Mixed Reality

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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How to Setup and Pair Mixed Reality Motion Controllers 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 designed to work best with mixed reality motion controllers. Motion controllers are hardware accessories that offer precise and responsive tracking of movement in your field of view using the sensors in the immersive headset, meaning there is no need to install hardware on the walls in your space. These motion controllers will offer the same ease of setup and portability as Windows Mixed Reality immersive headsets. For Windows Mixed Reality immersive headsets, motion controllers are the primary way that users will take action in their world.

Motion controllers use Bluetooth 4.0 to connect to your PC. If your PC doesn’t have Bluetooth 4.0 , you can buy a USB 4.0 Bluetooth micro adapter and plug that into the PC.

This tutorial will show you how to setup and pair your motion controllers for Windows Mixed Reality on your Windows 10 PC.

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How to Adjust Mixed Reality Visual Quality for 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 your mixed reality visuals don’t look their best, you could try adjusting your headset’s visual settings to ensure a comfortable mixed reality experience.

When Visual quality is set to Automatic, it’ll choose the best mixed reality experience for your PC. For an experience with more visual detail, set Visual quality to High. If your visuals are choppy, you may want to select a lower setting.

This tutorial will show you how to adjust the mixed reality visual quality settings for your headset display in Windows 10.

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How to Turn On or Off Use Speech Recognition in Windows Mixed Reality in Windows 10

Windows Mixed Reality works best with your headset’s built-in speakers and mic, or headphones with mic connected to its audio port.

You can use speech recognition in Windows Mixed Reality to use your voice to get around Windows Mixed Reality faster—take a quick photo, open an app, even teleport without a controller. And for an easy way to type, you can use dictation mode on the mixed reality keyboard.

When Speech is turned on, Windows Mixed Reality is always listening. When you’re connected to the Internet, everything you say is sent to the cloud so Microsoft speech services can recognize even more of your commands.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off to use speech recognition in Windows Mixed Reality for your account in Windows 10.

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Turn On or Off Mirror Headset Audio to Desktop when Mixed Reality Portal Running in Windows 10

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 Mixed Reality is designed to play sound through your immersive headset when you’re wearing it and have headphones connected to it. When you take the headset off or flip the visor up, audio will switch to your default Windows playback device (ex: desktop speaker).

Windows Mixed Reality spatial audio works best with headphones built into or connected directly to your immersive headset. PC speakers or headphones connected to the PC might not work well for spatial audio.

Windows Mixed Reality doesn’t support Bluetooth audio headsets.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off to mirror headset audio to desktop with Mixed Reality Portal is running for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Turn On or Off Switch to Headset Mic when Mixed Reality Portal Running in Windows 10

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 Mixed Reality works best with your headset’s built-in speakers and mic, or headphones with mic connected to its audio port. If your headset doesn’t have a built-in mic, attach headphones with a mic to the headset or to your PC.

Windows Mixed Reality doesn’t support Bluetooth audio devices.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off to automatically switch to headset mic with Mixed Reality Portal is running for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Turn On or Off Switch to Headset Audio when Mixed Reality Portal Running in Windows 10

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 Mixed Reality is designed to play sound through your immersive headset when you’re wearing it and have headphones connected to it. When you take the headset off or flip the visor up, audio will switch to your default Windows playback device (ex: desktop speaker).

Windows Mixed Reality spatial audio works best with headphones built into or connected directly to your immersive headset. PC speakers or headphones connected to the PC might not work well for spatial audio.

Windows Mixed Reality doesn’t support Bluetooth audio headsets.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off to automatically switch to headset audio with Mixed Reality Portal is running for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Check if your PC supports Windows Mixed Reality in Windows 10

Virtual Reality shields the user from the real physical world, while delivering an immersive virtual world. Augmented Reality doesn’t block users from the real world, hence the experience is not as immersive.

Mixed Reality (previously called “Windows Holographic”) blends virtual and augmented reality into hybrid environments where physical and digital objects coexist and interact. It is a platform in Windows 10 designed to power a range of VR and AR devices, which includes the HoloLens.

This tutorial will show you how to check if your Windows 10 PC supports Windows Mixed Reality.

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