Windows tips

Windows-V

You might have used copy and paste technique with shortcut “ctrl+c” and “ctrl+v” many times. But, this has a limitation as it stores only the last copied text on the clipboard. For this, click on the windows start menu ➜ Settings ➜ System ➜ Clipboard ➜ Turn on the Clipboard history. Now, you can copy two texts one after another, and instead of hitting “ctrl+v” hit “windows+v“. By hitting, “windows+v” this will list all the previously copied text, and you can pick one from those lists. Furthermore, you can click on the three dots (…) located on the top-right corner of each copied text and delete that single text or clear all copied text from the clipboard.

Snip and Sketch

Snip and Sketch are other tricks for windows 10 which is helpful to capture the screen of the windows. Previously, we had to press “Print Screen” on the keyboard and paste it on image editing apps like Paint or Photoshop and Save that image. However, with windows 10 this snapshot feature becomes more advanced and flexible. To take a snapshot, you need to hit “windows+shift+s“, this will open a small toolbar on the top of the screen. This toolbar provides the options of:

  • Rectangular Snip: Allows you to take the snapshot of the screen in a rectangular shape Freeform Snip: As per the name, you can snip the according to your wish in any irregular shape Window Snip: Allows you to take the snap of one of the selected window Full-screen Snip: Takes the screenshot of the full screen After taking a snip of your choice, the image will be saved in the clipboard and can be opened in the snip and sketch app. In this app, you can add lines or highlight some parts or draw any sketch on these snapped images. That’s why it’s called snip and sketch.

Slide to Shutdown

The next trick in our list of windows 10 tips and tricks is Slide to Shutdown. To use this hack, right-click on the desktop screen ➜ New ➜ Shortcut ➜ paste “%windir%\System32\SlideToShutDown.exe” on the field ➜ Enter name of your choice and finish the setting. This will create a shortcut on the desktop screen, so whenever you want to shut down, just double click on that shortcut icon and slide down the curtain on the screen completely. This will shut down your computer.

Multitasking

To turn this feature on, open Settings ➜ System ➜ Multitasking and turn this on. You can also customize some other options there. Next, drag any opened window to one of the corners i.e top-left, top-right, bottom-right, or bottom left. This will resize your window and place it to the corner where you have dragged. If you feel that these four windows are too small for your screen size. You can just drag it to the left or right corner and this will open only two windows at a time. This enables us to do multitasking, like watching some videos on the side while writing some text on another splitter windows. That’s the reason why we have listed multitasking in our windows 10 tips and tricks lists.

Dictation

Dictation is one of the coolest features among all windows 10 tips and tricks available here. With this feature, you can command your computer to do things like the opening app, writing some docs, and many more all by your voice only. To use this feature, you need to go to Settings ➜ Ease Of Access ➜ Speech and Turn on Speech Recognition. Or, if you prefer to use windows key shortcut to toggle the speech recognition On or Off, you are free to hit “windows+ctrl+s” on your keyboard. After turning on you can command it like “Open notepad”, “Open word” or you can also ask it to type some text by speaking those words you want to write it down.

Personalize Start Menu Experience

Are you not a fan of those aggressive apps and documents suggestion in the Windows 11 Start menu? You can remove them as well. Go to Windows Settings > Personalization > Start and disable the toggle for the ones you don’t need.

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.

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.

Check Stock Market Price

Want to check the current Tesla market value? You can do it right from the Windows 11 Start menu. Click on the Windows key and type Tesla share price and Bing will display the current price with one-year history. The Windows 11 search menu is powered by Microsoft Bing. These are some of the many ways to make use of it. You can also type any query and open the search results from the browser.

Use Bing Translate

This is yet another useful function integrated into the Windows 11 Start menu. Hit the Windows key, and you can type ‘translate beautiful in Spanish’ and Bing will translate words and phrases for you. It’s quite useful and you don’t need to open the browser just for translating words.