Windows 10 has finally arrived and people are probably looking for useful tips, tricks and hacks to better help them understand this new system! As you probably know by now, upgrading to Windows 10 is totally free, but that shouldn’t stop you from asking, “is it worth the cost?” Cost can mean different things to different people and if the only reason you are thinking to upgrade is because it’s free, you might want to stop for a second. Keep in mind that the cost to you can be a lot greater in the near future, especially if you are comfortable with how your computer works now and the potential for Windows 10 to disrupt your work flow with new feature locations and overall a new look. Nevertheless, we were able to find specific features Microsoft Windows 10 offers that some will love and others will loathe as usually happens in such cases. As expected, the company—thank God—brought back the familiar Start menu, but it has also refined Windows 8 features and added entirely new elements, such as “task view.” However the question remains, will you see these changes as major advancements you can’t live without, or will you stay with a previous version of Windows? To help you decide (and to help you personalize Windows 10), here are 25 Useful Tips, Tricks and Hacks to Master Windows 10.
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Create a Full Windows 10 Backup
To begin with, it’s always a good idea to keep your system backed up, and Windows 10 makes it really easy to do so using the built-in “System Image” utility. Go to the Start button (windows logo), then select Settings, Update & security, Backup, add a drive and choose an external drive or network location for your backups. All set. Every hour, Microsoft will back up everything in your user folder (C:Usersusername).
Use the Hidden Screen Recorder App
Windows 10 has a secret screen recording tool that can be used to capture on-screen activity as a video file. One of the new features of the Xbox app is the Game bar, which allows you to record footage of your gameplay. But as it turns out, this functionality allows you to not only record video games, but capture footage inside most of your apps as well. Accessing the Game bar is straightforward. Simply press and hold the Windows and G keys. The Game bar, which is essentially a toolbar, will then pop up on the screen. If it’s your first time launching the Game bar for that app, you will get a message asking, “Do you want to open Game bar?”—simply click on “Yes, this is a game.” Once launched, it’s pretty straightforward to use.
Sync Files to OneDrive
In Windows 10, placeholders are replaced by selective sync. To change OneDrive settings, right-click the icon in the notification area, select Settings, switch to the Choose folders tab, and click the Choose folders button. You can either sync All files and folders on your OneDrive, or Choose folders to sync, meaning they will be available locally and you will be ready to go.
Switch Between Desktops
Just click the Task View button, then click any of the thumbnails at the bottom of the screen to switch to an open desktop. Closing your desktops out is equally simple—just click the Task View button, then hover your mouse pointer over one of the desktop thumbnails and click the X.
Search from the Start Menu
Another great way to quickly get to an app or file is to open the Start menu, either by clicking on it or using the Windows key, then simply type in the name of the app, file, or folder you’re looking for.