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Tips to Help You Get the Most out of Windows 10

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2024-05-22 13:36:15 • Filed to: Windows Tips • Proven solutions

You don't need to be a Harry Potter series maniac or Hercule Poirot to be interested in uncovering secrets, hidden tricks and son, we are all in one way or another obsessed with secretes and uncovering them! Now with the release of Windows 10, we have a marvelous opportunity to fulfill this fiery desire! There are tons of tips and features about 10, hidden or barely missed, that can boost your experience with your Windows 10 device. If you are still against switching to Windows 10 simply because you've read about its cons and gripes here and there, it's time to think up! It's absolutely worth it. Don't freak out if it sounds too tricky in the first place. Learning the "tricks" will just do. Guess what? We've done most of the legwork for you. Just follow the Windows 10 tips and tricks below.

1. Keyboard Shortcuts

I don't know about you but I'm a huge fan of shortcuts and honestly, the interface of Windows 10 makes it a must to learn at least one or two shortcuts to move around faster and feel the liquidity of the interface. Let's start with:

windows 10 shortcuts
  • Windows Logo Key + Ctrl + D: Use this combination to switch to a new virtual desktop. Why do you need this? Let's say you've launched too many applications at the same time that you actually lose track of everything! What could be better than switching to a clean and slick desktop?
  • Windows Logo Key + L: Use this combination to switch between accounts.
  • Windows Logo Key + C: Use this combination to wake Cortana up in listening mode.
  • Windows Logo Key + I: Use this combination to open the settings panel or the co-called Control Panel.

2. Dark Mode

I'm not crazy about "Dark Mode" generally, but for those who are so concerned about their eyes, there is this hidden mode on Win 10.

windows 10 dark mode
  • Hold "Windows Logo Key + R" and type "Regedit", and hit the "Enter" key.
  • Then simply expand this hierarchy: HKEY_CURRENT_USER > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Themes > Personalize.
  • Then right-click on an empty area and click "New" and choose "DWORD (32bi-bit) Value". A new value is added. You can rename it if you want. Now simply log out and log back in.

3. ISO Image Mounting

On Win 10, you do not need any particular mounting application such as Virtual CloneDrive to open up ISO images (By the way, this application is awesome in essence, give it a shot sometime). Just right-click and choose "Mount". Simple as that!

windows 10 iso image mounting

4. User-Friendly Interactive Start Menu

You can customize the Start Menu using the "Ctrl" and "Arrow" keys to customize the size of the Menu the way you want to. It's pretty awesome.

windows 10 start menu

5. Print to PDF

Microsoft seems to have finally come to its senses. From now on, you can use this new option that lets you print a PDF file regardless of the application you are working with. In other words, The XPS format is not a "must" anymore. You also get to save your document, webpage etc. as a PDF file. Click "Print" and then choose "Save" to save your file as a PDF.

windows 10 print to pdf

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6. Video-Record What You Do

You can record what you do inside of an application on Win 10. Now you can make simple tutorials yourself! Use this key combination: "Windows Logo Key + G".

windows 10 record video

The con here is that your PC should meet the requirements. According to Microsoft, you should have one of the following graphic cards:

  • AMD: HD 7000M series, R9 series, HD 8000 series, AMD Radeon HD 7000 series, HD 8000M series, and R7 series.
  • NVIDIA: GeForce 800M series or later, GeForce 600 series or later, Quadro Kxxx series or later.

7. Remove the Sign-in Screen

If you don't like to be having to go through the boring sign-in panel of Win 10, you might want to have a look at this trick:
Use" Windows Logo Key + R" then type "Netplwiz" and hit "OK". Then under Users Accounts, uncheck the "users must enter a user name and password to use this computer".

windows 10 sign in screen

8. Stop the Automatic Downloading of Updates

windows 10 auto updates

God! It's so nerve-racking! By default, Windows 10 is adjusted to find and download updates automatically and there's nothing you can do about it, unless you manually go to "Settings" and disable "Automatic Updates".

9. Original Control Panel

The New Settings panel looks just fine and it is accessible from the Start Menu. However, not everybody can adapt to this new arrangement of things. For such people including myself, they have rustled up a shortcut to the conventional Control Panel.
Just use this key combination: "Windows Logo Key + X" and choose "Control Panel".

windows 10 control panel

10. Sleep Button Missing

This is the problem for a lot of those who switch to Windows 10 and the solution is handy: Upgrade your PC's drivers and restart your PC and bingo! You will find the "Sleep" button right where it is supposed to be.

windows 10 sleep button

No matter how many articles you read or how many tutorials you watch, when it comes to implementation, there is nothing better than practice. Therefore, if you would like to enjoy this new experience, grab as much stuff as you can and put it into practice. As they say, "Practice makes perfect".

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