Useful tech tips and tricks you should know.

Hundreds of the best computer tips and tricks that will increase productivity and your overall computer experience.

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Update your BIOS: Utilities from Top Motherboard Makers

Asus Live Update

The Asus Live Update utility allows you check for new firmware, drivers and BIOS updates. Even though it’s generally a trustworthy application, it was recently reported that Live Update servers had been hijacked and compromised (some) systems with malware. The latest revision is safe to use and it does bring about the suggestion to use these utilities for upgrading and then uninstalling them and not allowing them to run when Windows starts.

Update your BIOS

Gigabyte @Bios

The @BIOS live update utility works on the same principle as other utilities listed here, it works with all Gigabyte branded motherboards but instead of an all-in-one utility, there are variants for each major chipset family from AMD and Intel. This means you first have to identify your mainboard’s chipset to download the proper @BIOS version.

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MSI Live Update

MSI’s Live Update tool lets you update your mainboard’s BIOS, drivers, and utilities. It can also check and update MSI graphics cards drivers and firmware revision.

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ASRock Live Update

ASRock has given its Live Update utility a spin by adding an “App Shop.” If you look pass the bundled app store, there’s a pretty straight forward interface for updating your BIOS and system drivers, worth a try if you have an ASRock mainboard.

ASRock Live Update

Biostar BIOS Update Utility

Rounding up our list of top 5 motherboard manufacturers, Biostar also offers a BIOS update utility you can run on Windows, letting you check for new versions, then download and install without much fuss.

Biostar BIOS Update Utility

A Compilation of Command Prompt Tips, Tricks & Cool Things You Can Do

Command Prompt keyboard shortcuts

Although Windows’ settings provide easy access for configuring most things, the Command Prompt — elevated or otherwise — can be indispensable in a number of scenarios, especially when you know how to take advantage of it.

Sometimes settings can be applied by typing a few characters instead of clicking through a series of menus, while other times there simply isn’t any other way to perform an operation except with command lines.

We’ve compiled a list of things that you can do in the Windows Command Prompt, including some commands everyone should know for general usage, more advanced ones for tweaking or troubleshooting your PC, as well as lesser known and less practical Command Prompt features. Our list of tips and tricks below has been organized from briefest and most useful, to more complex and risky…

Stop any command mid-operation

Since you might be testing some commands… pressing Ctrl + C will cancel a command that you’ve already entered and allow you to begin typing another one, while typing cls will clear the current window of any commands that you’ve entered.

Did you know there is a settings menu?

Right-click the title bar and open Properties for settings that include the ability to change your Command Prompt’s font, layout and colors, as well as options such as Quick Edit mode, which will automatically paste text from your clipboard when you right click in the window.

Bonus: You can customize the text in the top bar by typing title followed by the text that you want (example: title My title was pasted with Quick Edit mode).

Internet related tips

Chrome

Chrome is a free Internet browser officially released by Google on December 11, 2008. Its features include synchronization with Google services and accounts, tabbed browsing, and automatic translation and spell check of web pages. It also features an integrated address bar/search bar, called the omnibox.

Overview and benefits

 

Chrome works quite well with Google sites and services such as YouTube and Gmail. It also manages its system resources differently than other browsers. Its V8 JavaScript engine was developed from scratch at Google, and may improve your experience on heavily scripted websites and applications. Essentially, it should make the things you do on the Internet faster.

 

NoteSome Google services, such as Google Cast, require Chrome to use a Chromecast.

 

After being installed, the Chrome browser is automatically configured to download and install updates when they’re available. To verify updates are being installed automatically, see our page on how to update your browser.

 

Incognito mode

Chrome Incognito Mode logo.

Chrome offers a private browsing option called Incognito Mode. This mode allows you to browse in an isolated sandbox web session. It gives you temporary control over your browsing history and session identity, because when you close the browser, your logins and history are deleted. However, it does not guarantee anonymity.

 

Note:Use Incognito mode as a tool to increase your privacy, but understand that the privacy of your Internet activity is never absolute. Your ISP, employer, or other people using your computer may be able to analyze your network or hard drive to ascertain your web activity while using Incognito mode.

 

To launch a new incognito browser, press Ctrl+Shift+N (Windows, Linux) or Command+Shift+N (macOS X). Essentially, when you’re in Incognito Mode, the browser doesn’t log what you’ve been doing during your last Internet session.