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How to Allow or Block Web Push Notifications for Sites in Microsoft Edge

Web Notifications allow sites to display notifications to alert users outside the context of the webpage and the browser, keeping users informed of new messages or alerts and allowing sites to improve user engagement. Web Notifications in Microsoft Edge are fully integrated with the notification platform and Action Center in Windows 10, providing a consistent experience with other apps across the system and easy controls over permissions and Quiet Hours.

This tutorial will show you how to allow or block web push notifications for sites in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Allow or Block Pop-ups and Redirects for Sites in Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge blocks sites from showing pop-up windows by default.

Most pop-ups are ads, malware, and other unwanted windows. But sometimes you will encounter web pages that require pop-ups, so you may need to occasionally allow pop-ups for all or specific site(s).

This tutorial will show you how to allow or block pop-ups and redirects for sites in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Add or Remove News and Interests icon on Taskbar in Windows 10

Starting with Windows 10 build 21286, Microsoft introduces news and interests on the taskbar.

With news and interests on the Windows taskbar, you get quick access to an integrated feed of dynamic content such as news and weather that updates throughout the day.

You can personalize your feed with relevant content tailored for you. Instead of switching between apps or your PC and phone to stay up to date with the news and interests you care about ‚Äď seamlessly peek into your feed directly from the taskbar anytime you want throughout your day.

  • Staying up to date:¬†Quickly glance at your news and interests directly from the taskbar. Get caught up on the latest headlines, weather, sports, and more, then go back to whatever you were doing without disrupting your workflow. You have convenient access to news and interesting content from over 4,500 global brands such as The New York Times, BBC or The Verge, and gorgeous live weather maps. Select an article to open a streamlined reading view with fewer distractions, so you can save time and stay focused.
  • Personalize your feed:¬†You can tell Microsoft which content you like seeing or don‚Äôt like seeing (select¬†More options¬†‚Ķ and choose ‚ÄúMore stories like this‚ÄĚ or ‚ÄúFewer stories like this‚ÄĚ) and over time, more stories about the things you care about will show up in your feed, including ones you might otherwise miss. You can also use emoji to react to stories, too.
  • You‚Äôre in control: Microsoft believes privacy starts with putting you in control and giving you the tools and information, you need to make informed choices. Through news and interests, there is quick access to the Microsoft Privacy Dashboard. Through the Microsoft Edge browser, there are built-in controls to limit tracking from advertisers and third parties. And if news and interests doesn‚Äôt appeal to you, you can easily turn it off by right-clicking on the taskbar.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the news and interests icon on the taskbar for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Use System Print Dialog in Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge lets you print webpages, PDF files, or other content using a variety of devices and applications.

You can use the UseSystemPrintDialog policy to enable or disable using the system print dialog instead of default print preview screen when printing (Ctrl+P) in Microsoft Edge.

  • If you enable this policy, Microsoft Edge opens the system print dialog instead of the built-in print preview when a user prints a page.
  • If you don’t configure or disable this policy, print commands trigger the default Microsoft Edge print preview screen.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable showing the system print dialog instead of default print preview screen in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Change Sleeping Tabs Timeout in Microsoft Edge

To improve memory and CPU utilization of the Microsoft Edge browser, Microsoft has developed a feature called sleeping tabs.

Early internal testing of devices with sleeping tabs has shown a median memory usage reduction of¬†26% for Microsoft Edge. Microsoft’s internal testing has also shown that a normal background tab uses¬†29% more CPU for Microsoft Edge¬†than a sleeping tab. These resource savings should result in excellent battery savings. Although individual device performance varies depending on configuration and usage, Microsoft expects the decrease in resource and battery usage to create a better browsing experience for users.

Sleeping tabs builds upon the core of Chromium‚Äôs ‚Äúfreezing‚ÄĚ technology. Freezing pauses a tab‚Äôs script timers to minimize resource usage. A sleeping tab resumes automatically when clicked, which is different than discarded tabs, which require the page to fully be reloaded.

Microsoft built upon the freezing technology to create sleeping tabs. This feature allows inactive background tabs to ‚Äúgo to sleep,‚ÄĚ releasing system resources after a set amount of time. These resources include both memory and CPU and can be used for new or existing tabs or other applications running on your device.

By default, Microsoft set tabs to go to sleep after two hours of inactivity when sleeping tabs is enabled. If two hours isn’t right for you, you can choose a different time interval. Tabs that are asleep will fade to let you know they’ve released resources. To resume a sleeping tab, click on it like a normal tab. The tab will un-fade and your content will be there immediately. You can also add sites you never want to sleep to a block list in Settings.

This tutorial will show you how to change or specify the sleeping tabs timeout value in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Add or Remove Cast Icon on Toolbar in Microsoft Edge

You can use Microsoft Edge in Windows 10 to cast video, picture, and audio content from your browser to any Miracast and DLNA enabled devices on your network.

The¬†cast¬†icon doesn’t show on the toolbar in Microsoft Edge by default unless you are¬†casting, but you can pin (always show) and unpin (remove) the cast icon on the toolbar.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the cast icon on the toolbar in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge in Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Default Browser Setting in Microsoft Edge

By default, each time you open Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Edge will check if its the default browser and will prompt a Would you like to set Microsoft Edge as your default browser notification with a Set as default button if not.

You can use the¬†DefaultBrowserSettingEnabled¬†policy to enable or disable whether Microsoft Edge always checks whether it’s the default browser when opened, and enables or disables the¬†Make default¬†button (user controls) in Microsoft Edge settings.

  • If you this policy to True (enable), Microsoft Edge always checks whether it’s the default browser on startup and will automatically set itself as the default web browser.
  • If you set this policy to False (disable), Microsoft Edge is stopped from ever checking if it’s the default and turns user controls off for this option.
  • If you don’t set this policy, Microsoft Edge lets users control whether it’s the default and, if not, whether user notifications should appear.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the default browser check and setting in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Enable or Disable Import Favorites in Microsoft Edge

You can keep track of the websites you visit frequently by adding them as favorites in Microsoft Edge.

Each profile in Microsoft Edge will have their own separate favorites.

Microsoft Edge allows you to easily import your favorites or bookmarks directly from other installed web browsers or from a HTML file.

You can use the ImportFavorites policy to enable or disable users to import favorites from another browser into Microsoft Edge.

  • If you enable this policy, the Favorites check box is automatically selected in the¬†Import¬†browser data dialog box.
  • If you disable this policy, favorites aren’t imported at first run, and users can’t¬†import¬†them manually.
  • If you don’t configure this policy, favorites are imported at first run, and users can choose whether to¬†import¬†them manually during later browsing sessions.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable allowing all users to import favorites in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Enable or Disable Add, Remove, and Modify Favorites in Microsoft Edge

You can keep track of the websites you visit frequently by adding them as favorites in Microsoft Edge.

Each profile in Microsoft Edge will have their own separate favorites.

You can use the EditFavoritesEnabled policy to allow or deny users from adding, importing, removing (delete), renaming, arranging, and modifying favorites in Microsoft Edge.

Enable this policy to let users add, import, remove (delete), rename, arrange, and modify favorites. This is the default behavior if you don’t configure the policy.

Disable this policy to stop users from adding, importing, removing (delete), renaming, arranging, and modifying favorites. They can still use existing favorites. This can be handy in an environment where you add the favorites you want for all users on the computer to use in Microsoft Edge without the users being able to change them. For example: in a work, school, or family child environment.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable allowing all users to add, remove, arrange, and modify favorites in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Enable or Disable Open PDF files in Microsoft Edge

When you click/tap on a link for a PDF file in Microsoft Edge, the PDF file will open in Microsoft Edge using the internal PDF viewer by default.

If you turn off Always open PDF files externally, Microsoft Edge treats PDF files as downloads and lets users open them with the default app instead.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable always open PDF files externally in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Add and Remove Themes in Microsoft Edge

Starting with the latest Microsoft Edge Dev and Canary releases, you can now add (install) themes from the Microsoft Edge Add-On Store to Microsoft Edge.

You can personalize Microsoft Edge with themes that change the look and feel of your browser and the new tab page to create beautiful and immersive visual experiences. Apply different themes to each profile to help you easily separate home, school, or work.

This tutorial will show you how to add and remove themes from the Microsoft Edge Add-On Store in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Delete $Windows.~WS folder in Windows 10

The¬†$Windows.~WS¬†folder is a hidden folder that is created in the root directory of the Windows “C:” drive during the¬†upgrade¬†process to Windows 10. The¬†WS¬†in the¬†$Windows.~WS¬†folder name stands for¬†Windows Setup.

The $Windows.~WS folder contains essential files of the previous system version used to allow you to go back to the previous version of Windows.

This tutorial will show you how to delete the $Windows.~WS folder in the root directory of the Windows 10 drive to free up hard drive space if needed.

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How to Enable or Disable Ask Before Closing Multiple Tabs in Microsoft Edge

Starting with Microsoft Edge Canary version , you can enable the Ask Before Closing Multiple Tabs experimental flag in Microsoft Edge to prevent accidentally closing multiple tabs, the browser can prompt if you want to close all tabs. If enabled, you will be able to turn on or off Ask Before Closing Multiple Tabs in Microsoft Edge settings.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Ask Before Closing Multiple Tabs in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge in Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10.

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How to Change Default Lid Open Action in Windows 10

In Windows 10 version 1607 and later, the Lid open action setting (if supported) in Power Options lets users specify the default action to take when the laptop (system) lid is opened when waking (resuming) from sleep, hibernate, or modern standby.

Users can specify one of the following actions to take: do nothing or turn on the display.

This tutorial will show you how to change the default action to take when opening the lid of your laptop in Windows 10.

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How to Hide or Show Extension Icons on Microsoft Edge Toolbar

You can add extensions to Microsoft Edge from the Microsoft Edge Add-ons Store by default whenever you want. If you like, you can also allow to add extensions to Microsoft Edge from other sources like the Chrome Web Store.

If needed, you can¬†turn on or off¬†added extensions as needed in Microsoft Edge without needing to remove (uninstall) the extension. For example, when an extension is causing an issue for a site, and needs to be temporarily turned off until finished with the site. When you¬†turn on¬†an¬†installed extension, the extension’s icon will be added to the toolbar next to the address bar. When you¬†turn off¬†an¬†installed extension, the extension’s icon will be removed from the toolbar next to the address bar.

If you like, you can also hide extension icons on the Microsoft Edge toolbar without needing to¬†turn off¬†or¬†uninstall¬†the extension. When you hide an extension’s icon from the toolbar, the icon is moved to the top of the¬†Settings and more¬†(Alt+F) (3 dots) menu to access instead.

This tutorial will show you how to hide and show extension icons on the toolbar of the Chromium based Microsoft Edge in Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10.

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Enable or Disable Microsoft Edge Browser Tab Experiences in Windows

Starting with the Microsoft Edge Canary 89.0.736.0 version, you can now enable a new Browser tab experiences in Windows experimental flag in Microsoft Edge that allows Windows to show open Microsoft Edge tabs in OS experiences like Alt + Tab, pinned sites, and more.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Browser tab experiences in Windows in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge in Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10.

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How to Add or Remove Windows Build and Version Watermark on Desktop

In Windows, you can set to add a watermark on the bottom right corner of the desktop that displays the currently installed Windows edition, build, and version for easy reference.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Windows build and version watermark on the desktop for your account or all users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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Enable or Disable Double-Click to Maximize Windows Vertically in Windows

In Windows, you can maximize a window vertically by performing one of the following actions:

  • While the window is active, press the¬†Shift¬†+¬†Windows¬†+¬†Up arrow¬†keys to maximize the window vertically, and press the¬†Shift¬†+¬†Windows¬†+¬†Down arrow¬†keys to restore/minimize the window vertically.
  • Move the pointer to the top or bottom border of a window until the pointer turned into a double arrow, and double click/tap.

If you like, you can disable the ability to double-click to maximize windows vertically without affecting being able to use the keyboard shortcut to maximize windows vertically.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable double-click to maximize windows vertically for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Change Text Caret Cursor Blink Timeout in Windows

The text cursor is that blinking line at the end of what you are typing in Windows.

The caret timeout is the time in milliseconds that the text cursor will continue to blink before it automatically stops blinking.

The default caret timeout is 5000 milliseconds, but you can change this time if wanted.

This tutorial will show you how to change the text cursor caret blink timeout for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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