How to lock Windows 10 when you close your laptop lid

When you close your laptop lid, your system can do one of three things; sleep, hibernate, or shutdown. All three options put your system in an ‘Off’ or similar state. The fourth option is that closing your lid does nothing. If you need to lock Windows 10 when you close your laptop lid, you’re going to need a third party app called Lid Lock.

Lock Windows 10

Lid Lock is free but it seems the developer’s website is down and you cannot download the app directly from them. Instead, you have to turn to software repositories. Softpedia has a copy that’s safe for use so go ahead and download the app from there.

The app runs in the system tray and adds a padlock icon to it. It has no configurable settings whatsoever. You can set it to start when you boot Windows 10, but that’s all there is to set up.

Close your laptop lid and your system will be locked. It will not enter sleep or hibernate mode, and it won’t shut down either. When you open your lid again, you will see the login screen where you will have to enter your PIN or password.

Now, locking your PC isn’t difficult. You can lock it with the Win+L keyboard shortcut and it will lock just fine. The reason you might want to lock Windows 10 when you close your laptop lid is because it’s faster and maybe, if for any reason, you need to slam your laptop lid closed you know it will result in your system locking and not going to sleep. Also, Windows 10 doesn’t have a great track record of coming out of sleep. It takes pretty long and on occasion something breaks and can only be fixed if you restart your system.

Windows 10 also lets you configure what happens when you press the power button but again the options don’t include locking your system. You can press the power button to put your system to sleep, shut it down, or use it to turn off your display.

Since we’re talking laptops here, it is worth mentioning that not all laptop keyboards have two Win keys, one on each side of the space bar, few laptops do and that makes it a bit more difficult to execute the Win+L keyboard shortcut. This is why closing the laptop lid is easier and maybe even a little intuitive for when you need to leave your desk or leave your desk quickly.

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How to take time delayed screenshots with Snip and Sketch On Windows 10

If you’ve managed to get the Windows 10 October 2018 i.e., 1809 update, you no longer have the Snipping tool at your disposal. It’s been replaced by the Snip and Sketch tool that you can use from the Action Center or via the PrintScreen key on your keyboard. When you launch Snip and Sketch via either of these methods, the app opens in snipping mode but it is in fact a stand alone app that can, like the Snipping tool, take time delayed screenshots. Here’s how.

Time delayed screenshots with Snip and Sketch

If you want to take time delayed screenshots with Snip and Sketch, you need to open the app from the Apps List on the Start Menu. If  Windows Search works on your system, you can also search for this app and open it.

Click the dropdown arrow next to the New button, and from the menu that opens, select the delayed screenshot interval. You can only pick either 3 or 10 seconds.

During the delay period, you want to set your screen up for the screenshot that you want to take. Once the time delay elapses, you will get the little bar you see in the screenshot below. This is where you can choose either a full screen screen, free hand, or rectangle screenshot.

Obviously you’re wondering what will happen to whatever it is you’ve set up on your screen for the screenshot if you have to interact with a different app. Normally, this means you’re trying to screenshot an item that will likely disappear so rest assured that before the tool presents the screenshot options, it will freeze everything on its screen, as is, and you can take your screenshot.

That’s about it. The tool will open the screenshot in the Snip and Sketch tool. You can annotate it, or draw on it, and then save the file to PNG format. It doesn’t seem to support JPEG which is odd but you can convert it with an app like IrfanView or even Paint.

We should remind you that even though you have the Snip and Sketch tool, you can still use the PrintScreen button and the Win+PrintScreen keyboard shortcut to take screenshots. Much like how the Snipping tool didn’t take over screenshots completely, the Snip and Sketch tool doesn’t force you to use it. You can also install third-party screenshot tools and they will be able to use the PrintScreen key to take screenshots.

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How to get a color picker on Windows 10

Color pickers are a staple feature in most image editing apps. Even Paint, which is as basic an image editor as you can get, has one. A color picker tool lets you find the color of the pixel you click on your screen but when these tools are part of an image editing app, they rarely work outside of it. If you want to find the color code for something on your screen, you’re going to have to screenshot it, and open it in an app with a color picker. The alternative is to install a stand alone color picker on Windows and it will be able to copy the color code of anything on your screen.

There are loads of color pickers that you can choose from but if you want something absolutely basic, and that you can use from any screen, you should give CatchColor a try.

Color picker on Windows 10

Download and run CatchColor. It’s a portable app which means you don’t have to install it, and running it doesn’t require admin rights. The app, when you run it, goes straight to the system tray.

Now the tricky part is figuring out how to use it. You want to right-click and hold on the app’s system tray icon. Since this is Windows 10, the app’s icon is going to be hidden in the overflow menu. You need to click the little arrow icon to open it, and then click and drag the CatchColor app icon out and drop it onto the system tray with the other icons that remain visible.

Once you’ve got the icon to show in the system tray without disappearing, right-click the icon and drag and release it on the part of the screen you want to get the color code for. To make it easier, you should click the CatchColor icon and from the menu, go to Options>Display Zoomed.

This will show you a little preview window where your cursor is. The preview window will also tell you the color code for the corresponding color.

When you release your mouse, the color code will be copied to your clipboard. CatchColor supports different color depths which you can select from the app’s menu. It also lets you choose which color codes you get. By default, you get HEX values but you can change this from the app’s menu as well.

CatchColor is light weight and barring full-screen apps, you can use it anywhere.

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How to rearrange columns in File Explorer on Windows 10

File Explorer has been a staple app on Windows for years. It has gotten few upgrades with each new edition of Windows 10 but it’s a fairly comprehensive app for the most part. Few Windows users seek an alternative to it. When you select a file in File Explorer, it displays quite a bit of information about it. If you’ve set it to show files in the Details view, you will see columns telling you when the file was created, its size, the author, and other things. These columns may not always be in your preferred order but it’s pretty easy to rearrange columns in File Explorer. Here’s how.

Rearrange columns in File Explorer

File Explorer only shows columns if you’ve set files to view in Details view. To change the view type for a folder, open it and go to the View tab. In the Layout toolbox, select details.

Once you’re in Details view, File Explorer will be divided into several columns. If you want, you can right-click the title of any one of the columns and you will see additional columns that you can enable. Some columns may only be available for certain file types for example, the Album or Track No. columns can only be enabled for audio files.

If you’ve enabled all the columns that you need, you can start rearranging them. To rearrange a column simply drag & drop it where you need it to appear. For example, if you need the size column to appear before the Type column, simply click on its title and drag it so that it appears after the Name or Date column. You can drag and reposition any column you want, including the Name column.

The change will stick even after you close the folder and open it again however, this change is folder specific. A change made to a folder will not be inherited by any folders nested in it. It doesn’t matter if you added nested folders after rearranging the columns or before it. File Explorer looks at the type of file in a folder and chooses the best layout for it which means the Details layout may not always be selected and you will always get the default order of the columns in File Explorer.

This isn’t exactly a monumental change and it won’t impact system stability at all however, if you want to restore a column to its original position, simply hide and unhide it. To hide a column, right-click any column’s title and unselect the column name that you want to hide. Repeat this process and select the column to enable it again. It will return to its original position in File Explorer.

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How to enable a print log on Windows 10

You can print from almost any app on your system. Even a complex app like Photoshop has a print dialog built-in. For apps that do not have a print option, you can use the system print option to print documents or images created by the app. While printing is common place for apps, keeping a log of print jobs isn’t. It isn’t exactly practical because if you wanted to view a complete print log on Windows 10, you’d want to view it in one place, and not by opening several apps individually.

Windows 10 can keep a log of all the print jobs that are executed on a system however, by default the print log isn’t enabled. Here’s how you can enable it.

Print log on Windows 10

In order to enable the print log on Windows 10, you need to access the Event viewer. You can search for it in Windows search.

Once you have Event viewer open, expand Application and Services log>Microsoft>Windows>PrintService.

You will see two event types here; Admin, and Operational. If you’ve never enabled print logs before, right-click Operational and from the context menu select, Properties. On the General tab, enable the ‘Enable logging’ option, and you’re good to go.

From this point forward, all print jobs that you send to any printer configured on your system will be logged here.

To view print logs, you have to open the Event Viewer, and return to the same location as above. After you’ve enabled logging, this section will show you a list of every print job that was executed on your system.

The print log tells you when a document was printed, and if you’re printing an actual hard copy instead of printing to PDF it will also tell you which document was printed. The following log shows the event that was created when a print job was sent to the Microsoft Print to PDF printer option. It gives the date and time of the print job, as well as which user initiated the print job if you go to the Details tab.

The print job has its own Event ID which means, if you need to, you can also filter the events by the Event ID. Check the event ID assigned to various print jobs and create custom views in the Event Viewer to filter them all out.

The Event ID will not give you more information about the event than the log does. It’s basically the same thing except you can access the log file directly if you need to.

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