We have been with Windows 10 for almost four years now, a few months in which Microsoft’s new operating system has not stopped growing, surpassing the numbers of Windows 7 and showing that It is the successor that the Redmond people so badly needed after the troubles of Windows 8.
But despite all the time you have been with us, you may still believe that you have not managed to get the most out of it. Possibly it is true, and that is precisely why today we bring you a compilation of 44 tricks so that you are able to take full advantage of this operating system and become a Windows 10 ninja.
WINDOWS 10: 9 VERY USEFUL and LITTLE KNOWN TRICKS
Reset Windows 10 to remove the manufacturer’s software
If you have just bought a computer with Windows 10, it is possible that you have pre-installed some other application from the manufacturer that you do not need. In the same way, if you have updated from Windows 7 or 8 it is also possible that you have inherited some of its settings and files. For either case, there is an easy way to reset the device and start from scratch.
- Start by entering the option Setting in the start menu.
- Go to Update and Security, and inside select the option Recovery.
- give to Begin in option Reset this PC.
- Finally, decide if you want to keep your personal files or delete everything to leave Windows 10 as freshly installed.
Install Windows 10 from USB
If with the previous step you have not managed to solve a problem and you really want to install Windows 10 from scratch, you will have to download a tool to create an installation USB. It also works to install your newly purchased Windows 10 on a PC you already have.
- Go to the Get Windows 10 page and choose the option Download the tool now.
- Run it and choose the option Create installation media for another PC.
- Choose the language, edition and architecture you want to use.
- Finally, choose if you want to burn the file directly to a USB or create an ISO that you can burn later to a DVD or USB.
- Now you just have to format the PC and install Windows 10 like any other operating system.
Control privacy in Windows 10
One of the things you have to keep in mind with Windows 10 is that it comes preconfigured for you to share all kinds of information. That is why it is important that you do not install it expressly but custom, although if it is too late or you have bought one with Windows pre-installed, you can also modify the privacy parameters afterwards.
- Open the start menu and enter Setting.
- Choose the ^ Privacy * option.
- Now take a few minutes to decide what information you want to share and with whom, and what applications can access this or another element on your computer.
Hide Cortana’s search box
As soon as you install Windows 10, you have surely noticed that a search bar has appeared next to the start menu. It is the Cortana bar, in which you can write anything you want to ask. Don’t you want it to take up so much space? Well, calm down because you can reduce it to a simple icon.
- Right click on it.
- Go to the Cortana option.
- In the options that will be displayed choose Show Cortana icon.
- Ready, instead of a search bar now you only have an icon.
Optimize your work by dividing the screen in two
If you are a journalist who works with several sources, or if you simply want to get the most out of your big screen, Windows 10 gives you the option of being able to divide it in two. Doing so is extremely easy, and will allow you to have an application open in one half we can and in the other a second, just as you can see in the screenshot.
- Simply, when you are in an application press Win + Left or Win + Right.
- Depending on the application, it will adjust to one or the other side of the screen.
- In the other half, Windows will preview your other active apps so that you can choose which one to put.
Set up your email accounts
One of the novelties of Windows 10 is that it has its own email manager. It is not Outlook, but another native one that is much easier to use in which the email of our user account will be preconfigured. But we can also add our Gmail, Yahoo, iCloud accounts, and the process is easier than it seems.
- As you can see in the screenshot, click on the gear icon to open the options.
- Choose Manage accounts, and then to the option Add account.
- A menu will open with several preconfigured services in which you will only have to enter your email and password.
- You can also add any other address via POP or IMAP.
- In addition to Add account, in the administrator you have an option to Link inboxes that will unite several of the accounts that you have added in a single tray.
Synchronize Gmail events to Windows 10 calendar
As with email, the native Calendar application will come preconfigured with your account. If you want to add the events to your personal Gmail calendar, you will have to go through the same process of adding accounts as with email, and once done make sure to synchronize the calendar.
- Hit the gear icon to open the options.
- Choose Manage accounts and follow the same steps as with email.
- Once your Gmail has been synchronized (or if you already had it done with the mail), click on your account in the option Manage accounts.
- In the pop-up screen choose the option Change mailbox sync settings.
- In the section of Synchronization Options make sure the de Calendar.
Synchronize and create your contacts
Another of the native applications that Windows 10 has included is Contacts. By default, the application will synchronize all the contacts of your linked accounts, so to synchronize new ones that we have not synchronized before we will have to follow the same process of Manage accounts of the previous two steps.
- Then creating a new contact is as simple as clicking the symbol + that appears to the right of Contacts on the main screen.
- Next you will have to choose one of your linked accounts to choose where the new contact will be saved.
- Finally, you only have to add your name, email or phone number, and when you save it, it will automatically synchronize with the contacts of the account chosen in the previous step.
Modify the start menu
The new Windows 10 start menu is mainly made up of a dynamic icon panel in which you can pin all your applications. The crux of the matter is that you customize the start menu to your liking, so here you have a series of little tricks to be able to change the sections and the size of the icons.
- Holding the left click you can drag the icons from one side to the other.
- By right clicking on them you can change their size or deactivate the dynamism.
- If you drag an icon all the way down you will create a new section.
- If you don’t like the names of the sections you can change them by clicking on them.
- On Settings -> Personalization -> Start you can change many other elements.
Do you miss Windows 8? Activate tablet mode
Microsoft has also not forgotten that there are a few users who did like some of the elements of Windows 8. That is why Windows 10 has a tablet mode that shows the start menu in full screen and that maximizes all windows to get the most out of smaller screens.
- Open the start menu and enter Setting.
- Go to option System, and there to the section Tablet mode.
- Here you can activate the mode, make it stay on restart or decide whether to hide the application icons on the taskbar.
Install additional languages
Do you want to practice your English or another language by changing your operating system or voice commands? Do you want the keys to appear in a different language when using the virtual keyboard? Well, you can do it by downloading and installing additional languages.
- Go to the menu Setting.
- Go into Time and language and go to the section Region and language.
- You can add and download the language you want.
- Once done you can set it as the default.
- In options you can download the language pack, handwriting and voice.
- In the section Voice from Time and language you can change the language of the voice.
Take advantage of virtual desktops
Several years later, one of the greatest advantages that GNU / Linux had with respect to Windows has been eliminated with the incorporation of virtual desktops to Windows 10. With them you can create several desktops to, for example, use one to work and leave in the other open windows and entertainment applications. But first you have to learn how to use them.
- Enter the task view by pressing Win + Tab.
- At the bottom right you will see the option + New desktop.
- Click on it and you will create a new desktop.
- When you press again Win + Tab, your desks will appear below.
- You can click on the menu tasks Win + Tab to move applications to other desktops.
- Press Win + Ctrl + Right or Win + Ctrl + Left to navigate between desktops.
- On the menu Win + Tab, on each desktop you will have an X to close it.
When you insert a new USB, CD, DVD or any other device, Windows 10 executes them automatically, and if you have not chosen what to do with the medium, it will ask you through a pop-up window. If you find this annoying, you should know that you have a very simple way to disable it.
- Go into Setting through the start menu.
- Choose the option Devices.
- Now click on Autoplay.
- Here you can activate or deactivate the option, as well as edit the default values of some of your devices.
Don’t show recently opened items
It is possible that you do not want that in the shortcuts of the start menu or in the taskbar you do not want to show which are the last files that you have opened on a computer. Well, calm down, because nobody has to know when you kill time, and Windows 10 has a way of deactivating the display of those elements.
- Go into Setting through the start menu.
- Choose the option Personalization.
- Click on Start.
- Go down until you find the option Show recently opened items in Shortcut Lists on Start or on the taskbar.
- Just by deactivating the option they will no longer appear.
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