How to: Add/Include folder to Windows 10 Library Remove/Delete folder from Windows 10 Library

If the Library icon is missing from “This PC” please refer to this guide to show it:

How to Fix: Windows 10 Library missing/Missing Library icon in “This PC” & How to: Hide Library in Windows 10

Add/Include folder to Windows 10 Library

1 Open “This PC” or Navigate to the folder that we want to include in the Libraries

2 Right click on the folder that we want to include in the Libraries, Navigate to “Include in library” then select existing library or click on “Create new library” to include it to a new library

Include in library
Include in library

3 In this example we include the “xampp” folder to “Documents” library

Include xampp folder in Documents library
Include xampp folder in Documents library

Remove/Delete/Exclude folder from Windows 10 Library (This will not delete the folder itself)

1 Open “This PC”

2 Navigate to the library which include the folder which we want to remove from, “Documents” library in this case

Library – Documents

3 Right click on the library which includes the folder which we want to remove/delete from, “Documents” in this case, then click on “Properties”

Right on the library, Documents in this case
Right on the library, Documents in this case

4 Click on the folder which we want to remove from library then click on “Remove” button, finally click on “OK” button

Documents Properties
Documents Properties

5 Now the folder is removed from the library

xampp folder removed from Documents library
xampp folder removed from Documents library

Warning: If you right click on the folder then click on Delete from Library, the folder will be deleted!!! (That’s not delete from the library, it actually deletes the folder itself and of course it will disappear from the library as well, sine the folder is gone completely by deleting it). So be careful.


How to Fix: Windows 10 Library missing/Missing Library icon in “This PC” & How to: Hide Library in Windows 10

What is Windows 10 Library in short

The “Libraries” in the red rectangle is Windows 10 Library

Windows 10 - This PC - Libraries
Windows 10 – This PC – Libraries

How to bring it back/Show it, if it’s not there?

1 Right click in one of the areas marked in red rectangle

Windows 10 - This PC - Libraries missing
Windows 10 – This PC – Libraries missing

2 Click on “Show libraries”

Windows 10 - This PC - Show libraries
Windows 10 – This PC – Show libraries

3 Now the Libraries folder is back in This PC

Windows 10 - This PC - Libraries
Windows 10 – This PC – Libraries

How to hide “Libraries” in This PC?

1 Right click in one of the areas marked in red rectangle

Windows 10 - This PC - Hide Libraries
Windows 10 – This PC – Hide Libraries

2 Click on “Show libraries” to uncheck it (Which means hide it)

Windows 10 - This PC - Click on Show libraries to unheck and hide it
Windows 10 – This PC – Click on Show libraries to unheck and hide it

How to: Find out your genuine Windows 10 product key from the computer easily with different methods

1 Using ProductKey

A free software for reviewing Windows product keys.

ProductKey
ProductKey

Download ProduKey (In Zip file)

Download ProduKey for x64

2 Using Registry Editor

1 Use Win + R key combination to launch “Run” Window

Microsoft Windows - Run window
Microsoft Windows – Run window

2 Type regedit, then hit Enter key, Registry Editor Window will appear

Windows 10 Registry Editor
Windows 10 Registry Editor

3 Navigate to following path

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\SoftwareProtectionPlatform
Registry Editor - SoftwareProtectionPlatform
Registry Editor – SoftwareProtectionPlatform

You will be able to find your Windows product key besides “BackupProductKeyDefault” key

3 Using PowerShell/Command Prompt

1 Launch command prompt/PowerShell with Admin privilege.

1.1 By using Win + X key, launch the Command Prompt (Admin) or PowerShell (Admin)

2 Execute following command

wmic path softwarelicensingservice get OA3xOriginalProductKey
wmic path softwarelicensingservice get OA3xOriginalProductKey
wmic path softwarelicensingservice get OA3xOriginalProductKey

4 Using PowerShell/Command Prompt with Registry command



1 Launch command prompt/PowerShell with Admin privilege.

1.1 By using Win + X key, launch the Command Prompt (Admin) or PowerShell (Admin)

2 Execute following command

REG QUERY "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\SoftwareProtectionPlatform" /v BackupProductKeyDefault
Get value for "BackupProductKeyDefault" from command prompt or PowerShell
Get value for “BackupProductKeyDefault” from command prompt or PowerShell

How to: Add specific/custom folders to Windows index (So that contents will come up in search results in Start Menu)

1 Bring up the “Indexing Options”

1.1 Method 1

1.1.1 Click on Start button to bring up Windows Start menu

Start button
Start button

1.1.2 Type index

Type index
Type index

We will find “Index Options”

1.2 Method 2

1.2.1 Use Win + R key combination to bring up Run window

Microsoft Windows - Run window
Microsoft Windows – Run window

1.2.2 Type control then hit Enter key, Control Panel will appear

Windows 10 Control Panel
Windows 10 Control Panel

1.2.3 Click on “Large icons”

Large icons
Large icons

1.2.4 Click on “Index Options”

Index Options
Index Options

1.3 Method 3

1.3.1 Use Win + R key combination to bring up Run window

Microsoft Windows - Run window
Microsoft Windows – Run window

1.3.2 Type one of following commands then hit Enter key

control.exe srchadmin.dll
 
control /name Microsoft.IndexingOptions
 
rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL srchadmin.dll

2 Add the desired folder to Windows Index

2.1 Click on “Modify” button

Windows 10 Index Options
Windows 10 Index Options

2.2 Check the desired folders, so that they will be indexed. You can select folders from other drives as well, e.g. D, E, F drive

Windows 10 Indexed Locations
Windows 10 Indexed Locations

(If we can’t find what we want to add to index, we can click on “Show all locations” to show more locations)

2.3 Click on “OK” button to save the changes.

(Next time when the system is updating the index, those folders/contents will be indexed as well)

3 Rebuild Index

If you want to rebuild index instantly, here is how

3.1 After we have clicked on “OK” button, we are back to “Index Options” window again

Windows 10 Indexing Options
Windows 10 Indexing Options

3.2 Click on “Advanced” button

3.3 Click on the “Rebuild” button, now the system will start to rebuild the index (Note: It will take awhile, if you have heaps of files, it will take even longer)

Windows 10 Index Options - Advanced Options
Windows 10 Index Options – Advanced Options

When it’s finished, our files/folders will come up in the search results


How to: Change Windows 10 default content location, Download location, App location, Map location etc.

0 Easy way to directly open Storage settings page to change saving location in one step, click on this link: Change where new content is saved

For those who want to know how to navigate to the page from Windows Settings menu, read on…

1 Bring up the Windows Settings menu/Home page, we can use Win + I Key or click on this link Windows Settings

2 Navigate to “System – Storage” or Click on this link to open Storage settings page directly: Windows Storage Settings

Windows Settings
Windows Settings

3 Click on “Change where new content is saved”

System - Storage
System – Storage

4 Change the default saving location

Note: “New apps” Only changes save location for Windows Store Apps

Change where new content is saved
Change where new content is saved

We can also enable “Storage Sense”, it will automatically and periodically free up space by getting rid of files you don’t need, like temporary files and content in your recycle bin.

Storage Sense
Storage Sense

How to: Quickly and Easily search a folder, partition or even computer for files in Microsoft Windows

When using Windows built-in search function, it can take ages to search a partition, it will take even longer if you want to search files across all partitions.

Everything is a free filename search software for Windows that can bring up your search results in seconds.

Everything
Everything
  • Small installation file
  • Clean and simple user interface
  • Quick file indexing
  • Quick searching
  • Quick startup
  • Minimal resource usage
  • Small database on disk
  • Real-time updating
  • Multilingual support
  • Has official portable version

Download Everything 1.4.1.935

Installer

64-bit Installer

Portable zip

64-bit Portable zip

Supported Languages

Language pack for Everything

Resource

Official website


How to Fix: OneDrive Error … is unavailable, if the location is on….

The Error

When opening the File Explorer/This PC, following error pops up:

“C:\Users\%username%\Folder Name is unavailable. If the location is on this PC, make sure the device or drive is connected or the disc is inserted, and then try again. If the location is on a network, make sure you’re connected to the network or Internet, and the try again. If the location still can’t be found, it might have been moved or deleted.”

Usually this occurs after the reported folder has being deleted or moved.

The Fix

1 Exit OneDrive

2 Create the missing folder, e.g. if the missing folder mentioned in the error is “C\Users\Jack\Desktop”

Then create corresponding folders “C\Users\Jack\Desktop”

3 Start the OneDrive or OneDrive for business again, the error should be gone now


How to Fix: Microsoft Word Error, can’t save to OneDrive, can’t save…

The Error

Word saving files to onedrive

Sorry we couldn’t find https://……… is it possible it was moved, renamed or deleted?
The file you are merging into is currently in use, Please try again later.

The Fix

We need to repair the Office.

Method 1

1 Use start menu to search “Control” then open control panel or Use Win + R key combination to open “Run window”

Microsoft Windows - Run window
Microsoft Windows – Run window

Then type “appwiz.cpl” then hit Enter key to bring up the “Programs and Features” window

2 Find office, click on “Change -> Repair”

Method 2

If you are using office 365, you can just download the office installation file from Microsoft, then repair install.

Possible Errors during installation/rearing

If the following error appears

Installing office
Something went wrong
Error Code: 30010-4

Close all windows related to the office and office rearing properly.

Restart the Windows Operating System.

Then try to install office again.

When the rearing or installation is done, there should be on problem to save to OneDrive, OneDrive for business, or save to local hard drive.


How to: Find Largest file on Windows, Windows 7, Windows 10, Microsoft Windows, Windows Server (Disk Space Usage)

For finding largest file/folder or showing disk space usage on Linux, refer to this one: (Linux Command Line/ Terminal Disk Space Usage tool (Find largest folder/file))

Sometimes, we want to find largest files or folders from our computer, especially when we are running out of space on hard drive. Because spending time to find different small useless files and then delete them can be very time consuming and after all it’s possible that we have only deleted couple MB of files which won’t help much. Remove one or two huge files or folders may help a lot.

Here is a list of software which can be used just for this purpose and for free, even better, some are open source.

WinDirStat

WinDirStat
WinDirStat
  • Easy to use
  • Free, Open Source
  • Can be installed
  • Portable version available (via portableapps)

SpaceSniffer

SpaceSniffer
SpaceSniffer
  • Easy to use
  • Free
  • Portable version available

WizTree

WizTree
WizTree
  • Easy to use
  • Free
  • Can be installed
  • Portable version available

Summary

Out of three, WinDirStat is the only open source one, Space Sniffer and WinTree are both freeware only.

WinDirStat does not provide official portable version, but portable version can be downloaded from portableapps. Both SpaceSniffer and WizTree provide official portable version.

All of them are very easy to use, the user interface of WinDirStat and WizTree are very similar, you click on the tile or block to reveal the file name, while SpaceSniffer displays the file and folder name directly on the tile/block.

Bottom line, choose whichever you like to use or give all of them a try and decide which one to go with, or even keep all of them in your bag, backup plan will not hurt 😉

Download/Resource

  1. WinDirStat
  2. SpaceSniffer
  3. WinTree

Make the touchpad better on Windows

Note: Make sure you have a backup mouse ready before you start following steps

Windows 10 – Precision Touchpads settings

1 Use Win + I key to Open the Settings App

2 Navigate to “Devices -> Touchpad” or just use following link

Click here to bring up touchpad settings page directly (ms-settings:devices-touchpad)

Windows 10 Settings - Touchpad
Windows 10 Settings – Touchpad

Then you can start to customize different gestures

Windows - Settings - Other gestures
Windows – Settings – Other gestures
Windows - Advanced gesture configuration
Windows – Advanced gesture configuration

Precision Touchpad Driver (If Windows 10 Precision Touchpad settings is not showing up)

If you did not see those options in touchpad settings page, try to install the driver, see if the option appears after that.

First we need to find out if our touchpad is mad by Synaptics or ELAN.

1 Launch the Run window via Win + R key combination

Microsoft Windows - Run window
Microsoft Windows – Run window

2 Enter “devmgmt.msc”

3 Now the Device Manager is opened

4 Look for “Mice and other pointing devices”

Device Manager
Device Manager

5 Expand it, see if we have Synaptics or ELAN

6 If it’s Synaptics open this link: https://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=synaptics

ELAN open this link: https://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=ELAN%20wdf

7 Download latest version of the driver from the website

8 When downloaded, open the file, extract it, find the “dpinst.exe”

9 Double click on it to install it

10 Restart the device once the installation is done

11 Follow step 1 to 4 again find the touchpad device, right click on it then click on “Update driver”, reboot maybe required after updating

12 Now you should be able to see the Windows 10 Precision Touchpad options.

Third-party software solution

If the above steps still not working, we can try to install a software which will dramatically improve our touchpad experience as well and it’s free!

The software is named “GestureSign”, even better, we can download it from Microsoft store for free

Microsoft Store- GestureSign
Microsoft Store- GestureSign

Description from Microsoft Store

GestureSign is a gesture recognition software for Windows tablet, Precision Touchpad and mouse. You can automate repetitive tasks by simply drawing a gesture with your fingers or mouse.

GestureSign supports the following commands:

  • Activate Window
  • Window Control
  • Touch Keyboard Control
  • Keyboard simulation
  • Key Down/Up
  • Mouse Simulation
  • Send Keystrokes
  • Open Default Browser
  • Screen Brightness
  • Volume Adjustment
  • Run Command Prompt Commands
  • Open File or Website
  • Launch Windows Store App
  • Send Message
  • Toggle Window Topmost
GestureSign - Action
GestureSign – Action
GestureSign - Gesture
GestureSign – Gesture
GestureSign - Options
GestureSign – Options
GestureSign - Ignored
GestureSign – Ignored

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