101 Windows 10 Tips, Secret Tricks and Hacks

101 Windows 10 Tips, Secret Tricks and Hacks with methods and instructions.

101 Windows 10 Tips, Secret Tricks and Hacks

Neglecting the negative points, Windows 10 is no doubt an effective mixture of Windows 7 familiarity and Windows 8 functionality. Though it comes with a lot of pre-activated functions still you can trip down or customize certain settings to bring in more magic. Because sticking to and working with an operating system with the same pre-activated features makes it dull and boring. But, knowing secrets about anything makes it better to explore and work with. Just the same way, there are a lot of Windows 10 tips, secret tricks and hacks using which you can easily make your operating system a real superpower.

You can, for example, save your time off doing tricks or hacks or can even streamline your navigation around the system. But only a few users know how interesting it becomes when you turn your system into a customizable gadget. The figures are down because not everywhere you can find a complete list of those to make the actual difference. So here in this article, we are going to tell you almost all the Windows 10 tips, secret tricks and hacks with least hassle involved. So buckle up and enjoy the ride.

Windows 10 Tips, Secret Tricks and Hacks

Here are Windows 10 Tips, Secret Tricks and Hacks –

1. Night light

Windows 10 allows you to use Night light to save your eyes from the harmful emission of blue light. In addition you can schedule this feature to automatically enable after sunset.

  • Go to Settings => System => Night light settings => Turn on now => Adjust color temperature at night => Schedule.
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2. Opting Custom install instead of Express Install

While setting up Windows 10 on a PC, it is always asked if we desire a Custom install or a default Express installation. The default mode for the same is simple and normal. The custom Installation however, lets you install some additional privacy certificates/settings or modify the existing ones more than what default installation allows.

3. Action center

Only a few know this that Windows 10 includes a new action center. This action center tracks notifications from all over the system. So if you want to keep a detailed note about what is actually taking place in your system simply visit the Action center.

Go to the system tray and click the text bubble icon. The panel will come out from the right-hand side of your screen.

4. Remove Old files once you install Windows 10

Even after upgrading to higher Windows version, the old files continue to exist in the drive. You can simply delete them to free a considerable amount of space for the new files. For doing this, navigate to:

“Control panel => System and Security => Administrative Tools => Disk-clean-Up”

and toggle the box named “Previous Windows Installations” in the list.

That’s it, you have successfully assigned a new spot for the upcoming files.

See the details in – Windows 10 – 3 Ways to Fully Delete Windows.old Folder.

5. Sign Out from User tile menu

The User tile menu holds options like Shutdown and Restart. You can also sign in as another user to the same system using this power menu. Just right click the Start button and then on your name displayed at the top of the Start menu. This will open up a menu with the Sign-out option.

So using this you can easily sign out of Windows 10.

For detail, Follow Sign out, Lock Windows 10 through Start, Power User Menu.

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6. Monitor using Task Manager

There is an improved Task Manager present in Windows 10. This manager has a better layout and is a storehouse of useful and digestible information. The stats are represented in the form of graphs which look catchy. So use this Task Manager to monitor those excessive resources on your PC and to end unresponsive programs.

Get at an improved feature from here – How to Track GPU Performance in Windows 10 using Task Manager.

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7. Create a Local Account

If you have not an interest in a synchronized account with OneDrive, you can create an offline account in Windows 10. Go to Start => Accounts and select “Sign in with a different account instead” option. Fill in your Microsoft account details there and hit the sign in button to access the Windows version being a local user.

Guide in this concern – How to Configure OneDrive Files On-Demand in Windows 10.

Thus it can be included in Windows 10 tips, secret tricks and hacks.

8. Contact Support

The Contact Support App lets you detect errors and also resolves issues regarding faulty software installations and updates. To use this, simply go to Start and in the “All apps” menu, you’ll see this support app. The app will have answers to all the relevant questions and queries. You, therefore, can read those threads and fix technical issues on your system yourself.

9. Activate the Fingerprint Sensor to unlock PC

Windows 10 consists of a biometric feature also to ensure that security is maintained at its best. This means that you can easily unlock your Windows 10 computer using face detection or fingerprint identification technology. To do this,

Navigate to Start => Settings => Accounts => Sign in to check these biometric features/options. Change these options as per your requirements.

10. Customize Battery Saver

The battery saver ends all the unnecessary tasks running in the background. This enhances the system’s battery back-up. You can enable it from the Start menu as:

Start => Settings => System => Battery Saver. It automatically pops up once the charge goes down to 20%.

Get the full detail at – How to Optimize Battery Saver Settings in Windows 10 to get Utmost.

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11. Tweak Privacy Settings

Windows 10 also facilitates using general and some app-specific privacy options to enhance system’s accessibility towards shared resources (hardware). Using these options, you can take a measure that which app can access system’s hardware like cameras and microphones. Just go to “Start => Settings => Privacy” and then activate  to change or to grant access to some specific apps to use the system’s privacy options as their own.

See the ways in this guide – [How To] Change App Permissions On Windows 10.

12. Disable Wi-Fi sense in Windows 10

Wi-Fi sense has some security implications which make it not so much useful to stick to. So you can simply disable it permanently to avoid issues. Head to Start => Settings => Network & Internet => Wi-Fi and then Manage Wi-Fi Settings option.

Disable all the options and ask Windows 10 to forget every network you have ever signed to in your lifetime. This will disable the Wi-Fi sense and thus you can start fresh.

13. Make Windows 10 Touch-Friendly

If you have a touch-screen PC, you can enable Windows 10 touch-friendly continuum interface. Through this interface, you can use your PC more like a tablet. So no need to carry the entire weight as the screen is what you want to be with, to do anything.

Just go to Start > Settings > System > Tablet Mode. That’s it.

14. Snap keyboard Shortcuts

You can directly snap your Windows screen with the help of Keyboard shortcuts. Win (key) and Arrow keys are perfectly used to shift Windows to one of the four corners of your screens.

For instance: clicking Win key + left arrow and then Win key + up arrow station the Window in the top-left corner.

This way, keyboard shortcuts save time and efforts both.

Find total details in this article – Windows 10 Snap Assist, Vertical Snap, 2×2 Snapping – How to Apply.

15. Stream Media across the Network

You can even stream your favorite media across any network with Windows 10. Simply activating a feature can do this.

Straight away, navigate to the “Control panel => Network & Internet => Network and Sharing Center” and hit Change Advanced Sharing Settings.

Now go to the “All Network Section” and select the “Choose media streaming options” link to turn on media streaming/sharing facility.

Follow the methods for – How to Detect Wireless Display To Force Connect on Windows 10.

16. Enable Jump Lists – Windows 10 Tips

Sometimes you may need to access some important applications/programs faster than ever. Jump lists are formed for the same purpose. To enable these jump lists, simply go to:

Start menu => Settings app => Personalization => and then switch/enable the last option.

This will form jump lists in your Start menu as well as in the taskbar. Now, you can quickly switch the most used apps within real time.

Get the procedure from here – How to Show Jump Lists on Start and Taskbar in Windows 10.

17. Manage Notifications

Customizing the quick-action icons in the Notification center lets you manage all the necessary notifications without any hassle.

For this, navigate to Start => Settings => System  and ultimately, Notifications &Actions. 

Now, click any of the already available icons in the list to select a completely different icon from the drop-down menu.

This will give you the power to see those notifications only which you opt to.

You can get the procedures here – How to Selectively Disable App Notifications in Windows 10.

18. Shake the Title bar to Minimize

Windows 10 allows you easily minimize all the open windows excluding the one you are working at.

Simply press, hold and shake the title bar of the particular window that you require minimizing and that’s it. You can also restore all the minimized windows by repeating the same action.

19. Move Windows between Virtual desktops

In Windows 10, you can even move your windows between two virtual desktops. How?

  • Switch to the Task View first.
  • Now drag the Window from the current desktop to another desktop where you want to see it actually,

Or

  • If you keep just one desktop at the movement, drag the window to the “New Desktop” button to create another desktop location.
  • Now leave the window in this newly formed desktop.

Related Write up – How to Use Multi Desktop on Windows 10.

20. Virtual Desktops Windows 10 tips

Windows 10 has a feature to enable multiple desktops at once. To deactivate this:

  • Click the Task view button first.
  • Now click “New Desktop” button number of times equivalent to the no. of desktops you wish to have.

You can now use these desktops in either way you want.

21. Snap windows to the corner locations

Snap Assist feature in Windows 10 permits you shift your windows to varying corner locations. It also helps in snapping two windows side-by-side. Moreover, you can even make your window “quarter size of the screen” by dragging it to the corner.

22. Scrolling between Inactive windows

If you are working with multiple windows at the same time, Windows 10 provides you a facility to quickly switch between windows/tasks running in the background.

For this, simply go to the Settings app => Devices => Mouse & Trackpad. There, you’ll see an option called “Scroll inactive windows when I hover over them”.

Enable it and enjoy this feature through your mouse.

Iff you find a difficulty then follow How to Enable / Disable Scroll Inactive Windows on Windows 10.

23. Arrange Windows

You can even rearrange windows in Windows 10.

  • Simply right-click on the taskbar to launch 3 different positioning viz: “Cascade Windows”, “Show windows stacked” and “Show windows side by side”.
  • Choose anyone of them and click OK.

This will induce three different formats to how a window is displayed once you switch/ hover between them.

24. View Apps Across Desktops

The taskbar displays apps and windows from the current desktop only (by default).

To change this, go to Start => Settings => System => Multitasking => Virtual Desktops and select the “All desktops” option from the drop-down menu.

25. Get back Icons

You can easily access some of the key locations on your computer through the get-back icons. To do this, head to:

  •  Start => Settings => Personalization => Themes.
  • Now click the “Desktop icon settings” and select the list of icons which you want on the desktop.

You can See the guide for How to Add Desktop Icons to Windows 10 After Creators Update.

26. Peek at the Desktop

You can at anytime confirm what’s going on your desktop while doing other tasks. Simply, right click the button at the lower right-most end of the taskbar and choose the “Peek at desktop” option from there. Now if you hover the pointer over this icon, it’ll display you a quick preview of the current desktop. This will end once you move the cursor away.

  27. Label and group Windows tiles

The Start menu arrange tiles inside two groups which have their own default names. You can rename these tiles simply by clicking their labels. If you have already pinned your tiles, click the two parallel lines and rename the group/Windows tiles.

28. Uninstall Apps – Windows 10 Tips

You can easily uninstall any application/program from the Start menu itself.

Simply right-click the app (in the Start menu) and hit the “Uninstall” option from the list. This will remove the desired app from your PC.

Follow a guide in detail in this regard – How to Uninstall Software From Windows 10 After Creators Update.

29. Find Apps Faster

To quickly find an app among the alphabetically arranged list of programs, press the first letter (the first initial) of the app you are looking for and then scroll down to find your program on the list. This obviously save time and efforts.

Get detail in this article – How to Find Programs in All Apps list Easily on Start Menu Windows 10.

30. Resizing the Start Menu Windows 10 tips

You can simply resize your Start menu to create space for your customizations.

  • Simply place your cursor on the top or right border of the Start menu.
  • The pointer will change into an arrow using which you can easily increase or decrease the size of the Start menu.

Go to the instructions here – How to Change Color and Size of Start Menu on Windows 10.

31. Remove Tiles

If you don’t want to contain some or any of the tiles in your Start menu, you can simply remove them from the location. How?

  • Right-click each tile one after another and select “Unpin from start” option to remove them from the site.

Try this guide if you decide to remove the tile – Create Folder on Start menu and Place Multiple Tiles Windows 10.

32. Changing names and icons of the tiles

You can even change icons and names of tiles in Windows 10. To do this:

  • Right click any tile and select “open the file location” option from the list.
  • Press F2 to rename the shortcut.

OR,

  • To change its icon, straightforwardly right-click on the Shortcut, select properties and then click the “change icon” option.
  • Now assign the icon according to your choice and click OK.

33. Switch to the Start screen

If you want more items to pin to the Start menu, you can stretch it to fit the entire screen. Navigate to Start => Settings => Personalization => toggle the “use full-screen start when in the desktop” option to stretch it.

Follow the directions from here – How to Shift From Start Menu to Start Screen on Windows 10.

34. Pin settings programs to the Start Menu

To see programs and settings in the Start menu, right click it (the desired file/folder/shortcut) and select “Pin to Start” option from the list.

This will locate the item to the right side of the start menu which will then become easy to access.

Follow the instructions in details from here – How to Pin Settings App Categories to Start in Windows 10.

35. Turn off Tile updates

You can easily turn off updates taking place in the tiles and other distractions anytime. How? Simply,

  • Right-click these tiles (desired)
  • Select “Turn live tile off” option to switch off getting updates.

36. Operating Start using Keyboard

You can switch items in the start menu using the keyboard now. Just press the Windows key to open the menu. Now, use arrow keys to navigate or you can simply search by typing the name in the search box.

37. Choose folders to appear on Start

You can even list your personalized folders in the Start menu in Windows 10.

Simply go to Start menu => Settings app => Personalization and then click on the “Choose which folders appear on Start” option to select the folders.

Also, you can remove them anytime from the Start menu as well.

38. Hide the recently opened apps Windows 10 tips

To hide recently opened apps:

  • Go to Settings and then Personalization.
  • Click “show recently added apps” option to turn it off afterwards.

This will hide all your recently opened applications from the Start menu.

39 Colored Start

You can easily colorize your Start menu if the default looks boring to you. To select your own color go to:

  • Start => Settings => Personalization => Colors.
  • Now disable the “Automatically pick an accent color from my background” option.
  • At last, pick your own accent color from the palette to customize Start menu in your own way.

Follow specific instructions in detail – How to Choose a Custom Accent Color Using Settings App on Windows 10.

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40. Streamline the Start Menu

To stop start menu from showing the most used programs in the left-side pane:

  • Open Settings app (from Start menu) and head to Personalization. You’ll find an option named “Show most used apps”.
  • Click and turn it off to avoid being notified about the programs which you use frequently.

41. Prevent an App from showing the recently used list

You can also prevent certain apps from showing in the recently used app list without turning the feature off completely. To achieve this:

  • Right-click the app,
  • Click “Don’t show in this list” option from the menu.

This eliminates the unnecessary battery consumption and the load on the CPU.

42. Bring back the old battery display

To bring back the old traditional battery display to the taskbar, navigate to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \Software \Microsoft \Windows \CurrentVersion \ImmersiveShell key

in your registry editor. Go to the right pane and right click there. Now select NEW and then “DWORD 32 bit value” to create a DWORD entry. Name it UseWin32BatteryFlyout and set its value to 1.

That’s it; you can now see the old battery display in the taskbar.

Find the step by step guide from here – How to Restore Old Battery Flyout on windows 10.

43. Customize the Power user menu

To customize your power user menu navigate to the following path:

C:\Users\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\WinX

Here, you’ll find three folders containing entries for the Power user menu. You can reorganize them or simply remove them as per your choice. Customizing the Power user menu can even make your workflow smooth.

44. Bring in new Quick Access

This feature lets you quickly access recently used files, folders and applications. You can easily customize it from the View Tab in Explorer. Simply visit this View tab and you’ll find options to customize the Quick Access feature. Also, at the bottom of the General tab, you’ll find certain extra options to show or hide information.

So take advantage of this all new customizable Quick Access feature in Windows 10.

Head to the instructions for detail – How to Customize Quick Access in Windows 10 File Explorer.

45. Restoring the previous Volume Control UI

You can also bring back the vertical volume lever in the system tray after tweaking a few system settings. Simply go to the Registry Editor (Click Start and type “regedit”). Then navigate to the following path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\key

  • Now, right click in the adjacent right-pane to create a new key. Name it “MTCUVC”.
  • Also, create a new DWORD (32-bit value) named “EnableMtcUvc” and set it to 0. This will restore the Volume control UI.

46. Streamline the Navigation pane

To Expunge OneDrive link from File Explorer:

  • Get access at the Registry editor and navigate to the underneath key

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6}

  • Now search for an entry named “System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree” in the right pane.
  • Set its value  to 0.

This will remove that OneDrive link with ease.

47. Customize Effects

In a resource strapped machine, you can extract more performance out of your Windows 10 version by customizing effects in the same. How?

  • First, navigate to the following path:

Control Panel => System and Security => System.

  •  Then click “Advanced system settings”.

Here you’ll find the entire list of settings under the “Performance” section from where you can easily change effects and bring important changes into effect.

48. The Original Control Panel

The new Control panel is simpler to discover and operate than the previous one for settings. The latter, however, has not completely turned into a scrap and thus you can find it anytime to execute certain advanced options.

  • Press Windows key + X,
  • The “Power-User menu” will prompt a pop-up on your screen where you’ll view the classic settings panel.

You can, however, work with the new control panel if you wish to. There are no restrictions to that.

49. Remove Cortana’s search box

If you feel that Cortana takes a lot of space in the Taskbar, you can reduce its size to free some space. How?

  • Right Click on the unoccupied area of the taskbar and opt for “Cortana”.
  • Select “Hidden” to change it to a pop-up.

You can also retain Cortana as a standard icon by selecting “Show Cortana” option.

You can also take help of this write up – How to Turn off Cortana in Windows 10 PC.

50. Hide the Task view option in case you don’t use Virtual Desktops

If you don’t have interest in virtual desktops or use keyboard to chop and change among them, you can simply hide Task view option.

To do this:

  • Right-click the taskbar and deselect “Show task view button” option to execute the needful.

You can anytime revert this by simply selecting the “Show task view button” option.

Windows 10 tips, Secret tricks and hacks using Cortana

51. Use Cortana to Browse

Cortana can also be used to browse Internet in Windows 10. You can enable this in Microsoft Edge browser as follows:

  • Navigate to Settings => Advanced Settings => Privacy and Services.
  • Enable “Have Cortana Assist Me in Microsoft Edge” choice to activate Cortana support in web browsing things that you want.

This will save the typing time as you can simply command Cortana to execute anything or to search.

You can give an attempt a very interesting and useful guide – How to make Google search from Windows 10 Taskbar.

52. Send Email Using Cortana

You can even use Cortana to send email without using fingers to type or to send. How?

  • Say “Send an email to (Name)” followed by the message.
  • The Cortana will fetch Recipient’s name from the People app and will type the message using the words you speak.
  • If you don’t need any changes, say “Send”.

This will send your emails in no time.

One more cool trick in this concern – How to Send Email Via Sticky Notes in Windows 10.

53. Sharing preferences with Cortana

Tell Cortana your preferences and it will recommend the best thing for you. To enable this,

  • Open Cortana’s Notebook and go to Eat & Drink section.
  • Define your price range and the item you wish to be on your preference list.
  • Also, decide other sections as well.

Cortana would record all this and would recommend you things that you like from time to time.

Follow a guide in respect to this How to Share An App From Start Menu on Windows 10.

54. Natural language of Cortana

You can also use Cortana’s natural language recognition ability to perform complex tasks.

For example, ask Cortana to find documents from August and it will list all the documents that were received or sent in the month of August.

See how super-cool this automated technology can be.

Step by step instructions – How to Enable and Disable Cortana Speech Services on Windows 10.

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 tips, secret  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 Windows 10 tips

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 tips, Secret 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:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

  • 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.

68. Use Maps Offline

You just need to download an offline version of the map and that’s it. Now, in Windows 10, you can even extract benefits from offline maps facility.

  • Simply jump to Start => Settings => Apps => Offline Maps
  • Click Download Maps”.

Now you can search any geographical location without wasting any time and money to get a data pack first.

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69. To specify Keyboard shortcuts for any application

Now open apps quickly using certain keyboard shortcuts.

To do this:

  • Execute a Right click on the app’s icon and select Properties => Shortcut.
  • Now click the box named “Shortcut key” and press any key on your keyboard to specify it for the app.
  • Click Apply and then OK. 

Now you don’t need to go to the app using mouse or double click it. Simply press the shortcut keys and this will launch the app automatically.

70. Modify apps notifications

Unnecessary app notifications sometimes suppress the major ones and thus it does nothing well at last. So you can easily disallow notifications from useless apps so as to focus on the important ones only.  Go to Start => Notifications & action. You’ll see the entire list of apps that send in notifications to the system tray.

Deselect the apps which you don’t want to send in the notifications and click OK.

71. Saving apps to external drives

You can also install your Windows 10 apps to other external drives after following a simple procedure. Simply go to Start > Settings > System > Storage. Now change the “New apps will save to” option to change the destination drive to the external drive you want.

72. Changing the Default App associations

You can also change the default app associations in Windows 10 very simply. To do this:

  • Right-click a file and select “Open with” from the list on the contextual menu.
  • Now click “Choose another app” option to specify any other program to open that file/ application.
  • The selected program will get permanently defined for the app and thus you can at any time change that option to anything else.

So it’s also one of the Windows 10 tips, secret tricks and hacks.

73. Checking available storage space

To check which files are occupying the maximum space on your system and which files least:

  • Go to Start => Settings => System => Storage, and
  • Click the drive to check how much space it’s been taking.
  • This will also show you a detailed view about which file in a drive is using how much of the total drive memory.

74. Toggle the Swipe Menu

Apps usually take full screen format in the tablet mode. So to switch to the other apps or Windows commands, simply swipe the finger down from the top of the screen and you’ll see a menu with all the control commands in it. This looks more like a notification window as in Androids and other OS.

You, therefore, can switch these commands on or off as required.

Windows 10 tips, secret tricks and hacks for Productivity

75. Creating a system image

You can store your System backup image easily to the desired drive anytime in Windows 10.  For this:

  • To create a Recovery Disk in Windows 10,Go to Start => Settings and type “File” in the search box.
  • Press Enter to open the “File History” tool.
  •  Click on “System Image Backup” option and select the destination drive to store the backup image at.

76. To create a Recovery Disk

To create a Recovery Disk drive in Windows 10,

  • Plug in a USB drive and go to Start => Settings
  • Now search by typing “recovery” in the “Find a setting” box.
  • Select “Create a recovery drive” option to launch a wizard for wiping up the connected USB drive.

This will transform the drive into a recovery drive.

77. To obtain a Battery Report

To get a timely battery consumption report, open the Command prompt (type cmd in search and hit Enter). Now type in the following command:

Powercfg-energy-output C:\report.html

Press Enter. This will analyze the overall battery consumption and will show you a report on what has been taking how much of the battery power for successful operation.

78. Re Edit and Share pictures

Use the inbuilt photos app to fix the maximum of the errors related to pictures and all. You can also straighten, sharpen or add effects to the images or can even apply filters to them. Photos app is also utilized to share images with friends and family on social media or any other platform.

79. Recording an on-screen video Windows 10 tips

Use Windows 10 Game DVR function to record video of anything running on your screen. How?

  • Simply press Windows key + G to launch the game bar containing a record button over it.
  • Press the record button and all the onscreen events will be captured by this tool.
  • The recorded videos are saved under Video => Capture folder.

Recording takes a lot of battery and thus might make the system slow also.

80. To enable features in the Command Prompt

The new Windows 10 Command prompt accepts you apply Ctrl + C or Ctrl + V to copy and paste commands into the command prompt. To activate this:

  • Open the Command prompt,
  • Right click the title bar,
  • Go to the “Edit Options” and enable the feature from there.

81. Transfer photos from your phones

You can even transfer photos from your smartphone to the PC within a few clicks.

  • Just plug in your phone to the system using a regular USB cable.

This will pop up a small window on your screen and would ask you for a certain action. 

  • Click “Import photos and videos into the Photos app” option to transfer all the photos from phone to the system running Windows 10.

82. Distraction free view in Edge

You can now read web pages in Edge without any distraction. You can also switch between these web pages by:

  • Pressing Ctrl + Shift + R (through keyboard),

Or

  • Clicking the reading View icon from the screen.

Note: To configure this view, go to the Settings and move to the Reading section. Make changes as required.

83. Mount ISO images

You can also mount ISO images in Windows 10. How?

  • without any late right click on any ISO image file and click “Mount”.

These are mounted as vertical discs which you can access anytime from the File Explorer.

84. Mail gestures

You can enable gestures for doing various tasks in Windows 10.

  • Simply click on the Settings (App’s) and go to its “Options” section.
  • Enable the Swipe and gesture actions from there.
  • Define the gestures yourself from the menu and click OK.

85. Power User Menu Windows 10 tips

You can easily find Power user options in the Start menu by clicking Windows key + X shortcut. This is quite easy as now the Start Menu doesn’t have Control panel but it has Power user menu from Windows 8

86. Saving as PDF

You can save documents as PDF without needing any third-party installations. Both modern and traditional apps now serve this facility. They have this feature in their standard printing options.

87. To manage contacts

Windows 10 lets you save contacts along with their Gmail addresses and other details. Using this, you can have a map view of the address you fed into People App of this OS. Also, you can even compose an email to the contact without looking for their Gmail ID in person.

Advanced Windows 10 tips, secret tricks and hacks

88. Enabling the Administrator account

Windows 10 keeps confidential the built-in administrator account from its users. To see it,

  • launch the command prompt using administrator privilege and type the following piece command:

Net user administrator/ active: yes

  • Press Enter.
  • Now shut the command prompt and you’ll see the newly added “Administrator account” on the login screen.

89. Modify the Windows Update Policy

Get access to Registry Editor with the help of below link and expand the keys in sequence –

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows

  • Create a new key (right-click and choose NEW => Key) in the respective right-pane and provide a name it as “WindowsUpdate”.
  • Now create another key named “AU”.
  • In this, create a new DWORD named “AUOptions” and set its value to 2.
  • Now, go to the Windows Update and click “Check for Updates” to apply all the changes.

90. Improved Registry Editor

Windows 10 has brought to you an improved Registry Editor that lets you switch between power user apps with ease. You can switch between same entries under

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and HKEY_CURRENT_USER hive using a special entry (contextual).

91. To disable data collection

You can also prevent your computer from communicating with specialized programs like Microsoft HQ. How?

  • Simply go to the search box and type “Services” to open the Service Management Console.
  • There in the panel, you’ll find services named “Diagnostics tracking Service” and “dmwappushsvc”. Disable both of these to disable the overall data collection.
  • Disable both of these to disable the overall data collection.

92. By-pass the sign-in screen in Windows 10: Also a HACK

You can speed up the boot and can also get rid of login screen to use the computer. To do this,

  • Simply type “netplwiz” in the search and press Enter to open the User Accounts window.
  • Go to the user tab and deselect the option like “Users must enter a username and password to use this computer”.

93. Display-per-monitor

You can configure different DPI scaling ratios in case you have multiple PC’s attached to your system. Right click on the desktop, open Display Settings and configure each display yourself manually.

94. The God Mode

It keeps an account of all the Control panel Commands. Create a folder named GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E825C-99712043E01C} at your desktop. Once made, the folder will name itself to God Mode and will change itself to a Control panel icon.

95. To use Maximum CPU power

To extract maximum power out of your PC:

  • Go to the Control panel > Hardware and sound > Power options.
  • Click “Change advanced power settings” afterwards “Processor power management” option.
  • Now, head on to the option named “Minimum Processor state” and change it to 100%.

So it is also one of the Windows 10 tips, secret tricks and hacks.

96. Avoid automatic updates

To avoid system’s automatic updating problems:

  • Navigate to “Start menu => Settings => Updates and Security => Windows Update => Advanced Options” by clicking the option one after another.
  • In the “Choose how updates are installed” section, select “Notify to schedule restart” Option.

Now the system will notify you before a reboot or be regarding automatic installations.

97. To reschedule restarts – Windows 10 tips

You can even ask Windows 10 to wait for applying any necessary updates. This is called postponing or rescheduling. Go to Start > Settings > Updates & Security. In the case of any pending update, reschedule your reboot by selecting “Select a restart time” option and specifying the time.

98. Make metered connections

In case you are connected to your Mobile hotspot, you can set metered connections to restrict or set a limit to the data usage. How?

  • Just go to Notifications => All Settings => Network & Internet => Wi-Fi > Advanced Options.
  • There you’ll see a section named “Metered Connection”
  • Enable the “Set as metered connection” option.
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99. Slide down desktop to shut down

To shutdown your system via sliding,

  • Go to Windows > System32, and
  •  double click slideshutdown.exe program.

This will start a slide screen to half of your screens sliding down which will shut down your computer.

100. Updates from other locations

You can also download updates from other computers using Windows 10. This takes place due to the “peer-to-peer” technology. To activate this:

  • Head towards “Settings => Update & Recovery => Windows Update => Advanced Options => Choose how to download Updates” consequently.

101. Change Synchronize settings

To change synchronization settings in Windows 10:

  • Move forward to Start => Settings => Accounts => Sync your settings.
  • Now disable settings which you don’t want to synchronize.

Final Words for Windows 10 tips, secret tricks and hacks

So this was all about Windows 10 tips, secret tricks, and hacks. Hope you guys enjoyed this article. These tips and tricks are sometimes the hacks also. So you can use any of these methods to make your Windows 10 an amazing super power to work with. Stay tuned for more

   
 
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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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