Windows 10 Tips and Tricks
Windows 10 is the latest OS by Microsoft. With the latest updates now, you can get even more features. Here are a few Windows 10 tips and tricks that you might want to know. This guide also includes the hacks that allow you to shut down background apps to help save the battery.
Whether you have been using Windows 10 for a long time or have recently installed it with all the latest updates, there are many tricks that you will want to learn. Not everyone is a pro in Windows. Not everyone knows all its hidden features. Here in this article, we have tried to give you some help to help make you a pro user.
Now with these tips and tricks, you can get more out of your operating system. Like Apple, Microsoft also does not officially publish the new features they include in the new updates. The users have to search for themselves. While using the OS, you can find out more about the system.
It would be best if you also learned the new Windows 10 tips and tricks because the support for Windows 7 has ended in January.
1. Minimize all Windows Except the Active one
It is a common behavior that when we use Windows, we tend to open a lot of programs. Sometimes the desktop becomes overcrowded with the open windows. With the latest feature, you can minimize all the programs/open windows except the active one.
To do this, you need to click on the title bar of the window that is open. All you need is to hold the mouse button and shake the bar until all others are minimized. It’s more like playing a game, you hold the active window and shake the mouse, and all others will drop down on the taskbar.
2. Access the Secret Start Menu
The start menu is available on the left bottom of the screen. You can also push the Windows button on the keyboard to open it. The new Windows 10 update now includes a second start menu. It allows you to access features such as Task Manager, Command Prompt, Control Panel, etc.
You can open this start menu by pressing Windows Key + X. You can also access it by right-clicking on the windows or start button icon on the desktop.
3. Create an Even on Calendar Without Opening It
Now you can add events to your Microsoft calendar with ease directly from your taskbar. You will have to right clack on the time and date on the right corner to do this. Now you can add an event from there without the need to open the calendar.
4. Taking Screenshots
With the new update of Windows 10, there are eight ways to take a screenshot. The easiest way is to use the Windows Key + Print Screen key. Once you hit these buttons, the entire screen’s screenshot will be saved in the Screenshots folder.
Another interesting way that allows you to take the screenshot and edit it is by pressing Windows + Shift + S keys. It will open a program specially designed for creating screenshots. It will then save it on the clipboard.
5. Open Pinned Programs from Taskbar
Almost everyone who uses Windows has some programs that are pinned to the taskbar. It allows easy access without the need to search them from the folders to open. Now you can open these programs without using the mouse.
Thanks to the new update, you can use the keyboard to open these pinned programs. You can press Windows Key and then number keys. For example, if you press Windows +4, it will open the program pinned at number four on the taskbar.
It is a very handy feature that allows you to use the keyboard instead of lifting the mouse to open the items.
6. Close the Background Apps
One of the most irritating things about the operating systems is that they keep running the background apps. These apps take up a lot of storage in the RAM making the system slow. Knowing which background apps are using more memory and shutting them down is now easy.
You can open Background apps by going to Settings > Privacy > Background apps. An option says, “Let apps run in the background” you can turn it off. Now the apps and programs that you close will not run in the background.
7. Scrolling the Windows that are Not Active
With Windows 10, you can now scroll up and down in a window even if it is not the one that is currently active. To do this, you need to open two programs to see both of them open in front of you.
For example, you open a browser and a Word document with some text visible. Now, if you hover the mouse on the window that is not active and uses the scroll button, it will navigate up and down.
You can use this feature by turning this feature on by going to Settings > Devices > Mouse. From here, enable or turn on “Scroll inactive windows when I hover over them.”
8. Know how much Space Each App Takes
One of the things that almost everyone wants to know is how much a certain app is using RAM or memory. If your system feels slow, you can easily close the apps that are taking up more space.
To know which app is taking how much space, you can navigate Settings > System > Storage. It will show the drives, click on one and then click on “Apps and Games.” It will show the apps along with how much space they are taking.
9. Show File Extensions in Explorer
Now you can show the file extensions in the explorer. To do that, you will have to search “File Explorer Options” in the bottom’s search bar. Open these options and from there, click or select the “View” tab. You will see that the box that says hide extensions has been checked. Uncheck it, and you will now see the file extensions in the explorer.
These are a few tips and tricks that you should know when using Windows 10. Make sure that you have the latest and updated Windows 10. As of January, Microsoft has officially stopped the support for Windows 7. Now you need to upgrade to Windows 10. Learn as much as you can about its features.