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Windows 10 Features and Cool Tricks You Must Know

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Windows Features & Tricks You Must Know

In this post, we are going to discuss some of the cool Windows 10 features that would make you love your computer more and more. Microsoft Windows is, undoubtedly, the most versatile and widely used computer operating system. This Operating System was introduced back in 1985 as a graphical operating system shell for MS-DOS because of the growth of interest in Graphical User Interface. 

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Very soon, It started dominating the world’s computer market with over 90% market share. Microsoft is upgrading their operating system from time to time according to user’s demand and modern features. That is why it is still the most popular Computer Operating system even after much growth in Android OS and macOS. 

About Windows 10 Features

Windows 10 is the latest major upgrade to Microsoft’s operating system library. Microsoft has marked a turning point after it’s launch. It combines some amazing features and security of Windows 8, and user friendly environment of Windows 7. But, still many users find Windows 10 a bit difficult for them to understand and use all of the features. Today, I am going to tell you about some of the best and hidden features of Windows 10 that you are not aware about. Let’s start with the following Windows tips:

Game Mode:

Being a gamer, this is my favourite feature of this operating system. This operating system includes a game mode which let you boost performance while gameplay. It reallocates system resources towards your game whatever you’re playing. There is a gaming panel introduced in settings so that you can quickly control Game DVR and Game Bar. You can even broadcast your game to your audience with sub-second latency using the beam.

Press Windows+G to quickly open Game Bar if you are in the middle of a game.

Access GodMode:

Yes, you are right, you can set up and access GodMode in your computer. GodMode will bring up a special menu that puts a lot of settings together in one place. To set up GodMode go to the root directory (i.e., windows folder) and create a new folder. Rename the folder to “GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}”. Just copy the text in “” and paste it on the folder name. It will create a special icon and when you click on that icon, it will open a beautiful advanced control panel.

Your Privacy in Your Hand:

Microsoft has finally upgraded it’s privacy settings in Windows 10’s latest Creator Update. You can now check what information does Microsoft collect from users. You can modify your privacy settings according to your usage. Windows 10 was free for Windows 7 and 8 users, but Mircosoft’s Creator update is not a free product.

Tip: while installing windows 10 choose custom install instead of express install so that you can modify privacy settings easily.

Pause Updates for Up to 35 Days

Yes, that is true. With Windows 10 new update, you can pause your Windows updates for up to 35 days. That means no unwanted updates when you are working on something important. You choose your own time for updates. 

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This is one of the best Windows 10 features that I have come so far. Try this on your computer by heading to the updates and security settings on your computer settings app. 

Metered Connection: Top Windows 10 Features for Internet Usage

With Windows 10 you can set up your current internet connection to be metered. With metered connection, your computer would not use the internet for background activities such as Updates, Uploads on One Drive. 

This Windows 10 feature gives you more control over your internet usage. 

Clean up your PC with clean Installs: 

You can clean install your copy of windows if you are facing some issues in your computer. Go to Settings> Updates and Recovery> Recovery > You will see a new option of clean install under more recovery options. Click on “Learn how to start fresh with a clean installation of Windows”. By clicking on the link you will reach to an online help page which will allow you to perform a clean install by downloading a clean tool.

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Manage Multiple Apps Easily With Task View:

This is one of the best things about this OS. Using multiple apps and virtual desktops are more convenient now. Mac OS X and Linux users had these options from a long time but still, it’s a great add on for Windows users. You can access and manage your virtual desktops by clicking Task-View icon right next to the search box on the taskbar. After clicking on Task view you will see all your opened apps. You can even separately open the new app by dragging it to a new desktop option on the right bottom corner.

Press Windows+Tab to quickly access task view.

Stylish and Colorful Desktop:

You can personalize your desktop more easily and more thoroughly than before. Windows 10 provides you with a lot of colour options to choose from. Go to Settings> Personalization > Colors> Now choose show color on taskbar and Start Menu. You can also set an auto color according to your desktop background. There is a lot more in the personalization settings including Dark theme, or removing the Star menu’s translucent option.

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Save as PDF: 

If your printer is currently not available then you can save your document to PDF without using any external software. Earlier we need to use third-party software to save in PDF format but now we can easily save without using any external software.

Manage Your Time with Scheduling Updates: 

Microsoft may push out an update for your OS any time. You may be in the middle of some important work when your computer starts taking updates. You can now easily schedule updates for a specific time. To enable this, Go to Settings> Updates and Recovery> Windows Update. You can even set up this feature for any future update by selecting show more notifications.

Windows 10 Features to Customize Start Menu:

The best improvement which has come over the years in Windows is the Start Menu. Windows 8.1 gave the relief which is just explainable. Now, Windows 10 has improved the start menu by mixing Win 7 and Win 8. You can customize the start menu according to you. You can resize the tiles, unpin them or uninstall them completely.

Tip: If you want Win 7 look back then unpin all Microsoft tiles in the right sidebar and you will get start menu look like as of Win 7.

Tweaking Command Prompt for More Windows 10 Features:

There is a lot of customization options that have come in the command prompt. Many of the features of Command Prompt in Windows 10 include similar to Win 7 and 8. But, the best thing I noticed is customizing your background. You can even put a transparent background in command prompt (I love it most).

Powerful Battery Saver:

Windows 10 is too smart than the previous version of Windows. If you are on a laptop and your battery is running low, this smart Operating System will throttle back background services and other pieces of stuff so that you can use the last bit of battery life. Battery saver is by default ON in Win-10 but if you want to enable battery saver manually, go to Settings> System > Battery Saver.

Scrolling in Background:

Sometime when you are using your mouse or touchpad, you may have noticed that you are not able to scroll when you hover your mouse on a window. It is because the window wasn’t active. To turn this feature ON go to, Settings> Devices> Mouse and Touchpad.

Cloud Storage with OneDrive:

Free cloud storage is love these days. Everyone wants to backup their personal data and important files on the cloud. Microsoft makes it easier with Windows 10 by integrating OneDrive. You can store your files and folders on OneDrive on any of mobile devices iOS or Android.

Set OneDrive to let you access any file on your PC remotely.

Setup Cortana the way you want: Windows 10 Tips

If you have a laptop or a desktop with Microphone then you must use Cortana, your virtual assistant from Microsoft. Click on the search field and select notebook icon on left. Click on settings and “let Cortana respond to “Hey Cortana.” By this, you will be setting up Cortana to listen up your commands.

Setup Firefox as your default browser or install Chrometana extension in Google Chrome to remove bing out of Cortana’s mind.

Access Control Panel: 

Windows 10 has upgrade settings panel and it looks more beautiful and great. But, at a time we need our old Control Panel to access some of the deep settings. You can easily access the Control Panel by following ways:

  • Right Click on Start Button and Click on Control Panel on PopUp (You will find even more options along with Control Panel)
  • Type Control Panel in search box
  • Open Run (Windows+R) and type Control

Get Rid of Notifications: 

In Windows 10, one thing can disturb you anytime and that it, notifications. There are a number of them and many are just Unnecessary. You can turn all of them off by going to, Start> Settings> System> Notifications and actions> Turn off windows tips and specific app notifications.

These were some of the features and windows tips and tricks. I will be adding more very soon. If you have any suggestion or other features that I missed, comment down here. Don’t forget to share this with your friends and let them aware of all.

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