How to Customize Windows 10's Autoplay Menu

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Whenever you insert a USB stick, external hard drive, DVD or other media into your Windows 10 laptop, you're likely greeted with a pop-up asking you what the computer should do next. This is called AutoPlay, and if you're anything like me, you find it a bit annoying. If you want to do away with AutoPlay, all you have to do is follow a few steps to turn it off forever. Alternatively, you can customize how it reacts to different media.

Here's how to customize AutoPlay pop-ups in Windows 10:

Disable Autoplay in Windows 10

 1. Go to Settings > Devices.

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2. Click AutoPlay on the sidebar.

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3. Switch "Use AutoPlay for all media and devices" to off.

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Pick Specific Actions

1. Open the Control Panel.

2. Choose AutoPlay.

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From here, you can choose different types of drives and files should do when you insert media into your laptop. When you're done, click save.

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