Windows 10 has proven itself to be a very capable and dependable operating system. It's full of tools that allow users to customize the system to their liking.
That said, there are some especially handy tools that few people seem to know about. We've put together this list to help you get more out of your Windows 10 experience.
1. Tie your phone and Windows together.
Have you ever been in the middle of browsing the web on your phone when you’re interrupted by an incoming call? What if you could automatically transfer those browsing windows to your desktop, allowing you to continue browsing from your desktop, while you talk on the phone? With Windows 10 and Edge, you can!
- Click the Windows Start Menu button on your desktop.
- Click the Gear icon. Click the “Phone” icon. (If you can’t find it, type “Phone” into the search box at the top of the screen and select “Link your Phone”.)
- Select “Add a phone”. Type in your phone number. Both Android and iOS phone support this feature. You should receive a text with a link.
- Click the link and install the software. You’re all set! The content from your phone should be available on your Windows 10 desktop.
To disable the link, find your phone in settings using steps 1 – 3. Select your phone and find the option to deactivate the link.
2. Dynamic Lock
Locking your computer can be the last thing you’re thinking about as you get up from the desk. Leaving your desktop unattended and unlocked can open your system up to a myriad of different security problems and risks as well as shenanigans from coworkers.
With Dynamic Lock if you get up from your computer all you have to do is remember to grab your cellphone as your leaving and it’ll lock all on its own.
- Link your phone via Bluetooth, to do this go to your toolbar. If you don’t see a Bluetooth icon, hit the up carrot (^) Find your Bluetooth icon, left click it and select “Add a Bluetooth Device”.
- Select “Pair” after you have followed the directions.
- After confirming the computer has paired with the phone go to the lower left corner and left click your “Windows” button.
- Now go into “Settings”, the gear icon. In the upper left corner, there is a search box, enter “Dynamic Lock” and select this option with a left click.
- Scroll down in your options till you find the “Dynamic Lock” title and check the box that says “Allow Windows to automatically lock your device when you’re away”
Just a note: This can sometimes be clunky especially when relying on a spotty Bluetooth connection. It’s always a best practice to physically lock your computer from keyboard shortcuts or going to your “Windows” menu instead of relying on this, at least until you can figure out the quirks of this interesting security feature.
3. OneDrive On Demand
OneDrive is not a new app from Windows but there is one feature that enables more functionality that you may not know about that can protect you from data loss, cyberattack and will be your best friend if you have use it for backup and disaster recovery. If you need to access your files from OneDrive but you don’t have the space or the time to download it, this feature enables a quick look at files from whichever devices you have linked to your OneDrive account. If you have Windows 10 OneDrive cloud backup is already baked in, however this feature needs to be enabled separately in order for it to share files.
- Right click your OneDrive icon in the system tray (it looks like two clouds).
- Go to "Settings". At the top of the page click the Settings option.
- At the very bottom you will find the Files On-Demand option. Left click to toggle it on or off.
4. Freeing up space with Storage Sense
In the last few updates Microsoft has begun allocating a set amount of disk space in order to make certain the security patches and critical data will properly download and install. Because of this some of us are having issues with space management. But did you know that Microsoft’s “Storage Sense” is a feature that will keep your hard drive usage from going amuck?
Here’s how to enable this handy little program.
- Left click on your “Windows” button in the bottom left corner of your desktop.
- Left click on Settings two above the Windows button, it’s the icon that looks like a gear.
- On the Windows Settings screen go to the search bar and type "Storage."
- Left click on the Storage option and Storage Sense should be just below the Local Storage options.
- Toggle the option on with a left click. From here you can manage what gets saved where things get saved, what gets deleted and how often the program runs.
5. Advanced Performance
Windows 10 is a very pretty operating system, with it's shadowing of mouse pointers, animations in the task bar and drop shadows. Sometimes having a bit more horsepower dedicated to the apps you’re running is more important than being pretty. If you find yourself hitting the ceiling of your performance use this trick to see if you can squeeze out a few more horses out of that engine.
- Go to the Windows button and left click it.
- “Settings” is shaped like a gear, left click it.
- Here’s the tricky part, type Control Panel into the “Find a Setting” search box and select the third option down it should be “System” with a left click.
- In the left-hand column at the very bottom you should see an “Advanced System Settings” option, left click it.
- The “Visual Effects tab should be the first one open, however if it’s not, go up to the tab selection and left click it.
- Above the box labeled “Custom” left click “Adjust for Best Performance” Go down to the bottom right of the window and left click “Apply” and “Ok”.
If you have questions about Windows 10 or any other Microsoft product, please free to contact Sagiss today and we'll be happy to help!