15 Microsoft Windows 10 Tricks, best Tips & Tweaks

Microsoft’s new product, Windows 10 promises to be one of the best OS in the market right now. Honestly speaking, you can use Windows 10 without knowing these Tips & Tricks. But it will be more fun and much easier if you know these easy to use Trick & Tweaks. So, here we have listed 15 Windows 10 Tricks that you can use on a daily basis and I am sure it will save you a lot of time working on your PC.

#1. How to open the Properties Menu Quickly?
They have really made this very easy. You just have press the Alt Key and double click on any file or folder and it will open that Object’s Properties Page.

#2. How to Use Start Screen effectively and Jump to any Apps?
When you open All Apps Section in the Start Menu, you will find numbers or letters above each alphabetical section. You just have to click on these to open a Speed Dial jump list. Now, click on any number or letter to jump to that section.

#3. How to Resize the Start Menu?
Windows 10 comes with an option to re-size the Start Menu according to your need. You just have to drag it from the corners.

#4. How to minimize all windows tabs leaving just the active one?
Suppose, you have opened a number of windows for some reason. Now, you want to minimize all windows except the one you are working with. You just have to grab the title bar of that window and shake it. All of the windows except the one you are grabbing, will minimize.

#5. New Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Windows logo key + A — Open Action center
  • Windows logo key‌ + S — Open search
  • Windows logo key‌ + C — Open Cortana [Note: Coratana is right now available in some countries only] in listening mode
  • Windows logo key‌ + I — New Settings Menu
  • Windows logo key‌ + A — New Action Center
  • Windows logo Key + X — “SECRET” Start Menu
  • Windows logo key‌ + Tab — Open Task view
  • Windows logo key + Ctrl key + D — Add a virtual desktop
  • Windows logo key + Ctrl key + Right arrow — Switch between virtual desktops you’ve created on the right
  • Windows logo key + Ctrl key + Left arrow — Switch between virtual desktops you’ve created on the left
  • Windows logo key + Ctrl key + F4 — Close the virtual desktop you’re using

#6. How to scroll inactive window on Windows 10?
You can even scroll inactive window in Windows 10. It’s ON by default. However, if its not working then follow these steps –

  1. Go to SettingsChoose Devices
  2. Now select Mouse & Touchpad
  3. Toggle Scroll inactive windows when I hover over them
  4. option to ON

Now try scrolling any inactive window and I am sure it will work.

#7. How to print any document to PDF?
Now you can print any document to PDF from Microsoft Windows 10 directly. You don’t need any third-party tool to do this. Follow these steps –

  1. Open the Document
  2. Select Print
  3. Choose Microsoft Print to PDF
  4. Now click on Print
  5. Now Windows will open a prompt asking you to save the document. Just give a file name, choose location and click on Save

#8. How to control your Taskbar with Keyboard Shortcuts?
For Pinned Programs, you have to press Windows logo key‌ + [Number Key]. Here, the number key represents the position on which the program is located on the taskbar.

#9. How to Pin the Recycle Bin to the Start Menu?
Now with Windows 10, you can Pin your Recycle Bin to the Start Menu. You just have to right-click on the Recycle Bin and select Pin to Start.

#10. Some new Features & Tweaks for Command Prompt
In Windows 10, Microsoft has provided some great features for the Command Prompt. Just click on properties for Command Prompt and you can enable or disable number of features like transparent background, word wrap, resizing the window and much more.

#11. New Quick Access Bar in Windows Explorer
In Windows 10, you will find a Quick Access Group in the top-left corner of the File Explorer. It shows Recent Viewed or Accessed Folders. This makes it very easy to move from one place to another, specially if you are moving between two folders repeatedly, like while copying or moving some files.

#12. OneDrive Integration
You can very easily and effectively store files on your OneDrive Cloud Storage. These files can be accesses from iOS or Android devices. This even gives you an option to access any files from your PC remotely.

#13. Xbox Integration
If you have a Xbox, then this will surely spice things up. Now you can stream Xbox One Games directly on your PC or Laptop running Windows 10. Although, you will have to enable this on Xbox and then on your PC or Laptop but its very easy. Microsoft is also going to add support for keyboard and mouse to the Xbox.

#14. How and Why configure the Privacy Settings for Windows 10?
If you are installing a fresh copy of Windows 10, then you better chose Custom Install and not the Express Install. Modify the Privacy Settings or you will end up sharing all type of private data and personal information.

#15. How to enable GodMode in Windows 10?
Windows 10 also comes with GodMode. It gives you access to all of the control panel features from a single folder.

Follow these steps to enable GodMode in Windows 10 –

  1. Create a New Folder on the desktop [or wherever you like it]
  2. Rename the folder to exactly: GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
  3. Have fun with it..

These are some of the very few new features of Windows 10 and we have listed only 15 number of Windows 10 Tricks here. I am sure there are many more. Please add it in the comments below, if I missed on any. Lets share and learn.

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