Windows Tips

1. Access a Start Menu for power users

Windows 10 has a hidden Start Menu that contains some useful tools for Windows power users, such as the task manager, command prompt, device and disk management, and others. To get to this menu, you’ll need to eitherright click the Windows button or use the Windows key+X shortcut on your keyboard.

2. Sniff out disk space-hoarding apps

A useful feature of both iOS and Android is one within their settings apps that allows you to monitor the amount of disk space that your apps are taking up. Microsoft introduced a similar tool in the new Settings app in Windows 10. To find it, click Settings, then System, then Storage. You’ll be able to sort by drive and search for specific apps by file name so that you can figure out which apps are taking up the most space.

3. Quickly minimize all windows except the active one

The “Show Desktop” function has been around since Windows 95, but up until now, there was no way to just minimize all windows except the one you’re looking at. In Windows 10, all you’ll need to do is to grab the window by its title bar and give it a shake. All inactive windows will minimize.


4. Stop background apps from running

Another mobile OS-borrowed feature is options within Settings to control which apps can run in the background. That might not sound like a big deal, but if you’re tethering your laptop to a mobile hotspot with a data cap, it can save you a lot of headaches and wasted data — and possibly conserve a little battery life, too. To choose what apps you’d like to allow to run, go to the Settings app, then Privacy, then Background Apps. Then you’ll see a list of installed apps, and you can decide which ones can run in the background.

5. Become a Start Menu power user

Start Menus become bloated as we add more and more applications to our PCs, but that doesn’t mean that the process of finding and opening the app you want has to slow down. After opening the Start Menu, click “All Apps.” You’ll see letters that you can click on; click the first letter of the name of the app you’re looking for, and the app should appear in the tiles to the right. To be more specific, you can even search for apps from the search box, too.

6. Print to PDF

I personally have loved the print to PDF feature of Google Chrome, as it’s been a staple of Google’s alternativebrowser, and users of OS X have also enjoyed it natively across the operating system for quite some time. Now in Windows 10, “Print to PDF” is a native option across the entire operating system. You can access this from any print dialog.

Edge browser tips and tricks

There is much to Microsoft Edge than what appears. At the core of Edge is the EDGEHTML rendering engine that was developed from scratch to provide a better browser. These Edge browser tips and tricks will make you an Edge ninja!

Using Cortana in Windows 10

Windows 10 features Cortana, a personal assistant that goes as far to provide you with local information and replace typing in Windows 10 taskbar search box with voice. To give you an idea of how it works, it is like Apple’s Siri. Check out how to set up Cortana in Windows 10 to start using it. If you do not use it, you can disable Cortana. Know how to use Cortana in Edge? There are many Cortana Tips and Tricks here.

Using Virtual Desktop Feature

With Windows 10, you can create many desktops and run applications from each individually, so that each desktop shows only the applications running in that virtual desktop and thereby reduce the clutter in the taskbar. See how you can use the Task View or Virtual Desktop feature. If you don’t use this feature, you can remove the Task View button easily.  

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