25 Windows Tips And Tricks (All Windows Versions)

A lot of users don’t know how to get the best out of Windows. As a result, we have compiled 25 windows tips and tricks for you in this post. And, most of these tips will work on all modern versions of Windows.So, let’s get to it…

Windows OS has been the most used operating system in the world for a long time. The popularity of this operating system has only increased over time.

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25 Windows Tips And Tricks For All Windows Versions

#1 Take Screenshot in Windows without a 3rd Party Software

Taking screenshots on smartphones has become second nature to us. But many of us still haven’t figured it out on how to take a screenshot on Windows PC.

Yes, there are a lot of 3rd party software to take care of that. However, did you know that Windows has a built-in screenshot taking feature? Let’s learn about how to take screenshots on Windows in a couple of ways below.

Method 1. The Fast Method:

First and foremost make sure that the screen or window you are going to take a screenshot of is on the foreground and focus. Now, press the ‘Windows Key’ and the ‘Print Screen’ key on your keyboard at the same time.

In doing so, the screenshot will be saved in the ‘Pictures>Screenshots’ folder on your PC. Now, remember, it will take the screenshot of the full screen. So, you might have to crop out the unnecessary part of the image later.

Method 2. Slow Yet Featureful:

Now, this is only applicable to Windows 10. And, it might also work on a few latest versions of Windows 8. Here we will be showing how to use the improved Snip & Sketch feature of Windows.

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  • First, press the ‘Windows Key+Shift+S’ shortcut on your keyboard at the same  time
  • It will bring an overlay menu at the top of your screen. There will be a few options like freedom snip, rectangle, snap of a window, and full-screen snapshot. So, use the method you need based on your project.
  • Upon taking the screenshot, you will see a new popup notification at the bottom right corner of the screen. So, click on that notification to access the screenshot. Here, you can edit or share the image, and also can save it on your preferred folder

#2 Use Shortcut to Launch Taskbar Applications Fast

Typically, you will have a few shortcut icons on the taskbar of your Windows PC. Now, you can click on them and launch each one of them. However, there is a faster way to do this. Just press the ‘Windows Key+1 or 2 or 3 and so on’ for launching the taskbar applications fast.

For instance, in the image above, we would want to open the ‘Microsoft Edge’. So, we have to press the ‘Windows key +1’ shortcut to open the browser. And depending on the position of the icon, you will have to change the number key. For instance, here the ‘Microsoft Store’ is at number 3, so you will have to use the ‘Windows key +3’ shortcut.

#3 Open a New Window of Any Taskbar Application

Let’s say, you need to open a fresh new window of an application that you are currently using. There is a simple way to do it. Just, middle-click on the icon of the application you want to open a new window from the taskbar. And it will open a new window right away.

#4 The Calculator App on Windows Has Some Hidden Tricks

All of us know that that Windows comes with a built-in calculator. However, did you know that it has some additional features as well? Here’s how to access those…

Windows 10:

  • First launch the calculator app
  • Then, click on the ‘Navigation’ button from the top left corner of the calculator app. Now, a lot of new features will appear. You can click on any of them to change the layout and function of the calculator

Windows 7:

  • After launching the calculator on your Windows 7 PC, click on the ‘View’ button from the top left corner
  • Then you will find a lot of new options and you can choose any of the options to change the function of the calculator

#5 Great Hidden Windows Power Shortcuts

Here are a few ‘Run’ shortcuts that can come in handy while using Windows. In order to launch this power shortcuts, you will have to use the ‘Run’ command.

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Simply, press ‘Windows Key+R’ shortcut on your keyboard, and the ‘Run’ box will appear. And, then, you can paste the commands (provided below) and press ‘Enter’ to access the hidden power tools. Some commands you can use are…

  • netplwiz : Access the ‘Advanced User Accounts’ window
  • ncpa.cpl : Access all the Network Adapters
  • wuapp : Manage and configure all the ‘Windows update’ settings
  • gpedit.msc : Access the ‘Group Policy Editor’
  • devmgmt.msc : Access the ‘Windows Device Manager’
  • powercfg.cpl : Manage and configure the ‘Power Options’
  • dxdiag : Access the DirectX Diagnostic Tool
  • lusrmgr.msc : Opens the Local Users and Groups Manager
  • appwiz.cpl : Access the ‘Programs and Features’ settings for uninstalling or modifying installed software
  • sysdm.cpl : The ‘System Properties’ window will open up
  • mrt : It will open the ‘Windows Malicious Malware Remover’ tool
  • firewall.cpl : Manage or configure your Windows firewall

#6 Delete Files Completely in Windows

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When you are deleting a file from your Windows PC, it doesn’t get permanently deleted. Normally, it ends up on the ‘Recycle Bin’ folder.

However, even if you delete them from the ‘Recycle Bin’ folder, they can be recovered with ease using recovery software. So, how do you delete the files permanently? Here’s how…

  • Typically, you can use the ‘Shift+Delete’ shortcut to delete the files without saving it on the ‘Recycle Bin’ folder
  • Yet, it can be recovered. So, open the CMD on your Windows PC. To do that, press the ‘Windows + R key’ and write CMD: on the RUN box and press ‘Enter’ key. It will bring out the CMD
  • Now, paste this: cipher /w:driveletter:\foldername and click the ‘Enter’ button. Of course, you have to replace the ‘driveletter’ and the ‘foldername’ part with the folder that you want to permanently delete

#7 Open Any Application with a Custom Keyboard Shortcut

Here’s how…

  • Right-click on the application shortcut
  • Then click  on the ‘Properties’ from the menu
  • Next, put the mouse cursor on the blank box next to the ‘Shortcut’ option and press your desired shortcut keys on the keyboard
  • Lastly, click ‘OK’ to save the new settings

#8 Alternative Start Menu

For Windows 10:

We all know that clicking on the ‘Start’ button opens the ‘Start’ menu in Windows. But, did you know that you can right-click on the start menu to get an alternative start menu with lots of more options? Or else, you can press ‘Windows+X’ shortcut to bring this start menu as well.

#9 Watch Star Wars on CMD

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This is an awesome trick. You can actually watch ‘Star Wars’ on CMD of your Windows PC. Here’s how…

1st Step:

  • Search for ‘Turn Windows features on or off ‘ on the Windows ‘Search’ box in the start menu and open the setting
  • Now, enable ‘Telnet’ service from there

2nd Step:

  • Launch CMD on your Windows PC
  • Next paste this command: telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl. on the CMD window and press ‘Enter’
  • And, wait and see the magic happens in front of your eyes

#10 Enter The God Mode

Do you want to access all the hidden settings of Windows? If so, you can follow the steps below to enter ‘God Mode’.

  • Create a new folder on your desktop with the name being this: GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
  • Now, double-click on that icon of the newly created folder and you will be on the ‘God Mode’ window

#11 Shake It Off

If you are a power user, you might need to multitask on Windows. In doing so, chances are you might have to open a lot of windows at once. We know, it gets messy from time to time. But there is a little trick to clear the mess on your desktop easily.

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Simply, click and hold down at the top of the window you are working on or want to keep. In that instance, shake the mouse cursor randomly while holding down on the window you want to keep.

In doing so, every other window will minimize and you will have a clear desktop to work with. Also, you can perform the same trick again for bringing back all the minimized windows in their previous places.

#12 Slide to Shut Down

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Do you want to learn a unique way to shut down your Windows 10 PC? Here’s how…

  • Right-click on the desktop and then navigate to New> Shortcut
  • Now, copy this bit of code %windir%\System32\SlideToShutDown.exe — and paste it in the empty box of the new window
  • Click on the ‘Next’ button
  • You can give a new name and  click on the ‘Finish’ button
  • Finally, from now on, you can double-click on that shortcut. And you can pull down the shade with your mouse cursor to shut down your Windows PC

#13 How to Access the Windows Timer, Stopwatch, and Alarm Settings

Windows 10 has a greatly improved clock app. It offers Alarm, Clock, Timer, and Stopwatch. Simply, search for ‘Alarms’ on the search bar of the start menu. And, open the ‘Alarms & Clock’ from there. You will find the newly designed clock with multiple functions.

#14 Windows has a Hidden off Timer

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Did you know that Windows has an off timer functionality? You can initiate it with a CMD or Run command. Here’s how…

  • Bring the Run box with ‘Windows+R’ shortcut, and then paste this: shutdown -s -t ZZZZ. Of course, you have to replace the ‘ZZZZ’ part with the time in seconds that you desire to elapse prior your Windows PC turns off
  • So, if you want to set an off-timer for 1 hour, you will have to run this command: shutdown -s -t 3600
  • And, to cancel the off-timer, you can use this command on the Run box: shutdown -a

#15 Access Any Settings Menu in Windows Fast

You can run many hidden commands to access various Windows settings fast. Remember to paste these codes in the ‘Run’ box for your desired result. Here are a few examples for you…

  • Date and Time: ms-settings:dateandtime
  • Magnifier: ms-settings:easeofaccess-magnifier
  • Mouse: ms-settings:easeofaccess-mouse
  • Keyboard Settings: ms-settings:easeofaccess-keyboard
  • Narrator: ms-settings:easeofaccess-narrator
  • Ease of Access Settings: ms-settings:easeofaccess-otheroptions
  • Windows Update: ms-settings:windowsupdate
  • Notifications & actions: ms-settings:notifications
  • Account info: ms-settings:privacy-accountinfo
  • For developers: ms-settings:developers
  • Speech & typing: ms-settings:privacy-speechtyping
  • Camera: ms-settings:privacy-webcam
  • Start: ms-settings:personalization-start
  • Display: ms-settings:display
  • Mouse & touchpad: ms-settings:mousetouchpad
  • Manage Wi-Fi Settings: ms-settings:network-wifisettings
  • Personalization: ms-settings:personalization
  • Display: ms-settings:screenrotation
  • Sign-in options: ms-settings:signinoptions

#16 Undo Any Accidental Operation

We all know the undo shortcut is ‘CTRL+Z’. But did you know that it works all most of the operations in Windows? For instance, let’s say you have deleted/moved/cut a file mistakenly.

And, you don’t know where it is now. In that case, you can press the ‘CTRL+Z’ shortcut to bring back the file where it was. Similarly, you can use the ‘CTRL+Y’ button as a redo shortcut.

#17 Tweak Startup Programs

Many programs are installed on your PC as ‘Startup Programs’. That means they will launch them automatically every time you start your PC. And, sometimes, these programs slow your PC down. So, you can stop them from starting every time you turn your PC on. Here’s how to do that…

Windows 8 and Windows 10:

  • Press the ‘CTRL+SHIFT+ESC’ key to access the ‘Task Manager’
  • Then, click on the ‘Startup’ option from the top bar
  • Now, disable the programs that you don’t want to be started every time you start your PC
  • But, remember not to disable any important software or service

Windows 7:

  • Go to the Run command box with ‘Windows+R’ shortcut
  • Next, type msconfig on the box and hit Enter
  • Then go to the ‘Startup’ option from the newly opened window
  • And disable the unnecessary programs from there

#18 Tweak Windows 10 Touch Keyboard

Here’s how…

  • Right-click on the taskbar and click on ‘Show Touch Keyboard button’
  • Now, you will see a new keyboard icon right next to the time and date on the taskbar
  • You can click on that icon to access the on-screen touch keyboard
  • You can also tweak many settings related to this keyboard by clicking on the ‘Settings’ icon from the top-left corner of the keyboard.

#19 Show Extensions of your Files

Steps to follow…

  • Go to any folder on your PC
  • Then for Windows 10: navigate to View (from the top bar)>Options>View (from the popup window)>Uncheck ‘Hide extensions for known file types’>Click ‘OK’
  • Or you can navigate to View (from the top bar)>and check ‘File Name Extensions’ option
  • For Windows 7: navigate to Organize(from the top left corner)>Folder and Search Options> View (from the popup window)>Uncheck ‘Hide extensions for known file types’>Click ‘OK’

#20 Bring Back Closed Tabs on Browsers in Windows

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If you have accidentally closed a tab on your browser in Windows, you can get them back with a neat shortcut. Simply, press ‘CTRL+SHIFT+T’ buttons simultaneously and the closed tabs will return.

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#21 Organize App Windows Using Snap

Windows 10 has a snap feature. With this, you can move your opened windows on a different area of the desktop to clear out the clutter on the desktop. Here are some of the shortcuts for that…

  • Use ‘Win + Left Arrow’ shortcut to snap the window to the left half of the desktop
  • ‘Win + Right Arrow’ shortcut snaps the window to the right half of the screen
  • Next, the combination of the ‘Win + Left + Up’ shortcut snaps the window to the top-left edge of the screen
  • ‘Win + Right + Up’ takes the window to the top-right edge of the screen
  • Use ‘Win + Left + Down’ snaps the screen to the bottom-left edge
  • Finally, ‘Win + Right + Down’ shortcut snaps the window to the bottom-right edge of the screen

#22 Some Useful Typing Tricks

Here are some shortcuts that will come in handy to optimize your typing experience in Windows.

  • Use the ‘Ctrl + Shift + V’ shortcut to paste any texts without formatting
  • You can use the ‘Ctrl + Spacebar’ shortcut to clear formatting on any existing texts
  • Press ‘Ctrl + Backspace’ button to delete an entire word
  • Use ‘Ctrl + Left Arrow’ to move the cursor to the beginning of the previous word
  • Use ‘Ctrl + Right Arrow’ to move the cursor to the beginning of the next word
  • You can use the ‘Shift + Ctrl + Arrow (Up/Down/Left/Right)’ to highlight or select words

#23 Bring the Emoji Keyboard in Windows

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Yes, in Windows 10, you can use emoji while writing. Here’s how to access the emoji keyboard.

  • While typing, press the ‘Windows + . (Period key)’ on the keyboard and the emoji keyboard will appear. From there, you can select your favorite emoji

#24 Turn Off User Account Control

You can easily turn off UAC in Windows by following the steps below.

  • Search for UAC on the start menu search bar
  • Next, open the ‘Change User Account…Settings’ option
  • In the new pop up window, move the slider downwards to ‘Never Notify’ option
  • Finally, click ‘OK’ to save the settings

#25 Some Useful Windows Shortcut

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Shortcuts can come in very handy to do more work in less time efficiently in Windows. Here are a few popular Windows keyboard shortcuts for you…

  • Find a word: ‘Ctrl+F’
  • Rename: F2
  • Find and Replace: ‘Ctrl+H’
  • Rotate Screen Orientation: Ctrl+Alt+any arrow key
  • Switch between apps: Alt+Tab
  • Close Apps: Alt+F4
  • Lock your PC: Win+L
  • Refresh: F5
  • Access Windows Settings: Win+I

Closing Thoughts on 25 Windows Tips And Tricks for All Windows Versions

So, we have shared some of the hidden tips and tricks of Windows with you in this post. Now, chances are, you might already be familiar with some of these.

However, we have tried to make sure to add only the most useful and easy-to-use tricks and tips here. Thus, we believe anyone can take advantage of these tricks even if you are not tech-savvy.

We hope you have enjoyed the post. If so, you can share it and don’t forget to read the post on facts about Microsoft.

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