I’ve been searching in my computer for ten cool hidden windows features that you guys might not know about.Some of these I’ve talked about before and others i didn’t even know about until recently now these are all in windows 10 at least but many will also be in earlier versions of windows as well and if you guys end up enjoying this post at any point if you share that’d be awesome.
1.The Secret Start Menu
Now It’s not exactly a secret but somehow I didn’t even know about this until a few days ago.Everyone knows that ever since Windows 8 Start menu generally sucks and it’s hard to navigate usually takes a while to get to where you want but if you right click on the start menu button it brings up a different context menu with lots of quick access shortcuts.You can go directly to the task manager the command prompt or even command prompt as an admin.The device manager network connections and even the control panel and now i don’t mean the new control panel the windows settings window but the good old familiar control panel we’ve known since windows XP.Now of course you could get all this without the seeker start menu just by searching or creating your own shortcut but with this it’s all just one click away pretty convenient.
2.The Storage Manager
It’s only in windows 10.Now for this you do actually have to go to the Windows settings.I just complained about through the start menu then once you’re there you click on the storage tab and this show you some basic info about all your drive but if you click on one of these you can get some interesting data it will show you which types of files are taking up how much space.So you can get a better idea of where all your free space went and if you click on one of these again it will show you specifically what is taking up the most space.So I can see it in apps and games on my C Drive that I’ve got a few games that are probably responsible for most of the space on here several tens of gigabytes you can also see the system files like virtual memory hibernation file system restore points or even temporary files as well and you’ll probably be surprised about how much these are all taking up.Not a bad place to start if you’re running low and hard drive space.
3.God Mode Menu
It’s also been referred to as the windows master control panel where all tasks folder and this one has been around since fist i think but it’s still pretty neat now this is basically a list of shortcuts to almost every settings menu in Windows.To get to it you simply create a new folder anywhere probably on the desktop and then rename it to the above strength.Most of the time you see instructions that say to rename it to god mode period and then all those characters but really you can replace god mode with anything you want as long as the rest is the same so i’m going to call mine everything in any case the icon will change to the same one as the control panel and inside you will get a huge list of organized shortcuts to pretty much every window setting you can imagine also another thing you can do is if there is one of these settings you need often you can right click it and hit create shortcuts to put a link right on your desktop so you don’t have to search for that setting any more.
This is certainly one of my favorites and probably you guys already know about a lot of you but it’s not you’re going to like it specific tool is a built in windows programs that simply let you highlight and screenshots things on your screen very simple but very useful you can get to it just by going to the start menu and searching for snipping tool and I have a shortcut for pinned as well so you can do that.If you want to use it you just hit new and then highlight whatever you want and then you can draw on it or save the screenshot right away also it doesn’t have to be just a rectangle.If you click on the drop-down next to New you can snip a specific window the entire screen or even three hand it but keep in mind the freehand one doesn’t put a background of transparency it does a white background. So just keep that in mind if you’re into that sort of thing so there’s definitely something I use all the time and it saves me from having to screenshot the whole screen and then crop it down like you have to do in the old windows XP days really convenient moving on.
This one is pretty simple so i won’t really spend that much time on it.It’s another built-in app that you can find by searching and start menu or looking in the programs list and it’s just a way to write notes and stick them on your desktop to remember stuff it’s extremely basic the only real options are to change the thighs and color the notes and you can’t even change the font or text side but if you’re on a tablet you can use. Windows think to handwrite on these however one cool feature is if you choose to enable insights by clicking on the top and then click on the gear you can enable it there with insights it will look at the content of the notes and use Cortana the AI to show more info about that based on context like if you type in what looks like a reminder like go to the bank tomorrow it will ask if you want to make an actual reminder and if you type in a stock symbol for example it will show you info about that all sorts of other stuff you can look in all the features that happen.
6.Windows Remote Assistance
here’s another simple one and the idea is it makes it easy to either get assistance or give assistance to someone remotely who is having trouble with their windows computer to get to it you search for remote assistance in the start menu and depending on your version of Windows you might see something different but here we’re going to click invite someone to connect your pc to help or offer help then the next window you choose whether you’re the one that needs help or not and it guides you through it you can connect a few ways including emailing someone to connect file or manually typing an IP address even or using the Easy Connect feature is it work then you can just control the person’s desktop do whatever you got to do fix it pretty simple
Another feature for fixing the computer is the problem steps reporter.You can get this by simply searching four steps recorder and it should bring up a small and very simple window bar.If someone’s having a problem with the computer like it’s showing an error message or something you can record exactly what you’re doing to reproduce the problem after you start and finish the recording it will generate a page with screenshots and a description of what you did such as what you clicked on it what time that sort of thing so.For example if you’re trying to help someone and they’re not being very descriptive they’re just saying it’s not working without actually describing what the problem is in any way you can add them do this to figure out what they’re talking about now the other possible use for this is if you need to show so and what they need to do to fix the problem sometimes it can be really difficult to walk someone through what they need to do so with this you can just do it yourself and send them the file to show them and guide them through what they should be clicking on and wet so it makes things a lot easier alright next.
Just search for voice recorder in the start menu click it and it will bring up the most simple program you can imagine it’s literally one button you click on it and it just starts recording through the microphone during recording you have a wide selection of options including pause unpause and add marker or stop recording and once you stop recording it saves the file and while you can’t choose where it goes you can right-click on it and hit open file location to find it and then move it wherever you want to have to that or if you click on the recording it does let you trim the audio but that’s the extent of the editing you can do with it so the very simple program but if you need to quickly just make a recording to remind you of something or send it to someone not a bad little feature coming near the end.
9.Malicious Software Removal Tool
You can get to it by searching for the whole name or just typing in mrt key into the start menu and hitting Enter.This one is kind of interesting because unlike the name suggests this isn’t a full-fledged antivirus program.Its purpose is to search your computer for widespread viruses for windows and it’s also periodically updated through windows update as the program will tell you it’s not meant to replace your regular antivirus and it doesn’t do automatic scheduled stand it only runs when you manually run it’s definitely best to run alongside your current antivirus and I’d say it’s a good starting point if you suspect you have a buyer.If the virus happens to be one of very common ones detected by the tool this is an easy and quick way to get rid of it so if for some reason you currently don’t have an antivirus program which you should this is definitely something you can at least try first however i would think that any decent antivirus would already be able to handle anything this tool does but who knows that we that’s something where you can try.
10.Windows Memory Diagnostic
It is a tool that you hope we never have to use the windows memory diagnostic program.Now wait a minute because before you run this keep in mind that it will try to restart your computer if you click on the wrong thing so pay attention before you go searching for it so to get the right you can search for memory diagnostic and start menu and then click on it but again watch out because you can see that the first option says restart now which you probably don’t want to do you see the tool is actually run outside of windows when your computer boots so your computer is therefore needs to restart to use it once you do it will check your computer’s memory or ram for any issues that may be having and the reason i said i hope you never need to use it is because if your memory does have issues probably the only solution is to buy completely new ram since the hardware issue and if you do have a bad stick of memory it can manifest itself in many strange ways that might not even suggest it’s a memory issue at all you would never know it’s not like you’ll just get an error message that says memory error instead you might randomly start noticing a lot of your files are getting corrupted or you’re getting random restarts and blue screens or even bizarre graphics problems and video games like this screenshot took years ago that was the result of a bad stick of memory you can see that the objects in the games were doing that I don’t even know how to describe it and who would have thought it was a result of the ram.I probably thought it was the graphics card but no so the next time you’re having really weird computer issues or you can’t explain otherwise your memory is something that you should probably check with this tool.
So there you have it 10 features in windows that you almost never hear about.I know that some of you probably out there already know about many of these but hopefully at least learn about one or two things.