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Cool Windows 10 Tricks and Hidden Features You Should Know – Windows update

Ever since Windows 10 was released Microsoft has brought numerous updates and recently the company has made an awesome unique update for all Windows 10 users. Here is the thing ‘ Ten cool Windows 10 tricks ‘.


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These unique and cool Windows 10 tricks the latest update has brought are among the numerous cool features recently added to the operating system.
What is it? This means there are so many hidden features in Windows 10 that you might not know.
However, these unique 9 cool Windows 10 tricks and hidden features are what we will be talking about today;

What new? … Top Cool Windows 10 tricks & hidden features

Here is the list of the recent update on win10 …

1. Automatic Lock
2. Storage Sense
3. Night light
4. Phone Notifications on Windows
5. Record Task on Windows
6. Sticky note Reminder
7. Emojis on windows
8. Linux commands in windows
9. Swift Keyboard shortcuts
10. Windows 11 Upgrade
11. Setting Cortana
In this part we will start our discussion on the 8 cool Windows 10 tricks and hidden features which you fairly know; without any further introduction let’s get started:

Automatically lock your PC

In that situation when you get up from your office to grab a cup of coffee, to visit a friend’s desk 
 you forget to lock your Laptop. Well, you wouldn’t like your coworkers to check out your Laptop content to see what you are working on. Would you? 

However, this is where the Dynamic lock features come into play.
The dynamic lock automatically locks your PC when you are away. You need to enable your PC Dynamic lock feature;

How to enable the Dynamic lock feature on a PC

First, you have to turn ON your PC Bluetooth and pair your PC with your Mobile Phone or Tab and follow this procedure;
  • Head to your PC settings and select Accounts
  • Click on Sign-in options and scroll down
  • Check and select the option Dynamic Lock
Now, whenever you move away from your PC with your phone your laptop will automatically be locked. When your phone is out of the Bluetooth range.
However, this feature is only available on the Windows 10 creators update by Microsoft.

Free up storage through Storage Sense

If you have a higher Windows with SSD you must face storage problems once in a while. thankfully, Windows 10 have created a storage manager which will help you more to free up storage at any point in time.
Here is how you do this;
  • Go to settings and click on the System option
  • Select storage option ‘here you will find all the drive-bin your PC’
  • You can just click on the drive to get the specific details of what’s using up storage on your device. So that you can remove files that you don’t need e.g. Temporary files.
  • Click on the Temporary files to delete the content and free up storage space on the device.
However, if you don’t want to go through the above method. Here is another awesome step to take which will be automatically cleaning up the files now and then.
On the Storage option, you scroll down and select the Storage e Sense check box which will help you do the following automatically;
  • Delete Temporary files that my apps aren’t using
  • Delete files that have been in the recycle bin for over 30 days
Now, these settings will surely free up your PC storage space for you which in turn will increase the speed of the Device.

Set up and Schedule Night light

If you intend to use your Laptop to work too long, especially at night, you might have a little discomfort in your eye that is because of the blue light on the display.
Today, Windows now offers the Night light which you can act as follows;
  • Head to the windows settings
  • Select the System option then display
  • Below the brightness adjustment line is the Night light check box
  • Enable the night light check box and you will see the PC display changes
However, you can personalize things if you want by setting the Schedule Night light as done;
  • Sunset to Sunrise
  • Set Hours
Under the setting of hours, you get to set the Turn on and Turn off Period as you want in hours and minutes.

Get Phone Notifications on Windows

Checking Notifications on your phone while you are working on your laptop isn’t a greater experience. You can get your phone notifications on your Windows laptop.
Meanwhile, you just need to install the Cortana app for Android on your Smart Phone. Then, set up the Cortana with the same Microsoft account that you use on your PC. Once the setup is done, here are steps to follow;
Tap on the profile icon from the Cortana interface and go to settings.
Under settings options select Synchronize Notifications and enable the following;
  • Missed call notifications
  • Incoming message notifications
  • Low battery Notifications
  • App Notifications
Once done, open your windows PC settings and select the Cortana option. Select the Notifications option and enable the’ Send Notifications Between Device ‘ check box. You can also like on Manage Notifications to make sure notification Sync from your phone is enabled.
Now, you will be receiving various notifications from your Android smartphone and you will be able to replay messages and calls right from your PC. That’s cool, isn’t it?

Record Steps of a particular Task on windows

Which steps do you want to show a friend or friend? Candid speaking, you can set up your windows step recorder on your PC to grab and later share these steps with friends without distance being a barrier.
Windows Record steps to reproduce problem solutions free of charge. You can locate the windows steps recorder very easily using the search box at your bottom left before the window key/button.
Start recording of steps you take by clicking on the start record button and once the record starts here are the other buttons your control the recorder with;
  • Pause record
  • Stop record
  • Add comment
However, to make this recording more friendly you can as well add comments depending on the way you pret see speeches friends, or others.

Sticky Notes with Insights

You most have to use Sticky notes on your PC, but you should know there are various intelligent features. Meanwhile, here is how it works on Windows Devices.
Open the sticky notes which you can gain access to very fast using the windows search box.
In the sticky notes Tap the menu button and click on the Settings button to enable the insights check box.
Once done, get started with writing a note like I will call my mentor tomorrow. You will see Tomorrow in the note highlighted, just click on it to save the note as a Reminder.
Now, you will specify the time at which the event or action will take place. Here are more things you can use fremindersder on sticky notes;
Phone Number
The website address that can open directly using the default browser
Store value and visitation and more 

Use Emojis anywhere in windows

Emojis have become an integral part of our daily conversations. However, to type Emojis through the Windows keyboard is a long process but it is rightly very easy to use Emojis from the onscreen touch keyboard. Here is how to enable the emojis keyboard option;
  • Scroll down to Task-bar and right-click
  • Move via the options and select the Show Touch keyboard button
Once that is done, your emojis keyboard is now ready for use which you can tap to use at any time out want from the taskbar on the right-hand side.

Enable bash shell and use Linux Commands

Microsoft brought in a great feature in Windows PC by the name Bash Shell. This feature you can access from the search box.
First, to make enable this bash shell here are steps you should take.
  • Go to windows settings and tap on windows update
  • Select For developers option and unlike store Apps to developers mode options.
  • Then, open the control panel and select Programs with programs & features
  • Select Turn Windows features on or off and scroll the list
  • Tick Windows subsystem for Linux (Beta)
  • Finally, you OK everything and Restart the PC.
Once the computer finishes restarting, search for Bash using the Search box and click to select Bash, and open a command prompt windows. Here you need to install Ubuntu on windows first; here is how you can do it.
  • Type “y” to continue
The Ubuntu will be downloaded from your windows store and once of is done, you can now use bash shell as a command prompt in your windows to perform as many tasks as you want.

Some Handy Keyboard shortcuts

They are many swift windows shortcuts that you should know. Using these shortcuts on a PC gives a greater experience. Here are some awesome shortcuts;
  • Windows key + Part Sc – To save screenshots on your windows.
  • Windows key + shift + S – To capture a particular region on the screen
  • Snap windows with ease with the windows key + Left or Right Arrow keys.
  • F2 to rename a folder
  • Alt + F4 – To shutdown, restart, hibernate or sleep your Personal computers.

Windows 11 Upgrade

As Microsoft released Windows 11 on 24th June 2021, Windows 10, Windows 8 & 8.1, and Windows 7 users want to upgrade their system to Windows 11. Meanwhile, you will need to get all you need for the upgrade and there are the requirements You Need:

Minimum system requirements

Below is the list of requirements that you should have before upgrading to Windows 11  according to Microsoft. Do well to get all you Need Today.

Minimum system requirements
Processor1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC)
Memory4 GB RAM
Storage64 GB or larger storage device system system system system system system system system system
System firm system UEFI UEFI UEFI UEFI UEFI UEFI UEFI UEFIUEFI, Secure Boot capable
TPMTrusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0
Minimum system requirements
Graphics cardDirectX 12 compatible graphics / WDDM 2.x
Display>9” with HD Resolution (720p)
Internet connectionMicrosoft account and internet connectivity required for setup for Windows 11 Home

Certain features require specific hardware, see detailed system requirements.

Meanwhile, only Windows 11 is a free upgrade and everyone can upgrade from Windows 10 or other Windows to Windows 11 for free below. Bellow is the list ofguidese you will need to follow during this update:

  1. You need to set and simply navigate to the windows update & security option.
  2. This option is in Windows update Tab in your system.
  3. After that click on it and tap on check for Windows 11 update.

Settings Cortana

How to set up Cortana on Windows 10 PC

1) Click on the Start Menu button. It’s the Windows icon in the bottom left corner of your screen.
2) Click All apps.
3) Click Cortana.
4) Click on the Cortana button. …
5) Click Use Cortana.
6) Click Yes if you want speech, inking, and typing personalization turned on.

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