Shane Bartholomeusz

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How To: Disable Win 11 “Show more options” context menu

Overview

Moving from Windows 10 to Windows 11 was largely a painless experience for me however like any new major Windows release it has its share of interesting quirks however there was one particular quirk that I’ll show you how to fix in this post.

Windows 11 by default will show a slimmed-down Windows Explorer context menu, with an option to expand the menu to “Show more options”. While at first, I did welcome the change, over time it became a bit of an annoyance and a real productivity killer because it meant I had to perform an extra click for no tangible benefit.

In this post, I’ll show you how to disable the “Show more options” feature of Windows 11.

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Solved: Google Drive Stuck Uploading Files

Problem

Recently I came across an unusual issue where Google Drive was continually getting stuck uploading files on my Android Samsung Galaxy S20 smartphone device.

In this article, I’ll share the solution that worked for me, plus other possible solutions.

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Visual Studio: Close Current Tab Keyboard Shortcut

Overview

It’s common today to use the CTRL+W in various applications including most web browsers. If you’ve used Visual Studio you’ve probably noticed that this keyboard shortcut does not work when trying to close the currently opened tab.

In this article, I’ll show you how you can easily configure Visual Studio to close the currently opened tab.

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How To: Set Default Terminal In VS Code

Overview

By default Visual Studio Code will open a PowerShell session when you launch a new terminal window. But what if you want something else instead?

Well you’re in luck because in this article I’ll show you how you can easily change the default shell in Visual Studio Code.

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Visual Studio: Generate Class From JSON String

Overview

If you work JSON documents, I’m sure you’ve probably had to create a class file from a JSON string. Doing this manually can be a real pain in the proverbial, especially if you are working with a large JSON document. It can also be very error-prone. Therefore it’s best to automate this conversion.

In this post I’ll show you how to automatically generate a class file from a JSON string using a little known feature built into Visual Studio.

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Visual Studio: Show Current File in Solution Explorer

Overview

Have you ever worked on a large Visual Studio project that contained many projects and become somewhat disorientated, unable to find the currently open file within the Solution Explorer pane?

I did just that recently … I started work on a large Visual Studio solution for a client which contained over 180 projects within a single solution. Yep, I’m not even joking!

Whilst trying to learn and understand the solution structure I found myself getting lost inside the sea of nested projects and folders contained within the solution.

Well guess what? You’re in luck because I’ll show you a little known feature that may help you.

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How To: Win 10 Screen Sharing

Overview

Ever had to provide remote support to someone? It can be a real pain in the proverbial, including setting up the remoting software at both end points.

In this post you’ll learn how to share screens between two Windows 10 devices using the little known, built-in Windows Quick Assist app. The best part about it is that it requires almost no setup. Just straight to business!

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How To: Unlock Protected Excel Spreadsheet

Overview

Think that your ‘protected’ Excel spreadsheet is safe? Think again! These restrictions can easily be bypassed.

Recently, I needed to modify a protected spreadsheet however the original author of that Excel spreadsheet had left our company and no one had the password to unprotect the document. Doh!

In this post I’ll show you how to unprotect an Excel spreadsheet in a few simple steps.

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Fixed: Windows 10 Search Crashing

Problem

In this post I’ll show you how to fix an issue with Windows 10 Search disappearing.

While trying to use the Windows 10 Search I noticed that after I entered a few characters the Search Box would crash and clear out the text I had entered. No search results were being displayed.

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