Windows 10 Tips and Tricks: 7 Freebies
These cool features are already in your computer. These features can be used in a few easy steps.
1. Get password-protected apps and services quicker
Windows Hello is a quicker and safer way to log onto your Windows 10 device. It also allows you to access any password-protected applications or online services. It will use something unique about you such as your fingerprints or your face. You can also use a personal identification number (PIN), if you don’t have a scanner or camera.
Here’s how it is done.
1. You can find the Start menu at the bottom left of your screen. It looks like a four-paned angled window.
2. Sign-in options.
3. Choose Windows Hello to add, alter, or delete from Manage how your sign in device.
Not all Windows 10 devices work with each other. Check out these devices that work with Windows Hello.
2. Drag two apps side-by-side. Four in quarters
Windows 10 makes it simple to open multiple windows at once. You can browse the web one side by side while watching videos the other. You can “snap” or lock them to ensure that there are no overlapping windows.
You can snap with a mouse
1. Click and hold on the title bar for the window you wish to snap.
2. Drag it left or to the right along one of the edges. After dropping it, the outline shows the location and the shape of the window.
3. It will be snapped in position when you let go. You can now click on any other open windows. These thumbnails will be displayed as icons.
You can also snap windows into quarters. To exit that mode, click on the plus icon (-) at the upper right corner. You can then minimize the window by clicking on the square maximize icon, or close the program by clicking on X.
To snap with your keyboard, select the window you want and press the Windows key together or the Windows key and right arrow simultaneously to position the window on your preferred side.
3. Windows 10’s appearance can be modified
Windows 10 can be made to look better in many ways.
To adjust the size of the text:
2. You can make your screen’s text larger by using the slider below Make text bigger You can also choose an option from the dropdown menu under To make everything larger, to alter the screen’s size.
Try a high contrast theme to increase the contrast between elements on your screen. High contrast, and click on the toggle under Turn on high contrast.
To make apps in your Start Menu appear larger, right-click or tap the tile of an app you wish to resize and select Resize. You can then choose the size that you would like.
Mouse pointer, and choose the options that work best for you.
Add “pointer trails” to see where your mouse moves on the screen.
Windows 10 lets you magnify the screen to better view words and images. Magnifier can quickly be opened by pressing the Windows symbol key and plus (+). To zoom in and out on Magnifier, you can use Windows key, plus sign (+),, Windows key, and minus sign (-),. To close Magnifier, press Windows emblem key and CSS.
4. Cortana, Microsoft’s personal assistant, can be used
Cortana by Microsoft is a digital assistant that assists with various tasks. Imagine her as Amazon Alexa or Apple Siri, but integrated into Windows 10.
When you set Windows 10 up for the first time, you likely were asked whether you would like to enable Cortana. If you don’t know how to start, here are some steps:
1. Click Start
2. Select Use Cortana. Select Yes to enable speech, inking and typing personalization. Cortana will use this information to get to understand you better and assist her in completing various tasks. If you do not want this feature, you can also select No thanks.
3. Cortana now appears on your taskbar at the bottom. You can either say “Hey Cortana!” if that option is enabled or click the Cortana icon (which looks like a circular circle and is to your right of the search windows).
After awakening her, you can ask “What can we do?”
Cortana is a calendar management tool that can help you keep your schedule on track. It allows you to join Microsoft Teams meetings or find out the next meeting. Create and manage lists, set reminders, alarms, and search facts, definitions, and other relevant information.
Be careful:Cortana requires permissions to record your activity. It can be very useful, and Microsoft makes removing Cortana difficult once it’s enabled. It is important to agree to this tracking.
5. Get out of the habit of typing and get into the habit of dictating
Instead of writing down notes or writing on paper, you can speak to your computer. You can also control your computer through speaking to it.
To get going:
1. Enter Speech in the search box beside the Start icon. Click Enter, or the button that reads Windows Speech Recognition
2. You can choose the type of microphone that you are using. It could be a headset, a desktop microphone, or even one that is built into the computer. Next Click.
3. After you have completed the prompts, take a quick audio test and make sure the toggle switch is turned to On beside Dictate Text. Then, use your voice to control your device.
4. Your cursor can be placed in any text field within Windows 10 or an app such Microsoft Word. You can start speaking into your computer’s mic by pressing the Windows Logo key, and .
6. Timeline lets you return to your past activities
Windows 10’s Timeline lets you quickly jump back in time and access media or files you have previously worked on. Timeline makes finding what you’re looking easier, no matter if you were writing a document just yesterday or if you need to call up a video from 30 days ago.
1. To see your most recent activities, click on the Task view icon at the task bar in the lower right corner of your screen. Or, you can open task view clicking the Windows Logo key and tab.
2. As small windows, you can tap or click in the default view to see snapshots of most relevant activities. To return to past activities, you can slide down the scrollbar. You can also access Microsoft Edge on your iOS and Android devices to see what you did in Office 365.
3. You can’t find what you’re looking to do in the default view. Search by keywords in the upper left corner.
To close the feature, tap on the Escape keyboard key in the upper left corner of your keyboard until you have backed out and returned to the previous screen.
7. OneDrive is a free tool that allows you to save files
OneDrive is Microsoft’s cloud storage service. It allows you to save files offline. It prevents files from becoming lost or damaged in an accident or a computer crash. Access files from the cloud and even run them there are many benefits. Collaboration with others is possible in real time.
Microsoft provides 5 gigabytes (GB), of storage free. Microsoft 365 users who pay $69 per annum for plans get around 1,000 GB OneDrive storage. Microsoft 365 includes Excel Excel, Outlook PowerPoint, Word and Word. Online storage can be bought in larger quantities.
Windows 10 integrates OneDrive. You can drag-and-drop between OneDrive folders and local folders using Windows Explorer. A connection to the Internet is necessary.
Enter OneDrive into the search box at the bottom of your screen. Or click Start It is possible that you will be asked to sign in to your OneDrive account using a valid Microsoft Hotmail ID. However, this is not required more than once.
To see your online storage, click OneDrive from File Explorer. You can also right-click on an existing file and select Move it to OneDrive. You can also sign up at OneDrive.com to access your files and download the OneDrive app to your smartphone or tablet.
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