How to Enable or Disable Grouping of Taskbar Buttons in Windows

Windows includes a special application desktop toolbar called the taskbar that shows on the bottom of a display screen by default. The taskbar allows you to find, see, open, and switch between your apps. You can also see the date and time, system icons, and items running in the background on the notification area. You can make the taskbar look how you want, manage your calendar, pin your favorite apps to it, change the size, change location on screen, and specify how taskbar buttons group together when you have more than one window open.

If you have multiple displays, then you will be able to set button grouping separately for the main taskbar and other taskbars.

Taskbar Button Grouping Options:

  • Always combine, hide labels – This is the default setting. Each app appears as a single, unlabeled button (icon), even when multiple windows for an app are open.
  • Combine when taskbar is full – This setting shows each open window as an individual, labeled button. When the taskbar becomes crowded, apps with multiple open windows collapse into a single app button. Clicking the button displays a list of the windows that are open.
  • Never combine – This setting shows each window as an individual, labeled button, and never combines them, no matter how many windows are open. As more apps and windows open, buttons get smaller, and eventually the buttons will scroll.

If you like, you can prevent the grouping of taskbar buttons in Windows.

If disabled, taskbar buttons will be set to always never combine, and the Combine taskbar buttons and Combine button on other taskbars settings will be grayed out.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable grouping of taskbar buttons for specific or all users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

Read more…

How to Enable or Disable IDN Punycode in Firefox Address Bar in Windows

Punycode is a representation of Unicode with the limited ASCII character subset used for Internet host names. Using Punycode, host names containing Unicode characters are transcoded to a subset of ASCII consisting of letters, digits, and hyphen, which is called the Letter-Digit-Hyphen (LDH) subset. Punycode is used to encode internationalized domain names (IDNs) as a defense against address spoofing.

From a security perspective, Unicode domains can be problematic because many Unicode characters are difficult to distinguish from common ASCII characters. It is possible to register domains such as “xn–pple-43d.com”, which is equivalent to “аpple.com”. It may not be obvious at first glance, but “аpple.com” uses the Cyrillic “а” (U+0430) rather than the ASCII “a” (U+0061). This is known as a homograph attack.

Firefox allows enabling to show IDN punycode instead of non-Latin letters and Unicode symbols in the address bar. This can be very useful to help see if the currently opened web page is a phishing site or just a non-official mirror of some web site which you would like to avoid.

This tutorial will show you how enable or disable showing IDN punycode in the address bar of Firefox for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

Read more…

How to Change Width of Taskbar Buttons in Windows

Windows includes a special application desktop toolbar called the taskbar that shows on the bottom of a display screen by default. The taskbar allows you to find, see, open, and switch between your apps. You can also see the date and time, system icons, and items running in the background on the notification area. You can make the taskbar look how you want, manage your calendar, pin your favorite apps to it, change the size, change location on screen, and specify how taskbar buttons group together when you have more than one window open.

If you like, you can change the width of your taskbar buttons to allow more or less label text to show.

This tutorial will show you how to change the width of taskbar buttons for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

Read more…

How to Allow or Deny OS and Apps Access to Call History in Windows 10

Windows 10 provides a wealth of data access to make apps useful and valuable to you. These capabilities, which are security constructs that gate access to personal data, include things like Calendar, Contacts, Call History, and more. Each capability has its own privacy settings page so that you can control it and what apps and services can use that capability.

In Windows 10, users can allow or deny apps access to their call history.

Starting with Windows 10 build 17063, you can now allow or deny Windows 10 and apps access to call history on your device (PC) for all users.

If you allow access, users on your PC will be able to turn on or off if their apps have access to their call history. If you turn on to let apps access your call history, you can choose to turn on (allow) or off (deny) access for individual apps.

This tutorial will show you how to change Privacy settings to allow or deny Windows and apps access to call history for all users or only your account in Windows 10.

Read more…

How to Allow or Block Website Notifications in Google Chrome in Windows

Some websites can show notifications on your computer desktop. By default, Google Chrome asks you if a site can show notifications.

You can manage settings to allow or block permissions for notifications from all sites or for a specific site.

This tutorial will show you how to change site permissions in Google Chrome to allow or block website notifications on your desktop in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

Read more…

How to Allow or Deny OS and Apps Access to Contacts in Windows 10

Windows 10 provides a wealth of data access to make apps useful and valuable to you. These capabilities, which are security constructs that gate access to personal data, include things like Calendar, Contacts, Call History, and more. Each capability has its own privacy settings page so that you can control it and what apps and services can use that capability.

In Windows 10, users can allow or deny apps access to their contacts.

Starting with Windows 10 build 17063, you can now allow or deny Windows 10 and apps access to contacts on your device (PC) for all users.

If you allow access, users on your PC will be able to turn on or off if their apps have access to their contacts. If you turn on to let apps access your contacts, you can choose to turn on (allow) or off (deny) access for individual apps.

This tutorial will show you how to change Privacy settings to allow or deny Windows and apps access to contacts for all users or only your account in Windows 10.

Read more…

How to Turn On or Off Screen Rotation Lock in Windows 10

A tablet and some hybrid laptop devices are designed to rotate the display automatically in a portrait or landscape orientation as you turn it so that what you see on the screen is always right side up.

If you like, you can turn on or off Rotation lock in Windows 10 to allow (off) or prevent (on) the auto-rotation of your screen as needed.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off screen Rotation lock for your Windows 10 device.

Read more…

How to Enable or Disable Changing Screen Saver in Windows

A screen saver is a moving picture or pattern that displays on the screen(s) of your PC after you have not been active on the PC for specified period of time to wait. Screen savers were originally used to save older, monochromatic monitors from damage, but now they are mainly a way to personalize your PC or enhance its security by offering password protection.

Screen Saver Settings allows users to turn on or off screen saver and password protection on resume in Windows.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable changing screen saver for specific or all users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

Read more…

How to Enable or Disable Changing Mouse Pointers in Windows

A mouse pointer or cursor is a graphical image on the PC monitor or other display device. The pointer echoes movements of the pointing device, commonly a mouse, touchpad, or stylus pen, signals the point where actions of the user take place.

By default, users can use the Pointers tab in the Mouse Control Panel to add, remove, or change the mouse pointers.

If you like, you can prevent users on the PC from changing mouse pointers. When disabled, the Pointers tab will be removed from the Mouse Control Panel.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable changing mouse pointers for specific or all users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

Read more…

How to Enable or Disable Changing Desktop Icons in Windows

Windows includes the common This PC, User’s Files, Network, Recycle Bin, and Control Panel shortcuts that you can add or remove as icons on your desktop.

By default, users can use the Desktop Icon Settings dialog to show, hide, or change the desktop icons.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable changing desktop icons for all users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

Read more…

How to Enable or Disable Changing Event Sounds and Sound Scheme in Windows

A sound theme is a set of sounds applied to events in Windows and apps.

You can have Windows play a sound when certain events occur on your PC. (An event can be an action that you perform, such as empting the Recycle Bin, or an action that Windows performs, such as notifying you when you receive new e‑mail.) Windows comes with several sound schemes (a collection of related sounds) for common events. Additionally, some desktop themes have their own sound schemes. You can also save changes you made to your sound theme as a new sound scheme.

If you like, you can prevent users on the PC from being able to add, remove, or change the system sound scheme and event sounds. When disabled, the Sounds tab will be removed from the Sound Control Panel.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable changing event sounds and sound scheme for specific or all users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

Read more…

How to Change Screen Refresh Rate of a Display in Windows 10

The refresh rate is the number of frames per second your monitor can display. Hertz frequency is used as the measurement at which the screen is redrawn.

Using a high frequency rate will usually give clearer visibility, which results in less strain on their eyes and headaches.

The available refresh rates for a display will depend on the monitor, its driver, and the set screen resolution.

This tutorial will show you how to change the screen refresh rate of each separate display connected to the PC for all users in Windows 10.

Read more…

How to Join or Leave Windows App Preview Program for Apps in Windows 10

Microsoft is making it easier to try out the latest app updates with Insider Preview builds with the new Windows App Preview Program.

Microsoft heard feedback from Windows Insiders that having to opt-in to Skip Ahead to receive the latest app updates wasn’t ideal as it required Insiders to also be on super-early and sometimes unstable builds of the OS. Insiders told us they wanted to be able to try out the latest app updates but be on the latest Insider Preview builds from the Fast, Slow, and Release Preview rings. Now through the Windows App Preview Program, Insiders in any ring can opt-in to preview individual apps.

This tutorial will show you how to join or leave the Windows App Preview Program for individual apps for your account in Windows 10.

Read more…

How to Enable or Disable Toolbars on Taskbar in Windows

Windows includes a special application desktop toolbar called the taskbar that shows on the bottom of a display screen by default. The taskbar allows you to find, see, open, and switch between your apps. You can also see the date and time, system icons, and items running in the background on the notification area. You can make the taskbar look how you want, manage your calendar, pin your favorite apps to it, change the size, change location on screen, and specify how taskbar buttons group together when you have more than one window open.

You can also add toolbars to the taskbar. The default toolbars include Address, Links, Desktop, and any new toolbars (custom) added by the user or an application.

If you have more than one extended display connected to your PC, then toolbars will only show on the taskbar on your main display by default.

If you like, you can disable toolbars on the taskbar. The taskbar will not display any toolbars, and the “Toolbars” context menu is removed.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable toolbars on the taskbar for specific or all users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

Read more…

How to Enable or Disable Adding and Removing Toolbars on Taskbar in Windows

Windows includes a special application desktop toolbar called the taskbar that shows on the bottom of a display screen by default. The taskbar allows you to find, see, open, and switch between your apps. You can also see the date and time, system icons, and items running in the background on the notification area. You can make the taskbar look how you want, manage your calendar, pin your favorite apps to it, change the size, change location on screen, and specify how taskbar buttons group together when you have more than one window open.

You can also add toolbars to the taskbar. The default toolbars include Address, Links, Desktop, and any new toolbars (custom) added by the user or an application.

If you have more than one extended display connected to your PC, then toolbars will only show on the taskbar on your main display by default.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the ability to add and remove toolbars on the taskbar for specific or all users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

This can be handy if you wanted to add specific toolbars, and then disable users from being able to remove them or add more afterwards.

Read more…

How to Turn On or Off Streamlined Pairing to Bluetooth Peripherals in Windows 10

Starting with Windows 10 build 17093, Windows enables users to start pairing and connecting supported devices in a single click. When these devices are ready to pair and detected to be in range, Windows shows a notification to the user allowing them to quickly and conveniently start the pairing process. Microsoft wants to thank the Surface Accessories team for partnering closely with them and having the first device available on the market supporting this new experience, the Surface Precision Mouse. We are working with many other partners to grow the list of supported devices, and a number of them are on the way.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off streamlined pairing to connect to certain Bluetooth devices quickly for your account in Windows 10.

Read more…

How to Enable or Disable Moving Taskbar Location on Screen in Windows 10

Windows includes a special application desktop toolbar called the taskbar that shows on the bottom of a display screen by default. The taskbar allows you to find, see, open, and switch between your apps. You can also see the date and time, system icons, and items running in the background on the notification area. You can make the taskbar look how you want, manage your calendar, pin your favorite apps to it, change the size, change location on screen, and specify how taskbar buttons group together when you have more than one window open.

If you have more than one extended display connected to your PC, then the taskbar will show on all displays by default. The main taskbar will include the notification area on it, and is on your main display by default. The other taskbars show without the notification area on any other connected display that is not set as your main display.

You can change the taskbar location to be at the left, top, right, or bottom edge on a screen.

You can also move the main taskbar to be on any connected display screen other than on the default main display.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the ability to change taskbar location on screen for specific or all users in Windows 10.

Read more…

How to Enable or Disable Resizing the Taskbar in Windows

Windows includes a special application desktop toolbar called the taskbar that shows on the bottom of a display screen by default. The taskbar allows you to find, see, open, and switch between your apps. You can also see the date and time, system icons, and items running in the background on the notification area. You can make the taskbar look how you want, manage your calendar, pin your favorite apps to it, change the size, move it to where you want to display on your screen, and specify how taskbar buttons group together when you have more than one window open.

If you have the taskbar location at the top or bottom border of your display, you can change the height of the taskbar to what you want.

If you have the taskbar location at the left or right border of your display, you can change the width of the taskbar to what you want.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the ability to resize the taskbar for specific or all users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

Read more…

How to Enable or Disable Lock the Taskbar in Windows 10

Windows includes a special application desktop toolbar called the taskbar that shows on the bottom of a display screen by default. The taskbar allows you to find, see, open, and switch between your apps. You can also see the date and time, system icons, and items running in the background on the notification area. You can make the taskbar look how you want, manage your calendar, pin your favorite apps to it, change the size, move it to where you want to display on your screen, and specify how taskbar buttons group together when you have more than one window open.

When the taskbar is unlocked, you can resize the taskbar, move the taskbar, and rearrange any toolbars on the taskbar.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the ability to unlock and lock the taskbar for specific or all users in Windows 10.

Read more…

1 2 3 90