Microsoft’s Windows 10 has released in July 2015. Since it is a new Operating System, people know less about it. Windows 10 includes some new features as well as advancement to old features. Here are some tips and tricks for Windows 10 users.
1. Talk to Cortana
You will find Cortana in Windows 10 as Microsoft’s digital assistant. As Windows 10 is available for PCs as well as Tablets and Phones, you can use Cortana on all of these devices. You just have to turn Cortana on and change its settings according to you, then you can use your voice or the search box on the Taskbar to run search web, set reminders, check the weather conditions and more. It’s currently available in the US only but it is coming to other parts of the world soon. But you don’t have to wait for Cortana to come to your country to test it. Change your system region and language to US in the Time and Language section in Settings and you will be able to use this feature. 😛
2. Sign-in Options
Windows 10 has a new feature called Windows Hello. Using this feature, you can log in using facial recognition, fingerprint or even using IRIS scan, but your computer should have the necessary hardware attached to it. To change your login method, go to the Settings, then click the Accounts link and select Sign-in options from the menu on the left-pane. The available options will vary depending on the hardware attached to your computer, but in new laptops and desktops which are made specifically for Windows 10, you can find some of the new options.
3. Save Battery Power
For laptop users, Windows 10 has an official Battery saver application. You can find this option in System section of Settings. You can also see an estimate of how long your battery should last. Turn the Battery saver mode on or off manually, or you can set it to turn on automatically when your battery gets down to a certain level — click the Battery saver settings link to change this level from the default to your desired level, and you can specify certain apps that are exempt from the various power-saving features.
4. Multiple Desktops
Windows 10 supports “virtual” desktops. It means you can set up multiple desktops rather than sticking with one (the Taskbar and desktop shortcuts appear same on all desktops). You can have one desktop for your Work and one for entertainment and many more. Click on the Task View button on Taskbar or press Windows Key+Tab on the keyboard to view, create and remove virtual desktops. You can also click on the individual application thumbnail to switch between them. You can use Ctrl+Windows Key + Left or Right Navigation Key to switch between desktops quickly.
5. Snap Opened Windows to Corners
Microsoft has upgraded the window snapping function introduced with Windows 8. In Windows 8, you can drag any open window to the sides of the screen to snap it to either side of the display, but in Windows 10 can also snap them into the corners. Drag an open window into the corner of the display; you can also hold down the Windows Key and press the Navigation keys to do it if you prefer. You can use this feature if you want your apps to be arranged properly.
6. Offline Maps
You must have saved maps for offline use on smartphones, but tablets and laptops can benefit from it as well. In Windows 10 you can save maps to your device to use in case you don’t have a Wi-Fi or data connection while you’re travelling or not in coverage area. Go to the Settings >> System >> Offline maps and choose which maps to download. The download size may vary depending on the area whose may you want to download. After successful download, you can use Maps app even when you are offline.
7. Analyse the Hard Drive
Windows 10 brings a new interface for viewing the contents of your hard drive. Which makes it much easier for you to see how is your HDD Space is being used. Go to Settings >> System >> Storage option and choose the drive you want to take a closer look at — the next screen breaks up used storage space into pictures, documents, videos, email, music and so on, provided all of this content is saved into the appropriate folders. Click on any entry in the list for more details.
8. Change Default Application Associations
Application association decides what application will open a particular type of file, i.e. Microsoft Office Word opens .doc files. The Windows 10 upgrade process can change some of these associations. To change them back, go to Settings >> System >> Default apps and make any necessary changes, as well as you can reset file associations back to their “Microsoft recommended”.
9. Alternate Start Menu
Windows 10 provides quick access to useful utilities in form of an alternative Start Menu. To see alternative Start menu, Right-click on Start button. It is not good looking but provides quick links to most important areas of the system, including the Device Manager utility, the command prompt window and the Control Panel. You can access the Task Manager, system search and the Run box from here. This alternative menu was available in Windows 8 as well. Keyboard shortcut for launching alternate Start Menu is, Windows Key+X.
10. Turn Wi-Fi Sharing On/Off
Windows 10 has a more controversial feature, i.e. Wi-Fi Sense, which lets you automatically share Wi-Fi passwords with your contacts on Facebook and Skype. This feature provides them quick access to the internet, when they come to your home or office by using your Wi-Fi. But it is not safe to share your Wi-Fi passwords over Facebook or Skype. You can turn if off in Settings >> Network & Internet >> Manage Wi-Fi settings. At the bottom of the screen you can turn sharing on or off for all of the networks your computer usually connects to.
11. Video Record Your Screen
Windows 10 comes with an on-screen video recording function. This was first designed to capture your game-play for sharing with friends, but you can use it to prepare a presentation or prepare a tutorial for Windows troubleshooting or How-To videos. First open any application that you want to record, then press Windows Key+G and tick the check box to start the Game DVR utility and keep running. The clips you have recorded will be available inside the Xbox application. You can use the Windows Key+Alt+Print Screen keyboard shortcut to save a screenshot to the same location.