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How to Mount and Unmount a Drive or Volume in Windows

When you add or connect a new volume (disk or drive), Windows will automatically mount it with an assigned drive letter by default.

Each drive (volume or partition) will have an unique Volume GUID assigned to it by Windows. This ensures Windows can always uniquely identify a volume, even though its drive letter has changed. On systems with a lot of storage you will often run out of drive letters for your partitions and volumes.

Whenever you reconnect a drive to the computer, it will always use the same drive letter it was last assigned or changed to.

If you unmount a drive, Windows removes the volume mount point from the specified directory, dismounts the volume, and makes the volume not mountable. This means the specific drive (volume or partition) will have its drive letter removed and no longer be automatically mounted and assigned a drive letter whenever connected to the computer until you manually mount it again. This can be handy if you no longer want a disk or drive (volume or partition) to be assigned a drive letter when connected until you want to manually mount it.

When you manually mount an unmounted drive, you make the volume mountable again by creating a volume mount point with an assigned drive letter. This will allow Windows to automatically mount the drive with its last used drive letter each time the drive is connected to the computer.

This tutorial will show you how to manually mount and unmount a drive or volume in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Show Suggestions from Pinterest in Collections in Microsoft Edge Chromium

Collections in Microsoft Edge helps you keep track of your ideas on the web, whether you’re shopping, planning a trip, collecting notes for research or lesson plans, or just want to pick up where you left off the last time you were browsing the internet. Whatever you’re doing on the web, Collections can help.

Collections syncs across your signed-in computers, so if you use multiple devices, your collections will always be up to date on all of them.

Starting with Microsoft Edge version 84.0.521.0, Collections is getting smarter with a new Pinterest integration.

Collections in Microsoft Edge is collaborating with Pinterest to help you discover relevant content for your research or project. People use Collections to capture their favorite design ideas, recipes, home improvement links, and even to research their next big purchase across multiple sites. This new integration with Pinterest will help you find ideas to spark inspiration, save time, and be more productive by suggesting content related to what you have already collected. When you enable the feature, you will see Pinterest suggestions at the bottom of your collection. Clicking on a suggestion will open a board of similar, trending Pins so you can quickly find and add ideas relevant to you.

This collaboration also allows you to export your collection to Pinterest. Any saved webpages or images will then show up in a new board in your Pinterest account.

With your permission, Microsoft Edge can find suggestions from Pinterest to add to your collections. When you first open Collections, you will see an option to turn on suggestions from Pinterest.

If there is related content, you will see suggestions from Pinterest at the bottom of your collections. Selecting a suggestion will take you to relevant Pinterest Topic page.

If you have turned on Show suggestions from Pinterest in Collections, Collections will perform a Microsoft Bing search using the title of your collection to find relevant Pinterest Topic pages. The browser will not send data about your collections to Pinterest. You can remove these suggestions and stop searches for Pinterest Topic pages by turning off Show suggestions from Pinterest in Collections.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off show suggestions from Pinterest in Collections in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Clear Recent Documents History in WordPad app in Windows 10

Microsoft WordPad is a basic rich text editor first included with Microsoft Windows 95 and all versions of Windows since. It is more advanced than Microsoft Notepad but simpler than Microsoft Word.

Whenever you open or save a document file in WordPad (write.exe), the document is added to the File > Recent documents history list in WordPad for quick reference and access.

This tutorial will show you how to clear all or specific files from the recent documents history list in the WordPad (write.exe) app for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Tab Groups in Microsoft Edge Chromium

Microsoft has adopted the Chromium open source project in the development of Microsoft Edge on the desktop to create better web compatibility. This new Microsoft Edge runs on the same Chromium web engine as the Google Chrome browser, offering you best in class web compatibility and performance.

The new Chromium based Microsoft Edge is supported on all versions of Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Server (2016 and above), Windows Server (2008 R2 to 2012 R2), and macOS.

You can enable the Tab Groups experimental flag in Microsoft Edge to allow users to organize tabs into visually distinct groups, e.g. to separate tabs associated with different tasks.

Tab Groups includes the following features:

  • Add tab to new or existing group
  • Remove tab from group
  • Name or rename group
  • Open new tab in group
  • Ungroup tabs in a group
  • Close group to remove group and all added tabs

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

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How to Clear Recent Pictures in Paint (mspaint) app in Windows 10

Microsoft Paint (formerly Paintbrush) is a simple raster graphics editor that has been included with all versions of Microsoft Windows. The program opens and saves files in Windows bitmap (BMP), JPEG, GIF, PNG, and single-page TIFF formats. The program can be in color mode or two-color black-and-white, but there is no grayscale mode.

Whenever you open or save an image file in Paint (mspaint.exe), the image is added to the File > Recent pictures history list in Paint for quick reference and access.

This tutorial will show you how to clear all or specific items from the recent pictures history list in the Paint (mspaint.exe) app for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Reset WordPad Default Position and Size in Windows 10

Microsoft WordPad is a basic rich text editor first included with Microsoft Windows 95 and all versions of Windows since. It is more advanced than Microsoft Notepad but simpler than Microsoft Word.

When you close WordPad, its current window position and size is saved by default so WordPad will open the exact same way as last closed the next time you open it.

This tutorial will show you to reset to default the open position and size of the WordPad (write.exe) window for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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Microsoft Paint (formerly Paintbrush) is a simple raster graphics editor that has been included with all versions of Microsoft Windows. The program opens and saves files in Windows bitmap (BMP), JPEG, GIF, PNG, and single-page TIFF formats. The program can be in color mode or two-color black-and-white, but there is no grayscale mode.

When you close Paint, its current window position and size and white background position and size is saved by default so Paint will open the exact same way as last closed the next time you open it.

This tutorial will show you to reset to default the open position and size of the Paint (mspaint.exe) window and white background for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Reset Registry Editor Default Position, Size, and Layout in Windows

System configuration information is stored centrally in a hierarchical database called the registry. The registry is a system-defined database in which applications and system components store and retrieve configuration data. The data stored in the registry varies according to the version of Microsoft Windows. Applications use the registry API to retrieve, modify, or delete registry data.

You can use Registry Editor to add and edit registry keys and values, restore the registry from a backup or to default values, and to import or export keys for reference or backup.

This tutorial will show you to reset to default the open position, size, last key, and layout view of the Registry Editor window for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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Enable Mapped Drives to be Available in Elevated Command Prompt and PowerShell in Windows

By default, mapped drives are not available from an elevated command prompt or elevated PowerShell when UAC is configured to “Prompt for credentials” in Windows.

See also: KB3035277 Mapped drives are not available from an elevated prompt when UAC is configured to “Prompt for credentials” in Windows | Windows Support

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable mapped drives availability from an elevated command prompt and elevated PowerShell in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Generate QR Code for Page URL in Microsoft Edge Chromium

Microsoft has adopted the Chromium open source project in the development of Microsoft Edge on the desktop to create better web compatibility. This new Microsoft Edge runs on the same Chromium web engine as the Google Chrome browser, offering you best in class web compatibility and performance.

The new Chromium based Microsoft Edge is supported on all versions of Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Server (2016 and above), Windows Server (2008 R2 to 2012 R2), and macOS.

Starting with the latest Microsoft Edge Canary version, you can generate a QR Code of an open page’s URL to share.

This tutorial will show you how to generate a QR code to share the URL of an open page in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Enable or Disable QR Code Generator in Microsoft Edge Chromium

Microsoft has adopted the Chromium open source project in the development of Microsoft Edge on the desktop to create better web compatibility. This new Microsoft Edge runs on the same Chromium web engine as the Google Chrome browser, offering you best in class web compatibility and performance.

The new Chromium based Microsoft Edge is supported on all versions of Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Server (2016 and above), Windows Server (2008 R2 to 2012 R2), and macOS.

Starting with the latest Microsoft Edge Canary version, you can enable the Enable sharing page via QR Code experimental flag that enables right-click UI to share the page’s URL via a generated QR Code.

You can download the QR Code and/or scan the QR code with your smartphone to share the page’s URL.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the ability to generate a QR Code for the URL of an open page in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Open Webpage in Immersive Reader in Microsoft Edge Chromium

Microsoft has adopted the Chromium open source project in the development of Microsoft Edge on the desktop to create better web compatibility. This new Microsoft Edge runs on the same Chromium web engine as the Google Chrome browser, offering you best in class web compatibility and performance.

The new Chromium based Microsoft Edge is supported on all versions of Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Server (2016 and above), Windows Server (2008 R2 to 2012 R2), and macOS.

The Immersive Reader in Microsoft Edge provides a cleaner, simpler layout with fewer distractions for online publications on a webpage.

Immersive Reader in Microsoft Edge has Learning Tools features such as Read aloud, page themes, text size, syllables, and parts of speech highlighting.

This tutorial will show you how to open a webpage or selected content on a webpage in Immersive Reader in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Add Registry Editor to Control Panel in Windows

System configuration information is stored centrally in a hierarchical database called the registry. The registry is a system-defined database in which applications and system components store and retrieve configuration data. The data stored in the registry varies according to the version of Microsoft Windows. Applications use the registry API to retrieve, modify, or delete registry data.

You can use Registry Editor to add and edit registry keys and values, restore the registry from a backup or to default values, and to import or export keys for reference or backup.

This tutorial will show you how to add a Registry Editor applet to the Control Panel for all users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Add Local Group Policy Editor to Control Panel in Windows

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.

Computer Configuration
Administrators can use Computer Configuration to set policies that are applied to computer, regardless of who logs on to the computers. Computer Configuration typically contains sub-items for software settings, Windows settings, and administrative templates.

User Configuration
Administrators can use User Configuration to set policies that apply to users, regardless of which computer they log on to. User Configuration typically contains sub-items for software settings, Windows settings, and administrative templates.

By default, policies set in the Local Group Policy Editor are applied to all users unless you apply user policy settings for administrators, specific user, or all users except administrators.

This tutorial will show you how to add a Local Group Policy Editor applet to the Control Panel for all users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Add Color and Appearance to Control Panel in Windows

The Color and Appearance applet allows you to change the color of your taskbar, window borders, and Start menu.

Changing your color and appearance in Windows 10 is now done in Settings instead of the Control Panel.

This tutorial will show you how to add the classic Color and Appearance applet to the Control Panel for all users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Add Desktop Background to Control Panel in Windows

Your desktop background (also called wallpaper) can be a picture from your personal collection or included with Windows, a solid color, or a slideshow playing selected pictures randomly on all displays.

Changing your desktop background in Windows 10 is now done in Settings instead of the Control Panel.

This tutorial will show you how to add the classic Desktop Background applet to the Control Panel for all users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Extensions Toolbar Menu in Google Chrome

You can customize Google Chrome and add features and functionality by adding extensions from the Chrome Web Store.

The Extensions Toolbar Menu experimental feature in Google Chrome allows you to enable a separate toolbar button and menu for extensions.

The Extensions toolbar menu shows a list of all installed extensions, and allows you to quickly manage them from one central location. You can pin and unpin extensions on the toolbar, remove (uninstall) extensions, change options for extensions, and more.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the Extensions Toolbar Menu in Google Chrome for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Add a Site to Favorites in Microsoft Edge Chromium

Microsoft has adopted the Chromium open source project in the development of Microsoft Edge on the desktop to create better web compatibility. This new Microsoft Edge runs on the same Chromium web engine as the Google Chrome browser, offering you best in class web compatibility and performance.

The new Chromium based Microsoft Edge is supported on all versions of Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Server (2016 and above), Windows Server (2008 R2 to 2012 R2), and macOS.

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.

This tutorial will show you different ways to add a site or all tabs to favorites in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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