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How to Add Copilot to Taskbar or Desktop in Windows 11

November 27th, 2023 by Admin

How can I open Windows Copilot? Windows Copilot not showing in the taskbar? Microsoft Copilot is a new AI-powered chatbot that is released with Windows 11 23H2 update. If you need to access Copilot frequently, you can get the Copilot icon to appear in the taskbar or create a desktop shortcut for quick access. In this tutorial we’ll show you easy ways to add Copilot to the taskbar or desktop in Windows 11.

Method 1: Add Copilot to Taskbar in Windows 11 via Settings App

  1. Right-click the empty space in the taskbar and choose “Taskbar settings“. This will open the Settings app and take you to the page: Personalization -> Taskbar.

  2. Turn on the toggle switch next to the Copilot option.

  3. The Copilot icon will show up in the taskbar and you can click it to open Copilot with ease.

Method 2: Add Copilot to Taskbar in Windows 11 via Registry Editor

  1. Open Registry Editor and browse to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced. In the right pane, double-click the DWORD ShowCopilotButton.

  2. To enable Copilot, change its value data from 0 to 1. Click OK.

  3. Close Registry Editor. You can immediately see the Copilot button in the taskbar.

Method 3: Create a Desktop Shortcut for Copilot in Windows 11

  1. Right-click the empty space on your desktop and choose New -> Shortcut.

  2. Copy and paste the following command in the location box, and click Next.
    microsoft-edge://?ux=copilot&tcp=1&source=taskbar
  3. Give a name for this shortcut and click Finish.

  4. You can now double-click the newly-created desktop shortcut to open Copilot quickly.

That’s it!

2 Methods to Remove the Home Page from the Settings App in Windows 11

November 13th, 2023 by Admin

After upgrading to Windows 11 23H2, you may find that Microsoft adds a new Home page to the Settings app, which shows a list of recommended settings including a shortcut to turn on/off Bluetooth. If you don’t like the new Home page, you can hide or remove it with ease. In this tutorial we’ll show you 2 simple methods to remove the Home page from the Settings app in Windows 11.

Method 1: Remove the Home Page from the Settings App Using Group Policy

  1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor and browse to: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel, then double-click the policy called “Settings Page Visibility” in the right pane.

  2. Select Enabled. Under the Options section, type hide:home in the text box next to “Settings Page Visibility”. Click Apply and then OK.

  3. Close the Local Group Policy Editor. Relaunch the Settings app and the new Home page will be missing.

Method 2: Remove the Home Page from the Settings App Using Registry Editor

  1. Open Registry Editor and navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer. In the right pane, right-click the empty space and choose New -> String Value.

  2. Name the string SettingsPageVisibility, and then double-click it to modify. Type hide:home in the Value data field and click OK.

  3. Close Registry Editor. When you open the Settings app again, it will open the System page by default, and the new Home page disappears.

That’s it!

How to Pause Windows Update for any Amount of Time in Windows 11

November 9th, 2023 by Admin

How can I pause Windows 11 update for a few months or permanently? By default, Windows 11 allows you to pause Windows update for up to 5 weeks (35 days) at maximum. Luckily, there is an undocumented method to pause updates in Windows 11 up to any desired number of days.

How to Pause Windows Update for any Amount of Time in Windows 11

  1. Open Registry Editor and navigate to the location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsUpdate\UX\Settings​, then right-click the blank area in the right pane, and choose New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value.

  2. Name the newly-created DWORD FlightSettingsMaxPauseDays, and then double-click it to bring up the “Edit DWORD Value” dialog. Choose Decimal and enter any desired number of days, click OK. If you want to pause Windows update for 10 weeks, then type 70 instead.

    Though there isn’t a value for pausing Windows updates permanently, you can enter a large number to pause updates for 10 years or even 100 years.

  3. Close Registry Editor and relaunch the Settings app. Go to Windows Update, click the arrow on the right side of the “Pause updates” drop-down box, and you can see how many weeks you can pause the update for.

    If you set FlightSettingsMaxPauseDays to 9 and then clicked “Pause for 1 week”, the “Extend for 2 days” button will appear so you can pause updates for 9 days totally.

    When you change your mind anytime, simple click the “Resume updates” button above.

That’s it!

How to Show or Hide Taskbar Labels in Windows 11

October 24th, 2023 by Admin

How can I restore the classic taskbar labels in Windows 11? By default, Windows 11 displays only application icons on the taskbar without any additional labels. To view the title of the window that you have open, you need to spend time moving your mouse and hovering over the icons on the taskbar. This tutorial will show you 2 methods to show or hide taskbar labels in Windows 11.

Method 1: Show or Hide Taskbar Labels in Windows 11 Using Settings App

  1. Right-click the empty space on the taskbar and choose “Taskbar settings” from the pop-up menu.

  2. When the Settings app opens to Personalization -> Taskbar, click “Taskbar behaviors” on the right pane to expand the settings.

  3. Click the “Combine taskbar buttons and hide labels” drop-down list, select “Never” if you want to always show taskbar labels and never combine taskbar icons, or choose “Always” to hide taskbar labels. The “When taskbar is full” option lets you hide taskbar labels only when the taskbar is full of program icons.

Method 2: Show or Hide Taskbar Labels in Windows 11 Using Registry Editor

  1. Open Registry Editor and navigate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced. Double-click the DWORD TaskbarGlomLevel on the right panel.

  2. Change the value data to one of the following values, and click OK.
    • 0: Always
    • 1: When taskbar is full
    • 2: Never

  3. Close Registry Editor. You need to restart File Explorer or restart your computer to see the changes.

That’s it!

Remove Duplicate “Share” Options from Context Menu in Windows 11

October 16th, 2023 by Admin

How can I get rid of the annoying “Share” in the Windows 11 Explorer context menu? When you want to send a file to your friends via email or nearby sharing, just right-click it in File Explorer and you can either click the Share icon at the top of the context menu or select the “Share” item.

If you choose “Show more options” from the context menu, the “Share” item will appear once again.

In this tutorial we’ll show you a simple method to remove duplicate “Share” options from the right-click context menu in Windows 11.

How to Remove Duplicate “Share” Options from Context Menu in Windows 11

  1. Open Registry Editor and navigate to: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\ModernSharing, then double-click the (Default) value in the right pane.

  2. Append any characters to the beginning of the existing value data, and click OK. Whenever you need to restore the “Share” options, just remove the characters you’ve appended.

  3. Close Registry Editor. The next time you right-click any file in File Explorer, the “Share” option will appear just one time in the context menu.

That’s it!

How to Remove Frequently Used Folders from Quick Access in Windows 11

September 26th, 2023 by Admin

Is there any way to hide frequently used folders from the left navigation pane of File Explorer? By default, Windows 11 will automatically add the frequently used folders to Quick Access.

When you right-click the File Explorer icon on the taskbar, the frequently used folders will also appear under the “Frequent” section.

To protect your privacy, you can prevent frequently used folders from being added to Quick Access. In this tutorial we’ll show you two methods to remove frequently used folders from the Quick Access section of File Explorer in Windows 11.

Method 1: Manually Remove Frequently Used Folders in Windows 11

  1. Open File Explorer. Right-click one of the frequently used folders shown in the left navigation pane, and then choose “Remove from Quick access” from the pop-up menu.

  2. This operation will remove your selected folder from the Quick Access section of File Explorer, and it does NOT delete the folder itself.

Method 2: Permanently Turn off Frequently Used Folders in Windows 11

  1. When File Explorer opens, click the “See more” button (three dots icon) on the toolbar and then choose Options.

  2. Uncheck the “Show frequently used folders” option and click OK.

  3. It will remove the existing frequent folders history and permanently stop Quick Access from automatically adding any frequently used folders.

That’s it!

4 Ways to Open the Recovery Drive app in Windows 11

September 12th, 2023 by Admin

The Recovery Drive app is also called Recovery Media Creator, which allows users to create a USB recovery drive for reinstalling Windows or resetting the computer to factory defaults. In this tutorial we’ll show you 4 common ways to open the Recovery Drive app in Windows 11.

Method 1: Open the Recovery Drive app via Search

  1. Click the Search box in the taskbar and type in recovery drive.

  2. When the search results pop up, click the Recovery Drive App icon under the Best match section. The tool for creating a recovery drive will launch.

Method 2: Open the Recovery Drive app via Run Command

  1. Press the Windows key + R together to bring up the Run command box.

  2. Enter RecoveryDrive and click OK, it will run the Recovery Drive app immediately.

Method 3: Open the Recovery Drive app via Control Panel

  1. Open the Control Panel in Large icons view, and then click Recovery.

  2. Under the “Advanced recovery tools” section, click the “Create a recovery drive” option.

Method 4: Open the Recovery Drive app via Windows Terminal

  1. Right-click the Start button and choose Terminal (Admin) from the pop-up menu.

  2. When the Terminal opens to Windows PowerShell or Command Prompt, execute the “RecoveryDrive” command.

That’s it!

How to Delete Recovery Partition in Windows 11 / 10

September 11th, 2023 by Admin

Is it safe to remove the Recovery partition from Windows 11? How can I delete the Recovery partition without affecting the running OS? Recovery partition does the same thing as a USB recovery drive which could be used to refresh or reset your PC, so you can delete all the Recovery partitions without affecting your current operating system, especially useful when two partitions are separated by a Recovery partition. In this tutorial we’ll walk you through the steps to delete a Recovery partition in Windows 11 / 10.

How to Delete Recovery Partition in Windows 11 / 10

  1. Before getting started, open the Disk Management and find all the Recovery partitions available in your hard drive. The Recovery partition is hidden from File Explorer and it has no drive letter.

    You need to note down the disk number, partition number and capacity of each Recovery partition. In my example, both partition 1 and partition 6 associated with disk 0 are Recovery partitions.

  2. Next, open Windows Terminal as admin and run the diskpart command.

  3. Type select disk n and press Enter, replacing n with the disk number of the disk where your Recovery partitions are located. Next, run the list partition command to show all partitions on the selected disk.

    You need to check if the partition number and size of each Recovery partition are the same as what are shown in the Disk Management utility. Make sure you’re deleting the correct partitions.

  4. To delete a partition, run the following commands one by one. Replace # with the partition number of your Recovery partition.
    select partition #
    delete partition override

  5. When it’s done, close the Terminal window. Open Disk Management and you can take use of the unallocated space previously occupied by the Recovery partition. For example, expand the existing partition or merge two partitions.

Conclusion

Recovery partition is a special partition which is used to restore the system to factory settings in the event of system issues. You can delete one or two Recovery partitions using the above method or third-party software such as DiskGenius Free, without affecting your current Windows OS.

How to Remove Home from File Explorer in Windows 11

August 31st, 2023 by Admin

How can I unpin or remove “Home” from the top of navigation pane in File Explorer? Home is the default startup location of File Explorer, where you can access your recent files, frequent pins and Quick Access. If you rarely access the Home tab, you can remove the Home icon in the left navigation pane of File Explorer in Windows 11.

How to Remove Home from File Explorer in Windows 11

  1. Open Registry Editor. Copy and paste the following registry path into the address bar for quick navigation. Right-click the {f874310e-b6b7-47dc-bc84-b9e6b38f5903} key and select Rename.
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace_36354489\{f874310e-b6b7-47dc-bc84-b9e6b38f5903}

  2. Rename it to anything you want, or simply append a few characters to the beginning of the key so you can restore it back in future.

  3. Close Registry Editor. The Home icon will immediately disappear from the left navigation pane of File Explorer.

That’s it!

2 Methods to Lock the Find My Device Option in Windows 11

August 14th, 2023 by Admin

How can I prevent others from changing the “Find My Device” settings in Windows 11? Looking for a way to disable the Find My Device permanently? In this tutorial we’ll show you 2 methods to lock the Find My Device option in Windows 11, so others are unable to change it from the Settings app.

Method 1: Lock the Find My Device Option in Windows 11 via Group Policy

  1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor and browse to: Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Find My Device. On the right pane, double-click the “Turn On/Off Find My Device” policy.

  2. You can select the Disabled option to permanently turn off the Find My Device feature, or choose the Enabled option to prevent others from turning off Find My Device.

  3. Close the Local Group Policy Editor. Open the Settings app and you’ll find the “Find My Device” setting is greyed out and locked down.

Method 2: Lock the Find My Device Option in Windows 11 via Registry Editor

  1. Open Registry Editor and navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft. Right-click the Microsoft key and select New -> Key.

  2. Name the new key FindMyDevice and select it. Next, right-click the empty space in the right pane and choose New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value.

  3. Name the DWORD AllowFindMyDevice. Leave its value data as 0 if you want to disable the Find My Device feature permanently, or set it to 1 for turning on Find My Device and lock the setting.

  4. Close Registry Editor.

That’s it!