Were you upset by the removal of the Start Menu in Windows 8, only to be rejoiced later by its return in Windows 10, along with many new features and improvements such as the multi-tasking “Task View” button and integrated OneDrive? If the answer is yes, you’re definitely not alone. But there are actually many more little features in Windows 10 that most people probably don’t know about. Today we’d like to share just a few of them that may be helpful to you.
Performance/Power Slider for Laptops
There are two kinds of laptop use scenarios: value battery longevity or prefer optimized system performance. The Performance/Power slider in Windows 10 lets you easily toggle between the “Best battery life” (when you’re trying to save battery) and the “Best performance” (when you need your system to perform optimally), or set a balanced battery and system performance setting.
Just click the battery icon in the taskbar and adjust the slider based on your preference.
Those who use computers late at night can turn on Night Light to reduce the amount of blue light emitted from the screen. This feature substitutes the blue light with warmer colors, which reduces eye strain and helps you sleep easily.
Night Light is disabled by default, so you need to enable it by following these steps:
- Click the Start Menu
- Click the Settings app (or press WIN + I to quickly open Settings)
- Click the System icon>Display
- Set Night light to ‘On’ or ‘Off’
It takes only a few seconds to open a browser and type a website’s address or click Bookmarks and choose from a list of websites you frequently visit. But Windows 10 offers an even quicker way to access your go-to sites by allowing you to pin websites on the Windows 10 taskbar.
Simply click “Pin this page to the taskbar” on the Microsoft Edge menu, and the site’s icon will appear on the taskbar for easy perusal.
Drag to Snap Windows
Need to organize your screen but can’t help having many open windows? Reduce screen clutter by dragging any window to a corner so it can take a quarter of the screen. For multiple screens, drag a window to any border and wait for the prompt that tells you to place the window in the selected corner.
Notifications can be distracting, but Windows 10’s Focus Assist feature can manage the notifications you receive from contacts and applications. This function also lets you customize the list of notifications you wish to prioritize.
To enable Focus Assist, go to:
- Focus Assist
- Adjust the notifications settings based on your preference
If you wish to disable it and receive all notifications, click ‘Off.’
The features we’ve included here are just some of the many Windows 10 functions that can save time and add value to business users’ lives. For more software and productivity tips and recommendations, please give our IT consultants a call today.