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How to Enable or Disable Tab Groups in Google Chrome

Starting in Google Chrome 80, a new Tab Groups experimental flag has been added that allows users to organize tabs into visually distinct groups, e.g. to separate tabs associated with different tasks.

Tab Groups has only been enabled to a small group of users by default, but you can enable or disable Tab Groups if wanted.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Tab Groups in Google Chrome for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10.

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How to Change Default Profile to Open External Links in Microsoft Edge Chromium

The Chromium based Microsoft Edge supports having multiple profiles each having their own individual identities, favorites, settings, and extensions. Profiles in Microsoft Edge are like the profiles for accounts in Windows, but on a browser level instead.

By default, Microsoft Edge uses the last used profile to open links in email or other applications.

Starting with Microsoft Edge 81.0.413.0, if you more than one profile in Microsoft Edge, you can choose a specific profile to use by default to open external links.

This tutorial will show you how to specify a profile to use by default to open external links in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Disable First Run Experience in Microsoft Edge Chromium

Starting with Microsoft Edge 80 (Stable) you can now use the new browser policy HideFirstRunExperience so the First-run experience and the splash screen will not be shown to users when they run Microsoft Edge for the first time.

For the configuration options shown in the First Run Experience, the browser will default to the following:

  • Existing user data from the edgeHTML-based Microsoft Edge Legacy version will still be migrated over to the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge. However, the user data from no other browser will be imported automatically.
  • On the New Tab Page, the feed type will be set to MSN News and the¬†layout¬†to Inspirational.
  • The user will still be automatically¬†signed into Microsoft Edge¬†if the Windows account is of AAD or MSA type.
  • Sync¬†will not be enabled by default and users will be able to turn on sync from the sync settings.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable showing the First Run Experience and splash screen when users run the Chromium based Microsoft Edge for the first time.

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How to Turn On or Off Potentially Unwanted App (PUA) Protection in Microsoft Edge Chromium

Potentially unwanted applications (PUA) are not considered viruses, malware, or other types of threats, but they might perform actions on endpoints which adversely affect endpoint performance or use. PUA can also refer to an application that has a poor reputation, as assessed by Microsoft Defender ATP, due to certain kinds of undesirable behavior.

For example:

  • Advertising software:¬†Software that displays advertisements or promotions, including software that inserts advertisements to webpages.
  • Bundling software:¬†Software that offers to install other software that is not digitally signed by the same entity. Also, software that offers to install other software that qualify as PUA.
  • Evasion software:¬†Software that actively tries to evade detection by security products, including software that behaves differently in the presence of security products.

Starting with the Microsoft Edge 80 (Chromium-based) version, you can turn on to block potentially unwanted application downloads and associated resource URLs. This feature is provided via Windows Defender SmartScreen.

See also: Detect and block potentially unwanted applications | Microsoft Docs

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off potentially unwanted application (PUA) protection in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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Enable or Disable Simultaneous Connections to Both Non-domain and Domain Networks in Windows 10

The Prohibit connection to non-domain networks when connected to domain authenticated network policy setting prevents computers from connecting to both a domain based network and a non-domain based network at the same time.

If this policy setting is Enabled, the computer responds to automatic and manual network connection attempts based on the following circumstances:

Automatic connection attempts

  • When the computer is already connected to a domain based network, all automatic connection attempts to non-domain networks are blocked.
  • When the computer is already connected to a non-domain based network, automatic connection attempts to domain based networks are blocked.

Manual connection attempts

  • When the computer is already connected to either a non-domain based network or a domain based network over media other than Ethernet, and a user attempts to create a manual connection to an additional network in violation of this policy setting, the existing network connection is disconnected and the manual connection is allowed.
  • When the computer is already connected to either a non-domain based network or a domain based network over Ethernet, and a user attempts to create a manual connection to an additional network in violation of this policy setting, the existing Ethernet connection is maintained and the manual connection attempt is blocked.

If this policy setting is Not configured or is Disabled, computers are allowed to connect simultaneously to both domain and non-domain networks.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable allowing to connect simultaneously to both domain and non-domain networks in Windows 10 and Windows 8.

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How to Enable or Disable Hardware Acceleration in Microsoft Edge Chromium

Hardware acceleration is a feature enabled in Microsoft Edge by default that lets Microsoft Edge move all graphics and text rendering from the CPU to the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) when available. This frees up resources on your computer so it can run other applications faster.

If you are noticing slow web page rendering or issues with HTML5 videos or font rendering, you can see if disabling hardware acceleration may help. The current graphics driver may have compatibility issues or the display adapter might not support the proper acceleration profile, so it decreases performance instead of improving it.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable using hardware acceleration when available in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Enable or Disable Tab Hover Cards in Microsoft Edge Chromium

If wanted, you can enable the Tab Hover Cards experimental flag for a popup containing tab information to be visible when hovering over a tab. If Tab Hover Cards is enabled, it will replace tooltips for tabs.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Tab Hover Cards replacing tooltips for tabs in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Enable Windows Spellchecker in Microsoft Edge Chromium

Microsoft Edge has a built-in spellchecker powered by the Hunspell engine by default which is also used by LibreOffice, OpenOffice, Chrome, Opera, and others.

If you like, you can enable the Use the Windows OS spellchecker experimental flag to have Microsoft Edge use the Windows OS spellchecker to find spelling mistakes and provide spelling suggestions instead of using the Hunspell engine.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable using the Windows 10 or Windows 8.1 OS spellchecker in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge instead of the default built-in Hunspell spellchecker.

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How to Remove and Uninstall Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 from Dual Boot PC

If you have more than one operating system installed on your PC, you will see a Choose an operation system (Windows Boot Manager) screen at startup with the name (description) of each installed OS (boot loader entry) listed on the boot options menu.

This tutorial will show you how to remove and uninstall Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 from a dual boot computer with another Windows operating system installed.

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How to Delete Boot Loader Entry on Boot Menu at Startup in Windows

If you have more than one operating system installed on your PC, you will see a Choose an operation system (Windows Boot Manager) screen at startup with the name (description) of each installed OS (boot loader entry) listed on the boot options menu.

This tutorial will show you how to delete a boot loader entry of an installed operating system on the boot options menu at startup in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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If you have more than one operating system installed on your PC, you will see a Choose an operation system (Windows Boot Manager) screen at startup with the name (description) of each installed OS (boot loader entry) listed on the boot options menu.

By default, the last OS installed will have its boot loader entry listed first in order on the boot options menu, but you can set the boot loader entries to be in any order you want displayed on the boot options menu at startup.

This tutorial will show you how to change the boot entry display order of installed operating systems in the boot options menu at startup in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Add Services to Control Panel in Windows 7, 8, and 10

A service is an application type that runs in the system background without a user interface and is similar to a UNIX daemon process. Services provide core operating system features, such as Web serving, event logging, file serving, printing, cryptography, and error reporting.

The Services (services.msc) Microsoft Management Console allows you to start, stop, restart, enable, disable, and configure services in Windows.

Services is not in the Control Panel by default, but you can add it.

This tutorial will show you how to add Services to the Control Panel for all users to open it from in Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10.

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How to Enable Real Search Box in New Tab Page in Google Chrome

When you have Google set as your default search engine in Google Chrome, you can enable the Real search box in New Tab Page (Ctrl+N) experimental flag that enables the search box in the middle of the New Tab Page (NTP) to accept input directly (i.e. not be a “fake” box) instead of the default address bar. Search results will also show below the non-fake input (“realbox”) instead of below the address bar.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable a real search box on the New Tab page in Google Chrome.

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How to Add Advanced User Accounts to Control Panel in Windows 7, 8, and 10

Advanced User Accounts (“netplwiz” or “control userpasswords2”) allows you to manage user accounts on the computer. You can perform the following actions from Advanced User Accounts:

Turn on or off automatically sign in to selected account at Windows 10 startup.

  • Add user accounts.
  • Remove user accounts.
  • Change name of user accounts.
  • Change group membership of user accounts.
  • Reset password of local user accounts.
  • Open Credential Manager to manage passwords.
  • Open Local Users and Groups for advanced user management.
  • Turn on or off Ctrl + Alt + Delete secure sign-in.

Advanced User Accounts is not in the Control Panel by default, but you can add it.

This tutorial will show you how to add Advanced User Accounts (“netplwiz” or “control userpasswords2”) to the Control Panel for all users to open it from in Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10.

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How to Add All Tasks to Control Panel in Windows 7, 8, and 10

You can use Control Panel to change settings for Windows. These settings control nearly everything about how Windows looks and works, and you can use them to set up Windows so that it’s just right for you.

All Tasks is a list of all available Control Panel tasks for your PC.

This tutorial will show you how to add All Tasks (aka: God mode) to the Control Panel for all users to open it from in Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10.

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How to Add Disk Management to Control Panel in Windows 7, 8, and 10

Disk Management is a system utility in Windows that enables you to perform advanced storage tasks. Here are some of the things Disk Management is good for:

  • To setup a new drive.
  • To extend a volume into space that’s not already part of a volume on the same drive.
  • To shrink a partition, usually so that you can extend a neighboring partition.
  • To change a drive letter or assign a new drive letter.

Disk Management is not in the Control Panel by default, but you can add it.

This tutorial will show you how to add Disk Management to the Control Panel for all users to open it from in Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Tab Freezing in Google Chrome

Starting with Google Chrome 79, a new Tab Freeze feature has been added that will automatically pause (freeze) tabs when they have been inactive in the background for 5 minutes by default until you return to the tab.

When Google Chrome freezes a tab, the web page open in the tab will no longer be active to stop its CPU usage and any actions the web page may be performing in the background until you return to the tab.

Tab freezing can help to free up CPU and RAM (memory) resources and save battery life.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the Tab Freeze feature in Google Chrome for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Collections 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.

Collections is now enabled by default for Microsoft Edge build 80.0.338.0 or later.

Microsoft designed Collections based on what you do on the web. If you’re a shopper, it will help you collect and compare items. If you’re an event or trip organizer, Collections will help pull together all your trip or event information as well as ideas to make your event or trip a success. If you’re a teacher or student, it will help you organize your web research and create your lesson plans or reports. Whatever you are doing on the web, Collections can help.

When Collections is enabled, a Collections button is added to the toolbar in Microsoft Edge that will open the Collections pane. When you open the Collections pane, you can select Start new collection and give it a name. As you browse, you can start to add content related to your collection.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the Collections feature in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Enable or Disable Focus Mode 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.

If wanted, you can enable the Focus Mode flag for an experimental feature that allows you to switch a specific tab to Focus Mode in Microsoft Edge for a simplified interface.

When the Focus Mode feature is enabled, you can right click on a tab in Microsoft Edge, and click/tap on Focus this tab to switch that tab to Focus Mode.

To remove a tab from Focus Mode, you can click/tap on the Settings and more (Alt+F) 3 dots button, and click/tap on Open in Microsoft Edge to restore the tab back to the Microsoft Edge window you switched to Focus Mode from.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the Focus Mode feature in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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