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Check Windows Terminal Version in Windows 11

Windows Terminal is a modern host application for the command-line shells you already love, like Command Prompt, PowerShell, and bash (via Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)). Its main features include multiple tabs, panes, Unicode and UTF-8 character support, a GPU accelerated text rendering engine, and the ability to create your own themes and customize text, colors, backgrounds, and shortcuts.

This tutorial will show you how to check the current version of Windows Terminal in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Check PowerShell Version in Windows 11

Windows PowerShell is a task-based command-line shell and scripting language designed especially for system administration. Built on the .NET Framework, Windows PowerShell helps IT professionals and power users control and automate the administration of the Windows operating system and applications that run on Windows.

This tutorial will show you how to check the current version of PowerShell in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Snipping Tool Auto Save Screenshots in Windows 11

The Snipping Tool app allows you to quickly annotate screenshots, photos and other images with your pen, touch, or mouse and save, paste or share with other apps.

Starting with the¬†Snipping Tool¬†app version¬†11.2209.2.0, the Snipping Tool will now automatically saves your screenshots by default to the¬†Screenshots¬†folder in the¬†Pictures¬†folder (ex: “%UserProfile%\Pictures\Screenshots”) for your account.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off automatically save screenshots for the Snipping Tool app for your account in Windows 11.

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Disable Folder Thumbnail Previews without Disabling File Thumbnail Previews in Windows 11

File Explorer can display thumbnail previews (image) or icons of files in Windows 11.

Starting with Windows 11 build 22557, File Explorer will now show previews of items within folders.

File Explorer displays a thumbnail preview image of the last item added to the folder by default.

This tutorial will show you how to disable only folder thumbnail previews without disabling file thumbnail previews for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Add or Remove “Customize this folder” on Context Menu and Properties in Windows 11

You can right click on a folder or non-OS drive, and click/tap on Properties to see a Customize tab.

You can right click on the background of an open folder or non-OS drive, and click/tap on Show more options (Shift+F10) to see the Customize this folder context menu. If you click/tap on the Customize this folder context menu item, it will open the Customize tab on the properties page of the folder or non-OS drive.

The Customize tab allows you to change the folder template, folder picture, and folder icon if supported by the folder or non-OS drive.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Customize tab on the properties page and Customize this folder context menu for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Previous Versions from Context Menu and Properties in Windows 11

You can right click on a drive, file, or folder, and click/tap on Properties to see a Previous Versions tab.

You can right click on a drive, file, or folder, and click/tap on Show more options (Shift+F10) to see the Restore previous versions context menu. If you click/tap on the Restore previous versions context menu item, it will open the Previous Versions tab on the properties page of the drive, file, or folder.

The previous versions feature in Windows allows you to restore a previous version of files, folders, and drives that were saved or backed up as part of a restore point, File History, and/or Windows Backup.

If a file, folder, or drive was not included in a restore point, added to File History, or included in a Windows Backup, then there will not be any previous versions available for it.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Previous Versions tab from the properties page and Restore previous versions from the context menu for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Security tab on Properties Page in Windows 11

You can right click on a drive, file, folder, or shortcut on a NTFS formatted volume and click/tap on Properties to see a Security tab.

The Security tab allows users to change owner and modify permissions for access rights of a drive, file, folder, or shortcut.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Security tab from drive, file, folder, and shortcut properties for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Sharing tab in Drive and Folder Properties in Windows 11

You can right click on a drive or folder and click/tap on Properties to see a Sharing tab.

The Sharing tab in the properties of a folder or drive allows you to manage file sharing over a network in Windows to share files and folders on your computer with other users over a private or public network in your workgroup or domain.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Sharing tab from drive and folder properties for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Location tab in Folder Properties in Windows 11

You can right click on a folder that supports being moved and click/tap on Properties to see a Location tab.

The Location tab in the properties page window of supported folders (ex: user personal folders) will allow you to see the current location of the folder, move the default location of the folder, restore default location, and find target of the folder.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Location tab from folder properties for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Compatibility tab in App Properties in Windows 11

You can right click on a program shortcut or executable file and click/tap on Properties to see a Compatibility tab.

The Compatibility tab displays a list of settings that can be selected and applied to the app to resolve the most common issues affecting legacy applications.

You can use compatibility mode to run the program using settings from an earlier version of Windows. You can try this setting if you know the program is designed for (or worked with) a specific version of Windows.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Compatibility tab from app properties for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Reset Details and Preview Pane Width to Default in File Explorer in Windows 11

The details pane in File Explorer shows you the most common properties associated with the selected file. File properties provide more detailed info about a file, such as the author, the date you last changed the file, and any descriptive tags you might have added to the file.

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.

You can drag the left border of the details or preview pane left and right to increase or decrease its width in File Explorer.

This tutorial will show you how to reset the width of the details and preview pane in File Explorer back to default for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Add or Remove All Apps List on Start Menu in Windows 11

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

All apps appears when a user clicks on All apps in the upper-right corner of the Start menu. All Apps is a comprehensive list of shortcuts, in alphabetical order, of all installed apps. Some of these shortcuts are grouped into folders with the expandable folder in the list.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the All apps button and list from the Start menu for all users in Windows 11.

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Add Disk Cleanup to Context Menu of Drives in Windows 11

You can use Disk Cleanup on a regular basis to reduce the number of unnecessary files on your drives, which can free up drive space and help your PC run better. It can delete temporary files and system files, empty the Recycle Bin, and remove a variety of other items that you might no longer need.

You can add Cleanup to the context menu of drives that will open Disk Cleanup to reduce the number of unnecessary files on the selected disk to free up disk space.

This tutorial will show you how to add Cleanup to the context menu of drives for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Additional Clocks for Different Time Zones in Windows 11

Windows can display up to three clocks: one for the local time and two additional clocks for different time zones. After you set up additional clocks, you can view them by clicking on or hover the pointer over the taskbar clock.

This tutorial will show you how to setup and show up to two additional clocks for different time zones on the taskbar for your account in Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Camera in Windows 11

In Windows, having a camera as part of your device lets you make Teams video calls, take pictures, record videos, and more.

Some people worry about unknown apps, organizations, or malware using their camera. Whenever your camera is used, you should be in charge. To help you understand when your camera is turned on, the following indicators are provided:

  • If your device comes with a camera light, the light will turn on when the camera is in use.
  • If your system doesn‚Äôt have a camera light, you‚Äôll get a notification to let you know when the camera turns on or off.

Sometimes you may want to disable the camera for privacy and security reasons when it’s not being used.

This tutorial will show you how to enable and disable a camera or webcam as needed in Windows 11.

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Change Maximum Days to Pause Windows Update in Windows 11

Windows Update keeps Windows 11 updated by automatically downloading and installing the latest updates, drivers, and hotfixes released by Microsoft.

If you have a Windows Insider build of Windows 11 installed, you can only pause updates for a maximum of 1 week (7 days) by default until updates automatically resume.

If you do not have a Windows Insider build of Windows 11 installed, you can pause updates for a maximum of up to 5 weeks (35 days) by default until updates automatically resume.

You can manually change the maximum days you have available to pause Windows Update for.

This tutorial will show you how to change the maximum days you can pause Windows Update for in Windows 11.

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Add Change Owner to Context Menu in Windows 11

An owner is assigned to an object when that object is created. By default, the owner is the creator of the object. No matter what permissions are set on an object, the owner of the object can always change the permissions.

The owner of an object (ex: file, folder, drive, or registry key) has the right to allow or deny access to that resource. Although members of the Administrators group and other authorized users also have the right to allow or deny access, the owner has the authority to lock out non-administrator users, and then the only way to regain access to the resource is for an administrator or a member of the Restore Operators group to take ownership of it. This makes the file or folder owner important with respect to what permissions are allowed or denied for a given resource.

Ownership can be¬†taken¬†or transferred in several ways. The current owner of an object can transfer ownership to another user or group. A member of the Administrators¬†group¬†can take ownership of an object or transfer ownership to another user or group‚ÄĒeven if administrators are locked out of the resource according to the¬†permissions. Any user with the “Take Ownership”¬†permission¬†on the object can take ownership, as can any member of the “Backup Operators”¬†group¬†(or anyone else with the “Restore Files And Directories”¬†user right, for that matter).

This tutorial will show you how to add Change Owner to the context menu of all files, folders, and drives for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

The Change Owner context menu will allow you to quickly and easily see which user or group is the current owner of a file, folder, or drive.

The Change Owner context menu includes Take Ownership to change the owner of the file, folder, or drive would to the current user account. Permissions will be set to allow this current owner (Owner_Rights SID) full control of the file, folder, or drive.

The Change Owner context menu will also allow you to instantly change the owner of a file, folder (including contents), or drive to Administrators, Everyone, SYSTEM, or TrustedInstaller on demand without changing permissions.

When you right click or press and hold on a file, folder, or drive, click/tap on¬†Change Owner, and click/tap on either¬†Take Ownership¬†or¬†Change Owner to…¬†items, you will be prompted by¬†UAC¬†to approve.

The¬†Change Owner¬†context menu will not be available when you right click or press and hold only on the specific¬†C:¬†drive,¬†C:\Program Files¬†folder,¬†C:\Program Files (x86) folder,¬†C:\ProgramData¬†folder,¬†C:\Users¬†folder, and¬†C:\Windows¬†folder. This was done by design since changing the owner of the Windows “C:” drive and these specific system folders can make Windows unstable as it would also change the owner of the folder’s content at the same time. You will still be able to use the¬†Change Owner¬†context menu on files and folders inside these locations, and on all drives other than the C drive and FAT32 drives.

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Add Empty Folder context menu in Windows 11

You can add a Empty folder context menu to permanently delete the file contents of a folder after a one time Y/N confirmation to prevent emptying the folder by mistake.

Subfolders and their contents will not be deleted. Only the file contents in a folder you right clicked on will get permanently deleted.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Empty folder context menu for folders for all users in Windows 11.

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