Love the Start button? Now added to RT devices.

I have had the Microsoft Surface RT since it first released, back in 2012, as it was given to me as a Christmas present.  I was very disappointed when I found out that it utilizes an ARM processor and cannot run all the usual Windows applications.  Only apps that will work on the RT are from the Windows Store (unless it’s jailbroken, but I didn’t want to do that — not worth it for a few extra applications).  Even still, I have used the Surface more then I initially expected — It comes pre-installed with the basic MS Office applications (Excel, Word, OneNote, etc.) right out of the box — so it was good for note-taking.  If I needed to use any actual Windows Software to perform a task (Photoshop, etc.), I can just Remote desktop into my PC using the RDP app for the Surface RT.  I used my Surface more in college than my laptop because of the size–it was easier to carry around.

One major issue I had with the Surface RT was the Windows 8 start button behavior.  Push the Start button and you get the following screen:

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Microsoft’s new “Start Screen” for Windows 8

I hated clicking the Start button and getting the above screen.  “What happened to the original Start button Windows is so well known for?”  This is one of the reasons I never upgraded any Windows 7 desktop/laptop to Windows 8.

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XCOPY usage - quickly copy files in Windows

“XCOPY” stands for Extended Copy, and was created to add more functions then the standard copy command. If you are using Windows, it should be installed already.

XCOPY is a command used on PC DOS, MS-DOS, OS/2, Microsoft Windows, and related operating systems for copying multiple files or entire directory trees from one directory to another and for copying files across a network. — Wikipedia

Xcopy copies multiple files and folders and can create the same structure to the copied location. (Something the copy command cannot do.)

Syntax:

xcopy Source [Destination] [/w] [/p] [/c] [/v] [/q] [/f] [/l] [/g] [/d[:mm-dd-yyyy]] [/u] [/i] [/s [/e]] [/t] [/k] [/r] [/h] [{/a|/m}] [/n] [/o] [/x] [/exclude:file1[+[file2]][+[file3]] [{/y|/-y}] [/z]

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Make Dropbox Sync any folder on your PC

If you use Dropbox, like me, it can sometimes be annoying that it will only sync folders/files that you specifically place in the “Dropbox” folder.  This can get annoying at times when you have a folder in another location that you wish to also have backed up to Dropbox, yet do not wish to move it physically.  It turns out, there is a really neat trick that you can utilize to allow you to sync any folder with your Dropbox folder.

All you really need is the Windows Command Prompt.

How to Sync any folder with Dropbox:

You need to make sure you do not make any typo’s because you will have to use the Windows Command Prompt.  I will first have you setup the command in a text editor, such as Notepad.  (I will be using “Sublime Text” – which is practically the same thing only better.)

Open Notepad/Sublime Text:

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Add apps to right-click menu - Windows

Tutorial should apply to Windows Vista/7/10

Please be careful when editing the registry.  Create a backup in case you accidentally delete/modify the wrong value — it can damage your Windows OS.

When you right-click an file, such as a .txt file, Windows will give you a few options you can perform with the file – this is called the Context Menu.  I currently have Notepad++ as my default text file editor so all my text files open with Notepad++.  However, sometimes I prefer to open them with my new, favorite editor “Sublime Text.” It is an awesome text editor, especially for coding.  Currently, right-clicking a .txt file does not give me the option to open it with Sublime Text.  (of course I could always make Sublime Text my default text editor, however this tutorial is about showing you how to add any application to the right-click context menu).

Currently if I right-click my .txt file I get the following menu:

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