How to schedule wallpaper change on Windows 10

You can change the wallpaper on Windows 10 any time you like but it is mostly a manual process. There’s an option to set a slideshow and have Windows 10 cycle through a folder of images if you want to automate it however, this doesn’t let you choose when or how often a wallpaper is changed. If you need to schedule wallpaper change on Windows 10, you’re going to have to use an app to do the job. We recommend Wallpaper Change Scheduler.

Schedule wallpaper change

Download Wallpaper Change Scheduler. The app’s name shows it’s built for just this purpose and little else. Run it, and click the ‘Add Event’ button at the top. In the window that opens, select when you want the wallpaper to change. You can change it daily, weekly, when the mouse is idle, when you move your mouse (after it’s been idle), and on system log on.

If you choose to change the wallpaper daily or weekly, you can select what time it changes for both. Regardless of when you choose to change the wallpaper, you have to do two things; select the style i.e., how it’s applied. The options under the Wallpaper Style dropdown are the same ones that Windows 10 has. Second, you have to select the wallpaper that the app will change to. Once you’ve done that, click ‘Create’.

You can add multiple events if you need the wallpaper to change several times a day. The app won’t change the wallpaper if the time set under an event you just created has already passed. The time is the trigger.

As for usage scenarios, you can pair it with Night Light’s scheduling feature. When Night Light is enabled, a wallpaper change might be a good idea. Likewise, if you decide to schedule the light and dark mode on Windows 10, this app can be equally useful making sure you have a wallpaper that looks nice with the current theme.

Any time you want to change the wallpaper that is used when an event is executed, you can do so by editing the event. Unfortunately, a single event can only have one wallpaper assigned to it. The app can’t read from an entire folder of wallpapers like the Slideshow feature on Windows 10.

Changing a wallpaper isn’t exactly hard but if you need to do it often, or prefer the change happen at a particular time, an app that can handle it for you is a better option.

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How to record multiple screens at once on Windows 10

Recording a PC screen has gotten easier. There are quite a few basic tools that allow you to record your screen. For more sophisticated needs, you can buy apps that do the job and make everything easy. If you need to record multiple screens at once though, you will find your options shrink. Most solutions require that you buy an app for the job. The one free, and reliable solution that is available is of course Open Broadcaster Software.

The only downside to using OBS to record multiple screens at once is that the UI is a bit complicated. In this post, we hope to simplify everything so that it’s easy to use the app to simultaneously record multiple screens.

Download OBS and then follow the directions below. OBS is available for macOS and Linux as well so this will work if you own a Mac or are running Linux on your PC.

Set up sources

On OBS, sources are where the video is captured from. This can be the screen, a different app, or even a webcam.

Open OBS and under Sources, click the plus button to add a new source. From the menu that opens, select Display Capture.

Click Next on the window that opens, and then on the window that follows, select your primary monitor from the Display dropdown. Click OK. OBS can now record your primary monitor. Next, you need to allow it to record your second monitor as well.

Click the plus button under the Sources section again, and select Display Capture, again. Click Next on the window that opens. On the screen that follows, open the Display dropdown and select your second monitor.

Expand recording area

By default, the recording area on OBS is set to the resolution of your primary monitor. Since you’re interested in recording multiple screens at once, you need to expand this area so that it can include both screens side-by-side. To do this, click the Settings button at the bottom right.

On the Settings window, go to the Video tab. Open the ‘Base (Canvas) resolution’ dropdown and change it so that it is set to the total width of both your monitors, and the height of the tallest monitor that you have.

For example, both my monitors are 1920×1080. The resolution I set is 3840×1080.

Click Apply, and then OK.

Align screens in OBS

This is the last thing you need to do before you can start recording. With the recording area expanded, OBS looks like the screenshot below. There’s empty area along the left (yours might be on the right, no big deal). This is where you need to add your second screen.

To do this, simply click on a screen from the right, and drag & drop it on to the black area. The display sources are basically stacked on top of each other like layers. What you’re doing is dragging one layer to the side so that it sits next to the other input source.

You’re now ready to record, or stream. Click the record button and OBS will record both screens at the same time.

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How to seamlessly move the cursor between different resolution monitors on Windows 10

If you’re planning on getting a second monitor for your work station, it is always a good idea to get one that supports the same resolution as the monitor you plan to use it with. When you have multiple monitors set up on Windows 10, you have to align them so that their edges are right next to each other. This allows the mouse cursor to move between them easily. Unfortunately, if the monitors aren’t the same resolution, the edge of one will fall short of the other. You won’t be able to move the cursor between different resolution monitors along the edge that doesn’t line up. This will be most noticeable along the corners.

To fix this, you need an app called MouseUnSnag. It does two things; it lets you move the cursor between different resolution monitors as though their edges line up perfectly, and it disables the sticky edge that Windows 10 has between monitors.

Move cursor between different resolution monitors

Download and run MouseUnSnag. It can’t be minimized to the system tray but you can minimize the app’s window. If you keep it open, it will show you the coordinates of your mouse movement. Once the app is running, you will be able to move the cursor between your different resolution monitors as though they both had the same resolution and their edges line up corner-to-corner.

Given that you’re working with two monitors at the least, you can move the MouseUnSnag window to your secondary monitor to keep it out of the way.

Windows 10 has excellent support for multiple monitors but it should provide something that allows users to work more comfortably with monitors that aren’t the same resolution. It may be a good idea to buy a second monitor that is the same resolution as your first one but a user may want to upgrade to a UHD or even 4K monitors. Working with a high resolution monitor and one with a lower resolution shouldn’t come with this sort of friction.

The way the cursor refuses to move between an empty area of the edge of a screen where the second screen doesn’t meet it, is how it is supposed to work. It is intentional however, there should be an off switch. The behavior isn’t hard to ‘fix’ and Windows 10 could easily add an option to enable something like MouseUnSnag. It could also do with giving users a way to disable the sticky edge which makes moving the cursor between monitors of the same resolution a bit inconvenient.

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How to fix WslRegistrationDistribution failed error on Windows 10

Windows 10 supports Linux. This is one of the most loved features of the OS. Originally, it only supported Ubuntu but since then, it has added support for other distributions either officially or unofficially. Ubuntu can be installed easily enough from the Microsoft Store however, if you’ve installed the app and are getting the ‘WslRegistrationDistribution failed’ error when you run it, it means you’ve missed one step to setting it up. The second line of the error tells you exactly what that is.

‘The Windows Subsystem for Linux’  optional component needs to be enabled.

Fix ‘WslRegistrationDistribution failed’ error

Installing Ubuntu on Windows 10 is really easy but you still need to check a few boxes. Specifically, you need to enable Windows Subsystem for Linux before the Ubuntu app will install correctly. If you’ve forgotten to do that, you will get the ‘WslRegistrationDistribution failed’ error.

To fix it, open Control Panel and select Programs. Select the Turn Windows features on or off option. In the Windows Features window, scroll to the end and select ‘Windows Subsystem for Linux’, and click OK. You will need to restart your system.

Once you’ve booted back to your desktop, run the Ubuntu app again and this time, it will begin installation.

You may run into other errors while installing Ubuntu but so far as this particular error is concerned, enabling the Windows subsystem for Linux ought to fix it. It is important that you restart your system after enabling it. Neglecting to do so will not fix the error.

If you plan on using any of the supported Linux distributions on Windows 10, you will need to have WSL enabled. This isn’t optional. It is basically what allows you to run the Linux distributions on Windows 10.

In the event this doesn’t fix the problem, or you continue to have problems installing Ubuntu, delete the app that you downloaded from the Microsoft Store and then install it again. This fix isn’t just for Ubuntu. If you’re installing a different distribution, you still need to have WSL enabled.

We mentioned earlier that the Linux distributions that you can run on Windows 10 include both official and unofficial releases. The unofficial releases are ones that have not been released by either Microsoft or the developers of the distribution. They may not work as well as official releases and some bugs may not be fixable. Some of them work fine but that may not always hold true for all distributions. If you are running an unofficial distribution, and are having trouble with it, check to see if there are any other requirements that need to be met in order to set it up.

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How to replace Start menu tiles with the app list on Windows 10

The Start Menu was changed on Windows 8/8.1, and refined on Windows 10. For the most part, the Start Menu on Windows 10 is functional and not the disaster it originally was when Microsoft first attempted to change it. You still have tiles that are a quick way to launch your favorite apps, and you have the app list where you can browse for and run any app installed on your system. If you still do not like it, you can replace Start menu tiles with the app list. Here’s how.

Replace Start menu tiles with app list

In order to replace the Start Menu tiles with the app list, you will have to first remove every single tile that’s pinned to the Start Menu. This is going to be a bit tedious although, if you’re on Windows 10 1903, you can unpin entire groups of tiles. To do this, right-click the little ‘positioning’ button at the end very end of a tile group, and select the ‘unpin group from Start’ option. It doesn’t matter if a tile group has a name or not. You can unpin a nameless tile group the exact same way you can unpin a named tile group.

Once you’ve unpinned all the tiles, you’re basically going to be left with a rather large empty column. To fix it and replace it with the app list, open the Settings app and go to the Personalization group of settings. Select the Start tab and enable the ‘Show app list in Start Menu’ option.

When you next tap the Windows key on your keyboard, you will get just the app list and no tiles. You won’t see the empty column for the Start menu that used to still appear as a ‘place holder’ area for tiles that you had to pin.

The app list is sorted in alphabetical order and if you click the letters, you get a sort of speed dial that lets you jump straight to a particular letter. It’s a quick way to access an app that begins with a certain letter without having to manually scroll through the app list.

Be warned that once you unpin tiles from the Start Menu, and you later decide they weren’t so bad, you will have to pin them all back one at a time. If you’re not certain you’ll like the change, it’s a good idea to first back up the Start Menu layout so that you can easily restore it later.

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