7 beginner tips for windows 10

Windows 10 has been here for quite some time, but if you have just updated Windows 8, 7 or XP, or if you have changed Mac or Linux, you will definitely find these first tips for Windows 10 very useful. In fact, Windows 10 has the potential to win over the most dedicated devotees of previous versions of Windows and even other operating systems such as OS X and Linux. Windows 10 presents numerous features, brings many good changes and solves several problems that classify it better than others and superior to its predecessors. The new product respects very well the legacy that Windows has won with the traditional desktop in recent years.

Windows 10 introduces an improved Metro user interface and brings back the Start menu that everyone lost in Windows 8. It also offers many new features such as Cortana, the digital assistant, Microsoft Edge, the new and fast browser, virtual desktops, notifications, Windows Hello: compatibility with biometric authentication and best of all: unified applications and unified store, that is, applications and store that support and run on all Windows 10 devices. It claims that it offers the combination of combinations of Windows 7 and 8 in a new way that is useful, improves productivity and looks more impressive than ever!

The questions arise: how to use these new functions? How can the new features be useful? How to improve the Windows 10 experience? To answer these questions, we have compiled a list of some of the most useful tips and tricks that help new users of Windows 10 get acquainted and make the most of their update, and use the new Windows to make life easier. Let's take a look at what's in store.

1. Learn Useful Touchpad Gestures

My work requires that I use Mac and Windows on a regular basis. One of the things I used to miss a lot about the macOS operating system when I was using Windows were the gestures. All that changed after Microsoft released the full support for touchpad gestures in Windows 10. Now, if your laptop is using the Windows precision drivers, you will have access to a ton of gestures built into your PC, which will facilitate navigation. the user interface, and switch between applications.

New gestures include the use of two-finger sliders to scroll through a document or web page, three-finger sliders to switch between applications and the launch of multitasking, four-finger slides to move between virtual desktops and a series of other gestures and touches. To find everything you can do with the touchpad on your Windows 10 machine and disable or enable these gestures, just go to Settings -> Devices -> Touchpad and interact with the options there. I tell you that once you have mastered the gestures, you can never go back.

2. Use Storage Sense to Manage Storage

One of my new favorite features in Windows is its ability to automatically remove temporary and unwanted files to free up storage on your device. This feature is not enabled by default, so you will have to go back to the Settings application to activate it. To enable this function, go to Settings -> System -> Storage and activate the switch in the "Storage direction" option. With this option enabled, Windows will automatically remove unnecessary files, such as temporary files and files in your trash to free up storage on your device. You can further customize this action by clicking on the "Change how we release storage" option under the toggle button. This function is specially designed for people who always have little space on the disk.

3. Turn on Night Light

Another small but ingenious addition to Windows 10 is a feature called Nightlight. What this function does is that it removes all the blue light from the screen, which is an important reason why we stay up late at night. If you work on your laptop at night and do not want it to affect your sleep habits, you must activate this function. You can enable this function manually at any time or you can program the Nightlight that will enable it at a specific time of the day. To enable the night light, go to Settings -> System -> Display, and activate the switch next to Nightlight. You can also set the intensity of the nightlight and set its time by clicking on the option "Nightlight configuration" marked in the image below.

4. Quickly Access Emoji Keyboard

The emojis have become more popular than anyone could have imagined and, while it is easier to access them from a mobile device, there is no apparent way to quickly access the emojis on your Windows machine. Not many people know this function, but Windows 10 actually allows you to quickly access an emoji keyboard with just a few clicks. All you need to do is enable this feature first. To access the emoji keyboard, first, activate the virtual keyboard button by right-clicking on the taskbar and clicking "Show the touch keyboard button".

Now, when you want to access the emoji keyboard, first click on the touch keyboard button in the lower right and then click on the emoji symbol. Here, you can select and use all the emojis you want.

5. Turn on the New Screenshot Tool

Since I write a lot about how to make articles, I take a lot of screenshots daily. Previously, taking a screenshot on Windows was not as intuitive as users had to jump through many hoops if they wanted to capture a part of the screen and not the entire screen. However, the new screen capture tool alleviates this problem by giving users more control. As with most of these features, it is not enabled by default and you will have to enable it in Settings. Simply go to Settings -> Ease of access -> Keyboard and activate the "Direct access to the print screen". Once you have done this, whenever you press the Print Screen button, you will be presented with three options. You can capture the entire desktop, capture a part of the desktop or capture a part of the desktop in free form. Once you capture the screenshot, it will open in a window where you can also easily write it down and share it with whomever you want.

6. Privacy Settings

If you are concerned about your privacy and do not want Microsoft to obtain certain types of information about you (such as location data, knowing your features and more), you may want to spend time in the Privacy Configurations to discover what you want and do not want to share with the company. First, go to Settings -> Privacy -> General and disable all options if you do not want Windows to track users' habits and show you suggestions based on their behavior.

Then go to "Customizing inking and writing" and turn it off. This will prevent Windows from following your writing and linking history. In the same way, you can click on other options, such as "Diagnosis and comments", "Activity history", and more to disable the sharing of your unwanted information. To be fair, Windows registers its use to provide a better service; however, if you do not feel comfortable sharing your information with Microsoft, you should certainly turn these things off.

7. Record Screen using the Xbox app

Not many users know this, but Windows 10 allows you to record your screen without any external application. In fact, you can not only record video but also system and microphone audio. The function is called "Capture the game", however, it works with whatever application you are using. I have used this application to record countless short tutorials for my friends and family. I love this function since it is very easy to invoke. All a user must do is press the "Windows + G" keyboard shortcut and a recording menu will open. Here you can set your preferences and then press the record button to start your recording. While this tool does not have many functions, it is definitely easy to use, and being available natively makes it one of the best tools to capture and share a small recording of your Windows PC.

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