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Handy Windows 10 Features That You Need To Know

Whether you’ve been using Windows 10 already, or have only recently upgraded, there are plenty of tips, tricks and hidden features to learn that will make using your laptop faster and smoother.

1. Customise your Start Menu

Perhaps you want more menu tiles, maybe fewer, or none at all. You can edit the Start menu your way: simply click and hold the cursor on the edge of the Start box and drag it to the size you want.

Tip: right click on an application and select “Pin to Start” to add it to your tiles on the right side of the start menu for quick access.

2. Set Up Voice Recognition

Cortana, Windows 10’s voice-response digital assistant, lets you control what it knows about you, so that it can pop up relevant reminders and display info of interest. You do this by making selections in Cortana’s Notebook.

Cortana can listen for the key phrase: “Hey Cortana!” and wake up to answer your requests. Cortana can show you local news, sports, and weather info, and even tell you a joke or two.

But before she can do any of this, you need to enable permission. This also involves granting permission to use your location, mic, contacts, email, messages, and browser history.

3. Night Light and Dark Mode
Night Light spares your eyes as you browse the internet in the evening. This mode adjusts the screen’s cool blue temperature to a warm tone that is not as harsh on your eyes. That makes it easier to sleep once you turn your device off.

To activate Night Light head to Settings > System > Display.

Light themes may hurt your eyes after a while, fortunately Windows 10 supports a Dark Theme.

Head to Settings > Personalisation > Colour > Select “Dark” under “Default App mode”.

4. Near Share
Near Share makes it easy to share files and URLs with local PCs over bluetooth, negating the need for flash drives or direct messages to pass along attachments. If you open Share in File Explorer, you’ll see PCs with Nearby Sharing Enabled. Recipients receive a pop-up notification when an attachment is sent.

5. Cloud Clipboard
You can now copy and paste across multiple PCs with cloud clipboard – a useful feature to sync data from one device to another. Head to Start > Settings > System > Clipboard and enable “Sync across devices”.

Tip: while in this menu, enable “Clipboard History” to save multiple items to the clipboard, so you can use them again later.

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