How to find the make and model of a monitor on Windows 10

There is a lot of hardware out there. Tech companies have entire lines of phones, laptops, and desktops that have a general name within that line but are identified by their model number when it comes down to specs. For phones, the model number isn’t hard to remember. Laptops come with service tags that identify them, or in some cases, laptop manufacturers give you an app to install on your system to help identify it. The same can’t be said for a monitor. It’s not impossible to find the make and model of a monitor on Windows 10. The information is just in an unlikely spot.

Finding the make of a monitor doesn’t really require using your OS, whatever it is. The maker name is usually stamped on the monitor at the bottom on the bezel. If nothing else, when you power your monitor on and it isn’t connected to anything you may see the maker’s logo appear for a few seconds before the monitor enters sleep.

Model of monitor

The make of a monitor is easy to find but the model number is a bit tricky. To find the model number, you need to first connect the monitor to your system. Make sure that it is recognized and that Windows is able to send output to it. Also, make sure you do not have any shadow monitors on your system.

Once you’ve done that, open the Settings app and go to the System group of settings. Select the Display tab and look for the Advanced display settings option at the bottom or at the right. Click it and on the screen that follows, open the Choose display dropdown.

Select your secondary display/external monitor from this list. The monitor will show up with its make and model number. In the screenshot below, the monitor connected to the system is a Dell monitor with the model number ST2420L.

There’s a Display Adapter properties option on this window and if you click it, the window that opens has a dedicated Monitor tab. The monitor tab lets you manage some settings for your monitor however any information regarding the monitor’s make or model isn’t going to be accurate. It will likely just show up as a generic monitor.

If you still have your monitor’s box lying around somewhere, you can always look up its model number from it but that is a long shot. Not a lot of people save the boxes their hardware comes in. There aren’t any apps that can detect the monitor model number so the Settings app is really your best shot. That said, it’s highly unlikely that you won’t find the correct model number here.

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How to check if your system supports HDR on Windows 10

Windows 10 has HDR i.e., it supports high dynamic range for videos. This feature was added a while back to the OS and you can find it under the Display tab in the System group of settings in the Settings app. The option is there but you may or may not be able to use it. HDR doesn’t just work through software. It isn’t as simple as displaying video content. HDR has certain hardware requirements that your system must meet in order for you to use it. Here’s how you can check if your system supports HDR or not.

Since HDR depends on hardware, what you’re mostly going to be doing is looking up hardware specifications for your system and checking to see if they meet the minimum requirements. If you have a 4K monitor setup, it is highly likely that your system supports HDR.

Internal Display brightness – nits

Your display is obviously crucial in playing HDR content. In order for Windows 10 to show you HDR content, your internal display must have a minimum brightness of 300 nits. Nits is the unit of measurement that measures brightness. You might find this information on the box of an external monitor but for internal laptop displays you will have to Google it.

In addition to the screen supporting at least 300 nits, you must also be able to control the display’s backlight. This is something you can find advertised on the device’s box in most cases. If not, you will have to Google the information. Look up more than one resource to be sure because the information will come from third-party sources e.g., websites that review hardware so a second and third opinion is always a good idea.

You can measure nits yourself too but it requires dedicated hardware to do so.

External Displays

Your external display must explicitly state that it supports HDR10, and it must have either a DisplayPort 1.4 or an HDMI port 2.0 or later. Your graphics card must likewise support both these ports. It should also support at least 300 nits in terms of brightness.

PlayReady hardware digital rights management

For an internal display, your graphics card must support PlayReady. It’s technology that prevents copy right infringement for the content you play. This technology must be supported by your on-board graphics card and not just your GPU i.e. the dedicated graphics card.

Again, you will need to look up what the model of your on-board graphics card is (from device manager) and check its specifications. In this case, you will be able to find the information on the manufacturer website.

For external displays, your GPU or your integrated graphics card must support PlayReady 3.0, or later.

Drivers and Codecs

This only applies to playing HDR content on an external display. You should install WDDM 2.4 drivers as well as codecs for 10-bit video decoding.

If your hardware fits the bill, you can enable HDR from the Settings app. A good place to find content that can benefit from HDR is Netflix.

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How to get alerts for Google Calendar events on Windows 10

Google Calendar doesn’t have an official desktop app for Windows 10. You can probably find third-party apps to fill in for an official app but the Calendar app on Windows 10 is about as good as any other app you might find. If you need to see alerts for Google Calendar events on Windows 10, the default Calendar app is an easy way to get them and you don’t have to install anything extra.

Google account

Before you can get alerts for Google Calendar events on Windows 10, you need to connect your Google account to the Calendar app. Open the Calendar app and click the cog wheel button in the column on the left. This will open a drawer on the right. Click the Manage Accounts option in the drawer. A pop-up will open listing types of accounts that you can add. Click the Google account option, and sign in with your Google Account.

Google Calendar Events

Once you’ve connected your Google account to Calendar, you will see a Gmail group of Calendars appear in the column on the left. Expand it and all the calendars that you’ve added in Google Calendar for that account will appear under it. If you want to exclude events for certain calendars, all you have to do is uncheck it from the group.

After adding your account to Calendar, give it a few seconds to sync. The app is a bit slow as far as syncing is concerned. Once it finishes syncing, your events should also be synced to it. For all synced events, Windows 10 will send you alerts when they are due.

If an event doesn’t appear in the calendar, click the more options button at the top right and select ‘Sync’ from the menu to force a sync. Normally, a new event should sync automatically in ten minutes but if it doesn’t, you can force a sync. The reminder will follow the same rules that you’ve set up on Google Calendar e.g., you can choose to get a reminder for an event a certain number of days before the actual event. The Windows 10 reminder will use those same settings to show you reminders for the event.

If you make any changes to an event in the Calendar app, they will sync to Google Calendar. For shared calendars i.e., calendars that other users have shared with you, you may not be able to make changes to events that you don’t own but outside of that, you will be able to manage events, and get alerts for them on your desktop.

If you’re a Linux user, you can sync Google Calendar to your Linux desktop as well.

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How to Add Images to a Header or Footer in Microsoft Word

Headers and Footers in a Word document are useful for adding dates, page numbers, and whatever other text you want. You can also place images in your header and footer, which is handy for adding, for example, a company logo. Here’s how to do it.

First, we need to add a header or footer. If you just want to pop open the header or footer area and do your own thing, all you have to do is double click in the areas at the top or bottom of any page in your document.

Word also features some built-in header and footer designs you can use to get a jump start on things. To use them, switch to the “Insert” tab and click either the “Header” or “Footer” button.

Insert Header or Footer

This opens a drop-down menu with several built-in layouts, so select whichever you like. Here, we’re going with the first header option, which is a standard blank header.

Blank header

You can type text if you want or, if you only want an image, highlight the sample and delete it.

highlight text area

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Don’t Trust Your Money to an Online Bank That Isn’t FDIC Insured

Robinhood, a popular investing app, just announced a checking account with 3% interest, and it’s already in hot water. Robinhood is just the latest app to want your paycheck and all your cash without providing insurance if the company fails.

FDIC insurance is pretty simple. Bank balances up to $250,000 are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, which is backstopped by the US government. The FDIC was created in 1933 during the Great Depression to restore Americans’ faith in the banking system that had just failed. Since then, it has never failed to pay up. Whenever an FDIC-insured bank goes out of business, the FDIC steps in and makes sure you get every last cent of your money. No one has lost a penny of an FDIC insured bank account in 85 years.

But now some technology startups think they don’t need FDIC insurance on their banking products. After all, what are the odds a startup will go out of business?

Companies don’t normally fall flat on their face like Robinhood does. Robinhood announced that its new checking and savings product would be insured by the SIPC. That’s the Securities Investor Protection Corporation, a private organization that insures investments. The very next day, the head of the SIPC said he had serious concerns and didn’t think the money is protected by the SIPC. Robinhood would not comment publicly on his comments.

In other words, if Robinhood goes out of business, you could lose all the money in your Robinhood “bank account.” Do you really want to depend on a startup not going out of business?

Robinhood is just the latest example, but there are others. Square Cash wants you to deposit your paycheck into its app. But Square Cash doesn’t provide FDIC insurance for all the money you store there, as Walt Mossberg pointed out on Twitter. Until Square Cash gets that FDIC insurance it’s pursuing, you should avoid using it as a bank account. It’s a great app for sending money to people, but don’t keep all your money in it.

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