So, you may have already got a taste of Windows 10, but as it continuously gets new builds there are probably certain little tricks you still haven’t discovered. Here are 5 super quick Windows 10 tips you may not know about yet (but will definitely appreciate!).
Useful Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts
Knowing keyboard shortcuts by heart makes life a billion times easier (we’ve checked; billion’s the correct assessment). In Windows 10, when you press the Windows key + I, the new Settings menu (which lets you access a lot of your PC’s basic settings from the Control Panel) will open. The Windows key + X opens the special shortcut Start menu and the Windows key + A initiates the new Action center (a universal notifications tab interconnecting multiple platforms).
Quickly Access the Properties Menu
When you’re in the File Explorer, press the Alt key and hold it while double-clicking a file to open its Properties menu. That’s it.
Minimize All Unused Windows Bar the Active One
This one may sound a bit strange, but it’s effective. What you need to do is seize the title bar of the active window you wish to keep open and move it back and forth rapidly (or, you know, shake it, basically). Then, after those few quick shakes, all the other inactive windows will minimize and only the window you’ve been shaking will remain open. Like we said, the method seems a bit curious at first, but this feature is truly necessary and highly useful.
Handy Taskbar Shortcuts
More shortcut goodies! If you have different programs pinned on your Taskbar, you can easily open them by implementing the keyboard shortcut Windows key + [number key], in which the number key corresponds to the number of the program on your Taskbar. Say you have Google Chrome, Paint and File Explorer pinned. Google Chrome would be 1, Paint 2 and FE—yep, you’ve guessed right—3. Moreover, if you wish to move through the programs on your Taskbar, simply press the Windows key + T and cycle through both your pinned and other windows.
Pin the Recycle Bin to the Start Menu/Taskbar
And lastly, do you want Recycle Bin to be part of the Start menu? Thought so. All you need to do is right-click on the desktop Recycle Bin icon and choose Pin to Start and the Bin will appear in your Start menu. Similarly, you can right-click on the icon when it’s in the Start menu and select Pin to Taskbar to have the icon conveniently located alongside your other pinned programs and files.
Hope you’ve found these five easy Windows 10 tricks useful! Got any more you feel people may not be aware of? Share them with us in the comment section.