Top 10 Hidden Features in Windows 10

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Windows is the most popular operating system for computers, but most of the people don’t know about the main features of it. So we are sharing some of the cool hidden features in windows 10. These are all in windows 10 at least but many will also be in earlier versions of windows as well

Secret Start Menu

Hidden Features in Windows 10

 

Everyone knows that ever since Windows 8, Start menu generally sucks and it’s hard to navigate usually takes a while to get to where you want.

But if you right-click on the start menu button it brings up a different context menu with lots of quick access shortcuts.

You can go directly to the task manager, the command prompt or even command prompt as an admin the device manager network connections and even the control panel.

Storage Manager

windows 10 storage manager

 

Now for this, you do actually have to go to the Windows settings. Then once you’re there you click on the storage tab and this show you some basic info about all your drive but if you click on one of these you can get some interesting data.

It will show you which types of files are taking up how much space so you can get a better idea of where all your free space went and if you click on one of these again it will show you specifically what is taking up the most space.

God Mode Menu

god menu

It’s also been referred to as the windows master control panel where the all tasks folder and this one has been around since Vista but it’s still pretty neat.

Now, this is basically a list of shortcuts to almost every settings menu in Windows.

To get to it you simply create a new folder anywhere probably on the desktop and then rename it to the following string

WhateverName.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

Most of the time you see instructions that say to rename it to god mode period and then all those characters but really you can replace god mode with anything you want as long as the rest is the same.

In any case, the icon will change to the same one as the control panel and inside you will get a huge list of organized shortcuts to pretty much every window setting you can imagine.

Also, another thing you can do is if there is one of these settings you need often you can right click it and hit create shortcuts to put a link right on your desktop so you don’t have to search for that setting anymore.

Snipping Tool

Snipping tool

This is certainly one of my favorites and probably one that you guys already know about a lot of you but it’s not you’re going to like it.

Snipping tool is a built-in windows programs that simply let you highlight and screenshots things on your screen very simple but very useful.

You can get to it just by going to the start menu and searching for snipping tool.

To use it you just hit new and then highlight whatever you want and then you can draw on it or save the screenshot right away.

Also it doesn’t have to be just a rectangle, if you click on the drop-down next to New you can snip a specific window, the entire screen or even free hand it .

But keep in mind the freehand one doesn’t put a background of transparency it does a white background so just keep that in mind if you’re into that sort of thing.

Sticky Notes

Sticky Notes

This one is pretty simple. it’s another built-in app that you can find by searching in the start menu or looking in the programs list and it’s just a way to write notes and stick them on your desktop to remember stuff.

it’s extremely basic the only real options are to change the size and color the notes and you can’t even change the font or text size but if you’re on a tablet you can use Windows INK to handwrite on these.

However, one cool feature is if you choose to enable insights by clicking on the three dots at the top and then click on the gear you can enable it there.

With insights, it will look at the content of the notes and use Cortana the AI to show more info about that based on context.

Like if you type in what looks like a reminder like go to the bank tomorrow it will ask if you want to make an actual reminder and if you type in a stock symbol, for example, it will show you info about that all sorts of other stuff you can look at all the features that it has.

Windows Remote Assistant

Windows Remote Assistant

Remote Assistant makes it easy to either get assistance or give assistance to someone remotely who is having trouble with their windows computer.

To get to it you search for remote assistance in the start menu and depending on your version of Windows you might see something different but here we’re going to click invite someone to connect your PC to help or offer help.

Then the next window you choose whether you’re the one that needs help or not and it guides you through it.

You can connect a few ways including emailing someone to connect file or manually typing an IP address even or using the Easy Connect feature if it works.

Then you can just control the person’s desktop do whatever you got to do fix it pretty simple.

Problem Steps Recorder

Problem Steps Recorder

Another feature for fixing the computer is the problem steps reporter.

You can get this by simply searching four steps recorder and it should bring up a small and very simple window bar.

If someone’s having a problem with the computer like it’s showing an error message or something you can record exactly what you’re doing to reproduce the problem.

After you start and finish the recording it will generate a page with screenshots and a description of what you did such as what you clicked on it what time that sort of thing.

So, for example, if you’re trying to help someone and they’re not being very descriptive they’re just saying it’s not working without actually describing what the problem is in any way you can add them do this to figure out what they’re talking about.

Now the other possible use for this is if you need to show someone what they need to do to fix the problem.

Sometimes it can be really difficult to walk someone through what they need to do so with this you can just do it yourself and send them the file to show them and guide them through what they should be clicking on and when so it makes things a lot easier.

Voice Recorder

steps recorder

This one is dead simple so you just search for voice recorder in the start menu click it and it will bring up the most simple program you can imagine it’s literally one button you click on it and it just starts recording through the microphone.

During recording you have a wide selection of options including pause unpause and add marker or stop recording and once you stop recording it saves the file and while you can’t choose where it goes you can right-click on it and hit open file location to find it and then move it wherever you want to have to that or if you click on the recording it does let you trim the audio but that’s the extent of the editing you can do with it.

Malicious Software Removing Tool

You can get to it by searching for the whole name or just typing in mrt into the start menu and hitting Enter.

This one is kind of interesting because unlike the name suggests this isn’t a full-fledged antivirus program.

Its purpose is to search your computer for widespread viruses for windows and it’s also periodically updated through windows update as the program will tell you it’s not meant to replace your regular antivirus and it doesn’t do automatic scheduled scans it only runs when you manually run it.

it’s definitely best to run alongside your current antivirus and I’d say it’s a good starting point if you suspect you have a virus.

if the virus happens to be one of the very common ones detected by the tool this is an easy and quick way to get rid of it.

So if for some reason you currently don’t have an antivirus program which you should this is definitely something you can at least try first.

Windows Memory Diagnostic

Windows Memory Diagnostic

Before you run this keep in mind that it will try to restart your computer if you click on the wrong thing so pay attention before you go searching for it.

To get to it you can search for memory diagnostic in the start menu and then click on it but again watch out because you can see that the first option says restart now which you probably don’t want to do.

You see the tool is actually run outside of windows when your computer boots so your computer is therefore needs to restart to use it once you do it will check your computer’s memory AKA ram for any issues.

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