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Enable or Disable Permanently Delete instead of Recycle Bin in Windows 11

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

If you have multiple hard drives, partitions, or an external hard drive connected to your PC, each drive will have its own hidden $Recycle.Bin system folder and Recycle Bin settings.

Removable drives, such as USB flash drives and memory cards, do not have a Recycle Bin by default. Files deleted from removable drives are permanently deleted since they do not go to the Recycle Bin. You can enable the Recycle Bin for removable drives to have deleted files from them go to the Recycle Bin instead.

Each user account on the PC will have their own separate Recycle Bin, and will be referenced by their¬†Security Identifier (SID)¬†in each drive’s¬†hidden¬†$Recycle.Bin¬†system folder.

By default, a delete confirmation dialog does not display when you delete a file or folder to the Recycle Bin.

If you delete a file or folder that’s larger than the set¬†maximum storage size¬†of the drive’s recycle bin, a¬†This file is too big to recycle. Do you want to permanently delete it?¬†confirmation dialog will always display.

You can manually permanently delete a file without sending it to the Recycle Bin by selecting the file and pressing the Shift + Delete keys.

If wanted, you can set to always don’t move files to the Recycle Bin of a drive when deleted, and permanently delete the files immediately instead.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable¬†Don’t move files to the Recycle Bin. Remove files immediately when deleted¬†for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Delete to Recycle Bin Confirmation Dialog in Windows 11

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

If you have multiple hard drives, partitions, or an external hard drive connected to your PC, each drive will have its own hidden $Recycle.Bin system folder and Recycle Bin settings.

Removable drives, such as USB flash drives and memory cards, do not have a Recycle Bin by default. Files deleted from removable drives are permanently deleted since they do not go to the Recycle Bin. You can enable the Recycle Bin for removable drives to have deleted files from them go to the Recycle Bin instead.

Each user account on the PC will have their own separate Recycle Bin, and will be referenced by their¬†Security Identifier (SID)¬†in each drive’s¬†hidden¬†$Recycle.Bin¬†system folder.

By default, a delete confirmation dialog does not display when you delete a file or folder to the Recycle Bin.

If you delete a file or folder that’s larger than the set¬†maximum storage size¬†of the drive’s recycle bin, a¬†This file is too big to recycle. Do you want to permanently delete it? confirmation dialog will always display.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable display delete to the Recycle Bin confirmation dialog for your account or all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Add Empty Recycle Bin to Context Menu in Windows 11

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

If you like, you can add Empty Recycle Bin to the context menu when you right click on the desktop, and right click on the background of a folder or drive opened in File Explorer. This can make it easier to empty your recycle bin from these locations without having to switch to the desktop and right click or open the Recycle Bin.

This tutorial will show you how to add Empty Recycle Bin to the context menu for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Show OneDrive Status on Navigation Pane in Windows 11

You can use OneDrive to sync files and folders between your computer and the cloud, so you can get to your files from anywhere Рyour computer, your mobile device, and even through the OneDrive website at OneDrive.com. If you add, change, or delete a file or folder in your OneDrive folder, the file or folder is added, changed, or deleted on the OneDrive website and vice versa. You can work with your synced files directly in File Explorer and access your files even when you’re offline. Whenever you’re online, any changes that you or others make will sync automatically.

OneDrive Files On-Demand helps you access all your cloud storage in OneDrive without having to download all of them and use file storage space on your Windows device.

When you turn on Files On-Demand, you’ll see all your files in File Explorer and get new information about each file. New files created online or on another device appear as online-only files, which don’t take up space on your device. When you’re connected to the Internet, you’ll be able to use the files like every other file on your device.

You will know that Files On-Demand is turned on if you see the status icons next to your files in File Explorer.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off always show availability status of your OneDrive files on-demand in the navigation pane of File Explorer for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Set up OneDrive in Windows 11 and Windows 10

You can use OneDrive to sync files between your computer and the cloud, so you can get to your files from anywhere Рyour computer, your mobile device, and even through the OneDrive website at OneDrive.com. If you add, change, or delete a file or folder in your OneDrive folder, the file or folder is added, changed, or deleted on the OneDrive website and vice versa. You can work with your synced files directly in File Explorer and access your files even when you’re offline. Whenever you’re online, any changes that you or others make will sync automatically.

This tutorial will show you how to set up OneDrive for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Notifications when OneDrive Syncing is Paused in Windows 11

You can use OneDrive to sync files between your computer and the cloud, so you can get to your files from anywhere Рyour computer, your mobile device, and even through the OneDrive website at OneDrive.com. If you add, change, or delete a file or folder in your OneDrive folder, the file or folder is added, changed, or deleted on the OneDrive website and vice versa. You can work with your synced files directly in File Explorer and access your files even when you’re offline. Whenever you’re online, any changes that you or others make will sync automatically.

If you use OneDrive to sync files on your PC, OneDrive will notify you by default when syncing is paused automatically when the device is in battery saver mode, and/or when the device is on a metered Ethernet or metered wireless network.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable notifications when OneDrive syncing is paused automatically for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Turn On or Off Save Photos and Videos from Devices to OneDrive in Windows 11

With OneDrive, you can sync files between your computer and the cloud, so you can get to your files from anywhere Рyour computer, your mobile device, and even through the OneDrive website at OneDrive.com. If you add, change, or delete a file or folder in your OneDrive folder, the file or folder is added, changed, or deleted on the OneDrive website and vice versa. You can work with your synced files directly in File Explorer and access your files even when you’re offline. Whenever you’re online, any changes that you or others make will sync automatically.

If you connect a phone, camera, or other devices when using OneDrive on your PC, you can have photos and videos from the device automatically saved to OneDrive.

You can automatically upload to OneDrive from cameras, phones, CompactFlash (CF) cards, Secure Digital (SD) cards, miniSD cards, USB flash drives, and other removable devices‚ÄĒbut only when all the files on the device are photos and videos. So if you use a device like a USB flash drive to move and share groups of files that aren’t all photos, the photos won’t be added to OneDrive.

Photos and videos will import to the OneDrive/Pictures/Camera imports folder on your PC and automatically uploaded to your online storage. Because your photos and videos are imported to your PC and not just uploaded to your OneDrive storage, you can still work with them when you are offline. The programs you use to edit photos and videos might not initially display files in your OneDrive folder, so you might need to follow the steps in those programs to include this folder.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off save photos and videos from devices to OneDrive for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Turn On or Off Save Screenshots to OneDrive in Windows 11

With OneDrive, you can sync files between your computer and the cloud, so you can get to your files from anywhere Рyour computer, your mobile device, and even through the OneDrive website at OneDrive.com. If you add, change, or delete a file or folder in your OneDrive folder, the file or folder is added, changed, or deleted on the OneDrive website and vice versa. You can work with your synced files directly in File Explorer and access your files even when you’re offline. Whenever you’re online, any changes that you or others make will sync automatically.

If you use OneDrive on your PC, and you capture a screenshot, you can have it automatically saved to OneDrive.

Screenshots will still be saved to your Clipboard as before, so you can immediately paste them. They will also be saved to the OneDrive/Pictures/Screenshots folder on your PC and automatically uploaded to your online storage. You can get to the folder by using File Explorer, by going to the OneDrive website, or by using the OneDrive mobile apps.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off automatically save screenshots you capture to OneDrive for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Drive Space Indicator Bar in Windows 11

The drive space indicator bar gives you a visual display of available free space for each drive shown on This PC in File Explorer.

The drive space indicator bar is blue until free space gets below 10%, then the bar turns red to help let you know the drive is low on free space.

If wanted, you can remove the drive space indicator bar to no longer show on drive tiles.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the drive space indicator bar for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Disable Desktop Wallpaper JPEG Quality Reduction in Windows 11

When you set an image as your desktop background wallpaper or slideshow, Windows will import a copy of this image and store it as the TranscodedWallpaper file in the %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Themes folder. Your desktop background wallpaper is loaded from this TranscodedWallpaper file cache.

If you select a JPG or JPEG image as your desktop background wallpaper, then Windows will automatically compress and reduce the quality of the imported copy to only 85% of the original JPG/JPEG image quality. This is done to help save disk space, RAM, and improve the performance of Windows while showing the desktop wallpaper image or when cycling wallpaper images during a desktop slideshow. Of course, the JPEG desktop wallpaper will not look as good as the original.

If you have a decent performing system, then you may wish to disable this automatic quality reduction of JPEG desktop wallpapers to have the imported image show with the full quality as the original JPEG image.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the automatic import quality reduction of a JPG or JPEG desktop wallpaper for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Find Old Previous Computer Name in Windows 11

The computer name makes it easier to identify your device. For example, if you use multiple computers with your Microsoft account devices.

PCs on a network need unique names so they can identify and communicate with each other. If two PCs have the same name on the same network, it creates a conflict for network communications. Most PCs come with default names, but you can change the computer name.

If the computer name is changed, Windows will save the old previous computer name in the registry for reference.

This tutorial will show you how to find the old previous computer name in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Camera On/Off OSD Indicator in Windows 11

NoPhysicalCameraLED indicates that there is no physical LED for the device’s camera. An example of a physical LED for a camera is the small blue light that turns on whenever the camera is streaming video. This setting is used to indicate to the shell component that it will need to provide a small indicator in the user interface (UI) to show when video frames are streaming or not streaming to replace the notification by physical LED.

If you set the NoPhysicalCameraLED DWORD value to 1 (enable), users will see a Camera on and Camera off on-screen display (OSD) indicator above the taskbar for few moments whenever the camera has been turned on or off to let you know.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the Camera on and Camera off on-screen display (OSD) indicator for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Add WinSxS Component Store Cleanup Context Menu in Windows 11

The WinSxS folder is located in the Windows folder, for example C:\Windows\WinSxS. It’s the location for Windows Component Store files. The Windows Component Store is used to support the functions needed for the customization and updating of Windows. Here are some examples of how the Windows Component Store files are used:

  • Using Windows Update to install new component versions. This keeps systems secure and up-to-date.
  • Enabling or disabling¬†Windows features.
  • Adding roles or features using Server Manager.
  • Moving systems between different Windows Editions.
  • System recovery from corruption or boot failures
  • Uninstalling problematic updates
  • Running programs using side-by-side assemblies

The component store (WinSxS folder) contains components that make-up Windows and allow you operate your system. These components are kept in this folder in case you need to rollback changes or repair corrupted files.

Files in this folder might appear to be stored in more than one place in the operating system, but there’s usually only one copy of the file and the rest of the copies are actually hard links. Some tools, such as the File Explorer, determine the size of directories without taking into account that the contained files might be hard linked, which might lead you to think that the WinSxS folder takes up more disk space than it really does.

The operating system automatically reduces the size of the WinSxS folder by using methods similar to the ones described in this topic. Windows also uses internal processes to reduce the size of the WinSxS folder, such as uninstalling and deleting packages with components that have been replaced by other components with newer versions. Previous versions of some components are kept on the system for a period of time, allowing you to rollback if necessary. After a period of time, these older components are automatically removed from the installation.

You can manually analyze and clean up the component store (WinSxS folder) to reduce its size in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

This tutorial will show you how to add a Component Store Cleanup desktop context menu for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Add SFC /SCANNOW Context Menu in Windows 11

System File Checker (SFC) is a tool built into Windows that will check for system file corruption.

The SFC /SCANNOW command scans and verifies the integrity of all protected system files and replaces missing or corrupted versions with correct versions when possible. If this command discovers that a protected file has been overwritten, it retrieves the correct version of the file from the Windows image component store, and then replaces the missing or corrupted file.

This tutorial will show you how to add a SFC SCANNOW desktop context menu for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Take Screenshot in Windows Mixed Reality in Windows 11

Windows Mixed Reality¬†is the first spatial operating system. Instead of using a flat screen and a 2D interface, it uses 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 or SteamVR. You can multitask with these apps like never before–in 3D where space is almost limitless.

You can take a mixed reality capture (MRC) photo at any time while in Windows Mixed Reality.

Mixed reality capture photos are saved as a .jpg file to your C:\Users\<username>\Pictures\Camera Roll folder for you to share or do with what you want.

This tutorial will show you how to take a screenshot in Windows Mixed Reality on a Windows 10 and Windows 11 PC.

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Uninstall Windows Mixed Reality in Windows 11

Windows Mixed Reality¬†is the first spatial operating system. Instead of using a flat screen and a 2D interface, it uses 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 or SteamVR. You can multitask with these apps like never before–in 3D where space is almost limitless.

If Windows Mixed Reality isn’t running well, or if you want to free up some disk space, you can uninstall it. Your user info will be removed when uninstalling, but your mixed reality apps will remain on your PC.

This tutorial will show you how to uninstall Windows Mixed Reality for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Install and Set up Windows Mixed Reality in Windows 11

Windows Mixed Reality¬†is the first spatial operating system. Instead of using a flat screen and a 2D interface, it uses 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 or SteamVR. You can multitask with these apps like never before–in 3D where space is almost limitless.

Windows 10 and Windows 11 powers Windows Mixed Reality on variety of headsets across a diverse set of PC hardware. The power of your PC will determine what experiences you can have. With higher end PCs, you get some extra capabilities and features:

  • Crisper visuals and a higher refresh rate.
  • More apps and experiences‚ÄĒincluding the most graphics-intensive games.
  • A ‚Äė‚Äômirror‚Äô‚Äô window on your desktop that shows what you see in mixed reality.
  • Record and share videos and photos of your mixed reality experiences.

What you’ll need to run Windows Mixed Reality:

If your PC supports Windows Mixed Reality, you can install and set up Windows Mixed Reality.

This tutorial will show you how to install and set up Windows Mixed Reality for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Check if your PC supports Windows Mixed Reality in Windows 11

Windows 10 and Windows 11 powers Windows Mixed Reality on variety of headsets across a diverse set of PC hardware. The power of your PC will determine what experiences you can have. With higher end PCs, you get some extra capabilities and features:

  • Crisper visuals and a higher refresh rate.
  • More apps and experiences‚ÄĒincluding the most graphics-intensive games.
  • A ‚Äė‚Äômirror‚Äô‚Äô window on your desktop that shows what you see in mixed reality.
  • Record and share videos and photos of your mixed reality experiences.

See if your PC can run Windows Mixed Reality by reviewing the hardware guidelines below and running the Mixed Reality Portal app.

Remember, your performance will vary depending on your exact setup. You’ll also need to make sure your PC has the¬†right ports¬†for the Windows Mixed Reality immersive headset that you’re using.

If your PC supports Windows Mixed Reality, you an purchase any of the publicly available Windows Mixed Reality immersive headsets from various global retailers. You can also find headsets at the online Microsoft Store, all of which can be used for mixed reality development.

This tutorial will show you how to check if Windows Mixed Reality is supported by your Windows 10 or Windows 11 PC.

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Add or Remove User Folder in Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 11

A¬†user profile¬†is a collection of settings that make the computer look and work the way you want it to for a user account. It is stored in the user’s¬†C:\Users\<user name>¬†profile folder, and contains the account’s settings for desktop backgrounds, screen savers, pointer preferences, sound settings, and other features. User profiles ensure that your personal preferences are used whenever you sign in to Windows.

Your account’s user profile folder contains personal folders such as the 3D Objects, Contacts, Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Favorites, Links, Music, OneDrive, Pictures, Saved Games, Searches, and Videos folders.

By default, your user folder will only show on the navigation pane of File Explorer when Show all folders is turned on.

If you like, you can add the user folder to show on the navigation pane without having to turn on Show all folders. This can also be useful if you do not want your personal folders pinned to Quick access in the navigation pane, and prefer them under the separate expandable and collapsable user folder instead.

The user folder on the navigation pane will use your account’s full name.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the user folder on the navigation pane of File Explorer for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Show Preview Handlers in Preview Pane of File Explorer in Windows 11

The preview pane in File Explorer shows you the contents of a file, such as image or text files, without having to open it with an app.

Preview handlers show the content of text files (ex: .bat, .cmd, .html, .ps1, .reg, .txt, etc…) in the preview pane.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable showing preview handlers in the the preview pane of File Explorer for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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