Windows10 tips

Virtual Desktops

Task View, known popularly as Virtual desktops (VD), was added as a mainstream feature in Windows 10 and trust me, VDs can boost the productivity levels. In simple words, you get to have a number of desktops on your system which you can easily traverse using some handy keyboard shortcuts. There are a lot third party apps that let you have VDs, but a native one surely beats the odds when it comes to stability and accessibility. The choice is yours as to how you would utilize this space. For starters, you can have a work desktop and an entertainment hub. The TaskView icon, next to the Start Menu, can also be accessed via the following shortcuts.

Quick Access Files and Folders from File Explorer

One of the features that I was desperately waiting for and finally, Windows 10 answered my prayers. I find it feasible to have quick access to the recently used folders, but we are humans and we have a great reputation of not thinking alike. So for those who would NOT like to have an open display of their recently accessed files & folders, there’s quite an easy trick to hide them. Head over to the file explorer and click on View > Options and uncheck the privacy checkboxes. The file explorer will switch to the My PC look.

Block Notifications

Windows PC almost never stops from enlightening you on every single thing, whether it’s a Java update that’s available or a new notification. And like me, if you are annoyed with this feature, there’s an easy way to turn it off. All you need to do is head over to Settings >  System > Notifications and actions and turn it off.

Drag And Drop In The Address bar.

First of all, the Address bar is a small bar on the top of the screen in the Windows Explorer. It shows the path of the current directory. So, this means you can see all the folders you have opened to reach the current screen. But it has another feature. You can drag and drop either files or folders to any folder shown in the Address bar to move them. This is a straightforward trick, yet it is very effective when used.

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

Lock Private File & Folders.

In Windows, you can actually lock the folders that contain your private files. This feature can be beneficial when there are multiple users on a single PC, and you want to hide your files. So, if you want to hide your files by locking your folders, click on the link below to read further.

Read More:- Folder Locking Software For Windows

Tie your Windows key to your Microsoft account

As cloud technology further dominates the software landscape, tying your ownership of your operating system to your computer seems to be a backward way of operating. What if you have to buy a new computer? Do you have to buy a new copy of Windows? A better way of working would be to have your Windows ownership tied to your Microsoft account directly so that you could reuse it easily on future machines without worrying. Well, that’s exactly what Windows 10 is offering. You can do this by going to Settings > Update & Security > Activation.

Add detail to Task Manager to see performance more clearly

To build on the diagnostic capabilities of Windows 10, you can also see a little more within your Task Manager too. If you press the keyboard shortcut: Ctrl + Shift + Esc, your Task Manager will pop up in front of you and display all the running processes currently going on. The different columns will show you what the task is plus how it affects the CPU, memory, disk, and network performance. If you choose to right click on any one of these columns, your task manager will provide you with options for other variables which you could add to this overview. You can drag and drop the different columns and optimize their display. Once you’ve optimized it one, you won’t need to do it again. Good for the techies in the building.

Understand what’s happening inside with DirectX diagnostics

If you want a quick health check on your computer and want to see where all its energy is being spent, a good place to start is the diagnostics. From here, you can analyze performance and fiddle with settings. The more technically minded amongst you are probably pretty interested in optimizing performance, and this is a good place to start. One easy way to jump into your diagnostics is to type “dxdiag” into your search bar on the bottom left. This should bring up the DirextX diagnostic tool which can help you investigate your PC or laptop performance.

God Mode gives you divine control

The grandiose God Mode title is possibly overselling itself. However, that doesn’t take away from its effectiveness. God Mode is simply a reworking of your settings display which enables you to have greater and easier control over the actions and behaviors of your computer. In short, it combines your settings and your control panel into one easy to access display. It sounds complicated to set up, but it’s actually not too tricky. First, you right-click on your desktop and select New > Folder. Then you have to name the folder. You don’t have to call it GodMode. I could call mine AdamMode or whatever I like. The text before the period below can be changed, but keep the code after the period the same:


The code in the squiggly brackets will sort out the setting up of the folder. This will then display a control panel-esque icon titled with whatever you put in the text section. Click on your icon and your God Mode display will pop up. Simple.