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Enable or Disable Create Virtual Displays for Classic Apps in Mixed Reality in Windows 10

Windows Mixed Reality blends real-world and virtual content into hybrid environments where physical and digital objects coexist and interact.

Windows Mixed Reality includes native support for classic desktops apps (Desktop (Win32) applications) starting with Windows 10 build 18329. To do so, Windows 10 uses virtual displays to show these apps in the mixed reality home.

These virtual displays may impact your display layout, especially if you have multiple physical displays.

Disabling virtual display creation at mixed reality startup may result in your headset display briefly freezing when you launch a classic app in mixed reality.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable create virtual displays for classic apps when Mixed Reality starts for your account in Windows 10.

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Enable or Disable Automatically Open Desktop View app in Mixed Reality on Windows 10

Windows Mixed Reality blends real-world and virtual content into hybrid environments where physical and digital objects coexist and interact.

While inside Windows Mixed Reality, you can use the Desktop view app to interact with your PC desktop without taking off your headset.

While you are wearing a headset, Windows can detect when focus moves to apps on your Windows 10 desktop and automatically start the Desktop view app in Mixed Reality for you.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable automatically open the Desktop View app when a desktop app gains focus while wearing a headset in Mixed Reality for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Turn On or Off Start Mixed Reality Portal when Put On Headset in Windows 10

Windows Mixed Reality blends real-world and virtual content into hybrid environments where physical and digital objects coexist and interact.

Mixed Reality Portal is the desktop app that takes you through Windows Mixed Reality setup. It also serves as the command center on your PC for your mixed reality experience.

Windows can automatically start Mixed Reality Portal when you plug in or put on your headset. Mixed Reality Portal always starts when you open an app designed for mixed reality.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off automatically start Mixed Reality Portal when you put on a headset for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Turn On or Off Start Mixed Reality Portal when Plug In Headset in Windows 10

Windows Mixed Reality blends real-world and virtual content into hybrid environments where physical and digital objects coexist and interact.

Mixed Reality Portal is the desktop app that takes you through Windows Mixed Reality setup. It also serves as the command center on your PC for your mixed reality experience.

Windows can automatically start Mixed Reality Portal when you plug in or put on your headset. Mixed Reality Portal always starts when you open an app designed for mixed reality.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off automatically start Mixed Reality Portal when you plug in a headset for your account in Windows 10.

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Turn On or Off Suspend Mixed Reality and its Apps when Headset is Asleep in Windows 10

Windows Mixed reality blends real-world and virtual content into hybrid environments where physical and digital objects coexist and interact.

You can adjust the amount of idle time before a headset automatically goes to sleep for Windows Mixed Reality.

By default, Windows 10 will suspend Windows Mixed Reality and its app when your headset is asleep.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off suspend Mixed Reality and its apps when headset is asleep for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Change Sleep Timeout for Mixed Reality Headset in Windows 10

Windows Mixed reality blends real-world and virtual content into hybrid environments where physical and digital objects coexist and interact.

You can adjust the amount of idle time before a headset automatically goes to sleep for Windows Mixed Reality.

This tutorial will show you how to change the amount of idle time before a headset automatically goes to sleep for Mixed Reality for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Change App Window Resolution for Mixed Reality Headset Display in Windows 10

Mixed reality blends real-world and virtual content into hybrid environments where physical and digital objects coexist and interact.

If the visual level of detail and quality of effects in your mixed reality home don’t look their best, you could try adjusting your headset display visual settings to ensure a comfortable mixed reality experience.

You can change app window resolution to be either 720p or 1080p in Windows Mixed Reality for your headset display.

720p is the default setting for a lower app window resolution with less detail.

1080p will give you a higher app window resolution with more detail, but may have a negative impact on performance for your PC.

This tutorial will show you how to change app window resolution in the mixed reality home for your headset display for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Change Experience Options for Mixed Reality Headset Display in Windows 10

Windows Mixed reality blends real-world and virtual content into hybrid environments where physical and digital objects coexist and interact.

Experience options affects application rendering, field-of-view, and some feature availability in Windows Mixed Reality for your headset display.

Choosing Optimize for performance (lowest quality) ensures a more comfortable experience, especially on PC’s with integrated graphics.

Choosing Best visual quality may impact the performance of your PC since this setting gives you the highest quality experience.

Let Windows decide is the default setting to allow Windows to determine the best experience options based on your system specs.

This tutorial will show how to change the experience options for your headset display in Windows Mixed Reality on your Windows 10 PC.

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How to Run Desktop (Win32) apps in Windows Mixed Reality in Windows 10

Mixed reality blends real-world and virtual content into hybrid environments where physical and digital objects coexist and interact.

By default, you can already open your Microsoft Store apps in Windows Mixed Reality.

Starting with Windows 10 build 18329, Microsoft has added the ability to launch Desktop (Win32) applications (such as Spotify, Pant.NET, and Visual Studio Code) in Windows Mixed Reality.

This tutorial will show you how to open and run desktop (Win32) apps in Windows Mixed Reality in Windows 10.

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How to See Mixed Reality Headset Resolution in Windows 10

Mixed reality blends real-world and virtual content into hybrid environments where physical and digital objects coexist and interact.

Just like your computer display, the higher resolution your Windows Mixed Reality immersive headset supports, the better visual quality you will have.

This tutorial will show you how to see the display resolution of the currently connected Windows Mixed Reality immersive headset in Windows 10.

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How to Change Desktop and Windows Mixed Reality Input Switching in Windows 10

Mixed reality blends real-world and virtual content into hybrid environments where physical and digital objects coexist and interact.

When you put on your headset, input should automatically get toggled to your mixed reality experience via your headset’s presence sensor.

If input doesn’t get toggled automatically, you will need to manually toggle input to your headset. You can do this by typing Win+Y on your keyboard (and the same to toggle input back to the Desktop).

When transitioning between your Desktop and Windows Mixed Reality, you can choose to use the headset presence sensor to switch input and foreground automatically or manually use Win+Y only.

See also: Troubleshooting Windows Mixed Reality – Enthusiast Guide | Microsoft Docs

This tutorial will show you how to choose to use the headset presence sensor or only the Win+Y keyboard shortcut for Desktop and Windows Mixed Reality input switching for your account in Windows 10.

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How to View and Interact with Windows 10 PC Desktop inside Windows Mixed Reality

Mixed reality blends real-world and virtual content into hybrid environments where physical and digital objects coexist and interact.

While inside Windows Mixed Reality, you can use the Desktop app to view and interact with your PC desktop without taking off your headset.

This tutorial will show you how to view and interact with your Windows 10 PC desktop while inside Windows Mixed Reality without taking off your headset.

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How to Open and Use Windows Mixed Reality Flashlight in Windows 10

Mixed reality blends real-world and virtual content into hybrid environments where physical and digital objects coexist and interact.

How many times have you been immersed in a captivating virtual experience and…

  1. Wanted to take a quick peek at someone nearby?
  2. Wanted to reach for a drink, your phone or a keyboard?
  3. Needed to find a surface to set down your controllers?

In the past you probably fumbled about or removed your headset, which can be clumsy if you have controllers in your hands.

Starting with Windows 10 build 17723, Microsoft added the ability to peer into your physical environment through Flashlight – without removing your headset.

You can open a portal into your real world at any time via the Start menu, a button shortcut, or a voice command. This opens a low-latency pass-through camera feed connected to your controller. It’s comfortable, intuitive, and keeps you immersed.

Flashlight finally allows you to mix your physical and virtual realities.

This tutorial will show you how to open and use Flashlight in Windows Mixed Reality to peer into your physical environment on your Windows 10 PC.

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How to Reset Windows Mixed Reality Home to Default in Windows 10

Mixed reality blends real-world and virtual content into hybrid environments where physical and digital objects coexist and interact.

Windows Mixed Reality is the first spatial operating system. Instead of using a flat screen and a 2D interface, it leverages our instinctual ability to navigate three-dimensional space. Every place has a purpose, and content has context. Just as your PC starts at the desktop interface and your phone begins with a home screen, Windows Mixed Reality starts at the mixed reality home. It’s an environment that you can navigate and personalize to make your own. It’s the canvas for the thousands of apps available in the Microsoft Store. You can multitask with these apps like you’ve never been able to before–in 3D where space almost limitless.

You can reset your home as needed to return the apps and content in the Windows Mixed Reality home to the factory default layout.

This tutorial will show you how to reset the Windows Mixed Reality home to the factory default layout for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Clear Environment Data for Windows Mixed Reality in Windows 10

Mixed reality blends real-world and virtual content into hybrid environments where physical and digital objects coexist and interact.

A boundary defines the area in which you can move around while you’re wearing your Windows Mixed Reality immersive headset. Because you can’t see your surroundings while you’re using your headset, it’s important to create a boundary to help you avoid obstacles. The boundary looks like a white outline inside mixed reality, and appears when you come close to it. When you see it, slow your movements, and avoid crossing the boundary or extending your limbs beyond it.

The tracking system stores some environment data so that it can recall the real-world physical location of things like your boundary. This information, including your boundary, can be removed at any time.

If you clear this data, some app content may disappear from your environment, the system will no longer recognize your space, and you will no longer see the boundary you set up. If you wish to create the boundary again, you will have to set it up again.

This tutorial will show you how to clear tracking and environment data in Windows Mixed Reality for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Record Video in Windows Mixed Reality in Windows 10

Mixed reality blends real-world and virtual content into hybrid environments where physical and digital objects coexist and interact.

Mixed reality capture (MRC) lets you capture your mixed reality experience as either a photograph or a video. This lets you share the experience with others by allowing them to see the holograms as you see them. Such videos and photos are from a first-person point of view.

Mixed reality capture videos are recorded with 1408x792px (HoloLens) or 1632x918px (Immersive headsets) resolution and 48kHz Stereo, and saved as a .mp4 file to your Camera Roll folder (C:\Users\\Pictures\Camera Roll).

Videos have a maximum length of five minutes.

This tutorial will show you how to record video while in Windows Mixed Reality using an immersive headset in Windows 10.

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How to Take Screenshot in Windows Mixed Reality in Windows 10

Mixed reality blends real-world and virtual content into hybrid environments where physical and digital objects coexist and interact.

Mixed reality capture (MRC) lets you capture your mixed reality experience as either a photograph or a video. This lets you share the experience with others by allowing them to see the holograms as you see them. Such videos and photos are from a first-person point of view.

Mixed reality capture photos are saved as a 1408x792px (HoloLens) or 1920x1080px (Immersive headsets) .jpg file to your Camera Roll folder (C:\Users\\Pictures\Camera Roll).

This tutorial will show you how to take a screenshot while in Windows Mixed Reality using an immersive headset in Windows 10.

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How to Change Refresh Rate for Mixed Reality Headset Experience in Windows 10

Mixed reality blends real-world and virtual content into hybrid environments where physical and digital objects coexist and interact.

The Experience options setting gives you the ability to change the Windows Mixed Reality performance settings for your headset display. This enables you to choose the best possible experience for your hardware configuration across a range of content. The 90Hz experience is available to all systems, but you might want to try out Automatic first, to see which setting you prefer.

If you choose Automatic, Windows Mixed Reality will determine and choose the best refresh rate experience for your PC’s hardware configuration. For most people, this is the best choice to start with.

If you choose 60Hz, the refresh rate of the headset display gets set to 60Hz, and some mixed reality features will be turned off, such as video capture and preview in Mixed Reality Portal.

If you choose 90Hz, the refresh rate of the headset display gets set to 90Hz, and some experiences and PC configurations might not run as well if your PC doesn’t meet requirements.

This tutorial will show how to change the refresh rate of your headset display for the best Windows Mixed Reality experience on your Windows 10 PC.

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How to Create Boundary for Windows Mixed Reality in Windows 10

Mixed reality blends real-world and virtual content into hybrid environments where physical and digital objects coexist and interact.

A boundary defines the area in which you can move around while you’re wearing your Windows Mixed Reality immersive headset. Because you can’t see your surroundings while you’re using your headset, it’s important to create a boundary to help you avoid obstacles. The boundary looks like a white outline inside mixed reality, and appears when you come close to it. When you see it, slow your movements, and avoid crossing the boundary or extending your limbs beyond it.

The area inside the boundary should be free of furniture and other obstacles, including the area above you (think about low-hanging light fixtures or ceiling fans). This way, you’ll know that as long as you stay inside the boundary, you won’t bump into or trip over anything.

When you first set up your headset, you’ll have a chance to create a boundary. If you choose not to create a boundary during setup, you can create one at any time.

Some apps might be designed to work with a boundary, so you might not be able to use them, or might not have the same experience, if you use them without a boundary.

If someone new uses your headset, make sure they understand the boundary and how to use it. And if you move your headset to a new location, you’ll need to set up a new boundary that works for that space.

This tutorial will show you how to set up and create a new boundary in Windows Mixed Reality for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Uninstall and Reset Windows Mixed Reality in Windows 10

Mixed reality blends real-world and virtual content into hybrid environments where physical and digital objects coexist and interact.

If Windows Mixed Reality isn’t running well, or if you want to free up some disk space, you can uninstall it. This will remove user info and return Windows Mixed Reality to default settings, but preinstalled mixed reality apps will remain on your computer.

This tutorial will show you how to uninstall and reset Windows Mixed Reality to default in Windows 10.

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