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Turn On or Off Airplane Mode in Windows 11

Airplane mode (aka: flight mode) gives you a quick way to turn off all wireless devices communication on your PC. Some examples of wireless devices are Wi-Fi, cellular, Bluetooth, GPS, and Near Field Communication (NFC).

When airplane mode is turned on, all wireless devices will be turned off automatically, and you will see the airplane icon on the taskbar quick settings area. You will still be able to turn on or off individual wireless devices while airplane mode is turned on.

When airplane mode is turned off, all wireless devices that were previously turned on when you turned on airplane mode will automatically get turned back on.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off Airplane mode to quickly turn on or off all wireless devices communication on your Windows 11 PC.

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Turn On or Off Bluetooth in Windows 11

Bluetooth is a short range wireless technology which enables wireless data transmission between two Bluetooth enabled devices located nearby each other.

There are many different types of Bluetooth enabled devices you can add and pair to your PC, such as mobile phones, wireless headsets, speakers, fitness trackers, mouse, keyboard, etc…

Turning off Bluetooth will disconnect your PC from all Bluetooth paired devices, and turn off power to the Bluetooth adapter.

Turning off Bluetooth when not needed can save on electricity and improve security.

This tutorial will show you how to only turn on or off Bluetooth communication for your Windows 11 PC.

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Turn On or Off Wi-Fi in Windows 11

Wi-Fi is a wireless local area network (WLAN) technology and standard that uses high-frequency radio waves to provide wireless Internet and network connections to your device.

Turning off Wi-Fi will disconnect your PC from all Wi-Fi networks, and turn off power to the Wi-Fi adapter.

Turning off Wi-Fi when not needed can save on electricity and improve security.

This tutorial will show you how to only turn on or off Wi-Fi communication for your Windows 11 PC.

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Turn On or Off Use Check Boxes to Select Items in Windows 11

You can use check boxes to make selecting multiple items in any order easier in File Explorer and on the desktop in Windows.

When check boxes is turned on, you can hover the pointer over each item to reveal the check box to check (select) or uncheck (unselect) it.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off use check boxes to select files, folders, and drives for your user account in Windows 11.

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Show or Hide Most Used apps list on Start Menu in Windows 11

The¬†Most used¬†list at the top of the All apps list on the Start menu shows up to 6 of the user’s most frequently used apps.

The Most used list can make it quicker and easier to open your most used apps, but you can hide the Most used list if you find it as clutter instead.

This tutorial will show you how to show or hide the Most used list on the Start menu for your account or all users in Windows 11.

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Repair Windows Image Component Store in Windows 11

If a Windows image becomes unserviceable, you can use the DISM (Deployment Imaging and Servicing Management) tool or Repair-WindowsImage cmdlet to update the files and correct the problem.

For example, to fix Windows image component store corruption when a sfc /scannow command is unable to repair corrupted or modified system files because the component store (source) is corrupted. SFC should be able to repair the files afterwards.

This tutorial will show you how to repair Windows image component store corruption in Windows 11.

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Use System File Checker (SFC) to Repair System Files in Windows 11

System File Checker (SFC) is a tool built into Windows that will check for system file corruption.

The SFC /SCANNOW command scans and verifies the integrity of all protected system files and replaces missing or corrupted versions with correct versions when possible. If this command discovers that a protected file has been overwritten, it retrieves the correct version of the file from the Windows image component store, and then replaces the missing or corrupted file.

This tutorial will show you how to run the System File Checker (SFC) tool to repair missing, corrupted, and modified system files in Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Chat Button on Taskbar in Windows 11

Microsoft has started rolling out Chat from Microsoft Teams to Windows 11 build 22000.100. Not everyone will see it right away.

This includes a new Chat flyout right off the taskbar as well as an overall Teams desktop experience architected for optimized performance and the Windows 11 design language. You can remain connected to the people you care about with chats and video calls from the convenience of your Windows 11 PC, while they can participate from any device with Microsoft Teams: desktop, mobile, or even just a web browser.

In this first stage rollout of Chat, you’ll be able to sign in, add contacts, and connect via individual and group chats.

When you want to reach out to someone, it‚Äôs as simple as clicking the Chat icon in the Taskbar (or WIN + C for the keyboard shortcut fans out there!). At a glance, you‚Äôll see your most recent individual and group conversations and be able to respond or start a new chat or call. Just like the Start menu, you can pop open Chat at any time ‚Äď it doesn‚Äôt matter what other windows you have up ‚Äď to kick off a communication and it will then dismiss. You can open the full windowed experience by clicking ‚ÄúOpen Microsoft Teams‚ÄĚ from the Chat flyout or launching it directly from the Start menu or Search.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Chat button on the taskbar for your account in Windows 11.

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Adjust Display Brightness in Windows 11

You may need to occasionally adjust the brightness level of your external or built-in display. For example, if you want to use your laptop outdoors on a sunny day, you might need a brighter screen to see the display clearly. Or, if you’re in a dark room, you might want to make the screen less bright.

Some PCs can let Windows automatically adjust screen brightness based on the current lighting conditions when you check the Change brightness automatically when lighting changes setting. Even if you use Change brightness automatically when lighting changes, you can still adjust the brightness for the built-in display to fine tune the brightness level.

A brighter display uses more power, which reduces battery life.

A laptop, tablet, or 2-in-1 type PCs will have a built-in display, and a desktop PC will have one or more external displays connected to it by default.

This tutorial will show you different ways to change the brightness level of a built-in display and external displays in Windows 11.

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Change Open File Explorer to This PC, Quick access, or Downloads by Default in Windows 11

File Explorer opens to Quick access by default in Window 11, but you can change File Explorer to open to This PC or Downloads instead.

Quick access shows your Frequent folders and Recent files.

  • Frequent folders¬†= Displays up to ten folders that you frequently opened on the system.
  • Recent files¬†= Displays up to twenty files that you most recently opened.

This PC displays your Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, and Videos folders in addition to the usual devices and drives (hard drives, optical drives, and removable devices) and network locations.

Downloads¬†opens to your account’s Downloads folder.

This tutorial will show you how to set File Explorer to open to either This PC, Quick access, or Downloads by default for your account in Windows 11.

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Add Restart Explorer Context Menu in Windows 11

The¬†explorer.exe¬†process is the user shell for Windows, and is used by such items as the desktop, File Explorer, Start menu, notification area, and taskbar. Restarting the explorer.exe process is to stop and start it to effectively refresh explorer.exe. When the explorer.exe process has been stopped (aka: “end task”), you will see a blank black desktop with your mouse pointer showing until explorer.exe has been started again.

If you are having issues with the explorer.exe process (ex: hang), restarting the explorer.exe process may sort it without having to restart the computer.

If you are applying a registry tweak, sometimes you can just restart the explorer.exe process to apply instead of having to restart the computer or sign out and sign in.

This tutorial will show you how to add Restart Explorer to the desktop context menu of all users in Windows 11.

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Restart Windows Explorer.exe Process in Windows 11

The¬†explorer.exe¬†process is the user shell for Windows, and is used by such items as the desktop, File Explorer, Start menu, notification area, and taskbar. Restarting the explorer.exe process is to stop and start it to effectively refresh explorer.exe. When the explorer.exe process has been stopped (aka: “end task”), you will see a blank black desktop with your mouse pointer showing until explorer.exe has been started again.

If you are having issues with the explorer.exe process (ex: hang), restarting the explorer.exe process may sort it without having to restart the computer.

If you are applying a registry tweak, sometimes you can just restart the explorer.exe process to apply instead of having to restart the computer or sign out and sign in.

This tutorial will show you how to restart the explorer.exe process as needed in Windows 11.

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Get updates for apps and games in Microsoft Store in Windows 11

Microsoft redesigned the Microsoft Store from the ground up in Windows 11, making space for more content, keeping the user experience simple and responsive. It will help you discover and install the best apps, games, movies and even special offers ‚Äď like unique movie discounts for Xbox Game Pass members. All the content in the Microsoft Store is tested for security, family safety and device compatibility.

This tutorial will show you how to manually check for app and game updates in the Microsoft Store for your account in Windows 11.

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Create Windows 11 Virtual Hard Disk (VHDX) at Boot to Native Boot

Native Boot allows you to create a virtual hard disk (VHDX), install Windows to it, and then boot it up, either on your PC side-by-side with your existing installation, or on a new device.

A native-boot VHDX can be used as the running operating system on designated hardware without any other parent operating system. This differs from a scenario where a VHDX is connected to a virtual machine on a computer that has a parent operating system.

Native boot for Windows 11 requires the .vhdx format, not the .vhd format.

VHDXs can be applied to PCs or devices that have no other installations of Windows, without a virtual machine or hypervisor. (A hypervisor is a layer of software under the operating system that runs virtual computers.) This enables greater flexibility in workload distribution because a single set of tools can be used to manage images for virtual machines and designated hardware.

This tutorial will show you how to create a Windows 11 Virtual Hard Disk (VHDX) file at boot and natively boot it to dual boot with Windows 10 or Windows 11 Pro, Education, or Enterprise editions.

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Restore Classic File Explorer with Ribbon in Windows 11

File Explorer in Windows 10 has a ribbon, tabs, and a title bar with color. The ribbon includes common tasks, such as copying and moving, creating new folders, emailing and zipping items, and changing the view. The tabs change to show extra tasks that apply to the selected item.

In Windows 11, Microsoft made File Explorer modern with a clean look and brand-new command bar instead of the ribbon.

If you prefer, you can restore the classic File Explorer with ribbon in Windows 11.

This tutorial will show you how to restore the classic File Explorer with Ribbon for all users in Windows 11.

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Native Boot Windows 11 Virtual Hard Disk (VHDX)

Native Boot allows you to create a virtual hard disk (VHDX), install Windows to it, and then boot it up, either on your PC side-by-side with your existing installation, or on a new device.

A native-boot VHDX can be used as the running operating system on designated hardware without any other parent operating system. This differs from a scenario where a VHDX is connected to a virtual machine on a computer that has a parent operating system.

Native boot for Windows 11 requires the .vhdx format, not the .vhd format.

VHDXs can be applied to PCs or devices that have no other installations of Windows, without a virtual machine or hypervisor. (A hypervisor is a layer of software under the operating system that runs virtual computers.) This enables greater flexibility in workload distribution because a single set of tools can be used to manage images for virtual machines and designated hardware.

This tutorial will show you how to boot a Windows 11 VHDX file natively to dual boot with Windows 10 or Windows 11 Pro, Education, or Enterprise editions.

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