My Two Favorite Hidden Tricks Inside Windows 10

There are so many different way to navigate Windows 10 to get a specific task done. Many of those ways require multiple actions from the end user which can be hard to remember. PCMag recently posted an article, “Hidden Tricks Inside Windows 10” (see source link below) that will make using Windows 10 easier and more interesting.

My two favorite hidden tricks inside Windows 10, from the PCMag article, are the “Secret Start Menu” and the “Secret Desktop button.  To elaborate:

Secret Start Menu – If you go to the “Start Menu” icon in the bottom left corner and “right mouse click” you will be presented with a smorgasbord of commonly used Windows 10 program commands or utilities (such as run, settings, device manager, etc…). The only command that I do not see anymore is one for the “Control Panel”. This may be due to the UI changes taking place in Windows 10 as it continues to mature. I will say I go to this “Secret Start Menu” on a constant basis.

Secret Start Menu

Secret Desktop Button – On the bottom right side of the screen, to the right of the time and date, there is a very thin vertical button that is virtually unseen. If you take your mouse pointer and place it in the right corner of the screen (on the button) you magically see the desktop. If you “left mouse click” at that location the desktop will be launched and the programs you had open will be minimized to the taskbar. This is very handy when you need to get to something on the desktop. Also, when you “left mouse click” at the same location, you can toggle back to whatever it was you were working on. Again, this is another secret feature in Windows 10 that I have trained myself to use on a regular basis.

SOURCE: PCMag – Hidden Tricks Inside Windows 10


Other Related Content

Windows 10: The Best Hidden Features, Tips, and Tricks – ExtremeTech

Windows 10’s best tricks, tips, and tweaks – PCWorld


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3 Responses to My Two Favorite Hidden Tricks Inside Windows 10

  1. drhow says:

    Odd that Control Panel is not there. I have, for a long time, been getting a version of that menu including Control Panel by hitting the hotkey Windows-x, and Control Panel is still on that one. Indeed, I am in the habit of getting the Control Panel with “Windows-x p” and putting the computer to sleep with “Windows-x u s”.

    Even odder: I just right clicked in lower left and Control Panel is now on the menu; and it wasn’t the first time I tried.

    The following article is relevant in this context: https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/22882-show-command-prompt-windows-powershell-win-x-menu-windows-10-a.html

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