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Expand or Collapse Group in File Explorer in Windows 11

In Windows, you can change the group by view of a folder in File Explorer to have all items in the folder grouped by the name, date, date modified, size, type, total size (build 22494), and more file detail you want, and have all items in the folder arranged in ascending (alphabetical ) or descending order.

When you have a folder’s contents in¬†groups, you can expand (show) or collapse (hide) a group or all groups in the opened folder window.

This tutorial will show you how to expand or collapse groups in File Explorer for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Turn On or Off Align Icons to Grid on Desktop in Windows 11

The desktop (Win+D) is your home screen and working space in Windows that contains the taskbar and any icons (ex: shortcuts, files, folders, etc…) you add to and arrange on the desktop.

If you turn on Align icons to grid, your desktop icons will automatically be snapped into place on an invisible grid on your screen. The grid keeps the icons aligned with each other to prevent them from overlapping.

If you turn off Align icons to grid, your desktop icons will no longer be snapped into place by grid.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off align desktop icons to grid for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Turn On or Off Auto Arrange Icons on Desktop in Windows 11

The desktop (Win+D) is your home screen and working space in Windows that contains the taskbar and any icons (ex: shortcuts, files, folders, etc…) you add to and arrange on the desktop.

If you turn on Auto arrange icons, your desktop icons will automatically be arranged in columns starting along the left side of your screen.

If you turn off Auto arrange icons, you can arrange your desktop icons how and where you like on the desktop.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off auto arrange desktop icons for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Suggested Actions in Windows 11

Starting with Windows 11 build 25525, you can try out a new Suggested Actions feature for making everyday tasks quicker in Windows 11 through inline suggested actions. When you copy a date, time, or phone number, Windows will suggest actions relevant to you such as creating calendar events or making phone calls with your favorite apps.

  • On copying a phone number, Windows will pop up an inline light dismissible UI that suggests ways to call the phone number using Teams or other installed apps that offer click-to-dial call functions.
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  • On copying a date and/or time, Windows will pop up an inline light dismissible UI that suggests creating the event using supported calendar apps. Upon user selection of preference, the app is launched with its corresponding calendar event creation page with auto filled date and/or time.
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This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off Suggested Actions for your account in Windows 11.

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Open Notification Center in Windows 11

Notifications are alerts from apps, system, and other senders.

Windows 11 puts notifications in the Notification Center (Win+N) on the taskbar corner where you can view them instantly from the flyout.

You can select a notification in the Notification Center to read more or take action. Don’t want to take any action? To clear a specific notification, click/tap the X next to the notification you want to clear. If you want to clear all your notifications, click/tap on the¬†Clear all¬†button.

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Open Start Menu in Windows 11

The Start menu is comprised of three sections: Pinned, All apps, and Recommended.

The Start menu contains shortcuts of all your apps, settings, and files.

The Pinned section is at the top of the Start menu. This section consists of pins arranged in a grid. The items in this section are a subset of all the apps installed on the PC; not all installed apps are included in this section by default. The number of rows and items in this view are consistent across device panel sizes. While the initial view of this section displays 18 items, a user can use the pagination control to move through pages of additional pins. The items in this section are a combination of Microsoft-defined apps, dynamically delivered apps, and OEM-configured items. Users can add, move, or remove pins in this section.

The All apps section appears when a user clicks/taps on All apps in the upper-right corner of the Start menu. All Apps is a comprehensive list, in alphabetical order, of all installed apps. Users can add or remove items in All apps.

The¬†Recommended section is the section below the “Pinned” section on the bottom of the Start menu that shows a list of the users¬†recently added apps¬†and¬†recently opened items. Users can click/tap on¬†More¬†to see a full list of their recently added apps and recently opened items.

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Enable or Disable Cortana in Windows 11

Cortana is a personal productivity assistant in Microsoft 365, helping your users achieve more with less effort and focus on what matters. The Cortana app in Windows 10 and Windows 11 helps users quickly get information across Microsoft 365, using typed or spoken queries to connect with people, check calendars, set reminders, add tasks, and more.

Cortana is still included in Windows 11, but will no longer be included in the first boot experience or pinned to the Taskbar.

If you like, you can disable allowing Cortana usage by all users on the computer.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Cortana for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Change Hover Time to Show Taskbar Thumbnail Live Preview in Windows 11

The taskbar is a horizontal bar at the bottom of your desktop in Windows 11 that shows the Start menu, Search, Task View, Widgets, Chat, File Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Microsoft Store icons aligned to the center by default. The taskbar corner includes the notification area icons, Quick Settings (Win+A), and Notification Center (Win+N) with the clock and calendar.

When you hover the pointer over an icon on the taskbar with an open window, you will see the thumbnail preview(s) of the open window(s).

When you hover the pointer on the taskbar thumbnail preview, you will see a live preview (peek) of only that open window on your desktop.

If you like, you can change the hover delay time to how many milliseconds you want.

A shorter delay time will have a taskbar thumbnail live preview show faster when hovering on a taskbar thumbnail preview.

A longer delay time will cause a taskbar thumbnail live preview take longer before showing when hovering on a taskbar thumbnail preview. If you set a long enough delay, it will effectively disable showing a taskbar thumbnail live preview when hovering on a taskbar thumbnail preview.

This tutorial will show you how to change the hover delay time to show a taskbar thumbnail live preview for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Change Hover Time to Show Taskbar Thumbnail Previews in Windows 11

The taskbar is a horizontal bar at the bottom of your desktop in Windows 11 that shows the Start menu, Search, Task View, Widgets, Chat, File Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Microsoft Store icons aligned to the center by default. The taskbar corner includes the notification area icons, Quick Settings (Win+A), and Notification Center (Win+N) with the clock and calendar.

When you hover the pointer over an icon on the taskbar with an open window, there is a delay milliseconds you have to wait before seeing the thumbnail preview(s) of the open window(s).

A shorter delay time will have taskbar thumbnail previews show faster when hovering on a taskbar icon.

A longer delay time will cause taskbar thumbnail previews to take longer before showing when hovering on a taskbar icon. If you set a long enough delay, it will effectively disable showing taskbar thumbnail previews when hovering on a taskbar icon.

This tutorial will show you how to change the hover delay time to show taskbar thumbnail previews for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Change Number of Taskbar Thumbnails to Show before Stacked as List in Windows 11

The taskbar is a horizontal bar at the bottom of your desktop in Windows 11 that shows the Start menu :win:, Search, Task View, Widgets, Chat, File Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Microsoft Store icons aligned to the center by default. The taskbar corner includes the notification area icons, Quick Settings (Win+A), and Notification Center (Win+N) with the clock and calendar.

When you have one or more windows open for an app, you can hover over or click/tap on the app’s icon on the taskbar to see thumbnail previews of the open windows.

The taskbar will only show thumbnail previews of so many open windows for an app before the threshold is reached and will then afterwards automatically show a stacked list of the open windows.

The taskbar thumbnail threshold limit will vary depending on what you have set for your screen resolution and DPI scaling level.

Here are some default taskbar thumbnail threshold limits based on screen resolution with default DPI:

  • 800×600 = 8 open windows
  • 1024×768 = 10 open windows
  • 1920×1080 = 16 open windows

This tutorial will show you how to change the taskbar thumbnail threshold limit for number of thumbnail previews to show before stacked as list for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Always Use Last Active Click on Taskbar in Windows 11

The taskbar is a horizontal bar at the bottom of your desktop in Windows 11 that shows the Start menu :win:, Search, Task View, Widgets, Chat, File Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Microsoft Store icons aligned to the center by default. The taskbar corner includes the notification area icons, Quick Settings (Win+A), and Notification Center (Win+N) with the clock and calendar.

When you have more than one window open for an app, you can hover over or click/tap on the app’s icon on the taskbar to see thumbnail previews of the opened windows to switch between them by default.

The¬†Last Active Click¬†feature will allow you to press the¬†Ctrl¬†key while click/tap on the app’s icon to switch between the open windows for the app showing in order of the last active window.

If you like, you can enable to always use the¬†Last Active Click¬†feature to only need to click/tap on an app’s icon on the taskbar to switch between the app’s open windows.

You can continue to click/tap on the app’s icon on the taskbar to switch between each of the open windows for the app.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable always use Last Active Click on the taskbar for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Pen Press and Hold for Right-clicking in Windows 11

You can pair a pen via Bluetooth to connect the pen with your Windows 11 PC and use with the pen menu.

When you press and hold with a pen, it is the same as performing a right-click.

You can enable or disable press and hold for right-clicking with a pen.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable press and hold for right-clicking with a pen for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Change Pen Press and Hold Speed and Duration in Windows 11

You can pair a pen via Bluetooth to connect the pen with your Windows 11 PC and use with the pen menu.

You can change the amount of time (speed) you must press and hold with your pen before you can perform a right-click.

You can also change the amount of time during press and hold with your pen to perform a right-click.

This tutorial will show you how to change the pen press and hold speed and duration for right-clicking for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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