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Add Personalize (classic) context menu in Windows 11

The old classic Personalization settings from the Control Panel included theme settings, desktop background, color and appearance, sounds, screen saver settings, desktop icon settings, mouse pointers, and Notification Area Icons.

These Personalization settings have moved to the Settings app with a new UI in Windows 11.

If you prefer to still use the classic Personalization settings from the Control Panel, you can add Personalize (classic) to the desktop context menu to make it easy to use.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove a Personalize (classic) desktop context menu for all users in Windows 11.

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Buy Windows 11 Digital Product Key from Microsoft

When you purchase an OEM PC that comes with Windows 11 preinstalled, it will come with a Windows 11 product key embedded in the UEFI firmware chip to automatically activate Windows 11.

If you own a Windows 10 product key, you can clean install and activate Windows 11 with the Windows 10 product key.

If needed, you can purchase a Windows 11 digital product key directly from Microsoft to use to activate Windows 11.

This tutorial will show you how to buy a Windows 11 Home, Windows 11 Pro, or Windows 11 Pro for Workstations digital product key (license) directly from Microsoft.

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Add OneDrive to Send to Context Menu in Windows 11

The Send to context menu allows you to quickly send a copy of items (ex: files, folders, libraries) to Bluetooth device, Compressed (zipped) folder, Desktop (create shortcut), Documents, Mail recipient, and removable and network drives by default.

To move an item instead of copy and item, you can right click or press and hold on a file or folder, click/tap on Show more options, click/tap on Send to, press and hold the Shift key, and click/tap on a drive or folder location in the Send to context menu.

With OneDrive, you can sync files and folders between your computer and the cloud, so you can get to your files from anywhere Рyour 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.

This tutorial will show you how to add OneDrive to the Send to context menu in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Typing Insights in Windows 11

Windows shows you insights about how its AI has been helping you type with efficiency. If you use the software keyboard (ex: Touch Keyboard or On-Screen Keyboard) on Windows, there are many features built into the typing experience that leverage AI and ML to help you be more efficient. Some examples include autocorrecting your spelling mistakes, prediction of the next word you would type, word suggestions as you start typing so you don’t have to type the full word and the number of words you’ve typed by swiping over the letters on the software keyboard.

Windows shows you stats about each of these features. Currently these stats cover the typing insights for software keyboard usage and hardware keyboard prediction features.

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

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Share Link to Website with Nearby Devices in Microsoft Edge

Nearby sharing in Windows lets you share documents, photos, links to websites, and more with nearby devices by using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.

To use nearby sharing, both PCs‚ÄĒthe one you‚Äôre sharing from and the one you’re sharing to‚ÄĒmust have¬†Nearby sharing¬†turned on,¬†Bluetooth¬†turned on, and must be running Windows 11 or Windows 10 (version 1803 or later).

Starting with Windows 11 build 22622.436 and build 25163, the discovery of devices under nearby share when sharing a local file from the desktop, File Explorer, Photos, Snipping Tool, Xbox, and other apps that use the built-in Windows share window has been enhanced by using UDP (Network needs to be set to private) along with Bluetooth to discover nearby devices. You will now be able to discover and share to more devices including desktop PCs.

This tutorial will show you how to share a website link with nearby devices in Microsoft Edge using Nearby Sharing in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Share Files with Nearby Devices in Windows 11

Nearby sharing in Windows lets you share documents, photos, links to websites, and more with nearby devices by using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.

To use nearby sharing, both PCs‚ÄĒthe one you‚Äôre sharing from and the one you’re sharing to‚ÄĒmust have¬†Nearby sharing¬†turned on,¬†Bluetooth¬†turned on, and must be running Windows 11 or Windows 10 (version 1803 or later).

Starting with Windows 11 build 22622.436 and build 25163, the discovery of devices under nearby share when sharing a local file from the desktop, File Explorer, Photos, Snipping Tool, Xbox, and other apps that use the built-in Windows share window has been enhanced by using UDP (Network needs to be set to private) along with Bluetooth to discover nearby devices. You will now be able to discover and share to more devices including desktop PCs.

This tutorial will show you how to share files with nearby devices using Nearby Sharing in Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Automatically Hide Taskbar Context Menu in Windows 11

The taskbar on your desktop is located on the bottom of the screen by default in Windows 11.

If you like, you can have the taskbar automatically hide in Windows 11.

If you enable automatically hide the taskbar, you can show the taskbar on demand by:

  • Hover pointer on border of¬†taskbar location.
  • Press the Win + T keys.
  • On a touchscreen, swipe inwards from the border (ex: bottom) of¬†taskbar location.

If you are someone that turns on or off “Automatically hide taskbar” often, then you could add the¬†Automatically hide taskbar¬†context menu to make it fast and easy to turn on/off on demand.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove Automatically hide taskbar to the desktop context menu for all users in Windows 11.

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Calibrate Built-in Display for HDR Video in Windows 11

HDR content offers better brightness and color capabilities compared to traditional content (sometimes called standard dynamic range [SDR] content). Traditional content typically shows details in a bright part of a scene or a darker part of a scene but not in both parts at the same time. For example, if the shot focuses on a bright window in the scene, details in the shadow are lost.

Whereas HDR can show a wider range of colors and light and more details in between the extremes. Colors are more vivid and unique in HDR content. Additionally, bright parts of a scene are brighter while dark parts can be darker, and you don’t lose any details.

You can calibrate your built-in HDR display to get the video quality and look you want when you’re watching streaming HDR video. By calibrating your display, you can set the balance between the details in the bright parts of a scene and the details in the dark parts of it. For example, the bright parts of a scene might include things like sunshine, fire, and light reflections. The dark parts of a scene could include shadows or dimly-lit rooms.

This tutorial will show you how to calibrate the built-in display for HDR video for your account in Windows 11.

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Change HDR or SDR Content Brightness for HDR Display in Windows 11

HDR content offers better brightness and color capabilities compared to traditional content (sometimes called standard dynamic range [SDR] content). Traditional content typically shows details in a bright part of a scene or a darker part of a scene but not in both parts at the same time. For example, if the shot focuses on a bright window in the scene, details in the shadow are lost.

Whereas HDR can show a wider range of colors and light and more details in between the extremes. Colors are more vivid and unique in HDR content. Additionally, bright parts of a scene are brighter while dark parts can be darker, and you don’t lose any details.

You might need to adjust the relative brightness of SDR and HDR content for your HDR-capable display. This is because a display interprets an HDR and SDR signal differently, and the results will vary by make and model.

When you change the SDR content brightness setting for an external HDR display or HDR content brightness setting for a built-in HDR display, the effect it has on SDR content depends on whether it’s an external or built-in HDR-capable display:

  • On an external HDR display, this setting will change the brightness of SDR content relative to HDR content.
  • On a built-in HDR display, the brightness of SDR content is controlled by a separate¬†brightness¬†setting, or it might be controlled automatically. Since the brightness of SDR content is already set, the¬†HDR content brightness¬†setting will change the brightness of HDR content relative to the brightness of SDR content.

For built-in HDR displays, such as on HDR-capable laptops, both the brightness setting and HDR content brightness setting will affect the appearance of HDR content.

  • Brightness setting. When viewing HDR content in a bright area, you might need to increase the brightness setting to see the display. However, this will reduce both the effective dynamic range for HDR content in apps and the overall contrast because the darker pixels will appear brighter. To improve the appearance of HDR content, view HDR content in a darker area and use a fairly low brightness setting. If the brightness is set to a very low level, that will increase the overall contrast between the brightest and darkest parts of the content. However, there will be less details in the darker parts of the content. For example, if you have a scene in a movie that shows a dimly lit room at night, you might see less details in that scene.
  • SDR content brightness¬†or¬†HDR content brightness setting. For most times, using the default SDR or HDR content brightness setting or one close to it should work well. You could set the SDR or HDR content brightness setting higher to help improve the overall contrast between the brightest and darkest parts of the content. However, this would reduce the details in the darker parts of the content, such as a scene in a dark room at night.

This tutorial will show you how to adjust the SDR content brightness or HDR content brightness for your account in Windows 11.

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Turn On or Off HDR on Battery in Windows 11

HDR content offers better brightness and color capabilities compared to traditional content (sometimes called standard dynamic range [SDR] content). Traditional content typically shows details in a bright part of a scene or a darker part of a scene but not in both parts at the same time. For example, if the shot focuses on a bright window in the scene, details in the shadow are lost.

Whereas HDR can show a wider range of colors and light and more details in between the extremes. Colors are more vivid and unique in HDR content. Additionally, bright parts of a scene are brighter while dark parts can be darker, and you don’t lose any details.

Playing HDR content while running your laptop on battery can reduce battery life. Therefore, HDR will turn off by default when you’re running on battery.

If HDR is turned on when your laptop is plugged in and then you unplug your laptop, HDR will be turned off to help save battery power. If you plug in your laptop again, HDR will be turned on again automatically.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off HDR when running on battery for your account in Windows 11.

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Turn On or Off HDR Video Streaming in Windows 11

HDR content offers better brightness and color capabilities compared to traditional content (sometimes called standard dynamic range [SDR] content). Traditional content typically shows details in a bright part of a scene or a darker part of a scene but not in both parts at the same time. For example, if the shot focuses on a bright window in the scene, details in the shadow are lost.

Whereas HDR can show a wider range of colors and light and more details in between the extremes. Colors are more vivid and unique in HDR content. Additionally, bright parts of a scene are brighter while dark parts can be darker, and you don’t lose any details.

You will be able to play streaming high dynamic range (HDR) video when your Windows PC has a display that’s optimized for HDR video and you have HDR video streaming turned on.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off HDR video streaming in Windows 11.

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Clear Activity History in Windows 11

Activity history helps keep track of the things you do on your device, such as the apps and services you use, the files you open, and the websites you browse. Your activity history is stored locally on your device, and if you’ve signed in to your device with a Microsoft account or work or school account and given your permission, Windows sends your activity history to Microsoft. Microsoft uses the activity history data to provide you with personalized experiences (such as ordering your activities based on duration of use) and relevant suggestions (such as anticipating what your needs might be based on your activity history).

You can clear and delete both the activity history stored on your device and the activity history that’s sent to the Microsoft cloud.

This tutorial will show you how to clear activity history for your account in Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Store Activity History on Device in Windows 11

Activity history helps keep track of the things you do on your device, such as the apps and services you use, the files you open, and the websites you browse. Your activity history is stored locally on your device, and if you’ve signed in to your device with a Microsoft account or work or school account and given your permission, Windows sends your activity history to Microsoft. Microsoft uses the activity history data to provide you with personalized experiences (such as ordering your activities based on duration of use) and relevant suggestions (such as anticipating what your needs might be based on your activity history).

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable storing activity history on this device for your account or all users in Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Send Activity History to Microsoft in Windows 11

Activity history helps keep track of the things you do on your device, such as the apps and services you use, the files you open, and the websites you browse. Your activity history is stored locally on your device, and if you’ve signed in to your device with a Microsoft account or work or school account and given your permission, Windows sends your activity history to Microsoft. Microsoft uses the activity history data to provide you with personalized experiences (such as ordering your activities based on duration of use) and relevant suggestions (such as anticipating what your needs might be based on your activity history).

If you turn on the setting to send Microsoft your activity history, Microsoft uses your activity history data to enable cross-device experiences. So even when you switch devices, you will be able to see notifications about your activities and resume them. For example, your activity history can also be sent to Microsoft when using another Windows device. You can continue activities that you started from those other devices on your Windows device.

Microsoft will also use your activity history to improve Microsoft products and services when the setting for sending your activity history to Microsoft is turned on. Microsoft does this by applying machine-learning techniques to better understand how customers in general use their products and services. Microsoft also diagnose where customers encounter errors and then help fix them.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable sending activity history to Microsoft for your account or all users in Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Windows Security Notification Icon in Windows 11

Windows Security is built-in to Windows 11 and includes an antivirus program called Microsoft Defender Antivirus. Your device will be actively protected from the moment you start Windows 11. Windows Security continually scans for malware (malicious software), viruses, and security threats. In addition to this real-time protection, updates are downloaded automatically to help keep your device safe and protect it from threats.

Windows Security is your home to view and manage the security and health of your device.

The Windows Security notification icon shows on the taskbar system tray by default.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Windows Security notification icon on the taskbar for your account or all users in Windows 11.

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