Window 10 Most Amazing Hidden Features

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Windows 10 Updated on its Anniversary and millions of users are running it, Let’s have a look at some of the best hidden features, tips, and tricks in the operating system.

Windows 10 comes with the combination of the best of Windows 8 — super-fast startup, improved security — with much of what made Windows 7 familiar and easy to use, and without trying to force you to buy a touch screen or learn a whole set of hidden UI gestures. The Anniversary Update only makes it that much easier & sweeter.

And if you’re a computer lover like me, tweaking the OS is always the fun. Discovering and implementing power user tips are my favorite part of getting a major new version of an OS. Whatever, here’s what you need to know to power up your Windows 10 install and take it to the next level.

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Set up GodMode

The awesomely named GodMode brings up a special menu that puts lots of settings together in one place. To enable it, create a new folder anywhere on your root drive and rename it GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}. It will create a special icon that when you click on it shows you a beautiful advanced control panel.

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Windows Activation

For the first time, you can tie your Windows key to your Microsoft account, instead of the hardware in your machine. This way you can upgrade your PC components whenever you want, without having to call Microsoft or otherwise figure out how to reactivate your PC using the same code online. To do so, head to Settings | Update & Security | Activation.

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Clean Installs

Head to Settings | Updates & Security | Recovery and you’ll see a new option under More recovery options: “Learn how to start fresh with a clean installation of Windows.” This link takes you to an online Microsoft help page that lets you download a tool to aid in clean installs — a sorely needed upgrade in the Anniversary Update.

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Task view and virtual desktops

One of the best things about Windows 10 is how it handles virtual desktops. The fact that it finally handles them at all, out of the box, is a great step, since Mac OS X and Linux users have had that capability for a long time. It lets you set up a series of tasks and windows on your desktop, your email and Twitter window on another, and a third for general Web browsing and research. To get started, click the Task View icon on the taskbar (immediately to the right of the Search box), or hold down the Windows key (abbreviated throughout as Win) and Tab. You can also drag an app to a new virtual desktop by bringing it over to the +New Desktop option at the lower right.

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Make the desktop more stylish

Windows 10 lets you personalize your desktop more thoroughly than before. Head to Start > Settings > Personalization > Colors, and choose Show color on taskbar and Start Menu. You can also tell it to automatically pick a color from your wallpaper and apply it underneath icons of open apps, and you can remove the Start Menu’s translucent option. In addition, a Dark Theme option turns the menus black. I love it, but your feelings may differ. I also wish it extended system-wide, to Explorer, the old Control Panel, and other places, but hey, at least it’s a start.

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Bash shell

This awesome feature, included with Anniversary Update, lets you install the classic Bash UNIX shell, thanks to a joint effort with Canonical. Enable it by first heading to Settings | Update & Security | For Developers and switching on Developer mode. Once that’s done, head to the old Control Panel | Programs | Turn Windows features on or off and check the box next to Windows Subsystem for Linux (beta). You’ll need to reboot, at which point all you have to do is search for Bash to get started using it.

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Configure privacy settings

When you’re first setting up Windows 10, make sure to select a Custom install so you can modify the privacy settings, instead of going with the Express install. (If you already installed it, no worries; you can fix it all in Settings using the above link as a guide). Otherwise you’ll find yourself agreeing to all sorts of private data sharing — and while Windows 10 was free for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users, it’s not a free product in and of itself — so there’s no reason to share your personal information when it’s not required.

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Print to PDF

You can finally print a document (or rather, save it) as PDF without using a third-party utility using Microsoft’s Print to PDF. This makes it much easier to save and distribute documents that aren’t easily modified. Another long overdue feature makes it in under the radar.

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Make sure Wi-Fi Sense is off

You may feel differently about this, but I certainly don’t like the idea of allowing access to my Wi-Fi network unless I specifically give out the password. Here’s how to make sure your computer isn’t doing that — and if it is, how to turn it off.

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Schedule Windows updates

Instead of getting ambushed whenever Microsoft decides to push out a patch, you can schedule restarts to install updates by going to Start > Settings > Updates and Recovery > Windows Update. You can do this for future updates as well by selecting Notify to Schedule Restart.

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