How to Automatically Start Narrator in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to automatically start Narrator before or after they sign into Windows. The Narrator app feature in Windows helps those with limited vision or those who are unable to see text clearly on their screen.

Narrator app has also been greatly improved in Windows 11 with some Windows apps tightly integrated. For example, when you open an email in Outlook, Narrator will start reading—no commands required.

Narrator will read an email’s status (unread, forwarded, etc.), who sent it, the subject line, and any other characteristics of the email that are important or unique.

If Narrator is useful to you and you want to use it all the time, you can configure it so that it automatically starts up everytime you sign into Windows so you don’t to press the Windows key + CTRL + ENTER keys everytime you want to turn on Narrator.

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How to Turn On or Off Narrator in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to turn On or Off Narrator in Windows 11. Narrator is a screen-reading app that’s built into Windows 11, so there’s nothing you need to download or install.

The Narrator app feature in Windows helps those with limited vision or those who are unable to see text clearly on their screen. Narrator has also been improved and integrated tightly in Windows.

For example, when you open an email in Outlook, Narrator will start reading—no commands required. Narrator will read an email’s status (unread, forwarded, etc.), who sent it, the subject line, and any other characteristics of the email that are important or unique.

For web pages, Narrator automatically reads webpages starting at the top of the page.

Below is how one turns on or off Narrator in Windows 11

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How to Turn On or Off “Get me up to date” settings in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to enable or disable “Get me up to date” settings in Windows 11. By default, Windows automatically downloads the latest updates and schedule an install if everything is working normally.

Windows update get the latest fixes and security improvements, helping your device run efficiently while staying protected. When you update your Windows device, you’ll be prompted, in most cases, to restart for the updates to fully apply.

Windows Update also has a feature that allows users to get up to date as soon as possible by turning on the “Get me up to date” settings. When enabled, Windows prompts you to restart as soon as possible (even during active hours) to finish updating. This feature will also notify you 15 minutes before restarting so you can make sure your device is on an plugged in.

If you don’t want to wait for Windows Update to schedule an install, and wish to get updated as quickly as possible, then turning this feature on should help.

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How to Change a Mouse Double Click Speed in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to change a mouse double-click speed in Windows 11. There are many mouse settings one can choose in Windows. For example, one can choose to turn on or off a mouse ClickLock, change their mouse primary button, show mouse pointer location, change the size of their mouse pointer and many more.

By default, Windows allows users to open an item by double-clicking using the mouse primary button. A mouse double-click speed settings change how quickly one can double-click to open an item.

If you have difficulties with clicking fast or your mouse is double-clicking when you press only once, you may have to slow the speed of your mouse double-click settings.

You can also adjust the its double-click sensitivities level that works best for you. Remember when you set the settings very low, clicking at two different times may be interpreted as a double-click instead.

This might come in handy for people who can not work with the default mouse settings in normal operation.

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How to Turn On or Off Mouse ClickLock in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to turn On or Off Mouse ClickLock in Windows 11. There are many mouse settings one can choose in Windows. For example, one can choose to change their mouse primary button, show mouse pointer location, change the size of their mouse pointer and many more.

ClickLock is another setting one can choose to enable users to highlight or drag items without holding down mouse primary button.

When ClickLock is enabled, you’ll be able to briefly press on the mouse button to lock on an item using the mouse primary button, then drag it anywhere on the screen. To release, simply press the primary mouse button again.

This might come in handy for people who have difficulties operating a mouse in normal operation by pressing and holding down on items to move around.

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How to Use Microsoft Edge Secure Network Powered by Cloudflare

Microsoft is partnering with Cloudflare and introducing a new feature called Microsoft Edge Secure Network to help you protect your device and sensitive data as you browse while keeping you safe online.

This feature will encrypt your internet connection, prevent browser tracking, keep your location private in order to help protect your data from online threats like hackers.

Microsoft Edge Secure Network is currently in preview and not available to all users yet. This feature will become available to all when it has been tested and improved across devices.

In order to use this service, a Microsoft Edge sign-in is required to track free data usage and access Secure Network every month. All bandwidth data that is required to provide the Microsoft Edge Secure Network service is automatically deleted at the end of the required service window.

Users will also get 1 gigabyte of free data every month when they sign into Microsoft Edge with their Microsoft Account.

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How to Choose which Android Phone Apps show Notifications in Phone Link app in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to show which apps on your Android phone display notifications in Phone Link app with Windows 11. Windows allows users to use the Phone Link app to link an Android phone to Windows and seamlessly transfer content between their phones and Windows devices.

With the Phone Link app, you can instantly access the Android apps installed on your mobile device right on your PC. Using a Wi-Fi connection, Apps allows you to browse, play, order, chat, and more — all while using your PC’s larger screen and keyboard.

When you use Phone Link app in Windows 11 to connect your Android phone, you can also copy and paste content, set up notification banners, cross-device copy and paste and also choose the apps on your mobile device that can display notifications in the Phone Link app.

Below is how to choose which apps on your mobile device can display notifications in the Phone Link app with Windows 11.

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How to Turn On or Off Showing of Android Phone Apps in Phone Link app with Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to enable or disable displaying of Android phone apps in Phone Link app with Windows 11. Windows allows users to use the Phone Link app to link an Android phone to Windows and seamlessly transfer content between their phones and Windows devices.

With the Phone Link app, you can instantly access the Android apps installed on your mobile device right on your PC. Using a Wi-Fi connection, Apps allows you to browse, play, order, chat, and more — all while using your PC’s larger screen and keyboard.

When you use Phone Link app in Windows 11 to connect your Android phone, you can also copy and paste content, set up notification banners and choose to show or not to show android apps in the Phone Link app.

Below is how to enable or disable allow Phone Link app to display apps from your Android phone.

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How to Turn On or Off Cross-device Copy and Paste with Phone Link app in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to enable or disable cross-device copy and paste with Phone Link app in Windows 11. Windows allows users to use the Phone Link app to link an Android phone to Windows and seamlessly transfer content between their phones and Windows devices.

When you use Phone Link app in Windows 11 to connect your Android phone, you can copy and paste content, set up notification banners and more. 

Cross-device copy and paste is supported on Surface Duo and select Android devices that are running One UI version 2.1 or above. This feature is not available on all Android devices, and only works with select Samsung and Surface Duo devices.

Before using cross-device copy and paste for the first time, you’ll need to make sure the feature is turned on. You can turn it on by open the Phone Link app and going to Settings > Features > Cross-device copy and paste, and make sure the toggle is On for “Allow this app to access and transfer content I copy and paste between my phone and PC”.

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How to Turn On or Off Phone Link app Notification Banners in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to enable or disable the Phone link apps notification banners in Windows 11. Windows allows users to use Phone Link app to link an Android phone to Windows and seamlessly transfer content between their phones and devices.

Once your phone is linked and connected to your Windows PC, notifications from your Android device will appear on your PC. You will also be able to view and manage your Android device notifications on your PC.

When you mange notifications like replying to messages or snoozing an alarm, then action will also be done on your Android device. When you snooze or delete a notification on your Windows device, it will be deleted on your phone.

You can also choose which apps can display notifications when using Windows via Phone Link app notification banner or completely disable notification banners.

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How to Set Up Device Usage Settings in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to change device usage settings in Windows 11. The device usage settings in Windows tells Microsoft how you plan to use your device.

There are different types of usage settings available to you, and based on your selections, Microsoft might offer personalized tips, ads, and recommendations within Microsoft experiences.

You can also opt out or change your device usage options any time in the Settings app on Windows.

Here are some examples of tips, ads, and recommendations you might receive when you provide information on how you’ll use your device.

Device usage choiceExample
GamingYou might be offered an Xbox Game Pass trial or receive suggestions on apps and sites based on what is popular with gamers.
FamilyYou might see a notification to set up your Microsoft family group.
CreativityYou might get app and site suggestions related to creativity.
SchoolYou might see suggestions to store your school files in OneDrive.
EntertainmentYou might see pinned app suggestions for entertainment apps and sites.
BusinessYou might be offered a Microsoft 365 Business trial while using your PC.
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How to Change Video Playback Settings to Save Network Bandwidth in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to turn On or Off playback settings to save network bandwidth by playing video at a lower resolutions when using Windows 11. When you’re streaming videos wirelessly or using Miracast, playing different refresh rates on multiple monitors can cause your video display to malfunction.

Using Windows playback settings for apps that use Windows built-in video platform, you can control how these apps playback videos to automatically enhance the videos being played.

Apps such as Universal Windows Platform (UWP), which include Microsoft Edge, Photos, and Movies & TV, as well as many third-party video apps you get from Microsoft Store (for example, Hulu, Netflix, and Vudu) can use Windows playback settings.

When you set up Windows to play video at lower resolutions, you can have your PC process video to enhance it (depending on your PC’s hardware).

Below is how to turn on of off video playback settings to save network bandwidth in Windows 11

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