Windows 10 Hidden Features
Windows 10 Hidden features
Windows 10 is an advanced operating system and it is equipped with a variety of hidden features. If you can figure out how to unlock those hidden features, you will be able to get the best out of your operating system.
Here is a list of 6 such hidden features in Windows 10 and the steps that you should follow in order to unlock them.
Personalize the lock screen
A variety of lock screen features were introduced along with the Windows 10 operating system. It includes a large number of new and exciting images as well. In addition, you are provided with a hidden set of lock screen images, which can be used to personalize the lock screen as per your preferences. In order to unlock this feature, you need to visit Settings and then select Personalization. Then you can locate %localappdata%\Packages\Microsoft.ContentDeliveryManager_[custom string of characters]\LocalState\Assets\ on your explorer to get hold of the hidden set of lock screen images. You would absolutely love to select a one image out of this list to personalize your lock screen.
Bypass the login screen
Some of us prefer to bypass the login screen and get straight into the account. It was a possibility in the previous versions of Windows. This feature has been carried forward to Windows 10 as well, but you will need to discover it. User Accounts Manager can be used in order to unlock this feature. To access the User Accounts Manager, you must click the Windows Key and then type netplwiz. Then you need to locate your account and remove the checkmark, which indicates that you must enter a username and a password to log into the account. Then you can save the changes and you will never be asked again to enter your credentials to get into the Windows desktop.
Turn on the battery saver
If you have installed Windows 10 on your laptop, you can find a dedicated battery saving option as well. To unlock it, you must visit Settings and then select the System tab. In here, you will be able to get a high level understanding about the applications that use your battery. If you carefully look at the bottom of the screen, you will be able to find a link named Battery Saver Settings. You are provided with the ability to turn on or turn off this feature as per your preferences. If you turn it on, you will be entering the battery saver mode. You are also provided with a threshold level of battery to enter this battery saver mode. For example, you can allow your laptop to enter the battery saver mode if the battery level goes below 20%.
Hide frequently accessed or recently accessed folders and files from the Quick Access
When you open the Windows Explorer, you will be defaulted to the Quick Access panel. This is where you can find the frequently accessed or recently accessed files or folders. You might want to get rid of displaying the files or folders in here. There is a hidden option available in Windows 10, which can be used to achieve the above mentioned functionality. This is a better method available for you to get rid of displaying those files and folders, instead of hiding them.
In order to hide the files and folders, you will have to go to open Windows Explorer and select View. Then you should navigate to Windows Explorer Options. In here, you will be able to see a checkmark named Privacy and you must go ahead and remove it. This will keep the recently or frequently accessed files and folders from displaying. But the folders and files that you accessed up to now would be visible. If you want to delete them as well, you must go ahead and clear the history of your File Explorer.
Disable Search based on Bing
An advanced version of Cortana can be found in Windows 10. Therefore, you would tend to start using Cortana for most of your day to day activities. But when Cortana doesn’t have an answer to give, it would initiate a web search using Bing. However, you would not like to use Bing at all. If you are a person like that, you will be able to disable the web search based on Bing. As per Microsoft, it would not be possible for you to disable the web search. This fact is true up to a certain extent. For example, you will not be able to keep away the search results from displaying. However, there is a possibility for you to keep Cortana away from using Bing. In order to do that, you must visit the Edit Group Policy option through Control Panel. When you visit the Local Group Policy Editor, you should navigate to the Windows Components via Administrative Templates and select search. In here, you must select the option, Do not allow web search. It would be enabled by default, and you should disable it. After making the changes, it is a must for you to restart the computer to apply the changes. In addition to the above mentioned change, you must also do the same for the option, which indicates “Don’t search the web”.
Turn on the hidden clock and calendar
There is a hidden clock and a calendar and you can also think about unlocking it. This is probably a feature that was introduced with Windows 10 for mobile devices. If you are curious to get hold of it, you can enable using the Windows registry. To open the registry, you will have to press Windows + R shortcut keys and enter regedit. When you are in the registry editor, you must navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\ Windows\CurrentVersion\ImmersiveShelland then create a new value of DWORD (32-bit) named UseWin32TrayClockExperience. After doing this, you can click the clock and see how the design has been changed. You would love the new and redesigned clock and calendar view.