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Turn On or Off Game Mode in Windows 11

When you use Game Mode, Windows prioritizes your gaming experience. When you’re running a game, Game Mode:

  • Prevents Windows Update from performing driver installations and sending restart notifications.
  • Helps achieve a more stable frame rate depending on the specific game and system.

Game mode operates independently of power mode.

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

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Change Power Mode in Windows 11

Power mode allows you to optimize your Windows 11 device based on power use and performance.

Choose the power mode that works for you and what you want to do on your Windows 11 PC. This lets you determine what‚Äôs important to you‚ÄĒgetting the best battery life, best performance, or a balance between the two.

You can choose between the Best power efficiency, Balanced (default), or Best performance power mode.

You can choose a separate power mode for when you are running on AC and battery power. The power mode will automatically change to what you set when you change between running on AC and battery power.

This tutorial will show you how change the power mode for your account in Windows 11.

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Change Power Plan in Windows 11

A power plan is a collection of hardware and system settings that manages how your computer uses power. Power plans can help you save energy, maximize system performance, or achieve a balance between the two.

Changes made to a power plan will affect all users that use the same power plan as their default active power scheme.

Windows 11 includes the following default power plans:

  • Balanced¬†= Offers full performance when you need it and saves power when you don’t. This is the best power plan for most people.
  • Power saver¬†= Saves power by reducing PC performance and screen brightness. If you’re using a laptop, this plan can help you get the most from a single battery charge.
  • High performance¬†= Maximizes screen brightness and might increase PC performance. This plan uses a lot more energy, so your laptop battery won’t last as long between charges.
  • Ultimate Performance¬†= Only available in the¬†Windows 11 Pro for Workstations¬†edition. Provides ultimate performance on higher end PCs. It builds on the current High-Performance policy, and goes a step further to eliminate micro-latencies associated with fine grained power management techniques. As the power scheme is geared towards reducing micro-latencies it may directly impact hardware; and consume more power than the default balanced plan. The Ultimate Performance power policy is currently not available on battery powered systems.
  • Custom¬†= These are custom power plans created by a user on the PC and/or included by your PC manufacturer (OEM).

This tutorial will show you how to choose a power plan to be the current active power scheme used by default for your account in Windows 11.

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Turn On or Off Metered Connection for Wi-Fi Network in Windows 11

Wi-Fi is a wireless local area network (WLAN) technology and standard that uses high-frequency radio waves to provide wireless Internet and network connections to your device.

A¬†metered connection¬†is an Internet connection that has a data limit associated with it. Cellular data connections are set as metered by default. Wi-Fi and Ethernet network connections can be set to metered but aren’t by default. Some apps might work differently on a metered connection to help reduce your data usage. Also, some updates for Windows won’t be installed automatically.

If you have a metered Internet connection with a data limit, you might have to pay extra or the connection speed reduces if you go over the data limit.

Turning on metered connection for your Wi-Fi network can help prevent you from going over the data limit from your Internet service provider.

This tutorial will show you how to set a Wi-Fi network as a metered connection or non-metered connection for all users in Windows 11.

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Turn On or Off Device Encryption in Windows 11

Device encryption¬†helps protect your data, and it’s available on a wide range of Windows devices. If you turn on device encryption, the data on your device can only be accessed by people who’ve been authorized. If device encryption isn’t available on your device, you may be able to turn on standard¬†BitLocker¬†encryption instead.

Device encryption is available on devices (ex: tablet or 2-in1) that support¬†Modern Standby¬†and running any Windows 11 edition. If you want to use standard¬†BitLocker¬†encryption instead, it’s only available on supported devices running Windows 11 Pro, Enterprise, or Education. Some devices have both types of encryption.

Device encryption is turned on by default for devices (ex: tablet or 2-in1) that support Modern Standby.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off device encryption in Windows 11.

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Use File History Cleanup to Delete Older Versions of Files in Windows 11

File History¬†regularly backs up versions of your files in the Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos, and Desktop folders and the OneDrive files available offline on your PC. Over time, you’ll have a complete history of your files. If the originals are lost, damaged, or deleted, you can restore them. You can also browse and restore different versions of your files. For example, if you want to restore an older version of a file (even if it wasn’t deleted or lost), you can browse through a timeline, select the version you want, and restore it.

File History only backs up copies of files that are in all folders and subfolders inside your account’s¬†C:\Users\<username>¬†folder. If you have files or folders elsewhere that you want backed up, you can add them to one of these folders.

File History takes advantage of a feature built into the NTFS file system called the¬†change journal¬†to keep track of changes to files. Essentially, when any change is made to a file or folder on your hard disk, the change journal is updated with a description of the change and the name of the file or folder. So to determine which files need to be backed up, File History simply consults the NTFS change journal. Using the change journal is fast and efficient and won’t use up a lot of system resources like running a conventional backup routine does.

When you set up File History, you select how long to keep saved versions before they are automatically deleted. Saved versions are kept forever by default.

You can use File History Cleanup to manually delete versions of files and folders older than the selected age, except the most recent version of a file or folder. All other files and folders, such as versions were excluded or removed from your libraries, are also deleted.

This tutorial will show you how to use File History Cleanup to delete older saved versions of files and folders for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Restore Files or Folders from File History in Windows 11

File History¬†regularly backs up versions of your files in the Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos, and Desktop folders and the OneDrive files available offline on your PC. Over time, you’ll have a complete history of your files. If the originals are lost, damaged, or deleted, you can restore them. You can also browse and restore different versions of your files. For example, if you want to restore an older version of a file (even if it wasn’t deleted or lost), you can browse through a timeline, select the version you want, and restore it.

File History only backs up copies of files that are in all folders and subfolders inside your account’s¬†C:\Users\<username>¬†folder. If you have files or folders elsewhere that you want backed up, you can add them to one of these folders.

File History takes advantage of a feature built into the NTFS file system called the¬†change journal¬†to keep track of changes to files. Essentially, when any change is made to a file or folder on your hard disk, the change journal is updated with a description of the change and the name of the file or folder. So to determine which files need to be backed up, File History simply consults the NTFS change journal. Using the change journal is fast and efficient and won’t use up a lot of system resources like running a conventional backup routine does.

This tutorial will show you how to restore previous versions (copies) of files and folders from File History in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable File History in Windows 11

File History¬†regularly backs up versions of your files in the Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos, and Desktop folders and the OneDrive files available offline on your PC. Over time, you’ll have a complete history of your files. If the originals are lost, damaged, or deleted, you can restore them. You can also browse and restore different versions of your files. For example, if you want to restore an older version of a file (even if it wasn’t deleted or lost), you can browse through a timeline, select the version you want, and restore it.

File History only backs up copies of files that are in all folders and subfolders inside your account’s¬†C:\Users\<username>¬†folder. If you have files or folders elsewhere that you want backed up, you can add them to one of these folders.

File History takes advantage of a feature built into the NTFS file system called the¬†change journal¬†to keep track of changes to files. Essentially, when any change is made to a file or folder on your hard disk, the change journal is updated with a description of the change and the name of the file or folder. So to determine which files need to be backed up, File History simply consults the NTFS change journal. Using the change journal is fast and efficient and won’t use up a lot of system resources like running a conventional backup routine does.

Before you start using File History to back up your files, you need to first select where your backups are saved. You can select an externally connected drive, such as a USB drive, or you can save to a drive on a network. There are other choices, but these two provide the best options to help protect your files against a crash or other PC problems.

If the drive selected as the backup location becomes unavailable, such as when a USB cable is disconnected or the network goes down for maintenance, File History will continue to do its job by saving the copies to a cache on the local drive. Once the backup location becomes available again, the cached contents are transferred to that location and removed from the local drive.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable File History for your account or all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Set up File History in Windows 11

File History¬†regularly backs up versions of your files in the Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos, and Desktop folders and the OneDrive files available offline on your PC. Over time, you’ll have a complete history of your files. If the originals are lost, damaged, or deleted, you can restore them. You can also browse and restore different versions of your files. For example, if you want to restore an older version of a file (even if it wasn’t deleted or lost), you can browse through a timeline, select the version you want, and restore it.

File History only backs up copies of files that are in all folders and subfolders inside your account’s¬†C:\Users\<username>¬†folder. If you have files or folders elsewhere that you want backed up, you can add them to one of these folders.

File History takes advantage of a feature built into the NTFS file system called the¬†change journal¬†to keep track of changes to files. Essentially, when any change is made to a file or folder on your hard disk, the change journal is updated with a description of the change and the name of the file or folder. So to determine which files need to be backed up, File History simply consults the NTFS change journal. Using the change journal is fast and efficient and won’t use up a lot of system resources like running a conventional backup routine does.

Before you start using File History to back up your files, you need to first select where your backups are saved. You can select an externally connected drive, such as a USB drive, or you can save to a drive on a network. There are other choices, but these two provide the best options to help protect your files against a crash or other PC problems.

If the drive selected as the backup location becomes unavailable, such as when a USB cable is disconnected or the network goes down for maintenance, File History will continue to do its job by saving the copies to a cache on the local drive. Once the backup location becomes available again, the cached contents are transferred to that location and removed from the local drive.

This tutorial will show you how to set up and turn on File History to back up files for your account in Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Link Android Phone with Your Phone app on Windows 11 PC

The¬†Your Phone¬†app on your Windows PC let’s you get instant access to everything you love on your phone, right from your PC. Link your Android phone and PC to view and reply to text messages, make and receive calls, and more – all right on your PC.

The Your Phone experience starts on your PC with Windows 10 or Windows 11 and the Your Phone app. From your PC you can connect to select Android and Samsung devices with these two apps:

You‚Äôll see these names combined as¬†Your Phone Companion ‚Äď Link to Windows¬†in the Google Play Store and in the Galaxy Store. In the Microsoft Store, you‚Äôll see¬†Your Phone. This link between your device and PC gives you instant access to everything you love. Read and reply to text messages with ease, view recent photos from your Android device, use your favorite mobile apps, make and receive calls, and manage your Android device‚Äôs notifications right on your PC.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the ability to link an Android phone with the Your Phone app for all users in Windows 11.

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Customize Focus Assist Priority List in Windows 11

Notifications are alerts from apps, system, and other senders.

Focus assist allows you to avoid distracting notifications when you need to stay focused, and is set by default to activate automatically under certain conditions.

To stay focused, you can choose which notifications you would like to see and hear, and the rest will go straight to the Notification Center (Win+N) where you can see them any time.

  • Off¬†– Get all notifications from your apps and contacts.
  • Priority only¬†(on) – See only selected notifications from the¬†priority list.
  • Alarms only¬†(on) – Hide all notifications, except for alarms.

Automatic rules allows you to choose the times and activities when you do not want to be disturbed and focus assist will turn on automatically even if focus assist is currently turned off.

You can turn on Show a summary of what I missed when focus assist was on to be sent a notification when you exit from focus assist about what was redirected to Action Center. Deselect this to deactivate this notification.

This tutorial will show you how to customize the focus assist priority list for your account in Windows 11.

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Manage Focus Assist Automatic Rules in Windows 11

Notifications are alerts from apps, system, and other senders.

Focus assist allows you to avoid distracting notifications when you need to stay focused, and is set by default to activate automatically under certain conditions.

To stay focused, you can choose which notifications you would like to see and hear, and the rest will go straight to the Notification Center (Win+N) where you can see them any time.

  • Off¬†– Get all notifications from your apps and contacts.
  • Priority only¬†(on) – See only selected notifications from the¬†priority list.
  • Alarms only¬†(on) – Hide all notifications, except for alarms.

The Automatic rules below allows you to choose the times and activities when you do not want to be disturbed and focus assist will turn on automatically even if focus assist is currently turned off.

  • During these times¬†= Choose when you want focus assist to turn on.
  • When I’m duplicating my display¬†= Turn this on to stop notifications when you’re duplicating your display to an external monitor.
  • When I’m playing a game¬†= Turn this on to hide notifications when you’re playing a full screen game.
  • When I’m using an app in full screen mode only¬†= Turn this on to hide notifications when you’re using an app in full screen mode.

You can turn on Show a summary of what I missed when focus assist was on to be sent a notification when you exit from focus assist about what was redirected to Action Center. Deselect this to deactivate this notification.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on and off and change the settings of focus assist automatic rules for your account in Windows 11.

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How to Turn On or Off Focus Assist in #Windows11

Notifications are alerts from apps, system, and other senders.

Focus assist allows you to avoid distracting notifications when you need to stay focused, and is set by default to activate automatically under certain conditions.

To stay focused, you can choose which notifications you would like to see and hear, and the rest will go straight to the Notification Center (Win+N) where you can see them any time.

  • Off¬†– Get all notifications from your apps and contacts.
  • Priority only¬†(on) – See only selected notifications from the¬†priority list.
  • Alarms only¬†(on) – Hide all notifications, except for alarms.

Automatic rules allows you to choose the times and activities when you do not want to be disturbed and focus assist will turn on automatically even if focus assist is currently turned off.

You can turn on Show a summary of what I missed when focus assist was on to be sent a notification when you exit from focus assist about what was redirected to Action Center. Deselect this to deactivate this notification.

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

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Turn On or Off Adjust for Daylight Saving Time Automatically in Windows 11

Daylight saving time (DST)¬†is the practice of advancing clocks (typically by one hour) during warmer months so that darkness falls at a later clock time. The typical implementation of DST is to set clocks forward by one hour in the spring (“spring forward”) and set clocks back by one hour in autumn (“fall back”) to return to standard time. As a result, there is one 23-hour day in late winter or early spring and one 25-hour day in the autumn.

Daylight saving time implementation varies from country to country. Some countries may not observe daylight saving time (DST), whereas other countries may change the start dates and end dates for daylight saving time every year. This article describes how to update Windows to use the latest DST and global time zone rules.

Many applications and cloud services reference the underlying Windows operating system for daylight saving time (DST) and time zone (TZ) information.

Windows 11 will automatically adjust the time for daylight saving time by default, but you can turn this setting on or off anytime you want.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off automatically adjust clock for daylight saving time (DST) for all users in Windows 11.

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Turn On or Off Set Time Zone Automatically in Windows 11

A¬†time zone¬†is a geographical region in which the same time is used. Typically, but not always, adjacent time zones are one hour apart. The time in any of the world’s time zones can be expressed as an offset from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).

You can choose to let Windows 11 set your time zone automatically based on your region, or you can set the time zone manually.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off set time zone automatically for all users in Windows 11.

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Add or Remove “Copy To folder” and “Move To folder” Context Menu in Windows 11

When you press and hold or right click on selected file(s) and folder(s) and click/tap on Copy To folder, it will copy them to a location you select immediately.

When you press and hold or right click on selected file(s) and folder(s) and click/tap on Move to folder, it will remove them from their current location and move them to a location you select immediately.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove Copy To folder and Move to folder to the context menu for all users in Windows 11.

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Turn On or Off Set Time Automatically in Windows 11

Time is a measure in which events can be ordered from the past through the present into the future, and also the measure of durations of events and the intervals between them.

Your PC’s system clock is used to record the time whenever you create or modify files on your PC.

You can choose to let Windows 11 set the time automatically, or you can set the time manually.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off set time automatically for all users in Windows 11.

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Change Date in Windows 11

A calendar date is a reference to a particular day represented within a calendar system. The calendar date allows the specific day to be identified.

The date is displayed using the MM/DD/YYYY format by default on the system clock on the taskbar corner in Windows 11.

This tutorial will show you different ways on how to manually change the date on the system clock for all users in Windows 11.

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Sync Clock Time with Internet Time Server in Windows 11

Time is a measure in which events can be ordered from the past through the present into the future, and also the measure of durations of events and the intervals between them.

Your PC’s system clock is used to record the time whenever you create or modify files on your PC.

You can synchronize the Windows system clock with an Internet time server to match the time on the time server. This will help ensure the clock’s time on your PC is accurate.

Your clock is typically automatically synced once a week and needs to be connected to the Internet for the synchronization to occur.

This tutorial will show you how to manually synchronize the clock time with an Internet time server for all users in Windows 11.

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