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Some Hidden Features of Windows 10

Hidden Features of Windows 10
Hidden Features of Windows 10

You may have never tried some of the non-obvious features of Windows 10, even if you have used it for a long time. Our list will hopefully boost your PC.

Pick Emojis

When inserting emojis into any document, there is an easy way for you to do so if you adore emojis. You can do so by pressing Windows+Period (“.”) on your keyboard to accomplish this. 

A small menu will pop up, allowing you to scroll through all of the available emojis in Windows 10. Once you’ve located the one you want, click it, and Windows will insert it into the text field you are working on as soon as you click it.  

Virtual Desktop

Virtual desktops can help you manage your open windows in Windows and keep your desktop organized by task or topic if your workspace feels crowded. You can create your own virtual desktop by clicking the Task View icon on your taskbar or by pressing Windows+Tab at the same time. You will find a button indicating “New Desktop.” 

Click this button to open the new desktop. Now you have another desktop to start working on, and you can switch between desktops at any time by clicking the thumbnail for each desktop in Task View that you want to work on. If you do not see virtual desktops in Task View, ensure they are enabled in Settings > System > Multitasking.  

Notepad Time Stamps

This quick tip is helpful for anyone who enjoys taking notes in Windows 10’s built-in text editor, Notepad. When you press F5 on your keyboard, Notepad will display a date and timestamp. 

If you prefer, you can select Edit > Time/Date from the menu bar. You will be able to see the current date and time at the position of your cursor immediately after clicking. What a helpful tool!

Snipping & Sketching

Using this app, you can make a screenshot of any part of your screen, as well as a screenshot of the entire webpage. This is done with the click of a button. Using the keyboard, you can launch Snip & Sketch by pressing Windows+Shift+S. Or, you may open the Start menu, type “Snip & Sketch,” then press Enter or click the program icon to open it. 

You can take a screenshot easily by the “New” button in the toolbar and then take a screenshot of the area you wish to capture using your mouse. In the program’s toolbar, you will see the result of the work. You can save the file. Just click the save button (a floppy disk icon) in the results window.

Backup Files

By default, File History in Windows 10 backs up your files every hour, but you can adjust the frequency to as little as 10 minutes. Similar to Time Machine on a Mac. Click Update & Security > Backup in Settings, then press Windows+i. You need to select the drive (usually an external drive) where Windows can save backups under “Back Up Using File History.”. In Update & Security > Backup, click “More Options.”.

Xbox Game Bar Screen Recorder

 A powerful secret weapon of Windows 10 is its Xbox Game Bar, one of its most powerful features. Although it’s designed for gamers, it’s a handy tool that can be used by everyone, including those who want to record their screen. The game bar is accessible by pressing Windows+G on your computer keyboard to open it. 

If you need to capture a game:

  1. Click the small “Capture” icon (which looks like a camera) on the main Game Bar menu.
  2. Record your screen using the record button (a small circle in a button) in the “Capture” window.
  3. Finish by clicking “Stop Recording.”

In your Videos folder, you can find the video file you are looking for.

Users Menu

Using Windows’ hidden power user menu, you can quickly access some of the most important tools and settings available on the operating system. 

Such as Task Manager, Device Manager, Event Manager, Disk Management, Network Connections, and more, by pressing Windows+X on your keyboard or by right-clicking the Start button. In addition, you can also try pressing Windows+E to open File Explorer at the same time. There is even an option for putting the computer to sleep and shutting it down, and making it very easy to open File Explorer in just a few seconds.

Focus Assist

 If you need a break from notifications, Focus Assist can be of assistance. When it is on, you will not receive any pop-up notifications in the corner of the screen. 

Anyone can enable the Action Center by clicking the Action Center icon (which looks like a word bubble) on the far right side of the taskbar. You can then select “Focus Assist” by clicking on the button. Please note that the “Focus Assist” button is in the Action Center. You will need to click “Expand” at the bottom of the screen. When choosing Settings > System > Focus Assist, you can enable Focus Assist automatically at specific times or select which notifications you wish to receive while Focus Assist is on. Using the same Action Center button, you can toggle it off at any time.  

Clipboard History

Do you ever have that annoying feeling when you try to paste something, and you realize that you had already cleared the clipboard by copying something else before you tried to paste it? In Windows 10, you will have access to a feature called Clipboard History, which you can enable by going to Settings > System > Clipboard and switching the “Clipboard History” setting to the “On” position. 

In the future, if you want to view your clipboard history at any time, you can simply press Windows+V any time to access it. In addition to sharing your clipboard history between Windows computers that are signed into the same Microsoft, you can transmit your clipboard history between Windows computers if you toggle the “Sync Across Devices” option.

Night Light

It is recommended that you use Night Light mode if you are working late into the night in order to reduce eye strain by making your screen appear warmer. As an added bonus, it may temporarily help boost your melatonin levels to ensure your sleep is not disrupted.

If you wish to activate it, open the Action Center and click on the “Night Light” button to activate it. Navigate to Settings, then System > Display, and turn on “Night Light.” You can also adjust the warm tint’s color and schedule Night Light to automatically turn on and off. Dreams of peace!

That’s a wrap! Those are some of Windows 10 features that might be helpful for you.

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