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Top 25 tips useful for windows 10 latest updates


1. Use pinned folders

how to pinned folder

To pin a folder to Windows Explorer’s jump list, open File Explorer, then drag a folder into the Quick Access list ,not only will it be visible from here, when you right-click the File Explorer Taskbar icon you’ll find the pinned folder is there too

2. Activate Dark Mode

how to active dark mode windows 10

If someone for whom a bright screen puts unnecessary strain on your eyes, press [ ❖ ]+[I] to open ‘Settings’, then head to ‘Personalisation > Colours > App Mode’ and select ‘Dark’ to switch Windows’ colours to darker hues

3. Launch a new program window

launch a new program windows 10

When a program is running and you click its Taskbar icon you’ll switch to that app. If you’d prefer to launch a new window, just hold down the [Shift] key as you click the icon

4. Change window sizes with a shortcut

There are lots of ways you can change the size and position of an open window. Hold [ ❖ ] and press the up arrow to maximise a window or the down arrow to minimise it.

You can also use [ ❖ ] in conjunction with the left and right arrow keys to snap the currently selected window to the left or right-hand side of the screen. Quickly tidy things up by pressing [ ❖ ]+[Home] to minimise everything except the current window, too.

5. Compatibility mode

Some older software that you rely on may not work as you expect under Windows 10. Try right-clicking the shortcut of a program, select ‘Properties > Compatibility’ tab. Tick the box in the ‘Compatibility Mode’ section and select the version of Windows it worked with.

6. Burn ISO

burn iso without 3rd party software

Just right-click an ISO file on your machine and select the ‘Burn disc image’ option. Select the disc burner you’d like to use, insert a blank disc and click the ‘Burn’ button.

7. re-order Taskbar

the Taskbar Inject some order into the Taskbar by moving taskbar icons. Just click and drag one to its new place – you’ll see the other icons move to make way.

8. Preview your fonts

preview font windows 10

Open the ‘Fonts’ folder from the Control Panel and you can preview the fonts you have installed without even having to open anything. Any you don’t need can be hidden or deleted – we recommend backing these up first by copying them to another folder.

9. Minimise all

windows at once To quickly minimise all of your open programs and windows, press the [ ❖ ]+[M] key combo at the same time. Alternatively, grab a window with your mouse and shake it. This gesture will minimise all other windows, but leave the shaken one alone.

10. Free up disk space

To keep your hard drive running well, it’s a good idea to clear out the clutter. Type cleanmgr into the Search bar to quickly launch Windows’ own Disk Cleanup tool or download CCleaner from piriform. com for a more powerful cleaning app.

12. Quickly rearrange the notification area

If you don’t like how icons are ordered in the notification area of the Taskbar, they can be simply dragged and dropped into new positions. Perfect for tailoring the Taskbar to suit your needs.

13. Make a bigger Start menu

By switching on ‘Show more tiles’ within the Start pane of the Taskbar screen in ‘Settings’, it’s now possible to maximise the Start menu to squeeze in more Live Tiles. Additionally, Live Tiles now take you directly to the content that is being displayed in the tiles , rather than the app’s ‘home’ screen.

14. Avoid the Registry

Download and run Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4 from where you’ll find loads handy tweaks and customisation settings that require a single click to apply. Set a Restore Point before you begin.

15. Take control of UAC

User Account Control is a great, and very longstanding Windows security feature, and you can adjust just how sensitive it is to suit your preferences. Simply click the Start button, type uac and press [Enter]. You can then use the slider to choose when warnings should appear on your Windows 10 desktop.

16. Free up space with Disable hibernation

Windows’ hibernation file takes up a lot of space, particularly on machines with lots of RAM. Disable it to recover the space by right-clicking the ‘Start’ button and choosing ‘Command Prompt (Admin)’. Type powercfg -h off and hit [Enter].

17. View clocks from other time zones

The Taskbar shows you the current time, and it can also be used to check the time in up to two other countries. Go to ‘Date and time settings’ in Settings. Scroll down and click ‘Add clocks for different time zones’. Tick ‘Show this clock’ and use the dropdown menu to configure it.

18. Restore classic looks Windows 10

If you don’t like the way items are displayed in the Notification area of the Taskbar (battery, time and date display, and volume control ) then you can restore the old look. Fire up Ultimate Windows Tweaker. Go to ‘Customization > Windows 10’ tab where you’ll find the options.

19. Control AutoPlay Windows 10

Click ‘Start > Settings > Devices > AutoPlay’ and you can take control of what happens when you insert a disc or plug in an external drive. You can option to disable AutoPlay completely as well.

20. Open Explorer at This PC

Open File Explorer and it’ll default to the Quick Access folder. If you’d rather it went to your drives instead, select ‘Options’ under the ‘View’ tab and choose ‘This PC’ from the window that pops up.

21. Move windows between your monitors

If you’ve got more than one monitor connected to your computer, you can avoid having to drag and drop windows between screens by simply pressing the keyboard combo [ ❖ ]+[Shift] along with the left or right arrow keys.

22. Restore libraries

Libraries are hidden by default in Windows 10 – bring them back by switching to the ‘View’ tab of File Explorer, then click the ‘Navigation pane’ button and pick ‘Show libraries’.

23. Check your memory usage

To check which programs are using up your memory, right-click the Taskbar and select ‘Task Manager’, then click ‘More Details’

24. Keep browsing in private

You can keep your browsing history private in the Edge browser by switching to In Private mode. You can do this by pressing the combo [Ctrl]+[Shift]+[P].

25. Desktop tidying

If you have icons scattered everywhere, just right-click the desktop and choose ‘View > Auto arrange icons’ to keep them in order.

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