Windows 10 is highly customizable: take advantage of this and consider modifying your workstation according to how you use it to improve your experience with the operating system.
Organizing your workspace is essential to getting started with Windows 10 in the best possible way. Adapting the interface and features to your needs will allow you to save time and increase your daily efficiency, both for personal tasks and in a professional setting. To do this, you should learn to master certain basics, which Expertsconnecting wants to help you understand.
Be aware, however, that this feature should not be overused unless you have a very powerful competition PC whose resources can easily handle many background tasks and perform a fast system start despite the launch of a multitude of applications from the first seconds of use. Indeed, the performance, especially at startup, of the machine can be greatly reduced because of all these programs. It is also possible to know their impact on the resources of the PC thanks to an option of Windows 10. If your computer is running slowly, we advise you to follow our tutorial "How to disable the automatic launch of software at startup Windows 10?" and to suspend the scheduled launch of software that is not essential to you.
Knowing the main file extensions is important for navigating through folders, but also for the security of your PC. When you think you have downloaded a video, but the file extension is an .exe (executable file), there is something fishy and possibly a threat to the integrity of the machine hidden in a malicious program. Too many users just rely on the icon of files before opening them. However, it is easy for pirates to apply a logo to which we are accustomed for a .mp3, .jpeg or .avi format on a file which is actually an .exe. It is a method used by hackers to infect PCs. To guard against this kind of danger and no longer fall into the trap, we explain how to display file extensions on Windows 10.
In the second case, the situation becomes more complicated and may vary depending on the case. But very often a deleted file can be recovered, even if it is not even in the recycle bin. This is particularly the case if you have enabled File History or created a restore point. We show you different possible methods to find a deleted file in our tutorial entitled "How to recover a deleted file on Windows 10?".
A keyboard shortcut allows you to perform an action on the computer very quickly. The best known are undoubtedly the copy/cut-paste shortcuts, a more efficient manipulation with the keyboard than with the right mouse button or, even worse, the interface of the software used. But there are hundreds of them, and many are very useful in everyday life, such as the Alt + number combination to quickly insert a special character or a letter from a foreign alphabet (Alt+164 for the Spanish ñ for example). One of the best known is also the famous Ctrl + Alt + Del, which saved many of us during a system crash. Of course, memorizing a large number of shortcuts can be scary, but you gain in productivity in the long run. At least try to memorize the ones you are likely to use most frequently. Some shortcuts are universal and work both on the Windows interface and in third-party software. It is therefore all the more interesting to master them since they are used everywhere. We have concocted a list of essential Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts.
Taking care of your PC in this way not only saves storage space, but also saves time when looking for a file on your computer, since the folders and subfolders have been organized logically. It also avoids mishandling: when you organize your computer, you end up knowing it like the back of your hand, and you therefore know what each folder or file corresponds to. Therefore, you make fewer mistakes.
On PCs with very little RAM, Windows 10 may need part of the hard drive as an extension of RAM to run properly. However, if the hard disk becomes full (approaching or reaching 100% occupancy), there is a risk of data loss or other memory-related problems.
Moreover, it is also a security issue. A bad manipulation on a session does not necessarily affect the other (it depends on the type of error committed of course). If children have access to the PC, it is better to remove the administrator rights from them. It is also possible to grant permissions to the card according to the accounts. Do not hesitate to use these options to restrict the possibilities of certain users.
To learn how to create or delete a user account on Windows 10, our tutorial will guide you step by step. You can also create a session for a user who will not use your PC regularly. It takes a little trickery because Microsoft doesn't like a session not tied to a Microsoft account, but there is a workaround. We detail all this in depth in our tutorial "How to create a guest session on Windows 10?".
Don't forget to protect each session with a password or other authentication method of your choice so that no one can access your account. The system then leaves to remove its Windows 10 password in case it is no longer useful.
Deleting files and software that you no longer need on your hard drive is vital to letting your computer breathe, which has limited resources. This will speed up the automatic file search, but also boost performance in general because the machine and the system have fewer elements to process and calculations to perform.
Also remember to remove residual files that remain on the PC after uninstalling a program with available cleaning tools and perform a scan to repair registry errors that may occur when removing software .
We answer the question "How to free up disk space on Windows 10?" in a tutorial of the same name which accompanies you in the procedure to follow to give a second life to your hard drive and your PC.
Problem: This folder contains absolutely all of the settings, programs, files, and documents that were on your PC previously. Needless to say that it weighs very heavy. Sometimes too heavy if your storage space is limited or if the Windows.old folder is really big. It's supposed to go away on its own one month after it's created, but you don't necessarily want to wait 30 days for it to go away on its own if it's preventing you from installing software or slowing down your machine .
If you are sure that Windows 10 is working fine and you don't want to go back to your old "backup", then you can delete it. Handling is more complicated than deleting a classic folder, which is why we suggest you accompany you by detailing the process to follow in our tutorial "How to delete the Windows.old folder?".
To find out how to activate dark mode on Windows 10, it is through this link that we detail everything. Windows 10 dark mode changes the color of the settings menus and taskbar. But it also influences compatible third-party software and applications, such as browsers for example. However, some programs do not support this dark mode.
If you feel that the text or the elements that appear on the screen are too small, or on the contrary too large, know that you also have the possibility of enlarging the font on Windows 10. For the visually impaired, there is even has a Magnifier option that lets you zoom in very far into an area of the screen. Windows 10 also has many accessibility-related settings. And to see the screen better or on the contrary not to be blinded by it, don't forget to see how to adjust the brightness on Windows 10.
Finally, you can move, resize and customize an essential element of the Windows 10 UI, namely the taskbar. You can move it sideways or up, change its size and color... But to do that, you need to know how to lock and unlock the taskbar on Windows 10.
To read also:
- How to configure and secure Windows 10?
- How to properly manage your software on Windows 10?