The 4 Hidden Windows 10 Features you Probably Don’t Know About

There are hidden Windows 10 features that you can enable for a better user experience (UX). If you’re wondering why they were disabled when they can enhance the UX – it is to avoid resource over-consumption and reduce vulnerabilities that can be exploited by malicious users.The 4 Windows 10 Features you Probably Don’t Know AboutBut, we would like to share the four hidden Windows 10 features you had probably never known about in the hopes that they will make your online life a little easier:

1.     God Mode – the best of the four hidden Windows 10 features

Do you want absolute control over the settings of your computer? Here’s what to do:

  • Right-click on your desktop.
  • Select “New” -> “Folder”.
  • Re-name your new folder by copying and pasting this bit of code:

GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

Hidden Windows 10 features 1 - God Mode File folder rename
Hidden Windows 10 features 1: GodMode File folder rename

Now, double-clicking on your new God Mode folder gives you access to the Windows Master Control Panel shortcut where you gain access to all of the operating system’s control panels from a single folder.

2.     Create and Switch Between Virtual Desktops

Did you know Windows 10 lets you create multiple and separate desktops that can each display all the applications you have opened in different windows?

Hidden Windows 10 features - Rearrange Virtual Desktops
Hidden Windows 10 features 2: Rearrange Virtual Desktops

Here’s how to do it:

  • Open up the new Task View pane by clicking the Task View button – it is usually found next to the Cortana button on the left side of your taskbar.
  • If the button is not on your taskbar, right-click on the taskbar and make sure the “Show Task View button” option has been checked.
  • You can also press the Windows Key + Tab instead.
  • Next, in the Task View pane, click on the plus (“+”) sign in the “New desktop” box to add a virtual desktop.
  • Alternatively, you can quickly add a desktop without entering the Task View pane by using the Windows Key + Ctrl + D keyboard shortcut.

You can now switch between your virtual desktops by going to your Task View pane and clicking on the desktop you want to go to. You can also do the same by using the keyboard shortcuts Windows Key + Ctrl + Left Arrow and Windows Key + Ctrl + Right to scroll to the left and right virtual desktops respectively.

3.     Dictate Your Work

Writers and editors will love this one: Microsoft has a well-developed speech recognition engine that is good enough to use as a writing tool.

To begin with, open the application where you want the text to be written – email or document applications are good examples.

Hidden Windows 10 features - Windows 10 Dictation - Listening prompt
Hidden Windows 10 features 3: Windows 10 Dictation – Listening prompt

To start dictating:

  • Launch the dictation app by pressing the Windows key + H.
  • Windows will start listening and once you get the “Listening…” alert you can start speaking to dictate your text.

Two things to note here is that first, although it will take some getting used to, you will soon be able to master the names for each punctuation mark – you will find the full list here.

Second, Windows 10 is always learning and you can improve the dictating application’s accuracy – and listening to your voice correctly – by teaching it. Here’s how:

  • Open your Control Panel.
  • Click on “Ease of Access”.
  • Click on “Speech Recognition”.
  • Finally, click on the “Train your computer to better understand you” link.

The training application starts, and all you need to do next is follow the instructions. Doing this training at intervals helps improve Windows’ recognition of your voice and reduces the “What was that?” prompt every time the app fails to understand you.

4.     Copy and Paste between Devices

Here’s a feature that will make your life a little easier. Have you ever seen something on one of your devices and then wanted to copy and paste it on another one?

Hidden Windows 10 features - Windows 10 - Clipboard synchronization across devices
Hidden Windows 10 features 4: Windows 10 – Clipboard synchronization across devices

Well, here is the way to do it:

  • Go to “Start” -> “Settings” -> “System” -> “Clipboard”.
  • Enable “Clipboard history”.
  • Enable “Sync across devices”.
  • You also need to click on the “Sign in” link just below it to let all your devices with a Microsoft account sync their clipboard.

And that’s it.

When you copy something on one device it will be saved on a cloud clipboard. You can now go to the other device, press Windows Key + V to view your clipboard, and everything you cut or copied on the first device will be available for use on the current device.

Take Advantage of our 4 Hidden Windows 10 Features

You can now go ahead and enjoy the four hidden Windows 10 features we have just gone through. But, just in case, make sure your computer is running at optimal speeds before you add more features. Otherwise, it would be better to leave non-default features off because, over time, they do end up sucking up resources.