Windows 10 came out and millions of people all over the world immediately started using it. If you have already started running it, or you are contemplating to run it, there are some hidden tricks that may enable you to have a clear understanding and easy operation of this latest Operating System in the market. If at all you were still on the fence, it's now time to take note. Widows 10 combines the best features of Windows 8 which are (improved security and super fast startup) together with what made Windows 7 to be popular and familiar (it is user-friendly). If at all you fall in the category of computer nuts, then tweaking this Operating System will always be the fun and enjoyable part. When you discover and implement the power user tricks and tips, you will absolutely love this new OS version. Any person who loves computers a great deal, especially the software bit of it, will always find a new OS to be more enjoyable during that time when they are learning and implementing those new tips they never knew about previously.
All you need to know about Windows 10 before you install it and take your machine to the next level is discussed below.
Task view & virtual desktops
Among the most impressive things associated with this new OS is how the virtual desktops are handled by it. In fact, the fact that all of them are finally handled, out of the box is absolutely an impressive step.
This is because the users of Mac OS X together with those Linux users are the only ones who have been enjoying that capability for quite a long time. With Windows 10, you join that league. By this OS, you are able to set up a series of windows together with tasks on your desktop, an email & twitter window on another as well as a third one for general internet browsing together with research. Click on the Task View icon that's on the task bar in order to get started. The Task View icon is located immediately at the right side of the search box. Alternatively, you can hold down Win key (Windows key) together with the Tab.
Configure your privacy settings
When one is first setting up this OS, they need to ensure that they select a Custom installation thereby allowing them room for the modification of the privacy settings. If at all you have already installed your Windows, worry not. You can still fix the issue from the Settings. Without such modifications, you may end up sharing your data with people you never intended to share your data with.
Print to PDF
A document can finally be saved or printed as PDF without having to use a third-party utility. This is an aspect that makes it easy for documents which are not easily modified to easily be saved and distributed. This is another unique, long overdue feature that makes the OS to be under the radar.
Ensure the Wi-Fi Sense is off
You certainly don't entertain the idea of everyone being allowed access to your Wi-Fi network if at all you haven't shared your password with them. Ensure your device is not allowing access.
Run it in a virtual machine
In the event that you are contemplating to take the Windows 10 plunge without having to disturb the machine which is in fine operation, you need to first know how Windows 10 can be installed in a virtual machine. Note that this is a virtual system that is used to synchronize the entire operating system with your existing operating system.
Windows Explorer's Home tab & Quick Access
The Windows Explorer tab is more useful in this Operating system than in previous ones. This can be credited to the new Home tab that has been pictured above. There is a new Quick Access group at the top left of this window. This allows easy navigation to the recent accessed folders thereby making copying of files a cinch hence a faster workflow due to easy navigation around one's computer and its filing system.
Customization of the Start Menu
The Start Menu of Windows 10 is a great improvement when compared with what was designed with Windows 8.1. Description of the relief from the former is almost impossible. The start menu combines the best features of its predecessors Windows 8 together with Windows 7. This menu can fully be customized to look like the menu of Windows 7 as pictured above. The Recycle Bin can be pinned on the Start Menu.
Command prompt tweaks
Most of the utilities in the Windows 10 still look the same as they did appear in Windows 7 & Windows 8. The Command Prompt is however among the hidden tweaks that allow you to customize a number of features which include re-sizing the window, word wrap and creating a transparent background.
In the event that you are on a laptop or other mobile devices and you battery happens to be running low, this OS begins to throttle back the background services among other threads thereby squeezing the very last bits of your battery life out of your device.
Go to Settings> Devices> Mouse & Touch pad and when you move the cursor of your mouse over a window as you try to scroll; your operation will be executed.
Below are a number of shortcuts that may be important especially when you start having bulky daily work:
• Windows Key & Tab is a shortcut for Task View
• Windows Key & Right-Up is a shortcut for Moving app to the top right quadrant
• Windows Key & Ctrl &Left or Right is a shortcut for virtual desktop
• Windows Key & Ctrl & D is a shortcut for new virtual desktop
• Windows Key & Ctrl & C is a shortcut for Cortana listening
• Windows Key & S is a shortcut for Daily Glance for sports, weather, news
• Windows Key & Ctrl & F4 is a shortcut for closing virtual desktop
• Windows Key & Up or Down is a shortcut for snapping apps to top or to the bottom of the screen or maximizes
Other important features include the One-Drive integration and Xbox Streaming among others.