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How to Disable Ad Snippets on New Tab Page in Firefox

Mozilla uses Snippets to display tips, suggestions, updates, and messages about Firefox.

Some people have reported advertising displaying at the bottom of the New Tab page in the desktop version of Firefox.

The advertisement is powered by the Snippet Service of Firefox, and is intended to assemble and deliver content snippets to the about:home page in Firefox.

Mozilla provided the following statement:

“This snippet was an experiment to provide more value to Firefox users through offers provided by a partner. It was not a paid placement or advertisement. We are continually looking for more ways to say thanks for using Firefox. In a similar vein, earlier this month we offered Firefox users a free opportunity to enjoy a live concert from Phosphorescent.

In addition to adding value to Firefox users these efforts are intended to support an open ecosystem. When users see such offers no data is being shared with a partner until users have made the choice to enter a relationship. We hope that this strategy sets a positive example.”

If you are seeing ads on the bottom of the New Tab page in Firefox and don’t want to see them, then you can disable Snippets in Firefox to disable them.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Snippets for ads on the bottom of the New Tab page in Firefox for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Change Theme in Google Chrome

You can personalize Google Chrome on your computer with any custom theme you want. The theme appears around the border of the browser and as the background when you open a new tab. Your Chrome themes are stored in your Google Account, so when you sign in to Chrome on any computer, you see the same theme.

This tutorial will show you how to change the theme in Google Chrome for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Microsoft Store Apps Open Files in Default Desktop App in Windows 10

If you like, you can configure a group policy setting that lets you control whether Microsoft Store apps can open files using the default desktop app for a file type. Because desktop apps run at a higher integrity level than Microsoft Store apps, there is a risk that a Microsoft Store app might compromise the system by opening a file in the default desktop app for a file type.

If you enable this policy setting, Microsoft Store apps cannot open files in the default desktop app for a file type; they can open files only in other Microsoft Store apps.

If you disable or do not configure this policy setting, Microsoft Store apps can open files in the default desktop app for a file type.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Microsoft Store apps from being able to open files in the default desktop app for a file type for all users in Windows 8 and Windows 10.

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How to Open and Use Character Map in Windows

You can use Character Map to view the characters that are available for a selected font. Character Map displays the following character sets:

  • Windows
  • DOS
  • Unicode

You can copy individual characters or a group of characters to the clipboard, and then paste them into any compatible program. Or, depending on the program you are using (such as WordPad), you can even copy characters by dragging them from Character Map directly into an open document.

You can use Character Map to search for characters by viewing the Unicode character maps that are associated with each font. Select the character in the font you select to display the Unicode identifier. If you know the Unicode equivalent of the character that you want to insert, you can also insert a special character directly into a document without using Character Map.

This tutorial will show you how to open and use Character Map to copy individual characters or a group of characters to the clipboard in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to View All Power Plan Settings in a Text File in Windows

A power plan is a collection of hardware and system settings that manages how your computer uses power. Power plans can help you save energy, maximize system performance, or achieve a balance between the two.

Normally, you could view all current settings of a power plan in Power Options. If you like, you could also output these settings to a text file. This can make it easier to share or show the power plan settings.

If you like, you can choose to include all hidden settings of a power plan, but these settings are hidden by default in Power Options since they usually do not apply to your computer.

This tutorial will show you how to output all current settings of a specified power plan to a text file to review in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Presentation Settings in Windows

When giving a presentation, you may want to turn on presentation mode.

While presentation mode is turned on, your computer stays awake, system notifications are turned off, and your presentation settings for screen saver, volume, and desktop background are applied.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable presentation settings for all users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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Allow or Deny Write Access to Fixed Data Drives not Protected by BitLocker in Windows

You can use BitLocker Drive Encryption to help protect your files on an entire drive. BitLocker can help block hackers from accessing the system files they rely on to discover your password, or from accessing your drive by physically removing it from your PC and installing it in a different one. You can still sign in to Windows and use your files as you normally would.

If you like, you can set a policy that configures whether BitLocker protection is required for a computer to be able to write data to fixed data drives. All fixed data drives that are not BitLocker-protected will be mounted as read-only. If the drive is protected by BitLocker, it will be mounted with read and write access.

This tutorial will show you how to allow or deny write access to fixed data drives not protected by BitLocker for all users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Add Secure Delete to Recycle Bin Context Menu in Windows 10

The Recycle Bin provides a safety net when deleting files or folders. When you delete any of these items from your hard disk, Windows places it in the Recycle Bin and the Recycle Bin icon changes from empty to full.

If you have multiple hard drives, partitions, or an external hard drive connected to your PC, each location will have its own $Recycle.Bin and Recycle Bin settings. Removable drives, such as USB flash drives and memory cards, will not have a Recycle Bin. Files deleted from removable drives are permanently deleted.

When you delete a file or folder in Windows, the item(s) get placed in the Recycle Bin by default until you empty the Recycle Bin to permanently delete them if you didn’t want to restore them.

However, permanently deleting a file or folder doesn’t secure delete them.

Secure Delete will delete and overwrite a file or folder to securely erase any data that exists in the unallocated portions of a disk for the deleted file or folder so it gone forever and cannot be recovered.

If you like, you can add Secure Delete to the Recycle Bin context menu that will secure erase all items (files and folders) in the Recycle Bin deleted from the “C:” drive for the current user.

The Secure Delete context menu will perform 3 passes to securely erase only the items in the Recycle Bin deleted from the “C:” drive for the current user. If you would prefer to have more passes, then please post a reply in this tutorial requesting it, and I’ll post an updated .reg file for it. If you would like to have the Recycle Bin of other drive letters included, then please post a reply in this tutorial requesting it, and I’ll post an updated .reg file for it.

This tutorial will show you how to add Secure Delete to the Recycle Bin context menu for all users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Add Secure Delete to Context Menu in Windows 10

When you delete a file or folder in Windows, the item(s) get placed in the Recycle Bin by default until you empty the Recycle Bin to permanently delete them if you didn’t want to restore them.

If you permanently delete a file or folder, the item(s) will bypass the Recycle Bin and be immediately permanently deleted instead.

However, permanently deleting a file or folder doesn’t secure delete them.

Secure Delete will delete and overwrite a file or folder to securely erase any data that exists in the unallocated portions of a disk for the deleted file or folder so it gone forever and cannot be recovered.

If you like, you can add a Secure Delete context menu that will secure erase selected files and folders.

The Secure Delete context menu will perform 3 passes to securely erase the selected file(s) and/or folder(s). If you would prefer to have more passes, then please post a reply in this tutorial requesting it, and I’ll post an updated .reg file for it.

The Secure Delete context menu will not be available when you right click or press and hold on any drive, the C:\Program Files folder, the C:\Program Files (x86) folder, the C:\ProgramData folder, the C:\Users folder, the C:\Windows folder, and the C:\Windows.old folder. This was done by design to prevent deleting these critical Windows system folders by mistake.

You will still be able to use the Secure Delete context menu on files and folders inside the folders above though.

This tutorial will show you how to add Secure Delete to the context menu of files and folders for all users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Add Sync Center 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.

The Sync Center allows you to view recent sync activity, sync now, or change your sync settings for your offline files.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove a Sync Center desktop context menu to for all users to manage their Offline Files in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Manually Sync Offline Files 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.

Users can also create custom sync schedules for their Offline Files sync partnerships to begin at a scheduled time they want or for when an event occurs. User can view, edit, or delete their existing Offline Files sync schedules at anytime.

Users will also be able to manually sync their offline files to update them as needed at anytime while connected to the network server.

This tutorial will show you how to manually sync all or selected Offline Files for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Delete Offline Files Sync Schedule 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.

Users can also create custom sync schedules for their Offline Files sync partnerships to begin at a scheduled time they want or for when an event occurs.

User can change or delete their existing Offline Files sync schedules at anytime.

This tutorial will show you how to delete existing Offline Files sync schedules for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Create New Offline Files Sync Schedule 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.

Users can also create custom sync schedules for their Offline Files sync partnerships to begin at a scheduled time they want or for when an event occurs.

This tutorial will show you how to create a new custom Offline Files sync schedule for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Change Offline Files Disk Usage Limits 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.

Offline files for all users on the computer are stored in the protected C:\Windows\CSC folder by default.

The size and number of your offline files determine how much hard disk space your offline files use. This includes the space used by automatically cached files and files that are specifically made always available offline. Files can be automatically cached if the user accesses a file on an automatic caching network share.

Files that were cached automatically are removed on a least-recently used basis if the maximum cache size is reached.

Files that were cached manually (always available offline) are never removed from the local cache. When the total local cache size limit is reached and all files that were cached automatically have already been removed, you can not make files available offline until you specify a new limit or delete files from the local cache by using the Offline Files control panel applet.

By default, Windows limits the space that offline files occupy to 25 percent of the total space on the drive where the Offline Files cache (ex: “C:\Windows\CSC”) is located. The limit for automatically cached files (temporary files) is 100 percent of the total disk space limit.

If you like, you can specify the disk space limit (in megabytes) for offline files and also specify how much of that disk space can be used by temporary files (automatically cached files) for all users on the computer.

This tutorial will show you how to view and change the maximum Offline Files disk usage limits for all users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Create Offline Files Folder Shortcut 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 download or create an Offline Files Folder shortcut to view offline files for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Encrypt or Unencrypt Offline Files Cache 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.

Users can encrypt the contents of their Offline Files cache on the computer to protect it from unwanted access.

This tutorial will show you how to encrypt or unencrypt the Offline Files cache for your account or all users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Set or Unset Network Files as Always Available Offline 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 set or unset network files as always available offline for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

How to Enable or Disable Offline Files 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 enable or disable offline files for all users on the computer in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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