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Enable or Disable Secure DNS over HTTPS (DoH) in Microsoft Edge

The Microsoft Edge web browser is based on Chromium and was released on January 15, 2020. It is compatible with all supported versions of Windows, and macOS. With speed, performance, best in class compatibility for websites and extensions, and built-in privacy and security features.

To navigate to a website, the browser needs to look up the network address (e.g. 93.184.216.34) for the host name (e.g. example.com) that’s used in the website’s URL. Secure DNS (DNS over HTTPS (DoH)) performs this lookup using a service over an HTTPS connection to the DNS service provider, thus protecting the lookups from modification or eavesdropping by attackers on the network.

By default, Microsoft Edge uses your current secure DNS provider. Microsoft Edge also offers alternate secure DNS providers to use.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off secure DNS in Microsoft Edge for your account or all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

Change Mouse Horizontal Scrolling Setting in Windows 11

If your mouse has a wheel that supports horizontal scrolling, under Horizontal Scrolling, you can change the number of characters you want to scroll horizontally when you tilt the wheel to the left or right.

You can perform any of the following actions to scroll horizontally with your mouse:

  • Press and hold the¬†Shift¬†while scrolling up (scroll left) and down (scroll right) with the mouse scroll wheel.
  • Press the middle mouse button once to see a circle with two arrows inside pointing left and right, and move your mouse pointer left and/or right.
  • In a scrollable window, tilt the wheel (if supported by mouse) to the left to scroll left, and to the right to scroll right.

This tutorial will show you how to change the number of characters to scroll horizontally at a time for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Change Text Cursor Blink Rate in Windows 11

The text cursor is that blinking line at the end of what you are typing in Windows.

The cursor blink rate is how often the text cursor blinks.

The default cursor blink rate is every 530 milliseconds, but you can stop or change this blink rate to be slower or faster.

This tutorial will show you how to change the text cursor blink rate for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, and Windows 11.

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Remove Quick Access Folders from Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 11

Quick access is part of Home in File Explorer (Win+E).

Quick access allows you to quickly access and view your pinned folders and frequent folders from within Home in File Explorer, and from the navigation pane of File Explorer when Show all folders is turned off.

If you don’t like seeing all your¬†pinned folders¬†and¬†frequent folders¬†showing on the navigation pane of File Explorer, then you can remove them all to stop showing. This will also remove the¬†Quick access¬†section from Home in File Explorer.

This tutorial will show you how to stop showing Quick access folders on the navigation pane of File Explorer for your account in Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Control Panel in Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 11

You can use¬†Control Panel¬†to change settings for Windows. These settings control nearly everything about how Windows looks and works, and you can use them to set up Windows so that it’s just right for you.

When you open the Control Panel, you can select to view the Control Panel in either the Category, Large icons, or Small icons view.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove Control Panel in the navigation pane of File Explorer for your account in Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Sleep on Power menu in Windows 11

Sleep¬†uses very little power, your PC starts up faster, and you‚Äôre instantly back to where you left off. You don‚Äôt have to worry that you’ll lose your work because of your battery draining because Windows automatically saves all your work and turns off the PC if the battery is too low. Use Sleep when you‚Äôre going to be away from your PC for just a little while.

Sleep is available in the power options menu by default in Windows 11, but you can remove Sleep from the power menu if wanted.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove Sleep on the power menu for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Hibernate on Power menu in Windows 11

Hibernate¬†is a power-saving state designed primarily for laptops, and might not be available for all PCs. (For example, PCs with¬†Modern Standby¬†may not have hibernate available.) While¬†sleep¬†puts your work and settings in memory and draws a small amount of power, hibernation puts your open documents and programs on your hard disk to the¬†hiberfile (C:\hiberfil.sys), and then turns off your computer. Hibernate uses less power than sleep and when you start up the PC again, you‚Äôre back to where you left off (though not as fast as sleep). Use hibernation when you know that you won’t use your laptop or tablet for an extended period and won’t have an opportunity to charge the battery during that time.

Hibernate is available in the power options menu by default in Windows 11, but you can remove Hibernate from the power menu if wanted.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove Hibernate on the power menu for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Subsystem Screen Reader for WSA Apps in Windows 11

Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) enables your Windows 11 device to run Android apps available from the Amazon Appstore.

Apps used in the Windows Subsystem for Android™ require an additional screen reader. Most of your accessibility settings in Windows will apply to apps in the Subsystem, like¬†text scaling,¬†closed captions,¬†dark theme, and¬†color filters. The Subsystem Screen Reader works in apps that have accessibility support.

The Subsystem Screen Reader only supports keyboard input. When the Subsystem Screen Reader is on, touch input for mobile apps is automatically turned off.

These are the keyboard commands you can use with mobile apps on Windows. To use them, you’ll need to turn on the Subsystem Screen Reader.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off the Subsystem Screen Reader for WSA mobile apps for your account in Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Advanced Networking for WSA in Windows 11

Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) enables your Windows 11 device to run Android apps available from the Amazon Appstore.

Advanced networking¬†allows Android apps to connect to other devices on the same network as your Windows PC. When this setting is turned on, you can play content wirelessly. For example, you can play music on a speaker that’s connected to the same network or set up hardware (like a security camera) with a compatible Android app.

If you’re experiencing network issues in your mobile apps, turning this off might help. When advanced networking is turned off, it might prevent mobile apps from accessing other devices on your network. Changes will take effect when you restart the Subsystem.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off advanced networking for Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) for your account in Windows 11.

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Change GPU for Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) Apps in Windows 11

Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) enables your Windows 11 device to run Android apps available from the Amazon Appstore.

If your PC has more than one graphics processing unit (GPU), you can select which GPU your mobile apps will use for WSA.

This tutorial will show you how to change which GPU is used for apps for Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) for your account in Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Always Run Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) in Background in Windows 11

Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) enables your Windows 11 device to run Android apps available from the Amazon Appstore.

Subsystem resources setting lets you choose if you want the Windows Subsystem for Android to be open in the background and always ready to open mobile apps.

You can select to have WSA open in the background As needed or Continuous.

This tutorial will show you how to change WSA to be open in the background As needed or Continuous for your account in Windows 11.

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Uninstall Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) Distro in Windows 11

The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) lets developers install a Linux distribution (such as Ubuntu, OpenSUSE, Kali, Debian, Arch Linux, etc) and use Linux applications, utilities, and Bash command-line tools directly on Windows, unmodified, without the overhead of a traditional virtual machine or dualboot setup.

Once you have Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) installed, you can install Linux distributions you want.

You can uninstall Linux distributions at any time. Once uninstalled, all data, settings, and software associated with that distribution will be permanently lost.

This tutorial will show you how to completely remove and uninstall a Linux distro for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Change Default Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) Distro in Windows 11

The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) lets developers install a Linux distribution (such as Ubuntu, OpenSUSE, Kali, Debian, Arch Linux, etc) and use Linux applications, utilities, and Bash command-line tools directly on Windows, unmodified, without the overhead of a traditional virtual machine or dualboot setup.

The first Linux distro you install after installing Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) will be the default Linux distribution.

The default Linux distribution is the distro that WSL commands will use to run.

If you have more than one Linux distro installed, you can change the default Linux distribution to one you prefer.

This tutorial will show you how to change the default Linux distro for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Install Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) Distros in Windows 11

The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) lets developers install a Linux distribution (such as Ubuntu, OpenSUSE, Kali, Debian, Arch Linux, etc) and use Linux applications, utilities, and Bash command-line tools directly on Windows, unmodified, without the overhead of a traditional virtual machine or dualboot setup.

Once you have Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) installed, you can install Linux distributions via the Microsoft Store or command line.

This tutorial will show you how to install and setup Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) distro apps for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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