Windows 10 | Windows 10 Hidden Features

Windows 10 – It is now a tradition of Microsoft to keep updating Windows 10 with major releases such as the Fall Creators Update and April 2018 Update, so there are loads of hidden features and tricks to make the most of a constantly evolving Windows experience.

Below is the list of some Windows 10 Hidden features that will better your windows 10 experience.

Windows 10 Hidden Features

Secret Start Menu

You can still have Start menu experience if you wish to have it. All you need to do is to just right-click on the Windows 10 icon in the bottom-left corner of your screen, a textual menu will be prompted with a series of familiar popular destinations (Apps and Features, Search, Run). though all these options are available through the standard menu interface, you’ll be able to access them quickly through this textual interface.

Show Desktop Button

The desktop button actually dates back to Windows 7 but is handy nonetheless. On the bottom of the window, right corner of the desktop is a secret button. Look all the way to the bottom and right, beyond the date and time. There you will find a small little sliver of an invisible button. Click it to minimize all your opened windows.

There’s also the option to have windows minimized when you hover over this button versus clicking, select your preference from Settings > Personalization > Taskbar > Use the peek to preview the desktop.

You can Shake

With this feature, you normally debuted in Windows 7, but a lot of people don’t know about it or make use of it (it’s cool!). If you have a display full of windows, clear the clutter by grabbing the top of the window you do like and “shaking” it used to minimize all the other windows. Suddenly having shaker’s remorse? Shake again and the windows will come back.

Rotating Your Screen is Possible

This tip won’t be useful to a lot of people, but be aware that you can actually rotate your screen simultaneously by pressing Ctrl + Alt + D and any of the arrow key buttons. Down arrow will flip it upside down, the left or right arrow buttons will turn it 90 degrees on its side, and the up arrow will bring you back to standard orientation. This feature allows you to orient If you use multiple displays.

If the above did not work for you, Alternatively, you can right-click on the desktop background > Graphics Options > Rotation to turn your page around in all sorts of ways.

Enable Slide to Shutdown (wink)

Slide to Shut down only works on Windows 10 alone. It’s complex and probably not worth the effort for what you get out of it, but here you go: Right-click on the desktop > New > Shortcut. In the pop-up window, paste the following line of code:

%windir%\System32\SlideToShutDown.exe

 

This will create a clickable icon on your desktop. It can be renamed anytime. To shut down via slide-down, double-click on the new icon, it will prompt a pull-down shade. You can then use your mouse to drag it down to the bottom of the screen. Keep in mind, this isn’t sleeping, this is a shutdown.

 

God Mode

Would you like to access your PC’s in the nitty-gritty, if yes you should try “God mode”. Right-click on the desktop > New > Folder. Rename the new folder with this bit of code:

GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

To Enter the “God Mode” window, double-click the folder and enjoy

 

Right-Click on Tiles

Would you like to personalize those tiles, then right-click on them to prompt a pop-up menu. This menu will give you various options like the ability to un-pin from the Start menu, resize the windows, or turn that live tile off.

Drag to Pin Windows

This feature was available in Windows 7 but has some extras features in Windows 10. Grab any window and drag it to the side, where it will “fit” to half the screen. In Windows 10, you have the option of dragging the window to any corner to have the window take over a quarter of the screen instead of half. If you’re using multiple screens, drag to a border corner and wait for a prompt signal to let you know if the window will open in that corner.

You can do similar behaviour by using the Windows key plus any of the directional arrow buttons.

Games in Cortana

You can actually play some fun games with Cortana, they’re not games in the “fun” sense as much as they’re cool little time-killers that Cortana can help you with. You can type (or say) “Rock Paper Scissors,” “Roll the Die,” or “Flip the Coin” in Cortana for a fun (?) graphics gaming experience.

Jump Between Virtual Desktops

Do you like to multitask on your PC? Windows 10, Microsoft finally provided out-of-the-box access to virtual desktops.

DO you wish to try it out, click on Task View (the icon to the right of the Windows menu). This will separate all your open windows and apps into icons. You can now drag any of them over to where it says “New desktop,” which creates a new virtual desktop. This will allow you to, say, separate your work apps, personal apps, and social media into different desktops.

Once you click out of Task View, you can toggle between virtual desktops by pressing the Windows button+Ctrl+right/left arrows. It will allow you to automatically switch between all the open windows which you’ve separated into different desktops while leaving all the icons on your desktop unmoved.

In other to remove the virtual desktops, go back into task view and delete the individual virtual desktops—this will not close out the apps contained within that desktop, but rather just send them to the next lower desktop.

Transparent Command Prompt Window

It appears this feature is new to Windows 10, It will probably only be useful to a narrow niche of a user, but if you like to dig your virtual finger into the innards of Windows via the Command Prompt, Windows 10 provides a ghostly way to interface with it.

To access the Command Prompt interface in Windows 10, click on the Windows menu and punch in “Command Prompt” to bring up quick access to its desktop app. Click that. To personalize the experience, right-click at the top of the window to prompt a pop-up menu and choose “Properties.” Click over to the “Colours” tab to see a range of personalization options. At the bottom of this tab, you’ll find the “Opacity” slider, which allows you to see through the Command Prompt window.

This feature lets you code away in the Command Prompt while simultaneously observing the desktop. If you are Windows-hacky like that, go nuts.

 

Silence Notifications with Focus Assist

Formerly known as Quiet Hours, Focus Assist is a redesigned with April 2018 Update. This feature gives you greater control over the notifications that pop up on your PC. Head over to Settings > System > Focus Assist and then read the full how-to guide for customizing notifications for everything from contacts and apps to task-specific alarms.

Pin Your People

It is now possible to pin your closest contacts to your taskbar the same way you would your most-used apps. Tap on the People icon, and at the bottom of the pop-up box will be an option to find and pin contacts to your taskbar. Don’t see any contacts, Click on the App tab at the top of the box to connect your Mail app, Skype, or other apps from the Microsoft Store and import your contacts to set up the equivalent of speed dial icons right on your Windows 10 taskbar.

Nearby Sharing

In opened document or photo, you can now share the file directly with nearby devices the same way Apple’s AirDrop works. Click the Share icon atop your doc or photo toolbar to open the panel, and then click Turn On Nearby Sharing to see what nearby recipients are in range.

Mixed Reality Viewer

The Windows Fall Creators Update has MIxed Reality Viewer installed on your Windows 10 machine, even if you didn’t know it was there. Do a Cortana search and open the app to play around with 3D models—either one you’ve created in Paint 3D or downloaded from Microsoft’s library of thousands of models. If you the owner of one of Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality partner headsets or want to start playing around with 3D and mixed reality development, this app is your way to start levelling up.

 

Stop Typing, Start Dictating

The Speech recognition feature has always been a strong suit for Microsoft, but in the latest Windows 10 release, it’s almost second nature. In Settings, go to Time & Language > Speech > Related settings and click “Speech, inking and typing privacy settings” to enable speech services and typing suggestions.

 

Once you have done that, you can now use the Windows Key-H hotkey combination in any text field to pop up a Cortana box that records your voice through the Windows machine’s microphone and dictates the speech in your text field. You’ll still need to type manual punctuation, but save yourself some typing by dictating emails, messages, and more.

Control Your Smart Home

Cortana can control all your smart home devices through Windows 10. The setting is a little tough to find because you can’t just search the Cortana bar for smart home or “connected home.” Instead, you have to search for Cortana Notebooks, which brings up a list of to-do items, reminders, and suggested tasks for Cortana. To find the connected home function you will need to click on the Manage Skills tab at the top right of the pop-up window.

 

From there, then scroll down and click into Connected Home. Firstly, toggle the option at the top to Enable Connected Home, after which you can log into all your smart home devices— including Nest, SmartThings, Ecobee, Honeywell, and Hue—and connect to Cortana. Once it is enabled, all you have to do is say “Hey Cortana, set the thermostat to 70 degrees’ and watch it do the job.

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