Windows is a platform we have been using for years now. Microsoft has regularly updated the Windows platform with various new options and settings that really enhanced the Windows experience. That’s what we are talking about in this article. We are going to discuss about Windows 10 settings that you should change right away to make most out of your Windows 10. Do note that some of these features and options might be limited to the Windows Insider Preview and they might not be available on your PC or laptop. Let’s check out some Windows 10 settings.
Windows 10 recently brought a new clipboard feature that’s one of my favorite new features. I mean like most of other users, I’ve been waiting for a native clipboard feature to arrive on Windows for so long. And now that it’s finally here, it’s disabled by default, typical Microsoft. Anyway all you need to do is, go to the Clipboard Settings in the System Settings.
Here you can just enable clipboard history and sync across devices if you want to copy and paste between multiple devices of yours and that’s it. Now, you can just use the keyboard shortcut Windows + V to open up the clipboard anytime anywhere and just check out everything you’ve copied and paste it with ease.
Microsoft recently brought a new Screenshot Tool to Windows 10 and it’s great. But to use it, you have to use the keyboard shortcut Windows + Shift + S and it’s not the easiest or most intuitive keyboard shortcut out there. Well Microsoft understood that and now you can use the good old Print Screen button to open up the new screenshot – yeah it’s pretty cool. Let’s see how to enable it. You can just head to Ease of Access > Keyboard Settings on your PC and here just scroll down and you’ll find the Print Screen shortcut, just enable it. Now you can just press the Print Screen key to open up the Screenshot Tool to take a rectangular screenshot, freeform screenshot or a full screen shot. Once you’ve taken a screenshot, you can quickly edit it, doodle on it. It’s super handy.
We’ve always wanted an Airdrop like file sharing feature in Windows 10, right? Well, not many people know but Windows 10 already has a similar feature called Nearby Sharing that uses Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to let people share files with other Windows 10 PCs with ease. Enabling this feature is also very easy, you can just open up the Action Center and just turn on the Nearby Sharing option and that’s it.
Now you can just right click on a file and click on the share option which will open up a sharing dialog box like the one shown below. Here you’ll see all the nearby Windows 10 devices.
Just click on the PC to which you want to send your file(s) and share the file with ease. Please note that the receiver also needs to have the Nearby Sharing feature turned ON.
Link Your Phone
At times when you take a picture from your smartphone and you quickly need to send it to your PC for quicker editing, right? Well, Windows 10 now has a really seamless feature for that. I’m talking about the new Your Phone feature. In the Settings page click on Phone option and add your phone. After which you’ll get a link to download the Your Phone Companion App on your phone. You need to install the app after which just sign in with the Microsoft account, give it the permissions. Once everything’s set up, you’ll see all the Photos and Messages from your phone in the Your Phone app on your Windows 10 PC.
Now, when you take a photo on your phone, it shows up instantly on your PC. So, that’s pretty great. However, the app is still pretty limited but Microsoft has promised a number of new features in the next update. So, things are going to get better.
Notifications from applications on your phone and your PC are really distracting. Sometimes notifications can make you distracted from your valuable work. Anyway, Focus Assist is something that helps you with exactly that. Focus Assist lets you choose which notifications you’d like to see while the rest of them go directly to the Action Center. You can find the Focus Assist settings in the System Settings and here you can set notifications to Priority Only or Alarms Only.
There are also some rules that you can customize. So, if you want only important notifications during work hours, you can easily set that. You can even set things up for when you are at Home. It’s pretty handy and it’s a pretty underrated feature to be honest.
Controlled Folder Access
Ransomware like WannaCry and Petya made people ‘wanna cry’ and affected a lot of Windows devices. Well, not many people know but Windows 10 now has a built-in feature called Controlled Folder Access to protect you against ransomware attack. You can find the option in the Update & Security > Windows Security > Virus & Threat Protection page. Here, scroll down a bit and click on Manage Ransomware Protection under Ransomware Protection. Now, you can just turn on Controlled Folder Access, check the folders that are protected and add folders that you want to protect, like folders that have your personal and sensitive data. Now, what Control Folder Access does is it recognizes malware and does not let such apps and software to make any changes in the protected folders. So, even if there’s a ransomware attack on your PC, these folders should be safe theoretically.
We all know the privacy issues in Windows 10 and the fact is that the platform collects a lot of user data. But the good thing is, you can always control your privacy with various settings. Yes, in the Settings page there’s a dedicated Privacy option that lets you change General Privacy options. You just need to turn off privacy options and also turn off the voice recognition permission. You can disable voice recognition permission if you don’t want Microsoft to collect your voice data. Although that will disable Cortana but if you don’t use Cortana, you can disable it. You should also disable the inking and typing permissions too so that Microsoft does not use your typing history. Then there’s the Activity History Permission which powers the cool new Windows Timeline Feature. You should disable this if you don’t want Microsoft to record your activities. Scroll down further on this page and you can also see all the other unnecessary permissions any apps might be taking and disable them easily.
As you can see, Microsoft and a lot of other apps on Windows 10 do collect a lot of data and I really think you should disable these permissions if your privacy is important to you.
Enhance Gaming Performance
There are a few different ways to improve gaming performance on a Windows 10 PC. Windows 10 includes a couple of native options to improve or smooth in the game performance. First is Game Mode which you can enable in the Gaming Settings. Once enables, Game Mode prioritizes your PC’s resources especially when you have other apps open in the background to make sure the gaming performance is smooth. We did not notice any major difference really with Game Mode turned off or on but if you want to play some games while using another app or maybe chat with the teammates, this can be really handy.
There’s also the new Graphics Settings in the Display Settings, which lets you customize graphics performance for specific apps. So, you can set your gaming app here and select High-Performance from options to get a smoother performance on your Windows 10 PC.
In our testing, this option didn’t really make any huge difference but we did notice a slight improvement in the overall smoothness of the game. So, it’s definitely doing something. These native options do bring a marginal improvement in the game performance but don’t expect anything extraordinary.
These were the 8 Windows 10 settings that you should be changing right away to make most out of your Windows 10 PC. Some of the new options and settings are pretty cool. Well which Windows 10 settings did you like the most? Tell us in the comment section below.