Windows10 tips

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:

GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

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.

Privacy settings are the last line of defense against snoopers

Thanks to the recent Creators Update for Windows 10, we now have a host of new privacy controls to play with. With these controls you can decide what information you give out to third parties. For example, you can control whether or not you want websites to access your language list, which helps them provide content more geared to you and more accessible to you. Or you can control whether apps can access a unique ID of you as a user. This ID helps them track you and provide you with more targeted adverts. Maybe you want all of these features turned on? At least, the choice is yours now.

The Xbox integration expands your gaming horizons

I’m not an Xbox user, so I haven’t made use of this feature. But maybe you’re an Xbox user? Maybe you really want the ability to stream Xbox games onto your PC? If so, this feature is for you. You can log into your Xbox live account from your laptop and you can easily record videos of gameplay using the Game DVR option. Check out the Xbox website for a whole host of info about making the most of this integration.

Game mode lets your PC optimize itself

If you want to have your PC optimize itself for certain activities, in this case gaming, you don’t need to fiddle with the settings every time you want to switch its allocation of resources. To enable Game mode you can pop into your settings and go to your Gaming panel to toggle Game mode on or off. You can also use the shortcut: Windows + G, to bring up the Game bar. This way, you can get the most out of your Windows 10 set up in seconds.

Keyboard shortcuts always save you time

We all know how useful keyboard shortcuts can be if used well. With the addition of virtual desktop and the shift away from some of the panel display of Windows 8, here are a couple of handy shortcuts which could speed up your workflow:

  • To create a new Virtual Desktop – Windows + CTRL + D
  • To close the current Virtual Desktop – Windows + CTRL + F4
  • To switch to the next Virtual Desktop in the queue – Windows + CTRL + Right Arrow
  • To switch to the previous Virtual Desktop in the queue – Windows + CTRL + Left Arrow
  • To open the Task View – Windows + Tab
  • To toggle Cortana listening – Windows + Ctrl + C
  • To launch Cortana – Windows + S,

or alternatively: “Hey Cortana”

  • To snap apps to the top of bottom of a screen – Windows + Up / Down Arrow

Task View helps you organize your Virtual Desktop

Task view is just a simple add-on to the Virtual Desktop feature. This helps you easily manage which windows you want to have in which desktop. It acts as an overview of your different windows and helps you categorize your work so that you can find it more easily. If you find yourself enjoying the Virtual Desktop then you should use the task view to help you manage it more easily. It’s only a simple little feature, but it’s included for the organized folk out there.

Compartmentalize your work with Virtual Desktop

One of the first things to do in any article about Windows 10 is to congratulate Microsoft for abandoning Windows 8. The second thing to do is to thank them for bringing in a number of features which have been staples of MacOS and certain Linux environments for a while. The main one worth mentioning here is the introduction of Virtual Desktop. This allows you to navigate your working environments easily and to separate out your workspaces. For instance, I have one workspace now with Slack, Trello, Google sheets, Airtable, and other work-related resources. I have another one with some interesting articles about the upcoming UK general election in a separate workspace for me to pop over to on my breaks. Separating my workspaces helps me remain focused and the virtual desktop feature seems to understand that. Good addition.

Use Chrometana to search by voice in Chrome

Let’s kick off with one of the more exciting tips! The future of voice commands! I really like the concept of Cortana. I find her to be generally useful, or at least, to have a lot of potential. The main gripe I had with Cortana is that she would always open web pages in Edge and use Bing as the search instead of Google. I wouldn’t use either of those tools normally, so it just seemed out of my normal workflow to have Cortana drag me into different windows every time I wanted to employ her. To fix this, you can find the chrome extension Chrometana. It does exactly what you would expect it to do. It forces Cortana to use Chrome and Google to operate. It’s a small change, but one which has made this feature much more useful for me.

Windows Keyboard Shortcuts.

Most people do not use these nut once you get used to the Windows keyboard shortcuts, they are real-time savers and are really helpful. Hence, here we have the best Windows keyboard shortcuts for you so you can access features of Windows OS very quickly.

Use HomeGroup.

HomeGroup has existed in Windows OS from a while now, but very few users use it. It is a local network sharing feature which helps you access and share files on Windows computers in the same network. You can select the folders that you want to share with people in your HomeGroup. To use HomeGroup, head to ‘control panel’ and open the “network and sharing” option.

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