How To View Global Keyboard Shortcuts On Windows 10

For any app that you use a lot, you likely use keyboard shortcuts for common actions. Take the browser for example, it’s more likely that you use Ctrl+T to open a new tab than use the mouse to click the new tab button. Keyboard shortcuts let you work faster and you likely have a few global ones configured that you can execute from anywhere. Some apps enable global keyboard shortcuts too. If you need to view global keyboard shortcuts though, there’s no simple way of doing it. There is however a little script that you can run to get a complete list of these shortcuts.

View Global Keyboard Shortcuts

Open Notepad and paste the following in it. Save it with a meaningful name, and with the VBS extension. Make sure you change the file type from TXT to All Files in the Save dialog. This script was written by SuperUser user Jack White.

You will need to make one edit to this file. In the first line, replace the path with the path to your own user folder.

Const rootdir = "C:\Users\fatiw"

Set fso = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set wshell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")

logname="GlobalHotkeys.txt"
Set logfile = fso.CreateTextFile(logname,True)
logfile.Write "Searching for shortcuts with hotkeys" & vbCrLf

recursedirs( fso.GetFolder(rootdir) )

logfile.Write "Done searching" & vbCrLf
logfile.Close

Sub recursedirs(dir)
If trylistdir(dir) Then
For Each subdir In dir.SubFolders
recursedirs subdir
Next

For Each file In dir.Files
extn = fso.GetExtensionName(file.Path)
if LCase(extn) = "lnk" Then
check(file.Path)
end if
Next
End If
End Sub

Function trylistdir(dir)
On Error Resume Next
trylistdir = (dir.SubFolders.Count + dir.Files.Count >= 0)
End Function

Sub check(fname)

Set lnk = wshell.CreateShortcut(fname)
hk = lnk.Hotkey
if (hk<>"") then
logfile.Write fname & " : " & hk & vbCrLf
end if

End Sub

Save the file, and then run it. You won’t see any sort of GUI that signals the script is running however, a new TXT file named ‘GlobalHotkeys.txt’ will be created in the same directory that you saved this script to. Don’t open it right away. Wait a few minutes so that the script can scan for and write the configured keyboard shortcuts it finds.

Open the file to view global keyboard shortcuts configured for your user.

Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

This script will not list Windows global keyboard shortcuts. For example, the Win+A keyboard shortcut opens the Action Center. This keyboard shortcut, and other default ones that Windows 10 comes with will not be listed in the TXT file. Dedicated media keys, and controls for brightness, volume, Bluetooth, WiFi, etc will also not be listed.

While the script works for most apps, there may be some exceptions.

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How To Fix Let Apps Run In The Background Resetting On Windows 10

Windows 10 1803 was delayed because of a bug that Microsoft caught in time before the release. They managed to fix it but that doesn’t mean 1803 is without bugs. Like all previous major Windows 10 feature updates, this one has its bugs. There was the little mix-up with no mic in certain apps that was basically the mic access resetting. Microsoft has introduced an alert for this in future builds. Something similar, though far more annoying that happens on this build is the Let apps run in the background resetting even after you turn it off. Each time a user reboots their PC, background app refresh is enabled once again. Here’s the fix for it.

Let Apps Run In The Background

In order to fix this bug, you need to modify the Windows registry and that requires Administrative rights. Open the Windows registry by typing Regedit in Windows search.

Navigate to the following location.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\BackgroundAccessApplications

Here, look for a DWORD key called ‘Migrated’. If it isn’t there, right-click inside the right panel and select New>SWORD (32-bit) Value. Name it Migrated, and set its value to 4. Customize the Let apps run in the background setting however you like i.e., disable it completely or disable it for select apps. Next, restart your system and this time, the settings should persist after the reboot.

On the off chance that it still doesn’t remember your preferences, open the Windows Registry again and navigate to the following location.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search

Look for a DWORD value called BackgroundAppGlobalToggle and delete it. Again, customize the background app refresh settings, and reboot your system to see if they persist past a reboot.

For many users, this fixes the problem and the apps they’ve barred from running the background no longer appear in Task Manager however, that’s not always the case. For some users, apps that have been barred from running the background might still appear in Task Manager but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re actually running. It’s just another bug that’s a result of the hack that was applied to fix the original problem.

Since this is a bug fix, it might have some exceptions whereby some apps, mostly the default ones like Edge or Cortana are still running in the background even though you’ve turned access off for them. There’s no way to fix it completely and it doesn’t seem that Microsoft is aware of the problem. Not many users change this particular setting so it makes sense that even fewer are experiencing the bug, and fewer still are reporting it.

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How To Fix Network Devices Not Showing In File Explorer On Windows 10

Windows 10 1803 has a new way to share files called Nearby Share. It’s a much easier way to share files with other Windows 10 devices that are nearby. For devices that aren’t running Windows 10, you can still share files over the network. The only problem is that there’s a bug in Windows 10 1803 where network devices don’t appear in File Explorer. Microsoft is aware of this bug and there is a fix for network devices not showing in File Explorer.

The problem has to do with certain services not starting properly. There’s a whole list of them that you need to fix but it’s a fairly simple process. You will need administrative rights to do this.

Network Devices Not Showing In File Explorer

Open the run box with the Win+R keyboard shortcut, type services.msc, and hit Enter.

Search for the following services one by one and set their ‘Startup Type’ to ‘Automatic (Delayed Start)’. To change the Startup type, double-click the service once you find it in the list. This will open its properties window. Go to the General tab, and open the ‘Startup type’ dropdown. Select the ‘Automatic (Delayed Startup) option, and click Apply.

  • Computer Browser
  • Function Discovery Provider Host (FDPHost)
  • Function Discovery Resource Publication (FDResPub)
  • Network Connections (NetMan)
  • UPnP Device Host (UPnPHost)
  • Peer Name Resolution Protocol (PNRPSvc)
  • Peer Networking Grouping (P2PSvc)
  • Peer Networking Identity Manager (P2PIMSvc)

You need to change the Startup Type for every single service that is listed above. Once you’ve done that, restart your PC. This is not a step that you can skip.

Once you restart your PC, open File Explorer, and click Network on the navigation panel. Your network devices should start to appear now, and you will be able to share and access files from them.

This applies to devices that are not running Windows 10 1803, or any version of Windows such as a network drive, or a Mac or Linux PC on the network. If all your devices still do not appear in File Explorer, make sure that they are connected properly to the network, and wherever applicable, check to make sure sharing and network discoverability has been enabled for all of them. It’s also worth checking to make sure the device can be accessed over the network. For example, an iPhone simply cannot be accessed over the network so don’t expect it to show up in File Explorer just because it’s connected to the same network.

While other devices will now show up in File Explorer, you will still need to enter a username and password in order to access files on them.

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How To Fix Windows 10 Start Menu Resetting

Windows 10 doesn’t normally have bugs when you do a clean install but there are exceptions even to this. One very odd, very annoying bug in Windows 10 causes the Start menu to reset. This means that when you customize the layout of the Start menu i.e., pin tiles you need to use and remove the ones you don’t need, everything is lost when close and open the Start menu. That is a lot of work lost and it renders the Start menu useless. This bug is especially prevalent in a the Fall Creators Update though nothing is stopping it from cropping up on other major Windows 10 builds. Here’s how you can fix the Start Menu resetting on Windows 10.

These are a series of solutions that you can try and hopefully one or the other will fix it. You don’t need to run through all the solutions to fix the problem. If a fix seems to work, make sure you double-check by restarting Windows 10.

Check Date & Time

Make sure the time and date is correct. If it isn’t, fixing it and restarting your system ought to do the trick. Users who have found this solution to work say it takes up to 3 hours for it to actually fix the problem.

Run Start Menu Troubleshooter

Microsoft knows the Start Menu tends to act up now and then. This is a rather prevalent problem that the company has tried to fix by releasing a dedicated tool for troubleshooting problems with it. The quickest solution is to download the Start Menu troubleshooter from Microsoft and run it. It will look for and identify problems that might be causing the Start Menu to reset. Apply the fixes it recommends and check if the problem goes away.

Reregister Start Menu

Open PowerShell with administrative rights. Enter the following and tap Enter. Restart your system after the command has been executed and the problem ought to go away.

Get-appxpackage -all *shellexperience* -packagetype bundle |% {add-appxpackage -register -disabledevelopmentmode ($_.installlocation + “\appxmetadata\appxbundlemanifest.xml”)}

Create New User

If all else fails, you can create a new user. The Start Menu resetting is a problem something that appears right away so we’re assuming you haven’t set the current user up too much for use. Create a new user and modify the Start menu. If the changes stick, then use the new user you just created and delete the one with the problematic Start Menu.

You can also run Windows repair at start up but this may not fix the problem and you may end up having to reinstall Windows 10 all over again.

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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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