My consolidated Tips & Tricks for Windows

This article will be a bit “different” from the usual as its primarily a list of stuff that has proven useful to me in my tech troubleshooting work. I hope these little “work arounds” are helpful to others as well.


Here’s a peeve of mine that I was finally able to discover a solid fix for. Just an FYI I believe this will only work for windows 10. So Google really wants you to make Chrome your default browser. It seems that, Google’s opinion is that if you use its search engine, you should be using its browser, too. Since the following notification appears every single time you visit Google’s home page in a browser that isn’t Chrome:

Clicking “NO THANKS” doesn’t keep it away either. Google ignores whatever internal setting that selection should trigger, and goes right on asking you to switch to Chrome. One of the two methods below should help as a work around to this annoying persistence:

Method 1: Use AdBlock

To keep the “Switch to Chrome” notification from appearing every time you visit google.com in a browser other than Chrome:

  • Click the AdBlock button in the browser toolbar and select Options.
  • On the CUSTOMIZE tab, click Edit
  • Paste the following text in the box, just as it appears here:

.gb_fa, .gb_g

  • Click Save

Method 2: Turn Off Windows 10 Tips

If custom filter above doesn’t work for you, I recently found another suggestion in a Google Search help forum post. This was the one that finally worked for me.

Windows itself may be part of the problem by allowing Google to advertise for Chrome when you’re using a different browser.

Try turning off these “helpful” tips, like this:

  • Press the Windows key + i or enter Settings in the search box in the Windows taskbar to open the Windows Settings app.
  • Start typing “notifications” (without the quotation marks), and then select Notifications & actions settings.
  • Scroll down to Get tips, tricks, and suggestions as you use Windows and slide the switch to the “Off” position.

“Off” Screen Windows

This is a peeve of mine, as I regularly change my screen resolutions, depend on what project I am working on. This tends to result in some programs/windows opening with the top title bar off of the screen. When this happens it’s a real pain to get them back on the screen properly…

With a little digging, and some help from google, I found this simple work around:

  • To move an off-Screen window back to the Screen in Windows 10, do the following.
  • Press and hold the Shift key and right-click the app’s taskbar icon.
  • Use the left, right, up and down arrow keys on the keyboard to move your window.
  • When you have moved the window to the desired position, press Enter.

Another alternative solution that may also work is to Hold “Shift” and right-click on the program icon in the taskbar, then choose “Maximize“.

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