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The complete guide to customizing Windows 10

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An operating system is only useful as it is customizable. After all -- if you can't make an OS look and act the way you want it to, then who cares if it's objectively better (faster, more powerful) than any other OS?

Good news, Windows 10 users: You can easily customize both the look and feel of Microsoft's new OS, and make it work for you. Here's our guide on how to make Windows 10 pretty andeasy to use.

Windows 10 Settings menu: The Personalization tab: A look at Windows 10's new Personalization settings -- the bedrock of all your visual customization needs.

How to customize the Windows 10 Start menu: We were all excited about the return of the Start menu -- even though it's more like a hybrid of the Windows 8 Start screen and the Windows 7 Start menu rather than a traditional Start menu. Here's how to make it yours.

Pin links to the Start menu from any browser: Put your favorite links on the Start menu, no matter what web browser you favor.

10 ways to customize the taskbar in Windows 10: If you're like me, the taskbar -- not the Start menu -- is the real workhorse in Windows 10.

How to disable the Windows 10 lock screen: Windows 10 is designed for every device, including mobile devices, which is why it has a lock screen and a log-in screen. But for many of us desktop and laptop users, the lock screen is redundant and inconvenient. Here's how to get rid of it.

Make people jealous of your lock screen with Windows Spotlight: If you must have a lock screen, it might as well look awesome with pretty, high-res photos from Windows Spotlight feature.

How to uninstall default apps in Windows 10: Windows 10's default apps don't take up a lot of space, but do visually clutter up your Start menu (especially if you don't use them). Here's how to uninstall them (and how to reinstall them).

3 ways to customize Microsoft Edge: Microsoft's new Edge browser is a work-in-progress, but here's what you can do right now to make it look pretty.

How to get the home button back in Edge: Edge has decided to take a leaf out of Google Chrome's book and be too cool for a home button. But some of us like home buttons, so here's how to get it back.

Here's how to get rid of Internet Explorer: Edge is such a work in progress that Windows 10 also ships with Internet Explorer 11. You can't really uninstall IE11, but you can hide it so you don't have to look at it.

Force Cortana to use Google instead of Bing: Make Microsoft's virtual assistant use the Web search engine of your choice.

Get rid of default cloud service icons in File Explorer: Cloud storage service icons show up in the left menu of your File Explorer, whether you want them to or not. But you can remove them with a relatively simple Registry hack.

How to change your computer's name in Windows 10: What's customization if you can't customize your PC's name?


Source : http://www.cnet.com/

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