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How to Enable or Disable System Restore Configuration in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10

System protection is a feature that allows you to undo unwanted system changes by being able to do a System Restore. System Restore enables users, in the event of a problem, to restore their computers to a previous state (restore point) without losing personal data files.

System Restore is enabled and turned on for the Windows system drive by default in Windows.

System Restore configuration allows you to turn protection on and off for drives, manage disk space usage for restore points, and delete restore points.

If you like, you can disable System Restore configuration to gray out the Configure button in the System Protection tab in System Properties.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable System Restore configuration in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Add or Remove Extensions Button on Toolbar in Microsoft Edge

You can boost your productivity, have more fun, and customize your browsing experience with add-ons (extensions) for Microsoft Edge. Extensions, or add-ons, are simple tools that customize your browser experience and offer you more control.

Extensions are small applications that enhance the browser’s functionality. Once you install an extension, you can notice the extension icon appearing on the toolbar. If you have several extensions installed on your browser, these extension icons take up considerable space on your toolbar. Microsoft has received significant feedback from the users asking for the ability to manage these extensions and reclaim space on the toolbar.

To address this feedback, Microsoft is rolling out a new Extensions menu on the toolbar. This extension menu allows you to hide one or more of your extensions from the toolbar. Furthermore, you can directly visit the Edge add-ons site to install more extensions or the extensions management page using the two links provided in the menu.

The extensions button will be shown to you on the toolbar by default if you have one or more extensions installed on the browser.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Extensions button on the toolbar in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Resize Vertical Tabs Pane in Microsoft Edge

It’s easy to end up with a ton of tabs open. The more you have open, the more difficult it becomes to find, switch between, and manage them. With vertical tabs, you can easily shift to view your tabs in a pane to the side. This allows you to easily see the titles and access controls like mute and close. It even makes it easy to reorder your tabs, with the ability to drag and drop to rearrange. When you want to focus on a specific page, you can collapse the pane. Anytime you need to switch between tabs, you can hover over the pane to see all the information you need. The new Microsoft Edge is the only browser to offer built-in vertical tab navigation allowing for a more streamlined experience.

Starting with Microsoft Edge Canary version 90.0.810.0, you can now resize the pinned vertical tabs pane. Microsoft Edge will open the vertical tabs pane the same size as it was when last closed or turned off.

This tutorial will show you how to resize the vertical tabs pane in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Add or Remove Define on Context Menu for PDF Files in Microsoft Edge

Starting with Microsoft Edge Canary version 90.0.806.0 and higher, Microsoft has added a built-in dictionary feature to Define selected words while reading a PDF document in Microsoft Edge. Define will be available in the full context menu and quick menu when selecting words in PDFs.

The definition of the selected word(s) will show in a mini flyout menu with a brief description. if needed, you can select to see more details in a sidebar.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Define smart action in the full context menu and quick menu while reading PDF files opened in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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Enable or Disable Suggest Similar Sites when Website Not Found in Microsoft Edge

To help resolve URL typos in the address bar that result in a website error, Microsoft Edge may recommend a corrected URL using the Suggest similar sites when a website can’t be found setting powered by Link Doctor. When a website navigation error occurs (ex: “bimg.com”), Microsoft Edge sends the domain of the web address to the Microsoft service to suggest a corrected URL (ex: “bing.com”). Microsoft Edge does not include identifiers or tokens with the domain. If the service finds a suggestion, it returns the suggested URL. Microsoft stores the incorrect domain and suggested domain to help improve the service. To help you navigate to the correct sites, the feature is turned on by default.

This tutorial will show you how to to turn on or off Suggest similar sites when a website can’t be found in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Allow or Block Websites for Kids Mode in Microsoft Edge

Starting with Microsoft Edge Canary version 90.0.800.0, you can now browse in Kids Mode. Kids Mode is a convenient browsing mode inside Microsoft Edge that’s designed for kids. With its kid-friendly features and safety guardrails in place, Kids Mode is a great place for children to safely explore the web. Kids Mode includes features like custom browser themes, kid-friendly content, browsing based on an allow list, Bing SafeSearch set to strict, and a password requirement to exit. Also, Kids Mode doesn’t require a Microsoft Family child account or profile.

When you start browsing in Kids Mode, Microsoft Edge will always launch in Kids Mode until you exit Kids Mode.

You don’t have to be signed into the Microsoft Edge browser to use Kids Mode, but signing in will allow the Kids Mode settings to sync across your devices.

By default, all websites are blocked in Kids Mode unless included or added to the allowed list, or the kid gets permission to allow the website only for the current browsing session.

This tutorial will show you how to allow or block websites for Kids Mode browsing in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Change Age Range to Always Start Kids Mode in Microsoft Edge

Starting with Microsoft Edge Canary version 90.0.800.0, you can now browse in Kids Mode. Kids Mode is a convenient browsing mode inside Microsoft Edge that’s designed for kids. With its kid-friendly features and safety guardrails in place, Kids Mode is a great place for children to safely explore the web. Kids Mode includes features like custom browser themes, kid-friendly content, browsing based on an allow list, Bing SafeSearch set to strict, and a password requirement to exit. Also, Kids Mode doesn’t require a Microsoft Family child account or profile.

When you start browsing in Kids Mode, Microsoft Edge will always launch in Kids Mode until you exit Kids Mode.

You don’t have to be signed into the Microsoft Edge browser to use Kids Mode, but signing in will allow the Kids Mode settings to sync across your devices.

The first time you start Kids Mode in Microsoft Edge, you are asked to choose an appropriate age range. After the first time, you are no longer asked to choose an age range, but you can change the age range to always use for Kids Mode by default in edge://settings/family.

This tutorial will show you how to change the default age range to always start Kids Mode browsing in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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Turn On or Off Ask Age Range before Starting Kids Mode in Microsoft Edge

Starting with Microsoft Edge Canary version 90.0.800.0, you can now browse in Kids Mode. Kids Mode is a convenient browsing mode inside Microsoft Edge that’s designed for kids. With its kid-friendly features and safety guardrails in place, Kids Mode is a great place for children to safely explore the web. Kids Mode includes features like custom browser themes, kid-friendly content, browsing based on an allow list, Bing SafeSearch set to strict, and a password requirement to exit. Also, Kids Mode doesn’t require a Microsoft Family child account or profile.

When you start browsing in Kids Mode, Microsoft Edge will always launch in Kids Mode until you exit Kids Mode.

You don’t have to be signed into the Microsoft Edge browser to use Kids Mode, but signing in will allow the Kids Mode settings to sync across your devices.

The first time you start Kids Mode in Microsoft Edge, you are asked to choose an appropriate age range. After the first time, you are no longer asked to choose an age range, but you can change the age range to always use for Kids Mode by default in edge://settings/family.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off always ask to choose age range before starting Kids Mode browsing in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Start and Exit Kids Mode Browsing in Microsoft Edge

Starting with Microsoft Edge Canary version 90.0.800.0, you can now browse in Kids Mode. Kids Mode is a convenient browsing mode inside Microsoft Edge that’s designed for kids. With its kid-friendly features and safety guardrails in place, Kids Mode is a great place for children to safely explore the web. Kids Mode includes features like custom browser themes, kid-friendly content, browsing based on an allow list, Bing SafeSearch set to strict, and a password requirement to exit. Also, Kids Mode doesn’t require a Microsoft Family child account or profile.

When you start browsing in Kids Mode, Microsoft Edge will always launch in Kids Mode until you exit Kids Mode.

You don’t have to be signed into the Microsoft Edge browser to use Kids Mode, but signing in will allow the Kids Mode settings to sync across your devices.

This tutorial will show you how to start and exit Kids Mode browsing in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Turn On or Off AutoSwitch for Wireless Network Connection in Windows 10

When you connect to a new wireless network, Windows will create a profile for the wireless network. A wireless (Wi-Fi) network profile contains the SSID (network name), password key, and security information to be able to connect to a wireless network.

If you turned on to automatically connect to wireless networks, Windows will automatically connect to your wireless network profiles based on a priority order when the wireless network is in range.

The autoSwitch parameter controls the roaming behavior of an auto-connected wireless network when a more preferred wireless network is in range.

If autoSwitch is turned on, it allows Windows to continue looking for other auto-connected wireless networks while connected to the current wireless network. If a higher priority auto-connected wireless network than the currently connected wireless network comes in range, Windows will automatically connect to it instead.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off autoSwitch for wireless networks set to connect automatically when in range in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Delete Scheduled Task in Windows 10

The Task Scheduler enables you to automatically perform routine tasks on a chosen computer. With this service, you can schedule any program to run at a convenient time for you or when a specific event occurs. Task Scheduler does this by monitoring whatever criteria you choose (referred to as triggers) and then executing the tasks when those criteria are met.

If you no longer need or want a scheduled task, you can delete in from Task Scheduler.

This tutorial will show you how to delete one or more scheduled tasks from Task Scheduler in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Scheduled Task in Windows 10

The Task Scheduler enables you to automatically perform routine tasks on a chosen computer. With this service, you can schedule any program to run at a convenient time for you or when a specific event occurs. Task Scheduler does this by monitoring whatever criteria you choose (referred to as triggers) and then executing the tasks when those criteria are met.

Sometimes you may need to enable and disable scheduled tasks on demand as needed.

When a task is enabled, it will show its current status as Ready or Running.

When a task is disabled, it will show its current status as Disabled.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable one or more scheduled tasks from Task Scheduler in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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Starting with Microsoft Edge Canary version 90.0.784.0, you can now turn on (default) or off to automatically show the mini menu when selecting text in PDF files opened in Microsoft Edge.

The mini menu shows the Copy, Highlight, Add comment, and More actions (to see full menu) options instead of the full context menu you see when right clicking on selected text in PDF files opened in Microsoft Edge.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable showing the mini menu when selecting text in PDF files opened in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Pin and Unpin Downloads in Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge will save items you want to download into your C:\Users\<username>\Downloads (%UserProfile%\Downloads) folder by default.

You can now add the Downloads button to the toolbar in Microsoft Edge. The Downloads button allow you to quickly view, manage, search, clear history, and change settings for your downloads from the toolbar in Microsoft Edge.

You can now also pin your downloads open in a pane along the right side of the browser. This allows you to see and manager your downloads while you browse and helps you stay more productive during those times where you need frequent access to your downloads.

This tutorial will show you how to pin and unpin downloads in a pane on the right side of the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Add or Remove Downloads Button on Toolbar in Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge will save items you want to download into your C:\Users\<username>\Downloads (%UserProfile%\Downloads) folder by default.

You can now add the Downloads button to the toolbar in Microsoft Edge. The Downloads button allow you to quickly view, manage, search, clear history, and change settings for your downloads from the toolbar in Microsoft Edge.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Downloads button on the toolbar in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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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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