How to Safely Remove External Drive in Ubuntu Linux

This post describes steps one can take to safely eject or remove external storage devices in Ubuntu Linux.

When you attach external storage devices to Ubuntu Linux, it is recommended that you safely remove them before unplugging from your computer.

Similar to other operating systems, Ubuntu Linux allows you to attach external devices, include USB flash drives, optical disc like a CD or DVD. When external drives are connected, system processes and applications may be using the data.

If you just unplug a device, you run the risk of unplugging while an application is still using it. This could result in some of your files being lost or damaged.

Below is how to safely eject external drives from Ubuntu Linux.

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How to Turn On or Off Password Store in Unsafe Apps Warning Windows 11

This post describes steps you can take to enable or disable Enhanced Phishing Protection to warn users if they store their password in Notepad or Microsoft 365 Office Apps in Windows 11.

Enhanced Phishing Protection in Microsoft Defender SmartScreen helps protect your account passwords against phishing and unsafe usage on sites and apps.

This protection is built into Windows, and it works with Microsoft Defender Endpoint to provide protection on your device and in the cloud. Protection such as Controlled folder accessReal-time protectionTamper protection and Ransomware protection are included with Microsoft Security.

When you enable Microsoft Defender SmartScreen with enhanced protection, Windows will warn users if they store their passwords in Notepad, Word, or any Microsoft 365 Office app, and recommends they delete their password from the file.

Below is how to turn on or off passwords store in unsafe apps warning with SmartScreen Phishing protection in Windows 11.

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How to Turn On or Off Password Reuse Warning in Windows 11

This post describes steps you can take to enable or disable Enhanced Phishing Protection to warn users if they reuse passwords used to sign into Windows 11.

Enhanced Phishing Protection in Microsoft Defender SmartScreen helps protect your account passwords against phishing and unsafe usage on sites and apps.

This protection is built into Windows, and it works with Microsoft Defender Endpoint to provide protection on your device and in the cloud. Protection such as Controlled folder accessReal-time protectionTamper protection and Ransomware protection are included with Microsoft Security.

When you enable Microsoft Defender SmartScreen with enhanced protection, Windows will warn users if they reuse their Microsoft account password on sites and apps and prompt them to change their password.

This also works with any Chromium browser, including Edge. If users type their password into a site deemed malicious by Microsoft Defender SmartScreen, Enhanced Phishing Protection will alert them.

Below is how to turn on or off password reuse warning with SmartScreen Phishing protection in Windows 11.

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How to Show or Hide Snap Layouts when you drag window to top Screen in Windows 11

This post describes steps one can take to enable or disable a new feature that shows a snap layouts when you drag a window to the top of your screen in Windows 11.

Snap is a feature in Windows that allows users to launch a flyout with possible layouts to reorient their windows on the screen by hovering their mouse over the top edge of your app windows, on the maximize button.

The latest version of Windows 11 introduces additional Snap feature which reveals a Snap layout menu when you drag a window to the top of your screen. This new feature may help you organize your windows on the screen but may be annoying for some.

If you don’t like to show snap layouts when dragging a window to the top your screen in Windows 11, the steps below show you how to do that.

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How to Change Theme and Style in Ubuntu Linux

This post describes steps one can take to change the desktop themes and style in Ubuntu Linux.

A desktop theme is a collection of set of fonts and colors, style of icons, shape and color of the borders of each window, all packaged together to create a complete experience.

Unlike previous versions, the current version of Ubuntu Linux doesn’t come with packaged desktop themes that one can use to change the look of their computer. Then, there were themes for different seasons and styles, and designs from the most creative people.

Ubuntu Linux, however, comes with styles that one can use to change the color or a light or dark theme.

There’s also a high contrast theme for the visually impaired under accessibility that one can use if they can’t see color clearly.

Below is how to change desktop themes and styles in Ubuntu Linux.

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How to Install Printer on Ubuntu Linux

This describes steps to install and setup printers in Ubuntu Linux.

Today, setting up a printer in Ubuntu Linux is as simple as plugging it into your computer’s USB port or simply connecting it via Wi-Fi to your home wireless network.

Ubuntu and Linux as a whole have come a long way. Now Ubuntu can recognize many printer brands with their drivers installed and ready to use.

When a printer is connected and setup correctly, you will be able to print directly from Ubuntu to that printer with ease.

Ubuntu has also made installing network printers easier by putting the installation wizard on the same windows. Previously, installing a network printer was separate page.

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How to Automatically Lock Computer after Inactivity in Windows 11

This post describes steps one can take to enable or disable automatically locking their computer after inactivity limit in Windows 11

By default, Windows will automatically lock your computer when you are away to prevent other people from using your desktop and accessing your files.

When your computer is locked, it will show the lock screen by default. The lock screen is the screen or curtain you see when you turn on your computer before the sign in screen. It is also displayed once your computer is locked after you stepped away or press the Windows key + L.

The Interactive logon: Machine inactivity limit security policy setting allows you to specify a number in seconds of user inactivity, and if exceeded, Windows automatically locks the computer.

Below is how to change this policy so that your computer does not automatically lock or set an inactivity limit before locking.

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How to Change Default Application in Ubuntu Linux

This post describes steps one can take to choose default application for file type and other formats in Ubuntu Linux.

By default, Ubuntu Linux will open the default program associated with a file type automatically. If there are multiple programs for a particular file type, the default program will always be selected.

You can change the default application that is used to open files of a given type. This will allow you to always open your preferred application when you double-click to open a file. For example, you might want your favorite music player to open when you double-click an MP3 file.

Below is how to change or choose a different default program in Ubuntu Linux.

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How to Remove Software in Ubuntu Linux

This post describes steps one can take to remove or uninstall software packages in Ubuntu Linux.

In our previous post we showed you how to install additional applications and software packages in Ubuntu Linux.

Applications and software that you can use and manage with Ubuntu Linux desktop typically have graphic user interface (GUI). You can use Ubuntu Software to remove applications that you no longer use.

You may also wish to remove software that does not have a GUI. To remove such software, you can use Synaptic or the command line. Note that Synaptic does not list snaps.

Applications are available in two formats: snap packages and Debian packages. Software packages that are available in both formats, Ubuntu Software will list the snap packages first.

Below is how to remove or uninstall software in Ubuntu Linux.

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How to Change Lock Screen Off Display Timeout in Windows 11

This post describes steps you can take to change the Console Lock Display Off Timeout in Windows 11.

The lock screen is the screen or curtain you see when you turn on your computer before the sign in screen. It is also displayed once your computer is locked after you stepped away or press the Windows key + L.

While your screen is locked, Console Lock Display Off Timeout is the number of minutes Windows will wait before timing out and automatically turning off the display when no activities are detected.

By default, Console Lock Display Off Timeout settings is set to 1 minute with all power plans.

Below is how to change the Console Lock Display Off Timeout settings in Windows 11.

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How to Create Live Kernel Dump File in Windows 11

This post describes steps one can take to create live kernel dump file in Windows 11.

Windows kernel live dump allows you to gather data to trouble shoot an abnormal situation while the computer continue operate. It captures consistent snapshot of kernel memory and saves it to a dump file for further research.

Kernel live dump reduces downtime when compared to a bug check for “non-fatal” but high-impact failures and hangs. It is also used when it is possible to recover the OS to a known good state.

For example, a hardware reset of a subsystem, such as video/display, USB3 or Wi-Fi can allow those systems to return to a known good state, with minimal user impact.

Starting with Windows 11 build 25197, one can now create live kernel dumps from the Task Manager with few clicks.

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How to Open and Use File Manager in Ubuntu Linux

This post describes steps one can take to open and use File Manager (Nautilus) in Ubuntu Linux.

The default file manager that comes installed in Ubuntu Linux is a GNOME package called Nautilus. In Ubuntu, File Manager is commonly used to refer to Nautilus.

File Manager or Nautilus lets you organize and manage files and folders, both on your computer and network resources. Folders can contain files and even other folders.

In Ubuntu Linux, many things are files, such as documents, spreadsheets, photos, movies, and music. Nautilus lets you manage them all in one intuitive interface.

Some of the following below can be done using File Manager:

  • Create documents and folders.
  • Display files and folders.
  • Search for and manage your files.
  • Open network locations

Below we’ll show you how to find, open File Manager in Ubuntu Linux and show you some ways to use it.

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