AB Commander v.19.8 released

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August 28, 2019.

A new version 19.8 of AB Commander is available now for download and purchase!

This version offers several improvements and corrections.

As usual, the trial version of AB Commander comes with a free license for 30 days of full use. If you have not tried it yet, please feel free to download it and give it a try.

And, of course, if you have purchased your AB Commander within the last 12 months, you can upgrade to this version free of charge (for the earlier purchasers the 50% upgrade discount is also available.)

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How to stop Windows 10 from using thumbnail preview icons for folders

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As you probably know, Windows 10 has the ability to show a preview of a folder contents on the icon of the folder itself. For example, if a folder contains videos, Windows 10 may show a set of video stills on the icon of that folder when you are browsing your computer.

In some cases this ability could be fun or useful, in others in could be annoying. The good this is, you are in control of this behavior, and if you don't like seeing the folder contents previews, you have a way of telling Windows to stop displaying them, and show regular folder icons instead. Here is how:

1. Open Windows 10 Settings app. For example, right-click on the Start button and choose Settings from the menu.

2. In the Settings window, search for explorer and choose File Explorer Options from the results shown:

File Explorer Options

3. Select the View tab, and check the box next to the option that reads Always show icons, never thumbnails:

Always show icons, never thumbnails

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Press OK and you are done! From now on, Windows should show the regular folder icons rather than contents preview ones. You may need to refresh the File Explorer window (by pressing F5 within it) to force it to update the icons after making the change.

Happy computer browsing!

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AB Commander v.19.7 released

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July 30, 2019.

A new version 19.7 of AB Commander is available now for download and purchase!

This version offers several improvements and corrections.

As usual, the trial version of AB Commander comes with a free license for 30 days of full use. If you have not tried it yet, please feel free to download it and give it a try.

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Folder Guard v.19.7 released

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July 10, 2019.

A new version 19.7 of Folder Guard software is available now for download and purchase!

This update corrects a problem that prevented Folder Guard from working properly when a large number (several hundred) of different folders were protected with different passwords.

As usual, the trial version of Folder Guard 19.7 comes with a free license for 30 days of full use. If you have not tried it yet, please feel free to download it and give it a try.

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Folder Guard updated to v.19.6

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June 21, 2019.

A new version 19.6 of Folder Guard software is available now for download and purchase!

This update corrects a problem that in some situations could cause Windows to crash.

As usual, the trial version of Folder Guard 19.6 comes with a free license for 30 days of full use. If you have not tried it yet, please feel free to download it and give it a try.

And, of course, if you have purchased your Folder Guard license within the last 12 months, you can upgrade to this version free of charge (for the earlier purchasers the 50% upgrade discount is also available.)

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ActiveExit v.19.6 released

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June 1, 2019.

A new version 19.6 of ActiveExit is available now for download and purchase!

This version offers several improvements and corrections.

As usual, ActiveExit is free for the home users. For the business customers, the trial version of ActiveExit comes with a free license for 30 days of full use. If you have not tried it yet, please feel free to download it and give it a try.

And, of course, if you have purchased your ActiveExit license within the last 12 months, you can upgrade to this version free of charge (for the earlier purchasers the 50% upgrade discount is also available.)

Troubleshooting the upgrade of ActiveExit

If you've installed ActiveExit 19.6 on a computer that used to have an earlier version of ActiveExit previously installed, you may encounter the following issue: when running the ActiveExit configuration utility, all entry boxes are grayed out and pressing the Apply button results in a message asking you to use the Group Policy manager instead.

If this computer is a part of a domain that is indeed managed via Group Policy then you should follow the advice and continue managing the ActiveExit settings on the server using a GPO.

If, however, this is a stand-alone computer not connected to a domain network, then you could resolve this issue as follows:

  • Close ActiveExit configuration utility and run Registry Editor (regedit.exe);
  • Navigate to the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Policies/WinAbility;
  • Delete the key ActiveExit under this key;
  • Close Registry Editor and run ActiveExit configuration utility again. Now you should be able to edit the settings and apply them to the computer.

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How to hide pictures from the Photos app in Windows 10

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If you use the Photos app to view pictures stored on your Windows 10 computer, you probably have noticed that normally it displays all pictures it can find on the PC. What if you don't want some of the pictures to be visible in the Photos app? This article will explain how to do that.

The most important thing to understand about how the Photos app finds the pictures to display is that it does NOT look for the image files stored on the hard drive directly. Instead, it uses information from the Windows search index: if it finds information about an image file in the search index, it uses it to display the image. So in order to prevent an image from appearing in the Photos app, we need to find a way to remove information about that image file from the search index.

Windows 10 offers just a tool for that: from the Start menu, open Settings, and there select Searching Windows. You should get to the screen that lets you control the folders that Windows search includes or excludes in its index. The amount of control that you have depends on the type of your user account: some features are only available to the administrators, and not to the standard users. Regardless, you should be able to open the Advanced Search Indexer Settings:

Opening the Advanced Search Indexer Settings
Opening the Advanced Search Indexer Settings

Indexing options screen

Another thing to understand about Windows search index that you cannot exclude individual files from it, you can only exclude folders. If you tell Windows to exclude a certain folder from indexing, then all files in that folder will be excluded. So, unless you have already done so, you should first create a folder for the image files that you want to be hidden from the Photos app, move the images files you want to be hidden in that folder, and then tell Windows to exclude that specific folder from its index.

For example, suppose, for whatever reason, you don't want the pictures of your cats to appear in Photos app. Open File Explorer, navigate to the Pictures folder, and create a new folder there with the appropriate name (Cats in our example). Move the image files of the cats into that folder (drag-and-drop should work just fine for that). Use the Folders link of the Photos app to navigate to the Cats folder to check that the images you want to hide are actually there:

Photos app

Now return to the Indexing Option screen we've discussed above and press the Modify button. When the Indexed Locations screen opens (see below), navigate to the folder you want to exclude (do not use the check boxes for that, use the little arrows to expand and collapse folders as needed.) For a folder in your Pictures folder, expand Local drive C:, then Users, then locate your user name and expand that folder, and finally expand Pictures. The folder we want to exclude from the index (named Cats in our example) should appear there. Now clear the check box next to the Cats folder, and that will tell Windows to exclude it from the search index (only the folders that have the check marks next to them are indexed.)

Indexed locations screen

Press OK to close the screens you've opened and ... wait. Yet another thing to know about Windows search index is that it's picky about getting itself updated. Oftentimes, when Windows detects that you are actively using your computer, it delays the updates to its search index until your activity stops or slows down. Other times it may update the index almost immediately after you make changes to it. If you are an administrator of the computer, you can try to force Windows to rebuild the search index: on the Indexing Options screen, press Advanced, and then use the Rebuild button:

Indexed locations screen

However, even forcing to rebuild the index sometimes does not make it happen soon enough. If you've waited a few minutes and nothing seems to change in the Photos app, try restarting the computer and check the Photos after that. Eventually, Windows index should catch up with the changes you've made, and the Photos app should stop displaying the images from the excluded folder. If it does not, consider moving the Cats folder out of the Pictures area altogether. For example, create a Cats folder in the root of the C: drive, and move the pictures there. This should force Photos app to refresh and remove the images from the view.

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That's nice, you might say, but what about other apps and File Explorer itself? Even if the images are not visible in the Photos app, anyone could still navigate to the Cats folder with File Explorer and see the images there. If you want to prevent that, excluding the folder from the search index is not enough, you need to protect access to the folder in some other way. Of course, we would be fools not to take this opportunity and suggest that our software Folder Guard was designed for just such a task! You could use it to add a password to the Cats folder, and any time someone would want to look into it with File Explorer, they would need to enter that password first. Check it out!

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Folder Guard v.19.5 released

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May 21, 2019.

A new version 19.5 of Folder Guard software is available now for download and purchase!

This update adds an option to create a log of user actions related to Folder Guard (such as locking or unlocking a password protected folder) that can be viewed with the Event Viewer of Windows, and also offers several other improvements and corrections.

As usual, the trial version of Folder Guard 19.5 comes with a free license for 30 days of full use. If you have not tried it yet, please feel free to download it and give it a try.

And, of course, if you have purchased your Folder Guard license within the last 12 months, you can upgrade to this version free of charge (for the earlier purchasers the 50% upgrade discount is also available.)

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Folder Guard 19.4 released

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April 4, 2019.

A new version 19.4 of Folder Guard software is available now for download and purchase!

This update removes the limit on the number of separate passwords that each password-protected folder can have, and also offers several other improvements and corrections.

As usual, the trial version of Folder Guard 19.4 comes with a free license for 30 days of full use. If you have not tried it yet, please feel free to download it and give it a try.

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AB Commander v.19.1 released

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January 27, 2019.

A new version 19.1 of AB Commander is available now for download and purchase!

This version offers several improvements and corrections.

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