What are the features on Windows that are hidden deep enough but super useful?

In the current computer system, I believe that the most commonly used by users nowadays is not Microsoft’s Windows, but Apple’s macOS, right?

As the saying goes, carrots and vegetables have their own preferences. Like smartphones, computers have differences in brand, appearance, or system, which inevitably leads to various controversies.

When browsing various websites and forums, Shichao often sees topics like “Mac is better than Windows computers” and “I don’t want to use Windows again after using macOS”.

One of the important reasons why many people think macOS is better than Windows is that there are too many built-in features on Mac.

What cloud synchronization, screenshots, screen recording, trigger angle, and desktop switching, etc., should not be too worry free and convenient for daily use.

But in fact, when it comes to built-in features, there are still many useful portable features on the Windows system, which can be said to be no less than Apple, but many people don’t know or notice it.

So today, Shichao is here to help our friends carefully sort out the functions hidden deep enough but exceptionally useful on Win10. Some of them may even make you feel like you’ve met too late.


Still relying on QQ and WeChat screenshots?

What should I do if I want to take a screenshot on a Windows system? Before that, Shichao would first proficiently open QQ or WeChat, and then use the screenshot tool on the chat box to take screenshots.

Emmm, although the steps may be a bit cumbersome, they are still okay after getting used to them.

But later, when I was told that Win10 already had a screenshot function, I was so angry that I almost spat out a mouthful of blood.

After holding down Win+Shift+S, the entire screen of the computer will become dark and gray, and a screenshot selection box will automatically pop up for you to customize the screenshot.

The three types of screenshots provided, including rectangles, arbitrary shapes, and full screen, can be said to be very thoughtful.

After taking the screenshot, it will be copied into the clipboard and pasted directly where you want to place the image.

A desktop cut by Shi Chao using any shape

The advantage is that it is convenient to directly press and cut, but the disadvantage is that it cannot make modifications such as underline and mosaic on the cut image. Therefore, Shi Shichao suggests using two methods to make a better choice.


Do you think the computer screen is too small?

Shi Chao remembers when he first switched from Win to Mac. The first time he saw a Mac that could drag and assign different applications to different desktops, he was amazed by this feature.

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I never expected that the virtual desktop feature would also be added to Win10 later.

By holding down the Win+Tab key on the keyboard, you can enter the task view and see the applications currently running on this desktop.

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The “+” plus sign in the upper left corner of the task view interface is used to create options for adding multiple desktops.

Your computer screen size is a bit small, making it a bit crowded to open multiple applications? It doesn’t matter, it’s okay.

Then create a new desktop with Photoshop for editing, open a browser on one desktop to search for information, and use a player to listen to music on the other desktop.

Use the ←/→ arrow keys on the keyboard to switch between different applications on the same desktop; Switch back and forth between multiple desktops with Win+Ctrl+←/→, creating a comfortable batch.

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It is worth mentioning that the task view opened through the Win+tab shortcut is actually a timeline that backs up the historical opening history of your desktop application.

Of course, if your computer screen is large enough, you can just use Win10’s automatic split screen function.

First, click on the application you want to split the screen with the mouse, such as the browser, and then press the Win+←/→ keys. The program window will automatically split to the left or right.

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The default split screen for the front Win key combined with the ←/→ directional keys is left and right split screens. If you want to continue obtaining three or four split screens on the basis of two split screens, you can press the Win+↑/↓ shortcut keys to achieve this.

Shichao found that his monitor was still not large enough, and the split screen was still acceptable. However, when it came to the quarter screen interface, it was a bit crowded. Therefore, he created two new desktops, each with two left and right screens, which was just right.

Compared to using a mouse to control the size and drag position of the program window, it is obviously simpler and more direct to use the automatic split screen function.


Does having a sticky note seem to improve efficiency?

Those who have used the Windows system may already be accustomed to the ad pop ups of various applications.

Occasional pop ups can inevitably distract your attention too much. When you see a news headline from UC Shockwave, you can’t help but want to click in and take a look.

Often, after passing away several times, I almost forget what I originally planned to do???

At this point, the built-in note function of Win10 comes in handy!

Return to the desktop and press the Win+W shortcut key directly on the keyboard to call out the Windows Ink workspace. Click on the workspace note to create a note on the desktop.

Notes can be freely increased in quantity and moved in position, as well as changed in size and color.

Hanging a day’s work content in the form of a sticky note in any corner of the desktop to constantly remind you of the importance and urgency of tasks may be a good way to improve efficiency.

Although this workspace was originally designed for the convenience of Windows devices that support touch screens and stylus, the note taking feature is surprisingly useful on any Windows device.


Other useful settings and functions

The Windows settings menu on a computer, although not as frequently used as the settings on a phone, is indeed a treasure trove with many useful features hidden inside.

For example, smartwatches and wristbands now support unlocking or screen locking to specific computers, which can be considered one of the selling points. In fact, as long as a regular smartphone is used, automatic screen locking can also be achieved.

Use the shortcut key Win+i to call up the Windows settings menu interface, click “Account” in the menu, and then select “Login Options”.

The dynamic lock in the login option allows your phone to connect to a Windows computer via Bluetooth, and automatically locks the screen within one minute of leaving the Bluetooth connection range.

Although dynamic locks cannot unlock, they at least lock the screen and to some extent prevent others from peeking at the little sister hidden in your computer when you are not around.

Windows users don’t have to envy iPhone and MacBook for being able to synchronize across devices, as Win10 also has a rudimentary cross device synchronization feature.

After synchronizing, you can paste the content copied from the company computer on your home computer.

So far, Windows has not launched the already popular dark and dark night modes on mobile phones.

But it at least gives you a night mode to reduce the blue light emitted by the screen, protecting your eyes, better than none.

When watching videos on a computer, you can turn on the HDR function in Windows settings, and the computer will automatically process the video and play it in a more dynamic form.

After setting up the above, don’t forget to open the “Sync Your Settings” option in your account and have your computer synchronize your Windows password and other settings to other computers under the same account.

After the Microsoft account synchronization is completed, if you change your computer and reinstall the system, you can save the tedious step of resetting Windows next time.

Alright, the above are some useful options and features on Win10 that have been compiled by Shichao. Due to space constraints, there are still many that have not been listed here.

Anyway, computers can be considered one of the most commonly used devices for us, second only to mobile phones.

Perhaps due to the less user-friendly UI and overly complex permissions of Windows computers compared to Macs earlier, Yu Shichao never wanted to carefully study his own computer.

It wasn’t until recently that I realized I had missed out on so many useful shortcut functions and settings. I felt like I had been using fake Windows all along, but Shichao believed he wasn’t the last one to know…

Since Win10 is so user-friendly, wouldn’t those who are still using Win7 consider elevating their computers to lower levels?

”So many shortcut keys, it’s really hard to remember at once“

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