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Enable or Disable Block Files Downloaded from Internet in Windows 11

The Attachment Manager is included in Windows to help protect your PC from unsafe attachments that you might receive with an e-mail message and from unsafe files that you might save from the Internet. If the Attachment Manager identifies an attachment that might be unsafe, the Attachment Manager prevents (blocks) you from opening the file, or it warns you before you open the file.

It uses the IAttachmentExecute application programming interface (API) to find the file type, to find the file association. When one of these applications saves a downloaded file on a disk formatted with NTFS, then it updates the metadata for the file with the zone it was downloaded from. The metadata is saved as an Alternate Data Stream (ADS). If you wish to unblock a downloaded file, you can do so by right-clicking it, selecting Properties and clicking on Unblock.

The Attachment Manager classifies files that you receive or that you download based on the file type and the file name extension. Attachment Manager classifies files types as high risk, medium risk, and low risk.

If you like, there is a Do not preserve zone information in file attachments policy that allows you to manage whether Windows marks file attachments with information about their zone of origin (such as restricted, Internet, intranet, local). If this policy is enabled, it will effectively disable downloaded files from being blocked.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable blocking files downloaded from the Internet for all or specific users in Windows 11.

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Unblock File Downloaded from Internet in Windows 11

When you download files from the Internet, Windows 11 shows you a security warning every time you try to open it by default. Some file types are blocked from opening.

The Attachment Manager is included in Windows to help protect your PC from unsafe attachments that you might receive with an e-mail message and from unsafe files that you might save from the Internet. If the Attachment Manager identifies an attachment that might be unsafe, the Attachment Manager prevents (blocks) you from opening the file, or it warns you before you open the file.

It uses the IAttachmentExecute application programming interface (API) to find the file type, to find the file association. When one of these applications saves a downloaded file on a disk formatted with NTFS, then it updates the metadata for the file with the zone it was downloaded from. The metadata is saved as an Alternate Data Stream (ADS). If you wish to unblock a downloaded file, you can do so by right-clicking it, selecting Properties and clicking on Unblock.

The Attachment Manager classifies files that you receive or that you download based on the file type and the file name extension. Attachment Manager classifies files types as high risk, medium risk, and low risk.

This tutorial will show you different ways on how to unblock files downloaded from the Internet depending on how they were blocked in Windows 11.

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Restart Start Menu Process in Windows 11

The Start menu is comprised of three sections: Pinned, All apps, and Recommended. The Start menu contains shortcuts of all your apps, settings, and files.

Microsoft separated the Start menu into its own process, called StartMenuExperienceHost.exe. This has a number of benefits, including simplifying debugging and insulating Start from potential issues impacting other surfaces.

This will allow you restart the Start menu as needed without having to restart the explorer.exe process.

Restarting the StartMenuExperienceHost.exe process can be helpful if the Start menu will not open, frozen, or acting buggy.

This tutorial will show you how to restart the StartMenuExperienceHost.exe process to restart the Start menu as needed for your account in Windows 11.

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Pin to Taskbar an App, Drive, File, Folder, or Site in Windows 11

The taskbar in Windows 11 shows the Start menu, Search, Task View, Widgets, File Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Microsoft Store buttons (icons) aligned to the center by default.

The taskbar will also show the icon of the app for any window you have open. If you like, you can pin an app to the taskbar to always show the app’s icon on the taskbar whether the app is open or not. Pinning an app to the taskbar makes it easier to open the app on demand from the taskbar.

Items you pin to the taskbar are stored and referenced in both locations below for your account.

In the registry:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Taskband

In a folder:
%AppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar

This tutorial will show you how to pin an app, drive, file, or folder to the taskbar for your account in Windows 11.

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Change System Product Name in Windows 11

The system product name is the model name of your Windows 11 device.

An OEM will usually specify the system product name (ex: “Surface Pro X”), and usually cannot be changed.

If you built the PC yourself, then there usually isn’t a system product name specified allowing you to change the default¬†System Product Name¬†displayed to a custom name you want instead.

This tutorial will show you how to change the system product name in Windows 11.

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Change Default Profile in Windows Terminal app in Windows 11

The Windows Terminal is a modern, fast, efficient, powerful, and productive terminal application for users of command-line tools and shells like Command Prompt, PowerShell, and WSL. Its main features include multiple tabs, panes, Unicode and UTF-8 character support, a GPU accelerated text rendering engine, and custom themes, styles, and configurations.

Windows Terminal uses Windows PowerShell as the default shell profile when you open the Windows Terminal app.

This tutorial will show you how to change the default shell profile to use when you open the Windows Terminal app for your account in Windows 11.

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Show All Open Windows on Alt+Tab for Current or All Desktops in Windows 11

Task View (Win+Tab) is a virtual desktop manager that allows you to quickly switch between all of your open apps on multiple desktops. This makes multitasking and organizing your opened apps much easier.

You can add virtual desktops to group apps for productivity, entertainment, or whatever you choose. Multiple desktops are also great for keeping unrelated, ongoing projects organized, or for quickly switching desktops before a meeting.

By default, Windows will show all the open windows on Alt+Tab or Ctrl+Alt+Tab only on the desktop you are currently using.

If you like, you can select to show all all the open windows on Alt+Tab or Ctrl+Alt+Tab on all desktops.

On All desktops = All windows that are open on all desktops will show on Alt+Tab or Ctrl+Alt+Tab. You will be able to quickly switch between any windows that are open on any desktop. If the window is open on a desktop other than the desktop you are using, you will be switched to the desktop the window is open on.

Only on the desktop I’m using¬†= Windows that are open on other¬†virtual desktops¬†than the desktop you are using will not show on¬†Alt+Tab¬†or¬†Ctrl+Alt+Tab¬†You will need to use¬†Task View¬†to switch between windows that are open on the other desktops.

This tutorial will show you how to show all open windows on Alt+Tab or Ctrl+Alt+Tab for the current or all desktops for your account in Windows 11.

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Show All Open Windows on Taskbar for Current or All Desktops in Windows 11

Task View (Win+Tab) is a virtual desktop manager that allows you to quickly switch between all of your open apps on multiple desktops. This makes multitasking and organizing your opened apps much easier.

You can add virtual desktops to group apps for productivity, entertainment, or whatever you choose. Multiple desktops are also great for keeping unrelated, ongoing projects organized, or for quickly switching desktops before a meeting.

By default, Windows will show all the open windows on the taskbar only on the desktop you are currently using.

If you like, you can select to show all all the open windows on the taskbar on all desktops.

On all desktops = Windows that are open on all desktops will show on the taskbar for all desktops. You will be able to quickly switch between any windows that are open on any desktop with a simple click/tap on the icon of the open window on the taskbar. If the window is open on a desktop other than the desktop you are using, you will be switched to the desktop the window is open on.

Only on the desktop I’m using¬†= Windows that are open on other additional desktops will not show on the taskbar of the desktop you are using. You will need to use Alt+Tab, Ctrl+Alt+Tab, or¬†Task View¬†(Win+Tab) to switch between open windows on other desktops.

This tutorial will show you how to show all open windows on the taskbar for the current or all desktops for your account in Windows 11.

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Open Windows Security in Windows 11

Windows Security is built-in to Windows 11 and includes an antirvirus program called Microsoft Defender Antivirus. Your device will be actively protected from the moment you start Windows 11. Windows Security continually scans for malware (malicious software), viruses, and security threats. In addition to this real-time protection, updates are downloaded automatically to help keep your device safe and protect it from threats.

Windows Security is your home to view and manage the security and health of your device.

This tutorial will show you different ways to open the Windows Security app in Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Task View Button on Taskbar in Windows 11

Task View (Win+Tab) is a virtual desktop manager that allows you to quickly switch between all of your open apps on multiple desktops. This makes multitasking and organizing with your opened apps much easier now.

Windows 11 has a Task View button that shows on the taskbar by default, but can be removed.

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

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Rename Shortcuts on Win+X Quick Link Menu in Windows 11

The Win+X Quick Link menu (aka: Power User menu) is a pop-up menu from the Start button that includes shortcuts of common management, configuration, and other power user tools for Windows.

The shortcuts on the Win+X Quick Link menu are broken up into 3 groups. Group1 shortcuts in the bottom section, Group2 shortcuts in the middle section, and Group3 shortcuts in the top section.

This tutorial will show you how to rename any shortcuts you want on the Win+X Quick Link menu for your account in Windows 11.

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Add Custom Shortcuts to Win+X Quick Link Menu in Windows 11

The Win+X Quick Link menu (aka: Power User menu) is a pop-up menu from the Start button that includes shortcuts of common management, configuration, and other power user tools for Windows.

The shortcuts on the Win+X Quick Link menu are broken up into 3 groups. Group1 shortcuts in the bottom section, Group2 shortcuts in the middle section, and Group3 shortcuts in the top section.

This tutorial will show you how to add any custom shortcuts you want to the Win+X Quick Link menu for your account in Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Default Shortcuts on Win+X Quick Link Menu in Windows 11

The Win+X Quick Link menu (aka: Power User menu) is a pop-up menu from the Start button that includes shortcuts of common management, configuration, and other power user tools for Windows.

The shortcuts on the Win+X Quick Link menu are broken up into 3 groups. Group1 shortcuts in the bottom section, Group2 shortcuts in the middle section, and Group3 shortcuts in the top section.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove default shortcuts on the Win+X Quick Link menu for your account in Windows 11.

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Link Samsung Android Phone to Windows 11 PC

The¬†Your Phone¬†app on your Windows PC let’s you get instant access to everything you love on your phone, right from your PC. Link your Android phone and PC to view and reply to text messages, make and receive calls, and more – all right on your PC.

The Your Phone experience starts on your PC with Windows 10 or Windows 11 and the Your Phone app. From your PC you can connect to select Android and Samsung devices with these two apps:

You‚Äôll see these names combined as¬†Your Phone Companion ‚Äď Link to Windows¬†in the Google Play Store and in the Galaxy Store. In the Microsoft Store, you‚Äôll see¬†Your Phone. This link between your device and PC gives you instant access to everything you love. Read and reply to text messages with ease, view recent photos from your Android device, use your favorite mobile apps, make and receive calls, and manage your Android device‚Äôs notifications right on your PC.

This tutorial will show you how to link a Samsung Android phone to your Windows 11 PC with your Microsoft account.

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Paste as Plain Text from Clipboard History in Windows 11

When you copy something on your Windows PC, it’s automatically copied to your clipboard for you to paste.

Clipboard History in Windows 10 and Windows 11 lets you save multiple items to your clipboard.

Clipboard history also allows you to copy images and text from one PC to another with a cloud-based clipboard. Not only can you can paste from your clipboard history, but you can also pin the items you tend to use all the time and sync your clipboard history to the cloud.

Often you can press the Ctrl+Shift+V keys instead of Ctrl+V to paste any copied text as plain text without any formatting included. Not all apps support using Ctrl+Shift+V though.

When you use the Paste as plain text option on any text-based item in your clipboard history, it pastes the text content of the clipboard without its original formatting (font, color, size etc.), allowing it to match the formatting of the destination document.

This tutorial will show you how to paste as plain text from any text-based entry in your clipboard history in Windows 11.

Pin and Unpin Items in Clipboard History in Windows 11

When you copy something on your Windows PC, it’s automatically copied to your clipboard for you to paste.

Clipboard History in Windows 10 and Windows 11 lets you save multiple items to your clipboard.

Clipboard history also allows you to copy images and text from one PC to another with a cloud-based clipboard. Not only can you can paste from your clipboard history, but you can also pin the items you tend to use all the time and sync your clipboard history to the cloud.

This tutorial will show you how to pin or unpin items copied into the clipboard history for your account in Windows 11.

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