Top 10 Windows tips

Quickly Access Emoji Keyboard

Emojis have become more popular than anyone could have ever imagined and while it’s easier to access them on a mobile device, there is no apparent way to quickly access emojis on your Windows machine. Not many people know about this feature, but Windows 10 actually allows you to quickly access an emoji keyboard with just a few clicks. All you need to do is enable this feature first. To access emoji keyboard first enable the virtual keyboard button by right-clicking on the Taskbar and clicking on the “Show touch keyboard button”. Now, whenever you want to access emoji keyboard, first click on the touch keyboard button in the bottom right and then click on the emoji symbol. Here, you can select and use all the emojis that you want to. But before you start using emojis, remember to learn the emoji meanings so you don’t send the wrong emojis and make a fool of yourself.

Save Output To Clipboard

Very often it happens that you need to save something out of a command and you usually follow the tactic of copy and paste. However, you can simply do it by entering a simple command. The command’s output can be sent to the Windows clipboard directly. Here’s how to save the output to clipboard:

Type: ipconfig | clip

Open Pinned Programs

This trick of windows 10 allows us to open the pinned application quickly with keyboard shortcuts. Let’s say if you have pinned 5 programs on the taskbar. Then to open the second program, you need to press “windows+2“. To open a specific program, you need to hit “windows+number-in-sequence“. The number starts at 1 followed by 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 and ends at 0. So basically, you can open only 10 pinned applications at maximum by this method.

Picture Passwords & PIN

Because conventional passwords are just so passé. On a serious note, we all know the vulnerabilities traditional passwords pose. So, the new sign-in options seem to be an added bonus since it gives you an alternative choice of having a picture or PIN as passwords. And not just a plain picture, you will need to annotate over three points in the picture — these can be a circle, a stroke or a dot on any random area. As pictures have far more characters, it’s much safer to use them as passwords, provided you don’t use obvious gestures in noticeable places (over the nose and ears).

Turn on Dynamic Lock

If you are someone who constantly forgets to lock his Windows PC whenever he moves away from it, then this tip can save you a lot of hassle. When turned on, this feature will automatically lock your system whenever you walk away from your work-desk. Basically, the feature uses Bluetooth connection with your phone to determine if you are near it or not. Once your phone is out of the range when you walk away, your system will automatically lock down. You can enable this feature by going to Settings -> Accounts -> Sign-in Option and turning on the “Dynamic Lock” feature. Once you enable this feature, you will have to pair your smartphone to your Windows PC if you have not already done so. I really love this feature and I cannot explain how many times it has saved me a trip back to my PC just to lock it down. If you are half as forgetful as I am, you should definitely enable this feature to save your information from prying eyes.

Change Start Menu Position from Centre to Left in Windows 11

After accessing the Start menu from the bottom left corner for over a decade, it’s quite difficult to train the mind to use it from the middle. Microsoft understands that which is why they have added an option to change Taskbar alignment from Center to Left in the Settings menu. Here’s how to do that.

  1. Open the Settings app on Windows 11 (Use Windows + I keys).
  2. Navigate to Personalization > Taskbar behaviors.
  3. Expand the menu and from the Taskbar alignment select Left instead of Center. You will see the Taskbar moving apps from the center to the left corner.

Steps Recorder

This is the most exciting trick in our lists of windows 10 tips and tricks. With this feature, you can record all the steps you have done between the start and stop of the recorder. This will take a screenshot of every new step you have done and also generate the description of the step. So, for example, if you start a steps recorder and copy a file from one place to another. Then, it will generate the screenshot and also the steps like “User right-clicks on file_name“, “User left double click on the folder_name“, “User keyboard input on …“.  Isn’t that great? It’s great and is pretty sure that this 11th trick of our windows 10 tips and tricks article might be so helpful especially if you want to create a step by step guides for any other or for some blog article as well. To start, it’s pretty easy, just search “Steps Recorder” on the search box on the windows and start recording after opening the applications.

Turn on the New Screenshot Tool

Since I write a ton of how to articles I take a ton of screenshots on a daily basis. Previously, taking a screenshot on Windows was not as intuitive as users had to jump through a lot of hoops if they wanted to capture a part of the display and not the entire display. However, the new screenshot tool alleviates this problem by giving users more control. As it is with most of these features, it is not turned on by default and you will have to enable it by going into Settings. Just go to Settings -> Ease of Access -> Keyboard and turn on the “Print Screen Shortcut”. Once you have done this, whenever you hit the Print Screen button you will be presented with three options. You can either capture the entire desktop, capture a part of the desktop, or capture a part of the desktop in free form. Once you capture the screenshot it will open in a window where you can also easily annotate it, and share it with anyone you want to.

Change The Color Of Command Prompt Window

You know, you can change the color of the Command Prompt window to make it more exciting and engaging. Shift from its black color and give it the color of your choice. Wondering how? Windows allows you to customize cmd window by changing its colors as per your requirements and make things more intriguing. To change the color:

  • Press Win+R to start Command Prompt.
  • Right-click on the title bar and click on Properties.
  • Click on the Colors Choose the background and text color, adjust transparency and that’s it.
  • Click OK to apply the changes.

Time Difference

This tip might be useful especially to those who are freelancers or have friends in a different timezone. In this scenario, you might want to find the time difference between your clients and you, so that you can set the time for the communications and meetings. For this, open “alarms and clock” from the search bar, and when the app is opened, click on the clock tab. Next, click on the “+ (plus)” icon located at the bottom-right corner of the clock window. Thereafter, enter the name of the place and select the desired time zone to pin on the map. In case if you want to delete the already pinned timezone, just right-click on the selected pin and click on delete.