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10 new tips and tricks in Windows 10

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Windows 10 brought thousands of changes, and not only in design and internal design. The developers came up with a bunch of tricks to speed up the work and simplify the life of users. But for some reason, they forgot to tell about them. We dug a little deeper and found a lot of interesting things. Today we’ll tell you about the most useful tricks.

1. Disabling the Quick Access Toolbar in Explorer

Quick Access Toolbar

If you already have Windows 10 installed, you probably noticed that when you start Explorer, the Quick Access Toolbar opens by default. It contains frequently visited directories and files that you recently opened. The panel is convenient, but some people prefer to see the “This Computer” section, that is, a list of disks and folders with documents. This is easy to fix.

Folders settings

Open Explorer and select the  View tab from the menu, and then click the Options button. In the new “Folder Options” window, select the “This Computer” option from the “Open Explorer” pop-up menu and save the changes. After that, the program will open in the familiar form.


2. New features on the command line

Do not bend over and squeamishly say: “Command line? Am I a Linuxoid or something? ” Firstly, many actually spend a lot of time in it, working with console applications. And secondly, just do not promise. The command line is still useful. So, let’s start with the fact that finally (I wonder what prevented you from doing this earlier?), You can copy and paste the text using the usual commands Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V, respectively.

Command-line options

To enable new features, simply open a command prompt and right-click on the title bar. There, select  “Properties” and check the box  “Allow keyboard shortcuts with CONTROL”. Now at the command line, you will have access to many functions for working with text.

  • Ctrl + V or Shift + Insert inserts text after the cursor;
  • Ctrl + C or Ctrl + Insert copies the selected text to the clipboard;
  • Ctrl + A selects all the text in the current line.

In addition, in Windows 10, many standard combinations with the Shift key are available for working with text on the command line.

• Shift + arrow moves the cursor one character left or right, one line up or down while highlighting the text;
• Ctrl + Shift + arrow moves the cursor one word left or right, highlighting that word;
• Shift + Home or End moves the cursor to the beginning or end of the current line while highlighting the text;
• Shift + Page Up or Page Down moves the cursor up or down the screen while highlighting the text;
• Ctrl + Shift + Home or End moves the cursor to the beginning or end of the “screen buffer”, highlighting all text from the cursor to the beginning or end of the command line output.

3. Scheduled reboot

If you have ever encountered a Windows update (and you have encountered), then remember that the system asks to reboot, and does it very intrusively. In Windows 10, you finally have the opportunity to schedule a reboot for a certain time, for example, at the time when you are going to go on vacation anyway.

To do this, go to the  “Start” menu and find the “Settings” application there, then open the section “Update and Security > Windows Update”. If there are updates awaiting installation, the option “Choose a reboot time” will be available here and you can set the desired time.

4. Fastening windows

Windows 10 significantly improved the function of docking windows on the sides of the screen. Now the screen can be divided not only vertically, but also horizontally. As a result, on one screen there can be up to four windows that can be seen simultaneously. To do this, just move the window to the edge of the screen (or to the corner), the system itself will show in which place it is available to put one or another window. This mode now fully works with two screens. If earlier it was impossible to use the mouse to position the window on the side of the screen, where it has a junction with the second, then now the system correctly processes this action. However, as before, you can use special keyboard combinations.

Four windows in Windows

  • Win + left arrow  fixes the current window in the left half of the screen;
  • Win + right arrow  fixes the current window in the right half of the screen;
  • Win + up arrow  fixes the current window in the upper half of the screen;
  • Win + down arrow pins the current window in the lower half of the screen.

Set the window to the corner of the screen

Combinations can be combined to fix a window in a corner. For example, Win + left arrow and then Win + up arrow will place the window in the upper left quarter of the display. Try it, it’s easier than it seems.  

5. GodMode

Almost all advanced Windows users have heard or even used the so-called  “God Mode”. In fact, it’s just an extensive menu that displays all the system parameters and settings. It is very convenient if you need to quickly configure the system. In Windows 10, this mode is also there. It is activated quite simply. Create a new folder and give it this name:

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

Renamed folder

However, instead of  “Techy”, you can use any word. The main thing is that there should be a dot in the braces before the combination. Then just open this new folder and be surprised.

God Mode in Windows 10

6. Standalone maps

Map settings

This feature is more likely to be useful to owners of laptops and tablets with Windows 10 because you are unlikely to find yourself in a situation where there is no Internet on the desktop, but cards are urgently needed. In the updated version of maps, offline mode is now available. That is, you can download maps of a certain area and they will be stored on the device, so access to the network for viewing is not required.

To do this, open the application and click the gear icon. There, in the   “Offline maps” section, click the “Download or update maps” button. Or just open the  “Options” menu in the  “Start” and there select  “System – Offline Maps”. And there already add all the cards you need. Cards weigh quite a lot.

7. Save space on the taskbar

In Windows 10, a window management icon on virtual desktops appeared on the taskbar, as well as a panel or search button, into which the Cortana assistant is now integrated. However, these elements are not always needed, but they occupy a precious place. In addition, you can always start the search from the Start menu, and scroll through the windows with a combination of Win + Tab.

Taskbar Search

Right-click on the taskbar. In the menu, uncheck the “Show Task View button” checkbox, this will disable the virtual desktop icon. And to remove the search bar Cortana, select “Search > Disabled.” 

8. Full-Screen Start Menu

Enabling Windows 8 View

Not everyone liked the full-screen menu in Windows 8, so Microsoft has returned to the usual  “Start” look. However, if you were one of those who liked the Metro interface and you do not want to refuse to use it, everything is really back to square one.

The good old tiled interface

Go to the Start menu and find the Settings application there, and there the  Personalization section. In the left column, select  “Start” and enable the function  “Open the initial screen in full-screen mode.” That’s all, now your Windows 10 is more like Windows 8. 

9. Removing the old system

If you did not install Windows 10 from scratch, but simply upgraded the system from Windows 7 or 8, then a copy of the old OS was left on the disk so that you could return to the previous version. But if you are sure that you are not interested in Windows 10 and you are not going to return, then the Windows.old folder can be deleted so that it does not take up space. However, the standard removal of the basket does not help.

Selecting a disk with a system

Click  “Start” and use the search to find  “Freeing up disk space by deleting unnecessary files” and run this shortcut. A window with a disk selection will open, here you need to select the main disk on which Windows 10 is installed (and Windows 7 or 8 was installed). Now select the item  “Clear system files” and again set the necessary disk. After that, the system will find previous copies of Windows and offer to remove them. In the updated file list, find the  “Previous Windows Installations” checkbox and check it. After that feel free to click OK and confirm the deletion.

Depending on the operating system with which you were updated, the amount of free space will be different. In our case, after upgrading from Windows 8.1, you can get 15 GB of free space. For those who do not have a very large disk or even use a small SSD, these gigabytes will be a nice bonus.

10. Disabling password at login

Many are probably annoyed that to enter the system you must enter the password for your Microsoft account. Of course, the corporation thought about it and offered the option with a four-digit PIN code or a graphic password, but if you absolutely do not want to enter anything when you start the computer, you can do so. To get started, open the Run utility using the Win + R keyboard shortcut. And in the window that opens, enter control userpasswords2. (If the first one did not work for some reason). 

Password Entry Disabled

After that, the  “User Accounts” window will open. Here you just need to uncheck the box  “Require username and password.” After that, the system will ask you to enter the current user password and after rebooting the system will no longer require a password. Caution: we strongly do not recommend disabling password entry in Windows 10, as this adversely affects security.

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