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  1. Hands on with Windows 11 File Explorer and Settings Windows 11 preview is now available for Windows Insiders and it will begin rolling out to the mainstream audience later this year. In addition to redesigned Start Menu and rounded corners, Windows 11 also comes with a new File Explorer and Settings app. While File Explorer is getting minor improvements, the Windows Settings app has been completely redesigned with a new layout and additional customization options. File Explorer By default, File Explorer is now optimized for tablet users. Windows 11 doesn't come with a dedicated tablet mode, so Microsoft is optimizing the existing interface for both desktop and touch users. These changes include a new context menu that will help users with touchscreen, so they can easily interact with files, select or delete/rename files. File Explorer As mentioned, the File Explorer interface is not changing dramatically, but there are several noticeable changes. For example, Microsoft is replacing the Windows 8-era ribbon toolbar with a redesigned top menu called "command bar" allowing you quick access to commonly used actions like share, delete, rename, etc. The ... menu lets you access the advanced configuration options currently available in Windows 10's File Explorer. File Explorer command bar In addition to these design improvements, Microsoft is also adding support for CTRL + Left / Right arrow when changing the name of the files. This lets you move the cursor between words in the file name, as well as CTRL + Delete and CTRL + Backspace to delete words at a time, like other apps and tools. If you don't like the new command bar, you can restore the ribbon design by following these steps: Open Registry Editor. In Registry Editor, navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced For "Advanced" folder, create a New->DWORD (32-bit) Name it SeparateProcess and change the value to 1. Close the editor and reboot. Windows Settings Windows 11 Settings app is getting a redesigned layout that looks similar to Control Panel. Like Control Panel, the settings app is now using a new navigation menu on the left side. Microsoft has also added support for breadcrumbs, which should help you easily navigate between different pages of Settings. Windows 11 has redesigned individual settings pages, including the Network connections and Power usage (battery) pages, as shown below. Properties The battery settings will now display graphs to show the device's battery performance and usage over time. Windows battery settings You can view the device's battery level throughout the day or the last seven days. You can also view the battery performance for each app over the past seven days. Hands on with Windows 11 File Explorer and Settings
  2. Microsoft is finally adding webcams to Device Settings in Windows 10 The pandemic has caused a great surge in the use of Windows 10 laptops and PCs for video conferencing, a surge the OS did not appear ready for. This left many users struggling with dark or overexposed video with seemingly nothing they can do about it. Now, with Windows 10 Build 21277, it appears Microsoft is finally doing something to address the issue. Microsoft is adding Cameras to Windows 10 Settings. This means there will be a central place to adjust camera settings, hopefully in a way which will persist from app to app. Users will be able to adjust the default configuration of their app, including adjusting the brightness and contrast, and even rotation, which should be extremely helpful for those still Zooming every day. The feature, which is hidden behind a flag, is expected to roll out to Windows 10 users sometime next year. via WindowsLatest Microsoft is finally adding webcams to Device Settings in Windows 10
  3. Microsoft is adding a great ‘What’s New’ section to Windows 10 Settings Microsoft released a new Windows 10 Insider Preview Built for Windows 10 2004 today, and the changelog included many new features, but it appears the list was not comprehensive. Windows 10 hacker Albacore has uncovered a neat new feature in the OS – a new “What’s New” page in settings which will advertise new features in the OS. When items get clicked on they produce a pop-up with more detail which allows users to send feedback. The feature seems a great idea for those who have a casual interest in learning more about Windows, which has a mass of features regular users would not normally even touch. The feature is not currently activated, but Microsoft should unveil it to all in short order. Source: Microsoft is adding a great ‘What’s New’ section to Windows 10 Settings (MSPoweruser)
  4. Settings header in Windows 10 is back Microsoft quietly removed the famous header in Windows 10 Settings in one of the previous Fast ring Insider Builds. But now, the header seems to be back again in the Settings app in Windows 10 Version 1909 via a server update, according to HTNovo. The purpose of the header in the Settings app is to provide essential information and quick access to certain features. However, many users complained that the header in Windows 10 Settings app is a waster of space and it provides useless information. On the contrary, Microsoft said, “header at the top allows you to take quick action for things like signing in and managing your Microsoft account, making the Windows and Microsoft experience better. It also gives you an easy to glance at system status, such as when updates are available.” Many users also suggest that Microsoft should give users the ability to customize the header in the Settings app. Unfortunately, Microsoft hasn’t made such announcements as yet, but that doesn’t it won’t in the future feature. How many of you think that the header in the Settings app of Windows 10 is a useful feature? Do let us know in the comments below. Source: Settings header in Windows 10 is back (MSPoweruser)
  5. System Control Panel applet redirects to Settings app in latest Windows 10 build Microsoft released a new Insider build to the Fast Ring last week that introduced the redesigned Start Menu to testers. Another change highlighted in the official Windows Experience blog post describes how Microsoft plans to make the Settings application "even better". The company introduced the Settings application in Windows 8 initially to modernize the classic Control Panel. Microsoft kept the Settings app in Windows 10 and extended it further since the release of Windows 10 in 2015. Microsoft moved the functionality that some Control Panel applets provided to the Settings application. The Control Panel is still an integral part of Windows 10 even though it has become more difficult to access it in recent time. There are still plenty of options though, my preferred method is to use the shortcut Windows-Pause, but you may also type Control Panel in Start to get the option to open it from there, or run the Control Panel applets directly. Microsoft notes in the blog post that it is continuing its work to bring Control Panel capabilities to the Settings application. In this particular build, Microsoft redirects the System Control Panel applet to Settings > System > About. Links that opened the System applet in the past do now open the About page of the Settings application. Links that would open the System page in Control Panel will now direct you to About in Settings. We are also bringing new improvements like making your device information copyable and streamlining the security information shown. And don’t worry—if you’re looking for more advanced controls that lived in the System page in Control Panel, you can still get to them from the modern About page if you need them! The Settings application displays core system information just like the Control Panel System applet does. It reveals information about the installed processor and RAM, the architecture, and support for pen and touch. Information about computer names, domain and workgroup settings appears to be missing on the Settings page on the other hand (apart from device name). Another difference is that the System Control Panel applet linked to the Device Manager, Remote Settings, System Protection and Advanced System Settings while the Settings application does not. Closing Words Maintaining two different configuration programs is certainly quite confusing, and it does not help that Microsoft is migrating some options to the Settings application with every other Windows 10 feature update. I don't mind the migration if all information and options remain available in the Settings app. If Microsoft keeps up the pace, it will take another ten or so years before the Control Panel is put to rest for good. The company asked for feedback from users who use the Control Panel for specific operations that the Settings application does not support. System Control Panel applet redirects to Settings app in latest Windows 10 build
  6. Starting today, anyone visiting Yahoo will be tracked by default, regardless of whether they've enabled the Do Not Track setting on their browser. It's a bold stance by the company, which described the shift as a personalized experience by default, and a serious blow for the Do Not Track standard, which has suffered major setbacks in recent years. Users can still manage their privacy settings through the Yahoo Privacy settings, but they'll have to do so individually, and Yahoo sites won't be responding to any automated anti-ad-tracking signals like DNT. "We fundamentally believe the best web is a personalized one," the privacy team said in a blog post. Do Not Track was envisioned as a single setting that would allow users to opt-out of ad-tracking across the web, but the standard has struggled to get advertisers and browserson-board. Both groups make hundreds of millions of dollars from targeting ads based on user's browsing habits, and proved reluctant to build an opt-out method that might cut into their profits. After legislation that would mandate the setting stalled in congress last year, DNT's future has been unclear. Neither Google nor Facebook currently honors the setting, although many groups continue to support it. Source
  7. JayDee

    Windows 7 Settings Error

    Hello guys, I had this sudden settings error yesterday on my Windows 7 Pro x64. All was fine until I realized the below errors. 1- The default view chosen for every folder was reset to default. Now I am not able to chose a view settings for a certain folder without it being converted back to the default once I close that folder. 2- The System icons near the clock on taskbar keeps hiding themselves. Now the taskbar chooses what needs to be hidden and what needs to be shown. Even thought I drag the wanted icons to be shown, once I restart the laptop, the icons revert to being hidden. Don't know what triggered such error. Is there any recommended fix ?
  8. smallhagrid

    Privatefirewall woes.

    I've been using Privatefirewall for a little while now and it's sort of OK...mostly=> but also quite a hassle in some ways. For example, if I want to read any PDF file with Foxit Reader, I have 2 choices AFAIK... Click about 20 firewall queries EVERY time, or click 'details' and then 'train' in that window - EVERY TIME. It is very annoying - it seems to think EVERY single PDF file is a separate security problem to address. I set Foxit as fully allowed too, and that made no difference. There doesn't seem to be any setting for allowing files by type either. Worse still, after a restart it forgets alot of settings. So after Process Hacker had to be killed off and I had to reboot - it asked me all over again if Firefox, Firemin, Thunderbird, my mouse software and a few more things were allowed. It seems to be lightweight and decent in most ways, but if it's going to act quite this stupidly all the time I need to find another light but better firewall to replace it. (Even the ancient Kerio Personal Firewall was WAY easier to get along with than this.) Any suggestions on how to make it behave better somehow ?!? Thanks.
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