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Turn On or Off Phone Link app Notification Banners in Windows 11

With the Phone Link app on your PC linked to your Android phone, you can view and manage your Android device notifications on your PC.

After you provide permission on your Android device, notifications from your Android device will appear on your PC.

Some notifications will have additional actions available for you, like replying directly to messages or snoozing an alarm. Any notifications that you delete on your PC will also be deleted on your Android device.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off showing notifications from the Phone Link app for your Android phone for your account on your Windows 10 or Windows 11 PC.

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Add or Remove Tabs on Microsoft Edge Bar

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, it’s the only browser you’ll ever need.

The¬†Edge bar¬†(formally named “Web widget“) is a feature of Microsoft Edge that lets you search and browse the web, see news headlines, check the weather, and more without opening a full browser window.

You can switch between a vertical or search only layout for the Edge bar. Then move and resize the Edge bar as you desire.

You can quickly adjust the content you see in Edge bar by clicking on the tab (icon) for your desired topic. By default, Edge bar includes tabs for your feed from MSN, Microsoft Bing, Outlook, and LinkedIn. You can add your own tabs on the side of the Edge bar that open the URL you want.

If you open the Edge bar, it will remain open even if you close Microsoft Edge.

This tutorial will show you how to add and remove tabs on the Edge bar for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Change Microsoft Edge Bar Layout

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, it’s the only browser you’ll ever need.

The¬†Edge bar¬†(formally named “Web widget“) is a feature of Microsoft Edge that lets you search and browse the web, see news headlines, check the weather, and more without opening a full browser window.

You can switch between a vertical or search only layout for the Edge bar. Then move and resize the Edge bar as you desire.

If you open the Edge bar, it will remain open even if you close Microsoft Edge.

This tutorial will show you how to change the Edge bar layout for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Automatically Open Microsoft Edge Bar at Windows Startup

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, it’s the only browser you’ll ever need.

The¬†Edge bar¬†(formally named “Web widget“) is a feature of Microsoft Edge that lets you search and browse the web, see news headlines, check the weather, and more without opening a full browser window.

You can switch between a vertical or search only layout for the Edge bar. Then move and resize the Edge bar as you desire.

If you open the Edge bar, it will remain open even if you close Microsoft Edge.

You can use the WebWidgetIsEnabledOnStartup policy to enable or disable running the Edge bar at Windows startup for all users.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable running the Edge bar at startup for your account or all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Edge Bar 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, it’s the only browser you’ll ever need.

The¬†Edge bar¬†(formally named “Web widget“) is a feature of Microsoft Edge that lets you search and browse the web, see news headlines, check the weather, and more without opening a full browser window.

You can switch between a vertical or search only layout for the Edge bar. Then move and resize the Edge bar as you desire.

If you open the Edge bar, it will remain open even if you close Microsoft Edge.

You can use the¬†WebWidgetAllowed¬†policy to disable the Edge bar feature in Microsoft Edge. If you disable this policy: The Edge bar will be disabled for all profiles. The option to launch the Edge bar from Microsoft Edge Settings will be disabled. The option to launch start the Edge bar at Windows startup (auto-start) will be disabled. The option to launch the Edge bar from Microsoft Edge “More tools” menu will be disabled.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the Edge bar feature in Microsoft Edge for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Open and Close Microsoft Edge Bar in Windows 10 and 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, it’s the only browser you’ll ever need.

The¬†Edge bar¬†(formally named “Web widget“) is a feature of Microsoft Edge that lets you search and browse the web, see news headlines, check the weather, and more without opening a full browser window.

You can switch between a vertical or search only layout for the Edge bar. Then move and resize the Edge bar as you desire.

If you open the Edge bar, it will remain open even if you close Microsoft Edge.

This tutorial will show you how to open and close the Edge bar from Microsoft Edge for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Change Icon of Library 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.

You can change the the icon of a library to any custom icon you want.

This tutorial will show you how to change the icon of a library for your account in Windows 11.

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Create New Library 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.

This tutorial will show you how to create a new library for your account in Windows 11.

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Restore Default Settings of Library 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.

If needed, you can restore the locations, locations order, template, attributes, and icon settings of a library back to default all at once.

This tutorial will show you how to restore the default settings of a library for your account in Windows 11.

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Change Order of Library Locations 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.

Each library has a default save location and public save location. Users can select a different save location. If the user removes the default save location from a library, the next location in order is automatically selected as the new default save location. If the library is empty of locations or if all included locations cannot be saved to, then the save operation fails.

This tutorial will show you how to change the order of library locations for your account in Windows 11.

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Change Default Save Locations for Libraries 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.

Each library has a default save location and public save location. Users can select a different save location. If the user removes the default save location from a library, the next location is automatically selected as the new default save location. If the library is empty of locations or if all included locations cannot be saved to, then the save operation fails.

  • The default¬†save location¬†for a library determines which¬†included folder¬†an item will be stored to when you copy, move, or save it to the library, rather than a specific location within the library.
  • The default¬†public save location¬†for a library determines which¬†included folder¬†an item will be stored to when users you set to¬†share¬†the library with copy, move, or save the item to the library.

This tutorial will show you how to change the default save locations for a library for your account in Windows 11.

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Remove Folder from Library 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.

This tutorial will show you how to remove a included folder from a library for your account in Windows 11.

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Include Folder in Library 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.

This tutorial will show you how to include a folder in a library for your account in Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Libraries in Navigation Pane of File Explorer 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 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.

The navigation pane is the far left pane in File Explorer used to find files, folders, and drives on your PC or network.

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

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Enable or Disable Changing Lock Screen Background in Windows 11

The lock screen is the screen you see at startup and when you lock the computer (Win+L). You will need to dismiss the lock screen to to see the sign-in screen and sign in to Windows.

Users can change their lock screen background to Windows Spotlight, a picture, or a slideshow by default.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable changing the lock screen background for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Flash Screen during Audio Notifications in Windows 11

If you have trouble hearing audio alerts, you can have your PC display them visually.

You can choose to have the title bar of the active window, the active window, or the entire screen flash when a notification arrives, instead of relying on sound alone.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off display audio alerts visually (aka: Sound Sentry) for your account in Windows 11.

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Change Closed Caption Style in Windows 11

Microsoft introduced a new feature called Live Captions starting with Windows 11 build 22557.

Live captions will help everyone, including people who are deaf or hard of hearing, better understand audio by viewing captions of spoken content. Captions are automatically generated on-device from any content with audio. Captions can be displayed at the top or bottom of the screen, or in a floating window. The caption window can be resized, and caption appearance can be personalized by applying or customizing a caption style. Microphone audio can be included, which can be helpful during in-person conversations.

Windows lets you customize things like the font, color, size, opacity, and background of closed captions.

This tutorial will show you how to change the caption style for your account in Windows 11.

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Change Your Device Usage Options in Windows 11

In Device usage settings, you can let Microsoft know how you plan to use your device.

When you make your selections in Device usage settings, Microsoft might offer personalized tips, ads, and recommendations within Microsoft experiences based on the way you plan to use your device. You can opt out or change your device usage options any time in the Settings app on Windows. Microsoft does not share this data with third-party.

This tutorial will show you how to change device usage settings for your account in Windows 11.

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Optimize Video Playback when on Battery in Windows 11

Some apps use the video platform that’s built into Windows 11. These include¬†Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps¬†that come with Windows 11, such as Microsoft Edge, Photos, and Movies & TV, as well as many third-party video apps you get from Microsoft Store (for example, Hulu, Netflix, and Vudu).

For these apps, you can control video playback using the video playback settings in Windows 11. For example, you can have your PC process video to enhance it (depending on your PC’s hardware) or choose to play video at a lower resolution to help save network bandwidth.

When watching movies and videos on battery power, you can select to optimize video playback for battery life or video quality.

This tutorial will show you how to optimize video playback when on battery for your account in Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Video Playback Low Resolution to Save Network Bandwidth in Windows 11

Some apps use the video platform that’s built into Windows 11. These include¬†Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps¬†that come with Windows 11, such as Microsoft Edge, Photos, and Movies & TV, as well as many third-party video apps you get from Microsoft Store (for example, Hulu, Netflix, and Vudu).

For these apps, you can control video playback using the video playback settings in Windows 11. For example, you can have your PC process video to enhance it (depending on your PC’s hardware) or choose to play video at a lower resolution to help save network bandwidth.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off save network bandwidth by playing video at a lower resolution during video playback when plugged in for your account in Windows 11.

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