October 15, 2015

7 Most super-quick Windows 10 tricks you probably didn't know about For Windows Users

How to make your Windows 10 experience
even more convenient in less than 10 seconds.


You might think you know all the Windows 10
tricks by now, but you're wrong -- partly
because Microsoft is continuing to drop new
builds (Build 10565 went out to Windows 10
Insiders on Monday), and partly because most
of Windows 10's little tricks haven't been publicized.
Here are several ultra-fast tips that you
probably didn't know about:

Minimize all windows except the active one

Grab the title bar of the window you want to
remain open and move it back and forth
quickly (shake it). After a couple of quick
shakes, all other windows will minimize, leaving
only the window you're shaking open.

Quickly open the properties menu


In the File Explorer, hold the Alt key and double-click a file, folder, or program shortcut
to open that object's Properties menu.

New Windows key keyboard shortcuts

Win key + I opens the new Settings menu,

Win key + A launches the new Action center, and

Win key + X opens the "secret" Start menu.

Pin the Recycle Bin to the Start menu


Want your Recycle Bin to be conveniently
located in your Start menu? Right-click the
desktop icon and click Pin to Start. It will appear on the right side of your Start menu.

Background scrolling


In Windows 10, you can scroll any window -- even one that's not active (in front of the
other windows). It's on by default, but if it's
not working, go to Settings > Devices > Mouse & touchpad and toggle Scroll inactive windows when I hover over them to On. Then, simply place your mouse over an inactive window and use your scroll wheel to scroll.

Speed through the Start menu


In the All apps section of the Start menu, click the numbers or letters above each
alphabetical section to open a "speed dial"
jump list. Click a letter (or number) to jump to
that section of the Start menu.

Control your Taskbar with keyboard shortcuts


If you've pinned programs on the Taskbar,
you can quickly open them with the keyboard
shortcut Win key + [Number key] (where the number key corresponds to the position of the
program on the Taskbar). To cycle through
the programs on your Taskbar (both pinned
and open windows), Win key + T does the trick (tap "T" repeatedly to move through the

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