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Useful Windows 10 Tips

Windows 10 has a lot of features and capabilities you might not know about! Here are 5 you might find useful.

Show Desktop Button

There is an easy way to minimize all tabs at once with the click of one button, it is through the use of a secret button in the bottom-right corner of the taskbar. Drag your mouse all the way to the bottom of your screen and click.

There is also a setting that temporarily minimizes all windows when you just hover of this button. You can select this option by following these steps. Settings > Personalization > Taskbar, then flip the switch under Use peek to preview in the desktop.

Drag to Pin Windows

Windows allows you to drag tabs to different edges of the screen to allow for easier multitasking. Dragging to the left or right pins it to that side and expands or shrinks it to make the tab take up exactly half the screen and dragging it to the top makes it full screen. You can also do this by using the keyboard shortcut by combining the windows key and arrows keys. For instance, to move a window to the left you would press Win + left arrow, then use Win + up or down arrow, and the window will snap to the corner.

Dark Mode and Light Mode

Windows 10 gives more customization that some people realize, you have significant control over color themes. Open Settings > Personalization > Colors and you can set the operating system to either dark or light mode. You can also change the color of the Start menu, taskbar, action center, file explorer, settings menus, and any other compatible programs.

Clipboard History

The clipboard history is an almost secret feature that Windows contains that many users don’t know about. Windows saves the history of any text you copy, allowing you to copy multiple texts and then select which one you want to paste with the windows command Win + V. You can even sign in to save your clipboard history across multiple devices by going to Settings > System > Clipboard.

Speech to text

As long as you have a microphone that is connected to your Windows 10 computer, at any time you can press the hotkey Win + H to pop up a box that records your voice and dictates the speech in your current text field. You will probably still need to manually type punctuation but it could be an easy way to take notes, or

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