Get the most out of Windows 10 with these handy hidden tips and tricks to do more with less effort. Windows 10 is chock-full of handy, hidden new features worth exploring. Check out the best tips and tricks here.
- Secret Start Menu
If you’re a fan of that old-school (i.e. non-tiled) Start menu experience, you can still have it—sort of. If you right-click on the Windows icon in the bottom-left corner, it will prompt a textual jump menu with a number of familiar popular destinations (Apps and Features, Search, Run). All these options are available through the standard menu interface, but you’ll be able to access them quickly through this textual interface.
Show Desktop Button
This desktop button actually dates back to Windows 7 but is handy nonetheless. On the bottom-right corner of the desktop is a secret button. Don’t see it? Look all the way to the bottom and right, beyond the date and time. There you’ll find a small little sliver of an invisible button. Click it to minimize all your open windows.
Right-Click on Tiles
Want to personalize those tiles quick? Just right-click on them to prompt a pop-up menu. This menu will give you various options like the ability to un-pin from the Start menu, resize the windows, or turn that live tile off.
Drag to Pin Windows
This feature was available as far back as Windows 7 but has some extras in Windows 10.
Grab any window and drag it to the side, where it will “fit” to half the screen. In Windows 10, you have the option of dragging the window to any corner to have the window take over a quarter of the screen instead of half. If you’re using multiple screens, drag to a border corner and wait for a prompt signal to let you know if the window will open in that corner.
Silence Notifications with Focus Assist
Formerly known as Quiet Hours, Focus Assist is a redesigned April 2018 Update features that give you greater control over the notifications that pop up on your PC. Head to Settings > System > Focus Assist and then read our full how-to guide for customizing notifications for everything from contacts and apps to task-specific alarms.