Windows 10 tips and tricks
The upgraded version of Windows, Windows 10 which has made a place in the market as we have seen that users have started liking the changes that are made to improve Windows by bringing the Start Menu and Cortana. By using the following tricks you can make use of Windows 10 in a better way.
Customizing Start Menu
Start menu in Windows 10takes a bit of time to search the contents on a computer and is a new addition. You can also resize the Start menu and place it at a small corner of the screen or even as large as the entire desktop.You just need to use the drag option.
Creating a Virtual Desktop
Windows 10 provides you the ability to use a number of desktops at the same time. It lets you organize your space inspite of a large number of applications running. In order to set up a virtual desktop, you just need to tap the small icon or rather just press Windows key + Tab on the Cortana search bar,this brings out all the open windows. There is an option present namely “+ New Desktop”.
There are some useful shortcuts available for Windows 10 users like:
Snap a window
WIN + LEFT or RIGHT; It can also be used with the up or down key to get quadrants
Switching to the recent window
ALT + TAB–You need to hold which shows a new Task view window view, let it go and switches to the application.
WIN + TAB
Creating a new virtual desktop
WIN + CTRL + D
Closing a current virtual desktop
WIN + CTRL + F4
Switching to a virtual desktop
WIN + CTRL + LEFT or RIGHT
Help Cortana to know you Better
Cortana is referred to as Microsoft’s assistant who looks out for your voice, by this you be quick enough to search anything. As per the default settings, it responds to anyone who shouts “Hey Cortana”. In order to use this feature you need to click the Cortana box, go to the settings and change the “Respond Best To Me”. After this Cortana attempts to memorize your voice. They provide you with six number of phrases which you need to repeat.Once you are done with it, although this might take several attempts, you can make use of this personal assistant for yourself and your own purpose.
This helps you to get rid of desktop and allows the start menu to take the center stage.In order to access this mode, Tap on the “notification” icon which looks similar to the message and is present on the taskbar.You can also swipe in from the right side in case someone uses a touchscreen and bring up the action center. Click on the “Tablet Mode” and repeat it again in order to exit.If you want this mode to be permanent then you can go to the System settings to make this change. Go to the Windows Start Menu and select Settings. There is a table mode option on selecting it you get a drop down option from where you have to choose “When I sign in”.Here you can switch to tablet mode or desktop mode.
Having Hard Drive Space-After updating the Windows to Windows 10, a part of the disk space is required to keep all the old system information, if at any moment you have to revert back. But, if you want you can have around 20 GB back just by removing old files.
Change of Login Screen Background
With the help of third-party application, you can change your Login Screen Background or the color or picture of the background. There is a feature of a lock screen if you are using the tablet mode but is an unnecessary feature.But there is no way to remove it.
Windows 10 provides you the feature to create and restore a full backup of files. It is a built-in “system image” utility. It also has the facility of OneDrive for cloud storage service. OneDrive has an Android App too so that you can access data through mobile. Apart from that many Android Tutorials are present online to train you on how to use those apps. All the connected device can easily share their data over OneDrive.
Disable Windows Updates From Using Your Bandwidth
Windows Update Delivery Optimization serves in a similar way as apeer-to-peer network which is used by torrent sites. In order to disable this, you need to go to the Windows start menu and then go to the settings, then click on the Update and Securit and then click on the Advanced options.After this chose the option “Choose how updates are delivered”.You also need to keep a check on whether the updates from Microsoft are reached using computers on the local network.This helps you push Windows updates to other system or PCs present in your home avoiding downloading of updates for multiple times.
In case you are not satisfied with the features of Windows 10 and want to get back to the older version of Windows, it is not so difficult.All you have to do is to go to the Windows Start menu and click on the option “Update and Security.Then Select Recovery which gives you the option “Go Back to Windows 7 or 8.1”, depending upon the last version you were using on your system.
Navneet is a Digital Marketing and Coding enthusiast with the heart of an entrepreneur. Passed out of NSIT Delhi in 2014, He is currently working in a multinational company as an R&D Engineer and used to write Android Tutorials in free time.