How-To

What Is the Significance of Windows Folder Names With Hex Numbers in Them?

If you dig deep enough into Windows, sooner or later you will likely see some folders with unusual names comprised of seemingly random numbers and letters. What is the significance of these names? Are they special? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a curious reader’s question. Today’s Question & Answer session comes to us courtesy of SuperUser—a subdivision ... Read More »

What Is the lost+found Folder on Linux and macOS?

The lost+found folder is a part of Linux, macOS, and other UNIX-like operating systems. Each file system—that is, each partition—has its own lost+found directory. You’ll find recovered bits of corrupted files here. What lost+found Is For On Linux, the fsck command—short for “file system check”—examines your file systems for errors. fsck may find bits of “orphaned” or corrupted files in the file system. ... Read More »

How Do I Make the “Open With” Menu Available When Selecting Multiple Files?

If you work with lots of files on a daily basis, you want the process to work as smoothly and quickly as possible, and being able to add some new menu options can make the experience even better. With that in mind, today’s SuperUser Q&A post has some great solutions to a reader’s context menu woes. Today’s Question & Answer ... Read More »

Control How Long Windows Waits Before Killing Apps at Shutdown

When you shut down your computer, Windows doesn’t shut down immediately. Instead, it gives running applications and services some time to close first. You can control how long Windows waits—and whether it automatically closes running applications or not. You shouldn’t normally need to change these settings, but it can be helpful if you’d like to force your computer to shut ... Read More »

Don’t Be Fooled: The Mac App Store Is Full of Scams

You love technology, but not everyone does. For many people computers are confusing, even scary. Malevolent actors know this, and try to deliberately trick people online. From ads that look like download buttons to ransomware pop-ups, the web is full of deception-based design, intended to take advantage of the less technically inclined. In theory, this is part of why app ... Read More »

How to Use wget, the Ultimate Command Line Downloading Tool

Newer isn’t always better, and the wget command is proof. First released back in 1996, this application is still one of the best download managers on the planet. Whether you want to download a single file, an entire folder, or even mirror an entire website, wget lets you do it with just a few keystrokes. Of course, there’s a reason not ... Read More »

How to Remove Dust Spots From Your Photos in Lightroom

When you take a photo, if the lens or camera sensor isn’t completely clean, you’ll probably see dust spots in your image. They’re especially noticeable if you’ve shot something that’s a single flat area of color, for example, the sky in a landscape. If you’re using Photoshop or GIMP, you can remove dust spots just like you would any other ... Read More »

Is There a Keyboard Shortcut to Pause the Output of a Running CMD Window?

When running a batch script, you may need or want to pause the output in the CMD window so that you can look things over. Is there an easy way to pause, then restart the output? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to help with a reader’s CMD window output woes. Today’s Question & Answer session comes to us ... Read More »

How to Create Family Profiles with Eero to Limit Internet Access

If you have kids, then you might know a thing or two about how difficult it can be to yank them away from their computers and other devices so they get their chores done on time or just spend quality time with the family. Eero, the robust whole-house Wi-Fi system, has a feature that makes this easy. With the Family ... Read More »

What Is the Oval Hole on Computer Hardware For?

For the most part, it is no mystery what the various openings on the outside of our computer hardware are for—most are ports. But what about that oval port that doesn’t match your usual cables? Sometimes it has a “lock” symbol next to it; other times it doesn’t. Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a curious reader’s question. ... Read More »