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Turn On or Off Enhanced Mode for Search Indexer in Windows 11

Indexing the content of your PC helps you get faster results when your searching it for files, emails, or other local content.

The search index only includes your selected locations by default. These locations can be filtered for what file types (extensions), file properties, and file contents you want indexed.

You can choose to use Classic or Enhanced search indexing mode for where your PC will search for files.

  • Classic¬†= Search only you Documents, Pictures, and Music folders plus the desktop.
  • Enhanced¬†= Search your entire PC (may affect battery life and CPU consumption). PC must be plugged in for initial indexing.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off Enhanced mode for search indexer for all users in Windows 11.

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Add Install CAB Context Menu in Windows 11

A cabinet is a single file, usually with a .cab extension, that stores compressed files in a file library. The cabinet format is an efficient way to package multiple files because compression is performed across file boundaries, which significantly improves the compression ratio.

You can use the DISM /Add-Package command with Windows cabinet (.cab) files to install or remove updates, service packs, language packs, and to enable or disable Windows features.

This DISM command can be used to make installing a Windows Update CAB file easy with a single click in the CAB file context menu.

This tutorial will show you how to add Install to the context menu of .cab files for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Change Default Drag and Drop Action in Windows 11

When you drag and drop files and folders in Windows, they will get moved or copied by default based on the source and destination locations.

  • If you drag and drop a file/folder from a location on one drive to another drive, then the default action will be to¬†copy¬†the file/folder to the drop location.
  • If you drag and drop a file/folder from a local location to a network location, then the default action will be to¬†copy¬†the file/folder to the drop location.
  • If you drag and drop a file/folder from or to a CD/DVD or Blu-ray, then the default action will¬†always¬†be to¬†copy¬†the file/folder to the drop location. This cannot be changed.
  • If you drag and drop a file/folder from a location to another on the same drive, then the default action will be to¬†move¬†the file/folder to the drop location.
  • If you drag and drop a file/folder to the Recycle Bin, then the default action will¬†always¬†be to¬†move¬†the file/folder to the drop location. This cannot be changed.

You can also use any of the keyboard shortcuts below to temporarily change the default drag and drop action for this instance.

  • Press and hold the¬†Ctrl¬†key while you drag and drop to always copy.
  • Press and hold the¬†Shift¬†key while you drag and drop to always move.
  • Press and hold the¬†Alt¬†or¬†Ctrl + Shift¬†keys while you drag and drop to always create a shortcut.

This tutorial will show you how to change the default drag and drop action to always copy, move, or create shortcut for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Change Percentage to Lower Brightness to when using Battery Saver in Windows 11

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.

Battery saver will turn on automatically when your battery falls below 20% by default.

Display brightness is automatically reduced to 30% by default when using battery saver. You can specify the percentage value to scale brightness to when battery saver is turned on. You can also turn on or off Lower screen brightness when using battery saver.

Battery saver can only be turned on while your PC is running on battery power.

Battery saver is turned off automatically while your PC is plugged in.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off battery saver for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Turn On or Off Lower Screen Brightness when using Battery Saver in Windows 11

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.

Battery saver will turn on automatically when your battery falls below 20% by default.

Display brightness is automatically reduced to 30% by default when using battery saver. You can turn on or off this Lower screen brightness when using battery saver setting.

Battery saver can only be turned on while your PC is running on battery power.

Battery saver is turned off automatically while your PC is plugged in.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off Lower screen brightness when using battery saver for your account in Windows 11.

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Turn On or Off Battery Saver in Windows 11

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.

Battery saver will turn on automatically when your battery falls below 20% by default.

Display brightness is automatically reduced to 30% by default when using battery saver. You can turn on or off this Lower screen brightness when using battery saver setting.

Battery saver can only be turned on while your PC is running on battery power.

Battery saver is turned off automatically while your PC is plugged in.

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

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Turn Off BitLocker for Drive in Windows 11

BitLocker Drive Encryption is a data protection feature that integrates with the operating system and addresses the threats of data theft or exposure from lost, stolen, or inappropriately decommissioned drives and computers.

You can turn on BitLocker to encrypt the operating system drive (Windows drive), fixed data drives (internal hard drives), and removable data drives (external hard drive or USB flash drive).

When you turn off BitLocker for a drive encrypted by BitLocker, it will completely decrypt the drive.

This tutorial will show you how to turn off BitLocker for an encrypted drive in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Touch Keyboard Typing Sound in Windows 11

Windows 11 includes a touch keyboard you can click/tap on to enter text. This can be handy if you have a PC with a touchscreen without a physical keyboard.

When you type on the touch keyboard, it will play a click sound indicating the key being pressed like on a physical keyboard.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the touch keyboard typing sound for your account in Windows 11.

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Reset Touch Keyboard Default Open Position in Windows 11

Windows 11 includes a touch keyboard you can click/tap on to enter text. This can be handy if you have a PC with a touchscreen without a physical keyboard.

The touch keyboard opens at the same position and same display as last closed by default.

This tutorial will show you how to reset the touch keyboard open position on screen to default on the main display for your account in Windows 11.

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Turn On or Off Key Background for Touch Keyboard in Windows 11

Windows 11 includes a touch keyboard you can click/tap on to enter text. This can be handy if you have a PC with a touchscreen without a physical keyboard.

The key background on the touch keyboard outlines and highlights the individual keys to make them standout more on the touch keyboard.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off showing the key background on the touch keyboard for your account in Windows 11.

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Show or Hide Touch Keyboard icon on Taskbar Corner in Windows 11

Windows 11 includes a touch keyboard you can click/tap on to enter text. This can be handy if you have a PC with a touchscreen without a physical keyboard.

The touch keyboard icon on the corner of the taskbar makes it easy to open the touch keyboard on demand.

If you have a tablet device, the touch keyboard will automatically open when you need it. Just tap where you’d like to enter text and the touch keyboard will pop up, or press the touch keyboard icon on the taskbar.

If you have a non-touch PC (ex: desktop), you could still use the touch keyboard if you like, but you will have to manually open the touch keyboard from the icon on the taskbar, and click on the keys in the touch keyboard instead of touch/tap them.

This tutorial will show you how to show or hide the touch keyboard icon on the taskbar corner for your account in Windows 11.

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Turn On or Off Receive Updates for Other Microsoft Products in Windows 11

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

You can have Windows 11 receive updates for other Microsoft products and software, like Office, when you update Windows.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off Receive updates for other Microsoft products when you update Windows in Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Auto-restart Notifications for 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.

You can turn on or off to show a notification when your device requires a restart to finish updating.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable showing auto-restart notifications for Windows Update in Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Always On Top for Task Manager in Windows 11

Task Manager can be used to view and manage your processes, performance statistics, app history, users, processes details, and services in Windows 11.

If you enable always on top mode in Task Manager, the Task Manager window will launch and stay on top of all other windows on the desktop.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable always on top mode for Task Manager for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Always On Top for Windows Terminal in Windows 11

Windows Terminal is included by default in Windows 11.

The Windows Terminal is a modern, fast, efficient, powerful, and productive terminal application for users of command-line tools and shells like Command Prompt, PowerShell, and WSL. Its main features include multiple tabs, panes, Unicode and UTF-8 character support, a GPU accelerated text rendering engine, and custom themes, styles, and configurations.

If you enable always on top mode in Windows Terminal, Windows Terminal windows will launch and stay on top of all other windows on the desktop.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable always on top mode for the Windows Terminal app for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Pin to Quick access Context Menu 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¬†locations. These locations include local and network folders, drives, libraries, OneDrive, This PC, Recycle Bin, etc… Files and apps cannot be pinned to Quick access.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Pin to Quick access context menu for all users in Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Boot Log in Windows 11

The boot log includes a list of loaded and unloaded drivers in text format during system initialization at Windows startup. This information can be helpful to ID issues when troubleshooting.

The boot log is saved to the C:\Windows\ntbtlog.txt file.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the boot log in Windows 11.

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