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Turn On or Off Make File Explorer Buttons Easier to Touch when entering Tablet Posture in Windows 10

Starting with Windows 10 build 19592, Microsoft is beginning to roll out (again) the new tablet experience for 2-in-1 convertible PCs as a preview to some Windows Insiders in the Fast ring. This experience is separate from the Tablet Mode experience that you will still be able to use. This new experience allows users entering tablet posture to stay in the familiar desktop experience without interruption with a few key touch improvements:

  • Taskbar icons are spaced out
  • Search box on taskbar is collapsed into icon-only mode
  • Touch keyboard auto invokes when you tap a text field
  • File explorer elements will have a little more padding, to make them comfortable to interact with using touch

In order to help ensure quality, the feature will be rolling out slowly, starting with a portion of the Insiders that have never detached their keyboard before, or have their tablet mode settings set to Don’t ask me and don’t switch.

You can turn on or off Make buttons in File Explorer easier to touch for when you enter tablet posture (ex: fold the 2-in-1 convertible PC) without tablet mode turned on.

When turned on, some elements like buttons in File Explorer will have more spacing between them to make them easier to press with touch on a touch screen.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off make buttons in File Explorer easier to touch when entering tablet posture for your account on a Windows 10 2-in-1 convertible PC.

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Turn On or Off Make Taskbar Icons Easier to Touch when entering Tablet Posture in Windows 10

Starting with Windows 10 build 19592, Microsoft is beginning to roll out (again) the new tablet experience for 2-in-1 convertible PCs as a preview to some Windows Insiders in the Fast ring. This experience is separate from the Tablet Mode experience that you will still be able to use. This new experience allows users entering tablet posture to stay in the familiar desktop experience without interruption with a few key touch improvements:

  • Taskbar icons are spaced out
  • Search box on taskbar is collapsed into icon-only mode
  • Touch keyboard auto invokes when you tap a text field
  • File explorer elements will have a little more padding, to make them comfortable to interact with using touch

In order to help ensure quality, the feature will be rolling out slowly, starting with a portion of the Insiders that have never detached their keyboard before, or have their tablet mode settings set to Don’t ask me and don’t switch.

You can turn on or off Make taskbar icons easier to touch for when you enter tablet posture (ex: fold the 2-in-1 convertible PC) without tablet mode turned on.

When turned on, icons on the taskbar will be spaced out more to make it easier to touch them on a touch screen.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off make app icons on the taskbar easier to touch when entering tablet posture for your account on a Windows 10 2-in-1 convertible PC.

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Turn On or Off Show Search Icon without Search Box when entering Tablet Posture in Windows 10

Starting with Windows 10 build 19592, Microsoft is beginning to roll out (again) the new tablet experience for 2-in-1 convertible PCs as a preview to some Windows Insiders in the Fast ring. This experience is separate from the Tablet Mode experience that you will still be able to use. This new experience allows users entering tablet posture to stay in the familiar desktop experience without interruption with a few key touch improvements:

  • Taskbar icons are spaced out
  • Search box on taskbar is collapsed into icon-only mode
  • Touch keyboard auto invokes when you tap a text field
  • File explorer elements will have a little more padding, to make them comfortable to interact with using touch

In order to help ensure quality, the feature will be rolling out slowly, starting with a portion of the Insiders that have never detached their keyboard before, or have their tablet mode settings set to Don’t ask me and don’t switch.

You can turn on or off Show the search icon without the search box for when you enter tablet posture (ex: fold the 2-in-1 convertible PC) without tablet mode turned on and the taskbar Search icon set to Show search box.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off show the search icon without the search box on the taskbar when entering tablet posture for your account on a Windows 10 2-in-1 convertible PC.

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How to Enable or Disable Scan Network Files with Windows Defender Antivirus in Windows 10

Windows Security is built-in to Windows 10 and includes an antirvirus program called Windows Defender Antivirus.

Windows Defender Antivirus helps protect your PC against malware (malicious software) like viruses, spyware, and other potentially unwanted software. Malware can infect your PC without your knowledge: it might install itself from an email message, when you connect to the Internet, or when you install certain apps using a USB flash drive, CD, DVD, or other removable media. Some malware can also be programmed to run at unexpected times, not only when it’s installed.

You can configure the Scan files on the network group policy to enable or disable allowing Windows Defender Antivirus to scan files on the network.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Windows Defender Antivirus to scan files on the network in Windows 10.

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How to Mute and Unmute Sound Volume in Windows 10

The default audio playback device is the device that Windows uses to output (play) sound. When you connect speakers, headphones, Bluetooth headset, or other audio devices to your PC, you can select which device you want to use by default.

While you can adjust the volume level of individual devices and apps, sometimes you may just want to mute and unmute the volume as needed without affecting the set volume level.

This tutorial will show you different ways on how to mute and unmute the system volume or sound volume of individual devices and apps in Windows 10.

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How to Turn On or Off Adjust for Daylight Saving Time Automatically in Windows 10

Your PC’s clock is used to record the time whenever you create or modify files on your PC. You can change the clock’s date, time and time zone.

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

If your time zone observes daylight saving time and you want your PC’s clock to be adjusted automatically when daylight saving time changes, you would want to turn on adjust for daylight saving time automatically.

Windows 10 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) in Windows 10 for all users.

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How to Add Change Owner to Context Menu in Windows 10

An owner is assigned to an object when that object is created. By default, the owner is the creator of the object. No matter what permissions are set on an object, the owner of the object can always change the permissions.

The owner of an object (ex: file, folder, drive, or registry key) has the right to allow or deny access to that resource. Although members of the Administrators group and other authorized users also have the right to allow or deny access, the owner has the authority to lock out non-administrator users, and then the only way to regain access to the resource is for an administrator or a member of the Restore Operators group to take ownership of it. This makes the file or folder owner important with respect to what permissions are allowed or denied for a given resource.

Ownership can be taken or transferred in several ways. The current owner of an object can transfer ownership to another user or group. A member of the Administrators group can take ownership of an object or transfer ownership to another user or group—even if administrators are locked out of the resource according to the permissions. Any user with the “Take Ownership” permission on the object can take ownership, as can any member of the “Backup Operators” group (or anyone else with the “Restore Files And Directories” user right, for that matter).

This tutorial will show you how to add Change Owner to the context menu of all files, folders, and drives for all users in Windows 10.

The Change Owner context menu will allow you to quickly and easily see which user or group is the current user of a file, folder, or drive.

The Change Owner context menu will also allow you to instantly change the owner of a file, folder, or drive to Administrators, Everyone, SYSTEM, or TrustedInstaller on demand.

When you right click or press and hold on a file, folder, or drive, click/tap on Change Owner, and click/tap on either one of the the Change Owner to… items, you will be prompted by UAC to approve.

The Change Owner context menu will not be available when you right click or press and hold only on the specific C: drive, C:\Program Files folder, C:\Program Files (x86) folder, C:\ProgramData folder, C:\Users folder, and C:\Windows folder. This was done by design since changing the owner of the Windows “C:” drive and these specific system folders can make Windows unstable as it would also take ownership of all their content at the same time.

You will still be able to use the Change Owner context menu on files and folders inside the locations above, and on all drives other than the C drive and FAT32 drives.

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How to Add Show Recycle Confirmation to Recycle Bin Context Menu in Windows 10

The Recycle Bin provides a safety net when deleting files or folders. When you delete any of these items from your hard disk, Windows places it in the Recycle Bin and the Recycle Bin icon changes from empty to full.

When you delete a file or folder in Windows, a delete confirmation dialog will display by default for you to approve sending the file or folder to the Recycle Bin.

You can turn off these recycle confirmations if wanted from the Recycle Bin properties page.

If you like, you can add Show recycle confirmation to the context menu of the Recycle Bin to make it quick and easy to toggle on (checked) or off (unchecked) to display the delete confirmation dialog on demand.

This tutorial will show you how to add Show recycle confirmation to the context menu of the Recycle Bin for all users in Windows 10.

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How to Change Default Search Engine in Microsoft Edge Chromium

Microsoft has adopted the Chromium open source project in the development of Microsoft Edge on the desktop to create better web compatibility. This new Microsoft Edge runs on the same Chromium web engine as the Google Chrome browser, offering you best in class web compatibility and performance.

The new Chromium based Microsoft Edge is supported on all versions of Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Server (2016 and above), Windows Server (2008 R2 to 2012 R2), and macOS.

Microsoft Edge uses the Bing search engine by default for both the address bar and new tab page search box.

Microsoft Edge currently allows you to change the default search engine used for the address bar.

Starting with Microsoft Edge Canary 82.0.453.0 version, you can now change the default search engine used for the search box on the new tab page.

This tutorial will show you how to change the default search engine used for the address bar and new tab page search box in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Add Environment Variables Context Menu in Windows 10

Environment variables are a set of dynamic named values that can affect the way running processes will behave on a computer. The variables can be used both in scripts and on the command line. Environment variables makes it easy when certain standard directories and parameters need to be referenced but where the actual locations or names can vary from computer to computer.

The variable (ex: “%UserProfile%”) is used as a type of shortcut of the value (ex: “C:\Users\”).

There are two types of environment variables: user environment variables (set only for current user) and system environment variables (set for all users).

This tutorial will show you how to add an Environment Variables desktop context menu in Windows 10.

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How to Add Repair Windows Image Context Menu in Windows 10

If a Windows image becomes unserviceable, you can use the Deployment Imaging and Servicing Management (DISM) tool to update the files and correct the problem.

For example, you would use DISM to fix Windows component store corruption when a sfc /scannow command is unable to repair corrupted or modified system files because the component store (source) is corrupted. SFC should be able to repair the files afterwards.

This tutorial will show you how to add a Repair Windows Image desktop context menu in Windows 10.

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How to Add SFC SCANNOW Context Menu in Windows 10

If some Windows functions aren’t working or Windows crashes, use the System File Checker to scan Windows and restore your files.

The SFC /SCANNOW command scans the integrity of all protected system files and replaces incorrect (corrupted or modified) versions with correct Microsoft versions.

This tutorial will show you how to add a SFC SCANNOW desktop context menu in Windows 10.

The SFC SCANNOW context menu will allow you to quickly run a SFC /SCANNOW command as needed.

When SFC runs in Windows, it logs its actions into the C:\Windows\Logs\CBS\CBS.log file. The SFC scan details log item in the context menu will create a sfcdetails.txt file on your desktop to see only the specific SFC entries with the [SR] tags filtered from the CBS.log for the SFC scan log details.

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How to Turn On or Off Automatic Profile Switching in Microsoft Edge Chromium

Microsoft has adopted the Chromium open source project in the development of Microsoft Edge on the desktop to create better web compatibility. This new Microsoft Edge runs on the same Chromium web engine as the Google Chrome browser, offering you best in class web compatibility and performance.

The new Chromium based Microsoft Edge is supported on all versions of Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Server (2016 and above), Windows Server (2008 R2 to 2012 R2), and macOS.

A new automatic profile switching feature has been added to Microsoft Edge starting with the Microsoft Edge Canary version 83.0.449.0 and higher.

Automatic profile switching feature detects links being opened in incorrect Microsoft account profiles and guides users to correct work, school or personal profile by showing a prompt that lets user switch to correct profile.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off automatic profile switching in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Enable or Disable Bluetooth Absolute Volume in Windows 10

Absolute Volume is a feature released starting with the Windows 10 April 2018 update version 1803. This feature allows the Windows volume slider to precisely control the local volume of compatible Bluetooth speakers or headphones connected to the computer.

However, Absolute Volume may sometimes prevent you from separately changing a Bluetooth device’s dual volume control for the left and right volume levels.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Bluetooth Absolute Volume for all users in Windows 10.

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List of All Internal Microsoft Edge URLs

Microsoft has adopted the Chromium open source project in the development of Microsoft Edge on the desktop to create better web compatibility. This new Microsoft Edge runs on the same Chromium web engine as the Google Chrome browser, offering you best in class web compatibility and performance.

The new Chromium based Microsoft Edge is supported on all versions of Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Server (2016 and above), Windows Server (2008 R2 to 2012 R2), and macOS.

Microsoft Edge includes internal URLs for pages that can be used to provide additional information or change browser settings.

This tutorial will provide you with a reference list off all internal page URLs for the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Install PowerShell 7.0 in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10

Microsoft has announced the Generally Available (GA) release of PowerShell 7.0 on March 4, 2020.

PowerShell 7 is the latest major update to PowerShell, a cross-platform (Windows, Linux, and macOS) automation tool and configuration framework optimized for dealing with structured data (e.g. JSON, CSV, XML, etc.), REST APIs, and object models. PowerShell includes a command-line shell, object-oriented scripting language, and a set of tools for executing scripts/cmdlets and managing modules.

This tutorial will show you how to download and install PowerShell 7.0 in Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10.

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How to Remove Duplicate Favorites in Microsoft Edge Chromium

Microsoft has adopted the Chromium open source project in the development of Microsoft Edge on the desktop to create better web compatibility. This new Microsoft Edge runs on the same Chromium web engine as the Google Chrome browser, offering you best in class web compatibility and performance.

The new Chromium based Microsoft Edge is supported on all versions of Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Server (2016 and above), Windows Server (2008 R2 to 2012 R2), and macOS.

Over time, multiple copies of your favorites can appear from import, sync, or day-to-day browsing. Microsoft Edge version 81.0.416.20 and higher can now identify duplicates and remove them on your behalf.

Microsoft Edge will identify and remove duplicate favorites with the exact same name and URL in the same folder, merge folders with the same name, and you will be able to confirm or undo changes. Any updates to your favorites will be synced across your devices.

This tutorial will show you how to remove duplicate favorites for a profile in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Turn On or Off Notification Sounds while Playing Games in Windows 10

Xbox Game Bar is the customizable gaming overlay built into Windows 10. Xbox Game Bar works with nearly all PC games, giving you instant access to widgets for screen capture and sharing, controlling your music, finding new teammates with Looking for Group (LFG), and chatting with Xbox friends across Xbox console, mobile, and PC – all without leaving your game.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off notification sounds while playing games for your account in Windows 10 using Xbox Game Bar.

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How to Show or Hide Notifications when Playing Fullscreen Game in Windows 10

Xbox Game Bar is the customizable gaming overlay built into Windows 10. Xbox Game Bar works with nearly all PC games, giving you instant access to widgets for screen capture and sharing, controlling your music, finding new teammates with Looking for Group (LFG), and chatting with Xbox friends across Xbox console, mobile, and PC – all without leaving your game.

The Xbox Game Bar allows you hide notifications when you are playing a fullscreen game.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off hide notifications when playing a fullscreen game in Xbox Game Bar for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Pin and Unpin Xbox Game Bar Overlays on Screen in Windows 10

Xbox Game Bar is the customizable gaming overlay built into Windows 10. Xbox Game Bar works with nearly all PC games, giving you instant access to widgets for screen capture and sharing, controlling your music, finding new teammates with Looking for Group (LFG), and chatting with Xbox friends across Xbox console, mobile, and PC – all without leaving your game.

With a variety of features to choose from, you can customize Xbox Game Bar to seamlessly jump between your game and your favorite gaming activities.

You can add or remove your favorites of overlays (activities) below to appear as buttons on the Home bar of Xbox Game Bar for quicker access.

  • Audio – Get the perfect mix by adjusting the sound levels of your game, chat, and background apps.
  • Capture – Record a clip or take a screenshot when something awesome happens.
  • Gallery – Your game clips and screenshots will show up here.
  • Looking for Group – Use Looking for Group to find players for your favorite multiplayer games.
  • Performance (Beta) – Track your game’s FPS and other real-time stats.
  • Spotify– Link your Spotify account to rock your games with your favorite songs.
  • Xbox Achievements – Track your games’ progress and see what you’ve unlocked.
  • Xbox Chat – Start a text or voice chat (one on one or in a group).

When you pin an overlay, it always displays on your screen over any game or app, even when Game Bar is dismissed.

This tutorial will show you how to pin and unpin overlays from the Xbox Game Bar to the screen for your account in Windows 10.

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