Windows: 11 Secret Tips and Tricks You Didn’t Know

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Windows is one of the most well-known and polarizing operating systems that currently exists. However, despite its continued existence in the spotlight, there are several secret features, tips, and tricks most people aren’t aware of. Here, we present our list of the top 11 secret Windows tips and tricks you didn’t know. All tips and tricks featured here apply to the latest operating system, Windows 10. Well, what are you waiting for? Check the list out for yourself below!

Number Eleven: Make Cortana Listen Whenever You Want

Cortana, Windows’ answer to Siri, doesn’t automatically listen for your commands, but there’s a way to change that. Click the search field in the taskbar and select the Notebook icon; choose Settings, and turn on the option that says “Hey Cortana.” This means she’ll be listening for your commands at all times.

Number Ten: The Power of Natural Language

It’s no secret that Cortana is a powerful tool, but perhaps the most powerful thing she can do is perform searches based on natural language prompts. Take advantage of this by using her whenever you want to open up specific files or find things on your computer. For example, you can say “Find documents from June,” and she’ll be able to do it in a flash.

Number Nine: Individualize Your Start Menu

The Start menu is something you’ll probably be using every day, so it’s important that it’s customized to your individual preferences. If you want to resize the tile dimensions in the menu, right-click on any tile and select Resize. If you want to get rid of the default tiles altogether, right-click on the ones you want to trash and select Uninstall or Unpin from Start.

Number Eight: Find My Device

You can use your Windows computer to locate every other Windows device you own. Unfortunately, the service doesn’t include a remote lock or wipe option, but it at least allows you to locate your devices. To activate the service, go to Start > Update & Security > Find My Device, and click Change. From there, you can modify the service to your liking.

Number Seven: Make Your Battery Last

If you have a low battery and don’t have access to your charger, ¬†you can change the setting so Windows conserves your battery for you. To do this, go to Start > Settings > System > Battery Saver, and enable it.

Number Six: Save Apps to External Storage

One of the most frustrating features of Windows 8 was that users couldn’t install Windows Store apps to external storage. However, the latest Windows 10 update allows users to save apps to external storage; to do this, connect your external storage device to your computer and go to Start > Settings > System > Storage. You can then select the apps you’d like to save to your external storage device.

Number Five: Get Rid of the Quick Access Default

When opening File Explorer, the default view is your most-visited folders and recently viewed files. If this isn’t your cup of tea, open File Explorer and select View > Options. Click “Open File Explorer,” and select “This PC.” File Explorer will then default to the “This PC” view that was featured in Windows 8.

Number Four: Cast Video From Your Windows Computer

You don’t need a Chromecast to make what’s on your screen show up on your TV! With the latest Windows 10 update, you can use the Edge browser to cast things to Miracast or DLNA-equipped devices. To do this, open the video you want to cast in Edge, then click on the dots in the upper-right-hand corner. Select “Cast media to device” in the drop-down menu, and then choose the device you want to cast to. Several glitches have been reported regarding casting to Roku, though, so beware of that.

Number Three: Move Windows Between Desktops

It’s easy to switch between your computer’s virtual desktops, but what happens when you want to move an open window from one desktop to another? To accomplish this, visit the desktop that has the window you’d like to move and open the Task View interface. Click and hold whatever you’d like to move and drag it to its destination desktop at the bottom of the screen.

Number Two: Restart on a Schedule

Rather than having your work day interrupted with notifications about updates, you can schedule these updates to happen when you’re not using your computer. Go to Start > Settings > Updates and Recovery > Windows Update. You can select the restart time for any pending updates, and you can even schedule a reboot when more updates are ready under the Advanced options!

Number One: Play God With GodMode

GodMode is a special feature that places a lot of important settings in one place, allowing you to effectively play God on your computer. Enable GodMode by creating a new folder on your root drive and renaming it Godmode.[ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C]. The file will create an icon that allows you to change things in a detailed control panel. Thanks for reading!

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