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Add or Remove User Folder in Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 11

A¬†user profile¬†is a collection of settings that make the computer look and work the way you want it to for a user account. It is stored in the user’s¬†C:\Users\<user name>¬†profile folder, and contains the account’s settings for desktop backgrounds, screen savers, pointer preferences, sound settings, and other features. User profiles ensure that your personal preferences are used whenever you sign in to Windows.

Your account’s user profile folder contains personal folders such as the 3D Objects, Contacts, Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Favorites, Links, Music, OneDrive, Pictures, Saved Games, Searches, and Videos folders.

By default, your user folder will only show on the navigation pane of File Explorer when Show all folders is turned on.

If you like, you can add the user folder to show on the navigation pane without having to turn on Show all folders. This can also be useful if you do not want your personal folders pinned to Quick access in the navigation pane, and prefer them under the separate expandable and collapsable user folder instead.

The user folder on the navigation pane will use your account’s full name.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the user folder on the navigation pane of File Explorer for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Show Preview Handlers in Preview Pane of File Explorer in Windows 11

The preview pane in File Explorer shows you the contents of a file, such as image or text files, without having to open it with an app.

Preview handlers show the content of text files (ex: .bat, .cmd, .html, .ps1, .reg, .txt, etc…) in the preview pane.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable showing preview handlers in the the preview pane of File Explorer for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Check for and Install Optional Updates in Windows 11

In Windows 11, you decide when and how to get the latest updates to keep your device running smoothly and securely. When you update, you’ll get the latest fixes and security improvements, helping your device run efficiently and stay protected. In most cases, restarting your device completes the update. Make sure your device is plugged in when you know updates will be installed.

Optional updates are available feature, quality, and driver updates that are optional and do not get automatically installed in Windows Update.

For example, if a driver for your device couldn’t be automatically installed, there may be an optional driver available that your device can use.

This tutorial will show you how to check for and install optional updates in Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Efficiency mode Confirmation Dialog in Windows 11

Efficiency mode is helpful when you notice an app consuming high resources and would like to limit its consumption so that the system gives priority to other apps which will lead to faster foreground responsiveness and better energy efficiency.

When you turn on Efficiency mode for an app or process, you will be prompted by a confirmation dialog by default.

Starting with Windows 11 build 22626.891 and Windows 11 build 25247, Microsoft is making it easy for you to apply Efficiency mode and offering the ability to opt-out of the confirmation dialog.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the Efficiency mode confirmation dialog for your account in Windows 11.

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Change Task Manager Theme in Windows 11

Task Manager can be used to view and manage your processes, performance statistics, app history, startup apps, users, processes details, and services in Windows 11.

Starting with Windows 11 build 22626.891 and Windows 11 build 25247, Microsoft has added the ability to use your preferred theme in Task Manager regardless of the active theme in Windows. You can select to use a light, dark, or system setting app theme for Task Manager.

This tutorial will show you how to change the Task Manager app theme to light mode, dark mode, or use system setting for your account in Windows 11.

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Run Windows Memory Diagnostics Tool in Windows 11

The Windows Memory Diagnostics Tool can help you identify and diagnose problems with system memory (RAM) when you suspect your PC has a memory problem that isn’t being automatically detected.

This tutorial will show you how to manually run the Windows Memory Diagnostics Tool to check for memory problems in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Create Printer Shortcut in Windows 11

The print queue allows you to manage and see the status of items waiting to print.

Creating a printer shortcut can make it easier to manage your printer from where you like.

This tutorial will show you how to create a shortcut for a printer in Windows 11.

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Hide or Show Ransomware Data Recovery area in Windows Security

Windows Security provides built-in security options to help protect your device from malicious software attacks.

The Ransomware data recovery area is included on the Virus & threat protection page in Windows Security.

Ransomware detection notifies you when your OneDrive files have been attacked and guides you through the process of restoring your files. Ransomware is a type of malicious software (malware) designed to block access to your files until you pay money.

You can hide the¬†Virus & threat protection¬†page or the¬†Ransomware data recovery¬†area from users on the device. This option can be useful if you don’t want users to see or have access to user-configured options for these features.

This tutorial will show you how to hide or show the Ransomware data recovery area on the Virus & threat protection page in Windows Security for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Hide or Show Device Performance and Health page in Windows Security

To help you keep your device secure, Windows Security monitors your device for security issues and provides a health report, which appears on the Device performance & health page. The Health report alerts you to common issues in four key areas and offers recommendations to remedy them.

You can hide the¬†Device performance & health¬†area from users on the device. This option can be useful if you don’t want users to see or have access to user-configured options for these features.

This tutorial will show you how to hide or show the Device performance & health page in Windows Security for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Hide or Show Firewall and Network Protection page in Windows Security

Windows Security provides built-in security options to help protect your device from malicious software attacks.

Firewall & network protection in Windows Security lets you view the status of Microsoft Defender Firewall and see what networks your device is connected to. You can turn Microsoft Defender Firewall on or off and access advanced Microsoft Defender Firewall options for the following network types:

  • Domain (workplace) networks
  • Private (discoverable) networks
  • Public (non-discoverable) networks

You can hide the¬†Firewall & network protection¬†area from users on the device. This option can be useful if you don’t want users to see or have access to user-configured options for these features.

This tutorial will show you how to hide or show the Firewall & network protection page in Windows Security for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Hide or Show App and Browser Control page in Windows Security

Windows Security provides built-in security options to help protect your device from malicious software attacks.

App & browser control in Windows Security provides the settings for Microsoft Defender SmartScreen, which helps protect your device from potentially dangerous apps, files, websites, and downloads.

App & browser control includes the following features:

  • Smart App Control¬†provides enhanced protection from untrusted apps in Windows 11.
  • Reputation-based protection¬†leverages what Microsoft knows about various sites, services, and publishers, as well as threats we’ve seen in action to help protect you from malicious or¬†potentially unwanted apps,¬†files, or¬†websites.
  • Isolated browsing¬†is for¬†Microsoft Defender Application Guard for Edge¬†that can help to protect you against untrusted and potentially dangerous sites by opening them in a virtualized container, isolated from your important files and folders.
  • Exploit protection¬†is already running and protecting your device, and your device is set up with the protection settings that work best for most people. However, you can always customize the settings for your device and the programs you run. If you manage devices and programs in an organization, you can use the export feature to share customized exploit protection settings across all of the devices in your organization.

You can hide the¬†App & browser control¬†area from users on the device. This option can be useful if you don’t want users to see or have access to user-configured options for these features.

This tutorial will show you how to hide or show the App & browser control page in Windows Security for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Hide or Show Family Options page in Windows Security

Windows Security provides built-in security options to help protect your device from malicious software attacks.

The Family options feature in Windows Security provides you with easy access to tools to manage your children’s digital life. Use Family options to help keep your children’s devices clean and up to date with the latest version of Windows 10/11 and to protect your kids when they’re online.

You can hide the¬†Family options¬†area from users on the device. This option can be useful if you don’t want users to see or have access to user-configured options for these features.

This tutorial will show you how to hide or show the Device security page in Windows Security for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Hide or Show Device Security page in Windows Security

Windows Security provides built-in security options to help protect your device from malicious software attacks.

What you see on the Device security page in Windows Security may vary depending upon what your hardware supports:

  • Core isolation¬†provides added protection against malware and other attacks by isolating computer processes from your operating system and device.
  • Your¬†security processor, called the¬†trusted platform module (TPM), provides additional encryption for your device.
  • Secure boot¬†prevents a sophisticated and dangerous type of malware‚ÄĒa¬†rootkit‚ÄĒfrom loading when you start your device. Rootkits use the same permissions as the operating system and start before it, which means they can completely hide themselves. Rootkits are often part of an entire suite of malware that can bypass local logins, record passwords and keystrokes, transfer private files, and capture cryptographic data.
  • Data encryption¬†helps protect your data from unauthorized access in case your device is lost or stolen.

You can hide the¬†Device security¬†area from users on the device. This option can be useful if you don’t want users to see or have access to user-configured options for these features.

This tutorial will show you how to hide or show the Device security page in Windows Security for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Hide or Show Virus and Threat Protection page in Windows Security

Windows Security is built-in to Windows 10/11 and includes an antivirus program called Microsoft Defender Antivirus. Your device will be actively protected from the moment you start Windows 10/11. Windows Security continually scans for malware (malicious software), viruses, and security threats. In addition to this real-time protection, updates are downloaded automatically to help keep your device safe and protect it from threats.

The¬†Virus & threat protection¬†section in Windows Security contains information and settings for antivirus protection from¬†Microsoft Defender Antivirus¬†and third-party AV products. This section also contains information and settings for ransomware protection and recovery. These settings include¬†Controlled folder access¬†settings to prevent unknown apps from changing files in protected folders, plus Microsoft OneDrive configuration to help you recover from a ransomware attack. This area also notifies users and provides recovery instructions if there’s a ransomware attack.

You can hide the¬†Virus & threat protection¬†section or the¬†Ransomware protection¬†area from users of the machine. This option can be useful if you don’t want users to see or have access to user-configured options for these features.

This tutorial will show you how to hide or show the Virus & threat protection area in Windows Security for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

Add Run as administrator to Context Menu of PS1 Files in Windows 11

Windows runs desktops apps and application files (ex: .bat, .cmd, .exe, and .msc file types) in user mode by default without elevated administrator rights unless it prompts you with UAC to run elevated (highest privileges).

When you use¬†Run as administrator¬†on a desktop app or application file, you are allowing it to run with full administrator access to everything on the computer. This means you are giving it special permissions to access restricted parts of the computer that would otherwise be off-limits. This could be a potential security risk if not a trusted app or application file, but sometimes “Run as administrator” is necessary for a trusted app or application file to run properly if it requires elevated rights for full access.

A¬†.ps1¬†file is a script, or “cmdlet,” used by Windows PowerShell.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Run as administrator context menu item for .ps1 files for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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