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Create Elevated Shortcut without UAC prompt in Windows 11

When you open an application file with Run as administrator, you will get a UAC prompt by default for approval before the app is allowed to run with elevated rights.

In addition, Windows will not allow elevated apps to run at startup by default.

If you want to run an app as administrator (elevated) without getting a UAC prompt or at startup, then you can create an elevated task to run the application as a workaround to do so.

This tutorial will show you how to create a shortcut of an elevated task to run an app as administrator without getting a UAC prompt in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Start and End Focus Session in Windows 11

Starting with Windows 11 build 22557, Microsoft reimagined focus assist experiences on Windows. Do not disturb makes it easy to silence notifications. Focus is a new experience that enables everyone to stay in the moment and minimize distractions on their PC. To help you stay on track, focus integrates with the Clock app for other focus tools, such as a focus timer and calming music.

When you start a focus session, taskbar badging will turn off, flashing of applications in the taskbar will turn off, a focus timer will appear on screen, and do not disturb will turn on. Focus in Windows integrates with focus sessions in the Clock app, so you can play calming music and see a task list from Microsoft To-Do. When your focus session ends, you will receive a notification letting you know your focus time has completed. You can personalize your focus experience.

This tutorial will show you how to start and end a focus session for your account in Windows 11.

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Set Priority Notifications for Do Not Disturb in Windows 11

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

Starting with Windows 11 build 22557, Microsoft reimagined focus assist experiences on Windows. Do not disturb makes it easy to silence notifications. Focus is a new experience that enables everyone to stay in the moment and minimize distractions on their PC. To help you stay on track, focus integrates with the Clock app for other focus tools, such as a focus timer and calming music.

It’s now easier than ever to silence notification banners with do not disturb. When you are ready to see the notifications that you may have missed, you can find them in Notification Center (Win+N).

You are always in control of your notifications. You can set up rules to automatically turn on do not disturb. For example, you could set do not disturb to automatically turn on outside of your work hours. Additionally, you can set priority notifications to control whether calls, reminders, and specific apps break through when do not disturb is on.

Set priority notifications allows you to choose which notifications are allowed while do not disturb is on, all others will remain in the Notification Center (Win+N). Alarms and important app notifications are not affected by Set priority notifications settings.

This tutorial will show you how to set priority notifications while do not disturb is on for your account in Windows 11.

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Turn On or Off Do Not Disturb for Notifications in Windows 11

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

Starting with Windows 11 build 22557, Microsoft reimagined focus assist experiences on Windows. Do not disturb makes it easy to silence notifications. Focus is a new experience that enables everyone to stay in the moment and minimize distractions on their PC. To help you stay on track, focus integrates with the Clock app for other focus tools, such as a focus timer and calming music.

It’s now easier than ever to silence notification banners with do not disturb. When you are ready to see the notifications that you may have missed, you can find them in Notification Center (Win+N).

You are always in control of your notifications. You can set up rules to automatically turn on do not disturb. For example, you could set do not disturb to automatically turn on outside of your work hours. Additionally, you can set priority notifications to control whether calls, reminders, and specific apps break through when do not disturb is on.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off Do not disturb mode for your account in Windows 11.

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Turn On or Off Efficiency Mode for App or Process in Windows 11

Last April, Microsoft experimented with a new feature called Eco mode in Task Manager and is bringing this back with a new brand name: Efficiency mode starting with Windows 11 build 22557. This feature is helpful when you notice an app consuming high resources and would like to limit its consumption so that the system gives priority to other apps which will lead to faster foreground responsiveness and better energy efficiency.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off Efficiency mode for apps and processes in Windows 11.

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Change Live Captions Bar Position on Screen in Windows 11

Microsoft introduced a new feature called Live Captions starting with Windows 11 build 22557.

Live captions will help everyone, including people who are deaf or hard of hearing, better understand audio by viewing captions of spoken content. Captions are automatically generated on-device from any content with audio. Captions can be displayed at the top or bottom of the screen, or in a floating window. The caption window can be resized, and caption appearance can be personalized by applying or customizing a caption style. Microphone audio can be included, which can be helpful during in-person conversations.

While live captions is turned on, you can change the position of the live captions bar to the Top, Bottom, or Floating on screen.

  • Top¬†= The live captions bar will be fixed at the top of the screen.
  • Floating on screen¬†= The live captions bar will be floating on the screen allowing you to move it where you like on the screen.
  • Bottom¬†= The live captions bar will be fixed at the bottom of the screen just above the taskbar.

This tutorial will show you how to change the live captions bar position on the screen for your account in Windows 11.

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Turn On or Off Live Captions in Windows 11

Microsoft introduced a new feature called Live Captions starting with Windows 11 build 22557.

Live captions will help everyone, including people who are deaf or hard of hearing, better understand audio by viewing captions of spoken content. Captions are automatically generated on-device from any content with audio. Captions can be displayed at the top or bottom of the screen, or in a floating window. The caption window can be resized, and caption appearance can be personalized by applying or customizing a caption style. Microphone audio can be included, which can be helpful during in-person conversations.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off Live Captions for your account in Windows 11.

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Group Pinned Apps into Folders on 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.

Starting with Windows 11 build 22557, you can now customize your pinned apps on the Start menu by organizing them into folders. You can add more apps to a folder, rearrange apps within a folder, and remove apps from a folder.

This tutorial will show you how to organize and group your pinned apps on the Start menu into folders for your account in Windows 11.

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Pin or Unpin Files and Folders for Quick Access in Windows 11

Quick access in the navigation pane of File Explorer (Win+E) allows you to quickly access and view your pinned folders, frequent Folders, Pinned files, and Recent files from one location in Quick Access.

You can¬†Pin to Quick access¬†and¬†Unpin from Quick access¬†items. Pinned items can include local and network files (build 22557), folders, drives, libraries, OneDrive, This PC, Recycle Bin, etc…

Folders pinned to Quick access will display under Folders in Quick access in File Explorer, and under Quick access in the navigation pane of File Explorer.

Folders you pin or unpin for Quick access will also be pinned or unpinned in the jump list of File Explorer on the taskbar and Start menu.

Starting with¬†Windows 11 build 22557, Microsoft is rolling out an update to File Explorer‚Äôs Quick Access view. First, ‚ÄúPin to Quick Access‚ÄĚ support has been extended from only supporting Folders to now also supporting Files. Pinned files are shown in a new¬†Pinned files¬†section above¬†Recent files¬†in Quick Access. Next, for users who log into Windows with (or attach as a secondary account) a Microsoft Account or Work/Education account, Pinned and Recent files from Office.com will also be shown in Quick Access. Changes that pin or unpin files hosted in OneDrive, SharePoint, and Teams will sync and be reflected in Office.com and Office apps. File activity updates from collaborators such as edits, and comments are shown in Tiles view and can also be shown in Details view.

This tutorial will show you how to pin and unpin files and folders for Quick Access for your account in Windows 11.

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Clear and Reset Quick Access Folders in Windows 11

Quick access in the navigation pane of File Explorer (Win+E) allows you to quickly access and view your pinned locations, frequent folders, and recent files from one location in Quick Access.

You can¬†Pin to Quick access¬†and¬†Unpin from Quick access¬†items. These locations include local and network files files (build 22557), folders, drives, libraries, OneDrive, This PC, Recycle Bin, etc…

Folders pinned to Quick access will display under Folders in Quick access in File Explorer, and under Quick access in the navigation pane of File Explorer.

Folders you pin or unpin for Quick access will also be pinned or unpinned in the jump list of File Explorer on the taskbar and Start menu.

Clearing and resetting Quick access folders will remove all frequent and pinned folders in Quick access, and restore the default pinned folders in Quick access and File Explorer jump list. This can be helpful if you are having issues using Pin to Quick access, Unpin from Quick access, or you just wanted to clear and reset Quick access folders back to default.

This tutorial will show you how to clear and reset Quick access folders back to default for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Safely Remove Hardware in Windows 11

To avoid losing data, it’s important to remove external hardware like hard drives and USB drives safely.

Safely Remove Hardware¬†allows you to safely shutdown and eject a “removable” storage device before unplugging or disconnecting it to help prevent accidental data loss if data were still currently being copied or saved to or from the device.

If you have the removal policy (write caching) for a removable device set to quick removal, you can disconnect the device safely without needing to use Safely Remove Hardware.

This tutorial will show you how to use Safely Remove Hardware for removeable storage devices in Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Fast User Switching in Windows 11

When a user signs in to Windows, the system loads their profile. Because each user has a unique user account, this allows multiple users to share a computer. When a user signs in, the desktop settings, files, favorites, and history they see are theirs; they cannot be accessed by other users. When that user signs out, their profile is preserved for the next time that they sign in.

A user does not have to sign out to allow another user to sign in. Instead, it is possible for multiple users to sign in and switch quickly between their open accounts. This feature is referred to as Fast User Switching. Switching to another account does not change the state of the applications that a user is currently running. Suppose, for instance, that one user allows another user to switch to their account while the first user is signed in. When the first user switches back to their account, their applications are running and their network connections are preserved. Therefore, it appears that both users are simultaneously using the computer.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the ability to switch user for all users in Windows 11.

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Switch User in Windows 11

When a user signs in to Windows, the system loads their profile. Because each user has a unique user account, this allows multiple users to share a computer. When a user signs in, the desktop settings, files, favorites, and history they see are theirs; they cannot be accessed by other users. When that user signs out, their profile is preserved for the next time that they sign in.

A user does not have to sign out to allow another user to sign in. Instead, it is possible for multiple users to sign in and switch quickly between their open accounts. This feature is referred to as Fast User Switching. Switching to another account does not change the state of the applications that a user is currently running. Suppose, for instance, that one user allows another user to switch to their account while the first user is signed in. When the first user switches back to their account, their applications are running and their network connections are preserved. Therefore, it appears that both users are simultaneously using the computer.

This tutorial will show you how to switch between users without signing out in Windows 11.

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Turn On or Off Public Folder Sharing in Windows 11

Public folders offer an easy way to share files with other people using the same computer and with people using other computers on a shared network.

The Public folders contain subfolders to help you get organized, but they don’t contain any files until you or other people using your computer add files to them. The folders are organized by content type, and include:

  • C:\Users\Public\Public Documents
  • C:\Users\Public\Public Downloads
  • C:\Users\Public\Public Music
  • C:\Users\Public\Public Pictures
  • C:\Users\Public\Public Videos

Public folder sharing is turned off by default.

When Public folder sharing is turned on, anyone on your computer and same network can access these folders to open and view the files stored there just as if they were stored on their own computers. If you give them permission to change files, any changes they make will change the files on your computer.

When Public folder sharing is turned off, only accounts on your computer can access them by default.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off Public folder sharing on your Windows 11 PC.

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Turn On or Off File and Printer Sharing in Windows 11

File and printer sharing is the ability of a computer running Windows to share a folder or attached printer with other computers on the same network.

  • File sharing¬†allows you to make files and folders in a shared folder accessible to others on the same network to view, copy, or modify.
  • Printer sharing¬†allows you to make an attached printer available to other computer users on the same network.

Windows creates a separate network profile for each network you use. You can turn on or off file and printer sharing separately for each Domain, Private, and Public network profile type.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off file and printer sharing on your Windows 11 PC.

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Turn On or Off Network Discovery in Windows 11

Network Discovery is a network setting that affects whether your computer can see (find) other computers and devices on the same network and whether other computers and devices on the same network can see your computer.

When network discovery is turned on, the device sends out signals over the network to search for other discoverable devices. This makes it convenient for you to share network resources among the devices connected to the network.

Windows creates a separate network profile for each network you use. You can turn on or off network discovery separately for each Private and Public network profile type.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off network discovery for private and public networks on your Windows 11 PC.

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Find MAC Address on Windows 11 PC

A MAC address (Media Access Control address) is a unique identifier assigned to a network interface controller (aka: NIC or network adapter) for use as a network address in communications on the physical network segment. This use is common in most IEEE 802 networking technologies, including Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.

MAC addresses are primarily assigned by device manufacturers, and are therefore often referred to as the burned-in address (BIA), or as an Ethernet hardware address (EHA), hardware address, or physical address.

MAC addresses are recognizable as six groups of two hexadecimal digits, separated by hyphens, colons, or without a separator.

Knowing the MAC address of a network adapter can help to identify the device or configure networking permissions (ex: MAC filtering) on a router.

This tutorial will show you how to find the MAC address of network adapters (NICs) on your Windows 11 PC.

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