Look at the most useful Windows 10 Tips and Tricks for a quick start:
Windows 10 is already full with handy new features and functionality, along with new tweaks and tricks. Let’s take a look at the handful of those tricks and unlock powerful hidden functionality to everyday users. These are the most useful Windows 10 tweaks, tricks, and tips to get a quick start.
1) Let Cortana respond when you say ‘Hey Cortana’
Cortana finally made space for the PC with Windows 10 but by default, she doesn’t listen to your instructions. Open Cortana by clicking the search area in the taskbar and select the three-lined options menu in the upper-left box. Select Settings from the tilt, and so just enable the “Let Cortana respond when you say ‘Hey Cortana’” option. You’ll require an active microphone for this to go to throw commands at your PC. Remember Cortana’s efficiency is directly linked to how much she knows about you.
2) Touch-friendly Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps
For the most windows lovers Touch-friendly Office apps are finally nearing conclusion, in the form of universal apps for Windows 10 devices of whatever size and shape. The serious word is Microsoft has released beta previews of the touch-friendly MS Word, MS Excel, and MS PowerPoint apps for Windows 10 testers to use at no cost.
3) New powerful command line tools
Today you can enjoy Windows 10 command line tool with new features, including the ability to copy and paste within the command prompt with Crtl + C and Crtl + V. To enable this feature open the command prompt, right-click its title bar, then choose Properties.
4) Easy to schedule your computer restarts
This is a magnificent advancement in the new windows 10. If you’ve got pending updates that involve you to reboot the PC, Windows 10 will allow you to schedule a specific time for it to act so. At last! To enable this feature, click and open the settings option in the Start menu, then head to Updates and Recovery > Windows Update. If you have any update pending, you’ll see the screen at the left, which lets you schedule your reboot after you select the “Select a restart time” radio button.
5) New and fresh keyboard shortcuts to save time.
Windows 10 packs a fistful of fresh and latest handy keyboard shortcuts, all included in the revamped operating system.
- Snapping window: Windows key + Left or Right – the new Snap view mode that pins apps to the four quarters of the screen.
- Switch to recent window: ALT + Tab –Hold shows new Task View window view, let go and switches to app.
- Task view: Windows + Tab – New Task view opens up and stays clear.
- Create new virtual desktop: Windows key + Ctrl + D
- Close current virtual desktop: Windows key + Ctrl + F4
- Switch virtual desktop : Windows key + Ctrl + Left or Right
6) The return of Solitaire
For all the game lovers the new windows 10 Solitaire is not in the Start menu, and its old Start > Programs> Accessories > Games stomping grounds aren’t found if you hunt. You can detect that in All Apps, or just search for Solitaire. It will pop right up with Microsoft Solitaire Collection Preview.
7) Move open windows between virtual desktops
Virtual desktops are must nowadays for multitasking and the added new windows 10 feature can easily let user segregate open apps into discrete areas.
Switching between open virtual desktops is easy enough using Task View (the button that seems like two panels, one over the other, in the taskbar) or Windows key + Tab, while at + Tab jumps you between open apps across all backgrounds. There’s also a path to actually change an open app from one virtual desktop to another if you’d wish to shuffle things round.
First, head to the virtual desktop housing the app you’d like to move to another virtual desktop, then open the Task View interface. Just click-and-hold on the app you’d like to move, then drag it to the desired virtual desktop at the bottom of the screen. You can also drag it to the “+New Desktop” option in the lower-right corner to create a new virtual desktop for the app.
8) Chameleon – Show color
Windows 10 provides you more granular control over the coloration of your taskbar, Start menu, and search field.
Open the Start menu and head to Settings > Personalization > colours to start tweaking things. The “Automatically pick a colour from my background” option does what it takes, then uses that color of the Cortana/search field and underneath the icons of open apps. “Show colour on taskbar and Start menu” also does only that, while disabling “Make Start menu transparent”—which is enabled by default—removes the subtle see-through effect in favour of a full-blown opaque background for both the Start menu and the taskbar.
9) Enable Tablet Mode
Windows 10’s Continuum, which dynamically changes over from the traditional desktop to a more Metro-like interface when you’re applying a touch screen, is supposed to kick into action when you connect or disconnect a keyboard from your Windows hybrid or tablet. Yet, what if you’re employing a standard PC and just plain love full-screen apps and the Live-Tile-strewn Start screen, quite than the Start menu?
Now it’s easy to activate tablet mode. Please open up Windows 10’s new Action Center—the small icon that looks like a comic-book word and click the Tablet Mode button. Everything will be taken away from your desktop, save for spaced-out icons for the Start button, Cortana, and Task View. (Want your open and pinned apps to stay in the taskbar? The option’s found in Tablet Mode settings, which we cover later.) Immediately press the Start button to bask in the full-screen apps and Start screen, since that’s obviously your thing.
10) At start up automatically boot into Tablet Mode
But actually, you probably don’t want to do that if you’re utilizing a PC. Our next trick covers a more dependable option for mouse jockeys who love the full screen Start menu. If you’re shaking a Windows tablet with a screen size under 10 inches, booting into Tablet Mode is the default selection.
11) Full Screen Start menu
If you like the look of the full-screen Start menu, but even rock a mouse and want to stick to windowed Metro apps, fear not: You can have your cake and eat it as well. Just open the Start menu, then tick the “Expand Start” button in the upper-right corner to have it mimic the Windows 8 Start screen (and the picture in the previous slide) every time you click the Start button. The respite of the desktop continues to act normally. You can as well resize the Start menu by clicking-and-dragging its top and rightmost edges.
12) Customize your Start menu
Please don’t forget to create the Start menu your own. If you appreciate the blend of the traditional interface with the Live Tiles, note that you can right-click on any tile and select Resize to alter the tile’s dimensions—just like on the Windows 8 Start screen.
13) Make Mail your own
Windows 10 has built with powerful Mail and Calendar apps, and they rock compared to Windows 8’s dull offerings. They’re lightning fast, more full-featured, and infinitely more mouse-friendly than in front. Even better, the new Mail adds customization options that let you put a personal signature on the app. Not entirely can you change the image in the preview pane with the image of your choice, but you can also configure how Mail behaves when you execute one of its new swipe gestures on a message. To set about tinkering, click the cog icon in the lower-left corner of the app, then select Options. You will discover all the gesture options in the Quick Actions portion.
14) Get rid of the old stuff
When you upgrade to Windows 10 over an existing Windows 7 or 8 installation, it keeps a copy of your previous operating system around in a folder dubbed Windows. Old just case you need to return back to whatever understanding. If you know you’re never going back you can delete that folder to reclaim the lost gigabytes—but it’s not as simple as right-clicking on it and selecting Delete.
Look for “Free up disk space by erasing unneeded files”. Click the shortcut, select your main hard drive (if you have multiple installed), and in the window that appears, click “Clean up system files.” After Windows thinks for a second, check the “Previous Windows installations” box in the list, then click OK and confirm you want to edit the files.
15) Superfast desktop experience for fast Lives
Desire to view the latest and greatest Windows 10 updates as soon as they’re ready? You’ll ask to join Microsoft’s “Fast Ring,” which supplies exactly that. The Windows 10 Technical Preview also includes a Slow Ring for folks who desire to give the OS a rotation, but only after others have already squashed the major bugs out of bleeding-edge updates.
To pick your path, head to Settings > Update & Recovery > Windows Update > Advanced Options and choose either “Fast” or “Slow” from the drop-down menu underneath “Choose how preview builds are installed.”
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