Finds of the Week: Install Optional Updates In Windows 10 / Space Weather / Change Icon Shortcuts / Change Language in Google Chrome


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

How to install optional updates on Windows 10
Windows 10 has moved and changed various features and functions from previous versions, including the option for finding optional updates. Here's where to find them, but what I really like is the overview of the very useful Windows Update MiniTool, which runs on all versions of Windows from XP to 10. I use it on Windows 10 and have been happy with it. If you're on limited bandwidth or speed, it's worth having a look at the program and setting your connection to metered. Note that wireless connections can be easily set to metered, you can also set a wired connection to metered if needed, though if you're running an earlier version of Windows 10 you'll have to use a registry hack. When making changes to the registry, it's a good idea to back up the registry before making any changes.

Space Weather
Want to know if there a geomagnetic storm coming, or want to see sunspots forming on the sun? Want to get aurora alerts, or track near earth asteroids, check NOAA's space weather forecast for the day, or view the current conditions for solar wind and solar flares? You can do all that and more at Space Weather. The Real Time Aurora Gallery and Real Time Space Weather Gallery are worth a visit on their own.
(note: ads are sprinkled on the page, but aren't intrusive and are easily identified)

How to change the icon of any shortcut in Windows
Customizing shortcuts (and other icons in Windows) is a good way to tell one shortcut or folder from another at a glance, especially if you have several of them on your desktop. It's pretty fast and easy to change a shortcut using the stock icons in Windows, but if you're looking for more variety, you can download icons and icon sets use them as well.
The Icon Archive is a good place to start.
(Note: site contains inline ads that may be confusing)

How To Change Language in Google Chrome for Desktop and Android
Google Chrome auto detects what language it will use based on your location and device settings, but if you speak more than one language or are in another country, you'll want to change what language Chrome is using. It's a pretty quick process and the article runs through the steps needed to change your language if your on a computer or using Android.
(Note: site contains inline ads that may be confusing)

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That Space Weather site is excellent, great find rhiannon, thanks :)
Added to my ever growing Astronomy/Space Cadet bookmark folder.