The Internet is full of small programs that are supposed to make life easier for users. But it’s not always easy to see clearly in this digital jungle of useless bloatware, outdated versions and malicious counterfeits that offer to download RAM. We therefore offer you a selection of five reliable and really useful programs that some of you will probably already know, but all of which can help you on a daily basis, or at least provide you with valuable assistance in certain painful situations.
Everything: a dazzling search like on macOS
If there is one element that PC enthusiasts can envy in the macOS camp, it is the incredible Spotlight search system which allows you to find any file with disconcerting speed. The majority of Windows users are still content with Windows Explorer’s native search — a maddeningly slow gas plant, not to mention the fact that it too often fails to locate the document you want.
But fortunately, this is not a fatality thanks to Everything, a utility that could radically change the way you use your machine. The concept couldn’t be simpler. Just let this little open source program index your storage space, and you’re done; you can now locate any file in less time than it takes Windows Explorer to figure out what is expected of it.
How to Clear Thumbnail Cache on Windows 11
A thumbnail cache is how your Windows saves the various thumbnail images it has for the different file types on your PC. By always having specific thumbnails for videos, photos and other files with you, you don’t have to recreate your images repeatedly.
Sometimes, however, your default thumbnails may stop working properly. Instead of a normal original thumbnail, you might come across a corrupted and giddy version. The reason could be anything; Database corruption by crash shutdown, malware issue, etc. There is no clear and apparent reason in sight. What is sure, however, is that there are well-designed ways to fix your thumbnail issues without any hassle.
How to Clear Thumbnail Cache on Windows 11
You can manually clear your thumbnail cache on Windows 11 without any problem. The first option on your plate is Disk Cleanup.
Microsoft’s default Disk Cleanup utility can help free up space on your Windows. To get started, go to The start menu search bar, type “disk cleanup” and select the best match.
The Disk Cleanup dialog will be launched. There, uncheck all the radio boxes except the Thumbnails one, and click on OKAY.
Clear your thumbnail cache via command prompt
If the above method does not work, then you can rely on the Command Prompt to rescue you. To clear your thumbnail cache with the command prompt, follow the steps below:
- Head to the The start menu search bar, type “cmd” and run it as administrator.
- From there, type the following command in your cmd and press Walk in.taskkill /f /im explorer.exe
- Finally, to delete your files, enter the following command in your cmd and press Walk in Again.
- Do that and the cmd will instantly erase your thumbnail files. Restart your PC and you can check if this is the case.
How to Use Nearby Share on Windows 11 (Airdrop for PC)
Today I am going to share a step by step guide on how you can enable and use Nearby Sharing on Windows 11.
Gone are the days when you had to use Bluetooth to transfer your scope from one Windows PC to another Windows PC. Sure, it was a great option at the time, but it was a very slow and time-consuming process. Sure, smaller files could be easily transferred, but large files would take too long or just fail to transfer. Over time things have changed and now Windows PCs can use Nearby Sharing. So let’s see what it is and how you can enable and share files between PCs running Windows 11.
To be fair, Nearby Share was available on Windows 10 1803 but (update your system to Windows 10 1803 or newer) since then things have changed and the feature has a new UI along with the steps to Enable Nearby Sharing.
Nearby Sharing on Windows 11
Before we talk about how you can enable and use Nearby Share, there are a few things you need to keep in mind.
- Nearby Sharing will only work between Windows 10 and Windows 11 PCs.
- Nearby Sharing on Android is not the same as Nearby Sharing on Windows
- You can choose to share files between devices signed in to the same Microsoft account or choose to share between any Windows 10 or 11 PC.
- Make sure that the two devices are nearby, i.e. in the same room.
- Both devices have the latest driver updates for WiFi and Bluetooth.
How to Enable Nearby Sharing on Windows 11
Here are the steps to enable Nearby Sharing on your Windows 11 PC
- Click the Start button to open the Start menu on your PC.
- Now click on the Settings app icon.
- With the Settings app open, click on System.
- To your right, click on the option that says Nearby Sharing.
- It will now display the Settings page for Nearby Sharing.
- You can choose to set the option to Off, My devices only, or Everyone nearby.
- However, you will need to sign in with your Microsoft account to use Nearby Sharing.
- Now just browse the file manager and choose or create a folder where you want to save all files.
- On the same screen, you will also be able to change the name of your device. Just click on the Rename option and set the new device name.
How to Send Files with Nearby Sharing on Windows 11
You can send any type of file to another Windows PC via Nearby Sharing. You can follow these steps to send a file via Nearby Share.
- Open File Manager by pressing Windows + E keys simultaneously.
- Now navigate to the file you want to send to the other Windows PC.
- Right-click the file to display the context menu.
At the top or bottom of the context menu, you will see the icon. Click on it.
- On the other Windows PC, you will receive a notification asking if you want to accept the file transfer. Select yes.
- The file will now be transferred from your PC to the other PC immediately.
And that’s how you can use Nearby Sharing from a Windows 11 PC. It’s a simple and easy way to share files to other supported Windows devices. As of now, the file sharing app only works between Windows PCs. When it comes to sharing files to or from an Android device using a Windows PC, we could possibly see the feature become a reality in the coming months.