What are the best windows tricks, tips and hacks?
Since Windows 10 is the latest update to the Windows OS ,I'll be listing some of the coolest tips,tricks and hacks I found.Have you made the switch to Windows 10 on your primary operating system? With it being free, and Microsoft pushing the update to users, most of you probably already have. And if you haven’t, listen. XP is dead. Let it go. ♫ LET IT GO! LET TO GO-OH-OH! ♫ Sorry, where was I?Oh, yeah, Windows 10 is awesome. To help you get even more of the awesome out of Windows 10, we’ve scoured the web to provide you with the top 33 Windows 10 tips, tricks, hacks, and tweaks for your computing pleasure. Anyway, check out these cool tips and more to see if you can get some more cool factor out of 10.1. Enable virtual desktopsFor starters, yes, Linux has had this for years. I usually have six in my tray in KDE and mouse through them like a boss. But this is Windows, and it’s great to have this finally. To turn on virtual desktops, Win+Tab to get the Aero view, then click “+New Desktop” down in the lower right. You can have as many as you want, and switch between them by clicking the Desktop icon next to the search box.2. Print to PDFThere is finally a built-in PDF printer in Windows 10. To print anything as PDF file, just pick the “Microsoft Print to PDF” printer.3. Use Wi-Fi Sense to make getting online easyMuch maligned, and definitely misunderstood, Wi-Fi Sense is actually pretty cool, when you’re not an enterprise security admin. This lets you identify and share Wi-Fi hotspots with your contacts, including the PSK to get onto them, so if you set up a guest network at home, have a guest network at work, or find one at your favourite coffee shop, you can share the details with your contacts, and they can do the same with you. Of course, it requires that the networks are either open or use a pre-shared key. If your “enterprise” Wi-Fi network is using PSK, you’re doing it wrong! Of course, you can turn it off. See http://windows.microsoft.com/en-... if this bothers you.Use Quick Access in ExplorerFavourites in Explorer has replaced the Quick Access menu, and it’s much cooler. With several options you can use to customize your experience, you can make Windows 10 do just what you want. Here’s a rundown.4. Open File Explorer to:This lets you choose whether to default to Quick access, or the “This PC” view.5. Show recently used files in Quick accessTurn it off if you don’t want to see the MRU list of files.6. Show recently used folders in Quick accessAs above. Turn it off if you don’t want to see the MRU list of folders, but odds are good that will prove to be dead useful!7. ClearSomething in the MRU list you’d rather not have showing? Hit Clear to drop the list like your browser history!Customize the shell!There are new and subtle settings in the Command Prompt and/or PowerShell lets you make all kinds of cool customizations above and beyond just tweaking colours. On the Options tab, check out the following.8. Filter clipboard contents on pasteThis is totally awesome, especially when pasting from a browser. It will swap smart quotes to straight quotes, and remove tabs so your pastes are what you want.9. Enable line wrapping selectionThank you jeebus! This does exactly what it says.10. Copy/PasteYes, in both PowerShell and the command prompt, your CTRL-C, -X, and –V keys work now.11. Persistent command historyYou know how up and down arrows let you scroll through your command history. Guess what? Your history now persists, so when you open a shell, your commands from last time are available. How cool is that?12. Extended text selection keysLet’s you use home, end, shift arrows, CTRL-C, CTRL-X, and CTRL-V just like you are accustomed to in just about every other text program ever. Up and down arrows still scroll through the command buffer, but I don’t think you’d really want to get rid of that.13. Wrap text output on resizeOkay, this is on the Layout tab, but it’s still new. If you do have to resize a shell window, this will wrap the text to match.14. OpacitySure, we have had this in Linux shells for years. So what? Now we have it in Windows, and it’s just as cool. Practical? Maybe not. But still, cool! I like 90%. It’s dense enough to read, but still lets me see what is behind it.If you don’t see those options, clear the checkbox next to “Use legacy console (requires relaunch)” and, well, relaunch!15. Get more fontsWant to add other fonts to the shell? Me too! Here’s how.First, you have to use monospaced True type fonts.Launch regedit and navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Console\TrueTypeFontCreate a new REG_SZ and give it a unique numberEnter the name of the True type Font you want to use.Reboot to make it available.Note that some TTFs won’t work. Experiment to find the one you like. I use Ubuntu Mono. See http://www.codeproject.com/Artic... for some other good options for monospaced fonts. Not all are free, but some good ones are at http://www.fontsquirrel.com/font....16. Shake it offIf you want to disable the Aero shake thing that causes all open windows to minimize, there’s an easy reg-hack to do so.Launch regedit and navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows.Create a new key called ExplorerCreate a new DWORD(32) names NoWindowsMinimizingShortcutsSet it to 1.17. Disable the startup delayIf your machine is screaming fast to boot, uses an SSD, and is otherwise a rocket, you can get even more speed by disabling the startup delay that Windows includes by default to keep from overtaxing your hardware.Launch regedit and navigate to CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\SerializeCreate a new DWORD named StartupDelayInMSecSet it to 0.18. Background scrollingCheck it out. You can mouse over another windows and scroll it without clicking on it first, stealing focus from your active window. That’s dead useful when one window is instructions, and the other is the shell you are trying to enter command within!Check out all these keyboard shortcutsSome of these are tried and true, but some may be new to you, and all work great in Windows 10.19. Windows Key-A launches the Action Center20. Windows Key-I launches the Settings App21. Windows Key-X launches the Power User Menu22. Windows Key-R launches the Run dialog23. Windows Key-Tab brings up the task view24. Windows Key-Right-Up moves the active app to top right quadrant25. Windows Key-Ctrl-Left or Right navigates across your virtual desktops26. Windows Key-Ctrl-D creates a new virtual desktop27. Windows Key-S brings up the Daily Glance for weather, news, sports, etc.28. Windows Key-Ctrl-F4 closes the active virtual desktop29. Windows Key-Up and Down snaps the active app to top or bottom of screen or maximizes it.30. Get back more taskbar by losing the Search barCortana is cool and all that, but if you don’t use the “Ask me anything” box, you can buy back a lot of taskbar real estate by turning that off. Here’s how.Right-click the task bar.Choose Cortana optionsRemove the checkbox next to “Show search box.”31. LastActiveClickMy favourite hack in this list is this one. I may have a dozen tabs open in IE at any point in time. If I click on another app, then have to get back to the tab I was on and click on the E icon, it pops up all the open tabs and even the windows so I have to figure out which one I was on. With this hack, if I just click, it takes me back to exactly the tab I was on. This works the same on other apps too, so if I had seventeen Word docs open, it would just take me right back to the last one I was active in when I click the icon.Open regedit and navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\AdvancedCreate a new 32bit Dword called LastActiveClick.Set it to 1.Profit!32. Find the hidden imagesThe lock screen and logon screen have some really cool images, which as it turns out, by default both rotate AND change. Seems Microsoft has a CDN that updates these images based on what you click that like or not. Want to save one or more of those images for future use? Here’s where they are hiding!Open Explorer and brows to %localappdata%\Packages\Microsoft.ContentDeliveryManager_[custom string of characters]\LocalState\Assets\Copy all of the files to a new directory.Open a command prompt in that directory.Run this commandren *.* *.png [enter]Browse through them and find the ones you like!33. Battery saver settings let you get every single mA out of your batteryThe Battery saver settings can help extend your laptop’s battery life when you’re at 32K feet and not in first class. Go to Settings, Battery saver, and make sure it is set to come on. You can adjust when it does come on based on estimated battery life remaining, and what it does to help extend things, like reducing the screen brightness and limiting the apps that can run in the background and do push notifications. Since those need CPU and Wi-Fi to work, limiting the things running in the background can really make a difference.With so many cool tweaks and hacks, you should have found something neat and new to help you pimp your desktopHope this helped you.Thanks for reading this extremely long answer.Best Regards,Don.Check out my profile and follow me for more cool answers: Omkaar Shenoy(That is my real name)Peace✌️P.S. Please upvote if this helped you. It takes barely a second and really motivates me to write more answers on Quora which help you guys.Comments,Clarifications and Opinions are always welcome.Source and Credit:GFI Blog
Would you replace your iPad and MacBook with a Surface Pro 3? Why or why not?
I have.The Surface is everything I want in a portable computing device and very little more. Which is a plus in my book. But first, let's examine why I left my MacBook behind...It was getting long in the tooth. Apple are the only makers of MacBooks and therefore my only hope, if I wanted to stay within an app ecosystem, was to upgrade inside the Apple Universe. With the 2015 version, Apple removed ports and gave us the USB‑C. Which, for me, was useless. I use my MacBook tethered to at least one peripheral device and power, buying an additional adapter for $79, something that could get stolen or left behind, sounded like lunacy to me. If I wanted to stay with Apple, that'd have been the tradeoff I would have to live with for the remainder of my ecosystem days.So I looked at the Surface. Briefly. And looked away. Then my company bought us those things and, three months later, my MacBook Pro is in good hands at a local school and I am the owner of a Surface 3 and a Surface Pro 3 and ain't looking back.I spend time on the couch or my bed, the keyboard detached, and read on the S3. I write code, text (this one in fact), and design on it. And, unlike the MacBook Pro, I can do photo editing in Photoshop, using my fingers or the pen to do amazing things. At home it sits in a $119 dock, becoming my desktop. It runs Linux and Windows, dual booting where I need it, and if I want to go from Bathtub to Couch and to Desk it's all the same computer I am working on. No more sync errors or missed files on some system that's not with me. This is my system. It works.The Surface Pro 3 is almost 140 grams lighter than the MacBook Pro 2015, is certified operating at higher altitudes (10,000 vs. 15,000 ft), and the flip stand is nothing short of genius, I can work almost anywhere with it and turn it into a low profile movie theatre at night when I want to watch Last Man Standing (TV series) or 2 Broke Girls (TV series).It's a Windows computer. Which means Windows 10 (which I prefer over OS X) runs on it, Visual Studio Code runs on it, Android Studio (IDE) works on it, even when in "Tablet" mode and I am somewhere on the road wanting to look something up on Git.It's become my bestest friend in portable computing. Can't wait for the Surface 4 to come out, but if it doesn't appeal to me I can always get a Sony or Lenovo and not lose my app ecosystem investments.