Windows 10 Tricks: the best tips to handle and optimize your computer

Windows is the most used operating system in the world, present on computers all over the planet. Its first version was released back in 1985, standing out, as indicated by its name, for offering us an appealing and intuitive graphical interface based on a window system. Over three decades later, it’s still based on the same principles despite the logical evolution of this OS.

Its current version is Windows 10, released in July 2015 as a free update from Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, although nowadays we have to resort to other methods, as we’ll try to explain in this tutorial, to be able to download and install the latest version of Microsoft’s operating system, whether by means of an ISO or using the media creation tool developed by the guys at Redmond. The installation is quite simple but you might need some help to manage to update to the newest version or to restore the system to a previous status, for instance.

All in all, this Windows 10 is the logical evolution of Windows 7, trying to forget about the tiny fiasco or failure of Windows 8. Amongst its most important new features we have to point out the return of the Start menu, removed in the previous version, the integration of the virtual assistant Cortana straight into our desktop to simplify both our local and online searches, and of course, the presentation of a new browser, Edge, that has arrived to replace a classic of the likes of Internet Explorer.

We’ll talk about all these aspects in this guide full of tips and tricks for Windows, paying special attention to all those new elements that you might now be used to, helping to you become familiar with these new tools that have come to stay and optimize your desktop user experience.

We’ll also focus on all those actions that have undergone important changes regarding previous versions so that you can quickly get back to all those usual operations in your daily life. And we’ll help you to find different folders, menus, and options that may have changed their location in this new operating system. Thus, you won’t have any trouble to find the Control Panel, to customize the visual aspect of your desktop by changing its wallpaper, to install a printer or to protect your most personal and private folders with a password.

We’ll obviously keep our eyes open and look out for all the new features introduced into the latest versions or builds of Windows 10, and we’ll be here to tell you about all its newest functions. And as always, if you’ve got any doubts about your operating system and you can’t find the answer to your questions in this list of tips and tricks, get in touch with us on our social networks. We’ll be delighted to get back to you.

How to prevent the download of files from the Internet in Windows 10

In Windows 10, there are several ways to prevent the download of files from the Internet. Each method will depend on the browser you usually use. Below, we show you the detailed process for each of the most common browsers.

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How to hide Windows 10 windows with a keyboard shortcut

Natively, Windows 10 lets you manage the windows on your desktop without touching the mouse. For that purpose, the Microsoft operating system includes some keyboard shortcuts that will help you resize any application, jump between windows, or minimize them quickly. In this article, we will focus on this last aspect.

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How to change the default browser in Windows 10

Windows 10 lets you easily change the browser default of the system. When you change this setting, all web links will open, by default, with the browser you specified, and not with Microsoft Edge or Internet Explorer. The first thing you must do is access the system configuration. Do this by opening the start menu and clicking on the cogwheel icon.

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How to disable Windows Defender in Windows 10

Windows 10 has a set of tools designed to protect the computer from possible external attacks. This security system can be disabled to install specific applications that have been cataloged as malicious or to improve the general performance of the computer.

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How to switch the language in Windows 10

Windows 10 lets you customize the system language and other components without too much hassle. This is possible even when the installation has been done in a different language. To change this setting, open the configuration application. You can do this from the home menu.

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How to create disk partitions in Windows 10

Among the administration utilities of Windows 10, we find the disk manager. This complete tool will help you manage your computer storage without many complications. In this article, we focus on creating partitions and explain how to create one to divide your hard disk into several drives.

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How to change the image of a folder in Windows 10

Changing the look of a folder can help you in some cases. For example, you can find out the contents of each directory at a glance. Also, when you are faced with a large number of elements, a custom image or icon will help you locate what you are looking for more effectively. Windows 10 lets you modify the thumbnail of a folder in two different ways. We explain them to you.

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How to change a drive letter in Windows 10

Windows identifies each connected drive and disk partition with a letter. This method also applies to CD and DVD players, external hard disks, and even pens and memory cards. Although the letter assigned depends on the criteria of the system and is given automatically, Windows lets you customize it. To do this you must use the control panel. To access it, open the Windows search and type control panel.

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How to customize keyboard shortcuts in Windows 10

Windows shortcuts let you perform quick actions without lifting your hands from the keyboard, and without using the mouse. Among the most common combinations are Control + C, which serves to copy text or images, Windows + R, which lets you execute a command, or Alt + F4, which closes the active application. All these shortcuts are predefined and cannot be changed. However, you can create additional combinations and assign them to specific actions.

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How to disable image preview in Windows 10

Windows 10 File Explorer can be customized with a multitude of options. One of them is the activation of thumbnails in graphic files. Although this function is very useful to know the content of each file quickly, it can seriously affect the performance of the system, especially when we open a folder full of images. To avoid this situation, you can ask the browser to show the icon of each file, instead of the preview.

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How to fix the most common errors in Windows 10

You can fix the most common errors in Windows 10 thanks to the disk error checking wizard. Accessing it is very easy. Simply open the file browser and go to This PC. Locate the drive or partition where the system is installed. With the right mouse button, open the context menu and click Properties.

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How to change the default programs in Windows 10

Changing default programs in Windows will improve the experience when you want to use third-party applications for some tasks. For example, you may want to use an alternative media player or mail manager other than the one that comes integrated with the system. Whatever your case, you can modify these values in the following way. Access the setup application, from the start menu, by clicking on the cogwheel icon.

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How to recover files deleted by mistake in Windows 10

To recover files that you have deleted by mistake, you must use a tool called Recuva. Before we start, we must warn you that this process is not 100% reliable and that some files may be lost forever. It is important that, after the unintentional deletion, you use your computer as little as possible. This will prevent other files from taking the place of the deleted documents.

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How to defrag your hard drive in Windows 10

Defragmentation lets you sort the contents of your hard drive, taking up space that has been left empty when you delete files. In this way, the unit is reorganized allowing faster reading speeds. To start the defragmentation tool in Windows 10, do the following.

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The best keyboard shortcuts for Windows 10

The keyboard shortcuts in Windows 10 will help you manage the operating system faster, thus improving your productivity. Here is a compilation of the most common shortcuts that you should start using right now.

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Windows 10 minimum requirements

The list of minimum requirements for Windows 10 is as follows

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How to make Cortana in Windows 10 search in Google with Firefox or Chrome

Windows 10 uses Microsoft Bing and Microsoft Edge as its default search engine and browser when searching the Internet. This happens even when you have changed your default browser and use Google as your default search engine. However, you can modify this functionality relatively easily thanks to two tools developed by third parties.

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How to remove Windows 10 startup programs for a faster boot

Every time you turn on your computer, Windows loads a long list of programs and components that help it function properly. However, not all of them are indispensable, and in many cases, they unnecessarily slow down the start of the system. It is possible to display a list of startup applications and disable them in two different ways.

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How to remove the Windows 10 password to boot faster

Usually, each Windows user has their own password. However, in some specific cases, it may be practical to eliminate this authentication method for faster start-up. The easiest method to achieve this is explained below.

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What is God mode and how to activate it in Windows 10

In the Control Panel, there is an advanced mode that lets you access, from one place, all the configuration tools of the system. This menu is intended for developers, and although any user can access it easily, it should be used with caution.

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How to remove a user account from Windows 10

To delete a user account in Windows 10, you must use the system settings application. To do this, open the start menu and click on the cogwheel.

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How to record your screen in Windows 10

Windows 10 incorporates a native screen recorder that will help you record on video everything that happens on your screen. Although it is a tool focused on the world of video games, it can be used for any other purpose, such as the creation of educational content. To run it, just use the keyboard combination Windows + G. Immediately, a series of windows will appear that house different utilities inside.

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How to sign other users out of Windows 10

Windows 10 lets you log in simultaneously with several users. Each active session consumes resources, drains RAM, and impoverishes computer performance. In this guide, we tell you how you can log out another person from your profile to improve the functioning of your computer.

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How to delete DLL files in Windows 10

A DLL file is an indispensable part of many applications developed for Windows. Within a DLL, there is an executable code that lets a software work correctly, either in its entirety or partially. DLL stands for Dynamic Library Link.

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How to delete virtual drives in Windows 10

Virtual drives are often used to mount an image file, thus avoiding the need to burn it to a CD or DVD. Image files are similar to compressed folders and contain a structure of folders and files necessary to carry out the installation of a software. They are usually represented by the extensions BIN, IMG, ISO, or CCD.

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How to clone a hard drive in Windows 10

Cloning an entire hard drive in Windows is a relatively simple task. All you need is the right tool and an additional unit of equal or greater size. Obviously, both units must be correctly connected and installed on your computer. If this is the case, it is as simple as downloading and installing the AOMEI Partition Assistant.

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How to uninstall Cortana from Windows 10

Voice assistants are already a part of our lives. Whether we use them from our phone, through a connected speaker, or on our smartwatch, the truth is that they are becoming more and more useful. However, even when there are tons of companies trying to get their piece of the pie, the voice assistants that stand out from the rest are Alexa and Google Assistant.

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Where is the Control Panel in Windows 10

The Windows 10 Control Panel is installed, but not easily visible. To find it, there are several possible methods, we show you two different options.

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How to protect a folder with a password on Windows 10

If you share a computer with family members or roommates and store confidential or intimate information on your PC, the best thing you can do is put all those files in a hidden, password-protected folder.

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How to install a printer on Windows 10

In order to print in Windows 10, the first thing to know, quite obviously, is that you need a printer. As long as we talk about a physical print of course, then, we will see that a digital print can also be possible.

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How to start Windows 10 in safe mode

There are 3 different ways to start Windows 10 in Safe Mode to solve any problem, so watch out.

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How to print on Windows 10

In order to print in Windows 10, the first thing to know, quite obviously, is that you need a printer. Make sure you have paper and ink set. Once you have it installed and depending on what you want to print, you have different options.

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How to disable Cortana in Windows 10

Cortana is the voice assistant for Windows 10, but you might not want to use it for different reasons. In that case, it is possible to disable its functions through the Windows registry.

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How to change the wallpaper in Windows 10

Changing the wallpaper in Windows 10 is a piece of cake. All you have to do is right-click on the desktop wallpaper and select Personalize.

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What is Windows 10

Windows 10 is a computer operating system developed by the American company Microsoft. It was announced in 2014 and was available for the first time during the summer of the following year 2015. Like any operating system, it is the software or computer program that manages the hardware resources of a PC. During its first year it was free to download for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users, as long as they had a license for the product, i.e., a legal copy and not a pirate one.

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How to restore Windows 10

To restore Windows 10, the first thing we must have is a restore point, which is a backup of the moment in time to which we want to return to. In this operating system, restore points are automatically generated each time a new application, driver or Windows update is installed as long as you have this feature enabled.

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How to install Windows 10

To install Windows 10 on your computer, please start by downloading the ISO image provided at the end of this text. Click on the green Download button, and once the download is complete, save it to a USB with enough storage capacity or burn it to a DVD.

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How to update Windows 10

To update Windows, you could say that all you need is to turn on your PC and connect it to the Internet. If there is a new update, the Windows operating system itself will detect it and download it immediately to your hard drive, proceeding to install it automatically unless you configure it otherwise (and yes, there is an option to disable this feature). In other words, the operating system is kept up to date automatically without you having to intervene at all. This is one of the new features introduced with this version, and although it has caused problems on many occasions, it is actually a major improvement.

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How to upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7

When Windows 10 came out, Microsoft allowed all genuine license users of Windows 7 and Windows 8 to upgrade to the new version for free. It was initially a promotion, but it has been maintained over time, and to this day, it is still possible to switch from one version to another as long as you have an original license.

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How to activate Windows 10

To activate Windows 10, you need to have a digital license or a product key, only by having one you can activate your copy and guarantee that it is being used according to the software license terms established by Microsoft. You will have one or the other depending on how you obtained Windows 10.

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How to unzip password-protected ZIP files

There are different ways to open a password-protected ZIP file in Windows. Windows has its own file compression and decompression tool, that although it does not let you generate these types of files, it lets you open them. You can also opt for software developed by third parties. We will show you how to do it with the tool integrated into Windows and with two of the main compression software in the market, WinRAR and 7-Zip.

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December 11, 2020. Translated by Antony Peel