Cloudeight InfoAve Weekly
Volume 19 Number 20
March 18, 2022
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Cheryl wants to know how to switch back to using a password
or PIN in Windows 10
Cathern asks about updating to Windows 11
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How to Sign Out of Windows 10 or
We’ve had several people ask how to sign out of Windows 10. It’s very easy to do, but if you don’t know where to look it can be frustrating.
Before we get to the gist of signing out of Windows 10, we’ll tell you why signing out can save you time. Instead of shutting down at the end of the day, you can sign out of your account. It will make for a much quicker start to your day when all you have to do is log in instead of starting up your computer. Also, some software installations tell you to “sign out” or “restart” after installation. If a program installation gives you that choice, you’ll save time by signing out rather than restarting your PC.
So now on with the show.
Most of the time, to restart Windows, you’ll click the Start button and click “Restart” (or “Update and Restart” if you have Windows updates pending). But, as you can see, clicking “Start” “Power options” does not give you the option to sign out. See?
The default options are “Sleep”, “Shut down” (or “Update & shut down” if you have updates pending), or “Update” (or “Update and restart if you have updates pending). There is no “Sign out” on that menu.
Here’s a quick and easy way to get to the Sign Out option without jumping through hoops.
Right-click on the start button, click (or hover over) “Shutdown or sign out”:
Just click “Sign out”. That’s it. That’s all you have to do to sign out of Windows 10 or Windows 10 - or both.
How to Make More Room on Your
As promised, we’re going to continue to update our Windows 10 tips for Windows 11 users and continue to write new tips for both Windows 10 and Windows 11 too. So, whether you are using Windows 10 or Windows 11 we have you covered.
Now let’s get on with today’s tip – Taskbar real estate…
For some reason, Microsoft thinks it knows what you want on your Taskbar. But does it? NO! It doesn’t. The Windows Taskbar is a great place to put the shortcuts for the apps you use most because when you put those shortcuts on your Taskbar you save time. But if you have a large search bar, Cortana, Task View, People, or Onscreen keyboard icons taking up space on your Taskbar, you have less space available to put shortcuts to the apps you use most on your Taskbar. Windows 11 adds other (for most people) useless icons like “Chat” and “Task view”.So let’s increase the amount of Taskbar space you have to work with. If you’re using Windows 10, jump over to this page for our tutorial on declutterizing your Windows 10 Taskbar.
Maximize the Taskbar Space on Windows 11
First of all, while it’s easy to move the Windows 11 Taskbar so it’s aligned to the left like all Windows versions before it, I’ve come to like having it center aligned. But I still don’t like the default clutter. At least in Windows 11, Microsoft got rid of the Cortana icon, the big search box, and the People icon that were default on Windows 10. But then they went and spoiled it all by putting a “Chat” icon (trying to convert Zoom users to Microsoft Teams) and a Widgets icon that I never use (and you probably don’t either)
Step #1: Declutterizing the Windows 11 Taskbar
Right-click on an empty space on your Windows 11 Taskbar, and click “Taskbar settings”. The “Personalization > Taskbar” page will open. At the top, you’ll see the “Taskbar items” settings. All you need to do is turn the switches off next to the items you don’t want cluttering up your taskbar. Below, you can see I’ve turned off everything other than the search icon. I could even turn that off since clicking the Start button opens the Start menu with a search box at the top. But I’m lazy, so the search box stays.
Of course, all these are personal choices. You might like Widgets or Microsoft Teams, in which case you’ll need to leave Widgets and/or Chat on. But Task view? Do you ever use it?
Step #2: Declutterizing the Windows 11 Taskbar
The next section on the Personalization > Taskbar page is the “Taskbar corner icons” section. This section allows you to turn off icons that are displayed near the right edge of the taskbar (near the clock). If you don’t use the Pen menu, Touch keyboard, or Virtual touchpad? Turn them off. For most users, these are off by default.
Step #3: Declutterizing the Windows 11 Taskbar
The next section is called “Taskbar corner overflow”. The icons for these apps will either be hidden or displayed near the right edge of the Taskbar near the clock. To expand “Taskbar corner overflow” click the down arrow.
When expanded, you’ll see switches next to some of the apps you have installed. Some of these apps (but not all) are apps you have starting with Windows. If the switches next to the items in the Taskbar corner overflow menu are turned off, they will not be displayed in the right corner of the Taskbar.
More ways to customize the Windows 11 taskbar
The final section of the Settings >Personalization>Taskbar is called “Taskbar behaviors’. In this section, you can align your taskbar from Center to Left or from Left to Center.
Click the down arrow to expand Taskbar behaviors. You can align your Taskbar to the left or back to the Windows 11 default “Center”.
You can also choose to “Automatically hide the taskbar” or show “Badges (unread message counter)” on taskbar apps.
If you have multiple displays, you can choose to show the taskbar on all displays.
You can also choose to share any window from your taskbar. And enable the far right edge of your taskbar to take to the desktop when you click it. You can also go directly to the desktop by using the Windows key + D shortcut. Pressing the Windows key + D combo again will take you back to where you were working.
The proof is in the pudding, so they say. Here is my Windows 11 Taskbar. You can see I have a lot of Taskbar real estate left to add more shortcuts should I need to do so.
To Upgrade or Not to Upgrade – That
is the Question
Many of you are on the fence about updating from Windows 10 to Windows 11. We’re getting more and more questions about upgrading and many asking if they can make Windows 11 look more like Windows 10.
First, let us point out that Windows 10 will not only be safe to use until October 14, 2025, Microsoft says it will continue to update Windows 10 and that includes adding new features.
We know for some of you there’s a feeling that you’re missing out on something if you’re still using Windows 10. That’s not necessarily true. If you can do the things you want and need to do with Windows 10, and you’re not the kind of person who loves to be on the cutting edge, then stick with Windows 10. You’ve got plenty of time to use it – and it will continue to get updates and security patches.
We have Windows 11 because we have to have Windows 11. It’s our job to know as much as we can about all currently supported versions of Windows so we can help you whenever you ask for help.
I can honestly say, if it were my job to know Windows 11 inside and out, I’d still be using Windows 10 and I’d continue to use it. I probably would never see Windows 11 until I purchased a new computer – or my old Windows 10 computer was still working on October 1, 2025 – then I would upgrade for safety and security reasons.
If you’re the kind of person who loves to learn new things and likes to stay on top of all things Windows, then you’ve probably already updated to Windows 11 or are seriously considering it. With all its hardware restrictions aside, Windows 11 is as fine a version of Windows as we’ve seen. It seems faster and more responsive than Windows 10.
But if you’re happy with Windows 10 and Windows 10 does everything you need it to do, we can there is no compelling reason you need to update your Windows 10 PC to Windows 11 even if its hardware meets all Windows 11 requirements. Windows 10 will continue to be updated and safe to use until October 14, 2025 – that’s 1314 days from today – March 10, 2022. That’s a lot of days and a lot of time technologically speaking.And if you like to be on top of things and your computer’s hardware supports Windows 11 – take the plunge. You’ll probably be glad you did. If your Windows 10 PC meets all the Windows 11 hardware requirements (to find out, run the PC Health Check already installed on your PC via Windows update or, if not, see this page), you can upgrade to Windows 11 by visiting this page. Windows 11 is free for everyone using licensed versions of Windows 10.
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15Facts – A Fun and Interesting Cloudeight Site Pick for You
In looking for a new Cloudeight site pick we were searching for a site that would be interesting to everyone with a tad of curiosity. And we came up with an oddly named site called 15Facts. On the day we reviewed it the site featured the following just to name a few…
15 Cool Facts About the Black Sea
The site also features a menu at the top with the categories. Top 10, Random, Geography, Miscellaneous, History, Science, Literature.
Under “15 Interesting and Fun Facts to Share with Friends (2022)” we found these facts to share with you:
The electric chair was invented by a dentist.
And now it’s time to introduce the site’s developers who would love to tell you a little bit more about 15Facts.
And now, friends, it’s time to embark upon a fun mission to acquire more knowledge.
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25 Years: What a Ride!
Yesterday, Darcy and I were testing something together and we had a chat box open. I can't remember the last time Darcy and I "chatted", but it's been a long, long time. When we were chatting she said, something like, "we've kept Cloudeight going for 25 years, you know". I guess, someplace deep inside I knew it was 25 years, but it still shocked me.
Darcy and I have seen the internet change so much in our 25 years of working together online. People used to make fun of us for being on the internet so much - but I can tell you this, neither Darcy nor I could stay away. I used to have to leave for my day job at 5:00 AM, so I'd be up at 3:00 AM to get on the internet. My best friend at the time, Jeff, (God rest his humorous soul, called me "Captain Internet".
And I can still hear the squeals of the dial-up connecting and feel the anticipation of whether it would ever connect or not... and the satisfaction that came with my Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator browser opening my home page - then "Dave Central" a software download site where everything was free
The internet was 99% free then. Amazon was just starting to sell books and Yahoo was the web's biggest (and worst) search engine. There were dozens of search engines including Alta Vista (my favorite at the time), DogPile (really!), Ask Jeeves, and dozens more. Dozens were needed because none were very good. Back in those days, you had to know how to use more than one search engine or you'd never find what you were looking for.
Then Google eventually came along - becoming not only a search engine but a verb too.
Anyway, Darcy and I were chatting in a little chat box...
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