How to run File Explorer with admin rights on Windows 10

Apps can run with regular user privileges, or they can run with admin rights. When an app needs to run with admin rights, it’s usually because it needs to make a significant change to the system. This may be something big like editing the Windows registry, or something small like saving a file to a certain protected location. With apps, it’s pretty obvious that they use different types of privileges depending on what they need to do but the File Explorer also follows the same rules. By default, it always runs with normal user rights. If you need to run File Explorer with admin rights, you will have to launch it from the Explorer.exe file.

File Explorer with admin rights

In order to run File Explorer with admin rights, you need to open a File Explorer window and navigate to the following location;

C:\Windows

Here, look for explorer.exe and right-click it. From the context menu, select Run as administrator and File Explorer will launch with admin rights.

You can also run File Explorer with admin rights from the Task Manager. Open the Task Manager and go to File>Run New Task.

In the Create new task box, enter explorer.exe and check the ‘Create this task with administrative privileges’ option. Click Ok, and a new File Explorer window will open with admin rights.

Remember that File Explorer can run several instances of itself. When you run it with admin rights, you run one instance of the app with those rights. All other instances that were already running with normal privileges will not be elevated to admin rights.

Running File Explorer with admin rights will allow you to access certain restricted directories on your system however, it will not magically unlock every single directory. Some folders on your system are owned by TrustedInstaller and if TrustedInstaller prevents you from accessing a folder, you will not be able to do so even if you’re running File Explorer with admin rights.

It’s rare that you’ll ever need to run File Explorer with admin rights. The app is used to find other apps or files on your system and normally, it’s those apps or files that you need to run with admin rights. An Explorer window with ordinary rights will work just as well as one with admin rights. That said, for those rare occasions when you do need to run File Explorer with admin rights, you can.

It goes without saying that if you’re doing this from a normal user account, you will be prompted to enter the admin username and password.

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How to disable people suggestions in Skype on Windows 10

Skype has been adding new features to make calls better. It’s added subtitles for calls, and it now lets you blur the background in a video call. It doesn’t appear to be abandoning its ‘social’ side though which is why you’ll get people suggestions in Skype. These suggestions appear in the Recent Chats column. You can hide them temporarily but they will be back unless you permanently disable them. Here’s how.

Disable people suggestions in Skype

To permanently disable people suggestions in Skype, open the app and at the top-right of the left column click the more options button. From the menu that opens, select Settings.

On the Settings window, go to the Contacts tab. On the Contacts tab, select Privacy. On the Privacy screen, turn off the ‘Receive Suggestions’ switch and you will no longer see people suggestions in Skype.

You might also want to turn off the ‘Appear in suggestions’ switch. Doing so will stop you from appearing as a suggested person to add to others.

The suggestions come from people in your contacts. Skype isn’t suggesting random people and you will almost always recognize the names that the app suggests. Skype allows users to be added via their Skype name and their email address. Chances are you have someone’s email saved with their other contact information and Skype is using it to show you people you can chat with.

This isn’t exactly a privacy violation. We know that the People app and Skype both have access to our contacts on Windows 10. Skype isn’t accessing information that it has been blocked from seeing. The actual concerning bit is where it also suggests to other people to add you. Again, these people already have your email, at the very least, in their contacts which is why Skype can suggest you in the first place but you may not want to talk to every single person over Skype which is why this is a scary feature. Thankfully, you can disable it if you know it’s enabled and Skype happens to have this ‘feature’ enabled by default.

While you’re at it, you can also stop people from looking you up on Skype. The option to do so is on the same Privacy screen under contacts. With this option disabled, you have far more control over who can, and cannot, message you over Skype. The features are concerning but it’s a relief nonetheless that there’s an off switch for all of them.

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How to add Microsoft Store games to Steam on Windows 10

Steam isn’t the only place you can install games from. There are other platforms/apps that can run games e.g., Xbox and the Xbox app or the Microsoft Store. Admittedly, no one really goes to the Microsoft Store to look for games but some games can only be found there. Even if you have a preference for Steam though, you might still have one or two games from the Microsoft Store. If so, you might want to add those Microsoft Store games to Steam. Here’s how.

Steam lets you add non-Steam games but Microsoft Store apps won’t show up in the list. There’s a little hack to getting around it but it doesn’t seem to work on Windows 10 1809. It is still possible to add Microsoft Store game to Steam and the process is actually much more simple.

Microsoft Store games on Steam

To add Microsoft Store games on Steam, you need to download and install an app called¬†UWPHook. Run the app and from the list of installed apps, select the game you want to add to Steam. Click the ‘Export selected apps to Steam’ button.

If you have Steam running, quit it from the System Tray and then run the app. Open Steam and click Library. The game should show up in your library. When you click the Play button, it will launch the game.

When you add games to Steam, the time you play the game is logged there. Other than that, there are no other benefits to this. If you want, you can also set categories for the game.

If you ever want to remove the app from Steam, it’s easy. Open the app, go to your Library, and right-click the game. From the context menu, select the ‘Delete shortcut’ option and the game will be gone.

If you have other games, i.e., non-Microsoft Store games that you want to add to Steam you can do that. All you have to do is go to your Steam Library and click the little plus button at the bottom. Select ‘Add a non-Steam game’ from the menu and select the EXE of the game you want to add.

This limitation with Microsoft Store games is only there because the games are UWP apps and they have limitations that normal desktop apps don’t have. It’s basically the absence of an EXE file that prevents Steam from finding it and adding it to its library.

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How to install and uninstall apps on Slack

Slack is a great messaging tool but what makes it better are the apps that are built on top of it. Some of these apps help make Slack more useful, others add a bit of fun to it. For niche requirements, users can even create their own apps and add them to their own workspaces. If you’re new to Slack and still figuring things out, this post will walk you through how you can install and uninstall apps on Slack. We’re only covering apps that are publicly available in the Slack App Directory.

Apps & Workspaces

Before we explain how you install an app on Slack, you need to understand the concept of workspaces. You can have a single Slack account associated with multiple workspaces. When you add an app to Slack, you have to pick which workspace you’re adding it to. An app isn’t automatically installed to all workspaces connected to your account.

Install App

Visit the Slack App Directory. Before you pick an app to install, you should sign in to the workspace that you want to install it to. Once you’ve done that, search for and select an app to install. Some apps might redirect you to a different page to install them e.g., the Google Drive app. This normally happens if the app isn’t free. Other apps, such as the Twitter app will simply show an Install button that you need to click to install the app.

Uninstall Apps

To uninstall an app from Slack, visit the Slack Apps Directory in your browser. Make sure you’re signed into the workspace you want to remove the app from. You will see a ‘Manage’ option at the top right. Click it. On the Manage apps page, select the app that you want to uninstall. You will see the following screen with a Remove option at the top. Click it to remove the app.

Apps are installed only for your user unless the workspace is set up differently. For teams, apps can be installed by individuals but admins can also exercise control over which apps can be installed (or uninstalled).

While an app is seemingly ‘installed’ in your browser, it will work regardless which platform you use Slack on. You can use the apps from the Slack desktop apps for Windows 10 and macOS, and you can use them from the iOS and Android apps as well. Some apps may be limited by the platform you’re using Slack on but other than that, you will be able to use them anywhere you can use Slack.

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How to run apps from the address bar in File Explorer on Windows 10

Command Prompt and PowerShell are tools that you can need almost anywhere. In File Explorer, if you type cmd or powershell in the location bar, and tap Enter, the Command Prompt or PowerShell window will open in the same location i.e., same folder. The same trick works if you type Notepad. This holds true for some stock desktop apps but if you want, you can open any desktop app this way. Here’s how you can run app from the address bar in File Explorer.

Path environment

In order to run apps from the address bar in File Explorer, you need to add them to the Windows path environment. Read the linked post that explains how to do just that and add the app that you want to open from the File Explorer address bar to the path environment. We’re adding IrfanView.

Open App from File Explorer

Open File Explorer and click inside the address bar. Enter the name of the app’s EXE e.g., for IrfanView, we entered¬†i_view64, tap Enter and the app will open.

Granted IrfanView’s EXE file doesn’t have the most friendly, easy-to-type name so you probably won’t use this particular method to open it.

You can, in theory, rename the EXE of an app before you add it to the Path environment. An easier name can then be used to open the app from the File Explorer however, some apps may break if you rename their EXE. It’s rare but it can happen so be careful and if you begin experiencing problems with the app, restore the name of the EXE to its default name.

Unfortunately, you cannot do this with UWP apps since they can’t be added to the Path environment and they don’t exactly have an EXE file either. You can add VLC player or Notepad++ to the Path environment and thus open both apps from the address bar in File Explorer.

By default, all stock apps that can be found in the following location can be opened from File Explorer’s address bar.

C:\Windows

This folder has the EXE for Notepad, the Windows registry editor, and WordPad. If you’ve installed apps that asked to be added to the Path Environment, chances are you might find those apps here. This means that, in theory, you can move the EXE of an app to this location and open it from File Explorer but you really shouldn’t. An app’s EXE should not be moved out of its install folder and no matter what, it’s rarely a good idea to modify the contents of the Windows folder on your system.

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