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New Snipping tool redesigned in Windows 11

Windows 11 Snipping toolThe latest update from Panos Panay on Twitter is including New and redesigned Snipping tool inside Windows 11. From the shared video, we can see that it includes modern Windows 11 UI redesign and it looks and feels like a part of Windows 11.

More things that can be seen from the shared video is that it looks like the new snipping tool is a merged version of the old with snip & sketch.

It is good to see that it is still possible to capture screen with easier way natively inside Windows 11 but some more functionality would be more welcome I guess.

Users were asking for added functions for a long time like adding simple text for example but from shared video, no new features were presented so for some users 3rd party solutions will still be the way to go.

The new and redesigned Snipping tool will roll out with the next update and we will see then about all new features inside it firsthand. Until then, take care.

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Repair Windows 10 Error Code 0xC1900200, 0x20008

Code 0xC1900200, 0x20008, What is it?

Error Code 0xC1900200, 0x20008 (Code 0xC1900202 – 0x20008)  is an error that occurs when you attempt to upgrade to Microsoft Windows 10, but the minimum requirements have not been met by your computer. You will therefore be unable to upgrade to Microsoft Windows 10 until your computer is updated or upgraded to meet those requirements. Common symptoms include:
  • When attempting to upgrade a dialog box with Code 0xC1900200 – 0x20008 (Code 0xC1900202 – 0x20008) is displayed.
  • Your computer is unable to begin the Microsoft Windows 10 upgrade process.

Solution

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Error Code 0xC1900200 – 0x20008 (Code 0xC1900202 – 0x20008)  occurs when you are unable to begin the Microsoft Windows 10 upgrade because your computer does not meet the minimum requirements to run Microsoft Windows 10.
  • You are unable to begin the upgrade because your computer does not meet the required system or hardware specifications.
  • You are not running the correct version of Microsoft Windows to be able to begin the upgrade.
  • You are not running the latest updated version of Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 or Microsoft Windows 8.1. Error Code 0xC1900200 – 0x20008 (Code 0xC1900202 – 0x20008) as stated, simply means your computer does not meet the requirements to update and does not indicate a permanent problem or inability to continue to use your computer. This error only means that you will not be able to upgrade to Microsoft Windows 10 until your computer is made to meet these requirements.

Further Information and Manual Repair

There are several solutions that the user can complete at home that should fix the problem resulting in a manifestation of Error Code 0xC1900200 – 0x20008 (Code 0xC1900202 – 0x20008). Below are several options that should resolve this error.

Method 1:

Verify what version of Microsoft Windows you are currently running, older, outdated, or no longer supported versions of Microsoft Windows are not able to upgrade to Microsoft Windows 10. If you are not running one of the following versions you will have to update before being able to upgrade.
  • The most current version of Microsoft Windows 7 SP1
  • The most current version of Microsoft Windows 8.1

Method 2:

Your computer's system specifications do not meet the requirements to be able to upgrade to and run Microsoft Windows 10. To check your system specifications do the following.
  • Click on the start button in the bottom left corner, then locate the control panel on the menu, click on it to open.
  • Once it opens, locate system and security on the menu and click to open, click on system and this will show you your amount of RAM and processor speed.
  • Find device manager on the left-hand side click this then select display adapter, and it will show you your current video card.
  • Click on the start button again, then click on the computer in the menu, this will show you your hard drive size, and available space.
If you have the option available you can simply run the get Microsoft Windows 10 app to check compatibility. Once you have your system specs make sure they meet or exceed the following.
  • 1 GHz or higher processor or SoC
  • 1 gig of RAM for 32 bit and 2 gigs of RAM for 64 bit
  • 16 GB available hard drive space for 32 bit, 20 GB for 64 bit
  • Minimum of DirectX9 that has 1.0 WDDM
  • At least an 800x600 display
If your computer does not meet these minimum requirements, upgrade the components necessary to meet them. If you do not possess the technical expertise required to accomplish this yourself or do not feel comfortable doing so, download and install a powerful automated tool to get the job done.

Method 3:

Your computer might not meet the aforementioned requirements to make an upgrade because of insufficient hard drive space or resources. Learn how to create space on your computer.

Method 4:

Many people hold on to and use the same computer for a very long time. It is possible that your computer cannot be upgraded to meet the requirements, or that the cost to do so would be so high that a new computer would be cheaper. If that is the case, your only option may be to replace your computer.
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Fixing corrupted system files in Windows
Windows has a lot of built-in tools that help you fix tons of system-related issues. One of them is the System File Check which is the tool you can use to conveniently replace potentially corrupted or missing system files with good ones. But what happens when it does not work? Well, you’ve come to the right place as in this post, you will be guided on how you can replace a corrupted single Windows system file manually with a known good copy of the file if the System File Checker scan is not working. When you encounter this issue with the System File Checker, it will be unable to replace the corrupted system files and returns an error message instead. And so to fix and replace corrupted system files in your Windows 10 computer without the help of System File Checker, you can refer to the instructions provided below. Step 1: First, you need to open the log files listed below and identify which particular file has been corrupted:
  • %userprofile%Desktopsfcdetails.txt
  • Log %WinDir%LogsCBSCBS.log
Step 2: You will see all the details on the given log files. Once you find out the name and the path of the file, you have to take ownership of this corrupted system file. Step 3: To take ownership of the corrupted file, you need to pull up Command Prompt by tapping Win + R keys on your keyboard and then type “cmd” and tap Enter. Step 4: After opening Command Prompt, type and enter the command below to execute it:
takeown /f FileNameAndPath
Note: In the given command, “FileNameAndPath” represents the name and the path of the corrupted file. For instance, the corrupted file is named “wuapi.dll”, then you need to type “takeown /f C:/Windows/System32/wuapi.dll” Step 5: Next, you need to grant administrators full access & control to the corrupted file and you can do that via Command Prompt again. Step 6: In the elevated Command Prompt, type and enter the following command to execute it:
icacls FileNameAndPath /GRANT ADMINISTRATORS:F
Note: We’re going to use the wuapi.dll again as an example. So the command should be like this: icacls “C:/Windows/System32/wuapi.dll /grant administrators: F”. Step 7: Now all that’s left to do is replace the corrupted system file with a good copy from a trusted source. Once you have a copy, open an elevated Command Prompt again and execute the following command:
copy NewFileLocation FileNameAndPath
Note: In the command given above, the “NewFileLocation” is the location where you have saved the copy of the file. For instance, if you’ve saved it on your desktop, this is how it should look: “copy C:/Users/<username>/Desktop/wuapi.dll C:/windows/system32/wuapi.dll”
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Troubleshooting Epic Games Launcher issues
If you are having trouble using the Epic Games Launcher, here are some troubleshooting steps that usually fix common problems.

Check the Epic Games server status

Check the Epic Games Server Status page to make sure all systems are operational. If the Epic Games Launcher is affected by an outage or system-wide issue, your issue may be fixed when the outage is resolved.

Clear your launcher’s webcache

Clearing the webcache often resolves display issues that may prevent you from using the launcher. Follow these steps to clear your webcache:

Windows

  1. Exit the Epic Games Launcher by right-clicking the system tray icon in the bottom-right corner, and then clicking Exit.
  2. Press Windows key + R, type “%localappdata%”, and then press Enter to open a File Explorer window.
  3. Open the Epic Games Launcher folder.
  4. Open the Saved folder.
  5. Click the webcache folder, and then delete it.
  6. Restart your computer, and then relaunch the Epic Games Launcher.

Mac

  1. Exit the Epic Games Launcher.
  2. Open Finder.
  3. Click on Go then Go to Folder...
  4. Type ~/Library/Caches/com.epicgames.EpicGamesLauncher and press Enter.
  5. Drag the webcache folder to the Trash.
  6. Press control and click on Trash.
  7. Click on Empty Trash.
  8. Relaunch the Epic Games Launcher.

Run the launcher as an administrator

Running the launcher as an administrator elevates its permissions so it can avoid problems with downloading games, for example. Follow these steps to run the launcher as an administrator:
  1. Right-click your Epic Games Launcher shortcut.
  2. Click Run as Administrator.

Update graphics card drivers

Making sure the player is using the latest graphics card drivers may resolve the launcher crashing. Review this article for steps on how to do update their graphics drivers.

Reinstall the Epic Games Launcher

Note: The following process will remove all of your installed games.

On Windows: 

Run system file checker then reinstall the Epic Games Launcher.
  1. Close the Epic Games launcher by right-clicking the system tray icon in the bottom right corner and then clicking Exit.
  2. Click Start.
  3. Type "cmd", right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator.
  4. In the window that opens, type "sfc /scannow", and then press Enter.  This may take a little while.
  5. Restart your computer.
  6. Click Start.
  7. Type "Add or Remove Programs", and then press Enter.
  8. Select Epic Games Launcher from the list of programs.
  9. Click Uninstall.
  10. Go to www.epicgames.com and click Get Epic Games in the top right corner to download the latest installer.

On Mac:

  1. Close the Epic Games Launcher.
  2. Verify there are no processes associated with the Epic Games Launcher by checking Activity Monitor.
  3. Open the Applications folder.
  4. Click and drag the Epic Games Launcher application to the Trash.
  5. Verify all the following directories no longer have any Epic Games Launcher folders or files:
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    • ~/Library/Caches
    • ~/Library/Preferences
    • ~/Library/Logs
    • ~/Library/Cookies
  6. Go to www.epicgames.com and click Get Epic Games in the top right corner to download the latest installer.

Launcher freezing on macOS 10.15.1 or earlier

If your launcher is freezing on macOS 10.15.1 or earlier, follow the steps above to reinstall the Epic Games Launcher on your Mac.

Verify system requirements

Make sure your computer meets the system requirements to run the Epic Games Launcher using this article here. The system requirements for the Epic Games Launcher are here.

Blinking Epic Games Launcher icon on the taskbar

If you can't start the Epic Games Launcher and see a blinking icon on your taskbar, use these steps to try and fix this:
  1. Right-click your Epic Games Launcher shortcut.
  2. Click Properties.
  3. Select Normal Window from the drop-down menu next to Run.
  4. Click the Compatibility tab.
  5. Uncheck any boxes, and then click Apply then OK.
  6. Click Start, then type "Graphics Settings" and press Enter.
  7. Select Classic app from the drop-down under Graphics performance preference.
  8. Click Browse.
  9. Navigate to the Epic Games Launcher installation directory. By default, this is C:/Program Files (x86)/Epic Games/Launcher/Portal/Binaries/Win64.
  10. Click the EpicGamesLauncher.exe file, and then click Add.
  11. Click Options.
  12. Select Power Saving.
  13. Click Save.
  14. Relaunch the Epic Games Launcher.
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Fix Error 30053-4 or 30053-39, language pack
As you know, the Office Language Packs need to be installed right after installing Office. It also has to be on the correct version of Office so if any of these conditions are not met, you will most likely get error codes 30053-4 or 30053-39 when you install a language pack in Microsoft Office. If you are currently facing this error, read on as this post will help you fix the problem. Here’s the full context of the error message:
“Something went wrong, Sorry, installation cannot continue because no compatible office products are detected.”
When you have to work on two different languages, that’s where the language packs come in handy. You might have to work on one language but when it comes to proofreading or help, you need another language. Note that some language accessory packs offer partial localization which is why some parts of the Office might show the default language. If you are using Office 365 or Office 2019, 2016, 2013, or 2010, you need to go to the language accessory pack page from office.com and select your language. Once you see the download link, click on it to start downloading the pack. It includes the display in the chosen language, proofing tools for the selected language, as well as the Help in the selected language. Once the installation is complete, follow each one of the given options below to configure the language accessory pack properly.

Option 1 – Select Editing and Proofing language

  • You need to open any Office program and navigate to File > Options > Language.
  • From there, you need to make sure that the language you want to use is in the list under the Choose Editing Languages section.
  • After that, you can add or remove the language that Office uses for editing and proofing tools.

Option 2 – Configure the Display and Help languages

In this option, you can change the default display and help languages for all the Office applications so whatever you choose will be used for all the buttons, menus, and support of all the programs. After you select the language, restart all the Office applications to apply the changes made successfully. On the other hand, if you are using Office volume license versions, note that only an administrator account can install this if you are using the Volume License version of Microsoft Office 2016. You have to download the ISO image of the language packs, language interface packs, and the proofing tools from the VLSC or Volume Licensing Service Center. This process can be quite complicated so you might have to go to the docs.microsoft.com page to be guided accordingly. After you installed everything correctly, the error code 30053-4 or 30053-39 should now be fixed.
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Fix Windows Update error code 0x80d02002
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Option 1 – Try to rename the SoftwareDistribution folder

The Software Distribution folder in the Windows operating system is a folder that can be found in the Windows directory and is used to store files temporarily which might be required to install the Windows Update on your PC. Thus, it is required by the Windows Update and maintained by WUAgent. Aside from that, it also contains all the Windows Update History files and once you delete them, you will most likely lose the Update history. As a result, the next time you run the Windows Update, it may result in a longer detection time.
  • Open the WinX Menu.
  • From there, open Command Prompt as admin.
  • Then type in the following command – don’t forget to hit Enter right after typing each one of them.
net stop wuauserv net stop bits rename c:windowsSoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.bak
  • After entering these commands, it will stop the Windows Update Service, the Background Intelligent Transfer Service, and rename the SoftwareDistribution folder.
  • Next, got to the C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution folder and get rid of all the folders and files thereby tapping the Ctrl + A keys to select them all and then click on Delete. Note that if the files are in use, you won’t be able to delete them.
  • Once all the contents in the Software Distribution folder are deleted, restart your PC and then go back to Command Prompt and input the following commands again.
net start wuauserv net start bits
Since the folder has already been flushed, it will be populated afresh the instant your restart your computer and open Windows Update.

Option 2 – Try to reset the Catroot2 folder

You can also try resetting the catroort2 folder as it is known to fix tons of Windows Update issues including the Windows Update error code 0x80d02002. Both the Catroot and catroot2 are Windows operating system folders that are required for the Windows update process.  So when you run the Windows Update, the catroort2 folders stores the signatures of the Windows Update package and helps it in the installation. It makes use of the “%windir%System32catroot2edb.log” file in the updating process. Afterward, the updates are stored in the SoftwareDistribution folder which is used then by the Automatic Updates in order to execute the updating process. Keep in mind that you must not rename or delete the Catroot folder. Although the Catroot2 folder is recreated automatically by Windows, the Catroot folder isn’t.

Option 3 – Try running the DISM tool to fix the broken Windows Update client

The Windows update/upgrade error 0x80d02002 might be caused by some issues in the Windows Update client so you need to run the DISM tool to repair it. Note that you have to use another computer or another Windows from a shared network to fix it.

Option 4 – Try to run the Windows Update Troubleshooter

Running the built-in Windows Update troubleshooter could also help you resolve the Windows Update error 0x80d02002. To run it, go to Settings and then select Troubleshoot from the options. From there, click on Windows Update and then click the “Run the troubleshooter” button.

Option 5 – Try to run Microsoft’s troubleshooter online

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How To Easily Fix Unresponsive Script
This Unresponsive Script problem information is most frequent on Firefox, which is among the top browsers worldwide. Firefox might show you these errors with the information, "Warning: Unresponsive Script". It is going to subsequently inform you that software to the web page you're trying to open is unresponsive, or has quit reacting. This means that the script has ceased functioning and may freeze or hang Firefox if not immediately resolved. You can easily solve this problem.

Solution

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Before you can fix this error, you need to understand its primary cause. The biggest risk is that if left unchecked, Unresponsive Scripts will hang your browser and to an extension of your computer thus limiting your productivity. You may have to uninstall and re-install Firefox if the problem persists. Listed here are several of the very most typical reasons for unresponsive script:
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  • Interference by other Softwares
  • Using an older outdated version of the program.

Further Information and Manual Repair

Most times, you have to do very little to fix this problem. Furthermore, a lot of the remedies supplied here do not require the assistance of a qualified professional technician. You can easily perform them and completely solve the error.
  • If you wish to stop the error, keep your browser and add-ons up to date.

It's easy to update your browser and any add-ons therein. In most cases it's free. By upgrading your browser and add-ons frequently, you are effectively eliminating the risk of Unresponsive Script occurring and interfering with your work.
  • unresponsive script in firefox warning dialogCheck for a poorly functioning background process

The sorts of background procedures that might result in the Unresponsive Software error include Javascript code, media plugin, and browser extension. You can stop the script from running while using Firefox thus eliminating the Unresponsive script error. Shutting the dialog box is just another easy way of eliminating the unresponsive script error information. Firefox offers you two choices in case of this malfunction. Either "Continue" or "Stop Script". Whatever alternative you pick, you can be certain the dialog box shuts, thus allowing you to continue browsing. firefox home screenThe final solution. Contact Firefox about these errors on your browser. Oftentimes, these errors occur when you attempt to visit particular websites. Mark the offending websites' URLs and include them in your communications with Firefox. Sometimes you can also contact the website owner yourself and request them to check their website's code. Following are additional measures you can take to resolve the Unresponsive Script error.
  • Waiting longer for the error to resolve itself automatically
  • Blocking the offending script
  • Yanking the guilty add-ons
  • Disabling the hardware acceleration tool.
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Windows 11 Home edition account requirements
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Can the Adobe.Dll Error Be Fixed?
Adobe.DLL is one of the numerous Dll files you are going to encounter on your Personal Computer. This isn't a system-established service and is usually the consequence of the sort of applications you install on your own Personal Computer. Because adobe.dll is a low-program process, in the event that you find it present on your pc, you can easily end it. It isn't required for the normal working of your OS but might trigger permanent harm if left unchecked. Don't forget that the Computer uses the AdobePDF.dll file for assorted tasks, and you need to make sure it's installed correctly.

Solution

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When the adobe.dll is left un-fixed, you may shortly have to deal with sluggishness on your Computer. Simply put, this impedes the standard and amount of work you do while using your PC and impacts your productivity. Sometimes, adobe.dll happens because your computer experiences an overload. As a result, while resolving the malfunction, you've got to look for methods of decreasing the system overload. It's possible that lots of processes are functioning on your PC concurrently. Quit these processes. Lousy setup of the adobe.dll file causes this error too. Check and fix the files and settings that Adobe.Dll requires to run and you may not have to content with these error anymore.

Further Information and Manual Repair

Even though the adobe.dll may severely influence the functioning of your Computer, it is really a trouble or malfunction that one can fix manually.
  • Permanently Un-Installing the Adobe.dll Component is one of the better methods for repairing the malfunction.
Yes, you are able to completely eliminate the adobe.dll issue. The thing you really need to do is un-install it from your own computer fully, and for good.
  • Quit the many processes operating on your Computer and you may get rid of the adobe.dll malfunction.
Adobe.dll regularly happens due to system overload. Thus, the first thing you need to assess is if several processes are operating on the device. If they're, search for methods to stop them, and you'll not have to worry about the adobe.dll error anymore.
  • Utilize Microsoft System Configuration Utility
The MS System-Configuration Utility will settle the system overload problem, thus freeing up space for your programs to run smoothly and possibly avoid malfunctions, including adobe.dll. The Microsoft System-Configuration Utility manually locates and eliminates all running processes.
  • Perform Scans On Your Computer
Running scans on your own Computer may enhance or increase its operation. This technique may also aid in examining your Computer for adobe.dll, or such associated malfunctions, and resolve them forever.
  • Repair Adobe.Dll Files and Settings' Errors.
Considering that the adobe.dll malfunctions can be a result of the existence of malfunctions on your own PC's files and options, fix these properly. Begin by fixing the settings on the files and options utilized by your Computer to perform the adobe.dll, and you may have removed this issue completely. Finally, establish the source of the error message to effectively solve it. Once you do that and fix it, your PC will resume normal operations and even boost your work and productivity.
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How to Fix Ehshell.exe Application Error Code

Ehshell.exe Application Error - What is it?

Ehshell.exe is a type of .exe (executable file). This file functions as an essential component of the Microsoft Media Center.  By default, it is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows. Ehshell.exe application error is an error code that pops up when tasks in the Media Center freezes. The Ehshell.exe application error is usually displayed on the screen in the following format:
“ehshell.exe – Common Language Runtime Debugging Services Application has generated an exception that could not be handled. Process id=0xa18 (2584), Thread id=0xa24 (2596).”

Solution

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Ehshell.exe application error is triggered when PC users perform repetitive tasks in Media Center on a Windows XP Media Center Edition. The computer stops to respond and the error message is displayed. This error occurs if users perform one or more of the following repetitive tasks in the Media Center:
  • Repeated resize, restore and minimize the Media Center Window
  • Schedule TV shows to record
  • Repeatedly change the channel while Media Center is in a window
  • Ehshell.exe file corruption due to malware infection or registry issues
Though this is not a fatal error, to avoid any kind of inconvenience, it is advisable to fix the error right away.

Further Information and Manual Repair

To fix the ehshell.exe application error on your system, you don’t have to hire a professional and spend hundreds of dollars on repair. Here are some of the best and most effective do-it-yourself methods that you can try to resolve this issue on your PC immediately.

Method 1 - Install the Latest Service Pack for Microsoft Windows

To repair the issue, install the latest Windows service pack. A service pack is basically a Windows update, often combines previously released updates that help make Windows more reliable. These are offered free of charge on Microsoft’s official website.  To get started, simply log on to Microsoft’s official website and download the latest service pack compatible with your Windows version. The installation process may take 30 minutes to install. And you will be prompted to restart your PC about halfway through the installation process. Once the Windows Service Pack is installed, the ehshell.exe application error will be fixed. If the error still persists, then try method 2.

Method 2 - Scan for Malware

Ehshell.exe application error may also appear on your PC due to malware infection. Malware programs like viruses, Trojans, and worms deliberately give their malicious processes similar .exe file names, so it is hard to identify the malware. In such an event, it is advisable to download a powerful antivirus and scan your entire PC. Run it to remove all the hidden malware programs on your system. Once malware is removed, the ehshell.exe application error will be resolved.

Method 3 - Clean Registry

Sometimes .exe files can also get corrupt when the registry gets overloaded with unnecessary and obsolete files. If this is the underlying reason for the error code occurrence then it is advisable to download Restoro. This is a multi-functional and user-friendly PC Fixer deployed with a registry cleaner. It removed all the unnecessary files, cleans and repairs the registry in seconds thereby fixing all registry-related errors. Click here to download Total System Care and resolve the Ehshell.exe application error on your PC.
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Some Steam tips and tricks for easy life
steamSteam has cemented itself as the largest digital game shop in the World. First, release all the way back on September 12th, 2003, it was meant to be a standalone software client aimed to deliver updates to Valve’s games. It was soon expanded to include titles from third parties. The greatest Steam expansion and its popularity started in 2004 with the release of Half-life 2. Steam allowed prepurchased editions to be downloaded before the official release of the game making it available for play the moment it was officially out. Very soon after Steam gained its popularity, Valve has opened doors to other developers and offered them to use Steam as means for a digital distribution platform. Today it hosts over 30000 different game titles, not including DLC or applications. And how soon Valve’s steam deck is coming out soon we would like to share some great tips and tricks about Steam itself for easy everyday gaming.

Steam guard account security

Security of any of your accounts should be something that you really take seriously. So as always use a strong password for Steam but if you want an extra layer of security for it, and you should, use the Steam built-in feature: Guard Account Security. In order to activate Security Guard go to Steam>Settings>Account>Manage Steam Guard Account Security. Once enabled you will be able to use the Steam mobile application for special code when opening Steam or your email address.

Use Steam beta feature

Once a Steam account is created by default you will download and install the client. In the client, you will have the latest features available but there are more Steam features than default ones, beta features that can offer some improved and new functionality, and do not worry, they are stable and bug-free. I have been in Steam beta for years and not even once have I had any issues with the client itself but I have always had the latest features that will come to regular users later. To enable beta participation to go to Steam>Settings>Account, open the drop-down Beta participation menu, and choose Steam Beta Update. Confirm on OK and restart the Steam client. You will now get all the latest features first.

Manage your library via Collections

The collection is a neat idea for organizing your large game library into different collections or sections easily expanded and contracted for easier navigation and organization. To add the game to a collection just right-click on it and select Add To>New Collection, make a name for a collection like action, RPG, or whatever rocks your boat, and you are done. Once the collection is created other games can be added to it simply just by dragging it into the desired collection.

Make shelves

Shelves are ways to see your collections in the larger areas of the Steam clients. By clicking Add Shelf>Choose a Shelf, you can now add your collection to a shelf on the larger part of the client as a horizontal scrolling container with your chosen games. There are also some predefined shelves like All Games, Recent friend activity, and more.

Hide Game from Library

By right-clicking on a game and selecting Manage>Hide This Game you will remove the game from the active view of your Steam library. Note that the game will still be owned and a part of your library, you will just not be able to see it. This is a great feature when for example you have some things that came as a part of the game pack you are not really interested in when you have 2 different versions of the same game as for example standard and deluxe edition or just by simply not wanting to have game visible in the library. You can find a hidden game by typing its name in the search box and from there you can unhide it.

Play game soundtracks inside Steam

Some games offer you to purchase their soundtracks if you like music from them and some even include OST with a regular purchase. Steam lets you play these soundtracks and even lets you import your own music library folder into it in order to play all of your music inside the client itself. It has even options to automatically stop music playing once the game is run and you can make playlists as well. Your purchased game soundtracks are automatically included, the rest you will need to add by pointing Steam to the folder where you keep music in.

Configure gamepad

Inside Steam, you can configure your gamepad’s general settings, big picture settings, desktop settings, etc. Steam embraced the idea that many OC users these days own and play with gamepads so it has implemented configuration options inside it. To configure your pad go to Steam>Settings>Controller.

Use big picture Steam mode

Big picture mode is Steam's idea of making Steam an entertainment center. Once it is activated it switches from the application into full-screen mode aimed at large TV screens or monitors. You can easily navigate through it via gamepad, mouse, keyboard, or other devices. You have access to the store, your game library, etc. Same as your typical steam app but a little different. You can easily activate it via View> Big Picture Mode and see for yourself is this something you prefer over a standard application layout.

Enable Steam Cloud

Steam Cloud is a great feature that uses cloud storage to save your game progress meaning that you can easily switch to another PC, install games there and continue where you have left off. Many games support this feature instead of keeping saves locally and it is a great feature worth turning it ON. To turn and use Steam Cloud service go to Steam>Settings>Cloud>Enable Steam Cloud Synchronization. Just remember to check does game you are playing supports this option.

Share your Games via Family sharing

Family sharing is a Steam feature allowing you to share your game library with up to 5 accounts on up to 10 different devices. This is a great way to let other members of your family or even close friends enjoy some games you have or vice versa. They will get as well their own save games so you can sleep safe knowing that your progress can not be changed or hindered. Family sharing can be turned ON by logging into PC Steam client where you would like to share your library and navigate to Steam>Settings>Family and then clicking on Authorize Library Sharing On This Computer.

Refund a game

Sometimes the game is not the same as advertised, sometimes it will not work on your PC, sometimes hardware specifications are too high making the game unplayable, etc. For whatever reason, you might have Steam offers you a full game price refund if you wish to do so, you only need to meet 2 criteria, the game must have been purchased within 2 weeks period, older purchases cannot be refunded, and your game playtime must not be over 2 hours of game time. If you fit into this category all you need to do in order to get the full money back is going to Help>Steam Support, pick a recent game from the eligible list, and ask for a refund.

Gift a game

As you can buy gifts for your friends or loved ones in real life, Valve made sure you can do it in digital as well. Gifting game via Steam is simple and straightforward. Choose a game you wish to gift, go to your shopping cart and instead of clicking Purchase for myself, click on Purchase As a Gift, from there you will be taken to your friend list to choose to whom you would like to gift a game along with the option to write a little note to the receiver like happy birthday, enjoy or whatever.

Stream games in Steam itself

Although Steam is not there yet in streaming as Twitch or Facebook gaming is, there is an option to stream your game sessions on it. Click on Steam>Settings>Broadcast to make all adjustments and start streaming. You can also watch streams from your friend list and Steam is now broadcasting popular streams directly to its client if you want to watch it.

Take a game screenshot

By pressing F12, you can take a screenshot from any game and save it inside your Steam cloud library. You can change of course this default screenshot key via Settings>In-Game and if you would like to see your screenshots you can always do it under View Screenshot Library on a game’s page. That’s it, our Steam tips and tricks for easy and good gaming life, I hope to see you soon on errortools.com for your daily articles, tips, and tricks.
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