Even if you happen to suppose you realize all of it, you do not.

11 Hidden Tricks Inside Windows 10

Microsoft’s Home windows OS is not anyone factor. It arises from a patchwork of finely tuned options. Every particular person function is, in flip, the results of a workforce of devoted engineers who create the perfect (typically personalizable) expertise attainable. So, with such a posh, nuanced, and huge piece of software program, it is smart that there are little tips and UI prospers that most individuals do not even learn about.

Windows 10 Bug ArtBecause it seems, there are all kinds of tips hidden beneath the floor of the sprawling beast that’s Home windows. All it takes is a bit of digging.

Right here we current an inventory of 10 cool ideas that can enable you to get a bit of bit extra out of your Windows 10 expertise. Or, not less than, there are some issues you will have not identified about. Some have been obtainable in Home windows for various generations, whereas some are native to Microsoft’s most up-to-date OS.

PCMag has some devoted Home windows followers in our readership, so that you probably know not less than a few of these options, however you most likely do not know all of them. I examined these on a pair of Lenovo laptops, one working Home windows 10 and the opposite (when accessible) on Home windows 7 Skilled.

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  • Secret Start Menu


    Secret Begin Menu

    Should you’re a fan of that old-school (i.e. non-tiled) Begin menu expertise, you may nonetheless have it—sorta. Should you right-click on the Home windows icon within the bottom-left nook, it’ll immediate a textual bounce menu with various acquainted fashionable locations (Applications and Options, Search, Run). All these choices can be found by the usual menu interface, however you can entry them faster by this textual interface.

  • Secret Desktop Button


    Secret Desktop Button

    This desktop button truly dates again to Home windows 7, however I embarrassingly solely not too long ago discovered about it. On the bottom-right nook of your web page, there is a secret desktop button. Do not see it? Look allll the way in which to the underside and proper, to the facet of the date and time. There you may discover a small little sliver of an invisible button. Click on that and it’ll decrease all of your open home windows to clear the desktop. You may change the conduct of this in Settings, between having to click on or simply having to hover the mouse over the nook.

  • Rotate Your Screen via Keyboard Ctrl-Alt-D Arrows


    Rotate Your Display screen through Keyboard Ctrl-Alt-D Arrows

    This tip will not be helpful to most of y’all, however you may rotate your display screen by concurrently urgent Ctrl + Alt + D and any of the arrow buttons. The down arrow will flip it the other way up, the left or proper arrow buttons will flip it 90 levels on its facet, and the up arrow will deliver you again to plain orientation. Should you use a number of shows, this function permits you to orient simply that show in a specific approach.

    Alternatively, you may right-click on the desktop background > Graphics Choices > Rotation to show your web page round in all kinds of how. This function is accessible on Home windows 7 and 10.

  • Enable Slide to Shutdown


    Allow Slide to Shutdown

    This trick solely works on Home windows 10 so far as I can inform. It is difficult and doubtless not definitely worth the effort for what you get out of it, however right here you go:

    Proper-click on the desktop > New > Shortcut. Within the ensuing pop-up window, paste the next line of code:


    This creates a clickable icon in your desktop, which you’ll be at liberty to rename to no matter you want. To close down through slide-down, double-click on the brand new icon to immediate a pull-down shade. Then use your mouse to tug it right down to the underside of the display screen. Have in mind, this is not sleep, it is a shutdown.

  • Enable 'God Mode'


    Allow ‘God Mode’

    Are you an influence consumer who desires entry to your PC’s nitty gritty? Then “God mode” is for you. Here is methods to entry it:

    Proper-click on the desktop > New > Folder. Re-name the brand new folder with this little bit of code:


    To enter the “God Mode” window, double-click the folder and go nuts.

  • Right-Click on Tiles


    Proper-Click on on Tiles

    Wish to personalize these tiles fast? Good-click on them to immediate a pop-up menu. This menu offers you varied choices like the flexibility to un-pin from the Begin menu, to resize the home windows, or to show that stay tile off.

  • Right-Click on the Taskbar


    Proper-Click on on the Taskbar

    Here is a helpful menu that can help you shortly entry various presets for the toolbars, Cortana, and window schemes. There’s so much there, and it is only a click on away.

  • Shake



    This function truly debuted in Home windows 7, however I’ve discovered lots of people do not learn about it or use it (however they need to—it is cool!). You probably have a show full or home windows, you may clear the litter by grabbing the highest of the window you do like and “shaking” it to attenuate all the opposite home windows. Abruptly having shaker’s regret? Shake once more and the home windows will come again.

  • Drag to Pin Windows


    Drag to Pin Home windows

    This function was obtainable way back to Home windows 7, however has some extras in 10. Should you seize any window, and drag it to the facet of the display screen, it’ll “match” to half the display screen.

    In Home windows 10, you’ve gotten the choice of dragging the window to any nook of the display screen to have the window take over that quarter of the display screen. Should you occur to be utilizing a number of screens, you may drag to a border nook and anticipate a immediate sign to let you realize if the window will open in that nook.

    You may immediate related conduct by utilizing the Home windows key plus any of the directional arrow buttons.

  • Hidden Games in Cortana


    Hidden Video games in Cortana

    They are not video games within the “enjoyable” sense as a lot as they’re cool little time-killers that Cortana may help you with. You may kind (or say) “Rock Paper Scissors,” “Roll the Die,” or “Flip the Coin” in Cortana to have a enjoyable(?) graphic gaming expertise. For much more Cortana ideas you may take a look at our roundup.

  • Quickly Jump Between Virtual Desktops


    Rapidly Bounce Between Digital Desktops

    Do you wish to multitask in your PC? I imply actually multi-task? Effectively, now you can rejoice as a result of with Home windows 10, Microsoft lastly offered out-of-the-box entry to digital desktops.

    To attempt it out, first click on on the duty bar (the icon to the appropriate of the Home windows menu). This can separate all of your open home windows into icons. You may then drag any of those open home windows to the button that claims “New desktop” within the bottom-right to create a brand new digital desktop which you will notice represented on the backside of the duty menu. This could help you, say, separate your work apps, private apps, and social media into totally different desktops.

    When you click on out of job view, you can toggle between the digital desktops by urgent Home windows button+Ctrl+proper/left arrows. This can help you routinely swap between all of the open home windows which you have separated into totally different desktops, whereas leaving all of the icons in your desktop unmoved.

    To take away the digital desktops, simply return into job view and delete the person digital desktops—this may not shut out the apps contained inside that desktop, however reasonably simply ship them to the following decrease desktop.