Top 10 Windows10 tips

Background scrolling for people who hate activating new windows

Simple addition, and not one which will change your world. Nevertheless, it can be useful. Normally, in Windows, if you hover over an open window you’re unable to interact with it – you have to click to activate the window before you can use it. With the added virtual desktop features, you’re more likely to find yourself hovering over windows which you’ve not activated, as a result Windows has decided to allow you to interact with these screens while hovering. Go to Settings > Devices > Mouse & Touchpad, and you’ll find the option to toggle this ability on and off.

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.

OneDrive integration means you’re always cloud-connected

In a further step toward cloud dominance, Windows 10 has brought in the ability to sync with its cloud storage platform OneDrive. You can choose to sync everything to OneDrive, if you wish. This gives you a full backup of all your files and means you can access them from wherever you wish – on a different computer or on a mobile device. If you don’t want to sync everything with the cloud, then you don’t have to. You can choose to sync only certain folders – keeping other materials private on your machine.

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.

Disable Flash in Microsoft Edge

After some news about vulnerabilities in browser security due to Flash Player, many web surfers have started considering to browse without Flash Player. What if I tell you a quick and easy trick to disable Flash in Microsoft Edge and get rid of flash and security woes completely? Sound good? Okay, let’s learn how to remove the default Flash integration from Microsoft Edge browser. First click (. . .) from top-right corner to access browser menu, navigate to settings >> advanced settings (view advanced settings) >> Use Adobe Flash Player. By default Flash Player is On in Microsoft Edge, you may turn it Off to disable Flash Player from your Edge browser.

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.

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.

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.

Show Browser Home Button in Microsoft Edge

Like other standard web browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Apple Safari – Microsoft Edge also comes with a feature to show the home button which helps you to navigate to your favorite web page quickly – it may be any specific web URL which you wish to set as your custom homepage. Go to settings, then advanced settings. In advanced settings, turn on ‘Show the Home Button‘ and set your custom web URL which you want to set your homepage. After entering the URL of your homepage, click Save. Now, you’ll see a home button before the address bar in Edge browser.

Find and Fix the Problem

In some cases, identifying the exact problem plaguing your device may be a huge challenge. This is because there are many reasons why your PC may not work as fast as it should. To speed up the process if you don't have all the time in the world to go after specific targets, you can troubleshoot for problems. To launch your Windows troubleshooter, To launch it, run Control Panel and select System and Security > Security and Maintenance > Troubleshooting > Run maintenance tasks. Windows Troubleshooter will identify files and file shortcuts no longer use and any other problem affecting performance. It will report the problems to you and fix them at your behest.