Best Hidden tricks and tips inside Windows 10
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By Admin - June 12, 2017 1:12 am   2   231   0

Microsoft Windows OS is not a thing. It stems from a patchwork of finely tuned traits. Each individual function is, in turn, the result of a team of dedicated engineers who create the best (often personalizable) possible experience. So, with such a complex, nuanced, and vast piece of software, it makes sense that there are little tricks and the UI thrives that most people don t even know about.

Best Hidden tricks and tips inside Windows 10 Here we present a list of 10 cool tips that will help you get a little more out of your Windows 10 experience. Or at least there are things that you may not have known. Some have been available in Windows for a number of generations, while some are native to the newest Microsoft OS.

URPcmag.dll has some dedicated Windows fans in our readership, so you probably know at least some of these devices, but you probably don't know them all. I tested these on a pair of Lenovo laptops, one running Windows 10 and the other (when accessible) on Windows 7 Professional.

Start Menu Secret

If you are a fan of this old school (i.e. non-tiled) the Start menu experience, you can always have it-sorta. If you right-click the Windows icon in the lower-left corner, it invites you to a text-hopping menu with a number of familiar popular destinations (Programs and features, search, execution). All of these options are available through the standard menu interface, but you will be able to access it faster through this text interface.

Secret Desktop button

This desktop button actually goes back to Windows 7, but I embarrassed that recently found out about it. In the lower right corner of your page, there is a secret desktop button. Can't you see it? Look allll the way down and right, on the side of the date and time. There you will find a small ribbon of an invisible button. Click on it and it will minimize all your windows open to clear the desktop. You can change the behavior of this in the settings, between having to click or just having to hover the mouse on the corner.

Rotate your screen via the keyboard Ctrl-Alt-D arrows

This tip will not be useful to most of you, but you can rotate your screen by simultaneously pressing CTRL + ALT + D and on one of the arrow buttons. The down arrow will flip it upside down, the left or right arrow buttons turn it 90 degrees on its side, and the UP ARROW brings you back to the standard orientation. If you are using multiple views, this feature allows you to simply orient this view in a particular way.

Alternatively, you can right-click on the wallpaper > graphics options > Rotate to turn your page around in all sorts of ways. This feature is available on Windows 7 and 10.

Turn off slide

This stuff only works on Windows 10 as far as I can tell. It's complicated and probably not worth the effort for what you get out of it, but here you go:

Right click on the desktop > new shortcut >. In the pop-up window that follows, paste the following line of code:

%windir%system32slidetoshutdown.exe

This creates a clickable icon on your desktop, which you can feel free to rename what you want. To stop dragging, double-click the new icon to request a drop-down shadow. Then use your mouse to slide it down the screen. Keep in mind, it's not sleeping, it's a stop.

Active "God mode"

Are you a power user who wants to have access to the harshness of your PC? So "God Mode" is for you. Here's how to access it:

Right click on the desktop > new folder >. Re-name the new folder with this code bit:

Godmode. {ED7BA470-8E54-465e-825C-99712043E01C}

To enter the "God Mode" window, double-click the folder and go nuts.

Right click on tiles

Want to customize these tiles quickly? Just right click on them to ask for a pop-up menu. This menu will give you various options like the possibility of a-pin in the Start menu, resize the windows, or turn this tile live off.


Right-click on the taskbar

Here is a handy menu that will allow you to quickly access a number of presets for toolbars, Cortana and window schemes. There are plenty out there, and it's just a click away.

Shake

This feature made its debut in Windows 7, but I found a lot of people don't know about it or use it (but they devraient-c'est cool!). If you have a full screen or windows, you can clear the clutter by grabbing the top of the window you like and "shaking" to minimize all other windows. Suddenly have shaker remorse? Shake again and the windows will come back.

Drag to pin windows

This feature was available as far as Windows 7, but has some extras in 10. If you enter any window, and drag it to the side of the screen, it will be "fit" to the half of the screen.

In Windows 10, you have the option of dragging the window to any corner of the screen so that the window takes a quarter of the screen. If you happen to use multiple screens, you can drag to a border corner and wait for a quick signal to let you know if the window opens in that corner.

You can request similar behavior using the Windows key and one of the directional arrow buttons.

Hidden games in Cortana

They are not games in the "fun" sense as much as they are cool little time killers that Cortana can help you with. You can type (or say) "Rock Paper Scissors," "Roll the Matrix," or "Flip the coin" in Cortana to have a fun (?) graphics game experience. For even more tips Cortana you can check out our roundup.

Quickly jump between virtual desktops

Do you like multitask on your PC? I mean really multi-task? Well, you can now rejoice because, with Windows 10, Microsoft has finally provided out-of-the-box access to virtual desktops.

To try it, first click on the taskbar (the icon to the right of the Windows menu). This will separate all your open windows into icons. You can then drag one of these open windows to the button that says "new desktop" at the bottom right to create a new virtual desktop that you will see represented at the bottom of the Task menu. That would allow you, for example, to separate your work applications, personal applications, and social media into different desktops.

Once you click out of the task view, you will be able to switch between the virtual desktops by pressing the Windows + CTRL + RIGHT/LEFT arrow button. This will allow you to automatically switch between all the open windows that you have separated into different desktops, while leaving all the icons on your desktop not moved.

To remove the virtual desktops, just return to the task view and remove the individual virtual desktops-this will not close the applications contained in this desktop, but rather simply send them to the next lower desktop.

Make your command Prompt window transparent


It seems that this feature is new for Windows 10 (at least it is not available in Windows 7). It will probably only be useful to a narrow niche of the user, but if you like digging your virtual fingers into the Windows innards via the command prompt, Windows 10 provides a ghostly way to interface with it.

To access the win 10 command prompt (CP) interface, click the Windows menu and type "command Prompt" to quickly access the PC desktop application. Click on it. To customize the experience CP right-click at the top of the window to request a shortcut menu and choose "Properties". Click on the "Colors" tab to see a range of personalization options. At the bottom of this tab you will find the "opacity" slider, which allows you to see through the CP window.

This function allows you to code in the CP while simultaneously observing the desktop. If you are Windows-hack-y like that, go nuts.




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