Windows 8

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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How to Enable or Disable Installation of Removable Devices in Windows

By default, Windows will install removable devices (ex: USB flash drive) when first connected to your PC.

If you like, you can enable a group policy setting that prevents Windows from installing removable devices and existing removable devices cannot have their drivers updated. If you enable this policy setting on a remote desktop server, the policy setting affects redirection of removable devices from a remote desktop client to the remote desktop server.

Users will still be able to use removable devices that have already been connected and installed prior to enabling the group policy.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the installation of removable devices for all users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Edit User and System Environment Variables in Windows

Environment variables are a set of dynamic named values that can affect the way running processes will behave on a computer. The variables can be used both in scripts and on the command line. Environment variables makes it easy when certain standard directories and parameters need to be referenced but where the actual locations or names can vary from computer to computer.

The variable (ex: “%UserProfile%”) is used as a type of shortcut of the value (ex: “C:\Users\”).

There are two types of environment variables: user environment variables (set only for current user) and system environment variables (set for all users).

This tutorial will show you how to edit user and system environment variables in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Delete User and System Environment Variables in Windows

Environment variables are a set of dynamic named values that can affect the way running processes will behave on a computer. The variables can be used both in scripts and on the command line. Environment variables makes it easy when certain standard directories and parameters need to be referenced but where the actual locations or names can vary from computer to computer.

The variable (ex: “%UserProfile%”) is used as a type of shortcut of the value (ex: “C:\Users\”).

There are two types of environment variables: user environment variables (set only for current user) and system environment variables (set for all users).

This tutorial will show you how to delete user and system environment variables in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Create Environment Variables Shortcut in Windows

Environment variables are a set of dynamic named values that can affect the way running processes will behave on a computer. The variables can be used both in scripts and on the command line. Environment variables makes it easy when certain standard directories and parameters need to be referenced but where the actual locations or names can vary from computer to computer.

The variable (ex: “%UserProfile%”) is used as a type of shortcut of the value (ex: “C:\Users\”).

There are two types of environment variables: user environment variables (set only for current user) and system environment variables (set for all users).

This tutorial will show you how to create or download an Environment Variables shortcut in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Set New User and System Environment Variables in Windows

Environment variables are a set of dynamic named values that can affect the way running processes will behave on a computer. The variables can be used both in scripts and on the command line. Environment variables makes it easy when certain standard directories and parameters need to be referenced but where the actual locations or names can vary from computer to computer.

The variable (ex: “%UserProfile%”) is used as a type of shortcut of the value (ex: “C:\Users\”).

There are two types of environment variables: user environment variables (set only for current user) and system environment variables (set for all users).

This tutorial will show you how to set (create) new user and system environment variables in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Enable AV1 Video Support on YouTube

AOMedia Video 1 (AV1) is an open, royalty-free video coding format designed for video transmissions over the Internet. It is being developed by the Alliance for Open Media (AOMedia), a consortium of firms from the semiconductor industry, video on demand providers, and web browser developers, founded in 2015. The AV1 bitstream specification includes a reference video codec.

The AV1 video codec provides advanced compression, bringing you smoother streaming in HD and data savings for more video on the go.

YouTube has published an AV1 Beta launch playlist of the first videos to receive YouTube’s AV1 transcodes. These transcodes are encoded at a very high bitrate for decoder performance testing.

Because it is new, streaming AV1 in HD requires a powerful computer, and only some videos have AV1 available at this time.

This tutorial will show you how to enable AV1 video support on YouTube for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable AV1 Video Codec Support in Firefox

AOMedia Video 1 (AV1) is an open, royalty-free video coding format designed for video transmissions over the Internet. It is being developed by the Alliance for Open Media (AOMedia), a consortium of firms from the semiconductor industry, video on demand providers, and web browser developers, founded in 2015. The AV1 bitstream specification includes a reference video codec.

Starting with Firefox 63.0, Mozilla added experimental AV1 codec support to play AV1-encoded videos.

Support for playing AV1 videos in Firefox is disabled by default, but you can enable support.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable AV1 codec support to play AV1-encoded videos in Firefox for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable AV1 Video Codec Support in Google Chrome

AOMedia Video 1 (AV1) is an open, royalty-free video coding format designed for video transmissions over the Internet. It is being developed by the Alliance for Open Media (AOMedia), a consortium of firms from the semiconductor industry, video on demand providers, and web browser developers, founded in 2015. The AV1 bitstream specification includes a reference video codec.

Starting with Google Chrome 69, Google added an experimental flag to allow decoding of files with the AV1 video codec.

Support for playing AV1 videos in Google Chrome is disabled by default, but you can enable support.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable AV1 codec support to play AV1-encoded videos in Google Chrome for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Quick Find in Firefox

Firefox includes a Find in This Page (Ctrl+F) feature that allows you to search for words and phrases on the page of a website you are viewing in Firefox. Firefox will show you where the search phrase you’ve typed appears next on the page, and lets you highlight all the places where it appears.

Firefox also include a Quick Find feature that is useful for quick searches and is meant to disappear after a few moments. It does not have the Next, Previous, or Highlight All buttons like the full Find bar.

Press the / key (forward slash character) to open the Quick Find bar at the bottom. Then type what you would like to search for. Press F3 or Ctrl+G to highlight the next item that contains your search phrase. Press Shift+F3 or Shift+Ctrl+G to highlight the previous item that contains your search phrase.

Press the key (single quote character) to open the Quick Find (links only) bar at the bottom to find phrases that occur in links on the page you’re viewing. Press Ctrl+G to highlight the next link that contains your search phrase. Press Shift+F3 or Shift+Ctrl+G to highlight the previous link that contains your search phrase.

Starting with Firefox 63.0, you can disable the Quick Find feature if you find it annoying.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the Quick Find feature in Firefox for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Add and Remove Search Engine Shortcut Icons in Top Sites on Firefox New Tab page

Starting with Firefox 63.0, search shortcuts for Top Sites were added. Amazon and Google appear as Top Sites tiles on the Firefox Home (New Tab) page. When selected these tiles will change focus to the address bar to initiate a search.

Firefox lets you pin search for Google, Bing, Amazon, DuckDuckGo, eBay, Twitter and Wikipedia in your top sites.

This tutorial will show you how to add and remove search engine shortcut icons in Top Sites on the New Tab page in Firefox for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Ctrl+Tab Thumbnail Previews of Tabs in Firefox

Starting with Firefox 63.0, the Ctrl+Tab shortcut now displays thumbnail previews of your tabs and cycles through tabs in recently used order. This new default behavior is activated only in new profiles and can be changed in preferences.

If you enable Ctrl+Tab thumbnail previews, pressing the Ctlt+Tab keys in Firefox displays thumbnail previews of all open tabs. This is like the Alt+Tab feature in Windows. You would press and hold the Ctrl key, tap the Tab key until you select the tab you want to switch to, and release the Ctrl key.

If you disable Ctrl+Tab thumbnail previews, pressing the Ctlt+Tab keys in Firefox only cycles through tabs in recently used order in Firefox without thumbnail previews. This was the default way before Firefox 3.0.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable pressing Ctrl+Tab keys displaying thumbnail previews of tabs in Firefox for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Restore Default Font Settings in Windows

A font is a graphical representation of text that may include a different typeface, point size, weight, color, or design.

You can change the following font settings in Windows:

  • Hide or show fonts and font families you want in your programs.
  • Hide fonts based on language settings. By default, this setting is turned on (checked) to hide installed fonts that are not designed for your input language settings.
  • Allow fonts to be installed using a shortcut (advanced). By default, this setting is turned off (unchecked). To save space on your computer, you can choose to install a shortcut to a font file instead of the file itself. If the font file becomes unavailable, you might not be able to use the font.

This tutorial will show you how to restore default font settings for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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