101 Windows 10 Secret Tips, Tricks and Hacks

55. Make Cortana Completely Yours

You can even define Cortana to listen to you only. Go to the Cortana’s Notebook and press the “learn my Voice” button. Speak the displayed phrases to teach Cortana how you sound. This will make it familiar with your voice and thus it’ll listen to your voice command only.


56. Make Cortana efficient to respond to voice commands

Obviously, manual work is always tiring. But Windows 10 has such an amazing automated voice recognition feature/technology named “Cortana” that you can easily switch to hand-free operations. How?

  • Click on the search bar (Cortana), Select Notebook => Settings and finally Enable “Let Cortana respond to Hey Cortana” option.

This will activate Cortana to listen to the Voice commands and take action accordingly.

Windows 10 secret tips, tricks and hacks for Files and Folders

57. Change the location of Downloads folder of Microsoft Edge

You can easily modify the Downloads folder of Microsoft edge to download items to the place of your choice.

  • Move to Settings and more => Settings => View Advanced Settings => Downloads => Change.
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58. Restart Explorer

To quickly apply change which requires a system restart otherwise:

  • Right-click the Taskbar to launch Task manager after that Click “More Details” option and jump to the Processes tab.
  • Now search for an entry named “Windows Explorer” Right click on it and choose Restart.

This will apply all the changes at once. So you’ll have an improved interface and functionality the next time you visit your Operating system.

Simply follow this guide and learn detail instructions – How to Restart File Explorer Using Task Manager in Windows 10.

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59. Accessing past revisions to the file

You can easily find out if any file saved by either Windows system restore points or File History is subjected to any past revisions or not. For this:

  • Set the File History preference first,
  • Right-click on any file and select Properties,
  • Now open the “Previous Version” tab to see all the previous versions and the past revision history related to that particular file.

60. Automatic Back up files

To backup your system files and other important data, go to:

  • Start => Settings => Update & Security= > Backup.
  • Now click “Add a drive” and select the connected drive (do it first and then follow).
  • Enable the option under File History to automatically back up all the relevant data to the external drive.

61. Access Files Remotely

OneDrive is the tool through which you can reach any file/media from another computer/account being at your own place. How?

  • Navigate to One Drive’s Settings tab and check the option named “Let me use OneDrive to fetch any of my files on this PC”.
  • Click OK.

Now you’ll be able to access all your files stored in OneDrive.

62. Change the default view

File explorer always appears in its default view and format. This makes it boring sometimes as its interface fails to match Windows 10’s awesome design and functionality. Thus, to change its default view:

  • Click on the View tab => Options, and 
  • Change the “Open File Explorer to” setting to “this PC” from the drop-down list.

This will move File Explorer straight to your PC view and thus you can have more aesthetic feel than that same boring default appearance.

63. Pin and rearranging Folders

You can pin files and folders to the navigation panel to keep a close eye on them. Also, to rearrange them:

  • Drag the selected folder to place it above or below the rest of the listed folders.

This is easy and thus can also be reverted back doing exactly the opposite.

64. Synchrone folders with OneDrive

You can easily synchronize your files and folders to move with the flow of OneDrive. This means that after synchronization, you can view those files and folders on any system. Follow these steps to do this:

  • Right click the OneDrive icon in the notification area and select Settings.
  • Go to the “Choose Folders” tab and select the folders you want to synchronize.

These folders will now be available locally.

See steps in this article – Windows 10 – How to Customize Sync Settings with OneDrive.

Windows 10 secret tips, tricks and hacks for Apps

65. Run app as an administrator

If you want that your apps should give you more privileges and freedom, right click that app and select “Run as Administrator” option. This facility is however available only for the regular apps and not the Modern apps. So take advantage of this feature if you have any regular app installed.

66. Installing Windows apps from unknown sources

Copying Android OS, Windows 10 also permits you install apps from unknown sources. Previously, Windows store used to be the only option. To enable/ activate this:

  • Go to Start => Settings => Update & Security => For Developers, and
  • Click the “Side load” option from the list.

This will permit the OS to exchange applications from sites other than the Windows official store.

67. Speed up the app launches

Apps usually take a lot of time to set themselves up in Windows. But now, you can easily disengage the “Artificial app startup delay” using the Registry editor. How?

  • Launch the editor and navigate to:


  • Go to the right pane and right-click there.
  • Select New => Key (from the contextual menu) and name it “Serialize”.
  • Under this, make a new DWORD entry titled “StartupDelayInMSec”.
  • Double click this newly formed entry and set its value to 0.

That’s it, enjoy speedy app installations now.


About Sunita
Love to play with Windows 10. Suggestion - Going for Registry change or system files edit then remember to take a backup or create a restore point before Starting.

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