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Change Taskbar Time to 12 or 24 hour Clock Format in Windows 11

Time is a measure in which events can be ordered from the past through the present into the future, and also the measure of durations of events and the intervals between them.

The time on the taskbar corner displays the system time in a 12 hour clock format by default.

If you like, you can have the taskbar time display in a 24 hour clock format (aka: Military Time).

This tutorial will show you how to change the taskbar to display time in a 12 or 24 hour clock format for your account in Windows 11.

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Turn On or Off Use Different Keyboard Layout for each App Window in Windows 11

In Windows, you can change your keyboard layout to type in another language or input method you want to use..

The language of your keyboard layout controls the characters that appear on your screen when you type. By using the different layouts, you can type all the characters for the language, including diacritics such as the umlaut (√§) in German and the tilde (√Ī) in Spanish.

When you add a language, the default keyboard layout for the language will be installed by default.

You can install additional keyboards for language-specific key layouts and input options. Adding an input language lets you set a language-preference order for websites and apps, as well as change your keyboard language.

When you have more than one language and/or keyboard layout installed, you can change your keyboard layout via the Language Bar or press the Win + Spacebar keys to cycle through all your installed keyboards.

When you change your keyboard layout, it gets applied globally to your account by default in Windows 11. If you like, you can use a different input method for each app window instead.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off use a different keyboard layout for each app window for your account in Windows 11.

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Show Language Bar on Desktop or Taskbar in Windows 11

In Windows, you can change your keyboard layout to type in another language or input method you want to use..

The language of your keyboard layout controls the characters that appear on your screen when you type. By using the different layouts, you can type all the characters for the language, including diacritics such as the umlaut (√§) in German and the tilde (√Ī) in Spanish.

When you add a language, the default keyboard layout for the language will be installed by default.

You can install additional keyboards for language-specific key layouts and input options. Adding an input language lets you set a language-preference order for websites and apps, as well as change your keyboard language.

When you have more than one language and/or keyboard layout installed, you can change your keyboard layout via the Language Bar or press the Win + Spacebar keys to cycle through all your installed keyboards.

This tutorial will show you how to use the desktop language bar on taskbar language bar for your account in Windows 11.

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Change Default Input Method Override in Windows 11

In Windows, you can change your keyboard layout to type in another language or input method you want to use..

The language of your keyboard layout controls the characters that appear on your screen when you type. By using the different layouts, you can type all the characters for the language, including diacritics such as the umlaut (√§) in German and the tilde (√Ī) in Spanish.

When you add a language, the default keyboard layout for the language will be installed by default.

You can install additional keyboards for language-specific key layouts and input options. Adding an input language lets you set a language-preference order for websites and apps, as well as change your keyboard language.

If you want to use an input method that’s different than the first one on your language list, then you can set a default input method override.

The default input method override setting specifies a default input method for the current user account. If no override setting is used, the input method is dynamically determined from the language list of the current user account.

Your default keyboard layout or input method is the one that’s automatically used at sign in with the language you see Windows in (for example, the QWERTY keyboard for American English). You can still manually change your keyboard layout with a specified default input method override.

This tutorial will show you how to set a default input method override for your account in Windows 11.

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Change Keyboard Layout in Windows 11

In Windows, you can change your keyboard layout to type in another language or input method you want to use..

The language of your keyboard layout controls the characters that appear on your screen when you type. By using the different layouts, you can type all the characters for the language, including diacritics such as the umlaut (√§) in German and the tilde (√Ī) in Spanish.

When you add a language, the default keyboard layout for the language will be installed by default.

You can install additional keyboards for language-specific key layouts and input options. Adding an input language lets you set a language-preference order for websites and apps, as well as change your keyboard language.

When you have more than one language and/or keyboard layout installed, you can change your keyboard layout via the Language Bar or press the Win + Spacebar keys to cycle through all your installed keyboards.

This tutorial will show you how to change the keyboard layout for your account in Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Keyboard Layout for Input Language in Windows 11

In Windows, you can change your keyboard layout to type in another language or input method you want to use..

The language of your keyboard layout controls the characters that appear on your screen when you type. By using the different layouts, you can type all the characters for the language, including diacritics such as the umlaut (√§) in German and the tilde (√Ī) in Spanish.

When you add a language, the default keyboard layout for the language will be installed by default.

You can install additional keyboards for language-specific key layouts and input options. Adding an input language lets you set a language-preference order for websites and apps, as well as change your keyboard language.

When you have more than one language and/or keyboard layout installed, you can change your keyboard layout via the Language Bar or press the Win + Spacebar keys to cycle through all your installed keyboards.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove a keyboard layout for input language for your account in Windows 11.

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Remove Language in Windows 11

In Windows 11, you can add languages to install with optional language features and preferences such as:

  • Language pack¬†= Contains the latest Windows translations. Installing the language pack adds the language to your list of Windows display languages.
  • Windows Display Language¬†= Windows features like Settings and File Explorer will appear in this language. Requires language pack to be installed.
  • Text-to-speech¬†= Narrates what’s on your screen.
  • Speech recognition¬†= Enables you to talk instead of type and requires text-to-speech to be installed.
  • Handwriting¬†= Recognizes when you write on your device.
  • Keyboard¬†= The default keyboard for the language will be enabled.
  • Basic typing¬†= Provides the available spellcheckers and dictionaries.
  • Optical character recognition¬†= Extracts text from images so you can interact with it.

This tutorial will show you how to completely remove a language and all of its optional language features for your account in Windows 11.

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Add a Language in Windows 11

In Windows 11, you can add languages to install with optional language features and preferences such as:

  • Language pack¬†= Contains the latest Windows translations. Installing the language pack adds the language to your list of Windows display languages.
  • Windows Display Language¬†= Windows features like Settings and File Explorer will appear in this language. Requires language pack to be installed.
  • Text-to-speech¬†= Narrates what’s on your screen.
  • Speech recognition¬†= Enables you to talk instead of type and requires text-to-speech to be installed.
  • Handwriting¬†= Recognizes when you write on your device.
  • Keyboard¬†= The default keyboard for the language will be enabled.
  • Basic typing¬†= Provides the available spellcheckers and dictionaries.
  • Optical character recognition¬†= Extracts text from images so you can interact with it.

This tutorial will show you how to add a language for your account in Windows 11.

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Change Country or Region in Windows 11

The country or region home location in Windows, referred to as geographic location (GeoID), indicates the country or region you are in.

Windows 11, Microsoft Store, and apps might use your country or region to give local content.

Stuff you get in one region might be region restrictive and not work in another region. This can include Xbox Live Gold, apps, games, movies, and the balance in your Microsoft account.

If you change your location by moving to or visiting some other country, you might need to change your country or region home location in Windows.

This tutorial will show you how to change your country or region for your account in Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Allowed Apps for Controlled Folder Access 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.

Controlled folder access helps protect your valuable data from malicious apps and threats, such as ransomware. In a ransomware attack, your files can get encrypted and held hostage.

Controlled folder access protects your data by checking apps against a list of known, trusted apps. With controlled folder access in place, a notification appears on the computer where an app attempted to make changes to a file in a protected folder.

Controlled folder access works by only allowing trusted apps to access protected folders. Protected folders are specified when controlled folder access is configured. Typically, commonly used folders, such as those used for documents, pictures, downloads, and so on, are included in the list of controlled folders.

Controlled folder access works with a list of trusted apps. Apps that are included in the list of trusted software work as expected. Apps that are not included in the list are prevented from making any changes to files inside protected folders.

By default, Windows adds apps that are considered friendly to the allowed list. Such apps that are added automatically are not recorded in the list shown in the Windows Security app or by using the associated PowerShell cmdlets. You shouldn’t need to add most apps. Only add apps if they are being blocked and you can verify their trustworthiness.

Occasionally, an app that is safe to use will be identified as harmful. This happens because Microsoft wants to keep you safe and will sometimes err on the side of caution; however, this might interfere with how you normally use your PC. You can add an app to the list of safe or allowed apps to prevent them from being blocked.

You can specify if certain apps are always considered safe and give write access to files in protected folders. Allowing apps can be useful if a particular app you know and trust is being blocked by the controlled folder access feature.

When you add an app, you have to specify the app’s full path location. Only the app in that location will be permitted access to the protected folders. If the app (with the same name) is in a different location, it will not be added to the allow list and may be blocked by controlled folder access.

An allowed application only has write access to a controlled folder after it starts. For example, an app will continue to trigger events after it’s allowed until it is stopped and restarted.

This tutorial will show you how to add and remove allowed apps for Controlled Folder Access in Microsoft Defender Antivirus in Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Protected Folders for Controlled Folder Access 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.

Controlled folder access helps protect your valuable data from malicious apps and threats, such as ransomware. In a ransomware attack, your files can get encrypted and held hostage.

Controlled folder access protects your data by checking apps against a list of known, trusted apps. With controlled folder access in place, a notification appears on the computer where an app attempted to make changes to a file in a protected folder.

Controlled folder access works by only allowing trusted apps to access protected folders. Protected folders are specified when controlled folder access is configured. Typically, commonly used folders, such as those used for documents, pictures, downloads, and so on, are included in the list of controlled folders.

Windows system folders are protected by default, along with several other folders:

  • C:\Users\<username>\Documents
  • C:\Users\Public\Documents
  • C:\Users\<username>\Pictures
  • C:\Users\Public\Pictures
  • C:\Users\Public\Videos
  • C:\Users\<username>\Videos
  • C:\Users\<username>\Music
  • C:\Users\Public\Music
  • C:\Users\<username>\Favorites

You can add other folders to be protected, but you cannot remove the default folders above in the default list. You can specify folders, drives, network shares, and mapped drives. Environment variables and wildcards are supported.

This tutorial will show you how to add and remove protected folders for Controlled Folder Access in Microsoft Defender Antivirus in Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Controlled Folder Access for 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.

Controlled folder access helps protect your valuable data from malicious apps and threats, such as ransomware. In a ransomware attack, your files can get encrypted and held hostage.

Controlled folder access protects your data by checking apps against a list of known, trusted apps. With controlled folder access in place, a notification appears on the computer where an app attempted to make changes to a file in a protected folder.

Controlled folder access works by only allowing trusted apps to access protected folders. Protected folders are specified when controlled folder access is configured. Typically, commonly used folders, such as those used for documents, pictures, downloads, and so on, are included in the list of controlled folders.

Controlled folder access works with a list of trusted apps. Apps that are included in the list of trusted software work as expected. Apps that are not included in the list are prevented from making any changes to files inside protected folders.

Apps are added to the list based upon their prevalence and reputation. Apps that are highly prevalent and that have never displayed any behavior deemed malicious are considered trustworthy. Those apps are added to the list automatically. You can also manually allow apps to give them access to the protected folders.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Controlled Folder Access for Microsoft Defender Antivirus in Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Automatic Sample Submission for 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.

Cloud-delivered protection and automatic sample submission work together with Microsoft Defender Antivirus to help protect against new and emerging threats.

If a suspicious or malicious file is detected, a sample is sent to the cloud service for analysis while Microsoft Defender Antivirus blocks the file. As soon as a determination is made, which happens quickly, the file is either released or blocked by Microsoft Defender Antivirus.

In the event Microsoft Defender Antivirus cannot make a clear determination, file metadata is sent to the cloud protection service. Often within milliseconds, the cloud protection service can determine based on the metadata as to whether the file is malicious or not a threat.

After examining the metadata, if Microsoft Defender Antivirus cloud protection cannot reach a conclusive verdict, it can request a sample of the file for further inspection. This request honors the settings configuration for sample submission:

  • Send safe samples automatically(default)
    • Safe samples are samples considered to not commonly contain PII data like: .bat, .scr, .dll, .exe.
    • If file is likely to contain PII, the user will get a request to allow file sample submission.
    • This option is the default on Windows, macOS, and Linux.
  • Always Prompt
    • If configured, the user will always be prompted for consent before file submission
    • This setting isn’t available in macOS cloud protection
  • Send all samples automatically
    • If configured, all samples will be sent automatically
    • If you would like sample submission to include macros embedded in Word docs, you must choose “Send all samples automatically”
    • This setting isn’t available on macOS cloud protection
  • Do not send
    • Prevents “block at first sight” based on file sample analysis
    • “Do not send” is the equivalent to the “Disabled” setting in macOS policy
    • Metadata is sent for detections even when sample submission is disabled

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable automatic sample submission for Microsoft Defender Antivirus in Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Cloud-delivered Protection for 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.

Cloud protection works together with Microsoft Defender Antivirus to deliver accurate, real-time, and intelligent protection. Microsoft Defender Antivirus works seamlessly with Microsoft cloud services. These cloud protection services, also referred to as Microsoft Advanced Protection Service (MAPS), enhance standard real-time protection. With cloud protection, next-generation technologies provide rapid identification of new threats, sometimes even before a single endpoint is infected.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Cloud-delivered protection for Microsoft Defender Antivirus in Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Real-time Protection for 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.

While real-time protection is off, files you open or download won’t be scanned for threats.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable real-time protection for Microsoft Defender Antivirus in Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Periodic Scanning in Microsoft Defender Antivirus in Windows 11

Limited periodic scanning is a special type of threat detection and remediation that can be enabled when you have installed another antivirus product on a Windows 10 or Windows 11 device.

This feature only uses a limited subset of the Microsoft Defender Antivirus capabilities to detect malware, and will not be able to detect most malware and potentially unwanted software. Also, management and reporting capabilities will be limited. Microsoft recommends enterprises choose their primary antivirus solution and use it exclusively.

By default, Microsoft Defender Antivirus will enable itself on a Windows 10 or a Windows 11 device if there is no other antivirus product installed, or if the other product is out-of-date, expired, or not working correctly.

If Microsoft Defender Antivirus is enabled, the usual options will appear to configure it on that device.

If another antivirus product is installed, registered, and working correctly, Microsoft Defender Antivirus will disable itself. The¬†Windows Security¬†app will change the¬†Virus & threat protection¬†section to show status about the AV product, and provide a link to the product’s configuration options.

Underneath any third party AV products, a new link will appear as Microsoft Defender Antivirus options. Clicking this link will expand to show the toggle that enables limited periodic scanning. Note that the limited periodic option is a toggle to enable or disable periodic scanning.

Sliding the switch to On will show the standard Microsoft Defender AV options underneath the third party AV product. The limited periodic scanning option will appear at the bottom of the page.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Periodic Scanning in Microsoft Defender Antivirus when you have a 3rd party antivirus program installed in Windows 11.

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Turn On or Off Tamper Protection for Microsoft Defender Antivirus in Windows 11

Tamper Protection¬†in Windows Security helps prevent malicious apps from changing important Microsoft Defender Antivirus settings, including real-time protection and cloud-delivered protection. If Tamper Protection is turned on and you’re an administrator on your computer, you can still change these settings in the¬†Windows Security¬†app. However, other apps can’t change these settings.

Tamper Protection doesn’t affect how third-party antivirus apps work or how they register with Windows Security.

Tamper Protection is turned on by default. If you turn off Tamper Protection, you will see a yellow warning in the Windows Security app under Virus & threat protection.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off Tamper Protection for Microsoft Defender Antivirus settings in Windows 11.

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