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Disable Compression of Desktop Wallpaper in Windows 10

In the Windows 10 OS, some of you might have noticed, when you apply a new wallpaper to your desktop, then the wallpapers' quality is automatically reduced to save memory. It can be useful for many users, especially, if you have a cheap CPU.

Disable Compression of Desktop Wallpaper in Windows 10

When you change the desktop wallpaper, the system compress and save it as "TranscodedWallpaper" file in "AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Themes\" directory. The "TranscodedWallpaper" file is actually the compressed image file.

Note: Windows only compresses JPEG files. The other file types such as PNG will remain unchanged.

Some of you might not like this feature, and you will prefer quality over little improvements in performance, this tutorial will help you to keep the image in its original form. Today, in this post I will show an easy registry tweak to disable the automatic compression of JPEG image files. Follow the following steps carefully.
  • Open RUN dialog box, then type regedit and press enter key.
Tip: You can press Win+R key combinations to open the RUN dialog box.
  • Navigate to "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop" key.
  • In the right side panel, create a new DWORD JPEGImportQuality and set its value to 100 in decimals.
Disable Compression of Desktop Wallpaper in Windows 10
  • Save and restart you PC for the changes to take affect.
  • The quality of the old desktop wallpaper will not be changed. You can re-apply the previous wallpaper though.
Tip: If you set the DWORD value to 100 then the compression will be completely disabled. By default, Windows set the value to 85%, but you can change the value as per your liking.

That's it for today. Keep visiting for more Windows tweaks.

Make Cortana Search With Google Instead of Bing in Windows 10

Windows 10 comes packaged with many new features and programs like Start Menu, Microsoft Edge, Cortana etc. Cortana is Microsoft's personal digital assistant which was first introduced as a part of Windows Phone 8.1. Bing plays an important role in the accuracy of this digital assistant, and it won't exist without Bing.

Make Cortana Use Google

Cortana provides search results through Bing and there isn't anyway to change it to other search engines like Goggle or DuckDuckGo. If you prefer to get the web results for your inputs via Google or any other search engines then you have to use thirds party applications to redirect the Bing URL to your favorite site. If you want to know this tweak, here is how...

Note: You can't redirect from Bing to Google in Microsoft Edge as neither it has any built-in way to do so nor it supports any extensions.
  • First of all, change the default web browser to Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. If you don't have one then you can get it here (Chrome) and here (Firefox).
  • To change default web browser, press Window key + I [to open settings], click on the System setting and then select Default apps. Now scroll down to the Web browser section and change it to Firefox or Chrome.
Make Cortana Search Google Instead of Bing in Windows 10
  • It'll now make Cortana to search the web through your chosen default browser.
We can now use any web browser extension to redirect Bing to other search engines. This feature is built-in on the latest version of Firefox. You'll just need to enable the option to use the default search engines for searches from Windows. Read the following simple steps to know how to do this.
  • Open Firefox.
  • Click on the Menu and then select Options. It'll open the Preferences page.
Make Cortana Search Google Instead of Bing in Windows 10
  • Next, click on the Search tab. Now choose Google or any other search engines from the drop-down menu from the Default Search Engine section.
Make Cortana Search Google Instead of Bing in Windows 10

Tip: Type "about:preferences#search" in the address bar to go the Search settings page easily.
  • Check the option that says "Use this search engine for searches from Windows" to redirect all the web queries [from Cortana] to your default search engine.
If you're using the older version of Firefox then try Bing-Google add-on.

Google Chrome don't have any option built into it to redirect search queries to your desired search engine. But there are many extensions available to accomplish this.
  • Bing2Google is the simplest extension for Chrome to redirect every search queries from Bing to Google. Go to this link and install the extension on your Chrome.
  • If you use DuckDuckGo or Yahoo as the default search engine then try Chrometana. Go to this link and install the extension. You'll have to change the search engine via Chrometana options.
Make Cortana Search Google Instead of Bing in Windows 10
  • That's all!
Note: Cortana still makes searches from Bing, but the extensions change the URL to the search engine of your choice whenever Cortana tries to show the web results through any of these web browsers.

How to Select Text by Character, Word, and Paragraph

Selecting or highlighting text is one of the easiest task in Windows. It's a thing which even novice computer users are familiar with. If you're a blogger then you've to copy and paste text hundreds of times in a week! But do you know there are multiple ways for text selection? Yes! All of you might not be familiar with this feature Windows operating system.

Today, in this tutorial I will show you various tips and tricks for selecting texts in a much easier way. Excited? Then read below.

Select one character at a time
It's easy and you already know this. Click ONCE right before the character you want to copy and pull the mouse cursor over the text you want to select/highlight, the text selection will advance by one character as you pull your cursor over it.

How to Select Text by Character, Word, and Paragraph

Select one word at a time
You might not be familiar with this. If you'll double click your mouse before you begin selecting the text then text selection will advance by highlighting one word at a time.

How to Select Text by Character, Word, and Paragraph

Click TWICE right before the word you want to select and pull your mouse cursor over the text, interestingly text selection will advance by highlighting one word at a time. Similarly, you can double click on a word to highlight it.

Select one paragraph at at time
Triple click on any of the paragraph on this post to highlight the whole paragraph. If you want the text selection to advance by one paragraph as you move your mouse then click THRICE on the first paragraph and pull your cursor downward (or upward).

How to Select Text by Character, Word, and Paragraph

This trick will completely work on all the versions of Windows but I am not familiar with other operating systems like Mac OS or Chrome OS.

Combine Address & Search Bar in Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Firefox is one of the most customizable web browser. Unlike Chrome and Opera, you can change almost everything in the browser. In one of my previous post I showed you an interesting tweak to make Firefox look like the all new Microsoft Edge web browser.

Combine Address & Search Bar in Mozilla Firefox

If you use Firefox as a default app to browse the web then you might have noticed that the search bar and address bar are separate in Firefox and you can't search from the address bar in most cases. Actually, Firefox's address bar also supports search functionality but you won't get any search suggestions, and you can't search a website URL using location bar. There are millions of people who use this web browser, some people prefers to use separate address and search bar while some people like 'em combined.

Omnibar is a small extension which merges search bar and URL address bar into one. It also shows suggestions for search keywords and URL as you type, and you can customize the number of suggestions too.

  • If you like this extension then go to this link with your Firefox browser and install the extension.
  • You may need to restart Firefox after installation.
This extension also allows you to search a keyword using two or more search engines at the same time. For example if you want to search "" on Google Bing and Yahoo at the same then type @google, yahoo, bing in the address bar and hit enter.

Combine Address & Search Bar in Mozilla Firefox

Foobar is another great extension which does  the same task. Like Omnibar, this add-on also have three different skins for the suggestions box. Both of these extensions accomplish the task quite brilliantly. Try both and see which one sails your boat.

Try Salmon Music Player on your Chromebook & Chrome Browser

Salmon Player is a light-weight digital music player for Chrome that plays media files from your PC and Chromebooks. It looks awesome with beautiful material design touch. There are plenty of music players for Chromebook and Chrome browser for PC, but there are rarely any media players which offers material design. Try Salmon Player.

Salmon Player for Chrome

It supports MP3, OGG, and WAV file formats. It has few interesting features like drag and drop music files from HDD/SSD, keyboard shortcuts, music search etc.

Salmon Player will automatically scan music files once you add a source folder. Please note that it will only add files from the selected folder and you have to manually add each folder one by one! The design is neat and clean, as advertised. It offers three color schemes and there is an option to display album cover as background. Follow the following steps get started.
  • Go to this link (Chrome Web Store) and install the application.
  • Launch the app after Chrome finishes downloading and installing it.
  • Click on the hamburger menu from the left hand side and then click on the add source button. It'll take you to the Media Sources where you can easily select local folders.
Salmon Player for Chrome
  • That's it! There are many other interesting features, take a look at 'em.
It's a fresh start and therefore you can expect few bugs. I tried this for sometime and it worked smoothly.

Enable or Disable SSD TRIM Support in Windows 10

Solid State Drives (SSD) are growing in popularity day by day. And why SSD won't be popular? It offers impressive speed and increases your system performance. Upgrading your Hard Disk Drive to a Solid State Drive will be the best upgrade for your system.

Enable or Disable SSD TRIM Support in Windows 10
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SSD stores their data in blocks, TRIM command is a crucial feature that allows operating system to inform SSD which block of data is no longer needed and can be deleted safely. TRIM is only available in available in Windows 7, 8/8.1 and 10, older versions of windows don't include this feature.

Windows automatically detect SSDs in most cases, but sometimes it doesn't work as expected. In this post, I will show you few simple methods to check if TRIM is enabled in your operating system and how to enable or disable it.

Tip: You can use the same method to enable/disable TRIM support in Windows 7 and 8 OS.
  • Open Command Prompt as Administrator and type the following command.
fsutil behavior query DisableDeleteNotify
  • After running the above command, if you get DisableDeleteNotify = 0 then TRIM support is enabled on your device and if you get DisableDeleteNotify = 1 as a result then TRIM support is disabled.
Enable or Disable SSD TRIM Support in Windows 10

If you think you've a decent TRIM supported SSD, but this command support isn't enabled on your system then you can easily enable it by running the following command.
fsutil behavior set DisableDeleteNotify 0
If you want to disable TRIM support for your SSD then you can run the following command.
fsutil behavior set DisableDeleteNotify 1
It is not recommended to disable this command if you're using a Solid State Drive. That's all!

Manage Recent Account Pictures History in Windows 10

Windows 10 have many interesting features and one of those features is the profile pictures history. If you change your account picture then the last two profile pictures will be shown as history. Also, it saves all the profile pictures inside a special folder on your local drive.

Well, it's a good feature, and you can easily revert back to the older profile pic in future, but if you completely hate your previous pics then you can delete them! Or you can just keep the one you want to display as a history in the Account Settings.

Manage Recent Account Pictures History in Windows 10
  • Press Window key + R key at the same time. It'll open a RUN dialog box.
Manage Recent Account Pictures History in Windows 10

Tip: You can also open RUN dialog box from Start > All Apps > Windows System > Run.
  • Type "%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\AccountPictures" in the RUN (without quotes) and hit enter. It'll open profile pictures directory where you can check all the pictures you've previously set.
Manage Recent Account Pictures History in Windows 10
  • Now select the pictures you want to remove and hit the delete button.
  • That's it. Open Settings and see the changes.
Do you know? You can manually choose images to show as slideshow in Photos app live tile. That's all for today. Keep visiting for more tweaks.

How to Extract Images from Microsoft Office Documents

Microsoft office is one of the most popular and most widely used productivity apps. It'll not be surprising to know that most of your colleague uses this app for their documentation needs. Sometimes people attach many images on their documents to make it a little easier to understand it, and if you wanted to use those images then you will have to save each image one by one. Today, in this tutorial I will show you an easier way to extract all images from MS Office documents.

How to Extract Images from Microsoft Office Documents

Once, one of my friend changed the file extension of an Android APK app to EXE to make it work on Windows PC! Well, changing the application format may not make it compatible with all the Operating Systems but you can use this trick to extract all the images from MS Office documents. This is a simple trick, and you'll just need to change the file extension of the document to ZIP. Please note that this trick only works with DocX, PPTX, and XLSX formats and changing the extension of other file formats might corrupt it. Follow the following steps to know how to do this.

  • Open Windows explorer and click on the "View" tab in the ribbon. Next, check the "File name extensions" from the Show/Hide section. It'll now show the file extensions of all the files in your drive.
How to Extract Images from Microsoft Office Documents
  • Right click on the document and select rename. Next, change the file name to "" or you can simply change the portion after the period  (.) to ZIP.
How to Extract Images from Microsoft Office Documents
  • That's it! System will automatically recognize it as a ZIP file. Extract it and find your images inside it.
Now extract the files and looks for image inside "word > media" (if you renamed a MS Word document ), "PPT > media" (if you renamed a PowerPoint file), or "XL > media" (if you renamed a Excel file).

Bonus tip: If you're too lazy to modify the file extension then simple open the documents directly with 7ZIP or WinRAR.

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