Top 15 Useful Windows 10/11 Features (+Hidden Settings)

There are numerous Windows 10/11 features that can come in handy while multi-tasking, taking screenshot, or browsing internet, etc. What makes Windows 10/11 even greater is that you can access a bunch of hidden settings and customize options as well as improve the user experience.

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Here are top 15 Windows 10/11 Features and Hidden Settings

1. Manage App Permission

In Windows 10/11, you can control your privacy by managing the permissions for camera, microphone, location, etc. To do that, open Windows Settings from the start menu, then go to Privacy section. From here, you can manage device hardware permission (i.e. camera, location, microphone) for each app. For instance, select camera from the right side and you will get list of apps that can access the camera of your device. You can either manually choose apps one by one or disable them all.

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2. Bring Back Hibernate Option

Hibernate option allows users to save their tasks into hard drive or solid drive before shutting down the Windows PC. So, when you turn on your PC next time, you don’t loose the running tasks. This option, however, is hidden by default in Windows 10/11.

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To enable Hibernate mode, go to Settings from Windows 10/11 start menu. Then, open System and select Power & Sleep tab. Under Related settings, click on Additional power settings. On the new Window, click on “Choose what the power buttons do” from the left. Now, click on Change settings that are currently unavailable from the top. Lastly, enable Hibernate option under shutdown settings.

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3. Use Snipping Tool With a Keyboard Shortcut

Snipping Tool is a very useful Windows 10/11 feature. It lets you clip a part of your desktop PC screen you want. With it you can capture any section of your screen and save it as a file on your hard drive. The good thing about this tool is that it is designed in such a way that it saves the image in a small size and also saves it at the highest quality possible so that you can do some editing on your image later on.

To access snip screen feature, just simultaneously press Windows + Shift + S key from the keyboard. Then, simply use the plus icon to capture a part on your screen.

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4. “Right-click” on Windows icon

Windows right-click option gives you plenty of other useful options such as Windows PowerShell, Computer Management, Event viewer, etc. To do that, just move the cursor to the Windows icon on the left and right click on it.

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5. Access “GodMode”

In Windows 10/11, “GodMode” is a hidden folder where you can access bunch of useful Windows tools and settings at one place. You can use these tools to schedule your task, partition hard disk drive, view event logs, backup & restore your Windows PC, and more.

To enable GodMode in your Windows 10/11 PC, right-click on your desktop and create a new folder from New > Folder. Then, rename the folder name to “GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}” and hit enter. That’s it. You can now access the GodMode folder.

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6. View Wi-Fi Password

If you’re a computer geek, you must know this Windows 10/11 hidden settings. This super useful trick allows you to view anyone’s Wi-Fi passwords connected to your PC.

Open Windows start menu and search Wi-Fi Settings. Then, click on the first option. In Settings menu, select ‘Change Adapter Settings’. On the new Window, double-click on WiFi option. Next, click on Wireless Properties and go to Security tab. Lastly, click on Show characters to view the password.

7. Add New User

Do you know that you can create multiple accounts for each user in your Windows 10/11 laptop. Along with that, you can also provide different privilege on how they can control your PC hardware. By creating multiple users, you can organize your data even better and distribute a work with multiple users.

To add new users, click on Windows start menu icon and open Settings. Then, Go to Accounts section. Select “Family & other users”. Under other users section, click on “Add Someone Else to This PC”. Provide the user name and password, and click on Next. That’s it. You can change account type from standard user to administrator or vice-versa later.

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8. Show File Extension

A file extension is a name that follows the end of a file. It basically tells you the type of a file. For instance, if it is a image file, the file extension would be .jpg, .png, .gif, etc. To enable file extension, just go to file explorer, then click on the “view” option from the top right corner. Lastly, check the “File name extensions” option.

9. Create a new Power Plan

In Windows 10/11, there are different power options for various purposes. For example, you can either choose power options or battery saving mode. Each mode controls the performance and battery usages of your laptop/desktop depending upon which mode you choose. You can also manually add or remove your own power option.

To change power options, right-click on the battery icon and select Power Options. Next, click on Create a power plan from the left side. Select High Performance mode for better performance or Balanced mode for balanced performance. Give it a name and click Next. On the next screen, click Next to create a new power plan.

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10. View Clipboard With Windows Keyboard Shortcut

It is one of the best inbuilt tools in Windows 10/11 that many users are not using right now. With the help of Windows Clipboard feature, you can copy and paste multiple contents at the same time. You don’t need any third-party apps to use this feature.

To access Clipboard history tool in Windows 10/11, just press Windows + V from the keyboard and a small window will popup, you can turn on this features from there. Once enabled, it can store up to 25 text history on the clipboard history tool.

11. Pin Apps to Taskbar

You can pin apps to the taskbar and access them quickly. To do that, open Windows start menu by clicking on Windows icon. Right-click on the app that you want to pin to the taskbar. Then, hover your mouse to More option and select Pin to Taskbar.

12. Turn Off Windows Auto-Updates

It’s quite frustrating to receive frequent and sometimes non-essential Windows updates. If you’re on data saver pack, it could be pretty disaster for you. You should keep this feature turned off to prevent data loss. To do that, click on the Settings icon from the start menu. In Settings window, click on Update & Security tab. Then, click on Pause Updates for 7 Days. It will pause the Windows updates for upcoming 7 days. You can also click on Pause Updates for 7 more Days option multiple times to increase the pause timing for a month. Read this tutorial if you want to how to completely stop Windows 10/11 auto-updates.

13. Access Emojis with Keyboard Shortcut

Windows 10/11 comes with so many hidden settings, it’s one of them. This feature allows you to access hidden Emojis in your Windows 10/11 laptop or desktop with a keyboard shortcut Win+ . (dot). It will popup a small window with Emojis. Just click on a emojis to import in your text.

14. Tablet Mode

One of the most cool feature in Windows 10/11 is Tablet Mode. It lets you switch the UI from desktop mode to tablet mode. To enable this feature, just select Action Center from the taskbar and enable Tablet Mode.

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15. Access Game Mode

Game Mode is designed to optimize the PC performance when gaming. Whether you are a gamer or not, you should always turn this feature On. To enable Game Mode, just type and search “Game Mode” in windows start menu and click to open the first option. Lastly, toggle to enable Game Mode.

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