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Add or Remove Sleep on Power menu in Windows 11

Sleep¬†uses very little power, your PC starts up faster, and you‚Äôre instantly back to where you left off. You don‚Äôt have to worry that you’ll lose your work because of your battery draining because Windows automatically saves all your work and turns off the PC if the battery is too low. Use Sleep when you‚Äôre going to be away from your PC for just a little while.

Sleep is available in the power options menu by default in Windows 11, but you can remove Sleep from the power menu if wanted.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove Sleep on the power menu for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Hibernate on Power menu in Windows 11

Hibernate¬†is a power-saving state designed primarily for laptops, and might not be available for all PCs. (For example, PCs with¬†Modern Standby¬†may not have hibernate available.) While¬†sleep¬†puts your work and settings in memory and draws a small amount of power, hibernation puts your open documents and programs on your hard disk to the¬†hiberfile (C:\hiberfil.sys), and then turns off your computer. Hibernate uses less power than sleep and when you start up the PC again, you‚Äôre back to where you left off (though not as fast as sleep). Use hibernation when you know that you won’t use your laptop or tablet for an extended period and won’t have an opportunity to charge the battery during that time.

Hibernate is available in the power options menu by default in Windows 11, but you can remove Hibernate from the power menu if wanted.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove Hibernate on the power menu for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Subsystem Screen Reader for WSA Apps in Windows 11

Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) enables your Windows 11 device to run Android apps available from the Amazon Appstore.

Apps used in the Windows Subsystem for Android™ require an additional screen reader. Most of your accessibility settings in Windows will apply to apps in the Subsystem, like¬†text scaling,¬†closed captions,¬†dark theme, and¬†color filters. The Subsystem Screen Reader works in apps that have accessibility support.

The Subsystem Screen Reader only supports keyboard input. When the Subsystem Screen Reader is on, touch input for mobile apps is automatically turned off.

These are the keyboard commands you can use with mobile apps on Windows. To use them, you’ll need to turn on the Subsystem Screen Reader.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off the Subsystem Screen Reader for WSA mobile apps for your account in Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Advanced Networking for WSA in Windows 11

Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) enables your Windows 11 device to run Android apps available from the Amazon Appstore.

Advanced networking¬†allows Android apps to connect to other devices on the same network as your Windows PC. When this setting is turned on, you can play content wirelessly. For example, you can play music on a speaker that’s connected to the same network or set up hardware (like a security camera) with a compatible Android app.

If you’re experiencing network issues in your mobile apps, turning this off might help. When advanced networking is turned off, it might prevent mobile apps from accessing other devices on your network. Changes will take effect when you restart the Subsystem.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off advanced networking for Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) for your account in Windows 11.

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Change GPU for Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) Apps in Windows 11

Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) enables your Windows 11 device to run Android apps available from the Amazon Appstore.

If your PC has more than one graphics processing unit (GPU), you can select which GPU your mobile apps will use for WSA.

This tutorial will show you how to change which GPU is used for apps for Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) for your account in Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Always Run Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) in Background in Windows 11

Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) enables your Windows 11 device to run Android apps available from the Amazon Appstore.

Subsystem resources setting lets you choose if you want the Windows Subsystem for Android to be open in the background and always ready to open mobile apps.

You can select to have WSA open in the background As needed or Continuous.

This tutorial will show you how to change WSA to be open in the background As needed or Continuous for your account in Windows 11.

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Uninstall Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) Distro in Windows 11

The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) lets developers install a Linux distribution (such as Ubuntu, OpenSUSE, Kali, Debian, Arch Linux, etc) and use Linux applications, utilities, and Bash command-line tools directly on Windows, unmodified, without the overhead of a traditional virtual machine or dualboot setup.

Once you have Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) installed, you can install Linux distributions you want.

You can uninstall Linux distributions at any time. Once uninstalled, all data, settings, and software associated with that distribution will be permanently lost.

This tutorial will show you how to completely remove and uninstall a Linux distro for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Change Default Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) Distro in Windows 11

The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) lets developers install a Linux distribution (such as Ubuntu, OpenSUSE, Kali, Debian, Arch Linux, etc) and use Linux applications, utilities, and Bash command-line tools directly on Windows, unmodified, without the overhead of a traditional virtual machine or dualboot setup.

The first Linux distro you install after installing Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) will be the default Linux distribution.

The default Linux distribution is the distro that WSL commands will use to run.

If you have more than one Linux distro installed, you can change the default Linux distribution to one you prefer.

This tutorial will show you how to change the default Linux distro for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Install Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) Distros in Windows 11

The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) lets developers install a Linux distribution (such as Ubuntu, OpenSUSE, Kali, Debian, Arch Linux, etc) and use Linux applications, utilities, and Bash command-line tools directly on Windows, unmodified, without the overhead of a traditional virtual machine or dualboot setup.

Once you have Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) installed, you can install Linux distributions via the Microsoft Store or command line.

This tutorial will show you how to install and setup Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) distro apps for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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List Running Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) Distros in Windows 11

The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) lets developers install a Linux distribution (such as Ubuntu, OpenSUSE, Kali, Debian, Arch Linux, etc) and use Linux applications, utilities, and Bash command-line tools directly on Windows, unmodified, without the overhead of a traditional virtual machine or dualboot setup.

Sometimes you may need to know all currently running Linux distros.

This tutorial will show you how to find and list all currently running Linux distros for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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List Installed Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) Distros in Windows 11

The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) lets developers install a Linux distribution (such as Ubuntu, OpenSUSE, Kali, Debian, Arch Linux, etc) and use Linux applications, utilities, and Bash command-line tools directly on Windows, unmodified, without the overhead of a traditional virtual machine or dualboot setup.

You can easily view all installed Linux distros with a list of distro names and versions.

This tutorial will show you how to find and list all installed Linux Distros for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Move Home to Top or Bottom of Navigation Pane in Windows 11

Starting with Windows 11 build 22593, Quick access is now called Home. The name Quick access has been repurposed for the pinned/frequent Folders section and Pinned files is now called Favorites to align with Office and OneDrive. Recent and pinned files displayed in Home are now searchable using the search box in File Explorer even if they are not local files, so you can find Office files recently shared with you.

  • Quick access¬†= Displays up to 11 folders that you¬†pinned¬†or frequently opened on the system.
  • Favorites¬†= Pinned files.
  • Recent¬†(Recent files) = Displays up to 25 files that you most recently opened.

Home will show at the top of the navigation pane in File Explorer by default.

If you like, you can move Home to show at the bottom of the navigation pane just above This PC in File Explorer.

This tutorial will show you how to move Home to show at the top or bottom of the navigation pane in File Explorer for your account in Windows 11.

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Move Libraries Above or Below This PC in Navigation Pane in Windows 11

Windows 7 introduced¬†libraries, which provide users with a single, coherent view of their files even when those files are stored in different locations. Libraries can be configured and organized by a user and a library can contain folders that are found on the user’s computer and also folders that have been shared over a network. Libraries present a simpler view of the underlying storage system because, to the user, the files and folders in a library are displayed in one single view location, no matter where they are actually physically stored.

In File Explorer, users interact with libraries in ways similar to how they would interact with other folders. Libraries are built upon the legacy known folders (such as Camera Roll, Documents, Music, Pictures, Saved Pictures, and Videos), and these known folders are automatically included in the default libraries and set as the default save location.

When you set to show libraries in the navigation pane of File Explorer, Libraries will show below This PC in the navigation pane by default.

If you like, you can move Libraries to show above This PC and right below Home in the navigation pane of File Explorer.

This tutorial will show you how to move Libraries to show above or below This PC in the navigation pane of File Explorer for your account in Windows 11.

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Disable Microsoft Edge from creating desktop shortcut in Windows 11

The Microsoft Edge web browser is based on Chromium and was released on January 15, 2020. It is compatible with all supported versions of Windows, and macOS. With speed, performance, best in class compatibility for websites and extensions, and built-in privacy and security features.

Lately, whenever Microsoft Edge gets updated in Windows, a Microsoft Edge desktop shortcut is automatically created.

You can manually delete this Microsoft Edge desktop shortcut, but it will just get created again after the next update.

This tutorial will show you how to permanently disable creating a Microsoft Edge desktop shortcut whenever updated for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Ask Where to Save Downloads in Microsoft Edge

The Microsoft Edge web browser is based on Chromium and was released on January 15, 2020. It is compatible with all supported versions of Windows, and macOS. With speed, performance, best in class compatibility for websites and extensions, and built-in privacy and security features.

By default, files are saved automatically to the default location, without asking the user in Microsoft Edge.

You can turn on Ask me what to do with each download in Microsoft Edge to always ask you if you want to save a file or open it without saving.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Ask me what to do with each download in Microsoft Edge for your account or all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Change Default Downloads Folder Location in Microsoft Edge

The Microsoft Edge web browser is based on Chromium and was released on January 15, 2020. It is compatible with all supported versions of Windows, and macOS. With speed, performance, best in class compatibility for websites and extensions, and built-in privacy and security features.

Microsoft Edge downloads to your Downloads folder by default. If wanted, you can change the default downloads folder location in Microsoft Edge.

This tutorial will show you how to change the downloads folder location for where to save by default in Microsoft Edge for your account or all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Tab Performance Detector in Microsoft Edge

The Microsoft Edge web browser is based on Chromium and was released on January 15, 2020. It is compatible with all supported versions of Windows, and macOS. With speed, performance, best in class compatibility for websites and extensions, and built-in privacy and security features.

Microsoft Edge proactively takes steps to minimize resource usage when your device is under pressure to keep your device running smoothly. One way Microsoft Edge does this is by putting tabs to sleep when memory pressure is detected on your device. Sometimes the proactive steps that Microsoft Edge takes are not enough to completely resolve the issue. For those instances, Microsoft built a feature called the Performance detector.

The performance detector helps identify high resource usage (memory (RAM) and/or processing power (CPU)) of background tabs and when an issue is detected, provides a way for you to fix it.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the tab Performance detector in Microsoft Edge for your account or all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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