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Windows 10 is a fast and efficient operating system. Windows 10 offers a wide range of features that allows the user to juggle multiple applications and multitask with minimal effort. Not all the features are obvious, and many are unknown to the average Windows 10 user. This guide will go over some features that will make Windows 10 an even smoother experience.

 

  1. Creating the GodMode folder to control everything.

The GodMode folder or the Windows Master Control Panel shortcut is a shortcut that gives the user access to various control settings. By creating a folder with a certain name, users have access to all the operating systems control panels from a single folder.

 

How to create the GodMode folder?

  1. On the desktop right click with the mouse and select “new” and then select “folder.”
  2. Once the new folder is on the desktop right click the folder and click “rename.”
  3. Name the folder GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}” Do not use the quotes when renaming the folder.

If everything has been done correctly, the folder will icon will change to the control panel icon.

 

 

 

By clicking on the icon, the user will then be shown a quick access page giving them access to all the operating systems control panels. The inside of the folder will look like this picture shown below.

 

  1. Grouping Apps Using Virtual Desktops

You can use this feature in Windows 10 to organize or group applications you are currently using on your system. You can have multiple virtual desktops open using only one actual desktop.

  1. Click the “Task View” button on the taskbar located at the bottom of the screen.

After clicking on the “Task View” button the user will be brought to a screen that looks like this. In the bottom right corner of the picture there is a button that says, “New Desktop.” Click that button to create a second virtual desktop.

After creating another virtual desktop, the “Task View” screen will show the different desktops at the bottom of the screen. The user can then drag open programs or apps to the desktop they want.

  1. Using the Snap feature to Organize App Windows.

The snap feature on Windows 10 makes it easier for you to take full advantage of the screen area of your device. It allows you to take an open program or app and snap it to an area of screen making it much easier to organize your programs and apps while multitasking. Snap allows you to snap a window to any quadrant or half of the screen. You can click and hold down the mouse key over the tile bar of your open window and drag it over to the corner of the screen you would like to snap to. Snap assist should pop up and help you organize the remaining windows to your liking. There are also multiple keyboard shortcuts to snap the window to the desired location.

Keyboard shortcuts for snapping:

Win + Right: Snaps to the right half.

Win + Left: Snaps to the left half.

Win + Right and Win + Up: Snaps to the top-right edge.

Win + Left and Win + Up: Snaps to the top-left edge.

Win + Right and Win + Down: Snaps to the bottom-right edge.

Win + Left and Win + Down: Snaps to the bottom-left edge.

Snapping a program using the Win + right will look something like this depending on how many programs are open.

 

  1. Using Cortana

Cortana is a virtual assistant that comes with Windows 10. It is Microsoft’s version of Apples Siri and Amazons Alexa. You can use Cortana to open programs by typing or even using voice commands. Cortana can do things such as:

  1. Give you reminders based on time, places, or people.
  2. Send emails and texts
  3. Open any app on your system
  4. Find facts, files, places, and other information.
  5. Plays music.
  6. Shows notifications.
  7. Shows local and world news.

 

Cortana also offers a “listening mode” which allows you to talk as if you were speaking to a person. To use “listening mode” you first must make sure that you have a microphone. Most laptops and tablets come with a built-in microphone. If your computer has a built-in webcam, then it will have a built-in microphone. Cortana by default is located on the taskbar at the bottom of the screen.

 

By clicking on the in the “type here to search” area you will be prompted by this screen. Clicking the gear icon that is circled in red will open the different options for Cortana. In the options menu you can turn on the “listening mode” which will allow you to talk to Cortana. You activate Cortana with your voice by saying “hey Cortana.”

You can also choose to hide Cortana on the taskbar by right clicking the taskbar and clicking on Cortana. By doing that you will be given the option to hide the search bar, show the Cortana icon or show the search box.