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How to Change Default Device to Connect with Your Phone app in Windows 10

The Your Phone app in Windows 10 allows you to get instant access to everything you love on your phone, right from your PC.

You can link multiple Android and iPhone devices to connect with the Your Phone app, and you can switch between these linked devices in the Your Phone app settings page.

This tutorial will show you how to choose your primary Android or iPhone device to connect by default with the Your Phone app in Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable System Restore Configuration in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10

System protection is a feature that allows you to undo unwanted system changes by being able to do a System Restore. System Restore enables users, in the event of a problem, to restore their computers to a previous state (restore point) without losing personal data files.

System Restore is enabled and turned on for the Windows system drive by default in Windows.

System Restore configuration allows you to turn protection on and off for drives, manage disk space usage for restore points, and delete restore points.

If you like, you can disable System Restore configuration to gray out the Configure button in the System Protection tab in System Properties.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable System Restore configuration in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Wake on LAN (WOL) in Windows 10

The Wake on LAN (WOL) feature wakes a computer from a low-power state when a network adapter detects a WOL event such as a magic packet. Typically, such an event is a specially constructed Ethernet packet. After enabling Wake on LAN, your computer will detect this magic packet containing its MAC address and turn itself on. Thus, your PC can be woken up by sending it a magic packet from another device on the network.

The default behavior in response to WOL events has changed from Windows 7 to Windows 10.

In Windows 7, the default shutdown operation puts the system into the classic shutdown state (S5). And all devices are put into the lowest power state (D3). WOL from S5 isn’t officially supported in Windows 7. However, some network adapters can be left armed for waking if enough residual power is available. So waking from S5 is possible on some systems if enough residual power is supplied to the network adapter, even though the system is in the S5 state and devices are in D3.

In Windows 10, the default shutdown behavior puts the system into the hybrid shutdown (also known as Fast Startup) state (S4). And all devices are put into D3. In this scenario, WOL from S4 or S5 is unsupported. Network adapters are explicitly not armed for WOL in these cases, because users expect zero power consumption and battery drain in the shutdown state. This behavior removes the possibility of invalid wake-ups when an explicit shutdown is requested. So WOL is supported only from sleep (S3), or when the user explicitly requests to enter hibernate (S4) state in Windows 10. Although the target system power state is the same between hybrid shutdown and hibernates (S4), Windows will only explicitly disable WOL when it’s a hybrid shutdown transition, and not during a hibernate transition.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Wake on LAN (WOL) for network adapters in Windows 10.

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How to Add or Remove Extensions Button on Toolbar in Microsoft Edge

You can boost your productivity, have more fun, and customize your browsing experience with add-ons (extensions) for Microsoft Edge. Extensions, or add-ons, are simple tools that customize your browser experience and offer you more control.

Extensions are small applications that enhance the browser’s functionality. Once you install an extension, you can notice the extension icon appearing on the toolbar. If you have several extensions installed on your browser, these extension icons take up considerable space on your toolbar. Microsoft has received significant feedback from the users asking for the ability to manage these extensions and reclaim space on the toolbar.

To address this feedback, Microsoft is rolling out a new Extensions menu on the toolbar. This extension menu allows you to hide one or more of your extensions from the toolbar. Furthermore, you can directly visit the Edge add-ons site to install more extensions or the extensions management page using the two links provided in the menu.

The extensions button will be shown to you on the toolbar by default if you have one or more extensions installed on the browser.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Extensions button on the toolbar in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Resize Vertical Tabs Pane in Microsoft Edge

It’s easy to end up with a ton of tabs open. The more you have open, the more difficult it becomes to find, switch between, and manage them. With vertical tabs, you can easily shift to view your tabs in a pane to the side. This allows you to easily see the titles and access controls like mute and close. It even makes it easy to reorder your tabs, with the ability to drag and drop to rearrange. When you want to focus on a specific page, you can collapse the pane. Anytime you need to switch between tabs, you can hover over the pane to see all the information you need. The new Microsoft Edge is the only browser to offer built-in vertical tab navigation allowing for a more streamlined experience.

Starting with Microsoft Edge Canary version 90.0.810.0, you can now resize the pinned vertical tabs pane. Microsoft Edge will open the vertical tabs pane the same size as it was when last closed or turned off.

This tutorial will show you how to resize the vertical tabs pane in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Add or Remove Define on Context Menu for PDF Files in Microsoft Edge

Starting with Microsoft Edge Canary version 90.0.806.0 and higher, Microsoft has added a built-in dictionary feature to Define selected words while reading a PDF document in Microsoft Edge. Define will be available in the full context menu and quick menu when selecting words in PDFs.

The definition of the selected word(s) will show in a mini flyout menu with a brief description. if needed, you can select to see more details in a sidebar.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Define smart action in the full context menu and quick menu while reading PDF files opened in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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Enable or Disable Suggest Similar Sites when Website Not Found in Microsoft Edge

To help resolve URL typos in the address bar that result in a website error, Microsoft Edge may recommend a corrected URL using the Suggest similar sites when a website can’t be found setting powered by Link Doctor. When a website navigation error occurs (ex: “bimg.com”), Microsoft Edge sends the domain of the web address to the Microsoft service to suggest a corrected URL (ex: “bing.com”). Microsoft Edge does not include identifiers or tokens with the domain. If the service finds a suggestion, it returns the suggested URL. Microsoft stores the incorrect domain and suggested domain to help improve the service. To help you navigate to the correct sites, the feature is turned on by default.

This tutorial will show you how to to turn on or off Suggest similar sites when a website can’t be found in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Paste as Plain Text from Clipboard History in Windows 10

When you copy something on your PC, it’s automatically copied to your clipboard for you to paste. Not only can you can paste multiple items from your clipboard history in Windows 10, but you can also pin the items you tend to use all the time and sync your clipboard history to the cloud.

Often you can press the Ctrl + Shift + V keys instead of Ctrl + V to paste any copied text as plain text without any formatting included. Not all apps support using Ctrl + Shift + V though.

Starting for some with Windows 10 build 21318, you will now see a “Paste as plain text” option in clipboard history (Win+V) that allows you to paste the text content of the clipboard without its original formatting (font, color, size etc.), allowing it to match the formatting of the destination document.

This tutorial will show you how to paste text as plain text from any text-based entry in your clipboard history in Windows 10.

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How to Allow or Block Websites for Kids Mode in Microsoft Edge

Starting with Microsoft Edge Canary version 90.0.800.0, you can now browse in Kids Mode. Kids Mode is a convenient browsing mode inside Microsoft Edge that’s designed for kids. With its kid-friendly features and safety guardrails in place, Kids Mode is a great place for children to safely explore the web. Kids Mode includes features like custom browser themes, kid-friendly content, browsing based on an allow list, Bing SafeSearch set to strict, and a password requirement to exit. Also, Kids Mode doesn’t require a Microsoft Family child account or profile.

When you start browsing in Kids Mode, Microsoft Edge will always launch in Kids Mode until you exit Kids Mode.

You don’t have to be signed into the Microsoft Edge browser to use Kids Mode, but signing in will allow the Kids Mode settings to sync across your devices.

By default, all websites are blocked in Kids Mode unless included or added to the allowed list, or the kid gets permission to allow the website only for the current browsing session.

This tutorial will show you how to allow or block websites for Kids Mode browsing in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Change Age Range to Always Start Kids Mode in Microsoft Edge

Starting with Microsoft Edge Canary version 90.0.800.0, you can now browse in Kids Mode. Kids Mode is a convenient browsing mode inside Microsoft Edge that’s designed for kids. With its kid-friendly features and safety guardrails in place, Kids Mode is a great place for children to safely explore the web. Kids Mode includes features like custom browser themes, kid-friendly content, browsing based on an allow list, Bing SafeSearch set to strict, and a password requirement to exit. Also, Kids Mode doesn’t require a Microsoft Family child account or profile.

When you start browsing in Kids Mode, Microsoft Edge will always launch in Kids Mode until you exit Kids Mode.

You don’t have to be signed into the Microsoft Edge browser to use Kids Mode, but signing in will allow the Kids Mode settings to sync across your devices.

The first time you start Kids Mode in Microsoft Edge, you are asked to choose an appropriate age range. After the first time, you are no longer asked to choose an age range, but you can change the age range to always use for Kids Mode by default in edge://settings/family.

This tutorial will show you how to change the default age range to always start Kids Mode browsing in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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Turn On or Off Ask Age Range before Starting Kids Mode in Microsoft Edge

Starting with Microsoft Edge Canary version 90.0.800.0, you can now browse in Kids Mode. Kids Mode is a convenient browsing mode inside Microsoft Edge that’s designed for kids. With its kid-friendly features and safety guardrails in place, Kids Mode is a great place for children to safely explore the web. Kids Mode includes features like custom browser themes, kid-friendly content, browsing based on an allow list, Bing SafeSearch set to strict, and a password requirement to exit. Also, Kids Mode doesn’t require a Microsoft Family child account or profile.

When you start browsing in Kids Mode, Microsoft Edge will always launch in Kids Mode until you exit Kids Mode.

You don’t have to be signed into the Microsoft Edge browser to use Kids Mode, but signing in will allow the Kids Mode settings to sync across your devices.

The first time you start Kids Mode in Microsoft Edge, you are asked to choose an appropriate age range. After the first time, you are no longer asked to choose an age range, but you can change the age range to always use for Kids Mode by default in edge://settings/family.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off always ask to choose age range before starting Kids Mode browsing in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Start and Exit Kids Mode Browsing in Microsoft Edge

Starting with Microsoft Edge Canary version 90.0.800.0, you can now browse in Kids Mode. Kids Mode is a convenient browsing mode inside Microsoft Edge that’s designed for kids. With its kid-friendly features and safety guardrails in place, Kids Mode is a great place for children to safely explore the web. Kids Mode includes features like custom browser themes, kid-friendly content, browsing based on an allow list, Bing SafeSearch set to strict, and a password requirement to exit. Also, Kids Mode doesn’t require a Microsoft Family child account or profile.

When you start browsing in Kids Mode, Microsoft Edge will always launch in Kids Mode until you exit Kids Mode.

You don’t have to be signed into the Microsoft Edge browser to use Kids Mode, but signing in will allow the Kids Mode settings to sync across your devices.

This tutorial will show you how to start and exit Kids Mode browsing in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Create a RAM Disk with ImDisk in Windows 10

RAM is much faster than a SSD, even a M.2 (NVMe) SSD.

A RAM disk (aka: RAM drive) uses a specified amount of your computer’s RAM as a very fast virtual drive for storage. You can use a RAM disk just like any other drive.

Some software or action performance can benefit from the extremely fast read and write speeds when it uses the RAM disk as storage or a cache.

You can use the free third-party ImDisk Toolkit software to create a RAM disk, and have the RAM disk automatically synchronize to a specified location of your choice at restart or shutdown.

This tutorial will show you how to create a RAM disk using ImDisk in Windows 10.

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How to Turn On or Off AutoSwitch for Wireless Network Connection in Windows 10

When you connect to a new wireless network, Windows will create a profile for the wireless network. A wireless (Wi-Fi) network profile contains the SSID (network name), password key, and security information to be able to connect to a wireless network.

If you turned on to automatically connect to wireless networks, Windows will automatically connect to your wireless network profiles based on a priority order when the wireless network is in range.

The autoSwitch parameter controls the roaming behavior of an auto-connected wireless network when a more preferred wireless network is in range.

If autoSwitch is turned on, it allows Windows to continue looking for other auto-connected wireless networks while connected to the current wireless network. If a higher priority auto-connected wireless network than the currently connected wireless network comes in range, Windows will automatically connect to it instead.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off autoSwitch for wireless networks set to connect automatically when in range in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Delete Scheduled Task in Windows 10

The Task Scheduler enables you to automatically perform routine tasks on a chosen computer. With this service, you can schedule any program to run at a convenient time for you or when a specific event occurs. Task Scheduler does this by monitoring whatever criteria you choose (referred to as triggers) and then executing the tasks when those criteria are met.

If you no longer need or want a scheduled task, you can delete in from Task Scheduler.

This tutorial will show you how to delete one or more scheduled tasks from Task Scheduler in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Scheduled Task in Windows 10

The Task Scheduler enables you to automatically perform routine tasks on a chosen computer. With this service, you can schedule any program to run at a convenient time for you or when a specific event occurs. Task Scheduler does this by monitoring whatever criteria you choose (referred to as triggers) and then executing the tasks when those criteria are met.

Sometimes you may need to enable and disable scheduled tasks on demand as needed.

When a task is enabled, it will show its current status as Ready or Running.

When a task is disabled, it will show its current status as Disabled.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable one or more scheduled tasks from Task Scheduler in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Create Task to Run App or Script at Logon in Windows 10

The Task Scheduler enables you to automatically perform routine tasks on a chosen computer. With this service, you can schedule any program to run at a convenient time for you or when a specific event occurs. Task Scheduler does this by monitoring whatever criteria you choose (referred to as triggers) and then executing the tasks when those criteria are met.

This tutorial will show you how to create a task in Task Scheduler to run an app or script at logon for specific or all users in Windows 10.

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Starting with Microsoft Edge Canary version 90.0.784.0, you can now turn on (default) or off to automatically show the mini menu when selecting text in PDF files opened in Microsoft Edge.

The mini menu shows the Copy, Highlight, Add comment, and More actions (to see full menu) options instead of the full context menu you see when right clicking on selected text in PDF files opened in Microsoft Edge.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable showing the mini menu when selecting text in PDF files opened in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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