Ten Tricks to Use Windows 10 as a Pro

Microsoft Windows 10 has some hidden features that will make you a pro user and in this article, we will unveil these tips and tricks.

Customize Windows 10

With the release of Windows 10 by Microsoft, the company has won the praise of both specialized critics and users. After the complicated years of Windows 8, Microsoft is back on its feet listening to user requests and has made major changes to the operating system. First he “retired” the annoying tiles,  the “bricks” theme of Windows 8. Thanks to the new user interface of Windows 10, the operating system is much easier to use and at the same time more powerful. In addition, Microsoft offers users the ability to customize Windows 10 depending on the specs of your computer.

Tricks to upgrade Windows 10

By changing the different settings of Windows 10  you can get the most out of your computer, boosting performance and minimizing battery consumption. But not only, thanks to some tricks of Windows 10 you can make the desktop unique or activate some settings that only know the professionals and the geeks. If you want to improve the performance of your computer, you just have to read this guide with the tricks for Windows 10.

Maximize processor performance

The first trick can improve the performance of the computer processor. By default Windows 10 does not fully exploit the potential of your personal computer, especially if it is a notebook. In order to save energy and increase battery life, the computer always works “undersized”. But if you want to use the full power of the processor, especially if you are working with fairly heavy software, you need to enter the  Control Panel, press Hardware  and  Sounds  and then  select  Choose Energy Saver, A new window will open window that will give the opportunity to choose between different options: opting for High performance  will improve the performance of your laptop. A very simple trick that will allow Windows 10 to perform at its best.

Optimize file Searching

A  new feature introduced with Windows 10  that few people know is the ability to “pinnate” searches performed in the File Explorer. When you want to find some files on your hard disk you can use the “Search” function at the top right of the  File Explorer. Once the search is complete, you can save it and place it in one of the quick access links in the left column. This way you do not need to search every time you need to find a specific file.

Block Searches on Bing

Cortana is definitely one of the big news of  Windows 10. The personal assistant initially developed by Microsoft for its mobile devices was brought to computers and notebooks with the latest version of the Redmond company operating system. In addition to helping the user to manage his schedule and to support him in many other small daily activities,  the personal assistant can also be used to search directly on the Internet. The only drawback is that every search is done through Bing, the search engine from Microsoft: if you want to use Google Search just set Google Chrome as the main browser on your computer. In this way, every search will be “hijacked” directly on the search engine of the Mountain View company.

Limit Cortana

Microsoft’s personal assistant is definitely a very useful tool that allows you to simplify and speed up the use of your computer. But there is a big problem and concerns one’s own privacy. To work better and provide more responsive to the user’s needs,  Cortana collects data on users’ habits. A totally legal action, but that annoy some people. For this reason, Microsoft offers the possibility to change some settings and “customize” the use of Cortana. Pressing on the space at the bottom left ” Ask me something ” will open a pop-up menu where you will have to touch the gear icon present below in the left column. Different Cortana settings will open and depending on your needs you can decide what to change. A very simple trick but that will increase the privacy of Windows 10.


OneDrive is a cloud storage service. By purchasing an original copy of  Windows 10  and creating a Microsoft account, you can use the online storage. Depending on your need for space, you can subscribe to a subscription that will allow you to upload your documents to the cloud. Moreover, thanks to some tricks it will be possible to change the settings of your OneDrive account and improve its use making it faster. If you are always on the move, having a subscription to a cloud service is necessary to avoid having to carry USB sticks or portable hard drives.

Where to install the applications

Most laptops and desktop computers now use a hybrid storage solution: a hard drive of at least 1TB to store movies, documents and video games,  and an SSD to install the operating system. The solid state hard drive greatly improves the performance of your computer but has a concerning issue of expensive storage space. Smaller storage capacity SSDs do not allow you to save too many documents.

For this reason, before installing a new software or video game you need to see the settings of your computer and understand where the new files will be saved. To do this it is necessary to enter the  Settings, press on  System and then on  Storage. It will open a new window where you can understand on which hard disk the new software will be installed. In case the default hard disk is the solid state hard disk it will be necessary to change and choose the hard disk drive, in this way the performance of the computer will not be affected. A trick Windows 10 very simple and above all useful.

Quick access to applications

Another very useful trick to speed up the use of  Windows 10  is to create a folder, to be included in the Start Menu, with all access to the applications and documents that are used most. The folder works as if it were a sort of shortcut to the tools you use the most. You can insert the folder where you want,  the important thing is to have it always available when needed.  Quick access to applications

Decide what to send the files

Usually, you use your e-mail address to send a file to a friend. To speed up the operation you can use a handy trick of Windows 10.  Open the File Explorer, select a document and press the right button and choose one of the options in the “Send to”. In this way, you will be able to speed up the operations and immediately send a file.

Quick access

If you are familiar with Windows 10  you might have noticed another new feature introduced with the latest update of the operating system. We are talking about the Quick Access feature present in the File Explorer that allows you to immediately launch the applications and documents that you used lately. In this way, if you want to open a word file that used in the previous days,  just scroll through the list, select it and double-click to open it.

Do the disk cleaning

Another trick to improve the performance of your computer is to occasionally clean the disk. When you delete files or text documents, unfortunately, they remain “small slag” that continue to live on the hard disk. When they start to accumulate enough the PC may start to slow down. Especially if the computer is a bit old-fashioned. To clean the hard disk, just run the Disk Cleanup tool and follow the instructions. In a short time, you will have a faster and better performing personal computer.

Authored By Imran Yousaf

I am Imran Yousaf, a computer geek, founder of the site Smashinglab.com. I am a die hard fond of open-source software and Linux operating system. In addition to Linux, I am interested in everything related to information technology and modern science.

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