How To Disable Dell CPU Power Throttling For Unknown Power Adapters

Dell does a rather annoying thing with its laptops. If you do not use a power adapter that is Dell branded, it may not work with your laptop, or your CPU’s power may be throttled. This is a problem especially if you can’t get your hands on a Dell approved adapter. It almost makes for a case to not use laptops manufactured by Dell but if you already own one and are using an un-original adaptor, you need a way to disable Dell CPU power throttling.

You can do this with an app called ThrottleStop however, you must be very careful. Make sure you know the exact power requirements of your system, and your CPU before you use the app. If you supply too much power to your system, you will very likely burn something beyond repair.

Disable Dell CPU Power Throttling

Download ThrottleStop, and run the app. Disable the BD PROCHOT option and do not change anything else. Click the Turn On option, and the CPU power throttling ought to be disabled.

Power Throttling

Dell does this to ensure that counterfeit adapters that users might end up using do not damage their hardware. If it worked half as hard to ensure authentic adapters were more easily available, no one would have to bother with apps like this and users wouldn’t be forced to use counterfeit adapters.

To be clear, this feature isn’t useless. You can end up buying adapters that supply too much power to your laptop. This is anecdotal but I did end up having to use a counterfeit adapter with an old Dell laptop when I couldn’t find an original one and predictably, it burned the power supply unit. The entire laptop wasn’t decommissioned. The damage was fixed within a few minutes at a repair shop but I disconnected it from the power supply immediately after the burn out so the damage was minimal.

The point of all this is that before you decide to disable the power throttling, make sure that the adapter isn’t supplying too much power to your laptop. Check your original adapter and it will tell you how much power it can supply. Take your charger to a repair shop and have them check how much power it is out-putting to be certain it isn’t supplying too much power.

You should also make sure that you take all precautions possible to ensure a steady power supply to your system.

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How To View Image Dimensions In File Explorer On Windows 10

File Explorer has gone through some changes in the past few years. On Windows 7, it looked very different but most features that it had back then are still part of the app in Windows 10. There are some minor changes though; for one, the Properties bar that appeared at the bottom when you selected a file no longer exists. This bar was incredibly helpful because it gave you quick details for any file, especially images. If you need to view image dimensions in File Explorer, then there are two ways to go about it.

Mouse Hover

This works inside File Explorer but also on your desktop. All you need to do is hover your mouse cursor over an image and wait for the tool tip to appear. The tool tip tells you the type of file it is i.e., its file extension which is useful if you’ve hidden them, its dimensions, and its disk size.

The problem with this method is that the tool tip doesn’t always show up. Sometimes you need to select, unselect, and select the file again to get the tool tip to appear. It all depends on how much time you have.

Dimensions Column

This only works inside File Explorer so while it’s more reliable than the previous method, it won’t work on your desktop. Open a folder that contains images. Right-click the title of any one of the already enabled columns, and from the context menu, select ‘Dimensions’.

This will add a Dimensions column to File Explorer for that folder only. The Dimensions column will show you, at all times, the dimensions of the image. This is much easier than the tool tip method since you don’t have to wait for the information to appear.

The downside, or rather a little annoyance with this method is that you have to enable the column for every single folder with images. Enabling it in one folder isn’t enough. Also, you must have the View option set to List. If you use any of the thumbnail views, the dimensions column cannot be enabled however, the tool tip method will still work. With the list view, you lose the advantage of getting image thumbnails which, if you have a lot of images to sort through, is useful.

Overall, we just miss the Properties bar that used to appear at the bottom. You can find a File Explorer extension or app that can add it back but this isn’t the kind of app that you want to drag down with additional apps and extensions if you have an older system.

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How To Change The Primary Mouse Button On Windows 10

Laptops, keyboards, and pointing devices are all, by default, configured to be used by people who are right-handed. If you’re left handed, you will need to buy a laptop built for you and not all models may be available in that configuration. The problem doesn’t stop with laptops though. A mouse and a touchpad are also configured such that the left button is the primary mouse button, and the right button is the secondary one.

The good news is that you don’t need to get a new mouse to change the primary mouse button. You can change it from Windows. There’s a dedicated setting for it.

Swap Primary Mouse Button

Open the Settings app and go to the Devices group of settings. Select the Mouse tab, and open the ‘Select your primary button’ dropdown. Select Right instead of the default Left option.

The change takes effect right away. If you left click after making this change, the left mouse button will now open the menu that the right-click button did. Likewise, the right button will select items, and when double-clicked, will open folders, files, and execute apps.

This change will also impact the buttons on your trackpad. There’s no separate setting for the trackpad’s buttons. The change you make on the Mouse tab will also control the buttons on the touchpad. Not all touchpads have dedicated right and left buttons. Some can only be clicked to execute the left click and the right-click is simulated by double-tapping on the touchpad. This change will also effect a touchpad that’s designed to work this way.

There are, very likely, apps that can also change your primary mouse button however it’s best to use the built-in option because all apps will respond to it.

If, for some reason, you don’t see this dropdown on the Mouse tab, scroll down on this same tab and click ‘Additional mouse options’. This will open the mouse settings window that the Control Panel has.

The Mouse Properties window has a Buttons tab which ought to have an option called ‘Switch primary and secondary buttons’ option. Select it and it will swap the left button’s function with that of the right button.

Windows 10 also lets you change the scroll direction of the mouse wheel but there isn’t any way to change what the wheel click does. If you use a touchpad exclusively, and not a mouse, you should look into what you can do with different gestures.

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How To Save Twitter Bookmarks In Firefox

A while back, Twitter added a pretty useful feature called ‘bookmarks‘. Unfortunately, this feature still hasn’t been rolled out to the desktop version of the website. This means that while users can save tweets as bookmarks from their phones, they can’t access them from the desktop. There’s a work around that lets you access Twitter bookmarks from the desktop and you can use it to save them as well but it’s a bit inconvenient since you have to use the mobile website. You can use an add-on called TwitMarks to save Twitter bookmarks from Firefox.

Save Twitter Bookmarks

Install the add-on and visit Twitter. Click the tweet that you want to add to your bookmarks so that it opens via its direct link. You will see an ‘Add to bookmarks’ option next to the reply, retweet, and favorite buttons. Click it to add the tweet to your bookmarks.

The add-on also makes it easier to access the bookmarks as well. At the top, a new tab called ‘Bookmarks’ is added next to the Messages tab where you can view and access all your bookmarked tweets. This includes the ones you added on your phone.

The tweets you bookmark on Firefox via this add-on are automatically synced to your phone apps as well.

We’ve said this before and we’ll say it again; this feature is needlessly being kept off the desktop website. It’s fairly easy to manage since this add-on alone can do it. There isn’t a Chrome equivalent of it just yet but we’ll keep out eye out for one and update this post if we find it.

While the add-on makes saving and accessing bookmarked tweets easy, it does take a slightly long route to it. Users have to open the tweet itself in order to get to the bookmark option. An improvement would be to allow users to bookmark it from their timeline.

Twitter has changed its API and how apps use it making a great deal of them obsolete. These third party apps had a lot of great features that users in general, and social media managers in particular, found useful for managing one or multiple accounts. Twitter’s own apps barely compare to any of the leading third-party apps that were available so Twitter needs to either up its app game or maybe re-think what it allows developers to do with its APIs.

In the meantime, we have few apps that still let you use Twitter more easily and the extensions/add-ons, while still functional, are a good alternative.

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How To Skip UAC Prompt For Apps On Windows 10

If you aren’t using a Windows 10 machine with the administrator account you will see the UAC prompt quite a bit. With some apps, like the registry editor, you will always get the UAC prompt when you run it. The same holds true for other apps as well, depending on what they do. If it bothers you, you can skip the UAC prompt for apps on Windows 10 with a scheduled task.

Caution

The UAC prompt might be annoying but it’s there for your own safety. It alerts you when you’re about to alter you system in a way that may impact its stability. This goes for everything from installing an app to running the registry. Disabling it if you don’t know what you’re doing, is a bad idea.

Skip UAC Prompt

We’re going to show you how you can run the registry editor without running into the UAC prompt but you can use it for other apps as well. Open the Task Scheduler and create a new task. Give it a name that tells you what the task is for.

On the General tab, select the ‘Run with highest privileges’ box.

Now, go to the Action tab and click the New button. In the New Action window, enter the path to the EXE of app that you want to run without encountering the UAC. Since we’re going for the registry editor, we’re going to use the following. You need to replace it with the path to the EXE of the app you want to run.

c:\windows\regedit.exe

Next, go to the Conditions tab, and uncheck these two options;

  • Stop if the computer switches to battery power
  • Start the task only if the computer is on AC power

Click Ok, and you will be prompted to enter your admin username and password to create the task.

When you run this task, it will open the app in the background i.e., it will not be in focus. If this is a problem for you, you can fix it. Open Task Scheduler and edit this task. Go to the Actions tab, and select the action you’ve configured for it. Click the edit button and enter the following in the Add Arguments box. You want to replace ‘regedit.exe’ with the name of the EXE of the app you want to run.

/c start "" regedit.exe

That’s about it. You will need an easy way to run the task so check out our article on how to create a desktop shortcut for scheduled tasks.

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