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51 Windows 10 tips and tricks
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1. Use Custom Install
When you're setting up Windows 10 on a new PC, make sure you select the Custom install option instead of the default Express install.
It's more involved but lets you modify important aspects of your installation such as the privacy settings.

2. Remove old files after installing Windows 10
If you have no intentions of reverting to the previous version of Windows, you can save disk space by getting rid of the old OS files. Head over to Control Panel > System and Security > Administrative Tools > Disk Clean-up and toggle the 'Previous Windows installations' box in the list.

3. Sign out of Windows
The Power menu in the Start menu only includes options to Shutdown and Restart the computer. To sign in as another user bring up the Start menu and click on your name displayed at the top.
This brings up a menu which includes the Sign out option.

4. New Action Center
Windows 10 includes a new Action Center that keeps track of notifications from all over the system.
Click on the text bubble icon in the system tray and the panel flows out from the right-hand side of the screen.

5. New snap keyboard shortcuts
Keyboard warriors can save time and snap windows without using the mouse. Use the Win key + Arrow key to snap to one of the four corners of the screen and double-up commands to reach the quadrants.
For example, pressing Win + Right Arrow, then Win +Up Arrow places the current window in the top-right corner.

6. Make Windows touch-friendly
If your computer has a touch screen you can manually enable Windows 10's touch-friendly Continuum interface to operate Windows in a tablet mode.
Head to Start > Settings > System > Tablet Mode to manually alter its behaviour.

7. Disable WiFi Sense in Windows 10
If you're worried about Wi-Fi Sense's security implications you can disable it by heading to Start > Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi > Manage Wi-Fi settings.
Now disable all options and ask Windows 10 to forget any Wi-Fi networks you've signed into in the past.

8. Customise Privacy settings
To take charge of general and app-specific privacy options head over to Start > Settings > Privacy. From here you can also individually define which apps can access the connected hardware like cameras and microphones.

9. Customise Battery Saver
The Windows 10 Battery Saver clamps down on background activities in order to maximise your system's battery.
You can enable it from under Start > Settings > System > Battery Saver. It comes online automatically when the charge drops below 20%.

10. Unlock PC with a fingerprint
Windows 10 includes a suite of new biometric security features known as Windows Hello. If you have the required hardware then you can use fingerprint detection or face recognition to log in.
Head to Start > Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options to explore the various available options.

11. Stream media across the network
Go to 'Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center' and click on 'Change advance sharing settings'.
Then go to All Network section and click the 'Choose media streaming options' link and turn on media sharing.

12. Monitor with Task Manager
Windows 10 also includes an improved Task Manager with a better layout and easily digestible information and useful graphs.
Familiarise yourself with the Task Manager to monitor the resources of your PC and to terminate unresponsive processes.

13. Create a local account
If you don't want the benefits of OneDrive synchronised account, you can create a standalone offline account. Head to Start > Settings > Accounts and click the 'Sign in with a local account instead' link.

14. Contact Support
If you need help setting up a Windows app or are facing any issues, you can use the Contact Support app under the Start > All apps menu.
The app will help you find discussions relevant to your technical problems on the community forums.

15. Arrange windows
In addition to snap, you can arrange windows in other ways as well. Right-click on the taskbar to reveal three window arrangement schemes: namely, Cascade Windows, Show windows stacked, and Show windows side by side.

16. Scroll inactive windows
If you often work with multiple open windows at the same time, Windows 10 lets you save time and effort by allowing you to scroll through inactive windows in the background when you hover over them.

17. Snap windows to corner
Windows 10 includes a Snap Assist feature which lets you snap two windows side-by-side by offering you a choice of windows to snap. Also, to snap a window to a quarter size of the monitor, just drag the window to a corner.

18. Use Virtual Desktops
Windows 10 finally lets you add multiple virtual desktops. For this, click the Task View button on the taskbar and then click on New desktop button.

19. Peek at the desktop
Right-click on the thin button at the far right end of the taskbar and choose 'Peek at desktop'. Now when you roll the pointer over it, it'll show you a quick preview of the desktop and revert back when you move away.

20. View apps from across desktops By default the taskbar displays windows and apps from the current desktop.
To change this behaviour, head to Start > Settings > System > Multi-tasking > Virtual Desktops and select the 'All desktops' option from the pull-down menu.

21. Move Windows between Virtual DesktopsTo move windows, bring up the Task View and drag an open window from the current desktop straight into the desktop you want to move it into. Or drag a window to the 'new desktop' button in order to create a new virtual desktop for the window.

22. Get back icons on the desktopFor easier access to certain key locations on your computer, head to Start > Settings > Personalisation > Themes. Then click the 'Desktop icon Settings' and select the icons you want to place on the desktop.

23. Manage notificationsTo customise which quick action icons are displayed in the Notification Center, head to Start > Settings > System > Notifications & actions and then click on the four icons displayed to select a different icon from a pull-down list.

24. Shake to minimiseTo declutter your screen you can quickly minimise all open windows except the one you're viewing currently. Just click, hold and shake its title bar.Repeat the action to restore all minimised windows.25. Enable jumplistsYou can save considerable amount of time by using Jump Lists with the most used apps. Open the Settings app from Start Menu and go to Personalisation > Start and enable the last option if you wish to see jump lists on Start Menu and Taskbar.

26. Colourise Start
The default colour of the Start Menu doesn't please all eyes especially after several hours of use. To pick your own colour, head to Start > Settings > Personalisation > Colours and disable the 'Automatically pick an accent colour from my background' option and pick an accent colour from a palette.

27. Streamline Start
If you don't want Start Menu to show the most used programs in left-side pane, open Settings app from Start Menu and head to Personalisation > Start and set the 'Show most used apps' option to Off.

28. Hide Recently opened apps
Similarly, if you don't want Start Menu to show your recently opened programs and files, head to Settings > Personalisation > Start Start and toggle the 'Show recently added apps' option to off.

29. Choose which folders appear on Start
Open the Settings app from Start Menu and go to Personalisation > Start and click on the 'Choose which folders appear on Start' link. Now you can customise the folders list that shows on the Start menu.

30. Prevent an app from showing in the Recently Used List
You can also prevent particular apps from showing up in the recently used apps list despite how frequently you use it instead of turning off the feature entirely.
For this right-click on an app and select 'Don't show in this list'.

31. Keyboard-friendly Start
You can operate the Start menu almost entirely using the keyboard. The Windows key to bring it as always and you can then use the search feature and the arrow keys to navigate it without a mouse.

32. Turn off Live Tiles
If you're distracted by the constant updates and changes in the tiles, you can turn off their ability to display updates. Just right-click on them and select the 'Turn live tile off' option.

33. Switch to Start Screen
If you wish to pin more items to the Start menu you can actually make it stretch across the entire screen. Head to Start > Settings > Personalisation > Start and toggle the 'Use full-screen Start when in the desktop' option.

34. Pin Most used settings
You can pin shortcuts, files and folders to Start Menu. Just right-click on the desired item and select the 'Pin to Start' option.
This will immediately pin the item to the right-side of Start Menu.

35. Alter names and icons of the tiles
Right-click on a tile of a non-Modern app and select the 'Open file location' option.
This will open the Programs folder. Press F2 to rename the shortcut. To change its icon, right-click on the shortcut and head to Properties > Change Icon.

36. Remove tiles
On the other hand, if you have no use for the tiles on the Start menu you can remove each and every one of them by right-clicking on each and selecting the 'Unpin from Start' option.

37. Resize the Start menu
To make room for your customisations, you can easily resize the Start menu to your liking. Just move your mouse pointer to the top-border or right-border of the Start Menu, the pointer will change into arrows and you'll be able to increase or decrease height and width.

38. Find apps faster
To avoid scrolling through the alphabetically arranged list of apps, click on any of the letters to view all the letters of the alphabet.
Now click any alphabet which takes you directly to the apps grouped underneath it.

39. Uninstall apps from the Start Menu
You can right-click on any Modern or a traditional desktop app in the Start menu and then select the 'Uninstall' option from the pop-up menu to remove that app from your PC.

40. Label and group tiles
By default, the Start menu arranges tiles inside two groups. Click on these labels to rename them. If you've pinned tiles of your own, hover over the area above them and click on the two parallel lines to name the group.

41. Hide the task view button
If you don't use virtual desktops or use the keyboard to switch between them, you can hide the Task View icon by right-clicking on the taskbar and deselecting the 'Show Task View button' option.

42. Remove Cortana's search box
Similarly, you can reduce the space taken by Cortana in the taskbar. Right-click on an empty part of the taskbar, select Cortana and choose 'Hidden' to change it to a popup.
You can keep Cortana on the taskbar as a standard icon by choosing the 'Show Cortana icon' option.

43. Find the original Control Panel
The new Settings panel is easy to find and is easier to navigate than the old Control Panel. But the latter is still available and comes in handy for accessing advanced options. You can find it by pressing Win + X on your keyboard and bringing up the power user menu.


44. Decrease effects
If you are running Windows 10 on a resource strapped machine, you can squeeze more performance by turning down the bling. Head to Control Panel > System and Security > System and click 'Advanced system settings'.
Now click Settings under the Performance section and customise the effects.

45. Streamline the Navigation Pane
To remove the OneDrive link in Windows Explorer launch the registry editor and head over to the key: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6}.
Then in the right-side pane, change the value of the System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree variable to 0.

46. Restore the previous Volume Control UI
To bring back the vertical volume lever in the system tray, simply bring up the Registry Editor and head over to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\key.
Then create a new key named MTCUVC and under it create a new DWORD named EnableMtcUvc and set its value to 0. The volume control UI will be restored.

47. Customise Quick Access
Quick Access allows you to immediately jump into your favourite folder and most recently used files. To customise its contents, switch to the View tab in Explorer and hit Options.
Note that at the bottom of the General tab are further options to show or hide certain bits of information.

48. Customise the Power User menu
To reorganise and or remove entries go to C:\Users\\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\WinX.
Here you'll notice three folders that house entries for the Power User menu. You can move them around or remove them to suit your workflow.


49. Disable new battery flyout
To bring back the old battery display in the taskbar, head to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ImmersiveShell key in the Registry Editor.
Here create a new DWORD named UseWin32BatteryFlyout and set its value to 1.

50. Make Cortana respond to voice commands
For a hands-free operation, click on the Cortana search bar, select Notebook from the left menu, choose Settings, and enable the 'Let Cortana respond to "Hey Cortana"' option.

51. Make Cortana respond only to you
You can now ask Cortana to respond only to your voice. Head back to the Settings in the Notebook and press the 'Learn my voice' button and speak the phrases to teach Cortana your voice.
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