setting that lets you do just that. You can choose to increase or decrease the size of the bin to whatever suits you, and your storage needs.

Recycle Bin Size

Right-click the Recycle bin on your desktop and select Properties from the context menu. By default, the Recycle bin stores deleted files in the C drive where Windows is installed and that’s where it consumes space however it can and will use other drives if it needs to.

In the Properties window, you will see a ‘Settings for selected location’ section where the default size of the bin will be given. You want to trim it down so that your Recycle bin doesn’t just become another place for files to live forever.

Trim it down to a size that works for you. For example, if you normally deal with files that are small in size e.g., images or documents, you can afford to have a fairly small Recycle bin. On the other hand, if you often delete large files like movies or Photoshop files, then you do need a reasonably large Recycle bin. Repeat this for all locations where the Recycle Bin stores deleted files.

The size of the Recycle bin is set dynamically; it will always be 5% of available free space. This means that unless you delete a file, the space for it is isn’t being consumed just yet. Limiting the size will not add more free space to your hard drive.

If you’re not in the habit of emptying your Recycle bin, but do not want it to be bloated with deleted files for too long, consider using Storage Sense on Windows 10. Additionally, if you don’t have a very large hard drive, or rather you have an SSD which isn’t affordable in larger sizes, you should also check out what folders are using up the most space and delete the ones you can.

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How To Get The New macOS Mojave Dynamic Wallpaper On Windows 10

Dynamic wallpapers are a new feature introduced in the newest version of macOS; Mojave. This feature changes the wallpaper throughout the day. The image itself remains the same however there are variations of it available that show a different time of day. The one image that was showcased at WWDC 2018 has 16 other images that will change throughout the day if you have Mojave. If you want though, you can get the new macOS Mojave dynamic wallpaper on Windows 10 and have it change through out the day.

macOS Mojave Dynamic Wallpaper

You can download the wallpaper Apple showcased at WWDC 2018 here. Download and extract the zipped file. You will notice that they are numbered. The file has a total of 16 other files in it that should change throughout the day. They are HD files that should scale to fit your screen however, you can resize them if you want before you proceed.

Set Up Wallpaper Slideshow

Open the Settings app and go to the Personalization group of settings. Select the Background tab. Under the current background, you will see a dropdown. Open it and select Slideshow.

Once you selected Slideshow, you can select which folder Widows 10 should use images from for the slideshow. Pick the folder that you extracted the macOS wallpaper to. Next, under the folder selection you will see how often the image is meant to change. Set it to one hour and you have dynamically changing wallpapers.

This built-in slideshow method has its limitations i.e. there are 16 images that must be changed every 1 hour so you can imagine that it will quickly go out of sync as it runs through out the day.

Schedule Wallpaper Change

If you’re up for a little more effort, try an app called Wallpaper Change Scheduler. It lets you specify what time of day to change an image. It will take a little time to set up but this is much closer to replicating the dynamic wallpaper from Mojave.

Download and run the app. Allow it to add itself to the startup folder. Click the Add Event button and select ‘Daily’ from the trigger dropdown. Next, select what time the first wallpaper should change and then select the wallpaper you want to use for that time of day from the Browse button. Give this event a name, and you’re done. Repeat for the remaining 15 wallpapers.

You should time the wallpaper change with sunset, noon, and sunrise in your city to best replicate the feature. The Wallpaper Change Scheduler app will run constantly in the background to change the wallpaper on schedule and while it doesn’t have a major impact on the system’s resources, it will nevertheless slow things down on older hardware.

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