Best 15 Windows 10 Hidden Features You Need to Know

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Microsoft Windows is the most common operating system which gets thousands of user interactions daily and with its own unique features and UI provides more service and satisfaction to the users unlikely the other systems. More unique and advanced features were added and still getting added to Windows 10 to save the consumers time and money. Among the typical features you might already know, here are some of the cool stuff that most people doesn’t know even it exists on their computer that helps a lot.

If you haven’t used a Windows operating system before then it’s time to familiar with these programs and here are the Best 15 Windows 10 Hidden Features You Need to Know on your computer

1. Sandbox(Pro & Enterprise Editions)

Windows 10 Sandbox Mode
Windows Sandbox

Windows Sandbox is an in-built program that allows users to create virtual test environments to execute and play around with files they receive from an untrusted source. It does not require installing any kind of a third-party program and the users can create a sandbox by simply changing some settings within few minutes. Refer to the full review and step-by-step guide about Sandbox from here if you are struggling with questions like How do I enable Windows sandbox? How do I create a sandbox in Windows 10?

When creating the Sandbox, you need to allocate space fr your virtual machine and it’s going to work as a separate drive. In case of any threat or damage occurs by programs you test inside this sandbox won’t affect your main system or data. As soon as a user closes the application, any data that belongs to that specific sessions get destroyed without saving anywhere else on the computer. It’s the main advantage and the whole point of implementing a free virtualization program inside your Windows system for free.

2. Sticky Note

Windows Vista is the beginner who introduced this sticky note application and served the user by creating simple notes just as a reminder about daily tasks or any kind of simple information and displaying them on your home screen. Inside the Windows 10 operating system, it’s still available to use, simply go to Search> type “Sticky Note” to create a note or the To-do-List you want. Just Drag and Drop the application either to your desktop or the taskbar to create a shortcut.

Previously in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 version 1511 and earlier, all those notes get stored in StickyNotes.snt database file located in the %AppData%\Microsoft\Sticky Notes folder. From the Windows 10 Anniversary Update version 1607 and later in each version, your Sticky Notes are now stored in the plum.sqlite database file located in the %LocalAppData%\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotes_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalState folder.
These paths will be useful if something goes wrong with notes or inside your system and you wanted to restore them back, knowing these locations is essential.

3. GOD Mode

Windows 10 God Mode
Windows 10 God Mode

For the questions like Is there a God Mode for Windows 10, the answer is yes. But this isn’t giving you any kind of superpowers to be the ultimate users on your system. Basically, this folder or a menu will show you some extra features all in one place.

How do I get God mode on Windows?

Make sure you have administrator privileges on your system and make a new folder on the desktop and copy the exact name “GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}” and after you save it, the folder name will disappear and the icon will change but it will remain on desktop. All these shortcuts can be gained by searching manually but you need to know the exact names of these settings. All those settings are categorized and you can look into them individually if you are curious to know what those settings and what are these hidden menus.

4. Hidden Administrator Account

Hidden Admin Account - Windows 10
Hidden Admin Account – Windows 10

For those who don’t know What is hidden admin account, whenever we install windows on our computer, it automatically creates additional two user accounts as Administrator and Guest and each of these accounts has different permissions just for the protection of the PC. Guest account has the lowest abilities on your computer while the administrator account works like the superuser in Linux OS. This basically means you can run anything you want as it has the highest possible authority. But why does Windows uses such things?

Normally it’s always disabled and there’s a reason for that. If something goes wrong with your main admin account you are currently using or if there’s a file that has a malicious program in it, then you are going to need this hidden full-fledged admin account to bypass all that stuff and retrieve your system back by deleting those dangerous files.

To enable your hidden administrator account go to cmd and type net user administrator /active:yes then it will get enabled on your system. You don’t need to be logged in to use this and when booting the system in safe mode with cmd, run the same command to enable it when you are not logged into your computer.

Make sure you are keeping it disabled after using it because if someone accesses it, each and everything can be accessed without any restriction. Normally there’s no password for it but you can add one if you wish by doing the same process you use to change the password of the normal account.

5. Startup Folder

Windows 10 Startup Folder
Windows 10 Startup Folder

Startup Folder contains all the essential startup programs and sometimes you may want to start a program that doesn’t have functionality for an automatic startup but you need it each and every time you open a new session. In such cases, create a simple script and insert it into the startup and it will automatically get started each and every time.

To find the Startup folder in Windows 10, press Windows Key + R and the Run prompt will pop up. Inside that, type shell:startup and system will navigate to the startup folder, To change which programs run at startup or disable startup programs in Windows 10 can be done by deleting the programs you need. And also the startup folder is a common vector in simple virus attacks so it’s better to keep an eye on this folder in case of an emergency.

6. Group Policy Editor(Pro Users Only)

Group Policy Editor available for Windows - Windows 10 Hidden Features
Group Policy Editor Windows

Policy editor allows users to view specific permissions and unique settings to that specific computer or its users and commonly uses to control what things can be changed on the computer. Inside an office or schools, admins can limit the permissions given to specific users to keep the environment safe without installing third-party programs individually to restrict some unauthorized activities. For example, a teacher can stop students from changing the firewall settings and visiting social media by changing student account permissions.

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7. Windows Services

Windows 10 Services Window
Windows 10 Services Window

The process is a program that runs on your computer and interacts with the user in the front end as well. Inside the task manager tab, all those programs are listed and with some other details like memory usage, disk usage and some other stuff but there are some other things called services. Windows services aren’t the same as processes because these services are always going to run in the background and never gets interacted with the user unless you are looking through them manually. services.msc windows 10 is the command you can type in run prompt to find the complete list of background services that are running on your computer.

When should you use Windows services?

In a situation where you need to stop some kind of service starts up with Windows but it’s not showing in task manager or any other place, then it must be running according to a service running in the background. You can manually look on to them and change the startup type into manual to stop the specific service. Make sure you are not messing with any system services or else stopping any required service will cause system errors or problems.

8. msconfig Mode

msconfig is another useful feature that can be used in a situation when you need to see all configurations currently using on your system and it’s obviously used in situations when you are having troubles in booting up your system, this menu offers you some inbuilt safety modes used for different instances. And in Windows 7, Startup Folder can also be accessed through this but now in Windows 10, it’s moved to the Task Manager window.

Type msconfig in windows search and the configuration menu will pop up. It isn’t safe to disable all services in msconfig and config menu is not a good toy to play with because a simple change you made can crash the functionality of your whole system.

9. Icon Drag and Drop

Inside the taskbar, users can see the whole list of icons from Softwares that are currently running on your computer by clicking on the Show hidden icons button on the left of your clock. Windows 10 operating system has the feature to drag and drop icons from that menu to the taskbar so the users can easily access the applications without seeking into the show hidden icons menu. Else you can hide icons you don’t want to show by dragging and dropping them to the menu again.

10. Stop Updates

With the release of Windows 10, Microsoft decided to stop sending newer versions like Windows 11 or Windows 12 and the existing Windows 10 will be updated with the latest features and optimizations so the users just need to download this. But these updates come in large volumes sometimes and no option available to set a specific time for update it. As a result, heavy bandwidth usage can be seen over the system and while it gets updated, the system is completely unusable.

Set Data Limit - Windows 10
Set Data Limit – Windows 10

If you are a Pro or Enterprise edition user, you can stop auto-updating for a month and for Home edition user, there’s no inbuilt feature dedicated for this but you can go to Settings>Network & Internet>Data Usage>Edit Limit and set the limit to 50 Mb or 100 Mb and that will stop your PC from getting auto-updates. But make sure you are updating it manually whenever you can to get the latest features and security patches essential for a smooth user experience. It is not Ok to turn updates off forever.

11. Power Menu

The Power-user menu is another cool feature to access advanced Windows options without looking into the control panel or any other longer paths. To access Windows Power Menu simply press (Windows Key + X) and the menu will pop up from the taskbar with options like Windows Powershell, Disk Management, Device Manager, Power options and etc.

12. Storage

Storage Details
Storage Details

In android platforms, users can see storage usage by applications and media such as installed apps, photos, videos and on their device with a nice user-friendly GUI. Inside Windows 10, Go to Settings>System>Storage and you will be shown brief info about how your storage was used and to see more just click on view storage on other devices under more options to look into each and every partition’s individual storage under each specified media category.

13. Window Wiggle Effect

When working with more than one window, if you need to go to your desktop window you need to minimize everything or close all the current windows which are pretty inconvenient and time-consuming. To avoid that you need to hold the tab you are currently working on by right-clicking on it and wiggle it horizontally and all the other tab will automatically get minimized. If you want to open all the tabs you minimized, again go through the same process and all the windows will pop up again on to your desktop. This feature isn’t brand new as it was available in older versions like Windows 7, Windows 8 and 8.1 as well.

How do I turn off shake to minimize in Windows 10?

Go to user Configuration>Administrative Templates>Desktop. Right-click on the “Turn off Aero Shake window minimizing mouse gesture” option available on the right-side tab. From the pop-up window click edit and disable and press Ok to save your settings.

14. Background Apps Control

Background Apps Control Window
Background Apps Control Window

Background apps are the applications that run on your system parallel when you are working on your device. It’s important to know which apps are running and there must be an option to close unwanted apps to improve your system performances. Navigate to Settings>Privacy>Select Background Apps from the menu on the left side and that’s how you check what apps are running in the background. To stop any app from running in the background turn off it from the toggle menu. This feature is useful for laptop users to save the battery from draining when operating under the battery power.

15. Virtual Desktops

If you need to operate more than one application on full-screen mode, Virtual desktops can be a better option than minimizing each and every time. Each virtual desktop operates as an individual monitor and users can switch between these desktops by using the swipe key. To create a new desktop, Click on task view and from there you can create multiple desktop windows as necessary. If you are familiar with macOS, this won’t be a new feature it was available for a long time.

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