Windows 10 tricks and features

Windows 10 is the latest version of the Microsoft Windows operating system, which comes with lots of fantastic features. However, sometimes what you know best is better than getting to grips with something new. So here are Some New Windows 10 features with new Tips and Tricks to make your Windows 10 system run exactly as you want it to.

Open Windows Explorer at “This PC” Instead of Quick Access

While Quick Access is great for finding a recently or commonly used file or folder. Those who just want to find something quickly on their computer might prefer the This PC view from Windows 7 and Windows 8. If you’d rather open the usual PC with links to your drives and library folders, here’s how.

How To Change  Windows Explorer to Open This PC

  • Press Windows + E to open a Quick Access window.
  • Click View in the ribbon then select Options
  • This will open the Folder Options window.
  • Here Under the General Tab, next to “Open File Explorer to:” choose “This PC.”
  • Now when you launch a new Explorer window, you’ll start on This PC.
  • Which you’re probably used to from past versions.

Set up GodMode

GodMode for Windows 10 gives you access to 262 new god-like powers. And while it doesn’t give you unlimited lives or save you from blue screens. It does expose some additional features and tools to play with. The awesomely named GodMode brings up a special menu that puts lots of settings together in one place.

To enable it, create a new folder anywhere on your root drive and rename it GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}. It will create a special icon that when you click on it shows you a beautiful advanced control panel.

Make Google to Default Search on Windows 10

Bing is the default search engine for Microsoft Edge and the Windows 10 search bar. And it’s hard to get away from Microsoft’s search engine. However, despite improvements and Microsoft’s best efforts to force Bing upon Windows users, Google will always reign supreme. While totally removing Bing from Windows 10 is impossible, you can kick it out of Edge and clumsily replace it in the Windows 10 search bar.

How to remove Bing from Microsoft Edge

  • Open Edge and select the ellipsis on the right,
  • Go to Settings, then  select Advanced Settings
  • Under “Search in the address bar” change the default option to Add New.
  • Here, you’ll see a list of available search engines.
  • If the list is empty (as it tends to be), navigate to your browser of choice and repeat the process. Y
  • You should now see it listed as an available provider

Remove Bing from the Windows 10 search bar:

Open Chrome and download “Bing2Google” from the Chrome App Store. Install it Now, when you perform a Windows 10 search, Chrome will boot up and take you through to a Google search. Thankfully, you don’t lose any standard Cortana or device search functions by doing this, either

Also, Read How To make Google As Default Search Engine on Windows 10

Enable Hey Cortana

Now you can simply ask Cortana a question. To do so, you first have to enable it to respond to the sound of your voice by saying Hey Cortana. Bear in mind that you may be asked to set up your microphone to use this feature.

Here’s how to set up Hey Cortana:

Click the search box to the right of the Start button. A Cortana dialog box appears Click the menu icon in the upper right corner of Cortana’s window. It has three stripes. select menu – Select Notebook – Select Settings. Now Toggle “Let Cortana respond to ‘Hey Cortana.'” to On.

Now the next time you say Hey Cortana into your microphone. You can follow that with a command such as “what’s the weather like?” and get some results. If you just say Hey Cortana the assistant will ask what would you like me to do.

Change Default App Setting

Microsoft’s replacement for its creaking Internet Explorer browser is a welcome change. But it’s eagerness to open everything as the default app is not. However, you can stop Windows 10 using it as default and set defaults for all your other applications. Open Settings and go to System now click on Default Apps. Here, you can reassign defaults for a whole array of services and applications and even assign them by the type of file they open.

Disable Login Screen In Windows 10

Starting with Windows 8 and continuing in Windows 10, users must type their password before logging into their account. This Windows 10 password login screen will appear by default for any user account with which a password is associated.

Now that Windows 10 knows more about you than ever before. It makes sense to keep your profile behind a password or biometric lock. However, it’s endlessly annoying to boot up your desktop or laptop, walk off to do something and come back to discover it still hasn’t booted into desktop and loaded startup apps because of your lock screen. Let’s disable or bypass the Windows 10 login screen and automatically log directly into their account when booting.

  • Press the keyboard shortcut Windows + R, type netplwiz and hit enter.
  • A “User Accounts” pop up will appear.
  • Uncheck the tick box at the top that reads “users must enter a username and password to use this computer”
  • You’ll be prompted to enter and confirm your password to change the settings.
  • Once done, you’ll never have to log in to your computer again

Now Print documents to PDF

You can finally print a document (or rather, save it) as PDF without using a third-party utility. Windows 10 finally lets you “print” documents to PDF. No more installing a third-party app to save a web page or document for use offline. Now you can select PDF as a printing output option to have Windows 10 export documents into Adobe’s indispensable file format.

Command prompt tweaks

A lot of Windows 10 utilities underneath the service still look the same as they did in Windows 7 and Windows 8. But one of the hidden tweaks is in the Command Prompt. Head over to Properties and you’ll suddenly find you can enable a host of customizations, including a transparent background, resizing the window, and word wrap.

Also Read Top 10 Hidden Command Prompt Tricks for Windows 10

 Make your active windows more noticeable

Windows 10 may look sleek and stylish but when you’ve got multiple windows open its design is terrible. Since the active window is never really highlighted. Microsoft is aware of the issue and is working on a fix. But you can make things easier on yourself in the meantime by adding a subtle border to your active window.

Right-click on your desktop and select Personalise – Then Select Colours Now Turn off “Automatically pick an accent color from my background”

Select an accent color you’ll recognize most against your Windows 10 background; your windows and highlighted points will all change

Snap windows together at the press of a button

Windows 7 brought us the wonder that is window snapping with Aero Snap. A feature Apple has only just rolled out with OS X El Capitan. While Windows 8 refined the feature, Windows 10 has outdone it entirely by allowing you to snap together four windows and apps. You can do it all with just two keypresses and no fuss.

  • Windows  + Up Arrow key= Snap active window to top
  • Press Windows Key + Down = Snap the active window to bottom
  • Or you can press Windows Key + Left = Snap active window to left
  • Hold Windows Key + Right arrow key = Snap active window to right

OneDrive integration

OneDrive, Microsoft’s cloud storage service, is heavily integrated into Windows 10. Windows 10 Explorer is occupied by the OneDrive folder prominently just below the Quick Access section.

Free cloud storage is a godsend these days, and Microsoft makes it super easy in Windows 10 with OneDrive. You can use it to store files for mobile device access from iOS or Android. And you can even set it to let you access any file on your PC remotely not just the ones you drag over to your OneDrive folder.

Run Windows in a virtual machine

If you’re thinking of taking the Windows 10 plunge but don’t want to disturb your machine that’s currently running just fine. Here’s how to install Windows 10 in a virtual machine first. Note that this is different than the virtual desktops I mentioned above. It’s virtualizing the entire OS within another OS (your existing one). Read how to install Windows 10 on HyperV.

Download Use Maps offline

Download regional maps you can use to navigate in Windows 10’s maps app when you don’t have reliable Internet. The new Maps app lets you work offline. Click Settings – System – Click on offline maps –  Download or Update Maps, and then select the continent and country you want.

Take control of Windows 10 updates

While Windows 10 may remove much of the effort when it comes to updates. It also has a terrible habit of resetting your computer at the worst times. While you can delay some updates if you’re running Windows 10 Pro. But Home users have no choice but to succumb to Microsoft’s update will.

Fortunately, there’s a way to make this process a little more palatable. With saving your internet bandwidth as well as your open documents.

Here’s how to set Windows 10 to reduce update downloads over Wi-Fi and warn on resets

  • Open Settings and go to Network and Internet Now In WiFi click Advanced Options. Under “Metered Connection”, toggle the “Set as metered connection” switch on.
  • Go back to Settings and select “Update & Security”
  • Choose “Advanced Options”, then use the dropdown menu to select “Notify to schedule restart” instead of Automatic.
  • Now, you’ll be notified when Windows 10 is about to restart so you can stop it.

These are some best Windows 10 features and tweaks you can try now. Have any query suggestions feel free to comment below. Also, read

Steve Ballmer
With over 7 years of experience in the IT industry, I have experience in IT support, helpdesk, sysadmin, network admin, and cloud computing. Certified in Microsoft Technologies (MCTS and MCSA) and also Cisco Certified Professional in Routing and Switching.