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Reset AutoPlay Defaults in Windows 11

AutoPlay¬†lets you choose an action for different kinds of media when you plug in a device or insert media. You can set AutoPlay to open different kinds of content, such as photos, music, and video on different kinds of media, such as drives, CDs, DVDs, cameras, and phones. For example, you can use AutoPlay to select an app that will automatically open photos on a removable drive when you plug it into your PC. With AutoPlay, you don’t have to open the same app or reselect preferences every time you plug in a certain device.

When the Shell detects the insertion of new media or the attachment of a hot-plug device, the contents of the device or media are determined. AutoPlay, depending on its current settings, does one of the following.

  • Plays the content automatically.
  • Displays a dialog box prompting the user to choose a default handler for a single content type.
  • Presents, in the case of mixed content, a list of available handler applications to launch. The chosen handler then automatically plays its associated content type.
  • Displays a standard folder view of the files.
  • Does nothing if, earlier, the user had chosen¬†Take no action¬†for that content type as well as specified¬†Always do the selected action. You can turn off AutoPlay for specific media or devices by choosing¬†Take no action¬†as its AutoPlay default.
  • You will only see an AutoPlay¬†notification¬†when you have AutoPlay turned on and connect a device, media, or content that you chose¬†Choose a default¬†(default) or¬†Ask me every time¬†as its AutoPlay default.
  • If you connect a¬†storage device¬†to your PC (for example, a USB flash drive or other external drive), that device won’t appear under Devices in AutoPlay. AutoPlay will only show non-storage devices, such as some digital cameras, video cameras, and phones. You can view storage devices in the This PC window in File Explorer.
  • You can press and hold the¬†Shift¬†key when you insert devices or media into your PC to open an AutoPlay notification, regardless of the default setting.

This tutorial will show you how to reset all AutoPlay settings to default for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable AutoPlay for Non-volume Devices in Windows 11

AutoPlay¬†lets you choose an action for different kinds of media when you plug in a device or insert media. You can set AutoPlay to open different kinds of content, such as photos, music, and video on different kinds of media, such as drives, CDs, DVDs, cameras, and phones. For example, you can use AutoPlay to select an app that will automatically open photos on a removable drive when you plug it into your PC. With AutoPlay, you don’t have to open the same app or reselect preferences every time you plug in a certain device.

When the Shell detects the insertion of new media or the attachment of a hot-plug device, the contents of the device or media are determined. AutoPlay, depending on its current settings, does one of the following.

  • Plays the content automatically.
  • Displays a dialog box prompting the user to choose a default handler for a single content type.
  • Presents, in the case of mixed content, a list of available handler applications to launch. The chosen handler then automatically plays its associated content type.
  • Displays a standard folder view of the files.
  • Does nothing if, earlier, the user had chosen¬†Take no action¬†for that content type as well as specified¬†Always do the selected action. You can turn off AutoPlay for specific media or devices by choosing¬†Take no action¬†as its AutoPlay default.
  • You will only see an AutoPlay¬†notification¬†when you have AutoPlay turned on and connect a device, media, or content that you chose¬†Choose a default¬†(default) or¬†Ask me every time¬†as its AutoPlay default.
  • If you connect a¬†storage device¬†to your PC (for example, a USB flash drive or other external drive), that device won’t appear under Devices in AutoPlay. AutoPlay will only show non-storage devices, such as some digital cameras, video cameras, and phones. You can view storage devices in the This PC window in File Explorer.
  • You can press and hold the¬†Shift¬†key when you insert devices or media into your PC to open an AutoPlay notification, regardless of the default setting.

You can use the Disallow AutoPlay for non-volume devices group policy to disable AutoPlay for MTP (Media Transfer Protocol) devices like cameras or phones no matter what users have set in AutoPlay for their accounts.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable AutoPlay for non-volume devices for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable AutoPlay for All Drives in Windows 11

AutoPlay¬†lets you choose an action for different kinds of media when you plug in a device or insert media. You can set AutoPlay to open different kinds of content, such as photos, music, and video on different kinds of media, such as drives, CDs, DVDs, cameras, and phones. For example, you can use AutoPlay to select an app that will automatically open photos on a removable drive when you plug it into your PC. With AutoPlay, you don’t have to open the same app or reselect preferences every time you plug in a certain device.

When the Shell detects the insertion of new media or the attachment of a hot-plug device, the contents of the device or media are determined. AutoPlay, depending on its current settings, does one of the following.

  • Plays the content automatically.
  • Displays a dialog box prompting the user to choose a default handler for a single content type.
  • Presents, in the case of mixed content, a list of available handler applications to launch. The chosen handler then automatically plays its associated content type.
  • Displays a standard folder view of the files.
  • Does nothing if, earlier, the user had chosen¬†Take no action¬†for that content type as well as specified¬†Always do the selected action. You can turn off AutoPlay for specific media or devices by choosing¬†Take no action¬†as its AutoPlay default.
  • You will only see an AutoPlay¬†notification¬†when you have AutoPlay turned on and connect a device, media, or content that you chose¬†Choose a default¬†(default) or¬†Ask me every time¬†as its AutoPlay default.
  • If you connect a¬†storage device¬†to your PC (for example, a USB flash drive or other external drive), that device won’t appear under Devices in AutoPlay. AutoPlay will only show non-storage devices, such as some digital cameras, video cameras, and phones. You can view storage devices in the This PC window in File Explorer.
  • You can press and hold the¬†Shift¬†key when you insert devices or media into your PC to open an AutoPlay notification, regardless of the default setting.

You can use the Turn off AutoPlay group policy to disable AutoPlay for all drives no matter what users have set in AutoPlay for their accounts.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable AutoPlay for all drives for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Turn On or Off AutoPlay in Windows 11

AutoPlay¬†lets you choose an action for different kinds of media when you plug in a device or insert media. You can set AutoPlay to open different kinds of content, such as photos, music, and video on different kinds of media, such as drives, CDs, DVDs, cameras, and phones. For example, you can use AutoPlay to select an app that will automatically open photos on a removable drive when you plug it into your PC. With AutoPlay, you don’t have to open the same app or reselect preferences every time you plug in a certain device.

When the Shell detects the insertion of new media or the attachment of a hot-plug device, the contents of the device or media are determined. AutoPlay, depending on its current settings, does one of the following.

  • Plays the content automatically.
  • Displays a dialog box prompting the user to choose a default handler for a single content type.
  • Presents, in the case of mixed content, a list of available handler applications to launch. The chosen handler then automatically plays its associated content type.
  • Displays a standard folder view of the files.
  • Does nothing if, earlier, the user had chosen¬†Take no action¬†for that content type as well as specified¬†Always do the selected action. You can turn off AutoPlay for specific media or devices by choosing¬†Take no action¬†as its AutoPlay default.
  • You will only see an AutoPlay¬†notification¬†when you have AutoPlay turned on and connect a device, media, or content that you chose¬†Choose a default¬†(default) or¬†Ask me every time¬†as its AutoPlay default.
  • If you connect a¬†storage device¬†to your PC (for example, a USB flash drive or other external drive), that device won’t appear under Devices in AutoPlay. AutoPlay will only show non-storage devices, such as some digital cameras, video cameras, and phones. You can view storage devices in the This PC window in File Explorer.
  • You can press and hold the¬†Shift¬†key when you insert devices or media into your PC to open an AutoPlay notification, regardless of the default setting.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off AutoPlay for all media and devices in your account in Windows 11.

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How to Enable or Disable AutoPlay page in Settings in Windows 10

AutoPlay¬†lets you choose an action for different kinds of media when you plug in a device or insert media. You can set AutoPlay to open different kinds of content, such as photos, music, and video on different kinds of media, such as drives, CDs, DVDs, cameras, and phones. For example, you can use AutoPlay to select an app that will automatically open photos on a removable drive when you plug it into your PC. With AutoPlay, you don’t have to open the same app or reselect preferences every time you plug in a certain device.

The AutoPlay page in Settings > Time & Language allows users to change the following settings:

If you like, you can disable the AutoPlay page in Settings to prevent any of these settings from being changed by users from Settings on the computer.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the AutoPlay page in Settings for all users in Windows 10.

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