10 Free Tips and Tricks to Try in Windows 10
Introduced on in excess of a billion gadgets, Windows 10 is by a wide margin the world’s most famous PC working framework.
Yet, in light of the fact that you have it introduced on your PC or work area PC doesn’t mean you’re exploiting every one of the elements it offers. Assuming you’re similar to most Windows clients, you presumably stay with the couple of things you know well and adventure minimal external your usual range of familiarity. This working framework has many highlights intended to save you time. Attempt these, remembering bit by bit guidelines for how empower them. What’s more, simply relax, you can’t break anything!
1. Access password-protected apps, services faster:-
Windows Hello is a faster and more secure way to log on to your Windows 10 device and access any password-protected apps or online services. It uses something unique about you, such as a fingerprint or your face. Or you can use a secure personal identification number (PIN) if you don’t have a camera or fingerprint reader.
Here’s how to set it up.
- Go to the Start menu, which looks like an angled four-paned window, at bottom left of your screen.
- Select Settings | Accounts | Sign-in options.
- Under Manage how you sign into your device, select a Windows Hello item to add, change or remove.
2. Drag two apps side by side, four in quarters:-
Windows 10 makes it easy to open multiple windows on your screen, so you can browse the web on one half while playing videos on the other half. By “snapping” or locking them into place, you’ll have no overlapping windows.
To snap with a mouse:
- Click and hold the title bar of the window you want to snap, such as a web browser.
- Drag it left or right to one of the edges of your screen. An outline indicates the location and shape of the window once you drop it.
- Let go and it will be snapped in place. Now click one of the other open windows, which you’ll see as thumbnails, and it will fill the other half of the screen.
You also can snap windows into quarters. To get out of that mode, minimize a window by clicking on the minus icon (-) in the upper right corner of three icons, make it full screen by clicking on the square maximize icon or close the program entirely by clicking on the X. To snap with a keyboard, select the window you want to snap and press the Windows logo key and left arrow simultaneously or the Windows logo key and right arrow to snap the window to your preferred side of the screen.
3. Customize the look of Windows 10:-
You can make the look of Windows 10 work better for you in several ways.
To adjust size of text:
- Select the Start button, then Settings | Ease of Access | Display.
- Use the slider under Make text bigger to make the text on your screen larger. Or select an option from the drop-down menu under Make everything bigger to change the size of all the elements on your screen.
If you don’t see enough contrast among the elements on your screen, try using a high contrast theme. Select the Start button, then Settings | Ease of Access | High contrast, and click on the toggle under Turn on high contrast. To make the apps in your Start menu appear larger, right click or tap and hold the app tile you want to resize, select Resize, and choose the size you want. To see the mouse pointer better, select the Start button, then Settings | Ease of Access | Mouse pointer, and choose the options that work best for you.
By adding “pointer trails” you can see where your mouse is moving on the screen.
- Select the Start button, then Settings | Devices | Mouse | Additional mouse options.
- In the Mouse properties window, select the Pointer options tab | Display pointer trails | OK.
Windows 10 also lets you magnify your screen to see words and images better. To open Magnifier quickly, press the Windows logo key and plus sign (+). When Magnifier is open, use Windows logo key and plus sign (+) or Windows logo key and minus sign (-) to zoom in or out. To close Magnifier, press Windows logo key and Esc.
4. Use Cortana, Microsoft’s personal assistant:-
Cortana is Microsoft’s digital assistant that helps you with various tasks. Think of her like Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri or Google Assistant but baked into Windows 10.
You likely were asked if you wanted to enable Cortana when you set up Windows 10 for the first time. If not, here’s how to get started:
- Activate Cortana by tapping or clicking Start | Cortana.
- Select Use Cortana. Click Yes if you want speech, inking (support for a digital pen) and typing personalization turned on. This helps Cortana get to know you better and can help her complete various tasks. You also can choose No thanks if you don’t want this feature turned on.
- Cortana now sits on your task bar at the bottom of your screen. You can wake her up by saying “Hey, Cortana,” if you enabled that or by clicking the Cortana icon on the taskbar, which looks like a circle, and is to the right of the search window.
After you’ve awakened her, try asking, “What can you do?”
Cortana can help manage your calendar and keep your schedule up to date, join a meeting in Microsoft Teams or find out who your next meeting is with, create and manage lists, set reminders and alarms, and find facts, definitions and other information. Be aware: Cortana asks for permissions to track your activity so it can be useful, and Microsoft makes it difficult to totally disable Cortana once you’ve enabled it. So be sure you don’t mind that tracking.
5. Stop typing and start dictating:-
Instead of jotting down a note or writing a paper, you can talk to your PC. You also can control your computer by speaking to it, such as starting programs, opening menus and clicking buttons.
To get going:
- Type Speech in the search window beside the Start icon. Press Enter or click the button that says Windows Speech Recognition | Next.
- Choose the type of microphone you’re using, such as a headset, desktop microphone or perhaps one that’s built into the computer itself. Click Next.
- Walk through the prompts, conduct a short audio test, then make sure the toggle is set to On beside Dictate text and control your device using your voice.
- Place your cursor in any text field, either directly within Windows 10 or in an app such as Microsoft Word. Press the Windows logo key and H and start speaking into your computer’s microphone.
6. Return to past activities with Timeline:-
- Click the Task view icon in the task bar at the bottom of your screen, to the right of the search window, to see all your recent activities. Or open Task view by pressing the Windows logo key and Tab.
- See snapshots of the most relevant activities as small windows you can tap or click on in the default view. Plus you can slide the scrollbar on the right to get back to past activities. You also can pick up what you were doing in Microsoft Edge or Office 365 on your iOS or Android device.
- Can’t find the exact activity you’re looking for in the default view? Search using relevant keywords in the upper right corner.
7. Use the free OneDrive to save files:-
8. Share files with nearby devices:-
- Type Nearby in the search box at the bottom of your screen
- Tap or click Nearby sharing settings and select the toggle to turn it on.
- Now choose to share or receive content from Everyone nearby or My devices only from the drop-down menu. By default, shared files you receive will be dropped into the Downloads folder, but you can change the destination.
9. Silence distractions with Focus Assist:-
- Type focus in your search bar.
- Click or tap to open Focus Assist.
10. See what space your apps, files are taking:-
- Click the Start button, then Settings | System | Storage. Or type Storage in the search window at the bottom of your screen.
- Click on the drive you want to search. The hard drive inside your computer is likely your C: drive.