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15 Advanced Tips and Tricks for Windows 10

Windows 10 offers many fantastic new features like Cortana, Edge, the updated Start menu and more, but not all. There are some really great hidden features that Microsoft hasn't really talked about. Moreover, Windows has been known for its great customization, thanks to various hack & mods and Windows 10 no different. In addition to the hidden features, there are also some interesting tricks that allow you to customize Windows 10 according to your needs. These tips and tricks allow you to make the most of the Windows 10 experience.

We have already stated the tips for beginners on Windows 10, now here are the advanced tips and tricks for Windows 10:

The best hidden features of Windows 10 are tips and tricks

Note:

Some of the tricks of Windows 10 involve manipulations in the Registry Editor and Group Policy Editor, which could interrupt the system if you make the wrong changes. So, be careful and create a restore point on your PC, in case things go wrong.

1. Storage Sense to maintain control over memory usage

Windows 10 presents new storage settings, which one of the many things that Microsoft has taken from its Windows Phone platform. The hidden function in Settings-> System-> Storage . "Storage" shows all the drives on your PC and you can click on a drive to get detailed information on what occupies most of the system's memory. It also allows you to see which app is taking more memory. The sense of storage also allows you to delete temporary files, uninstall apps with a single click.

2. WiFi Sense to share your WiFi network with your contacts

WiFi Sense another useful feature of Windows Phone that was introduced in Windows 10. hidden in Settings-> Network and Internet-> WiFi-> Manage WiFi settings . WiFi Sense lets you share your WiFi network with your friends and family without even giving them the password. Automatically share your WiFi network with the contacts you choose. WiFi Sense will share your WiFi network only for contacts that have a Windows device.

3. Snap function updated with Snap Assist

Windows 7 introduced the "Snap" multi-tasking feature, which lets you run apps side by side for a better multi-tasking experience. Well, Windows 8 has improved it and now, Windows 10 has improved the idea. Windows 10 offers the possibility of taking four different apps at a time and now when you snap an app, Snap Assist is displayed with the activity viewer, suggesting more apps that you can run alongside.

4. DirectX 12 support for better quality games

Microsoft hasn't made a big deal about Windows 10 that comes with DirectX 12 support, but really a big problem. DirectX 12 offers improved gaming performance, new graphic effects, support for multiple GPUs, memory pooling and much more. The next generation games will arrive soon and at that time there will be no return to any previous version of Windows, as only Windows 10 comes with DirectX 12 support.

5. New trackpad gestures similar to Mac

Microsoft took a page from the Apple book and introduced a lot of Mac-like gestures in Windows 10, which really improves the Windows experience. Here is the complete list of gestures:

  • Scroll : you can scroll through pages and windows by placing two fingers on the touchpad and moving them accordingly.
  • Pinch to zoom : the pinch for the zoom has always been available and supported in Windows 10.
  • Right click : you can right-click on Windows 10 by simply tapping with two fingers.
  • Show open windows : to see the windows that are open, just put three fingers on the trackpad and slide out (as shown by the GIF above).
  • Show desktop : to see the desktop, place three fingers on the touchpad and slide inward.
  • Go through a window to the other: you can move between the different open windows simply by placing three fingers and scrolling to the right or left.

Note:

To use all the gestures of Windows 10, you need a precision touchpad. To check if you have a precision touchpad or not, go to "Settings" in the Start menu, then click on "Devices" and then go to "Mouse and touchpad". If you have a precision touchpad, you will see a text "You have a precision touchpad" and if your PC doesn't have it, you won't see it.

6. Support for popular video formats

In previous versions of Windows, we were dependent on various third-party video players because Windows Media Player does not have the maximum support of video and audio formats. Well, this changes with Windows 10, since Windows Media Player and the new Movies & TV app (formerly Xbox Video) have support for new video formats. Windows 10 now supports the MKV video format very popular, the FLAC audio format and the imminent HEVC / H.264 video compression standard .

7. App management in the background to check the apps running in the background

The app manager in the background another feature of Windows 10 taken from Windows Phone and lets you choose which apps you want to run in the background. You can find App Management in the background in Settings-> Privacy-> Apps in the background . In the background app settings, you can disable all apps that you don't want to run in the background. This will save you on data and battery.

8. Trash Pin in the Start menu

Windows 10 has many customization features for the Start menu and also allows you to add almost anything to the Start menu. Now, there is the possibility of locking the Recycle Bin in the Start menu. It should come in handy for those who use Windows 10 in tablet mode. You can simply right-click on the Trash icon and press "Pin to Start", which will create a Trash pane in the Start menu.

9. Disable the Windows 10 lock screen

Windows 10, just like Windows 8, has a lock screen, which is good for a tablet or a smartphone, as we wouldn't want to press anything by mistake when we keep our mobile devices in our pockets or bags. However, the functionality is useless when it comes to PCs and laptops, as it only adds one click or additional scrolling to log in. The lock screen becomes a bit annoying in the long run, but the good news is that you can easily disable it. Here's how you can do it:

  • Go to " Run "pressing" Win + R ".
  • To type " gpedit.msc "in the Run dialog box and press Enter. The will open Local Group Policy Editor window .

  • Expand the folder " Computer configuration "and then expand" Administrative models ".
  • Next, enter " Control panel "and therefore" Customization ".
  • Once in the folder " Customization ", you will find the option" Do not display the lock screen "along with other options.

  • Double-click on the option and configure it as " enabled ", which will disable the Windows 10 lock screen.

  • Restart the PC and the Windows 10 lock screen will no longer work.

10. Change the user interface of the Windows 10 volume to the previous version

Windows 10 introduced many new interface elements, including a new volume slider. We really like the new volume scrolling interface, but if you prefer the old one for some reason, here's how you can recover it:

  • To open " Run "by pressing Win + R.
  • To type " regedit "in the Run dialog box and press" OK "to open the registry editor.

  • In the left bar, go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE-> Software-> Microsoft-> ??Windows NT-> Current version .
  • Right click on " Current version "and select" New -> Key "to create a new key with the name of" MTCUVC ".

  • Click on the "button MTCUVC "just created e right-click in the open space in the right pane.
  • Then, select " New -> DWORD value ".
  • Rename DWORD in " EnableMtcUvc ".
  • Click with the right key on DWORD e click edit .
  • Set the data to 0 and click "OK".

  • Close the Registry Editor and restart your PC and you will find the old volume control instead of the new one.

  • If you want to return to the new user interface of the volume control, go back to the Registry Editor and delete the "MTCUVC" button just created.

11. Get the old clock and the Windows calendar

Windows 10 has introduced a new interface for clock and calendar, but if you liked their classic look, you can recover it. Here's how you can do it:

  • Go to the Registry Editor by typing " regedit "in" Run ".
  • So, go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE-> Software-> Microsoft-> ??Windows-> CurrentVersion-> ImmersiveShell .
  • Create a nicknamed DWORD " UseWin32TrayClockExperience "by right-clicking on the right panel and selecting" New-> Key ".
  • Then. click with the right mouse button on the new key created e change the value to 1 .

  • This all. You will see the classic clock and calendar after restarting your Windows 10 PC.
  • To go back at the interface of the clock and the Windows 10 calendar, that's enough delete DWORD "UseWin32TrayClockExperience" .

Note:

This tweak could work or not, since not all Windows 10 builds have the "Immersive Key" shell.

12. Get the old battery user interface

Windows 10 also has a new battery information interface for the battery icon, the taskbar notifications panel. If you are a fan of the old battery user interface, you can follow the steps below to recover it:

  • Go to the Registry Editor by typing " regedit "in" Run ".
  • So, go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE-> Software-> Microsoft-> ??Windows-> CurrentVersion-> ImmersiveShell .
  • Create a DWORD " UseWin32BatteryFlyout ".
  • Then. right click on it and change the value to 1 .

  • This all. You will see the classic clock and calendar after restarting your Windows 10 PC.
  • can come back to the user interface of the Windows 10 battery simply by deleting DWORD "UseWin32BatteryFlyout" .

Note:

This tweak may or may not work for you, as not all Windows 10 builds come with the "Immersive Key" shell.

13. Set File Explorer to open "My PC"

The File Explorer button on Windows 10 opens "Quick Access", which now carries frequent folders and recent files. Not everyone likes this feature and if you are one of them, you can choose. You can choose to set the File Explorer button to open "My PC" instead of Quick Access. The steps are pretty simple:

  • Click on the tab " View ".

  • Push the button " Options "and then click" Change folder and search options ".

  • A new dialog will open " Folder options ".
  • In the tab " General ", the first option will be" Open File Explorer "with a drop-down menu alongside.
  • Click on the drop-down menu and select "Il my PC ".

14. Search for documents based on their extensions in Cortana

Cortana is a great add-on for the Windows platform and has lots of tricks up its sleeve. One of the interesting features of Cortana that you can search for files using their extensions. For example, if you type .jpg in Cortana, all JPEG images on the PC will be listed.

15. Enable "God" mode in Windows 10 to reveal hidden settings

First of all, the "God" mode in Windows is just a simple option that lets you see the hidden settings of the Control Panel. It carries no divine power. So, now that we've established it, here's how you can enable it:

  • Create a new folder anywhere you want.
  • Rename the folder exactly with this: GodMode. {ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

  • so, the folder will become " GodMode "with 239 advanced Control Panel settings unlocked for people who like to play with them.

16. Receive missed call notifications and send text messages via Cortana on PC

Windows 10 Mobile is scheduled for launch in December, but people who have installed the internal preview are already enjoying themselves. The latest Windows 10 Mobile preview brings missed call notifications on your Windows 10 PC and lets you send messages from Cortana to your PC. You will be able to do this only if you have a single Microsoft account on both devices. While Microsoft has brought this feature to Windows 10 Mobile, we hope that they will also bring it for Android and iOS smartphones.

18. Built-in screen recorder

Windows 10 has a screen recorder built into the new Xbox app. You can check the steps to use the built-in Windows 10 screen recorder. However, a basic screen recorder with limited functionality. If you are looking for an advanced screen recorder, you can also check out our list of the best third-party screen recording apps for Windows.

We hope these tips and tricks on Windows 10 have been useful to you. Let us know if you have any interesting tricks for Windows 10. We'd love to hear from you!