With the many features and possibilities that come with Windows 10, you need to dig deep to find some fun or convenient features. No one is likely to use any operating system to its full capabilities, but it is possible to improve user experience by tweaking a few settings to your taste. Windows 10 is a great product, that can be easier and convenient to use with the following tips about:
- PIN and Picture Sign In
- Startup apps and speed
- Quick Access
- Virtual Desktops
- Start Menu
1. PIN and Picture Sign In
Signing in to your PC using a pin is faster than using the regular password. PINs can be numbers, letters or a mixture of both. They must be at least 4 characters but not more than 127 characters long. Windows 10 can detect when a user sets easy to guess PINs and will not allow them. These include the usual 0000 or the famous 1234.
Even if you want to sign in with a PIN, you must still have a password for your user account first. To create a PIN go to the search box and type ‘pin.’ It will return the ‘Set up sign in PIN’ result under settings.
Alternatively go to; Settings>User Accounts> Sign in Options.
From there scroll to the PIN option. The picture sign in option is below the PIN. You can set your PIN by selecting the PIN option.
To set the picture, you need to choose from a file and then set the gesture that you will make on the picture when signing in. If you have all the options for signing in, you can choose which one to use on startup.
2. Startup apps and Speed
As you add apps to the PC, some will obtain privileges to start upon startup. This might be necessary for apps like your antivirus. However, if many apps start automatically on startup, they slow down the startup process and even the continuous operation of the PC.
You can easily tell the apps that start on startup by opening the task manager. Again, you can go the way of searching; type the words ‘task manager’ into the search box or press ctrl+Shift+Esc.
Once the task manager opens, go to the Startup section. You will find a list of applications, their publishers and the impact of each application on startup. If the impact is high or medium, the computer will probably be noticeably slower. You can disable all apps that are not essential; be careful to allow drivers to start on startup.
In case you’re not sure about a startup program, right-click and choose ‘search online.’ You will find out more about the application to decide whether it is essential on startup or not.
3. Quick Access
Quick Access is an upgraded section of the Windows File Explorer. It is designed to help users access favorites and frequently used files.
Once you open the file explorer, you will notice the Quick Access icon on the left along with other options. You can pin folders to Quick Access by dragging and dropping. Ensure that the file hovers directly over the words ‘Quick Access’ to avoid creating a shortcut.
Alternatively, go to any file you would like pinned on Quick Access and right click. Choose the ‘pin to Quick Access’ option. You can also remove files from the Quick Access toolbar by right-clicking and choose the ‘Unpin from Quick Access’ option.
4. Virtual Desktops
This is a cool feature especially if you do a lot of research and open too many tabs and files. You can avoid the clutter by using this feature which creates a different virtual screen that you can navigate to on your screen.
To access this, hit the multi-screen icon. It is next to the search box. Tap the ‘+’ sign to the right of the taskbar, and it will open a new virtual desktop. Toggle between the virtual desktops by hitting the multi-screen button and choosing the thumbnail of the desktop you want to access.
Another shortcut is to use the Windows+ctrl+D keys combination to open a new virtual desktop. You can then navigate between virtual desktops by pressing Windows+ctrl+left/right. To close a virtual desktop, use Windows+ctrl+F4.
5. Start Menu
Windows 10 and Windows 8 did away with a menu that many windows users were familiar with. The current design is a little cluttered compared to its predecessor for some. The current start menu is undoubtedly great for touch. If you want a feel of the old, the start menu is easy to customize. You can resize the tiles or remove shortcuts and remain with the old school look.
To resize, click and hold your cursor on the edge of the start menu. You can find other settings by going to Settings> Personalization> Start.
There are many more cool things you can do to personalize your PC. Explore and remain unique.
As you explore your PC, you are likely to find other cool ways to make it easy and even cool the way it operates and looks. Always find out if the tweaks you make can have any bearing on the security of your PC.