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Enable or Disable Media Controls in Windows 11

Media controls appear in Quick Settings (Win+A) and on the Lock screen (Win+L) when playing media (ex: music or video) in a supported app (ex: Chrome, Edge, or Firefox).

The Hardware Media Key Handling flag in Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and/or Mozilla Firefox can enable or disable Media controls and media keys on the keyboard to control the active media session.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable media controls from Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and/or Mozilla Firefox for your account in Windows 11.

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Change DLNA Media Server Name in Windows 10 and Windows 11

DLNA media streaming¬†allows you to share media from your account’s personal Music, Pictures, PlayLists, and Videos folders to other users (same computer), computers, and DLNA supported devices on your network. It also allows you to receive media from other computers and DLNA supported devices.

If you turned on DLNA media streaming, your media library will automatically show as a media server in File Explorer > This PC on all devices you allowed to share you media library with.

If you have a local account, your media library name will be the same as your account name by default.

If you have a Microsoft account, your media library name will be the same as the email address used for your Microsoft account.

This tutorial will show you how to change the name of your media library for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11 used as the media server name on allowed devices.

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Add or Remove Media Server in Windows 11 File Explorer

DLNA media streaming¬†allows you to share media from your account’s personal Music, Pictures, PlayLists, and Videos folders to other users (same computer), computers, and DLNA supported devices on your network. It also allows you to receive media from other computers and DLNA supported devices.

If you turned on DLNA media streaming, your media library will automatically show as a media server in File Explorer > This PC on all devices you allowed to share you media library with.

You can remove a media server someone allowed your Windows device to access if you no longer want this media server to show in your File Explorer > This PC.

You can also always add the removed media server back to show in your File Explorer > This PC so long as your Windows device is still allowed to access the shared media library.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove a media server in File Explorer > This PC for all users in Windows 11.

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Allow or Block DLNA Media Streaming Devices in Windows 10 and Windows 11

DLNA media streaming allows you to send your music, pictures, and videos to other computers and DLNA supported devices on your network. It also allows you to receive media from other computers and DLNA supported devices.

If you turned on DLNA media streaming, any media device detected on your network will automatically get added to the allow/block list and default streaming settings will be applied to it.

If you remove a media device from the list, it will automatically get added back if detected on your network again, and will have default streaming settings applied to it.

You can allow or block media devices to access your shared media.

This tutorial will show you how to allow or block DLNA media streaming devices access to your shared media for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Remove DLNA Media Streaming Device in Windows 10 and Windows 11

DLNA media streaming allows you to send your music, pictures, and videos to other computers and DLNA supported devices on your network. It also allows you to receive media from other computers and DLNA supported devices.

If you turned on DLNA media streaming, any media device detected on your network will automatically get added to the allow/block list and default streaming settings will be applied to it.

If you have a media device you no longer use on the list, you can remove it.

This tutorial will show you how to remove a media device from the media streaming list for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Customize DLNA Media Streaming Settings in Windows 10 and Windows 11

DLNA media streaming allows you to send your music, pictures, and videos to other computers and DLNA supported devices on your network. It also allows you to receive media from other computers and DLNA supported devices.

If you turned on DLNA media streaming, you can choose what is streamed by default to all or specific computers and devices on your network.

This tutorial will show you how to customize DLNA media streaming settings for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable DLNA Media Streaming in Windows 10 and Windows 11

DLNA media streaming allows you to send your music, pictures, and videos to other computers and DLNA supported devices on your network. It also allows you to receive media from other computers and DLNA supported devices.

If you turn on media streaming, your current network profile and firewall settings will be modified. You should only turn on media streaming on networks that you trust, such as home or work networks.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off DLNA media streaming for your account or all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Download and Install Media Feature Pack for Windows 11 N Editions

N editions of Windows include the same functionality as other editions of Windows, except for media-related technologies, Windows Media Player, and certain preinstalled media apps (Groove, Movies & TV, Voice Recorder, and Skype). The Media Feature Pack provides a way for your to restore these excluded technologies.

This tutorial will show you how to download and install the Media Feature Pack for N editions of Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Global Media Controls on Toolbar in Microsoft Edge Chromium

Enabling the Global Media Controls experimental flag in Microsoft Edge will add a media button on the toolbar during an active media session in Microsoft Edge.

Clicking on this media button will open the Global Media Controls UI pop-up flyout that lists all your current media sessions along with Previous, Seek, Play/Pause, and Next controls for each media session.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the Global Media Controls UI on the toolbar in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge in Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10.

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Enable or Disable Volume Control and Hardware Media Key Handling in Microsoft Edge

You can control media (audio or video) playback inside Microsoft Edge without clicking on the video or audio itself. You can now control it by pressing the hardware control buttons on a keyboard or headset, pressing the button on the virtual control interface or by ending commands via specific protocol, such as MPRIS.

For example, if you press the Volume Up, Volume Down, or Mute media keys on your keyboard, you will see media controls (Reverse, Play/Pause, Forward) next to the volume control on your desktop that you can use to control the active media session in Microsoft Edge.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the Hardware Media Key Handling and volume control feature in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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Enable or Disable Volume Control and Hardware Media Key Handling in Mozilla Firefox

Starting in Mozilla Firefox 81, you can enable or disable the media.hardwaremediakeys.enabled flag for using media keys on your keyboard to control the active media session.

You control media (audio or video) playback inside Firefox without clicking on the video or audio itself. You can now control it by pressing the hardware control buttons on a keyboard or headset, pressing the button on the virtual control interface or by ending commands via specific protocol, such as MPRIS.

For example, if you press the Volume Up, Volume Down, or Mute media keys on your keyboard, you will see media controls (Reverse, Play/Pause, Forward) next to the volume control on your desktop that you can use to control the active media session in Firefox.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the Hardware Media Key Handling and volume control feature in Mozilla Firefox for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Global Media Controls in Google Chrome

Starting with Google Chrome 77, you can enable the Global Media Controls experimental flag that adds a Play button to the toolbar of Google Chrome.

Clicking on this Play button will open the Global Media Controls UI pop-up flyout that lists all your current media sessions along with Previous Play/Pause, and Next controls for each media session.

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

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