Windows 10 has a lot of hidden features that make using it a little easier. Take the “Continuum” setting, for example. When enabled in Settings, it allows you to switch between tablet mode and desktop mode at will. Another great feature is called “Night Light”, and it automatically adjusts your screen’s color temperature to reduce eye strain at night time (perfect for those who often use their computers late). And then there’s Microsoft Edge’s reading list feature, which lets you save articles online without having to open an app like Facebook or Twitter—all while preserving your privacy on the web! There are tons of other tips and tricks out there too: just search YouTube or Google for “windows 10 tips & tricks”.
Five ways to free up space on your Windows 10 PC
- Check your Recycle Bin. If you’re running low on disk space, one of the first places to check is your Recycle Bin. This is especially true if you’ve just deleted a large file. Often times, Windows will create a copy of the original file before it goes into the bin so that it can be restored later if needed. If this is the case with your PC and you don’t need those files anymore, go ahead and delete them permanently by right-clicking each item in question and choosing “Delete permanently” from the menu that appears.
- Check Downloads folder for large files to delete or move elsewhere (e.g., external hard drive). Another place where lots of space can get eaten up is your Downloads folder—especially if you have one account set up for multiple users who download stuff from different websites frequently over time! You should periodically go through this folder looking for large files that no longer need saving locally (as opposed to keeping them on an external hard drive) so they can be moved off site permanently and potentially deleted entirely when there are too many gigabytes worth piling up in there without being accessed regularly by anyone at all anymore (which might happen if someone else needs access but hasn’t been home since last week anyway…).
- Delete temporary files created by web browsers like Chrome or Firefox whenever possible as needed depending upon how often each browser gets used on average per day or week etcetera.”
Create a personal theme for Windows 10
To create a custom theme, you’ll need to use the Personalization tool. To get started, launch the Settings app and select Personalization. Click on Colors under Theme options to change your accent color.
You can change your Windows 10 theme by using the Windows Color & Appearance section in Settings or by right-clicking on an empty area of your desktop and selecting Personalize from the context menu that appears. You will see many options including Desktop Backgrounds, Themes, Window Color & Appearance and Ease of Access settings like High Contrast (which lets you adjust how text is displayed so it’s easier to read). Selecting Window Color & Appearance opens up another screen with more customization options such as Accent color (the background color for non-themed elements such as title bars), Show color on Start where available (for apps such as File Explorer and Notepad), Accent intensity (% slider) which determines how much of an accent color is applied to unselected UI components; Turn system icons On/Off switches for things like Start Menu icon badges; Change mouse pointers lets you choose from several different pointer styles; Choose a default font size option from Smaller/Larger buttons along with Normal/Large button which applies scaling globally rather than just in specific apps
Turn off the ‘Hey, Cortana’ voice search in the taskbar
You can turn off the “Hey, Cortana” voice search in the taskbar or by going to Settings and changing your default settings.
- To turn off ‘Hey, Cortana’ in the taskbar:
1> Right-click on an empty area of your taskbar and select Task View.
2> Select a window that has Cortana open (if you don’t see any windows with Cortana open, right-click anywhere on your desktop and click Show Windows Side By Side).
3> Click on More Actions > Settings > Talk To Windows 10 > Off.
Three ways to customize the Action Center in Windows 10
Customizing the Action Center in Windows 10 is surprisingly easy.
- Quick actions: By default, you’ll find quick links to some of your most commonly used apps at the top of your Action Center. To customize these shortcuts, open Settings > System > Notifications & Actions and select “Quick actions” on the left. Then simply drag whichever apps you want from this page into the order you prefer them within your list of quick actions; no need to delete anything if it’s not working for you—just drag and drop! You can also change how many icons appear per row by adjusting their size using pinch-to-zoom gestures (or just by clicking with your mouse), but keep in mind that doing so will reduce their overall visibility onscreen.
- Notifications: In addition to rearranging specific items (like those we discussed above), there are a few other things that can be tweaked here too—namely how far down each notification appears before it disappears offscreen and how long an individual alert lasts after being tapped or clicked until it disappears entirely from sight altogether. To access these settings, start by finding “Notification area” under “System” within Settings; then scroll down until you see what looks like three arrows pointing up against another section labeled “Show notifications for…” With this option highlighted, click on any app whose notifications aren’t showing up as often as they should be; once selected, scroll down further still until reaching another area titled “Notification duration.” Use its options here (which range from 15 seconds all the way out to 30 minutes) according
Add or remove items from the Quick Access folder in File Explorer
- Right-click the Quick Access folder in File Explorer and select Show in Explorer.
- Right-click the Quick Access folder again, and this time choose Show in Folder from that same context menu.
- Click Yes when asked to open a file location with Internet Explorer (if applicable).
- Now that you’re viewing your Quick Access folder as a standard directory on your computer, you can drag content from any other location into it or use Ctrl+C to copy items into it directly from another program window—like if you want to add all kinds of files from an external hard drive somewhere else in Windows 10 or another application on your system—and then paste them into the Quick Access folder using Ctrl+V!
Turn off or change the color of Windows 10’s Live Tiles (or just hide them)
- How to turn off the live tiles
- Open the Start menu and select “All apps.”
- Scroll down until you find “Settings” and select it.
- Select “System,” then scroll down until you find “Notifications & actions” and select that as well.
- Click on “Turn system icons on or off” at the bottom of this menu, which will load a different list of options where you can toggle between three different states: On (default), Off, or Hidden (which only works for apps that support it). You can also click an icon to change its color from white to black (or vice versa) in case you want more contrast between your background image and your icons/tiles—though if this bothers you too much for all those reasons listed above about living with Windows 10’s default scheme, there are plenty of other ways out there to customize its appearance without losing functionality like these options do (and without having some annoying feature constantly reminding us how many notifications we have waiting for us).
Speed up your browsing with Microsoft Edge’s hidden reading list feature
Microsoft Edge has a hidden reading list feature that lets you keep track of the pages you want to read later. Here’s how to use it:
- Search for a word or phrase in the address bar.
- Right-click on that word or phrase and select Add to reading list.
- Open Microsoft Edge’s reading list by clicking More, then Reading List and finally All bookmarks.
- Click on any item in the reading list, then click on its three dots icon (top right) and choose Remove from reading list if necessary.
Change your default browser in Windows 10
To change your default browser in Windows 10, you need to open the Settings app. To do this, click the Start button and then click Settings.
Once you’re in Settings, scroll down until you see System > Default apps. Click Default apps at the top of this menu and then scroll down until you see Internet Browser. This option should be selected by default if it’s not already set as your default browser but if it isn’t simply click on it to make it so. Then choose which internet browser (Firefox or Chrome) that Windows 10 should use as its default web browser by clicking on an option under Suggested choices
Bring back animations when minimizing and maximizing windows in Windows 10
To bring back animations when minimizing and maximizing windows, click the Start button, then click Settings.
In the Settings window, click System.
In the System pane of the Settings window, click Advanced system settings.
In the Advanced tab of the System Properties dialog box, click Settings under Performance to open Performance Options dialog box. Click Visual Effects tab and check an animation effect you want to see when you minimize or maximize a window (see Figure 3).Figure 3: Selecting an animation effect for Windows 10
Hide the apps list in Start menu and create a new group of tiles instead
To hide the Apps list in Start menu and create a new group of tiles instead, do the following:
- Right-click on the Start button.
- Click on Open All Users.
- In All Apps section, click on small arrow next to All Apps to open up another window.
- From here you can drag and drop apps into any order you want or remove some that you don’t need anymore.
Once you get used to them, these tricks will make using Windows a little easier.
Once you get used to them, these tricks will make using Windows a little easier.
- Go back to the start menu by pressing the Windows key + Esc.
- Hold down Ctrl+Shift+Esc to open Task Manager and see all of your running apps and processes.
- You can enable handwriting recognition for text input in Office programs by clicking on the settings icon next to the search bar at the top of your screen and selecting “Language settings” from the dropdown menu. Then click “Options” on this new page, check off “Use advanced features” under options for Text Input and click OK before closing out of all these windows — then restarting your computer if necessary.
We hope these tricks help you make the most of Windows 10, which is packed with useful features and hidden gems. And if you have any tips of your own to share, please let us know in the comments!