Windows 10 Hidden features

Windows 10 Tips & you go 

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1) Start Menu customization

The return of the Start menu in Windows 10, which dates back to Windows 95 20 years, has been hailed as a key feature of Microsoft's next operating system. It's not, however, a simple return to the Start menu of Windows XP. Instead, Windows 10 incorporates the new, touch-friendly user interface of Windows 8 with the earlier metaphor.

You might like more tiles, less tiles, or none at all. You can customize the new Start menu in the following ways: Simply click and hold the cursor on the Start box's edge, then move it to the desired height. You can pin any application to tiles, even conventional desktop applications, just like in Windows 8.

Search bar

2) Use Dark Mode on Windows 10

Users got their hands on the dark mode with the release of Windows 10, and they've been enjoying the theme and overall user experience they get after moving to Dark Mode. The dark mode reduces eye pressure while also extending the life of your laptop's battery. To allow Dark Mode in Windows 10, simply follow these steps:

Step 1: Open Settings -> Personalization -> Colors 

Step 2: To enable Dark Mode on your Windows 10 device, select “Dark” from the “Choose your colour” section.

Dark mode settings

3) Remove Ads from the Start Menu

In Windows 10, Program Suggestions from the Microsoft Store sometimes appear on the Start Menu, which most Windows 10 users find distracting. However, there are a few simple steps you may take to turn off those commercials. Take the measures shown below to accomplish this.

Step 1: Choose Settings -> Personalization -> Start from the drop-down menu.

Step 2: Disable the “Show suggestions in Start on occasion” option.
Removing ads

4) Configure Cortana

Unlike Siri or Google Now, Cortana, Windows 10's voice-response digital assistant, gives you power over what it knows about you, allowing it to pop up relevant reminders and view relevant information. This is done by making choices in Cortana's Notebook, Contacts, and the Maps app. 

The last two options allow you to say Cortana which touch is your spouse, as well as which locations on the map are your home and workplace. Cortana will then alert you to call your partner or tell you how long your commute will take depending on traffic.

Cortana, like Google Now (and, alike Siri), will listen for a key word, in this case "Hey Cortana!" and respond to your requests. However, before she can do any of this, you must first allow her by typing "check" into the Windows 10 search box.
Cortana configuration
Follow the below steps to do this.

Step 1: On your Windows 10 device, press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.

Step 2: Select the "Startup" tab to see a list of apps that launch automatically when your computer boots up.

Step 3: Tap the app you want to disable and then press the "Disable" button in the bottom right corner to turn it off.
Cortana features

5) Keyboard Shortcuts

The Windows key is involved in the majority of these shortcuts. You can now snap to fill half of the screen on one side, as well as a screen quadrant, with new window-snapping options. Of course, you can pull up the Start menu by simply tapping the Windows Key. 

Your application window will switch to the top-right quadrant of the screen if you keep the Windows Key down and then press Right Arrow and then Up Arrow. Windows Key-Tab now opens a new task view that shows all of your running programs and virtual desktops.

 Windows Key-Ctrl-D creates a new virtual desktop, while Windows Key-C gets Cortana to listen for your voice feedback and Windows Key-S opens her Daily Glance, which displays your weather, sports, and news.

6) Enhance your gaming abilities

If you often experience frame drops and lags while playing games on your Windows PC, Windows 10's Game Mode will help you boost your gaming performance. When you enable Game Mode, Windows makes the best use of your hardware and pushes your PC to perform better. To enable Game mode, simply follow these steps:

Step 1: Choose Settings -> Gaming -> Game Mode from the drop-down menu.

Step 2: To activate Game Mode, toggle the Game Mode button on.

Xbox game bar

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