11 Hidden Tips Inside Home windows 10

Evan Dashevsky

11 Hidden Tips Inside Home windows 10
Even should you assume you realize all of it, you do not.

Even should you assume you realize all of it, you do not.

11 Hidden Tricks Inside Windows 10

Microsoft’s Home windows OS is not anyone factor. It arises from a patchwork of finely tuned options. Every particular person characteristic is, in flip, the results of a workforce of devoted engineers who create the very best (usually personalizable) expertise attainable. So, with such a posh, nuanced, and huge piece of software program, it is sensible that there are little methods and UI thrives that most individuals do not even learn about.

Windows 10 Bug ArtBecause it seems, there are all kinds of methods hidden beneath the floor of the sprawling beast that’s Home windows. All it takes is just a little digging.

Right here we current an inventory of 10 cool suggestions that may make it easier to get just a little bit extra out of your Windows 10 expertise. Or, not less than, there are some issues you will have not identified about. Some have been accessible in Home windows for a lot of generations, whereas some are native to Microsoft’s most up-to-date OS.

PCMag has some devoted Home windows followers in our readership, so that you seemingly know not less than a few of these options, however you most likely do not know all of them. I examined these on a pair of Lenovo laptops, one working Home windows 10 and the opposite (when accessible) on Home windows 7 Skilled.

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  • Secret Start Menu


    Secret Begin Menu

    When you’re a fan of that old-school (i.e. non-tiled) Begin menu expertise, you possibly can nonetheless have it—sorta. When you right-click on the Home windows icon within the bottom-left nook, it should immediate a textual soar menu with a lot of acquainted fashionable locations (Packages and Options, Search, Run). All these choices can be found by the usual menu interface, however you’ll entry them faster by this textual interface.

  • Secret Desktop Button


    Secret Desktop Button

    This desktop button really dates again to Home windows 7, however I embarrassingly solely not too long ago discovered about it. On the bottom-right nook of your web page, there is a secret desktop button. Do not see it? Look allll the way in which to the underside and proper, to the aspect of the date and time. There you will discover a small little sliver of an invisible button. Click on that and it’ll decrease all of your open home windows to clear the desktop. You possibly can change the conduct of this in Settings, between having to click on or simply having to hover the mouse over the nook.

  • Rotate Your Screen via Keyboard Ctrl-Alt-D Arrows


    Rotate Your Display screen by way of Keyboard Ctrl-Alt-D Arrows

    This tip will not be helpful to most of y’all, however you possibly can rotate your display by concurrently urgent Ctrl + Alt + D and any of the arrow buttons. The down arrow will flip it the wrong way up, the left or proper arrow buttons will flip it 90 levels on its aspect, and the up arrow will deliver you again to straightforward orientation. When you use a number of shows, this characteristic lets you orient simply that show in a selected manner.

    Alternatively, you possibly can right-click on the desktop background > Graphics Choices > Rotation to show your web page round in all kinds of how. This characteristic is offered on Home windows 7 and 10.

  • Enable Slide to Shutdown


    Allow Slide to Shutdown

    This trick solely works on Home windows 10 so far as I can inform. It is difficult and doubtless not well worth the effort for what you get out of it, however right here you go:

    Proper-click on the desktop > New > Shortcut. Within the ensuing pop-up window, paste the next line of code:


    This creates a clickable icon in your desktop, which you’ll be happy to rename to no matter you want. To close down by way of slide-down, double-click on the brand new icon to immediate a pull-down shade. Then use your mouse to pull it all the way down to the underside of the display. Consider, this is not sleep, this can be a shutdown.

  • Enable 'God Mode'


    Allow ‘God Mode’

    Are you an influence consumer who desires entry to your PC’s nitty gritty? Then “God mode” is for you. This is tips on how to entry it:

    Proper-click on the desktop > New > Folder. Re-name the brand new folder with this little bit of code:


    To enter the “God Mode” window, double-click the folder and go nuts.

  • Right-Click on Tiles


    Proper-Click on on Tiles

    Wish to personalize these tiles fast? Excellent-click on them to immediate a pop-up menu. This menu provides you with varied choices like the flexibility to un-pin from the Begin menu, to resize the home windows, or to show that dwell tile off.

  • Right-Click on the Taskbar


    Proper-Click on on the Taskbar

    This is a helpful menu that may mean you can rapidly entry a lot of presets for the toolbars, Cortana, and window schemes. There’s lots there, and it is only a click on away.

  • Shake



    This characteristic really debuted in Home windows 7, however I’ve discovered lots of people do not learn about it or use it (however they need to—it is cool!). When you’ve got a show full or home windows, you possibly can clear the muddle by grabbing the highest of the window you do like and “shaking” it to attenuate all the opposite home windows. All of the sudden having shaker’s regret? Shake once more and the home windows will come again.

  • Drag to Pin Windows


    Drag to Pin Home windows

    This characteristic was accessible way back to Home windows 7, however has some extras in 10. When you seize any window, and drag it to the aspect of the display, it should “match” to half the display.

    In Home windows 10, you may have the choice of dragging the window to any nook of the display to have the window take over that quarter of the display. When you occur to be utilizing a number of screens, you possibly can drag to a border nook and look ahead to a immediate sign to let you realize if the window will open in that nook.

    You possibly can immediate comparable conduct through the use of the Home windows key plus any of the directional arrow buttons.

  • Hidden Games in Cortana


    Hidden Video games in Cortana

    They are not video games within the “enjoyable” sense as a lot as they’re cool little time-killers that Cortana will help you with. You possibly can sort (or say) “Rock Paper Scissors,” “Roll the Die,” or “Flip the Coin” in Cortana to have a enjoyable(?) graphic gaming expertise. For much more Cortana suggestions you possibly can take a look at our roundup.

  • Quickly Jump Between Virtual Desktops


    Shortly Bounce Between Digital Desktops

    Do you wish to multitask in your PC? I imply actually multi-task? Nicely, now you can rejoice as a result of with Home windows 10, Microsoft lastly supplied out-of-the-box entry to digital desktops.

    To strive it out, first click on on the duty bar (the icon to the best of the Home windows menu). This can separate all of your open home windows into icons. You possibly can then drag any of those open home windows to the button that claims “New desktop” within the bottom-right to create a brand new digital desktop which you will note represented on the backside of the duty menu. This might mean you can, say, separate your work apps, private apps, and social media into totally different desktops.

    When you click on out of activity view, you’ll toggle between the digital desktops by urgent Home windows button+Ctrl+proper/left arrows. This can mean you can robotically swap between all of the open home windows which you’ve got separated into totally different desktops, whereas leaving all of the icons in your desktop unmoved.

    To take away the digital desktops, simply return into activity view and delete the person digital desktops—this may not shut out the apps contained inside that desktop, however slightly simply ship them to the following decrease desktop.