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How to Enable or Disable Sleeping Tabs in Microsoft Edge Chromium

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’s “freezing” technology. Freezing pauses a tab’s 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 “go to sleep,” 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. If two hours isn’t right for you, you can choose a different time interval in edge://settings/system. 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 enable or disable sleeping tabs in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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Enable or Disable Global Media Controls on Toolbar in Microsoft Edge Chromium

Enabling the Global Media Controls experimental flag in Microsoft Edge will add a media button on the toolbar during an active media session in Microsoft Edge.

Clicking on this media button will open the Global Media Controls UI pop-up flyout that lists all your current media sessions along with Previous, Seek, Play/Pause, and Next controls for each media session.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the Global Media Controls UI on the toolbar in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge in Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10.

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Enable or Disable Volume Control and Hardware Media Key Handling in Microsoft Edge

You can control media (audio or video) playback inside Microsoft Edge without clicking on the video or audio itself. You can now control it by pressing the hardware control buttons on a keyboard or headset, pressing the button on the virtual control interface or by ending commands via specific protocol, such as MPRIS.

For example, if you press the Volume Up, Volume Down, or Mute media keys on your keyboard, you will see media controls (Reverse, Play/Pause, Forward) next to the volume control on your desktop that you can use to control the active media session in Microsoft Edge.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the Hardware Media Key Handling and volume control feature in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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Enable or Disable Volume Control and Hardware Media Key Handling in Mozilla Firefox

Starting in Mozilla Firefox 81, you can enable or disable the media.hardwaremediakeys.enabled flag for using media keys on your keyboard to control the active media session.

You control media (audio or video) playback inside Firefox without clicking on the video or audio itself. You can now control it by pressing the hardware control buttons on a keyboard or headset, pressing the button on the virtual control interface or by ending commands via specific protocol, such as MPRIS.

For example, if you press the Volume Up, Volume Down, or Mute media keys on your keyboard, you will see media controls (Reverse, Play/Pause, Forward) next to the volume control on your desktop that you can use to control the active media session in Firefox.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the Hardware Media Key Handling and volume control feature in Mozilla Firefox for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Change Default Behavior for Copy and Paste of URLs in Microsoft Edge Chromium

Microsoft Edge is previewing an improved way to copy and paste paste web URLs from the address bar into your content. This feature copies and pastes a URL as a hyperlinked title instead of as a web address.

Rather than have the default paste result in a hyperlinked title, you can change the default so that Ctrl+ V pastes a web address instead and offers a linked title as the alternative in the context sub-menu.

This tutorial will show you how to change the default behavior for copy and paste of URLs from address bar in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Translate Page or Section of Page in Microsoft Edge Chromium

Microsoft Edge will display in the same language as your system by default.

Microsoft Edge allows you to add and remove additional languages.

The language you added will appear at the bottom of the list of Preferred languages that are already set for Microsoft Edge. Websites you visit will appear in the first language in the list that they support.

You can reorder your language preferences, get Microsoft Edge to offer translations, and see Microsoft Edge in a specific language.

Added languages can be used to display Microsoft Edge in the language, offer to translate pages in the languages, and check spelling in the languages.

This tutorial will show you how to translate a whole page or selected section of a page in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Pin or Unpin Vertical Tabs Pane in Microsoft Edge Chromium

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.

This tutorial will show you how to pin or unpin (collapse) the vertical tabs pane in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Turn On or Off Vertical Tabs in Microsoft Edge Chromium

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.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off vertical tabs in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Use Web Capture Tool in Microsoft Edge Chromium

Starting with the latest version of Microsoft Edge Canary, a new Web capture tool has been added allowing you to take a screenshot of a webpage in Microsoft Edge and either copy, share, or save the screenshot.

The Settings and more (3 dots) menu (Alt+S) in Microsoft Edge contains a Web capture (Ctrl+Shift+S) shortcut by default, but you can also select to add or remove (default) a Web capture button on the toolbar of Microsoft Edge.

This tutorial will show you how to use the Web capture tool to copy, share, or save a screenshot in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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Starting with the latest version of Microsoft Edge Canary, a new Web capture tool has been added allowing you to take a screenshot of a webpage in Microsoft Edge and either copy, share, or save the screenshot.

The Settings and more (3 dots) menu (Alt+S) in Microsoft Edge contains a Web capture (Ctrl+Shift+S) shortcut by default, but you can also select to add or remove (default) a Web capture button on the toolbar of Microsoft Edge.

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

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How to Backup and Restore Boot Configuration Data (BCD) Store in Windows

Windows boot options are stored in the Boot Configuration Data (BCD) store on BIOS-based (Legacy BIOS) and EFI-based (UEFI) computers.

BCD provides a common, firmware-independent boot option interface for all computers running Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008. It is more secure than previous boot option storage configurations, because it permits secure lockdown of the BCD store and lets Administrators assign rights for managing boot options. It is used by Microsoft’s new Windows Boot Manager and replaces the boot.ini that was used by NTLDR.

Boot Configuration Data is stored in a data file that has the same format as Windows Registry hives and is eventually mounted at registry key [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\BCD00000] (with restricted permissions). For UEFI boot, the file is located at /EFI/Microsoft/Boot/BCD on the EFI System Partition. For Legacy BIOS boot, the file is at /boot/BCD on the active partition.

BCD files provide a store that is used to describe boot applications and boot application settings.

Boot Configuration Data contain the menu entries that are presented by the Windows Boot Manager.

Creating a backup of the BCD Store to a file before making any changes to the BCD is a safe and recommended measure to take in case you may need to restore the original BCD if something goes wrong.

This tutorial will show you how to backup and restore the Boot Configuration Data (BCD) system store file in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Turn On or Off Show New Tab Tips 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.

By default, when you open a new tab (Ctrl+T) in Microsoft Edge, you see a Bing search bar, Bing image of the day as the background, quick links as tiles of your most visited sites, and Bing news content visible to scroll.

In addition, new feature notifications and recommendations (tips) will show on the new tab page by default to enhance your new tab experience in Microsoft Edge.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off showing tips on the New Tab page in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Check Which Version of DirectX is Installed in Windows 10

DirectX is a set of components in Windows that allows software, primarily and especially games, to work directly with your video and audio hardware. Games that use DirectX can use multimedia accelerator features built-in to your hardware more efficiently which improves your overall multimedia experience.

DirectX is a suite of multimedia technologies required by many Windows games. If your PC doesn’t have the right version of DirectX installed (the product box should tell you which one you need), your game might not work properly.

This tutorial will show you which version of DirectX is installed in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Add or Remove Always Available Offline Context Menu in Windows

Offline Files is a feature of Sync Center that makes network files available to a user, even if the network connection to the server is unavailable.

Users can use offline files (if enabled) to make their network files always available offline to keep a copy of the files stored on the network on your computer. This allows users to work with them even when they are not connected to the network or a server is unavailable. The next time the user connects to the network or the server is available, their offline files on your computer will automatically sync to the network files on the server to update.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Always available offline context menu of network files and folders for all users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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Add or Remove Offline Files tab in Network File and Folder Properties in Windows 10

You can right click or press and hold on a network file or folder in Windows, and click/tap on Properties to see more details about the network file’s or folder’s properties.

If you set a network file or folder to always available offline, the Offline Files tab will be added to the properties page window of the network file or folder by default. The Offline Files tab will be unavailable if the network file or folder is not set to always available offline.

Offline Files is a feature of Sync Center that makes network files available to a user, even if the network connection to the server is unavailable.

Users can use offline files (if enabled) to make their network files always available offline to keep a copy of the files stored on the network on your computer. This allows users to work with them even when they are not connected to the network or a server is unavailable. The next time the user connects to the network or the server is available, their offline files on your computer will automatically sync to the network files on the server to update.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Offline Files tab on the Properties page of network files and folders for all users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Add or Remove Location tab in Folder Properties in Windows 10

You can right click or press and hold on a folder in Windows, and click/tap on Properties to see more details about the folder’s properties.

The Location tab in the properties page window of supported folders (ex: user personal folders) will allow you to see the current location of the folder, move the default location of the folder, restore default location, and find target of the folder.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Location tab on the Properties page of folders for all users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Add or Remove ReadyBoost tab in Drive Properties in Windows 10

You can right click or press and hold on a drive in Windows, and click/tap on Properties to see more details about the drive’s properties.

The ReadyBoost tab in the properties page window of drives allow you to manage using the ReadyBoost feature on removable storage media such as a SD card or USB flash drive.

If you have a NetBook or an older PC with relatively low memory or little disk space capacity, you could use the ReadyBoost function to provide this PC with more memory. You can use non-volatile flash memory such as current USB memory stick or SD memory cards to improve the performance of your system. This additional memory is provided as cache memory, to speed up, for example, the loading or editing of large files.

ReadyBoost will not be enabled if the computer is fast enough that ReadyBoost is unlikely to provide additional benefit. In this situation, you may want to remove the ReadyBoost tab on the Properties page of drives since you will not be using it.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the ReadyBoost tab on the Properties page of drives for all users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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Enable or Disable Deleting Browsing and Download History in Microsoft Edge Chromium

Each profile in Microsoft Edge will have its own browsing data.

Browsing data includes your browsing history, download history, cookies and other site data, cached images and files, passwords, autofill form data, site permissions, and hosted app data.

If you like, you can use the AllowDeletingBrowserHistory policy to enable or disable the ability to delete browsing and download history in Microsoft Edge for all users on the computer.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable deleting browsing and download history in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge for all users on the computer.

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How to Enable or Disable Printing in Microsoft Edge Chromium

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

If you like, you can use the PrintingEnabled policy to enable or disable printing in Microsoft Edge for all users on the computer. If you disable this policy, users can’t print from Microsoft Edge. Printing is disabled in the wrench menu, extensions, JavaScript applications, and so on. Users can still print from plug-ins that bypass Microsoft Edge while printing. For example, certain Adobe Flash applications have the print option in their context menu, which isn’t covered by this policy.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable printing in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge for all users on the computer.

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