How to Turn On or Off Sleeping Tabs in Microsoft Edge

This post shows students and new users steps to enable or disable Sleeping Tabs when using Microsoft Edge browser.

Microsoft Edge browser is cross-platform, which supports all of Windows, MacOS and Linux systems. The new Microsoft Edge browser has adopted the Chromium open source project code base which offers better web compatibility and performance over the legacy edge.

A recent update to Microsoft Edge brings a new feature called sleeping tabs, which helps improve memory and CPU utilization of the browser.

The sleeping tabs feature in Microsoft Edge makes background tabs sleep after two hours of inactivity in order to free up resources for active tabs, new tabs, and other applications on your device.

Sleeping tabs will fade to indicate they’ve released resources. To resume a sleeping tab, click on it like a normal tab. The tab will un-fade and your content will be immediately available. 

Below is how to enable or disable the new sleeping tabs feature in Microsoft Edge browser.

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How to Turn On or Off Efficiency Mode in Microsoft Edge

This post shows students and new users steps to enable or disable efficiency mode in Microsoft Edge browser.

Microsoft Edge browser is cross-platform, which supports all of Windows, MacOS and Linux systems. The new Microsoft Edge browser has adopted the Chromium open source project code base which offers better web compatibility and performance over the legacy edge.

A new feature added to Edge is its new Efficiency mode, which is designed to help extend battery life. It minimizes power usage by reducing resource usage (CPU usage) through modifying certain tab activity on tabs you’re not interacting with and putting inactive background tabs to sleep after 5 minutes or less.

Benefits may vary depending on your device, applications, and individual browser habits. 

Battery powered-device should benefit more using the new efficiency mode. However, desktop computers should also conserve power and use less energy with this feature.

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How to Manually Clear Windows Security Protection history events in Windows 11

This post showed students and new users steps to manually clear Windows Security Protection history events on-demand.

The Protection history page in the Windows Security app is where you can go to view actions that Microsoft Defender Antivirus has taken that includes, Potentially Unwanted Apps that have been removed, or key services that are turned off.

By default, Protection history only retains events for two weeks, after which they’ll disappear from this page.

However, instead of waiting for event logs to clear out, you can manually clear them out before the time they’re automatically removed.

Below is how to do that in Windows 11.

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How to Change how Long Windows Security Protection history Events are Retained in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to change how long Windows Security Protection history events are retained in Windows 11.

The Protection history page in the Windows Security app is where you can go to view actions that Microsoft Defender Antivirus has taken that includes, Potentially Unwanted Apps that have been removed, or key services that are turned off.

By default, Protection history only retains events for two weeks, after which they’ll disappear from this page.

You can change how long to keep or retain items in he scan history folder, after which, Microsoft Defender removes expired events.

If you specify the value zero ( 0 ), events are never automatically removed by retain indefinitely.

Below is how to change how long Protection history event are kept in Windows Security app when using Windows 11

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How to Access Windows Security Protection History in Windows 11

This post shows student and new users steps to access and monitor actions taken by Windows Security App on the Protection History page in Windows 11.

The Protection History page in the Windows Security app is where you can go to view actions that Microsoft Defender Antivirus has taken that includes, Potentially Unwanted Apps that have been removed, or key services that are turned off.

If you need to view and monitor what security actions are taken by Microsoft Defender Antivirus, you need to go to the Protection History page. There you’ll see the latest protection actions and recommendations from Windows Security app.

Events are shown as a series of cards in the protection history. If a card needs your attention you will see one of two colored badges on the card’s icon.

  • Red – This is a serious item that requires immediate attention.
  • Yellow – This item is not urgent, but should be checked when you can.

Protection History only retains events for two weeks, after which they’ll disappear from this page.

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How to Protect PDF Documents with Passwords in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to password protect PDF and encrypt documents when using Windows. By default, there are no out-of-the-box options to password-protect PDF documents in Windows.

However, there are multiple tools and options available to users to protect PDF documents in Windows and one such tools is PDFEncrypt.

PDFEncrypt is a free, open-source native Windows app that allows you to password protect (encrypt) PDF files for free, without purchasing expensive software.

When you use PDFEncrypt to encrypt your PDF documents, the content of the document becomes unreadable without the password. Only a user with the correct password will be able to decrypt and read the content.

Below is how to protect PDF documents with password in Windows using PDFEncrypt.

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How to Open PDF with Adobe Reader from Chrome

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to disable the internal PDF viewer in Google Chrome web browser and always open PDF files externally in Adobe Reader or other PDF applications.

Google Chrome browser has adopted the Chromium open source project code base and offers better web compatibility and performance over legacy browsers.

Google Chrome is cross-platform, which supports all of Windows, MacOS and Linux systems, including mobile devices. If you’re currently using Chrome and want to learn how to disable its internal PDF viewer, the steps below should show you how to do it.

By default, Chrome tries to use its internal PDF viewer when dealing with PDF files in the browser. This might work for many, but there are few folks out there that might want to use Adobe Reader or other PDF applications for all PDF files.

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How to Lock Down Proxy Settings in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users how to lock down proxy settings and prevent users from changing them in Windows 11.

Some businesses setup proxy servers to control what leaves and enters the network. A proxy server is a network device that sits between your PC and the internet or external resources.

The proxy server makes requests for websites and services on behalf of the user’s computer. 

Once you configure a proxy server for your users to connect through, the users will also have the rights to change or bypass the proxy server by changing its settings in Internet Explorer.

If you don’t want to have users changing their proxy settings and want to restrict their internet connect through the proxy server, you can configure Windows machine proxy setting and lock it down.

Below is how to do that.

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How to Enable or Disable PC Gaming with Efficiency Mode in Edge

This post shows students and new users steps to enable or disable PC gaming with efficiency mode when using Microsoft Edge browser.

Microsoft Edge browser is cross-platform, which supports all of Windows, MacOS and Linux systems. The new Microsoft Edge browser has adopted the Chromium open source project code base which offers better web compatibility and performance over the legacy edge.

A recent update to Microsoft Edge delivers best gaming experiences across devices, and helps you discover, learn, watch and play games directly from the browser on your desktop device.

Through a new setting in Efficiency mode, Microsoft Edge helps improve gaming performance on Windows 10 and 11 to help keep games running fast and smooth by automatically reducing browser resource usage when a PC game is launched.

Below is how to enable or disable the new efficiency mode in Microsoft Edge browser.

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How to Hide or Unhide Network in File Explorer Navigation Pane in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to add or remove the Network icon from the navigation pane in File Explorer when using Windows 11 desktop.

By default, the Network icon is included in the navigation pane in File Explorer. This makes it easier for users to browse their local network locations.

Since Network helps you browse your local network, Network Discovery and File sharing must be turned on to do so. The Network icon also shows mapped network locations in File Explorer if there are any.

If you prefer not to show the Network icon in the navigation pane in File Explorer, you can do it with simply clicks. However, if the Network icon is hidden, but the option to show all folders in the navigation pane is turned on, it will also show the Network icon.

Also, the Open As dialog box will also show the Network icon. So, you may be able to hide the Network icon from the navigation pane, but other settings may still allow users to access it.

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How to Remove or Add “Learn more about this picture” on Desktop in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to hide or unhide Windows Spotlight desktop wallpaper icon to “Learn more about this picture” in Windows 11.

When you change your desktop background to use Windows Spotlight, it will also a “Learn more about this picture” icon on your desktop by default. This icon can be dragged and moved around on the desktop.

When you hover your mouse over the icon, it shows more info about the current picture being displayed on the desktop.

When you right-click the icon, it gives you options to open in Bing, switch to the next or rate the picture.

This is how to hide the icon if you are using Windows Spotlight as your background wallpaper in Windows 11.

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How to Turn On or Off Cellular in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to enable or disable a cellular network adapter in Windows 11. If your Windows 11 device has a built-in SIM or eSIM card that has network connectivity, you can use it to connect to a cellular data network anywhere there’s a cellular signal.

If there’s no built-in SIM card included with your device, you may be able to connect an external cellular adapter to connect to a cellular network anywhere you get a signal.

Cellular connection works similar to other Wi-Fi and hotspot connections where you can connect to available networks simply by knowing the connection credentials. Once connected, you can browse, send emails and perform other network activities.

Below is how to turn On or Off cellular network in Windows 11

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