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Rename Printer in Windows 11

When you install a printer in Windows, the manufacturer name and model number is often used as the printer name by default.

You can rename the printer to any name you like though.

This tutorial will show you how to change the name of a printer in Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Devices and Printers in Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 11

The Devices and Printers folder shows devices that are connected to a computer, including the document devices.

When you select a device in Devices and Printers, Device Stage shows the details for that device.

When you try to open Devices and Printers from the Control Panel in an Insider build of Windows 11, it will now open to Settings > Bluetooth & devices instead.

If you like, you can add Devices and Printers as its own separate group to the top or bottom of the navigation pane of File Explorer for even easier and faster access.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove Devices and Printers in the navigation pane of File Explorer for your account in Windows 11.

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Create Devices and Printers shortcut in Windows 11

The Devices and Printers folder shows devices that are connected to a computer, including the document devices.

When you select a device in Devices and Printers, Device Stage shows the details for that device.

When you try to open Devices and Printers from the Control Panel in an Insider build of Windows 11, it will now open to Settings > Bluetooth & devices instead.

This tutorial will show you how to create or download a Devices and Printers shortcut for Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Turn On or Off Let Windows Manage Default Printer in Windows 11

Windows makes your default printer the last printer you used by default. This helps ensure the best printer is preselected in inbox print dialogs.

If you turn off Let Windows manage my default printer, you can manually set your default printer.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off let Windows manage the default printer for your account in Windows 11.

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Start or Stop Contributing Voice Clips to Microsoft in Windows 11

Voice clips are audio recordings of what you say when you use your voice to interact with Microsoft products and services. When you use your voice to interact with Microsoft products, speech recognition technology automatically generates the audio of what you say into words so that the Microsoft services can respond.

You can also choose to contribute voice clips to help improve voice typing. If you choose not to contribute voice clips, you can still use voice typing. You can change your settings anytime in voice typing settings. If you’re using a work or school account, the ability to share voice data isn’t available, but you can still use voice typing.

Microsoft uses voice clips to help train speech recognition technology to be better, more accurate, and more precise for you and everyone who speaks your language. For example, your everyday use of Microsoft voice-enabled products helps speech recognition models to learn and better recognize complex and nuanced aspects of how people talk‚ÄĒlike accents or regional dialects, and how sentences are structured in different languages. Sampling voice clips also helps Microsoft make their technology better at understanding speech in different acoustic settings‚ÄĒlike when there‚Äôs a lot of ambient noise versus when things are quiet. These improvements allow Microsoft to build better voice-enabled capabilities that benefit users across all Microsoft products and services.

This tutorial will show you how to start or stop contributing your voice clips to Microsoft for your account in Windows 11.

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Use Voice Typing to Dictate Text in Windows 11

With voice typing, you can enter text on your PC by speaking. Voice typing uses online speech recognition, which is powered by Azure Speech services.

You can add a language to use a voice typing language that is different than the display language you have chosen for Windows.

To switch voice typing languages, you will need to change the input language you use.

This tutorial will show you how to use voice typing to dictate text with your voice in Windows 11.

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Arrange Displays in Windows 11

If you have multiple displays, you can change how they’re arranged. This is helpful if you want your displays to match how they’re set up in your home or office.

This tutorial will show you how to rearrange your displays in Windows 11.

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Identify Displays in Windows 11

When you have multiple displays connected in Windows 11, you may need help to identify the displays to see which number corresponds to a display.

A number appears on the screen of the display it’s assigned to.

This tutorial will show you how to identify displays in Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Menu Bar in File Explorer in Windows 11

Starting with Windows 11 build 25136 and build 22621.160, File Explorer has been updated.

To help you work across multiple locations at the same time, the title bar of File Explorer now has tabs.

File Explorer also has a new refreshed layout of the left navigation pane which makes it easy for you to navigate to folders that matter to you. The updated organization provides easy access to your pinned and frequently used folders (Quick access) and your OneDrive cloud profiles added to Windows.

Due to a possible bug or by design in the new File Explorer, you can have the old menu bar always show in File Explorer if wanted. When the menu bar is turned off to not always show, you can still open the menu bar using its underline access Alt key shortcuts.

The menu bar includes the File (Alt+F), Edit (Alt+E), View (Alt+V), and Tools (Alt+T) items. The options available for these menu items will vary depending on what is open and selected in File Explorer.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off always show menu bar in File Explorer for your account in Windows 11.

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Add or Remove D Drive in Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 11

All drives are shown under the This PC group in the navigation pane of File Explorer by default.

Removable drives are shown as separate groups in the navigation pane of File Explorer by default in addition to being shown under the This PC group in the navigation pane.

You could Pin to Quick access the Windows C: drive to also have it under the Home group in the navigation pane.

If you like, you can add the D: Drive as its own separate group to the top or bottom of the navigation pane of File Explorer for even easier and faster access.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the the Windows D: Drive in the navigation pane of File Explorer for your account in Windows 11.

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Turn On or Off Remove Display from Desktop in Windows 11

If you are running the¬†Windows 11 Enterprise¬†or the¬†Windows 11 Pro for Workstations¬†editions, you will have a¬†Remove display from desktop¬†feature that allows you to use your monitor as a Specialized Display. A monitor is categorized as ‚Äúspecialized‚ÄĚ if it is neither intended to be used as a ‚Äúdesktop‚ÄĚ monitor nor as a head-mounted display.

The Specialized Display feature enables a display to be dedicated to a specific purpose, such as:

  • Fixed-function arcade/gaming rigs like cockpit/driving/flight/military simulators
  • Medical imaging devices that have custom panels (e.g. grayscale X-ray displays)
  • Dedicated video monitoring scenarios
  • Monitor panel testing and validation (e.g. in the factory)
  • Video walls

If you turn on Remove display from desktop for a display, it will stop Windows from using this display. It will be available only for special-purpose apps that need to use it.

If you turn off Remove display from desktop for a display, it will be available for Windows again.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off remove display from desktop in Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Diagnostic Data Viewer in Windows 11

Microsoft uses¬†diagnostic data¬†to keep Windows secure and up to date, troubleshoot problems, and make product improvements as described in more detail below. Regardless of whether you choose to send Optional diagnostic data, your device will be just as secure and will operate normally. This data is transmitted to Microsoft and stored with one or more unique identifiers that can help us recognize an individual user on an individual device and understand the device’s service issues and use patterns.

The¬†Diagnostic Data Viewer¬†app lets you review the Windows diagnostic data your device is sending to Microsoft, grouping the info into simple categories based on how it’s used by Microsoft.

You must download and install the¬†Diagnostic Data Viewer¬†app before you can use it to review your device’s diagnostic data.

Before you can use this tool for viewing Windows diagnostic data, you must turn on data viewing.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Diagnostic Data Viewer for all users in Windows 11.

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Change Feedback Frequency in Windows 11

Windows will occasionally display a message asking you to rate or provide written feedback about the product or services you use. You can use the Feedback frequency setting to adjust how often Microsoft asks you for this feedback.

This tutorial will show you how to change the feedback frequency for your account or all accounts in Windows 11.

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