How to change virtual memory size on Windows 10

Virtual memory is essential on Windows 10. By default, the OS will manage the virtual memory on its own. It will set a value based on what it thinks is best and how much RAM you have. You can however, change virtual memory size on Windows 10 to whatever you like. You can decrease or increase it. You should know that increasing it requires that you have that much free space on your disk. Here’s how you can change virtual memory size on Windows 10.

Change virtual memory size

Open the Control Panel and go to System and Security>System. In the column on the left, click Advanced System Settings.

On the System Properties window (window 1 in the screenshot below), go to the Advanced tab. Click ‘Settings’ under the ‘Performance’ section. This will open the Performance options window (window 2 in the screenshot below). Go to the Advanced tab, and click ‘Change’ under the ‘Virtual Memory’ section. The Virtual Memory window will open (window 3 in the screenshot below). Uncheck the ‘Automatically manage paging file size for all devices’ option. You can allocate virtual memory for each drive.

Make sure the C drive is selected and select the ‘Custom size’ option. You can now enter how much space the virtual memory should take up. There is a minimum limit which is 16MB and that’s really, really small. There’s also a recommended size which is quite small and then there’s the current size of the virtual drive.

Keep the above limits in mind and then change the size of the virtual memory. When you’re done, click OK/Apply to close all three windows. You will see a prompt telling you that a system restart is necessary in order to apply the change. Accept the prompt, and restart your system to change virtual memory size.

Increasing the virtual memory size will make your system run smoother but within reason. If you have trouble running apps that are RAM heavy, increasing the virtual memory should be able to help if not solve the problem. Decreasing its size may have a negative impact on your system’s performance. In fact, setting it to the recommended size might not be a good idea. The recommended size is considerably less than what Windows 10 sets by default but that doesn’t mean you should actually listen to the recommendation.

If you have the space to spare, adding a little extra GBs to the virtual memory isn’t a bad idea. It’s easy to change back if it doesn’t deliver any improved performance so there’s no harm done.

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How to make a picture-in-picture video on Windows 10

Video editing can be both simple and complex. It all depends on the kind of footage you have to work with. The more complex a video edit is, the more advanced and feature rich an app you’ll need to edit it. That said, if you want to make a picture-in-picture video, you’ll find that most solutions require a paid app. There are some feature rich video editors out there that are free and can create a picture in picture video but they’er a bit complicated to use. We recommend going with Davinci. It doesn’t exactly offer a super intuitive interface so we’ll walk you through the process.

Download and install Davinci.

Need to crop videos? Try Handbrake.

Picture-in-picture video

Open Davinci and create a new project. Drag and drop the video files you want to use in the video on to Davinci.

You should know which video is going to be the main video, and which will appear as a small thumbnail with-in that video. Drag & drop the main video on to the area/timeline under the preview frames. Repeat this for the second video. The trick is to add the thumbnail video second. Much like layers, the second video is on ‘top’ of the first one and will be visible over it.

Select the smaller video and at the top right, click the Inspector button. Look under the Transform section in the Inspector. There are two tools you will use to set this video as a picture-in-picture thumbnail.

The first is the Zoom. Since you want the video to be smaller, you will reduce it to less than one. Drag your mouse over it to reduce its value. You can watch the size of the video decrease and as it does, the main video behind it will be revealed. By default, this smaller video will be in the middle. You now need to change where it is positioned over the main video.

Go to the Position tool and drag you mouse over the X and Y fields to move the video.

Once you’re done, it is time to export the video. Look at the very bottom of the timeline, and select ‘Deliver’.

At the top left, select what format you want to export the video to, and when you’re done, click the ‘Add to render queue’ button.

At the far right of the preview window, click Start Render and your video will be exported. It will take time depending on the size of it.

Davinci isn’t a simple app to use but for small things like this, a few simple directions will help you get the job done.

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How to change primary display with a shortcut on Windows 10

On a multi-monitor setup on Windows 10, you can choose any of the monitors connected to your system as the primary monitor. The primary monitor is where the system tray lives, and where the Action Center panel opens. You change the primary display from the Settings app however, if you need to change it often, a shortcut is a much easier way to go about it. Here’s how you can change the primary display with a shortcut.

Change primary display with shortcut

In order to do this, we’re going to use a small, free utility called Nircmd. Download it and extract the folder.

Open a new Notepad file and enter the following;

@echo off
cd "C:\Users\fatiw\Desktop\nircmd-x64"
nircmd.exe setprimarydisplay 1

You will have to change the second and third line to suit your own setup. With the second line, you need to change the path to the folder that you extracted Nircmd to.

With the third line, you need to change the number at the end. Unfortunately, you will have to do this by way of trial and error. The script above doesn’t treat display number 1, as set by Windows 10, as display number 1. Go ahead and save the file with the BAT extension. Run it, and see which monitor is set as the primary one.

If it’s the wrong one, change only the number at the end to 2, (or 3, if you have three monitors). Make the change, save the file, and run the script again. Check if the correct display is now set as the primary display. Once you’ve got the number set to change to the correct display, it will be easier. The script changes the display and doesn’t toggle it. Create a script for setting each display as the primary one if you need to.

In order to run the script(s) with a keyboard shortcut, right-click a script and select Send to>Desktop (create shortcut). Right-click the shortcut and select Properties from the context menu. On the General tab, enter a shortcut in the respective field to run the script.

You have to keep the shortcut on your desktop and you’ll be able to run it from anywhere with the keyboard shortcut you’ve set up.

The keyboard shortcut isn’t necessary. If you’re comfortable making the change by running the script from your desktop, you can just do that. It is still more accessible than the Display settings inside the Settings app. You can also pin it to the Start menu and run it from there.

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How to hide your activity on Steam

When you play games on Steam, you have to first create an account, install the app, and then use the account you created to download games. It’s fairly simple stuff but your account comes with a social aspect as well. Most information, by default, is public which means information about when you last played a game (aka when you were last active on Steam) is public, among other things. It also gives other users who visit your profile information about which games you play, and other aliases that you’ve used in the past. Here’s how you can hide your activity on Steam as well as hide personal information.

Hide Steam activity

You can hide your activity on Steam by changing the privacy settings. This can be done by accessing the Steam website via any web browser, or you can do it via the Steam app installed on your system.

On the Steam app, click your profile at the top right and select View My Profile from the menu. The profile page has a ‘My Privacy Settings’ option. Click it and you will see all the items that you can change the visibility for.

These items are; your profile, game details, friends list, and inventory. Your profile is the main header so if you set it to private, everything else that’s under it i.e., game details, friends list, and inventory will also be set to private. You can keep your profile public and set these items to private individually.

This will make it so that any description that you’ve entered with your profile, and your profile picture remain public but everything else will be hidden.

Once you change these settings, it’s a good idea to also click the Edit Profile button next to your profile picture. On the edit profile screen, you will see a field for which country you reside in. You can choose to limit the audience for this information as well.

You will find these same settings on the Steam web interface. Click your profile icon at the top right and go to your profile to make the same changes there.

Your Steam activity isn’t exactly the same as say, a phone number but if you keep it all public, you may still give away how often you play and even when you play. The kinds of games you play might also invite unwanted attention and opinions either in your personal life or your gaming life.

Like most privacy controls, you can choose to hide everything from everyone, or just hide it from those you’re not friends with.

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How to fix ‘No internet connection’ on Windows 10 mobile hotspot

One of my favorite Windows 10 features is the mobile hotspot. Older versions of Windows allowed you to share your internet from your desktop but enabling it was tedious since you had to run commands in the Command Prompt. On Windows 10, you literally only have to click a toggle to turn it on and you can connect up to 8 devices to your desktop. The devices can connect over WiFi or over Bluetooth and you can choose how the connection is established. If you’re trying to connect a device to the Windows 10 mobile hotspot but you get the ‘No internet connection’ message on the device, or the devices are unable to obtain an IP address, there’s a simple way to fix it.

‘No internet connection’ mobile hotspot

You might need admin rights for some parts of this fix.

Enable devices & update drivers

Before you proceed, you need to do two things. The first is to make sure you do not have any pending driver updates for your network card. The second is to make sure no network device is disabled.

You can do both by going to the Device Manager (use Windows search to find it). Expand the Network adapter group of devices and make sure nothing is disabled. If a device is disabled, right-click it and select the Enable option from the context menu. To update drivers, right-click each device and select the Update Driver option from the context menu.

Enable connection sharing

It’s now time to move on to the fix. First, make sure the mobile hotspot is turned off. Open Control Panel and go to Network and internet>Network and sharing center. On the left, select ‘Change adapter settings’.

Take note of all the local area connections you see, particularly the one that is using the Microsoft Wi-Fi Direct Virtual Adapter. Take a screenshot of this screen if you think you’ll have trouble remembering which connection is present later and then close the Control Panel.

Turn on the mobile hotspot and wait 3-5 minutes. Open Control Panel and go to Network and internet>Network and sharing center. Again, click ‘Change adapter settings’ on the left. This time, you’re going to see a new local area connection that may/may not have replaced an older one. Use the screenshot you took before to compare it. The new connection will be using the Microsoft Wi-Fi Direct Virtual Adapter. In the screenshot below, it’s ‘Local Area Connection* 11’. Note down this name.

In the Control Panel, return to Network & sharing center. You will see the WiFi network you’re connected to and an Ethernet connection. It may, or may not have a name. Regardless, click it.

In the window that opens, click the Properties button. A new window will open. Go to the Sharing tab on this window. Enable the ‘Allow other network users to connect through the computer’s network connection’. Open the dropdown under it, and from the options, select the same local area connection that appeared in Control Panel after you turned the mobile hotspot on.

Click Ok, and devices will now be able to connect to the mobile hotspot on Windows 10.

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