How To Create a Desktop Shortcut For Scheduled Tasks On Windows 10

Scheduled tasks, as the name implies, are automated tasks that run at a given time, or when a pre-defined event is executed. That is how they are generally used but a scheduled task is often used to accomplish a myriad of other things and that might require running it from a more convenient place such as your desktop. Here’s how you can create a desktop shortcut for scheduled tasks.

Desktop Shortcut For Scheduled Tasks

The process is fairly simple. All you need to do is have your scheduled task already configured, and enabled. You need to know the exact name of the scheduled task in order to configure the desktop shortcut for it.

Once you have all this ready, you can create a desktop shortcut for the task.

Go to your desktop and right-click on an empty area. From the context menu, go to New>Shortcut.

In the Location field, enter the following but replace TaskName with the name of the task you want to run. Make sure the name is enclosed inside the quote marks or it will not run.

C:\Windows\System32\schtasks.exe /run /tn "TaskName"

Click Next, and the shortcut will be created. It won’t have an icon so if you want to, you can assign one yourself. Download an icon file i.e., and image should be in the ICO file format. If you have a PNG image that you want to use as the icon, you can use a free app like IrfanView to resize and convert it to an ICO file.

Right-click the shortcut you created and select Properties from the context menu. In the Properties window, go to the General tab and click the Change icon button at the bottom. Accept the on-screen prompt and select the ICO file you want to use for the shortcut.

That’s all you need to do to set the shortcut up, and make it look good. Simply run it and the task will be triggered. Running a task this way will run whatever you’ve set up as the ‘Action’ without the conditions of its ‘Trigger’ needing to be met.

You can move the shortcut anywhere you want. You have to create it on the desktop but once it’s been created, there is nothing stopping you from moving it elsewhere. Also, if you need to, you can pin the shortcut to the Start menu, or to the taskbar. It all depends on how you need to run it, and what is the most convenient way for you to do it.

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How To Directly Open A Label In Gmail Web

When you open Gmail in your web browser, it defaults to the Inbox. The Inbox is where all you email goes but Gmail allows users to sort their messages using labels which are inboxes on their own. You can create as many custom labels in Gmail as you want and create rules to have messages sorted to the labels automatically. The only problem is that whenever you open Gmail, you default to your Inbox. If you’d rather directly open a label in Gmail instead of manually switching to it, you can.

Open A Label In Gmail

The process is pretty simple, and it’s similar to how you would open a different Gmail account if you’re signed into multiple accounts. Open Gmail in your browser and go to the label that you want to open automatically each time you visit Gmail and bookmark it.

If you look at the URL bar when you switch between labels, you can see that it changes according to the label you’ve selected.

Once you bookmark it, you can use the bookmark to jump straight to the label in Gmail. If you use it often enough, your browser will pick up on the URL that you frequently open. After a while, you’ll only need to enter the first few letters of the URL and autocomplete will suggest the label’s URL for you.

If you often need quick access to a lot of different labels, this trick will work but your bookmarks bar will quickly get crowded. If you decide to nest the labels inside a folder, you’re automatically making the process of jumping to a label in Gmail longer and maybe even a little inconvenient.

There’s no easy way to get direct access to labels. There aren’t very many, if any, browser extensions that make this easier. Even if Gmail were to allow users to select which label or inbox it defaulted to, there would still only be one pick.

For two or three labels, this works fine. If you like to keep the bookmarks bar hidden, this may take a little getting used to. You can try using an add-on that lets you auto-hide the bookmarks bar when you aren’t using it. This will make it so that you don’t have the bookmarks bar visible at all times and only when you need it. The alternative is to manually hide and unhide the bookmarks bar whenever you need to access it and regardless if you use the mouse to do it or a keyboard shortcut, it’s still tedious.

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How To Change The Style For All Tables In Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word lets you apply the formatting to large snippets of text enmasse. You can copy the formatting applied to one bit of text, and apply it to entire paragraphs and sections with just a few clicks. Unfortunately, the same doesn’t hold true for tables. If you want to change the style for all tables in a particular document, you’re going to have to select each one individually and change the style. The alternative is to use a macro to do it.

Find Table Style

Before you can create the macro, you need to find the name of table style that you want to apply. This is pretty easy. Open the Word document that you want to change the table styles for. Click inside a table and then go to the Design tab on the Table Tools tab.

Hover the mouse cursor over the table style you want to apply to all tables, and a tool tip will tell you what it’s called. Note down the name and you’re ready to create the macro.

Table Style Macro

Enable the Developer tab in Word by going to File>Options>Customize ribbon. Enable the Developer toolbar and then return to your document.

On the Developer tab, and click Macros. Give it the following name;


Click create and enter the following in the code box however, you need to edit this line: tbl.Style = “Medium Shading 2 – Accent 1”. Replace the bit inside the quotes with the name name of the table style you copied in the previous step. Don’t remove the quote marks from the code. Simply enter the name of the table style, and run it.

Sub ApplyTableStyle()
Dim tbl As Table
For Each tbl In ActiveDocument.Tables
tbl.Style = "Medium Shading 2 - Accent 1"
End Sub

That’s all you have to do. Once the macro runs, it will automatically change the style for all tables. If you ever need to use a different table style, you’re going to need to remove this macro because it proactively changes the style of all tables to the one you specified in the macro.

If you ever need to change which style the macro applies, you will need to edit the code and replace the name of the style you want to apply. The macro applies styles to all current and all new tables in the document. This would obviously be easier if Microsoft Word had a built-in option to do this. It seems like a odd shortcoming for the app.

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How To Fix BSOD When You Turn Bluetooth Off On Windows 10

BSODs were practically a feature on Windows 10 when it was first released. They’ve since became somewhat rare but that doesn’t mean you won’t see a BSOD. There appears to be a bug that, when you turn Bluetooth off, your system crashes. This bug is a result of a driver problem so here’s the fix.

Since this is a driver problem, you’re going to have to roll back the driver or update it. We can’t say for certain which you need to do since on the system we tried this solution out on, the bug appeared out of the blue. There were no system updates so nothing changed and the Bluetooth driver didn’t update. What worked was updating the driver but for some users, a roll back might be what’s in order.

BSOD On Bluetooth Off

You need to either update or roll back the driver. Turn on Bluetooth. Open Device Manager, and expand the Bluetooth group of devices.

Look for your Bluetooth chipset. It ought to be called something like Intel Wireless Bluetooth. Right-click it, and select Properties from the context menu. On the Properties window, go to the Driver tab.

If the Roll Back Driver option is enabled, click it and roll back to an older version of the Bluetooth driver. Once it has been rolled back, restart your system and turn Bluetooth off. If you still get the BSOD, you might need to update the driver.

The process is almost the same. Open Device Manager, expand Bluetooth devices, right-click your Bluetooth chipset, and select Properties from the context menu. On the Properties window, go to the Driver tab, and select Update Driver. Select the ‘Search automatically for updated driver software’ option and it will look for available updates. If it finds them, allow it to install the updated driver and restart your system.

That ought to fix the BSOD. If it doesn’t, check if you’ve recently installed a Windows 10 update. If you have, it’s a good idea to roll it back and delay updates until the next major one rolls out.

In the event that there is no driver to roll back to, and there is no updated version available either, you might have to manually search for an older driver version. A good place to look is the manufacturer’s website for your laptop. Once you find it, you will need to first uninstall the current driver and then install the one you downloaded.

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How To Edit The Speed Dial In Chrome

The new Chrome interface is now live. Update the browser to version 69 and you can use it. Part of the new design involves a revamp of the New Tab page. There are now ten speed dial spots and the thumbnail previews are gone. They’ve been replaced with website favicons/icons. If you don’t like the new design, you can disable it. Before you do though, you should give it a chance since you can now edit the speed dial in Chrome.

Edit Chrome Speed Dial

Open the New Tab page and hover the mouse cursor over one of the speed dial websites. You will see a button at the top right corner that doesn’t delete it like before. Click it.

A little window will open that lets you edit the URL of the website i.e., the speed dial. You can edit the name that appears under the speed dial which is really useful if Chrome caches the incorrect title tag for a website. If you want to delete a website, you can just click the Remove button.

The new look of the New Tab page is a lot like what Firefox has had for a while now. Firefox still has a richer New Tab page; it has highlights i.e., the websites you visit most frequently, and Top Sites which is basically the speed dial.

Firefox lets you edit your speed dial so that if it has picked up the wrong website for the speed dial, you can always edit it and add back websites you actually need. Chrome’s speed dial updated based on usage which made it both good and bad and we have to say, it’s just better to let users choose what they want.

If you’ve upgraded to the new version of Chrome, it’s a good idea to look around and explore all the new features. You can now use a local image as the background for the New Tab page. There’s also an option to use Chrome backgrounds. In the older versions of Chrome, an extension was required to change the background and that meant that performance dragged down and Chrome used up more memory.

The Chrome Backgrounds allow you to get a new background image without having to set it yourself. To change the background, open a new tab and click the cog wheel icon at the bottom right. It will give you options to use either a local image or Chrome backgrounds.

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