Windows 10 Tips : 21 Simple instructions

Would you like some Windows 10 tips? Here is a list of ones we liked.



1.How to Personalize the Start Menu

Go to Start > Settings > Personalization > Start

Then choose which system folders you want to see on the left hand side, resize and rearrange the tiles, show recently added apps.


2.How to use the virtual desktops on Windows 10

By clicking the virtual desktops icon on the shortcuts tray

By pressing windows + control + left or right arrow keys

Also, how to move existing application windows from one virtual desktop to another



3.How to customize the good ole cmd window

By clicking on the title bar and then selecting “properties”

In the same properties pop-up window, changing the font is also possible

It is worth it to mention the copying and pasting from a CMD window got easier



4.How to setup Dark Theme:

Windows + R

Type regedit then enter

go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Themes > Personalize.

In the list on the right side double click “AppsUseLightTheme”.

Change “Value Data” from a 1 to a 0.

Click “OK”



5.Limiting notifications

Start > Settings > System > Notifications and actions

Pick and choose from the list of notification providers, which you see them from.

Advice: turn them all off.




6.How to take screenshots with different keystrokes and their differences

Print Screen (PrtScn) – Captures the entire screen.

Alt + Print Screen – Captures a single window.which is the active window on top

Win + Print Screen – Captures the entire screen. Sends it to C:Users > [user name ] Pictures>Screenshots

Win + Shift + S – Capture a screenshot using the built-in Snip & Sketch tool.

Win + Alt + Print Screen – Captures only the active window. And saves image to C:Users > [user name] > Videos>Captures



7.Open secret start menu

Right click on start menu icon on lower left corner


Hit windows + X combination

One of our windows 10 tips to make it easier to reach frequently used items like network connections, apps and features, Power shell (even in admin mode) among many other things.



8.Open pinned items on your taskbar from the keyboard.

Pressing Windows Key + number will launch the corresponding application, depending on the ordering of taskbar pinned items win + 2 will launch the first item on the left on the taskbar, Win + 2 second item and so on.



9.How To get rid of the ads in your Windows 10 Start menu

go to Settings > Personalization > Start. Toggle the setting “Show suggestions occasionally in Start” to the “off” position.



10.Why and how you can shutdown the background applications

They drain the battery faster.

If you are on a metered internet connection, they eat up a lot of bandwidth

To turn them off go to Settings > Privacy > Background apps. To stop all apps from running in the background, toggle Let apps run in the background to Off.



11.How to show file extensions on file explorer

Go to the Search bar located next to your taskbar pinned items or click on the start button and start typing “ File Explorer Options”, and click it when it is found.

Then click the “View” tab

Then uncheck the box that says “Hide extensions for known file types”.

Click Apply

Finally click OK.



12.How to use Focus assist

Focus Assist was added to windows 10 in the April 2018 update.

Go to Settings > System > Focus assist.

1-You have three options: Off (get all notifications from your apps and contacts),

2-Priority (see only selected notifications on your priority list which you customize, and send the rest to your action center),

3-Alarms only (hide all notifications, except alarms).

This can also be chosen to automatically turn this feature on during certain hours, say work hours, or when you’re playing a game etc.



13.How much disk space apps are using up

Go to Settings > System > Storage. Click on the volume you want to search ( most likely the local storage, under “This PC”), and click “Apps & games” to see a list of apps installed on your machine and how much space they are taking up. If you see anything you do not recognize or things you see but no longer use or never used, delete them to open up disk space.



14.Minimize all windows except the active one

Click the mouse on the title bar of the window you want to stay open and quickly move the mouse back and forth, like you are shaking the window. You will see all other windows on the background getting minimized.



15.What is the Cloud Clipboard and how to use it?

To bring it up hit Windows + w

It will show the content previously clipped and copied eg. text, HTML and also images

If you have logged into your Microsoft account, it will show the same cloud clipboard on all computers you are logged in with the same account.



16.How to run a Linux subsystem in windows 10 as a virtual machine:

Follow instructions here:



17.Adjust Your monitor’s refresh rate

Go to Settings > System > Display > Advanced settings and it will be towards the bottom.



18.Enable dynamic lock

Use your cell phone or other bluetooth device proximity to decide if windows 10 should be locked or unlocked.

Go to Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Devices and printers > activate Dynamic Lock settings > Account > Sign in Options



19.Near-by sharing

Go to Start > Settings > System > Shared Experiences and turn on the option to “Share across devices.” then choose whether the sharing feature works with any nearby PC, or only ones tied to your own Microsoft account.



20.Enable God Mode

create a new folder and leave it empty. Preferably on your desktop for easy access Then right-click the folder, click Rename, and give it the following name:

God Mode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}.



21.Bring up Emoji Keyboard:

Press windows key + ; (semicolon)

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