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How to Enable or Disable Sleeping Tabs in Microsoft Edge Chromium

To improve memory and CPU utilization of the Microsoft Edge browser, Microsoft has developed a feature called sleeping tabs.

Early internal testing of devices with sleeping tabs has shown a median memory usage reduction of 26% for Microsoft Edge. Microsoft’s internal testing has also shown that a normal background tab uses 29% more CPU for Microsoft Edge than a sleeping tab. These resource savings should result in excellent battery savings. Although individual device performance varies depending on configuration and usage, Microsoft expects the decrease in resource and battery usage to create a better browsing experience for users.

Sleeping tabs builds upon the core of Chromium’s “freezing” technology. Freezing pauses a tab’s script timers to minimize resource usage. A sleeping tab resumes automatically when clicked, which is different than discarded tabs, which require the page to fully be reloaded.

Microsoft built upon the freezing technology to create sleeping tabs. This feature allows inactive background tabs to “go to sleep,” releasing system resources after a set amount of time. These resources include both memory and CPU and can be used for new or existing tabs or other applications running on your device.

By default, Microsoft set tabs to go to sleep after two hours of inactivity. If two hours isn’t right for you, you can choose a different time interval in edge://settings/system. Tabs that are asleep will fade to let you know they’ve released resources. To resume a sleeping tab, click on it like a normal tab. The tab will un-fade and your content will be there immediately. You can also add sites you never want to sleep to a block list in Settings.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable sleeping tabs in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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Enable or Disable Global Media Controls on Toolbar in Microsoft Edge Chromium

Enabling the Global Media Controls experimental flag in Microsoft Edge will add a media button on the toolbar during an active media session in Microsoft Edge.

Clicking on this media button will open the Global Media Controls UI pop-up flyout that lists all your current media sessions along with Previous, Seek, Play/Pause, and Next controls for each media session.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the Global Media Controls UI on the toolbar in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge in Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10.

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Enable or Disable Volume Control and Hardware Media Key Handling in Microsoft Edge

You can control media (audio or video) playback inside Microsoft Edge without clicking on the video or audio itself. You can now control it by pressing the hardware control buttons on a keyboard or headset, pressing the button on the virtual control interface or by ending commands via specific protocol, such as MPRIS.

For example, if you press the Volume Up, Volume Down, or Mute media keys on your keyboard, you will see media controls (Reverse, Play/Pause, Forward) next to the volume control on your desktop that you can use to control the active media session in Microsoft Edge.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the Hardware Media Key Handling and volume control feature in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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Enable or Disable Volume Control and Hardware Media Key Handling in Mozilla Firefox

Starting in Mozilla Firefox 81, you can enable or disable the media.hardwaremediakeys.enabled flag for using media keys on your keyboard to control the active media session.

You control media (audio or video) playback inside Firefox without clicking on the video or audio itself. You can now control it by pressing the hardware control buttons on a keyboard or headset, pressing the button on the virtual control interface or by ending commands via specific protocol, such as MPRIS.

For example, if you press the Volume Up, Volume Down, or Mute media keys on your keyboard, you will see media controls (Reverse, Play/Pause, Forward) next to the volume control on your desktop that you can use to control the active media session in Firefox.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the Hardware Media Key Handling and volume control feature in Mozilla Firefox for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Pin and Unpin Notifications in Your Phone app in Windows 10

Linking your Android phone to your PC lets you switch seamlessly between your phone and PC.

If you turned on to display notifications from your Android phone in the Your Phone app, you can view and manage your Android device notifications on your Windows 10 PC.

The Your Phone app has a new pinning feature integrated with the notifications feed. With notifications pinning, you can easily pin to save important notifications that will stick to the top of your feed so they are readily accessible and distinguished from the rest of your notifications.

Since the notification will now stick to the top of your feed, you no longer have to worry about losing the notification and can easily access the thread and use all your favorite functionality, like in-line reply. When you no longer need that notification thread, you can simply unpin it.

This tutorial will show you how to pin and unpin Android phone notifications to the top in the Your Phone app for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Change Zoom Level in Microsoft Edge Chromium

Microsoft Edge allows you to set a default zoom level between 25% and 500% used for all sites by default. The default setting is 100%.

Microsoft Edge also allows you to set an individual zoom level between 25% and 500% to always be used for specific sites instead of the default zoom level (ex: 100%).

This tutorial will show you how to set and change the default zoom level for sites in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Fix Unable to Add and Use PIN Sign-in Option in Windows 10

A PIN is a set of numbers, or a combination of letters and numbers, that you choose yourself. Using a PIN is a quick, secure way to sign in to your Windows 10 device. Your PIN is securely stored on your device.

When trying to change or add a PIN logon in Windows 10, you may encounter issues such as:

  • Error Message Something went wrong (code: 0x8009002d). Restart your device to see if that fixes the problem. when trying to Sign-In using Pin.
  • Error Message Something went wrong. Try again later when trying to Add / modify PIN.
  • Unable to configure Windows Hello because of PIN related issues.
  • Clicking on the Add PIN option does nothing.
  • PIN incorrect error even as you verify that the correct PIN was entered.
  • Add PIN option does not show under Sign-In options.

When this happens, it’s usually caused by the C:\Windows\ServiceProfiles\LocalService\AppData\Local\Microsoft\NGC folder getting corrupted. Emptying the NGC folder and resetting the ACLs (Access Control Lists) on the NGC folder should fix these issues.

This tutorial will show you how to fix unable to add or use the PIN sign-in option for users in Windows 10.

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How to Automatically Shut Down Computer at Scheduled Time in Windows 10

If you don’t plan to use your PC for a while, then you could shut down (turn off) the PC. A shutdown will close all apps, sign out all users, and completely turn off the PC.

If you like, you could set Windows 10 to automatically shut down the computer at a scheduled time you want, and will show a warning message to users before the shut down. For example, at 10 PM daily.

This tutorial will show you how to create a task to automatically shut down the computer at a scheduled time in Windows 10.

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How to Open Phone Screen in Your Phone app on Windows 10 PC

You can tap into the power of Your Phone app with Link to Windows integration on select Samsung devices to instantly access your Android phone’s mobile apps directly from your Windows 10 PC.

With Your Phone apps, you can instantly access the Android apps installed on your mobile device right on your PC. Using a Wi-Fi connection, Apps allows you to browse, play, order, chat, and more – all while using your PC’s larger screen and keyboard. You can add your Android apps as favorites on your PC, pin them to your Start menu and taskbar, and open them in separate windows to use side-by-side with apps on your PC – helping you stay productive.

Apps replaced the Phone screen option in the left pane of the Your Phone app, but Phone screen is still available. Phone screen will mirror your Android phone screen the same way it did before, but it will be on a separate window from the Your Phone app. Apps provides an easier way to interact with all of the apps installed on your Android device by launching them directly.

The Phone screen feature only works when your Android device and Windows 10 PC can communicate with each other. They will both need to be turned on, linked, and connected to the same network (for example, your home Wi-Fi).

This tutorial will show you how to open your Android phone screen in the Your Phone app on a Windows 10 PC.

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How to Change Default Behavior for Copy and Paste of URLs in Microsoft Edge Chromium

Microsoft Edge is previewing an improved way to copy and paste paste web URLs from the address bar into your content. This feature copies and pastes a URL as a hyperlinked title instead of as a web address.

Rather than have the default paste result in a hyperlinked title, you can change the default so that Ctrl+ V pastes a web address instead and offers a linked title as the alternative in the context sub-menu.

This tutorial will show you how to change the default behavior for copy and paste of URLs from address bar in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Translate Page or Section of Page in Microsoft Edge Chromium

Microsoft Edge will display in the same language as your system by default.

Microsoft Edge allows you to add and remove additional languages.

The language you added will appear at the bottom of the list of Preferred languages that are already set for Microsoft Edge. Websites you visit will appear in the first language in the list that they support.

You can reorder your language preferences, get Microsoft Edge to offer translations, and see Microsoft Edge in a specific language.

Added languages can be used to display Microsoft Edge in the language, offer to translate pages in the languages, and check spelling in the languages.

This tutorial will show you how to translate a whole page or selected section of a page in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Pin or Unpin Vertical Tabs Pane in Microsoft Edge Chromium

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.

This tutorial will show you how to pin or unpin (collapse) the vertical tabs pane in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Turn On or Off Vertical Tabs in Microsoft Edge Chromium

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.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off vertical tabs in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Set Linux Distribution version to WSL 1 or WSL 2 in Windows 10

The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) (aka: “WSL 1”) lets developers run a GNU/Linux environment — including most command-line tools, utilities, and applications — directly on Windows, unmodified, without the overhead of a traditional virtual machine or dualboot setup.

WSL 2 (Windows Subsystem for Linux 2) is a new version of the architecture in WSL that changes how Linux distributions interact with Windows. WSL 2 has the primary goals of increasing file system performance and adding full system call compatibility. Each Linux distribution can run as WSL 1 or as WSL 2, and can be switched between at any time. WSL 2 is a major overhaul of the underlying architecture and uses virtualization technology and a Linux kernel to enable its new features.

When you have Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) enabled, you can install Linux distribution apps from the Microsoft Store.

Users can make WSL 1 or WSL 2 the default architecture to be used as the default Linux distribution version whenever any new Linux distributions are installed.

Users can also set the Linux distribution version to WSL 1 or WSL 2 for existing installed Linux distributions at any time.

This tutorial will show you how to set the Linux distribution version to WSL 1 or WSL 2 for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Update from WSL to WSL 2 in Windows 10

WSL 2 (Windows Subsystem for Linux 2) is a new version of the architecture in WSL that changes how Linux distributions interact with Windows. WSL 2 has the primary goals of increasing file system performance and adding full system call compatibility. Each Linux distribution can run as WSL 1 or as WSL 2, and can be switched between at any time. WSL 2 is a major overhaul of the underlying architecture and uses virtualization technology and a Linux kernel to enable its new features.

WSL 2 uses the latest and greatest in virtualization technology to run a Linux kernel inside of a lightweight utility virtual machine (VM). However, WSL 2 is not a traditional VM experience. Learn more about the WSL 2 architecture.

This tutorial will show you how to update from Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) to WSL 2 in Windows 10.

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How to Use Web Capture Tool in Microsoft Edge Chromium

Starting with the latest version of Microsoft Edge Canary, a new Web capture tool has been added allowing you to take a screenshot of a webpage in Microsoft Edge and either copy, share, or save the screenshot.

The Settings and more (3 dots) menu (Alt+S) in Microsoft Edge contains a Web capture (Ctrl+Shift+S) shortcut by default, but you can also select to add or remove (default) a Web capture button on the toolbar of Microsoft Edge.

This tutorial will show you how to use the Web capture tool to copy, share, or save a screenshot in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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Starting with the latest version of Microsoft Edge Canary, a new Web capture tool has been added allowing you to take a screenshot of a webpage in Microsoft Edge and either copy, share, or save the screenshot.

The Settings and more (3 dots) menu (Alt+S) in Microsoft Edge contains a Web capture (Ctrl+Shift+S) shortcut by default, but you can also select to add or remove (default) a Web capture button on the toolbar of Microsoft Edge.

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

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How to Reset GPU Preferences for Apps to Default in Windows 10

Starting with Windows 10 build 17093, Microsoft is introducing a new Graphics settings page for Multi-GPU systems that allows you to manage the graphics performance preference of your apps. You may be familiar with similar graphics control panels from AMD and Nvidia, and you can continue to use those control panels. When you set an application preference in the Windows Graphics settings, that will take precedence over the other control panel settings.

This new setting allows you to specify which GPU you prefer to use by default for specific Store (universal) and Desktop (classic) apps. Preferences may provide better app performance or save battery life. Choices may not take effect until the next time the app launches.

Generally, the power saving GPU is the integrated GPU on a system, and the high performance GPU is the discrete GPU or external GPU. If you have both a discrete GPU and an external GPU on a system, the external GPU is considered the high performance GPU.

Applications are always allowed to have the ultimate choice of which GPU to use, so you may see additional applications that do not follow the preferences you set. In that case, look for a setting within the application itself to choose a preference.

Starting with Windows 10 build 19564, Microsoft updated the Graphics settings page (Settings > System > Display > Graphics settings), allowing for better control over designating which GPU your apps run on. With this update, the app list and GPU preference are pre-populated on a best effort basis to improve the default preference management experience. If your desired app isn’t pre-populated, you can still add it by using the app selection drop-down. You’ll notice alongside this, Microsoft also added a search box and a filter for the list of apps.

Starting with Windows 10 build 20190, Microsoft has made the following improvements:

  • Updated the Graphics Settings to allow users to specify a default high performance GPU.
  • Updated the Graphics Settings to allow users to pick a specific GPU on a per application basis.

This tutorial will show you how to backup and restore the GPU graphics performance preference for apps settings for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Backup and Restore GPU Preferences for Apps in Windows 10

Starting with Windows 10 build 17093, Microsoft is introducing a new Graphics settings page for Multi-GPU systems that allows you to manage the graphics performance preference of your apps. You may be familiar with similar graphics control panels from AMD and Nvidia, and you can continue to use those control panels. When you set an application preference in the Windows Graphics settings, that will take precedence over the other control panel settings.

This new setting allows you to specify which GPU you prefer to use by default for specific Store (universal) and Desktop (classic) apps. Preferences may provide better app performance or save battery life. Choices may not take effect until the next time the app launches.

Generally, the power saving GPU is the integrated GPU on a system, and the high performance GPU is the discrete GPU or external GPU. If you have both a discrete GPU and an external GPU on a system, the external GPU is considered the high performance GPU.

Applications are always allowed to have the ultimate choice of which GPU to use, so you may see additional applications that do not follow the preferences you set. In that case, look for a setting within the application itself to choose a preference.

Starting with Windows 10 build 19564, Microsoft updated the Graphics settings page (Settings > System > Display > Graphics settings), allowing for better control over designating which GPU your apps run on. With this update, the app list and GPU preference are pre-populated on a best effort basis to improve the default preference management experience. If your desired app isn’t pre-populated, you can still add it by using the app selection drop-down. You’ll notice alongside this, Microsoft also added a search box and a filter for the list of apps.

Starting with Windows 10 build 20190, Microsoft has made the following improvements:

  • Updated the Graphics Settings to allow users to specify a default high performance GPU.
  • Updated the Graphics Settings to allow users to pick a specific GPU on a per application basis.

This tutorial will show you how to backup and restore the GPU graphics performance preference for apps settings for your account in Windows 10.

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