Top 5 Windows 10 Tips and Tricks

Windows 10 is now installed on more than 200 million gadgets worldwide. That's quite a feat in the tech world since its official release was on July 29, 2015. If your computer is one of those gadgets, you've probably found Windows 10 has its share of sheer winning features and, unfortunately, very frustrating steps.

Of course, getting used to a new operating system always takes time and effort. You have to relearn tricks, find where familiar items have moved or change things around to suit your style of computing. Let me help you along with a few insider tips on taking control of the new Start menu, improving privacy, finding the traditional Control Panel, cutting down on annoying notifications and more.

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5 Windows 10 Tips and Tricks

Start Menu Customisation

The return of the Start Menu is a pretty big deal in Windows 10 and that's because you're likely to spend quite a bit of time with it. Whether it's using it in the more traditional Windows way or using Cortana to search for content on your PC or the web, it's a welcome addition.

Pulling in the tiled user interface from Windows' tablet mode means you get to access Live Tiles all without exiting the desktop mode. If you're not a fan of how these tiles look or how they are arranged, this is something you can fix.

Simply hover the mouse cursor over a tile and right click on your mouse or the right side of your touchpad. Now you'll see options to resize tiles to make them smaller or even wider. You can also pin programs to the task bar at the bottom of the screen or remove (Unpin) from the Start menu altogether – holding down on the tile does the same thing on a touchscreen.

If you're not a fan of the Live Tiles, which are basically constantly updating widgets like the ones you get on your phone, select 'Turn the live tile off' and it's all done. You can always add them back later simply by dragging the app back to its vacated space.

Save maps for offline use

This is a tip that’s more useful on smartphones, but tablets and laptops can benefit from it as well: Windows 10 lets you save maps to your device in case you should lose a Wi-Fi or data connection while you’re trying to scout out the nearby area. Head to the Settings app then choose System and Offline maps to choose which maps to download (each region comes with an estimate of how much storage space will be taken up). You can then launch and use the Maps app whether or not you can get online.

Enable/Disable Transparency

It has already been stated that Windows 10 packs in the best of both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. To prove it once more Windwos 10 brings back the Aero transparency which is enabled by default but just in case you liked the flat Metro theme from 8, you can switch the transparency off. Go to Settings -> Personalization -> Colors and uncheck Make Start, taskbar and action center transparent. Now when you open start you would get the Windows 8.1 style flat UI.

Create Virtual Desktop

Windows 10 lets you create multiple desktops for different purposes. For instance, you can create separate desktops for work, image editing, games and leisure. You can easily switch between desktops whenever required, create as many desktops you want to and kill those not required.

For creating a virtual desktop, press Windows + CTRL + D key combinations together and for closing a virtual desktop. press Windows + Ctrl + F4 together. For switching between desktops, click Windows + CTRL + Left or Right arrow button.
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New and fresh keyboard shortcuts to save time

Windows 10 packs a fistful of fresh and latest handy keyboard shortcuts, all included in the revamped operating system.
  • Snapping window: Windows key + Left or Right – the new Snap view mode that pins apps to the four quarters of the screen.
  • Switch to recent window: ALT + Tab –Hold shows new Task View window view, let go and switches to app.
  • Task view: Windows + Tab – New Task view opens up and stays clear.
  • Create new virtual desktop: Windows key + Ctrl + D
  • Close current virtual desktop: Windows key + Ctrl + F4
  • Switch virtual desktop : Windows key + Ctrl + Left or Right

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