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7 Windows 10 hacks and features that will make your life easy

Windows 10

Windows 10 has been here a while now and yes, it brought with it a ton of new features that make it cooler than its predecessors.

Some features are hard to miss including the long-awaited Cortana a voice assistant app that you can use to save your location for better directions and traffic information, set reminders and have fun with voice commands. The new Microsoft Edge a cool browser on which we can finally change the default search engine Bing to another is one of the notable windows 10 hacks. It also incorporates the use of Cortana on the search bar, markup WebPages and takes notes.

For minimal destruction, you may use reader mode. Edge also has the ability to share links and even pin websites to start menu.  Start menu is customizable in that you can resize it, remove and resize tiles aside from the usual abilities to pin items, access apps, reboot and shut down options that are also available in Windows 7.

The above are the obvious ones but there are some features not known to many yet they can be awesome windows 10 hacks for your use and navigation on the newest Operating system to ensure you run Windows 10 smoothly.

  1. Shake

Shake feature comes in handy if you have so many windows displayed that are distractive. You just hold the top of the window you want and somehow “shake” it with your mouse. This will cause all other opened windows to minimize and lay on the taskbar. Shake is reversed by shaking the window again and all other windows come back.

Just so you know shake is also found Windows 7 only that most people don’t know about it.

  1. Shortcuts

The use of keyboard shortcuts including pressing windows key +C which launches Cortana already in a listening mode meaning you just speak your commands. Windows key + X will open a list of power features on the machine like the disk management tool. Windows key + D will show you your desktop with all its contents and windows key + I will open your PC’s settings. To add on the shortcuts, holding down the Alt + and tap the Tab will show you all apps that are running on windows and you can actually choose which one you want to use. Let go of the Alt key and what you have at the front of your screen is the highlighted app you wanted to use.  Alternatively, you can access the applications via the windows key + task.

  1. Quick toggles

There are so many toggles on Windows 10 that give you easy access to common functions. You can access the quick action menu by clicking the action center icon; customize the quick actions menu from the settings entry on the start menu.

The snap assist feature easily maximizes windows as it snaps windows to a corner or split the screen to allow the view of more windows at the same time.

  1. Virtual desktops

For multi-tasking, you can create virtual desktops and access them interchangeably.

Create a new desktop by first clicking on the task bar which will separate all open windows. Drag any of the windows to the bottom-right of your screen to a button indicated “New Desktop”. This will create a new virtual desktop. With the ability to create virtual desktops, you can separate all your work. Some can be personal, work or social placed in different virtual desktops.  The new desktops are represented on the task menu.

How to toggle between the virtual desktops , windows key+ Ctrl + right /left arrows to choose the desktop you want to access.

To remove them, go to task view and delete. The virtual desktop will be deleted but not the apps running on it as they will be sent to the next lower desktop there by offering better control of your desktop.

  1. God Mode

God mode is a power feature also known as the Windows Master Control Panel Shortcut. With this you get access to buried features inside windows setting. Some features include storage spaces, cursor blink rate and how Windows allows apps through the firewall to trouble shooting tools.

To get to God Mode, right click on the desktop and create a new folder, then rename the folder with a specified code GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

The code creates an icon on the control panel labeled God Mode and from that, you can have access to hundreds of features in windows.

  1. Enable slide to shutdown

This is similar to how most android phones shut down but on desk top, it can be a bit complicated though doable.

To create the slide, right click on desktop, create a new shortcut. A pop up window will emerge and you will need to paste a specific code: %Windir%\Syatems32\SlideToShutDown.exe

A clickable icon is created on your desktop. Double click on that icon and it prompts a pull down shade, drag the shade down to the bottom of your screen and it will shut down your machine.

The task manager has also been enhanced in that when you click on the processes tab , then CPU you will see how much CPU is used by applications and the startup tab allows you to turn off apps that slows down your Pc.

The App history tab is a cool feature in windows 10 that lets you know how much your application are consuming and using in terms of CPU time and data.

  1. Windows feedback

Well, as other businesses want to know how their product fairs on for the user so does Microsoft.  Windows 10 comes with a windows feedback application that allows users to tell Microsoft what they think about the features on the operating systems , how it operates, if facing any problems just by up-votes and the information reaches Microsoft directly.

This is a good sign as Microsoft is lowering down to customer needs something we all thought would never happen.

Noting the above exciting features, it fair to state that Windows 10 is designed to offer the most for its users and we hope Microsoft will offer more.

For more Windows 10 tips and tricks, check out How to reset your Windows 10 admin account if the password is lostWindows 10 finally gets a screenshot tool that is actually usefulWindows 10 finally gets a screenshot tool that is actually useful, and How to reset your Microsoft Edge browser in Windows 10

Chris has been blogging since the early days of the internet. He primarily focuses on topics related to tech, business, marketing, and pretty much anything else that revolves around tech. When he's not writing, you can find him noodling around on a guitar or cooking up a mean storm for friends and family.

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