Useful Windows Settings

It is difficult to imagine our life without computers and smartphones. These are not only means for work or entertainment, but also indispensable helpers in everyday life. Using a PC, you can create reminders for yourself on important occasions or set parental controls.
How to set up a reminder
How to create a second desktop
How to edit the hosts file
How to block an unwanted site
How to adjust font clarity in Windows 10

How to set up a reminder

If you spend all day at your computer, you can set reminders to appear on your computer so you don’t miss an important meeting or don’t forget to wish someone a happy birthday. This can be done in several ways.

  • With the help of the Calendar. To do this, follow these steps:
    1. In the tray, click on the date.



    2. In the calendar that opens, select the desired date, write the name of the event, specify the time at which the reminder should appear. Desired date
    3. Click Save.

    A reminder will appear at the specified time in the lower right corner of the screen.

  • With the help of an alarm clock. This method is useful for reminders throughout the day.
    1. Start the alarm through the Start menu or by clicking on the clock in the tray.
    2. Set the desired time and click the “Save” button.Save

These are the simplest ways to set up reminders using the built-in Windows tools. There are also many third-party applications with various additional features and beautiful design.

How to create a second desktop

Virtual Desktop is a very handy feature recently introduced to Windows. It allows you to delimit the workspace and work in these separate segments with different applications. For example, create one virtual desk for work programs, and another for personal software, games, movies, books.
There are several ways to create a second desktop. In the simplest case, it is enough to press the task view environment button. Second desktop
Next, click the “New Desktop” button.

New Desktop
The second way is even easier. To create a virtual desktop, just type the keyboard shortcut Win+Ctrl+D.
The third method allows you to simultaneously create a second desktop and move the desired program to it. To do this, click the task view environment button, then drag the desired application to the New Desktop window with the mouse.Drag the desired application
All created desktops will be visible at the top of the Task View Environment window. Here you can switch between them. You can also move from one table to another using the combination Ctrl + Win + left or right arrow.

After rebooting the computer, the desktops do not disappear anywhere. It will only be necessary to place the programs on them again in the right order.

Desktops can be renamed by opening the Task View environment. To do this, just click on the desktop name and write a new name.

Task View
It can be configured so that the application will open on all desktops. For example, a browser. To do this, open the task view environment, right-click on the application and select “Show this window on all desktops” from the context menu. All desktops
If the program works in multi-window mode, like, for example, a browser, then only the window on which this option was set will be displayed on all desktops.

How to edit the hosts file

The hosts file is an important file that is used by browsers before opening a website. In addition, this file can be used to block unwanted sites or specify the path to the site by IP address, if the site data has not yet been entered into the DNS system. Some viruses make changes to the hosts file, so from time to time, if you suspect hacking, it is recommended to check its contents and remove unwanted lines.
You can only edit this file as an Administrator. Note that the file does not have an extension in Explorer.

  1. Run any editor, such as Notepad, as Administrator.Notepad
  2. On the File tab of Notepad, click Open.
  3. Change the File Type to All Files.
  4. Find the hosts file. It is usually located here: Windows ➝ System 32 ➝ drivers ➝ etc. hosts file
  5. Add the necessary entry to the file or remove the ones that are not needed.
  6. Save changes.

You do not need to restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

How to block an unwanted site

Blocking unwanted sites can be useful, for example, to prevent a child from visiting any sites – with ready-made homework, games, and so on.

  1. Open the hosts file as described in the previous section.
  2. At the end of the file, add the line domain name where: returns the request back to your computer;
    domain name is the website address.
    For example, the line will prevent the computer from accessing
  3. Additionally, add a line with the www prefix: www.domain name, for example,
  4. Save your changes.

Now it will not be possible to go from this computer to the site you specified in the hosts file.

How to adjust font clarity in Windows 10

Some users like the clearer display of fonts on the computer. This can be configured by going to Options.

  1. Open Computer Settings in any way, for example, by pressing the buttons Win+I
  2. Go to the “Personalization” section.
  3. Open the “Fonts” item. Fonts
  4. In the upper right corner of the page, click “Adjust ClearType Text “.Adjust ClearType Text
  5. Check the “Turn on ClearType” option and click the “Next” button. Turn on ClearType
  6. In all the windows that appear, choose clearer text.
  7. Click “Finish” on the last window.
  8. Go back to Settings.
  9. Open the “System” section.
  10. Go to the “Display” section.Display
  11. In the “Scale and layout” block, open the “Advanced scaling settings” item. Advanced scaling settings
  12. In the window that opens, move the slider to the “On” state.Scale and layout

After all these manipulations, you can close the Options window and see how the fonts have changed.
Do not forget to PC cleaner from unnecessary files from time to time using the built-in Windows tools or third-party PC cleaning applications.