Despite in its early preview phase, Windows 10 is already boasting with handy new features, including new tweaks and tricks.

We’re sure you’re still learning the ropes on how to go around with the new Windows 10 environment. So here are some useful Windows 10 tips and tricks you can try yourself.

Adding Recycle Bin to the Taskbar or Start Menu

Instead of having to navigate through Explorer or minimizing all windows just to look for the Recycle Bin on the Desktop, Windows 10 now lets you add Recycle Bin to both the taskbar and the Start menu. This is important because the Desktop is the place which most people will use Windows. And with so many applications — this capability allows you to have access to the Recycle Bin from a location that will always be visible and readily available.

You cannot pin the Recycle Bin to the taskbar by right-clicking it on the Desktop, as you might expect. Instead, you need to first pin it to Start (as you could do before). And then from the Start menu, right-click it then select Pin to taskbar. Voila! Now, if you want to unpin it later on, you can do so from Start if you wish. Unfortunately, you cannot empty the Recycle Bin or perform some other useful actions from the taskbar. All you can really do it is open it from there. Probably in its official release or on the next version this feature will become fully functional.

Personalizing the Start Menu

You can resize tiles and shortcuts in the Start menu by right-clicking on them, then selecting the Resize option. From there, select one of the available options: SmallMedium, or Wide to make the shortcut bigger, smaller, or wider.

If you want to reorganize the arrangement of the tiles or shortcuts in the Start menu, simply drag and drop like you would with anything on the desktop.

If you want to change how the Start menu appears, Windows 10 allows you to change its color. To do so, right-click on a blank portion of it, and then select Personalize. From there, you can pick out colors, adjust their intensity, and combine settings like HueSaturation, and Brightness to give your Start menu a fresher and more personalize look and feel.

The Start menu may get a lot more features and tricks between now and Windows 10’s full release in mid-2015. As of now, Microsoft offers a fair amount of personalization options, which may be enough for most users. It may be better if the size of the tiled shortcuts could be adjusted by clicking on their edges and dragging, as you would with classic programs and windows.

Regardless, Microsoft is off to a firm start with the new Start menu overall.

Moving Apps Between Multiple Desktops

Microsoft is finally providing access to multiple desktops so you can group apps as you see fit. With Windows Technical Preview, you can access this functionality through the Task View interface: click the Task Viewbutton on the taskbar, or press the Windows key + [Tab].

Using that strip at the bottom of the screen, you can manage your various desktops, adding new desktops, removing them, and as it turns out, moving apps from desktop to desktop. In order to do so, you must choose the desktop from which you will be moving an app. But you can’t drag and drop an app (at least not yet). Instead, right-click the app you want to move. Then choose Move to and desktop you want from the pop-up menu that appears.

Learning Some Keyboard Shortcuts

Windows 10 packs a handful of fresh keyboard shortcuts, all tied to newfound abilities inside the revamped operating system. Below are some useful keyboard shortcuts that can make your life and tasks easier on Windows 10 Technical Preiview:

    • Snapping window: Windows key + LEFT or RIGHT (can be used with UP or DOWN to get into quadrants)
    • Switch to recent window: [ALT] + [TAB] (unchanged) – Hold shows new Task view window view, let go and switches to app.
    • Task view: Windows key + [TAB] – New Task view opens up and stays open.
    • Create new virtual desktop: Windows key + [CTRL] + [D]
    • Close current virtual desktop: Windows key + [CTRL] + [F4]
    • Switch virtual desktop: Windows key + [CTRL] + LEFT or RIGHT

Turn Off File Explorer’s Quick Access View

When you open File Explorer in Windows 10, it defaults to a new Quick Access view that shows your most frequently accessed folders and recently viewed files. But if you’d rather File Explorer default to the This PC view found in Windows 8, here’s how you can do so.

Open File Explorer, then select View, and then Options from the Ribbon. A Folder Options window will open. Next to Open File Explorer to drop-down menu, select This PC from the list, then click the OK button.

Schedule Your Restarts

If you’ve got pending updates that require you to reboot your computer, Windows 10 will allow you to schedule a specific time for it to do so. How? Go to the Settings option in the Start menu, then head to Updates and Recovery, and then Windows Update. If you have a pending update, you will see the screen at the left, which lets you schedule your reboot after you select the Select a restart time option.

Activating GodMode

The legendary GodMode, which is a hidden staple for Windows power users, makes its comeback in Windows 10. Activating it reveals a power user menu that brings together all of your system’s far-flung settings and configuration options into a single location. You just need to create a new folder, then rename it to the following:


Don’t forget the period after the word “GodMode” and you can rename the GodMode portion to whatever you like if you want another name for the folder.

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This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 9:47:54 AM and is filed under Tech Tips & Tricks.

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