Finds of the Week: Disable ads in Windows 10 File Explorer / Delete windows.old folder / Make colorful quotes / Recycle old phones


Finds of the WeekFinds of the Week is a list of web sites I've come across lately that are interesting, fun, or useful (or all three). I hope you enjoy them. -Rhiannon

How to disable ads in File Explorer in Windows 10
It seems that ads are creeping into many places in Windows 10, and the latest locale where you can find them is in File Explorer. Here's how to disable them, should you wish to do so. :)

How to delete the Windows.old folder from your PC
If you upgrade Windows to a newer version, or reinstall Windows over an existing version, you'll find previous Windows files in a folder called windows.old. It's not an easy folder to delete, so I was happy to find this article with three different ways to put that folder in the trash. If you need extra space on your hard disk this is a helpful tip.

Create images from text for free
You've likely seen quotations with various background or images floating around the internet. Maybe you've wondered how to get your own text turned to into an image to use for various projects or on social  media. There are a few tools out there but the easiest to use is Quozio. Type or paste in your quote, pick from one of their background and text combinations, and save the image. Quozio doesn't use Flash and there are no watermarks or logos on the finished image, though it would be nice if there were more templates to choose from. Quozio is quick and easy to use, no graphics experience required.

How to recycle your cell  phone
If you aren't going to keep an older smartphone around to act as an MP3 player, display frame or some other use, then recycling it is a good option. This article has some good information good ways to recycle or donate an old cell phone.

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Regarding deleting "Windows.old" using CCleaner, I tried it a while ago and it rendered my OS (Windows 10) completely unbootable. So I'd be careful with that.