Windows has been the most popular Operating System for decades, especially Windows 10, which today, has 900 million active users. Despite its popularity, there are a significant amount of hidden features that people haven’t heard of. In this article, we will cover the top 10 Windows 10 tips and tricks that you can use.
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Top 10 Windows 10 Tips And Tricks
1. Aero Shake
Introduced in Windows 7, it is one of the great and underrated features that you can use to deal with a cluttered desktop. All you need to do is drag the title bar of an application and shake it back and forth. This will minimize the other windows and let you focus on what you’re working on.
2. Creating Calendar Events From Desktop
If you want to set reminders for events, there is an easy way to do it while staying on the Desktop. All you need to do is click on the “date and time” in the taskbar and add the remainder. Additionally, you can also add the location, which is excellent if you’re good at forgetting stuff.
3. Snip and Sketch
There is an option to take screenshots on Windows (Windows key + PrtSc) but, what makes Snip and Sketch special is the option to edit and customize the screenshots as soon as they’re taken.
Windows + SHIFT + S activates Snip and Sketch, and you are allowed to choose between Rectangular, Free Form, Window, and Full-Screen snip. After taking a snip, you can use a handful of tools to markup the image and save it.
4. Slide To ShutDown
You can create an easy shortcut to Shutdown your computer. All you need to do is right-click on your Desktop -> New -> Shortcut and type the command given below.
After creating the shortcut, it will appear on the Desktop, and if you click on it, a rectangular window will emerge from the top. Dragging it down will shut down your PC. We know this isn’t jaw-dropping, but it’s worth trying.
Dictation has been present in Windows since good old Windows Vista days, and it has improved quite a bit. All you need to do to start dictating is press the Windows +H keys. It is still not that consistent when it comes to word detection but it is rather nice to have.
6. Cloud Clipboard
This feature lets you copy stuff on one computer and access it on another computer assuming you have the same Microsoft account in both the PCs.
Pressing Windows + V will show you the copied contents, and you can also delete stuff that you no longer need. This is a nice feature if you work in an office and if your colleague wants to paste the thing that you just copied.
7. Windows Gamebar
Pressing the Windows + G will open the Windows Gamebar. It includes some nifty features like a Screen Recorder, Screen Capture, and “Performance” which displays the amount of RAM, and Processor being used. You can also record the audio while recording the screen, which is quite helpful for people who stream games.
8. Protecting Your Folders Using The Windows Defender
Ransomware is the nastiest thing that you can get from the internet. It encrypts the files on your computer and doesn’t leave until you pay. Microsoft has included Windows Defender which can protect you from ransomware.
All you need to do is go to Windows Security –> Virus and Threat Protection –> Scroll down to find “Manage Ransomeware Protection” and enable Controlled Folder Access. You can also choose folders that you want to protect.
9. Storage Sense
Except for allowing you to uninstall programs, you don’t have access to the app data. Don’t you think that automating the process of getting rid of worthless junk on your PC would be great?
Luckily, there is a feature which you can find by going to Settings –> System –> Storage –> Turn Storage Sense on. Enabling it will automatically delete the useless files from the temporary files folder, Recycle Bin, and fro, the Download Folder.
10. Disabling Startup Programs
Are you facing issues with the performance of your PC as soon as you switch it on? Disabling the startup programs might be because of the programs that run as soon as you switch on your PC.
To disable them click on Start –> Type Startup Apps –> and disable the ones that are not important to you. DO NOT disable system apps.
So, these are the top 10 Windows 10 tips and tricks you must know. Let us know if you want more articles like these in the comment section below.
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