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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.