To say that Windows users are in the minority these days would be an understatement. More than 80% of desktop computers worldwide run some version of the Linux operating system, and more than 10% run Mac OS X or iOS, which means that most of us have been forced to leave behind the Windows platform we grew up with and loved so much, right? Wrong!
Even though you may have switched to Linux (or Mac OS X or iOS), there are still plenty of tricks and hacks you can use to stay up-to-date with what’s happening in the world of Windows.
QUICKLY OPEN AN APPLICATION
We all have our favorite applications that we use on a daily basis. To make life easy, Windows has a built-in feature that allows you to quickly open an application by pressing the Windows key + R. Type in the name of the application you want to open and hit enter. The application will launch instantly.
MAKE TASKBAR ICONS SMALLER
The first step is to right-click on an empty spot on the taskbar. A menu will pop up and you should click on Taskbar Settings.
This will open up the settings window for the taskbar. In the middle of this window, there is a slider under the heading Taskbar buttons.
Slide this all the way to the left to make your taskbar icons smaller. If you want to go one step further, you can also check the box that says Use small taskbar buttons.
This will make your taskbar even more compact by getting rid of the labels for each icon.
AUTOMATICALLY RUN PROGRAMS AT STARTUP
If you want a program or app to automatically start up when your computer does, there are a few ways to make that happen. In this post, we’ll show you how to do it in Windows 10. This can be really helpful if you have a program that you always use or need to have running in the background.
It can make your life easier by not having to remember to open it every time you turn on your computer. Plus, it can make life easy for other people who use your computer if they know the program will be open and available.
Go to the Start button and scroll to find the app you want to run at startup.
Right-click the app, select More, and then select Open file location. Location where the shortcut to the app is saved,will open. If there isn’t an option for Open file location, it means the app can’t run at startup.
With the file location open, press the Windows logo key + R, type shell:startup, then select OK. This opens the Startup folder.
Drag and drop the shortcut to the app from the file location to the Startup folder.
While you’re at it, there are a few other programs that also benefit from running at startup. Some antivirus software will scan your computer each time it boots up, and being able to run that scan automatically can save you a lot of trouble. The same goes for backup software.
If you have software or programs that should always be running in order to make your life easier, don’t forget to set them up so they run automatically when you boot up your computer. These include antivirus, email backup services (such as Dropbox), cloud storage apps (such as iCloud), and VPN connections.
Many operating systems have built-in ways to schedule automated tasks, such as scheduled backups or scans.
CUSTOMIZE THE START MENU
- The Start menu is one of the most essential parts of Windows, so it makes sense that you would want to customize it to make your life easier.
- To start, right-click on the Start button and select Properties.
- In the Start Menu tab, you can choose which items you want to appear on the Start menu
- If you want to add an item, simply click the Add button and browse for the item.
- You can also add items by dragging them from the All Programs list onto the Start menu.
- To remove an item, simply select it and click the Remove button.
- Once you’re finished customizing, click OK to save your changes.
SET A DEFAULT PRINTER
One of the most useful Windows tricks is setting a default printer. This can be done in the Devices and Printers window. Right-click on the printer you want to set as the default and select Set as Default Printer from the drop-down menu. Now, whenever you print something, it will automatically go to that printer.
CHANGE DEFAULT FILE ASSOCIATIONS
Did you know that you can change the default file associations in Windows? This means that if you have a preferred program for opening certain types of files, you can set it as the default so that it opens automatically. To do this, go to Start > Default Programs > Associate a file type or protocol with a program. Scroll down the list until you find the file extension you want to change, then click on it and select Change program.
Choose the program you want to use from the list or browse for it if it’s not listed. Once you’ve made your selection, click on OK. From now on, files with that extension will open in your chosen program automatically. This little trick can make your life a lot easier when working with different types of files.
CLOSE COMMON DIALOGS EASILY
Do you ever find yourself accidentally closing common dialog boxes like the ones that ask if you want to save changes to a document? Well, there’s a simple Windows hack for that. Just press Alt + F4 and the dialog box will close. No more accidentally clicking No when you meant to click Yes!
DRAG AND DROP FOLDERS IN EXPLORER
One of the most annoying parts of organising files on your computer is having to dig through your file system. But there’s a super simple Windows trick that makes it incredibly easy: you can drag folders in Explorer to instantly organise them! If you drag a folder over another folder, they will be merged, but if you drag a folder over an open space, it will simply be moved without being deleted. This can make managing large amounts of files much easier!
If you want to avoid dragging files into open space, which can result in accidental deletion, just hold Alt while dragging instead. If you don’t want to merge any folders together when dragging them, press Shift instead.
We all want to make our lives a little easier, and with technology, that’s often possible. Did you know there’s a God mode in Windows that gives you access to all sorts of hidden settings and options? It’s a great way to make life easy. Here’s how to activate it:
If you’re using Windows 8 or 10, follow these instructions: Hold down shift as you right-click on a blank area of your screen. Choose Open command window here. Then type in control.exe , then hit enter. Type in godmode.
without quotation marks, then hit enter. A God Mode folder will appear with a list of shortcuts to various areas of your PC’s settings as shown below: If you have additional questions about any of these steps, let us know in the comments! Enjoy your new easier life!
LOCK COMPUTER INSTANTLY
We all know how important it is to keep our computers locked when we step away from them. But sometimes, life happens and we forget. That’s where these awesome Windows tricks come in handy.
If you’re someone who locks their computer when stepping away from it, but doesn’t want to type your password every time, you can add a numerical PIN to access your PC. Go to the Control Panel in your Start menu, then User Accounts and Family Safety > User Accounts > Sign-in Options. Select Pin sign-in from there and use those numerical digits to log into your PC from now on.
Or You can just use the Windows + L button to lock your computer screen.