Clearing the Microsoft Web Platform Installer cache

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If you are like me and have been using Visual Studio for a while, you have probably used the Microsoft Web Platform Installer (Web PI) in the past. Yet, with Visual Studio Code providing a more streamlined development experience, the Web Platform Installer has slowly taken a back seat.

If you used the Web PI a lot, you may be surprised to learn it caches the installer (.msi) files on your system and leaves them there taking up hard drive disk space.

This article shows you how to remove these files from the local folder cache.

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Count Twitter Lists You’re A Member Of

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Twitter makes it easy for you to see how many lists you are Subscribed To. However, finding out how many users have added you to a Twitter list is trickier.

Here are two methods for finding out how many Twitter lists you are a member of.

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2017 Year in Review: MSDN Blogs & Speaking

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With the new year upon us, it’s always worthwhile to reflect on the previous year. Here are some statistics about my contributions to MSDN blogs and my speaking engagements.

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2017 Year in Review: WordPress

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With the new year upon us, it’s always worthwhile to reflect on the previous year. So, just like I did last year, I compiled a list of general stats about this WordPress blog from 2017:

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Windows 10 Startup Folder

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I was recently looking for the Startup folder in Windows 10 and it was not where I thought it was. (As a reminder: The Startup folder contains application shortcuts that automatically launch when Windows starts.)

Since everything changed after Windows 7, the Startup folder is now in a new locale. Rather than hunt around for it using Windows File Explorer, I found this quick tip using the shell: command for finding the Windows 10 Startup folder.

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PDF versions of docs.microsoft.com

I was recently looking through docs.microsoft.com when I saw a button link I had never noticed: Download PDF.

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I clicked the link thinking it would only give me the single article. However, it gave me a copy of all the articles within the category. For example, clicking Download PDF at the link for Azure App Service Documentation created the following PDF file with 546 pages in it:

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List Installed Programs on Windows 10

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Here is a simple trick to list all of the installed programs on your Windows 10 computer. Read more of this post