Windows Blog by Brink – Tutorials for Windows

Enable or Disable Folder Merge Conflicts in Windows 11

If you copy or move a folder into a destination that already contains a folder with the exact same name, Windows will automatically replace the destination folder by default. If any files have the same names, you will still be asked if you want to replace those files with a file merge conflict dialog.

If you like, you can enable to show folder merge conflicts to confirm if you want to replace (merge) the destination folder instead of automatically by default.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable showing folder merge conflicts for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Desktop Stickers in Windows 11

Desktop Stickers is a feature in Windows 11 that allows you to choose and edit stickers for your wallpaper when using a picture and choose Fill for your desktop background image.

Using the new sticker editor you can pick, place, and resize stickers as you like. It can be accessed through Settings or by right-clicking your desktop.

The Desktop Stickers feature is currently not officially released to Windows 11 yet, but if you would like to give Desktop Stickers a play with now, you can enable Desktop Stickers in Windows 11 version 22H2 build 22621 and higher now.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Desktop Stickers for all users in Windows 11.

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Turn On or Off Underline Access Keys in Windows 11

An access key is an underlined character in the text of a menu, context menu item, or the label of a control such as a button.

You can press and hold the Shift, Alt, or F10 key while you right click on an item to see available access keys underlined in the context menu. You can then press the underlined letter (access key) as a keyboard shortcut to use/open that menu item.

If you like, you can turn on to always have access keys underlined even when not holding Shift, Alt, or F10 key while you right click to open a context menu.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off always underline access keys for your account in Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Search Highlights in Windows 10

Starting with Windows 10 build 19044.1618, Microsoft started rolling out an update for Search that highlights interesting moments in time. You can still type to start searching for your apps, files, settings, and quick answers on the web.

Search highlights will present notable and interesting moments—like holidays, anniversaries, and other educational moments in time both globally and in your region. You’ll find rich, bold content in search home that highlights what’s special about today.

The search box in Start and Search will periodically update with content, including fun illustrations, that help you discover more, be connected, and stay productive. These hints in the search box give you a sneak peek into what to expect in search home.

Signing in with your work or school account enables Search to be your one-stop-shop for your organization’s files and contacts through Microsoft Search. Search highlights will feature the latest updates from your organization and suggested people, files, and more. Explore files that may be of interest to you or browse through your organization’s people chart. As always, just start typing to find everything related to your organization, right at your fingertips using Search.

You have control over the search highlights experience where if you prefer not to see this, you can turn it off or back on. For organization administrators, there are additional controls available in the M365 admin center. You can learn more about those policies here: Policy CSP – Search.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Search Highlights for your account or all users in Windows 10.

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Enable or Disable Show Narrator Home when Narrator Starts in Windows 11

Narrator lets you use your PC without a mouse to complete common tasks if you’re blind or have low vision. It reads and interacts with things on the screen, like text and buttons. Use Narrator to read and write email, browse the internet, and work with documents.

Every time you turn on Narrator you’ll go to Narrator Home, which gives you one place where you can open everything you need, whether you want to change your Narrator settings or learn basics with QuickStart. The links at Narrator Home include QuickStart, Narrator guide (which takes you to this online user guide), What’s New, Settings, and Feedback. You can also control whether Narrator Home opens when Narrator starts in Narrator settings or by using the checkbox on Narrator home.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off show Narrator Home when Narrator starts for your account in Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Narrator Keyboard Shortcut in Windows 11

Narrator lets you use your PC without a mouse to complete common tasks if you’re blind or have low vision. It reads and interacts with things on the screen, like text and buttons. Use Narrator to read and write email, browse the internet, and work with documents.

You can use the Win+Ctrl+Enter keyboard shortcut to toggle Narrator on or off.

If you like, you can disable the Narrator keyboard shortcut to prevent mistakenly turning on or off Narrator with it.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off the Narrator keyboard shortcut for your account in Windows 11.

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Turn On or Off Narrator in Windows 11

Narrator is a screen-reading app that’s built into Windows 11, so there’s nothing you need to download or install.

Narrator lets you use your PC without a mouse to complete common tasks if you’re blind or have low vision. It reads and interacts with things on the screen, like text and buttons. Use Narrator to read and write email, browse the internet, and work with documents.

Specific commands let you navigate Windows, the web, and apps. Navigation is available using headings, links, landmarks, and more. You can read text (including punctuation) by page, paragraph, line, sentence, word, and character, as well as determine characteristics like font and text color. Efficiently review tables with row and column navigation.

Narrator also has a navigation and reading mode called scan mode. Use it to get around Windows 11 using just the up and down arrows on your keyboard. You can also use a braille display to navigate your PC and read text.

You can also customize the speaking rate, pitch, and volume of the voice that Narrator uses, and install other text-to-speech voices.

Every time you turn on Narrator you’ll go to Narrator Home, which gives you one place where you can open everything you need, whether you want to change your Narrator settings or learn basics with QuickStart. The links at Narrator Home include QuickStart, Narrator guide, What’s New, Settings, and Feedback. You can also control whether Narrator Home opens when Narrator starts in Narrator settings or by using the checkbox on Narrator home.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off Narrator for your account in Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Pop-up Description for Folder and Desktop Items in Windows 11

When you hover over a file, folder, drive, or desktop items in Windows, a pop-up description (infotip) will show displaying basic property details (metadata) of the item such as Date created, Size, Folders and Files a folder contains, etc…

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable show pop-up descriptions for folder and desktop items for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Run App in Compatibility Mode in Windows 11

Most apps (and other programs, like games or utilities) that were created for earlier versions of Windows will work in the most recent version of Windows 11, but some older ones might run poorly or not at all.

You can use compatibility mode to run the program using settings from an earlier version of Windows. Try this setting if you know the program is designed for (or worked with) a specific version of Windows.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable always running an app in compatibility mode for your account or all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Change Color of Translucent Selection Rectangle in Windows 11

The translucent selection rectangle is the box you see when you left click and hold, and then drag the pointer over items to select them when you release the left click.

The border color of the selection rectangle is solid blue by default.

The color inside the selection rectangle is a translucent version of the solid blue color by default.

If you like, you can change the border and/or inside color to the same or different custom color(s) of your choice.

This tutorial will show you how to change the color of the translucent selection rectangle for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Drop Shadows for Icon Labels on Desktop in Windows 11

Windows uses drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop by default.

Depending on if your desktop background is light or dark, using drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop may make reading the icon label easier or harder.

If harder, then you can turn off use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop to remove the drop shadows.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable using drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Translucent Selection Rectangle on Desktop in Windows 11

The translucent selection rectangle is the box you see when you left click and hold, and then drag the pointer over items to select them when you release the left click.

If you like, you can turn off showing the translucent selection rectangle on your desktop.

When the translucent selection rectangle is turned off for the desktop, you will only see an outline selection rectangle on the desktop instead.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off show translucent selection rectangle on the desktop for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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