Top 10 Windows tips

Learn new Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts

You can become more productive if you learn the shortcuts to perform various regular tasks such as using virtual desktops, snapping apps and more. Below are the shortcuts to help you do things faster.

  • Win + Tab (open Tasks View)
  • Win + Left + Up (move app to top-left quadrant)
  • Win + Left + Down (move app to bottom-left quadrant)
  • Win + Right + Up (move app to top-right quadrant)
  • Win + Right + Down (move app to bottom-right quadrant)
  • Win + Ctrl + Left or Right (change virtual desktops)
  • Win + Ctrl + D (new virtual desktop)
  • Win + Ctrl + C (speak to Cortana)
  • Win + S (view weather, news, sports, help, etc.)
  • Win + Ctrl + F4 (close virtual desktop)
  • Win + Up and Down (snap apps to top or bottom of screen or maximize them)

Change The Title Of The Command Prompt Window

When you launch Command Prompt, you see the title bar reads Command Prompt or Administrator Command Prompt. If you want, you can change the name of the cmd window you open. This makes it convenient for you to work on multiple command line windows at a time. You can name each one of them separately and manage them accordingly. Yes, you can change the Command Prompt window name using amazing command line tricks. To change the title:

  • Open Command Prompt and type ‘title’.
  • Enter the name of the ‘Title Bar’ you want to see.
  • Hit Enter and you’ll see the title of the cmd window is changed according to the text you’ve entered.
  • The title of the cmd window is temporary. It is limited until you exit the Command Prompt

Customize Folders by Changing Colors.

Another really good in all windows tricks is to customize folder icons and to change their colours. This is a fun trick, but it also helps you to organize stuff better as you can set a different colour for a different type of folders according to the type of files they store. Read here to know how to change folder colours.

Read Here:- How To Change Folder Color In Windows

Shake to Minimize Inactive Windows

Let’s say you want to minimize all the apps except the one on the front. You can do that using a simple mouse gesture. Click the title bar of the app, hold, and shake it. Shaking means dragging the pointer up and down in a fast pace. You will soon realize that all the windows except the one you shook have gone down to the taskbar.

Invert Selection.

As the name suggests, invert selection selects the files that are not selected and vice versa. This can be helpful when selecting a large number of files in a folder. You can easily do it from the Ribbon.

Add Folders Next to Power Button in Start Menu

This one is quite useful as it allows you to add frequently-used folders such as File Explorer, Personal folder, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, and other shortcuts right beside the Power button in the Start menu. Here’s how to enable them.

  1. Go to Windows 11 Settings app (Use Windows + I keys)
  2. Navigate to Personalization > Start > Folders.
  3. Enable the toggle for the folder that you want to appear in the Start menu. Close the Settings app and open the Start menu. You will see those newly-added folders appear on Start next to the Power button.

Block Suggestions/ Ads

Of all the possible places that Windows can advertise its products on, it chose the start menu. And if you find these suggestions bothersome, there’s a straightforward solution to block them out — once and for all. Head over to personalization in the settings menu and turn off the Occasionally show suggestions in Start option (under start) and stay Ad-free.

Privacy Settings

If you are concerned about your privacy and don’t want Microsoft to attain certain types of information on your (such as location data, getting to know you features, and more), then it would do you good to spend some time in the Privacy Settings to figure out what you want and don’t want to share with the company. First of all, go to Settings -> Privacy -> General and turn off all the toggles if you don’t want Windows to track users habit and show you suggestions based on your behavior. Then go to “Inking and typing personalization” and turn it off. This will restrict Windows from tracking your typing and inking history. Similarly, you can click on other options such as “Diagnostics and Feedback”, “Activity History”, and more to disable sharing of your information that you don’t want to. To be fair, Windows records your usage to give you a better service, however, if you are not comfortable sharing your information with Microsoft, you should certainly switch these things off.

Create WiFi Hotspot

Do you know, you can create a WiFi hotspot directly from your Command Line. To execute this, you need to first make changes to some settings like-

  • Go to Control Panel > Change Adapter Settings under Network and Sharing Option.
  • Then, click on the Connection you’re using and click Properties.
  • Locate the sharing tab and check the option ‘Allow other networks to connect through this computer’s internet connection’. Open Command Prompt with administrator account and enter the following command:

Type in: netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=Yourhotspotname key=yourpassword

Once enabled, enter netsh wlan start hostednetwork to start the WiFi hotspot. To stop it, type in netsh wlan stop hostednetwork“. 

Read: Tricks To Manage Wireless Networks Using Command Prompt