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Change Sleep Button Action in Windows 11

The sleep button action setting lets users specify the default action to take when the system hardware sleep button (if available) on the PC is pressed.

Users can specify one of the following actions to take:

  • Do Nothing¬†= No action is taken when the sleep button is pressed.
  • Sleep¬†= The system enters sleep when the sleep button is pressed. This is the default setting.
  • Hibernate¬†= The system enters hibernate when the sleep button is pressed.
  • Shut Down¬†= The system shuts down when the sleep button is pressed.
  • Turn off the display¬†= All displays will be turned off when the sleep button is pressed.

This tutorial will show you how to change the default action to take when pressing the sleep button in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Change Power Button Action in Windows 11

The power button action setting lets users specify the default action to take when the system hardware power button on the PC is pressed.

Users can specify one of the following actions to take:

  • Do Nothing¬†= No action is taken when the power button is pressed.
  • Sleep¬†= The system enters sleep when the power button is pressed.
  • Hibernate¬†= The system enters hibernate when the power button is pressed.
  • Shut Down¬†= The system shuts down when the power button is pressed.
  • Turn off the display¬†= All displays will be turned off when the power button is pressed.

This tutorial will show you how to change the default action to take when pressing the power button in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Shut Down Computer in Windows 11

If you don’t plan to use your PC for a while, then you could shut down (turn off) the PC to save energy.

A shut down closes all apps, signs out all users, and turn your PC off completely.

When shutting down your PC, any open supported apps are registered for application restart. After restart, these apps will re-open automatically when you sign in.

This tutorial will show you different ways on how to shut down your Windows 11 computer.

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Enable or Disable Require PIN for Pairing when Projecting to this PC in Windows 11

If you‚Äôre working on a Windows PC and want the apps and content from another device to show on your PC screen, you‚Äôll want to consider mirroring that device‚Äės screen or projecting it to your PC.

The¬†Wireless Display¬†app allows other devices to wirelessly¬†project to this PC‘s screen, and use its keyboard, mouse, and other devices too.

You can never, first time, or always require a PIN for pairing when projecting to your PC.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable to require PIN for pairing when projecting to your Windows 11 PC.

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Run as different user in Windows 11

Run as different user allows a user to run a .bat, .cmd, .exe, .msc, or .msi file as a different user. This allows running the .bat, .cmd, .exe, .msc, or .msi file with the same permissions and rights as the different user instead of the user account they are currently signed in to.

Run as different user will only affect the current instance of the running .bat, .cmd, .exe, .msc, or .msi file. You can open multiple instances of the file with each instance running as a different user.

This tutorial will show you how to use Run as different user in Windows 11.

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Turn On or Off Tablet-optimized Taskbar in Windows 11

Starting with Windows 11 build 22563, Microsoft introduced a new tablet-optimized taskbar state that’s specifically designed to make you feel more confident and comfortable using your device as a tablet. Your taskbar will automatically transition to this optimized version when you disconnect or fold back the keyboard on your 2-in-1 device. This feature only works on devices that can be used as tablets. It does not work on laptops or desktop PCs.

There are two states of this taskbar: collapsed and expanded. In the collapsed state, the taskbar gets out your way, gives you more screen space, and prevents you from accidentally invoking the taskbar when you’re holding your tablet. In the expanded state, the taskbar is optimized to be easier to use with touch. You can easily switch between the two states by swiping up and down on the bottom of your device.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off tablet-optimized taskbar for your account in Windows 11.

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Add or Remove WMIC command Feature in Windows 11

The WMI command-line (WMIC) utility provides a command-line interface for Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI). WMIC is compatible with existing shells and utility commands.

The WMI command-line (WMIC) utility is deprecated as of Windows 10, version 21H1, and as of the 21H1 semi-annual channel release of Windows Server.

Starting with Windows 11 build 22572, WMIC is now available as an optional feature that can be uninstalled or reinstalled via Settings > Apps > Optional Features.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the WMIC optional feature for all users in Windows 11.

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Change Maximum Size for 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 hard disk, 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.

Items in the Recycle Bin still take up hard disk space and can be undeleted or restored back to their original location. When the Recycle Bin of a drive reaches its maximum size, Windows will automatically permanently delete (empty) older files in the Recycle Bin location to accommodate the most recently deleted files and folders.

When you manually empty the Recycle Bin, all files in the Recycle Bin will be permanently deleted to free up disk space.

This tutorial will show you how to change the maximum size of a Recycle Bin location in Windows 11 and Windows 10.

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Enable Recycle Bin for Removable Drives 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 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.

Items in the Recycle Bin still take up hard disk space and can be undeleted or restored back to their original location. When the Recycle Bin of a drive reaches its maximum storage size, Windows will automatically permanently delete (empty) older files in the Recycle Bin location to accommodate the most recently deleted files and folders.

When you manually empty the Recycle Bin, all files in the Recycle Bin will be permanently deleted to free up disk space.

This tutorial will show you how to enable the Recycle Bin for removable drives for all users in Windows 11.

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Change Default Image Settings for Camera in Windows 11

Having a camera as part of your Windows device or system lets you make Skype video calls, take pictures, etc. Many apps and services request and use the camera, and Windows settings give you control over which apps can use your camera.

This Camera Settings page allows you to manage cameras through the Settings app, whether they‚Äôre connected directly to the device (like a webcam) or are ONVIF IP cameras on your local network (for more info on ONVIF support in Windows, see¬†this blog post). Each camera lets you make changes to the default brightness and contrast ‚Äď letting you get rid of the pesky backlight that always shadows your face in your video calls. Depending on what features are supported by your camera, you can configure brightness, contrast, sharpness, saturation, enable Video HDR or Eye Contact, or correct for video rotation.

This tutorial will show you how to change or reset the default brightness, contrast, and other available image settings for a camera in Windows 11.

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Add or Remove “Run as different user” context menu in Windows 11

Run as different user allows a user to run a .bat, .cmd, .exe, .msc, or .msi file as a different user. This allows running the .bat, .cmd, .exe, .msc, or .msi file with the same permissions and rights as the different user instead of the user account they are currently signed in to.

To use Run as different user in File Explorer, you would normally have to right click on the .bat, .cmd, .exe, .msc, or .msi file, press and hold the Shift key, right click on Show more options, release the Shift key, and click/tap on Run as different user.

The Run as different user context menu is not available in the Start menu by default, but it can be added.

Run as different user does require you to enter the credentials of the user you want to run as.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Run as different user context menu for all users in Windows 11.

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Check for Windows 11 Updates

In Windows 11, you decide when and how to get the latest updates to keep your device running smoothly and securely. When you update, you’ll get the latest fixes and security improvements, helping your device run efficiently and stay protected. In most cases, restarting your device completes the update. Make sure your device is plugged in when you know updates will be installed.

Windows 11 offers you the choice of when and how to get the latest updates to keep your device running smoothly and securely. If you’re not ready to get recommended updates, you can choose to temporarily¬†pause¬†them from being downloaded and installed.

Feature updates are typically released twice per year and include new functionality and capabilities as well as potential fixes and security updates. Quality updates are more frequent and mainly include small fixes and security updates. Windows is designed to deliver both kinds of updates to devices through Windows Update.

This tutorial will show yo how to manually check for and install updates in Windows Update in Windows 11.

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Change Microsoft Edge Kiosk Settings in Windows 11

A single-app kiosk uses the Assigned Access feature to run a single app above the lock screen. When the kiosk account signs in, the app is launched automatically. The person using the kiosk cannot do anything on the device outside of the kiosk app.

If the kiosk app is closed, it will automatically restart.

When you are in kiosk mode, you can press the Ctrl + Alt + Delete keys to exit kiosk mode.

If you selected the Microsoft Edge app to be used in kiosk mode, you can change the Microsoft Edge kiosk settings anytime you like.

This tutorial will show you how to change the Microsoft Edge kiosk app settings in Windows 11 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

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Change Kiosk App in Windows 11

A single-app kiosk uses the Assigned Access feature to run a single app above the lock screen. When the kiosk account signs in, the app is launched automatically. The person using the kiosk cannot do anything on the device outside of the kiosk app.

If the kiosk app is closed, it will automatically restart.

When you are in kiosk mode, you can press the Ctrl + Alt + Delete keys to exit kiosk mode.

You can change the app used in kiosk mode anytime you like.

This tutorial will show you how to change the kiosk app in Windows 11 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

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Remove Kiosk in Windows 11

A single-app kiosk uses the Assigned Access feature to run a single app above the lock screen. When the kiosk account signs in, the app is launched automatically. The person using the kiosk cannot do anything on the device outside of the kiosk app.

If the kiosk app is closed, it will automatically restart.

When you are in kiosk mode, you can press the Ctrl + Alt + Delete keys to exit kiosk mode.

This tutorial will show you how to remove a kiosk in Windows 11 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

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