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Change Windows Terminal Launch Mode in Windows 11

Windows Terminal is a modern host application for the command-line shells you already love, like Command Prompt, PowerShell, and bash (via Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)). Its main features include multiple tabs, panes, Unicode and UTF-8 character support, a GPU accelerated text rendering engine, and the ability to create your own themes and customize text, colors, backgrounds, and shortcuts.

Launch mode defines whether the terminal will launch as maximized, full screen, focus, or maximized focus. Setting this to focus is equivalent to launching the terminal in the default mode, but with focus mode enabled. Similarly, setting this to maximized focus will result in launching the terminal in a maximized window with focus mode enabled.

This tutorial will show you how to change Windows Terminal launch mode for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Change Behavior when Windows Terminal Starts in Windows 11

Windows Terminal is a modern host application for the command-line shells you already love, like Command Prompt, PowerShell, and bash (via Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)). Its main features include multiple tabs, panes, Unicode and UTF-8 character support, a GPU accelerated text rendering engine, and the ability to create your own themes and customize text, colors, backgrounds, and shortcuts.

You can set Windows Terminal to either Open a tab with the default profile or Open windows from a previous session when Terminal starts.

When set to Open a tab with the default profile, Windows Terminal will start a new session by opening a single tab with your default profile.

When set to Open windows from a previous session, this enables Windows Terminal to save the layout of open windows (tabs) on close and restore all saved windows on starting a new session. Windows Terminal will save the layout of all open windows automatically to assist with restoration from crashes and will also save the layout when using the quit action. Additionally, closing the last open window by clicking the X button or using the closeWindow command will save the layout of that last window.

This tutorial will show you how to change what should show when Windows Terminal opens for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Use ClearType Text Tuner to Improve Text Readability in Windows 11

ClearType is a software technology developed by Microsoft that improves the readability of text on existing LCDs (Liquid Crystal Displays), such as laptop screens, Pocket PC screens, and flat panel monitors. With ClearType font technology, the words on your computer screen look almost as sharp and clear as those printed on a piece of paper.

ClearType works by accessing the individual vertical color stripe elements in every pixel of an LCD screen. Before ClearType, the smallest level of detail that a computer could display was a single pixel, but with ClearType running on an LCD monitor, we can now display features of text as small as a fraction of a pixel in width. The extra resolution increases the sharpness of the tiny details in text display, making it much easier to read over long durations.

ClearType is a form of sub-pixel font rendering that draws text using a pixel’s red-green-blue (RGB) components separately instead of using the entire pixel. When the pixel is used in this way, horizontal resolution theoretically increases 300 percent.

Picture elements on an LCD screen are actually comprised of individual horizontally-oriented red, green and blue sub-pixels. For instance, an LCD screen that has a display resolution of 800×600 pixels actually has 2400×600 individual sub-pixels. The human eye is not capable of differentiating colors on such a small scale, so a combination of these three primary colors can emulate any intermediate color. Sub-pixel font rendering takes advantage of this by antialiasing at the sub-pixel level instead of at the pixel level.

This tutorial will show you how to use ClearType Text Tuner to improve text readability on each display for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Clear File Explorer History in Windows 11

Clearing your File Explorer history deletes the information Windows saved about the files and folders you use as well as what you’ve typed in the address bar and Run dialog.

File Explorer history consists of:

  • Recent items in the File Explorer jump list.
  • Quick access folders in File Explorer Home, except default pinned folders.
  • Favorites in File Explorer Home.
  • Recent files in File Explorer Home.
  • File Explorer address bar typed history.
  • Run dialog typed history.

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

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Change Time Format in Windows 11

Your regional format settings will influence how your date/time, numeric, and currency data types appear when you apply formatting options. Windows supports a variety of languages, plus currency and date/time formats for the countries/regions that use those languages.

You can change the short time and long time to a custom format you want used and displayed in Windows.

The time on the taskbar uses the short time format.

This tutorial will show you how to change the time format used for your account in Windows 11.

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Change Date Format in Windows 11

Your regional format settings will influence how your date/time, numeric, and currency data types appear when you apply formatting options. Windows supports a variety of languages, plus currency and date/time formats for the countries/regions that use those languages.

You can change the short date and long date to a custom format you want used and displayed in Windows.

The date on the taskbar uses the short date format.

This tutorial will show you how to change the date format used for your account in Windows 11.

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Find Motherboard Details in Windows 11

A motherboard is the main printed circuit board (PCB) used to connect all the parts of a computer together. The CPU, memory, hard drives, and other ports and expansion cards all connect to the motherboard directly or via cables.

You need to know the brand (manufacturer) and model (product) of the motherboard to look up its specs for which components it supports.

Knowing the motherboard version number can be helpful when looking for BIOS firmware updates from the manufacturer’s support site.

The motherboard serial number allows the manufacturer to identify a product and get additional information about it, for registration, replacement, or as a means of finding compatible parts.

You could open the computer case and read the brand, model, and serial number directly from the motherboard, but it can often be much easier to get this information from within Windows instead.

This tutorial will show you how to find the manufacturer, model, serial number, and version details of the motherboard in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Find System Memory Size, Speed, and Type in Windows 11

Sometimes you may need or want to know how much, the speed, and what type of system memory (RAM) you have installed in your PC without having to open the case or install third party software.

Windows 11 minimum system requirements for RAM (memory) is 4 GB.

This tutorial will show you how to find the size (GB), speed (MHz), and type (DDR4) of system memory (RAM) you have on a Windows 11 PC.

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Find GPU or Graphics Card Specs in Windows 11

A Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) is a single-chip processor primarily used to manage and boost the performance of video and graphics.

A¬†graphics card¬†(also called a display card, video card, display adapter, or graphics adapter) is an expansion card which generates a feed of output images to a display device (such as a computer monitor). Frequently, these are advertised as¬†discrete or dedicated graphics cards, emphasizing the distinction between these and¬†integrated graphics. At the core of both is the graphics processing unit (GPU), which is the main part that does the actual computations, but should not be confused as the video card as a whole, although “GPU” is often used to refer to video cards.

Windows 11 minimum system requirements for a GPU/graphics card is it must be compatible with DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 or higher driver.

This tutorial will show you how to find what GPU or graphics card you have on a Windows 11 PC.

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Find CPU or Processor Specs in Windows 11

A processor or central processing unit (CPU), is the electronic circuitry within a computer that carries out the instructions of a computer program by performing the basic arithmetic, logic, controlling, and input/output (I/O) operations specified by the instructions.

A multi-core processor is a computer processor integrated circuit with two or more separate processing units, called cores (aka: physical cores), which each read and execute program instructions, as if the computer had several processors.

Some CPUs can virtualize two cores for every one physical core that’s available, a technique known as¬†Hyper-Threading¬†(aka: logical processors). For example, if your CPU has 6 physical cores, it will show as having 12 logical processors with Hyper-Threading.

The clock speed of a processor is the number of instructions it can process in any given second, measured in gigahertz (GHz).

Windows 11 minimum system requirements for a CPU/Processor is 1 Ghz or faster with 2 or more cores and appearing on the list of approved CPUs. The processor in your PC will be a main determining factor for running Windows 11. The clock speed (the 1 Ghz or faster requirement) and number of cores (2 or more) are inherent to the processor design as it was manufactured and are not considered upgradable components.

This tutorial will show you how to find what CPU or processor you have on a Windows 11 PC.

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Enable or Disable Audio Enhancements in Windows 11

Audio enhancement packages are designed to enhance your specific audio hardware performance and quality.

Available audio enhancements will vary depending on the manufacturer.

Sometimes these audio enhancements can cause problems with audio and sound. If you encounter an audio or sound problem, you can try disabling audio enhancements to see if it may solve the problem.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable audio enhancements for sound device(s) in Windows 11.

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Add “Copy Contents to Clipboard” Context Menu in Windows 11

The Copy Contents to Clipboard context menu item will allow users to copy the contents of a single .bat, .cmd, .css, .html, .js, .log, .ps1, .reg, .rtf, .txt, or .vbs file to the clipboard to make it easy to paste the contents where you like.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Copy Contents to Clipboard context menu of text type files for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Peek in Windows 11

Peek (aka: Aero Peek) is the feature responsible for Peek at desktop and taskbar thumbnail live previews.

Peek at desktop has been removed from the Show Desktop button on the taskbar in Windows 11, but you can still press the Win+, (comma) keys to temporarily peek at the desktop.

When you hover the pointer over an icon on the taskbar with an open window, you will see a thumbnail preview of the open window. When you hover the pointer on the taskbar thumbnail preview, you will see a live preview (peek) of the open window on your desktop. This is a taskbar thumbnail live preview.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Peek for your account in Windows 11.

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View Configured Group Policies in Windows 11

The Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) is a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in that provides a single user interface through which all the the Computer Configuration and User Configuration settings of Local Group Policy objects can be managed.

The Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 10/11 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

This tutorial will show you how to see which group policies have been configured (enabled and disabled) from the Local Group Policy Editor in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Refresh Desktop in Windows 11

The desktop (Win+D) is your home screen and working space in Windows that contains the taskbar and any icons (ex: shortcuts, files, folders, etc…) you add to and arrange on the desktop.

The desktop is basically just a folder that shows the contents of your %UserProfile%\Desktop folder and the C:\Users\Public\Desktop folder.

Normally when the contents of the desktop changes, it will auto-refresh by default. Sometimes, the desktop does not auto-refresh though, and you may need to manually refresh the desktop.

You may need to manually refresh your desktop if:

  • The desktop does not display files or folders you just created, moved, deleted, renamed, or saved on it.
  • You need to re-align your desktop icons.
  • Contents of the desktop or the folder do not change when expected to.

This tutorial will show you how to manually refresh the desktop for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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View Configured Update Policies for Windows Update in Windows 11

Some Windows Update settings and controls might not be available for you if your organization or administrator has set policies to manage updates, or if you’ve¬†joined the Windows Insider Program.

Windows 11 makes it easy to see a list of all policies set on your device for Windows Update in Settings.

This tutorial will show you how to see which policies are set for Windows Update in Windows 11.

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Schedule Restart for Windows Update in Windows 11

In Windows 11, you decide when and how to get the latest updates to keep your device running smoothly and securely. When you update, you’ll get the latest fixes and security improvements, helping your device run efficiently and stay protected. In most cases, restarting your device completes the update.

To finish installing an update, your device may need to restart. Windows will try to restart your device when you’re not using it by default. If it can’t, you’ll be asked to schedule the restart for a more convenient time, or you can manually schedule the restart anytime.

This tutorial will show you how to schedule a restart when required to finish installing updates for Windows Update in Windows 11.

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