Whether you’ve started using Windows 10 since it first came out, or recently, you’ve probably noticed how tremendously different any previous version of Windows is.
However, no matter how long you have been using Windows 10, there are always new functions available in the operating system that people do not realize.
The following are 8 amazing features in Windows 10. Some of them have been there since the beginning, but many are new features that were added to the operating system in the last year.
You are probably already familiar with pressing Ctrl-C to copy the selected items to the clipboard. But now you can press Windows Key-V to paste selected items from a clipboard into the cloud that you can access from any of your other devices.
Enable the clipboard in the cloud by going to Settings, click on Clipboard and enable both the Clipboard and the Synchronization on all devices.
To use this function once enabled, simply select the item you want to copy, press Ctrl-C as usual and then press Windows Key-V to see the clipboard of the cloud when you paste.
Using this clipboard to copy elements means that even if you turn off a Windows 10 computer, you can log into another using your same Microsoft account and access the same clipboard elements.
Snip & Sketch
You have probably used Print Screen for years to take screenshots in Windows 10. But the Snip & Sketch utility takes the screenshot to a whole new level.
You do not have to enable anything, as long as you have updated your Windows 10 installation with the latest updates. Press Shift – Windows Key – S to start the screenshot.
What makes Snip & Sketch special on the traditional print screen is that you can capture non-standard areas if you want (choose the freehand tool), and after taking the screenshot, you can edit it and mark it with your own sketches . or notes
Type with Your Voice
For years, voice dictation was something I needed to buy expensive software. Now, you only need Windows 10. Speech recognition and voice writing are now incorporated directly into the operating system.
To enable this, simply go to Settings, click on Voice and enable online voice recognition.
Once it is enabled, at any time you have any application that requires typing text, you can press the Windows – H key and type with your voice.
During our tests, we discovered that voice recognition was very accurate and did not require any voice training time.
The use of this function in Microsoft Word works well because Word automatically writes uppercase sentences and says “point” automatically inserts the correct termination character.
This function is also ideal for quickly dictating emails or having instant messaging conversations with friends.
Share to Skype
If you buy a new computer with Windows 10, you will see that Skype comes pre-packaged. Whenever you right-click on any file in Windows Explorer or click Share this page in Edge, you will see that Skype appears in the options at the end of the sharing window.
You will also notice that there are other applications that are also displayed in the sharing window, including the Snip & Sketch tool, Facebook, Twitter, and OneDrive. Although, those applications need to be installed separately.
Secret Start Menu
One thing that was very annoying about Windows 10 when it first came out was how difficult it was to find those basic areas of Windows that were so easy to find in the traditional start menu.
You have not lost that in Windows 10. Actually, you can access it through a “secret” start menu by right-clicking on the Windows start menu. From here, you can access frequently accessed areas such as:
- Apps and features
- Device Manager
- Computer Management
- Task Manager
- File Explorer
Show or Peek at the Desktop
This feature is especially useful when you have information stored on the desktop, such as when you are using desktop widgets to view system specifications.
You can take a look at the desktop by placing the mouse in the small vertical strip of a button in the lower right corner of the taskbar. Just move the mouse to see the desktop or click on it to minimize all open windows and switch completely to the desktop.
Simply click on it again so that all the windows reappear.
Although Task View has been part of Windows 10 for a while, many users do not even realize it exists. Those who have noticed some tremendous increases in productivity.
The Task View icon is in your taskbar just to the right of the Cortana search field. It looks like a film strip.
When you click on it, you will see a list of all open applications, and if you scroll down, you will even see all the files and applications that you opened at some point before. You can switch to any application or open (or previously opened) file by simply clicking on it in the task view.
If you want to raise your productivity to a whole new level, drag any of the open applications to the new desktop icon at the top of the task view.
This creates a new virtual desktop session that you can switch to and continue in your task. This is great for creating a session for your social media or web browsing, and another desktop remains focused entirely on your work.
Switch between the desktops in the Task View window or by using the keyboard combination Ctrl + Windows Key + Left Arrow / Right Arrow.