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Remove Shortcut Arrow Icon in Windows 11

A shortcut is a link to an item (such as a file, folder, or app) on your PC. You can create shortcuts and then place them in a convenient location, such as on the desktop, so you can easily access the item that the shortcut links to. Shortcut files (.lnk) can be distinguished from the source target by the arrow that appears overlayed on the shortcut’s icon.

This tutorial will show you how to remove the shortcut arrow overlay on all shortcut icons for all users in Windows 11.

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Specify Target Feature Update Version in Windows 11

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

The TargetReleaseVersion policy allows you to specify which feature update version of Windows 11 you would like your computer to move to and/or stay on until the version reaches end of service or you reconfigure this policy.

If you don’t update this policy before the device reaches end of service, the device will automatically be updated once it is 60 days past end of service for its version.

If you specify a TargetReleaseVersion the same as the current version, Windows 11 will stay on this version until it reaches end of service.

If you specify a TargetReleaseVersion higher than the current version, Windows 11 will directly update only to the specified version even if a higher version is available.

This tutorial will show you how to specify a TargetReleaseVersion version of Windows 11 you want to move to or stay on in Windows Update until it reaches end of service in Windows 11 Pro, Enterprise, or Education.

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Reset 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.

Sometimes you may have an issue with Windows Update such as not being able to download or install updates, error messages, not being able to search for new updates, etc. These kind of issues can occur when the Windows Update database or components are corrupted, one or more services related to Windows Update are not running, etc.

Resetting the Windows Update components can usually solve these types of issues.

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Connect to Wireless Display with Miracast in Windows 11

Miracast is a wireless technology your PC, laptop, or tablet can use to project your screen to wireless TVs, projectors, and streaming media players that also support Miracast. You can use this to share what you’re doing on your PC, present a slide show, or even play your favorite game on a larger screen.

You will see a control banner at the top of your screen when you are connected to a wireless display. The banner keeps you informed of the state of your connection, allows you to quick disconnect or reconnect to the same sink and allows you to tune the connection based on what you are doing. This tuning is done via the settings gear, which optimizes the screen to screen latency based on one of the three scenarios:

  • Gaming¬†minimizes the screen to screen latency to make gaming over a wireless connection possible.
  • Watching videos¬†mode increases the screen to screen latency to ensure the video on the big screen plays back smoothly and without glitching.
  • Working¬†modes strikes a good balance between game mode and video mode where the screen to screen latency is responsive enough that typing feels natural, while ensuring videos don‚Äôt glitch too often.

By default, all connections start off in working mode.

This tutorial will show you how to wirelessly connect your Windows 11 PC to a TV, projector, another PC, or other kind of external display that supports Miracast.

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Enable or Disable Website Access to Language List in Windows 11

Some websites may have their content available in different languages. Windows can share information about your preferred language list with websites so that they can have the opportunity to respect your language preferences without you having to independently set them for each site.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off website access to the language list for your account in Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Advertising ID for Personalized Ads in Apps in Windows 11

Windows generates a unique advertising ID for each user on a device, which app developers and advertising networks can then use for their own purposes, including providing more relevant advertising in apps. When the advertising ID is enabled, apps can access and use it in much the same way that websites can access and use a unique identifier stored in a cookie. Thus, app developers (and the advertising networks they work with) can associate personal data they collect about you with your advertising ID and use that personal data to provide more relevant advertising and other personalized experiences across their apps.

The advertising ID setting applies to Windows apps using the Windows advertising identifier. The advertising ID setting does not apply to other methods of interest-based advertising delivered by Microsoft or third parties, such as cookies used to provide interest-based display ads on websites. Third-party products accessed through or installed on Windows may also deliver other forms of interest-based advertising subject to their own privacy policies. Microsoft delivers other forms of interest-based ads in certain Microsoft products, both directly and by partnering with third-party ad providers.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable letting apps use advertising ID for relevant ads for your account or all users in Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Screen Edge Swipe in Windows 11

If your Windows 11 device has a touchscreen, you can swipe in from a screen edge to invoke a system UI below.

  • Swipe in from the right side edge of your screen to open the Notification Center (Win+N).
  • Swipe in from the left side edge of your screen to open¬†Widgets¬†(Win+W).

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable screen edge swipe for all users in Windows 11.

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Add or Remove User Program Groups from 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 :win:. 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.

The Start Menu > All apps list for an account will include items (ex: app shortcuts) from the following locations:

  • New Users¬†– This profile includes items from the¬†C:\Users\Default\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs¬†folder that only get added for new accounts.
  • All Users¬†(common program groups) – This profile includes items from the¬†C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs¬†folder that are shared by all accounts on the PC.
  • User¬†– This profile includes items from the¬†C:\Users\<user name>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs¬†folder for a specific user.

If you like, you can enable the¬†Remove user’s folders from the Start Menu¬†policy to remove the¬†User¬†(program groups) shortcuts from the Start menu > All apps list for all or specific users.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the User items from the Start Menu > All apps list for specific or all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Common Program Groups from 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 :win:. 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.

The Start Menu > All apps list for an account will include items (ex: app shortcuts) from the following locations:

  • New Users¬†– This profile includes items from the¬†C:\Users\Default\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs¬†folder that only get added for new accounts.
  • All Users¬†(common program groups) – This profile includes items from the¬†C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs¬†folder that are shared by all accounts on the PC.
  • User¬†– This includes items from the¬†C:\Users\<user name>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs¬†folder for a specific user.

If you like, you can enable the Remove common program groups from Start Menu policy to remove the All Users (common program groups) shortcuts from the Start menu > All apps list for all or specific users.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the All Users items from the Start Menu > All apps list for specific or all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Generic Product Keys to Install or Upgrade Windows 11 Editions

Generic keys (aka: “default keys”) for Windows 11 from Microsoft will allow you to install or upgrade to a specific Windows 11¬†edition¬†you want, but¬†will not activate¬†it.

Using a generic key can be helpful if you wanted to install or upgrade to a specific Windows 11 edition for evaluation or testing on a PC or virtual machine, or just don’t have a digital license or your genuine product key currently available and you will activate later when able.

This tutorial will provide you with a list of RTM (retail) and KMS generic keys (default keys) for all editions of Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Pin and Unpin Items on Jump Lists in Windows 11

Jump Lists are available when you right click on an app on the taskbar or Start menu > All apps.

Jump Lists are lists of app specific tasks or items you can quickly open or get to for every day usage. Jump Lists can include pinned items, recent items, frequent items, tasks, and/or websites.

Items pinned to an app’s jump list will appear at the top of the jump list for quick access.

You can enable the Do not allow pinning items in Jump Lists policy to disable and remove Pin to this list and Unpin from this list context menus for Jump Lists.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable pin and unpin items on jump lists for specific or all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Pin or Unpin Items on Jump Lists in Windows 11

Jump Lists are available when you right click on an app on the taskbar or Start menu > All apps.

Jump Lists are lists of app specific tasks or items you can quickly open or get to for every day usage. Jump Lists can include pinned items, recent items, frequent items, tasks, and/or websites.

Items pinned to an app’s jump list will appear at the top of the jump list for quick access.

This tutorial will show you how to pin or unpin items on Jump Lists of apps for your account in Windows 11.

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Change Maximum Number of Items in Jump Lists in Windows 11

Jump Lists are available when you right click on an app on the taskbar or Start menu > All apps.

Jump Lists are lists of app specific tasks or items you can quickly open or get to for every day usage. Jump Lists can include pinned items, recent items, frequent items, tasks, and/or websites.

Windows 11 will display up to a maximum of 13 items in Jump Lists by default.

This tutorial will show you how to change the maximum number of items that can display in Jump Lists for your account or all users in Windows 11.

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Change Which Taskbar to Show Apps on for Multiple Displays in Windows 11

The taskbar in Windows 11 shows the Start menu, Search, Task View, Widgets, Chat, File Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Microsoft Store buttons (icons) aligned to the center by default.

If you have more than one display connected to your PC, then you can show the taskbar on all displays instead of just on the main display.

The main taskbar is the taskbar with the clock and taskbar corner icons on it, and is on your main display. Taskbars that show on other displays not set as your main display do have the clock (if turned on), but do not have the taskbar corner icons on them.

When Show my taskbar on all displays is turned on when using multiple displays, you can select to show your taskbar apps on one of the following:

  • All taskbars¬†=¬†Pinned¬†and open apps will show their icon on all taskbars on all displays.
  • Main taskbar and taskbar where window is open¬†=¬†Pinned¬†apps will only show on the main taskbar. Icons for open apps will show on both the main taskbar and the taskbar on the display where the window is open.
  • Taskbar where window is open¬†=¬†Pinned¬†apps will only show on the main taskbar. Icons for open apps will only show on the taskbar on the display where the window is open.

This tutorial will show you how to change which taskbar to show taskbar apps on when using multiple displays for your account in Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Show Badges on Taskbar Apps in Windows 11

Badges will show on apps on the taskbar by default.

These badges are lightweight notifications that are contextual and specific to individual apps. For example, the Mail app’s badge shows you the number of unseen emails (not unread). The Clock app‚Äôs badge will show you that you have an active alarm. The Weather app‚Äôs badge lets you know when there is a weather alert in the area.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable showing badges on taskbar apps for your account in Windows 11.

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