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Run Windows 11 on an Intel or M1 Mac

November 21, 2021 0
Run Windows 11 on an Intel or M1 Mac

 

How to Install Windows 11 in Parallels on a Mac

First, you’ll need to download and install Parallels 17 or higher on your Mac. During the installation process, make sure you permit Parallels Desktop to access your Mac’s Desktop, Documents, and Downloads folders to function correctly.

Next, if you’re running an Intel Mac, download the Windows 11 ISO from the Microsoft website. On the download page, locate the “Download Windows 11 Disk Image (ISO)” section, select “Windows 11” in the drop-down menu, then click “Download.”

Select "Windows 11" and click "Download."

If you’re using an M1 Mac, you can’t use the Intel (x64) version of Windows 11. You’ll instead need to register for the Windows Insider Program, then download a copy of Windows Client ARM64 Insider Preview, which will come in a VHDX disk image file.

Download the ARM64 Windows 11 Insider Preview.

Once you have the operating system image you need, open the Parallels app. For an M1 Mac, double click the VHDX file you just downloaded and follow the on-screen instructions in Parallels to install Windows 11. Some of the steps will be similar to the Intel installation process detailed below.

On an Intel Mac, open the Installation Assistant and select “Install Windows or another OS from a DVD or image file” and click “Continue.”

In Parallels, select "Install Windows or another OS from a DVD or image file" and click "Continue."

Parallels will automatically locate the Windows 11 ISO on your Mac. Select it from the list and click “Continue.”

Select the Windows 11 ISO and click "Continue."

Next, Parallels will ask you for a Windows License Key. If you have one, you can enter it now. If not, uncheck the box “Enter Windows license key for faster installation” and click “Continue.”

If you don't have a license key, uncheck the box and click "Continue."

The standard Windows 11 ISO contains installation information for many different editions of Windows 11. Choose the one you want to install from the drop-down menu (Such as “Windows 11 Home” or “Windows 11 Pro”) and click “Continue.” Keep in mind that each edition has its own price point that will come into play when you buy a Windows 11 license later.

Select a Windows 11 edition from the drop-down menu and click "Continue."

Next, Parallels will ask if you’re going to use Windows primarily for productivity or gaming. Select the one that matches your needs and click “Continue.”

Choose"Productivity" or "Games Only."

The Windows 11 installation will begin. Parallels handles it automatically, and you’ll see the progress in a small virtual machine window on your Mac.

The Windows 11 installation in progress.

When the installation process is complete on both M1 and Intel Macs, you’ll see an “Installation Complete” message. Click inside the window to continue.

When you see the "Installation Complete" message, click inside the window to continue.

At this point, if you’re using a trial version of Parallels, the app will ask you to register a Parallels account. Otherwise, you’ll see the Windows 11 desktop, and you’ll be ready to go.

A Windows 11 desktop seen in Parallels on Mac.

To switch to the seamless mode where you can use Windows and Mac apps side-by-side, focus on the “Windows 11” window and choose View > Enter Coherence in the menu bar. Or you can press Ctrl+Command+C on your keyboard.

In Parallels, select View > Enter Coherence.

To exit Coherence mode later, click the Windows logo icon in your Dock and select View > Exit Coherence in the menu bar. Or you can press Ctrl+Command+C again.

When you’re ready to buy a Windows 11 license, run the Settings app in Windows 11 and click “System” in the sidebar. Click “Activate Now,” then “Open Store,” and you’ll be able to purchase a Windows license in the Microsoft Store. Good luck, and happy computing!

Enable Chrome’s Hidden Windows 11 Theme

November 21, 2021 0
 Enable Chrome’s Hidden Windows 11 Theme

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Windows 11 has a different look than Windows 10 thanks to the rounded corners and subtle transparency effects. If you want Google Chrome to match this new design language, you can enable it right now. We’ll show you how.

Google Chrome 96, released in November 2021, includes an experimental Windows 11 mode that brings some of the new design cues to the browser. It’s still a work in progress, but even the current state fits right in with other apps designed for Windows 11.

To enable this new design, we’ll be using a feature flag. Open the Chrome browser on your computer. Type chrome://flags in the address bar and hit enter.

go the the chrome flags page

Next, search for “Windows 11” and enable the flags that come up.

Enable the Windows 11 flag.

After enabling the flags, select the blue “Relaunch” button to apply the changes.

relaunch chrome

There you go! A little more Windows 11 goodness in your browser windows.

Chrome's expiramental Windows 11 mode with rounded corners and Mica transparency elements.

Keep in mind that this is still very much a work in progress. If you experience any problems after enabling the flag, simply go back and disable it. Eventually, this will work its way to a stable feature in Chrome on Windows 11 and beyond.

Print a Sheet on One Page in Microsoft Excel

November 21, 2021 0
 Print a Sheet on One Page in Microsoft Excel
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How to Print a Spreadsheet on One Page in Excel

While the setup is the same, getting to the settings differs slightly between Excel on Windows versus Mac.

On Windows, go to the Page Layout tab and click the arrow on the bottom right of the Page Setup section of the ribbon.

Open Page Setup in Excel on Windows

On Mac, go to the Page Layout tab and click “Page Setup.”

Open Page Setup in Excel on Mac

When the Page Setup window opens, make sure you’re on the Page tab. Go down to the Scaling section, mark the option for Fit To, and enter the number 1 in both boxes. Click “OK” to save your change.

Enter 1 in the Fit To boxes

Tip: If your sheet is wider than it is long, consider changing the Orientation in the Page Setup window to Landscape to accommodate the width.

If you have a ton of rows in your sheet, printing on a single page like this may make the data difficult to read. So, if you want the columns on one page but are fine with the rows extending to more pages, this is doable.

In the Fit To boxes, enter the number 1 in the first box and 9999 in the second box. Click “OK” to save your change.

Enter 1 and 9999 in the Fit To boxes

View a Print Preview

You can see a preview of how your sheet will look on a single page before you print it. On both Windows and Mac, click File > Print from the menu or menu bar.

This gives you a nice view of whether or not printing your sheet on one page works for you. If it does, continue to print as you normally would.

Print preview in Excel

Set the Default Printer on Windows 10 or 11

November 21, 2021 0
Set the Default Printer on Windows 10 or 11

 

How to Disable the Print Spooler Service in Windows 10

Set the Default Printer on Windows 10

To make a printer the default on Windows 10, first, open the Settings app. Do this by pressing Windows+i keys together.

In Settings, click “Devices.”

Click "Devices" in Settings.

On the “Devices” page, in the left sidebar, click “Printers & Scanners.”

Select "Printers & Scanners" from the left sidebar on the "Devices" page.

Scroll the “Printers & Scanners” page to the bottom. There, disable the “Let Windows Manage My Default Printer” option. If you keep this option enabled, Windows will not let you set the default printer.

You don’t have to do anything if that option is disabled already.

Turn off "Let Windows Manage My Default Printer" on the "Printers & Scanners" page.

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On the same page, in the “Printers & Scanners” section, click the printer you want to make the default.

Select a printer.

In the menu that expands, click “Manage.”

Click "Manage" in the expanded printer menu.

Your printer’s page will open. Here, click the “Set as Default” button.

Select "Set as Default" on the printer page.

Next to “Printer Status,” you will see a “Default” message, which indicates your selected printer is now the default printer on your PC.

Default printer successfully set on Windows 10.

You’re all set.

If you use Dropbox on Windows 10, you might want to learn how to stop Dropbox from prompting you to import files.

Set the Default Printer on Windows 11

Like with Windows 10, on Windows 11, use the Settings app to make a printer the default.

Start by opening the Settings app using the Windows+i keyboard shortcut.

In Setting’s left sidebar, click “Bluetooth & Devices.”

Select "Bluetooth & Devices" in Settings.

On the right pane, click “Printers & Scanners” to view your installed printers.

Click "Printers & Scanners" on the "Bluetooth & Devices" page.

Scroll down the “Printers & Scanners” page to the “Printer Preferences” section. Here, disable the “Let Windows Manage My Default Printer” option. If the option is already disabled, you don’t have to do anything.

Toggle off "Let Windows Manage My Default Printer" on the "Printers & Scanners" page.

Scroll up the page and select the printer you want to set as the default.

Choose a printer.

On the printer’s page, at the top, click the “Set as Default” button.

Click "Set as Default" on the printer page.

And that’s it. Your selected printer is now the default printer on your computer.

Going forward, all your apps will use your selected printer to print files by default. That’s one less annoyance in your digital life!

See Your Wi-Fi Password on Windows 11

November 21, 2021 0
See Your Wi-Fi Password on Windows 11

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See Password for the Currently-Connected Wi-Fi Network

To view the password for the Wi-Fi network that you are currently connected to, use an option in Windows 11’s Settings app.

Start by opening the Settings app on your PC. Do this by pressing Windows+i keys at the same time.

In Settings, from the left sidebar, select “Network & Internet.”

Click "Network & Internet" in Settings.

On the “Network & Internet” page, click “Advanced Network Settings.”

Click "Advanced Network Settings" on the "Network & Internet" page.

On the “Advanced Network Settings” page, from the “Related Settings” section, select “More Network Adapter Options.”

Select "More Network Adapter Options" on the "Advanced Network Settings" page.

Windows 11 will open a “Network Connections” window. Here, right-click your wireless adapter and select “Status.”

Right-click the Wi-Fi adapter and select "Status."

A “Status” window will open. Here, click the “Wireless Properties” button.

Click "Wireless Properties" on the "Status" window.

At the top of the “Wireless Network Properties” window, click the “Security” tab.

Select the "Security" tab on the "Wireless Network Properties" window.

You are now on the “Security” tab where you will reveal your Wi-Fi password. To do so, beneath the “Network Security Key” field, enable the “Show Characters” box.

Enable "Show Characters" in the "Security" tab.

And instantly, the password for your currently-connected Wi-Fi network will appear in the “Network Security Key” field.

Wi-Fi network password in the "Network Security Key" field.

That’s how you find what password your current Wi-Fi network uses. Now that you know the password, you can connect other devices to your network, or share the password with your family.

See Passwords for Previously-Connected Wi-Fi Networks

Windows 11 saves passwords for all Wi-Fi networks you connect to, which means you can retrieve the password for any Wi-Fi network you want.

Unlike the above method, there’s no graphical way to do this. You will have to use a few commands in Windows Terminal to retrieve your saved networks’ passwords.

To start, first, open Windows Terminal on your PC. Do this by opening the “Start” menu, searching for “Windows Terminal”, and clicking it in the search results.

Click "Windows Terminal" in the "Start" menu.

In Windows Terminal, make sure you have a Command Prompt tab open. If this is not the case or you are not sure, then at the top of the Windows Terminal window, click the down-arrow icon and select “Command Prompt.”

You can change the default shell to Command Prompt in Windows Terminal, if you want.

In the Command Prompt tab, type the following command and press Enter. This command displays a list of Wi-Fi networks saved on your PC.

netsh wlan show profiles

View a list of saved Wi-Fi networks.

In the network list, find the Wi-Fi network for which you want to know the password. Note down the network’s full name somewhere.

Find the Wi-Fi network to view the password for.

In the same Command Prompt tab, type the following command and press Enter. In this command, replace “HTG” (without quotes) with the full name of your Wi-Fi network.

netsh wlan show profile name="HTG" key=clear | find /I "Key Content"

Find a Wi-Fi network's password in Windows Terminal.

In the output displayed in your Command Prompt tab, the value next to “Key Content” is your specified Wi-Fi network’s password.

A Wi-Fi network's password next to "Key Content" in Windows Terminal.

You’re all set.

How to See Song Lyrics on Spotify

November 21, 2021 0
How to See Song Lyrics on Spotify

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How to View Song Lyrics in Spotify on Mobile

To view the lyrics for a song on an iPhone, iPad, or Android phone, use the official Spotify app.

Start by launching the Spotify app on your phone. Then, find your song and play it.

At the bottom of the Spotify app, tap the bar showing the currently playing song.

Tap the currently playing song at the bottom of the Spotify mobile app.

On the song page that opens, at the bottom, tap “Lyrics.”

Note: If you don’t see the “Lyrics” option, the selected song’s lyrics are not available.

Tap "Lyrics" on the song page in the Spotify mobile app.

And Spotify will display the lyrics for your song.

View song lyrics in the Spotify mobile app.

To view these lyrics in a full-screen view, tap the lyrics or the “More” button.

View song lyrics in a full-screen view in the Spotify mobile app.

As your song plays, Spotify will highlight the lyric words that are being sung.

You can exit the lyrics view by tapping the “X” icon found in the top-right corner.

And that’s how you make it easier for yourself to sing a song!

How to View Song Lyrics in Spotify on Desktop or Web

In Spotify on the web, Windows, or Mac, you can use the same set of steps to access the song lyrics.

Start by opening Spotify in your web browser or on your Windows or Mac computer. Then, play the song for which you want to see the lyrics.

Play a song in Spotify.

At the bottom of Spotify, where you see the music controls, click the “Lyrics” option (a microphone icon).

Click the "Lyrics" option in Spotify.

At the top of the Spotify screen, you will see the lyrics for your current song. These lyrics will be highlighted as your song plays.

See song lyrics in Spotify.

And it’s as easy as that to see song lyrics in Spotify on all your supported devices.