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 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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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 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 Use VLC To Review Security Camera Footage

If you have a home security system, it very likely has a dashboard that allows you to view the feedback from various cameras, manage your cameras, and back up any footage you want. A good dashboard will also give you an option to playback the footage that’s been recorded, and a really good dashboard will allow you to manipulate playback so that it’s easier to review security camera footage. If it doesn’t, you can always use VLC player.

VLC player may be built for watching media but it has tools such as playback speed control and zoom that makes it a reasonably good, free app for reviewing security camera footage.

Review Security Camera Footage

There are two basic thigns you need to review security camera footage; control over playback speed, and the ability to zoom in on a specific area of the footage.

Playback Speed

You can manage playback speed in VLC by right-clicking inside the media player, and going to Playback>Speed and selecting to speed up or slow down playback. The speed is increased or decreased by 0.10.

Using the menu to increase of decrease speed is rather tedious so use the ] key to speed it up, and the [ key to slow it down.

Zoom

If you need to zoom in on a part of the video, there’s an interactive tool that lets you do just that. Open the video you want to watch and go to Tools>Effects and Filters. On the window that opens, go to the Video Effects tab and then the Geometry tab. On the Geometry tab, enable Interactive Zoom.

Close the window and return to your footage. A small widow will appear in the upper left corner allowing you to choose which part of the video you want to zoom in on. Below this window, you will see a little arc that you can click to increase or decrease the zoom.

To hide the small window, click the VLC Zoom Hide option under it.

Adding Markers

You can always write down event times on a piece of paper while you’re reviewing footage but VLC has a bookmark feature that allows you to mark times in the video. To add a bookmark, use the Ctrl+B keyboard shortcut, and click Create on the window that opens.

We should mention that regardless which app you use to review security camera footage, there is no such thing that can enhance it like they can in CSI. Also, the more you zoom, the worse the quality will get.

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