Tuesday, January 14, 2020

7 Clever Hidden Tricks In Windows 10

7 Clever Hidden Tricks In Windows 10

Here are the most useful tips and tricks for people who are or want to become a Windows 10 power user. We look at how to adjust the OS and a few handy tricks to control Windows 10.

Windows 10 has a lot of features that are not so well known, but very useful to know. Conversely, there are also automotive things that you may not want and we look at how to disable them and we take a look at them before we start adjusting Windows 10 to serve us better.

In this article we will discuss, among other things, how to remove uninstallable applications, some useful but not so widely known functionalities of Windows to work faster and we have an overview of shortcuts that save you a lot of clicks. And do you want to experiment with Linux commands in Windows? That is also possible.

1. Demolish OneDrive from the Explorer

Do not use your OneDrive and do you find it annoying that you always see him in the Explorer? You can remove the option from it. You do this by making an adjustment in the register. Open the registry with Run (or Windows + R)> Regedit and go to the registry key HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT> CLSID> 018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6.

Open System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree with the right mouse button, click on Edit and change the value from 1 to 0. After the next restart, OneDrive is no longer present in the Explorer. Do you prefer to demolish OneDrive completely from Windows 10? That is possible too, but unfortunately not on a user-friendly method. For this we deviate to PowerShell on the next page.

2. Remove unwanted applications

Some applications (for example Windows applications such as News or Money matters) can not simply be removed from overviews from the software list (Programs and parts) where you will find other programs. To clear them up, we have to switch to admintool PowerShell, which is now deeply embedded in the Windows shell.

Search for the application (or right-click on the start menu key), right-click PowerShell and choose 'Run as administrator'. With Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers you call up a list with all packages. You need the exact package name for the delete order (behind PackageFullName). Then type Remove-AppxPackage [PackageFullName] to remove the reference to the app.

The application is still in the basic image, it just does not appear any more and is not correct. In fact, he is made invisible. If you really want to remove it, you can look at this guide that we made a few years ago for Computerworld.

3. Multitask with quadrant snap

You can easily display windows side by side with the Snap feature. In earlier Windows versions this functionality was limited to Windows Store applications, but in Windows 10 you can multitask easily with any application. You can now also position four windows instead of two and there is a handy auxiliary tool.

You can manually slide windows to a corner with the mouse, after which they automatically take a half or a quarter screen, but we experience that as inconvenient because the selection tool of Windows 10 is somewhat critical. The quick keys are easier. With Windows + Left arrow you bring an active window to the left (of course Windows + Right arrow for the right) and then you can use Windows + Arrow down the window to the third quadrant of the image (and Windows + Arrow up for the second quadrant ).

With a half or quarter 'empty' space, a tool automatically opens that displays an overview of the active windows. Click on one to position it in the free space. So you can put Firefox, Libre Office, Edge and Total Commander on one screen in no time without having to scroll with separate windows.

4. Use GodMode

The GodMode is a window with a clear overview of all the parts you know from the classic configuration screen in a row. You make it very simple by putting a new folder on the desktop (right mouse button New> Folder) and giving it the name GodMode. {ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}. The icon then changes from a map icon to that of the configuration screen.

Here you will find shortcuts to all the settings options you have in Windows 10. Program management, options for the explorer and internet options are listed here, for example, but also the event manager, management console, ODBC links, environment variables and other parts of the system management tools are neatly listed here.

5. Convenient shortcuts

The list of keyboard shortcuts within Windows is getting longer by the year. Not entirely surprising, because in many cases they indeed work faster than other actions or assignments, as you may have noticed when you use the snap-feature. Below is a - not even exhaustive - overview of useful shortcuts that you have if you use the Windows button (between Ctrl and Alt) in combination with other keys.

  • Windows + X: This is right-click on the start menu, which provides a text interface for that menu.
  • Windows + Tab: This is the task overview, which shows all active applications in order to be able to quickly switch between applications.
  • Windows + Left arrow: This ensures that the current open application fills the left side of the screen in full screen. On the right the other apps appear in a task overview, so you can fill the right side directly with the other desired application you want in the overview.
  • Windows + Right arrow: Does the same thing, but sends the application that is large on the screen to the right. On the left is the overview of other activated applications.
  • Windows + Shift + Right arrow: Moves the active app to the second screen.
  • Windows + Shift + Left arrow: Moves the active app from the second screen to the first.
  • Windows + Up arrow: Returns an application to the full screen.
  • Windows + Down arrow: Reduces the application. If it has already been reduced, it is minimized to the taskbar.
  • Windows + D: Brings you back to the desktop.
  • Windows + Ctrl + D: Adds a virtual desktop (the same as the symbol next to the search bar or button in the taskbar).
  • Windows + Ctrl + F4: Connect the virtual desktop you are currently on.
  • Windows + Comma: Show the desktop as long as you hold down the Windows button and when you release you are back in your starting situation.
  • Windows + A: Scrolls the Action Center open.
  • Windows + E: Opens the explorer
  • Windows + L: Locks the system.
  • Windows + R: Opens Run.
  • Windows + + or -: Opens magnifying glass and zooms in or out.
  • Windows + Ctrl + F: Searches for PCs on the network.

6. Make room

The long-awaited Storage Sense (Smart Saving in Dutch versions) has been added to the builds that led to the Creators Update. Now you can make Windows 10 look smarter at what is stored to manually erase unnecessary objects and free up disk space. You can find the option under Settings> System> Storage. This deletes items such as files that have been parked in the trash for more than 30 days and clears the temp folder of Internet files regularly.

The same tip is running Disk Cleanup, especially after an upgrade from Windows 10, to throw away space-saving files that you no longer need. Click Clean up system files to clean up any leftovers from previous Windows versions. This can increase to gigabytes of space when upgrading from, for example, Windows 7 to 10.

7. Bash in Windows

Linux in Windows is still a beta feature, but offers easy functionalities for people who are used to Linux. You activate the feature by activating Developer Mode under Settings> Update and Security> For developers and tick the Windows Linux subsystem under Control Panel> Programs and Features> Turn Windows Components on or off.

You can then download Ubuntu from the Windows Store or Linux programs as Bash by searching for it in the OS itself and having it handle the command prompt. To use Bash you create a Unix account and you can kick off scripts with bash, apt apts, use ssh and more.

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