With every Windows update features are improved or added. Unless you read patch notes (who has time for that?) you've probably missed a few neat features that makes life easier. Here's a list of five of the most interesting.
Windows 10 Sandbox
New for update 1903 the Windows 10 Sandbox enables an operating system within your operating system. Allowing you to test programs you may worry about causing issues without the security risks of trying them out directly on your physical machine.
There are a few specifications you need in order to run this smoothly, the first thing to check is in the same window as your option for enabling the sandbox, it is labeled as Hyper-V, make sure this is checked within Turn Windows Features On or Off, also check your Windows Sandbox option is checked too. Restart your computer and from there you can activate Windows Sandbox by simply typing Windows Sandbox in the search bar.
The specifications for Windows Sandbox are:
- Windows 10 Pro or Windows 10 Enterprise build 18305 or later.
- AMD64 architecture.
- At least 4 Gigabytes of RAM, 1 Gigabyte of free disk space, and 2 CPU cores (recommended 8 Gigabytes or more of RAM, SSD, and 4 cores with hyper-threading).
- Virtualization enabled in the BIOS.
Windows Timeline or Task View
This is one I personally really like, it enables you to look up anything you've done in the last month on Windows 10. If you've run a search engine, worked on and saved a file, opened a program or anything else that you might need to have a reminder of you can pull this timeline up for the last month and remind yourself what you were working on the night before. In order to do this just hit the icon to the right of the search bar that looks like several windows and remind yourself what you were doing earlier.
You're probably familiar with the normal windows clipboard, this one works the same but it is shared between computers if you use the same account on multiple devices. It isn't on by default. In order to do so go to:
- Toggle the on/off button under Clipboard History
- Also Select Sync Across Devices to make sure you can sync your multiple devices
Near Share or Nearby Sharing
As handy as this next feature is, it is hamstrung by the speed at which it shares files. It is very slow. If you do need to share an item use it for small files. As long as both computers on the same network have this selected you can send files back and forth with ease. To set it up:
- Shared Experiences
- Turn Nearby Sharing to On
- Configure the options below as needed
- Make sure the computer you'd like to share with also have it turned on
This feature has been around for a while but it got a little buff and polish back in March that made it more useful. You can now turn on or off the type of notification you receive and the way each app notifies you. It makes Windows 10 much more user friendly.
To configure your notifications go to:
- Go to the Notifications and Actions tab
- Under the tab you can find multiple options on each application on your machine.
From here you can customize each application and Windows notifications as well.
For more features go to our Windows Tips and Tricks article here