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Connect to Wi-Fi Network in Windows 11

Wi-Fi is a wireless local area network (WLAN) technology and standard that uses high-frequency radio waves to provide wireless Internet and network connections to your Windows device.

When you set up and connect to a Wi-Fi network for the first time, Windows will automatically add a profile for the Wi-Fi network. The profile contains the SSID (network name), security key (password), and security type information used to connect to this Wi-Fi network.

Windows will usually automatically connect to networks in this priority order:

  • Ethernet
  • Wi‑Fi (wireless)
  • Mobile broadband (cellular)

Windows will automatically connect to your Wi-Fi network profiles based on a priority order when the Wi-Fi network is in range, and an Ethernet connection is not available.

If you check Connect automatically while connecting to a Wi-Fi network, that Wi-Fi profile will be placed at the top of the priority order list. If you have multiple Wi-Fi network connection profiles, you can change the priority order so the network profile you prefer will be the first one to use instead when in range.

This tutorial will show you how to connect to a Wi-Fi network in Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable OneDrive Syncing on Metered Network 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 – your 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.

You can also back up your important folders (your Desktop, Documents, and Pictures folders) on your Windows PC with OneDrive folder backup syncing, so they’re protected and available on other devices.

OneDrive syncing will automatically pause when your device is on a metered Wi-Fi or Ethernet network by default.

This tutorial will show how to enable or disable automatically pause OneDrive syncing when on a metered network for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Move a Widget on Widgets Board in Windows 11

Widgets are small windows that display dynamic info on your Windows desktop. They appear on the widgets board, where you can add, remove, arrange, resize, and customize them to reflect your interests and the way you work. Widgets help you stay on top of what’s important to you by bringing together personalized content from your favorite apps and services so you can have the latest info at a glance throughout your day. So say goodbye to constantly switching between apps and devices and websites—now you can stay connected to the things you care about without losing focus on your most important tasks.

Your widgets board consists of two sections: your widgets and your news feed. Your widgets are all located at the top of the widgets board. The news feed can be found below your widgets. The following sections describe how to use the widgets board.

You can move a widget to another spot on your widgets board to rearrange widgets to the location you want.

To use the widgets board, you need to be signed in to your Microsoft account, your work account, or your school account.

This tutorial will show you how to move a widget on the widgets board for your account in Windows 11.

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Customize Widgets in Windows 11

Widgets are small windows that display dynamic info on your Windows desktop. They appear on the widgets board, where you can add, remove, arrange, resize, and customize them to reflect your interests and the way you work. Widgets help you stay on top of what’s important to you by bringing together personalized content from your favorite apps and services so you can have the latest info at a glance throughout your day. So say goodbye to constantly switching between apps and devices and websites—now you can stay connected to the things you care about without losing focus on your most important tasks.

Your widgets board consists of two sections: your widgets and your news feed. Your widgets are all located at the top of the widgets board. The news feed can be found below your widgets. The following sections describe how to use the widgets board.

To use the widgets board, you need to be signed in to your Microsoft account, your work account, or your school account.

Some widgets may have a Customize widget option available allowing you to customize and change settings for the widget to reflect your interests and show the info you want.

This tutorial will show you how to customize a widget on the widgets board for your account in Windows 11.

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Personalize News Feed on Widgets Board in Windows 11

Widgets are small windows that display dynamic info on your Windows desktop. They appear on the widgets board, where you can add, remove, arrange, resize, and customize them to reflect your interests and the way you work. Widgets help you stay on top of what’s important to you by bringing together personalized content from your favorite apps and services so you can have the latest info at a glance throughout your day. So say goodbye to constantly switching between apps and devices and websites—now you can stay connected to the things you care about without losing focus on your most important tasks.

Your widgets board consists of two sections: your widgets and your news feed. Your widgets are all located at the top of the widgets board. The news feed can be found below your widgets. The following sections describe how to use the widgets board.

To use the widgets board, you need to be signed in to your Microsoft account, your work account, or your school account.

Updated content will appear in your news feed when there is new content to show that meets your personalization settings. Your news feed learns about you over time, so you might not always see changes right away. Signing in to Windows 11 and Microsoft Edge with the same Microsoft account will help ensure your news feed personalization is available across Widgets, apps, and devices.

The language and the content that you see on your widgets board is determined by your Windows display language and Country or region settings.

This tutorial will show you how to personalize your news feed on the widgets board for your account in Windows 11.

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Sign in or Sign out of Widgets Board in Windows 11

Widgets are small windows that display dynamic info on your Windows desktop. They appear on the widgets board, where you can add, remove, arrange, resize, and customize them to reflect your interests and the way you work. Widgets help you stay on top of what’s important to you by bringing together personalized content from your favorite apps and services so you can have the latest info at a glance throughout your day. So say goodbye to constantly switching between apps and devices and websites—now you can stay connected to the things you care about without losing focus on your most important tasks.

Your widgets board consists of two sections: your widgets and your news feed. Your widgets are all located at the top of the widgets board. The news feed can be found below your widgets. The following sections describe how to use the widgets board.

To use the widgets board, you need to be signed in to your Microsoft account, your work account, or your school account.

All widgets will be personalized by using the same account. It’s not currently possible to switch between different accounts when using the widgets board, but you can switch to a different account in Windows 11, which will then allow you to view widgets for that account.

This tutorial will show you how to sign in or sign out of the widgets board for your account in Windows 11.

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Resize Widgets on Widgets Board in Windows 11

Widgets are small windows that display dynamic info on your Windows desktop. They appear on the widgets board, where you can add, remove, arrange, resize, and customize them to reflect your interests and the way you work. Widgets help you stay on top of what’s important to you by bringing together personalized content from your favorite apps and services so you can have the latest info at a glance throughout your day. So say goodbye to constantly switching between apps and devices and websites—now you can stay connected to the things you care about without losing focus on your most important tasks.

Your widgets board consists of two sections: your widgets and your news feed. Your widgets are all located at the top of the widgets board. The news feed can be found below your widgets. The following sections describe how to use the widgets board.

To use the widgets board, you need to be signed in to your Microsoft account, your work account, or your school account.

Updated content will appear in your news feed when there is new content to show that meets your personalization settings. Your news feed learns about you over time, so you might not always see changes right away. Signing in to Windows 11 and Microsoft Edge with the same Microsoft account will help ensure your news feed personalization is available across Widgets, apps, and devices.

You can resize widgets to make them larger or smaller on the widgets board.

This tutorial will show you how to resize widgets on the widgets board for your account in Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable OneDrive Syncing in Battery Saver Mode 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 – your 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.

You can also back up your important folders (your Desktop, Documents, and Pictures folders) on your Windows PC with OneDrive folder backup syncing, so they’re protected and available on other devices.

The battery saver feature helps conserve power when a system is running on battery. When battery saver is on, some Windows features are disabled or behave differently. Using battery saver is the easiest way to extend battery life.

OneDrive syncing will automatically pause when your device is in battery saver mode by default.

This tutorial will show how to enable or disable automatically pause OneDrive syncing when in battery saver mode for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Set OneDrive Files On-Demand Status States 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 – your 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.

With OneDrive Files On-Demand, you can:

  • Save space on your device by making files online only
  • Set files and folders to be always available locally on your device
  • See important information about files, such as whether they are shared
  • See thumbnails of over 300 different file types even if you don’t have the required application installed to open it

This tutorial will show you how to set OneDrive Files On-Demand status states for files and folders for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable OneDrive Files On-Demand 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 – your 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.

With OneDrive Files On-Demand, you can:

  • Save space on your device by making files online only
  • Set files and folders to be always available locally on your device
  • See important information about files, such as whether they are shared
  • See thumbnails of over 300 different file types even if you don’t have the required application installed to open it

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off OneDrive Files On-Demand for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Manually Scan with Microsoft Defender Antivirus in Windows 11

Microsoft Defender Antivirus is an antivirus software that is included in Windows 11 and can help protect your device from viruses, malware, and other threats.

Real-time protection consists of always-on scanning with file and process behavior monitoring and heuristics. When real-time protection is on, Microsoft Defender Antivirus detects malware and potentially unwanted software that attempts to install itself or run on your device, and prompts you to take action on malware detections.

Sometimes you may need to manually scan with Microsoft Defender Antivirus.

This tutorial will show you different ways to manually scan files, folders, and drives on demand with Microsoft Defender Antivirus in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Run Microsoft Defender Offline Scan in Windows 11

Microsoft Defender Offline is an antimalware scanning tool that lets you boot and run a scan from a trusted environment. The scan runs from outside the normal Windows kernel so it can target malware that attempts to bypass the Windows shell, such as viruses and rootkits that infect or overwrite the master boot record (MBR).

You can use Microsoft Defender Offline if you suspect a malware infection, or you want to confirm a thorough clean of the endpoint after a malware outbreak.

This tutorial will show you how to manually run a Microsoft Defender Offline scan of your PC in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable BSOD Crash on Ctrl+Scroll Lock in Hyper-V

A BSOD (blue screen of death) error (also called a stop error) can occur if a problem causes your PC to shut down or restart unexpectedly (aka: crash). When you experience this type of error, you won’t be able to see things like the Start menu or the taskbar on the screen when your PC is turned on. Instead you might see a blue screen with a message that your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart.

Windows has a hidden feature that you can enable to be able to manually force a BSOD by holding down the rightmost Ctrl key, and press the Scroll Lock key twice while in a Hyper-V gen 1 or gen 2 virtual machine (guest OS)..

When used, the system calls KeBugCheck and issues bug check 0xE2 (MANUALLY_INITIATED_CRASH). Unless crash dumps have been disabled, a crash dump file is written at this point.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the ability to manually force a BSOD crash on Ctrl+Scroll Lock in a Hyper-V virtual machine on a Windows 10 and Windows 11 computer.

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Choose which OneDrive Folders to Sync 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 – your 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 don’t want to sync all of your folders in OneDrive (cloud) to your computer, you can choose which OneDrive folders to sync to your computer.

This tutorial will show you how to choose which OneDrive folders to sync to your computer for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable BSOD Crash on Ctrl+Scroll Lock in Windows 11

A BSOD (blue screen of death) error (also called a stop error) can occur if a problem causes your PC to shut down or restart unexpectedly (aka: crash). When you experience this type of error, you won’t be able to see things like the Start menu or the taskbar on the screen when your PC is turned on. Instead you might see a blue screen with a message that your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart.

Windows has a hidden feature that you can enable to be able to manually force a BSOD by holding down the rightmost Ctrl key, and press the Scroll Lock key twice.

When used, the system calls KeBugCheck and issues bug check 0xE2 (MANUALLY_INITIATED_CRASH). Unless crash dumps have been disabled, a crash dump file is written at this point.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the ability to manually force a BSOD crash on Ctrl+Scroll Lock for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Turn On or Off Microsoft Defender Firewall in

Microsoft Defender Firewall helps prevent hackers and malicious software from gaining access to your PC through the internet or a Domain, Private, or Public network. An organization might require you to turn it on before you can access their network resources from your device.

  • Domain profile: Used for networks where there is a system of account authentication against a domain controller (DC), such as an Azure Active Directory DC
  • Private profile: Designed for and best used in private networks such as a home network
  • Public profile: Designed with higher security in mind for public networks like Wi-Fi hotspots, coffee shops, airports, hotels, or stores

The Windows Defender Firewall with Advanced Security MMC snap-in is more flexible and provides much more functionality than the user-friendly Microsoft Defender Firewall interface in the Control Panel or Firewall & network protection interface in Windows Security.

Windows Defender Firewall with Advanced Security is a host firewall that helps secure the device in two ways. First, it can filter the network traffic permitted to enter the device from the network, and also control what network traffic the device is allowed to send to the network. Second, Windows Defender Firewall supports IPsec, which enables you to require authentication from any device that is attempting to communicate with your device. When authentication is required, devices that cannot authenticate cannot communicate with your device. By using IPsec, you can also require that specific network traffic be encrypted to prevent it from being read or intercepted while in transit between devices.

It’s important to have Microsoft Defender Firewall on, even if you already have another firewall on. It helps protect you from unauthorized access.

This tutorial will show you how turn on or off Microsoft Defender Firewall for Domain, Private, and/or Public networks in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Microsoft Defender Firewall in Windows 11

Microsoft Defender Firewall helps prevent hackers and malicious software from gaining access to your PC through the internet or a Domain, Private, or Public network. An organization might require you to turn it on before you can access their network resources from your device.

  • Domain profile: Used for networks where there is a system of account authentication against a domain controller (DC), such as an Azure Active Directory DC
  • Private profile: Designed for and best used in private networks such as a home network
  • Public profile: Designed with higher security in mind for public networks like Wi-Fi hotspots, coffee shops, airports, hotels, or stores

The Windows Defender Firewall with Advanced Security MMC snap-in is more flexible and provides much more functionality than the user-friendly Microsoft Defender Firewall interface in the Control Panel or Firewall & network protection interface in Windows Security.

Windows Defender Firewall with Advanced Security is a host firewall that helps secure the device in two ways. First, it can filter the network traffic permitted to enter the device from the network, and also control what network traffic the device is allowed to send to the network. Second, Windows Defender Firewall supports IPsec, which enables you to require authentication from any device that is attempting to communicate with your device. When authentication is required, devices that cannot authenticate cannot communicate with your device. By using IPsec, you can also require that specific network traffic be encrypted to prevent it from being read or intercepted while in transit between devices.

It’s important to have Microsoft Defender Firewall on, even if you already have another firewall on. It helps protect you from unauthorized access.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the ability to turn on or off Microsoft Defender Firewall in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Open Xbox Game Bar using Game Controller in Windows 11

You can open the Xbox Game Bar to take control of all your favorite gaming activities while playing on your Windows 11 device.\\

When you open Game Bar, a variety of Xbox gaming activities are at your fingertips. Select a feature from the Widget Menu and it’ll pop up as a widget. Many of these can be moved, resized, or pinned to your screen.

Xbox Game Bar has customization options that let you quickly jump between your game and favorite activities.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable open Xbox Game Bar using the Xbox button on a Xbox game controller for your account in Windows 11.

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Open Xbox Game Bar in Windows 11

You can open the Xbox Game Bar to take control of all your favorite gaming activities while playing on your Windows 11 device.\\

When you open Game Bar, a variety of Xbox gaming activities are at your fingertips. Select a feature from the Widget Menu and it’ll pop up as a widget. Many of these can be moved, resized, or pinned to your screen.

Xbox Game Bar has customization options that let you quickly jump between your game and favorite activities.

This tutorial will show you how to open the Xbox Game Bar over your game, app, or desktop in Windows 11.

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