How to use the secret features in your Windows 10 PC

Do you know all of #Windows10 features? New and veteran PC users usually agree that #Windows10 offers an entirely new suite of features. Aside from being a reliable continuation of a proven and tested Windows line of operating system, Microsoft’s latest OS abounds with tiny and significant improvements at the same time. With its revamped look to match today’s indulgence in mobile devices, Windows 10 is also more oriented towards complementing user experience with their portable devices under the hood. It’s a proven hit for millions of users no doubt but even with its popularity, majority of users are not aware of some of its cool features. We hope this post will help you educate yourself more about this amazing operating system.

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How to multitask efficiently by switching between virtual desktops

Those who have been using Windows 10 for a while now must have already realized that Microsoft’s latest operating system seems designed primarily for multitasking. We are not saying multitasking was not possible with older Windows but compared to the capabilities being offered by Windows 10, multitasking is potentially way notches higher. This is made possible with the introduction of virtual desktops. If you are new to Windows 10 and doesn’t know about what we’re talking here, read on.

Virtual desktop, as the name suggests, allows you to create another desktop to separate and/or group windows you opened. It’s like giving you another monitor that readily opens similar windows together. It’s a perfect solution for single-monitor users but it can also be a handy option even for those aren’t.  For example, if you want to open all your social network apps and windows together, you can put all of them in one desktop so when you click on Task View pane, they’ll all be easily accessible under one view. To give you an idea, let us walk you through the steps.

  1. Open at least 3 apps (for demonstration purposes). Any app or program will do.
  2. Click on the Task View icon at the right of Windows icon. In default settings, it should be on the right of the Search Windows icon.
  3. Once you’ve clicked on Task View icon, you’ll notice that your windows will be turned into icons.
  4. To create a new desktop for all three of them, drag the first item to the + button that says New desktop. Then, drag the remaining icons to the newly created desktop (Desktop 2) to group them together.

To easily toggle between virtual desktops, simply click on Task View icon, then press Windows button+Ctrl+right/left arrows. This option can give you greater flexibility to work on different desktops faster without moving all icons back and forth.

Deleting a virtual desktop is as easy as creating it. Simply click on Task View icon again, then click on the X at the top of desktop.

How to snap multiple windows (Enhanced Drag to Pin Windows)

Dragging a window to the side of the screen to fit it in half is not a Windows 10 original (Windows 7 has it) but the latest Windows OS makes it even more convenient. Now, you can automatically fit another window to make it fit over a quarter of the screen by simply dragging it to any corner. While you can also fit a window to a quarter of the screen in Windows 7, you’ll have to actually do it manually. Windows 10, on the other hand does it for you in a moment so it can really save you a few seconds to do something else.

If you are a keyboard-type, you can do the same task by using Windows button and the directional arrows.

How to close windows quickly (Shakefeature)

Another useful feature that’s carried over from Windows 7 is a cool and easy way to remove clutter from your screen — by shaking. If you tend to open a lot of windows at once or over the course of using your machine, you’ll wish there’s an easy way to just simply clear the screen with one click. Well, it’s really not a click but more of a grab and shake thing. If you want to know what we’re talking about here, follow these steps.

  1. Open multiple windows.
  2. Now, on top of one of the windows, click and shake it. Voila, the rest of the windows are minimized!
  3. Feeling remorseful to have minimized them? Just click and shake on the same spot and they’ll pop right back!

How to customize tiles via right click

A lot of Windows 7, 8, and 10 users don’t usually realize that tiles can be customized more efficiently by simply right clicking on them. In Windows 10, a popup menu will appear once you right click on a particular tile. Options can vary depending on the tile but normally, there should be four of them:

  • Unpin from Start
  • Resize
  • Turn live tile off
  • Pin to taskbar

How to access old school Start Menu

A lot of Windows users were used to seeing the Start Menu showing up textual interface instead of tiled ones. While I would prefer using the latter at this time, anyone can still revisit the old-time Start menu experience with its associated options in text form. To do that, just right click on the Start menu icon at the bottom left and the familiar-looking destinations you may be used to seeing before will pop right up. Aside from bringing the old school feel, you can just as easily access the options as when you’re clicking its corresponding tile in its modern interface.

How to use secret Desktop Button

Windows 10 does not bring an entirely a new experience and another option that’s reminiscent of older Windows 7 operating system is the availability of the desktop button. It is located on the bottom-right corner screen, at the very edge (right side of the date and time). There’s a very thin vertical line that you should see. Right click on that line. You’ll then have the options to Show desktop or Peek at desktop.

How to rotate your screen

For most of us, rotating the screen of our computer makes no sense. However, there are instances that such a feature can be helpful. Users who use more than one display can surely benefit from this added feature, especially if they want to orient a monitor in a specific way. If you feel geeky and want to try it though, here’s how it’s done:

  1. Go to your Home screen.
  2. Press Ctrl + Alt + D and any directional arrow key. Pressing the down arrow will turn the screen upside down, while left and right arrows turn it 90 degrees.
  3. If you want to get the screen back to its normal orientation, just press Ctrl + Alt + D and up arrow key.

How to slide to Shutdown

There’s a number of ways to shut your Windows 10 PC down and one of them is the Slide to Shutdown feature. We can’t think of any practical use of this trick as it’s burdensome but it’s a hidden option so if you feel geeky enough, or is simply tired of shutting down your PC the old way (really?!), this should be for you.

To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Go to your desktop.
  2. Right click on any blank space.
  3. Click New.
  4. Click Shorcut.
  5. Then once the popup window appears, type this code in the box: %windir%System32SlideToShutDown.exe
  6. Click Next to allow the creation of a shortcut icon on your desktop. You can rename this icon anything you want.
  7. To turn off your PC using the newly created icon, simply double-click it.
  8. A new pull-down shade will show.
  9. Use your mouse to drag the shade to the bottom of the screen to shutdown your PC.

How to activate God Mode

Tired of having to switch between Settings and Control Panel all the time to access your custom settings? You should consider using God Mode.

Windows 10 settings are all over the place and sometimes, it can be confusing to go back and forth between Settings and the traditional Control Panel. To allow you to put all desired settings in one place, or folder, God Mode is for you. With God Mode enabled, you can place a variety of stuff in one folder. It’s a simple way to set up and does not require any geeky processes. If you’re interested, follow these steps to set it up:

  1. Go to your desktop.
  2. Right click on any blank space.
  3. Click New.
  4. Click Folder.
  5. Rename the folder with this code: GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

Once you’ve renamed the folder, its icon will be changed to a control panel icon. To view your settings, double click it. The settings in this folder are organized under various headings like Administrative Tools to Windows Firewall.


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