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How to Allow or Block Cookies for Sites in Microsoft Edge

Cookies are small files that websites put on your PC to store information about you and your preferences. Cookies can make your browsing experience better by letting sites remember your preferences or letting you avoid signing in each time you visit certain sites. Cookies can also help a website remember your location, so it can provide you with locally relevant content, like weather. However, some cookies might put your privacy at risk by tracking sites that you visit.

Microsoft Edge allows all cookies from all websites by default.

This tutorial will show you how to allow or block cookies for sites in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Allow or Block Third-party Cookies in Microsoft Edge

Cookies are small files that websites put on your PC to store information about you and your preferences. Cookies can make your browsing experience better by letting sites remember your preferences or letting you avoid signing in each time you visit certain sites. Cookies can also help a website remember your location, so it can provide you with locally relevant content, like weather. However, some cookies might put your privacy at risk by tracking sites that you visit.

Normally, a cookie’s domain attribute will match the domain that is shown in the web browser’s address bar. This is called a¬†first-party cookie. A¬†third-party cookie, however, belongs to a domain different from the one shown in the address bar. This sort of cookie typically appears when web pages feature content from external websites, such as¬†banner advertisements. This opens up the potential for¬†tracking¬†the user’s browsing history and is often used by advertisers in an effort to¬†serve relevant advertisements¬†to each user.

Microsoft Edge allows all cookies from all websites by default.

This tutorial will show you how to allow or block third-party cookies in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Allow or Block Pop-ups and Redirects for Sites in Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge blocks sites from showing pop-up windows by default.

Most pop-ups are ads, malware, and other unwanted windows. But sometimes you will encounter web pages that require pop-ups, so you may need to occasionally allow pop-ups for all or specific site(s).

This tutorial will show you how to allow or block pop-ups and redirects for sites in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Enable or Disable Use System Print Dialog in Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge lets you print webpages, PDF files, or other content using a variety of devices and applications.

You can use the UseSystemPrintDialog policy to enable or disable using the system print dialog instead of default print preview screen when printing (Ctrl+P) in Microsoft Edge.

  • If you enable this policy, Microsoft Edge opens the system print dialog instead of the built-in print preview when a user prints a page.
  • If you don’t configure or disable this policy, print commands trigger the default Microsoft Edge print preview screen.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable showing the system print dialog instead of default print preview screen in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Change Sleeping Tabs Timeout in Microsoft Edge

To improve memory and CPU utilization of the Microsoft Edge browser, Microsoft has developed a feature called sleeping tabs.

Early internal testing of devices with sleeping tabs has shown a median memory usage reduction of¬†26% for Microsoft Edge. Microsoft’s internal testing has also shown that a normal background tab uses¬†29% more CPU for Microsoft Edge¬†than a sleeping tab. These resource savings should result in excellent battery savings. Although individual device performance varies depending on configuration and usage, Microsoft expects the decrease in resource and battery usage to create a better browsing experience for users.

Sleeping tabs builds upon the core of Chromium‚Äôs ‚Äúfreezing‚ÄĚ technology. Freezing pauses a tab‚Äôs script timers to minimize resource usage. A sleeping tab resumes automatically when clicked, which is different than discarded tabs, which require the page to fully be reloaded.

Microsoft built upon the freezing technology to create sleeping tabs. This feature allows inactive background tabs to ‚Äúgo to sleep,‚ÄĚ releasing system resources after a set amount of time. These resources include both memory and CPU and can be used for new or existing tabs or other applications running on your device.

By default, Microsoft set tabs to go to sleep after two hours of inactivity when sleeping tabs is enabled. If two hours isn’t right for you, you can choose a different time interval. Tabs that are asleep will fade to let you know they’ve released resources. To resume a sleeping tab, click on it like a normal tab. The tab will un-fade and your content will be there immediately. You can also add sites you never want to sleep to a block list in Settings.

This tutorial will show you how to change or specify the sleeping tabs timeout value in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Enable or Disable Default Browser Setting in Microsoft Edge

By default, each time you open Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Edge will check if its the default browser and will prompt a Would you like to set Microsoft Edge as your default browser notification with a Set as default button if not.

You can use the¬†DefaultBrowserSettingEnabled¬†policy to enable or disable whether Microsoft Edge always checks whether it’s the default browser when opened, and enables or disables the¬†Make default¬†button (user controls) in Microsoft Edge settings.

  • If you this policy to True (enable), Microsoft Edge always checks whether it’s the default browser on startup and will automatically set itself as the default web browser.
  • If you set this policy to False (disable), Microsoft Edge is stopped from ever checking if it’s the default and turns user controls off for this option.
  • If you don’t set this policy, Microsoft Edge lets users control whether it’s the default and, if not, whether user notifications should appear.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the default browser check and setting in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Enable or Disable Import Favorites in Microsoft Edge

You can keep track of the websites you visit frequently by adding them as favorites in Microsoft Edge.

Each profile in Microsoft Edge will have their own separate favorites.

Microsoft Edge allows you to easily import your favorites or bookmarks directly from other installed web browsers or from a HTML file.

You can use the ImportFavorites policy to enable or disable users to import favorites from another browser into Microsoft Edge.

  • If you enable this policy, the Favorites check box is automatically selected in the¬†Import¬†browser data dialog box.
  • If you disable this policy, favorites aren’t imported at first run, and users can’t¬†import¬†them manually.
  • If you don’t configure this policy, favorites are imported at first run, and users can choose whether to¬†import¬†them manually during later browsing sessions.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable allowing all users to import favorites in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Enable or Disable Add, Remove, and Modify Favorites in Microsoft Edge

You can keep track of the websites you visit frequently by adding them as favorites in Microsoft Edge.

Each profile in Microsoft Edge will have their own separate favorites.

You can use the EditFavoritesEnabled policy to allow or deny users from adding, importing, removing (delete), renaming, arranging, and modifying favorites in Microsoft Edge.

Enable this policy to let users add, import, remove (delete), rename, arrange, and modify favorites. This is the default behavior if you don’t configure the policy.

Disable this policy to stop users from adding, importing, removing (delete), renaming, arranging, and modifying favorites. They can still use existing favorites. This can be handy in an environment where you add the favorites you want for all users on the computer to use in Microsoft Edge without the users being able to change them. For example: in a work, school, or family child environment.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable allowing all users to add, remove, arrange, and modify favorites in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Enable or Disable Open PDF files in Microsoft Edge

When you click/tap on a link for a PDF file in Microsoft Edge, the PDF file will open in Microsoft Edge using the internal PDF viewer by default.

If you turn off Always open PDF files externally, Microsoft Edge treats PDF files as downloads and lets users open them with the default app instead.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable always open PDF files externally in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Add and Remove Themes in Microsoft Edge

Starting with the latest Microsoft Edge Dev and Canary releases, you can now add (install) themes from the Microsoft Edge Add-On Store to Microsoft Edge.

You can personalize Microsoft Edge with themes that change the look and feel of your browser and the new tab page to create beautiful and immersive visual experiences. Apply different themes to each profile to help you easily separate home, school, or work.

This tutorial will show you how to add and remove themes from the Microsoft Edge Add-On Store in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Enable or Disable Ask Before Closing Multiple Tabs in Microsoft Edge

Starting with Microsoft Edge Canary version , you can enable the Ask Before Closing Multiple Tabs experimental flag in Microsoft Edge to prevent accidentally closing multiple tabs, the browser can prompt if you want to close all tabs. If enabled, you will be able to turn on or off Ask Before Closing Multiple Tabs in Microsoft Edge settings.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Ask Before Closing Multiple Tabs in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge in Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10.

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How to Hide or Show Extension Icons on Microsoft Edge Toolbar

You can add extensions to Microsoft Edge from the Microsoft Edge Add-ons Store by default whenever you want. If you like, you can also allow to add extensions to Microsoft Edge from other sources like the Chrome Web Store.

If needed, you can¬†turn on or off¬†added extensions as needed in Microsoft Edge without needing to remove (uninstall) the extension. For example, when an extension is causing an issue for a site, and needs to be temporarily turned off until finished with the site. When you¬†turn on¬†an¬†installed extension, the extension’s icon will be added to the toolbar next to the address bar. When you¬†turn off¬†an¬†installed extension, the extension’s icon will be removed from the toolbar next to the address bar.

If you like, you can also hide extension icons on the Microsoft Edge toolbar without needing to¬†turn off¬†or¬†uninstall¬†the extension. When you hide an extension’s icon from the toolbar, the icon is moved to the top of the¬†Settings and more¬†(Alt+F) (3 dots) menu to access instead.

This tutorial will show you how to hide and show extension icons on the toolbar of the Chromium based Microsoft Edge in Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10.

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Enable or Disable Microsoft Edge Browser Tab Experiences in Windows

Starting with the Microsoft Edge Canary 89.0.736.0 version, you can now enable a new Browser tab experiences in Windows experimental flag in Microsoft Edge that allows Windows to show open Microsoft Edge tabs in OS experiences like Alt + Tab, pinned sites, and more.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Browser tab experiences in Windows in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge in Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10.

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How to Add or Remove Windows Build and Version Watermark on Desktop

In Windows, you can set to add a watermark on the bottom right corner of the desktop that displays the currently installed Windows edition, build, and version for easy reference.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Windows build and version watermark on the desktop for your account or all users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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Enable or Disable Double-Click to Maximize Windows Vertically in Windows

In Windows, you can maximize a window vertically by performing one of the following actions:

  • While the window is active, press the¬†Shift¬†+¬†Windows¬†+¬†Up arrow¬†keys to maximize the window vertically, and press the¬†Shift¬†+¬†Windows¬†+¬†Down arrow¬†keys to restore/minimize the window vertically.
  • Move the pointer to the top or bottom border of a window until the pointer turned into a double arrow, and double click/tap.

If you like, you can disable the ability to double-click to maximize windows vertically without affecting being able to use the keyboard shortcut to maximize windows vertically.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable double-click to maximize windows vertically for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Change Text Caret Cursor Blink Timeout in Windows

The text cursor is that blinking line at the end of what you are typing in Windows.

The caret timeout is the time in milliseconds that the text cursor will continue to blink before it automatically stops blinking.

The default caret timeout is 5000 milliseconds, but you can change this time if wanted.

This tutorial will show you how to change the text cursor caret blink timeout for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Change Mouse Hover Time in Windows

The mouse hover time is the time in milliseconds that the mouse pointer has to stay hovered over an item before an event happens. For example:

This tutorial will show you how to change the mouse hover time for an auto select or open event for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Accent Color in Microsoft Edge

Starting with the Microsoft Edge Canary 89.0.731.0 version, you can now enable the Enable picker for color based themes experimental flag in Microsoft Edge that gives a set of options for autogenerated themes based on a base color (aka: accent color).

If enabled, you will be able to select from 15 available accent colors. The accent color is applied to the title bar, toolbar, and the new tab page in Microsoft Edge without being affected by a set light or dark theme.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the accent color feature in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge in Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10.

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How to Manually Scan for Leaked Passwords in Microsoft Edge

Data breaches worldwide have been on the rise and the security of your data is one of our top priorities. Password Monitor on the new Microsoft Edge notifies you when your online credentials have been detected on the dark web. If Microsoft Edge uncovers a match with your saved passwords, you will receive a notification on the browser informing that your credentials have been compromised. Through a dashboard view, people can see a list of all affected accounts, visit the websites directly, and take action accordingly.

After you turn on Password Monitor, Microsoft Edge begins proactively‚ÄĮchecking the¬†passwords¬†you‚Äôve saved in the browser against a large database of known breached credentials that are stored in the cloud. If any of your passwords match those in the database, they will be shown on the Password Monitor page in¬†Settings > Profiles > Passwords > Password Monitor. Passwords listed there are no longer safe to use and need to be changed immediately.

When your credentials are checked against the database of known leaked credentials, powerful encryption helps prevent your information from being revealed to anyone. Information about which password has been compromised is only available to you.

Starting with the latest version of Microsoft Edge Dev and Canary, you can now manually scan for compromised leaked passwords on demand.

This tutorial will show you how to manually scan for compromised leaked passwords with Password Monitor for your profile in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Increase Folder View Settings Cache Memory Size in Windows

You can change the folder view settings in Windows to what you want. Folder view settings include the File Explorer window size, template (not for folders on the Desktop), column width, Group by, Sort by, and layout view of items in your folders.

By default, Windows will only remember the first 5000 folders you apply folder view settings to. After you reach the default 5000 folders limit (BagMRU Size), Windows will no longer remember anymore folder view settings you apply.

Windows stores the folder view settings of the current user in the registry key below for each folder until the limit has been reached.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\BagMRU

If you find Windows not remembering your folder view settings, you can increase the cache memory size (BagMRU Size) up to a maximum of 20,000 folders to be remembered instead of the default 5,000 folders.

This tutorial will show you how to change or increase the folder view settings cache memory size for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 to have Windows remember your folder view settings.

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