Hidden features of Windows 10

The Windows 10 operating system is no longer new, it was replaced by the new Windows 11 system. However, Windows 10 is still used by the vast majority of computer users around the world. This version is simple and convenient and as close as possible to the interests of users. There is a lot of reference information on working with this system. However, even experienced users do not know about all the hidden features of Windows 10. At the same time, the ability to use them at the right time significantly increases the efficiency of working on a PC.
Screenshot Tool
Embedded PDF Printer
Scrolling the contents of an inactive window
How to change window title color
How to find your lost device
Easy search for recent documents

Screenshot Tool

In the Windows 10 operating system, for the convenience of users, a built-in tool was added to take screenshots of fragments of the screen or the entire screen as a whole and edit this snapshot. It is called “Screen snip” or “Snip&Sketch “. There are several ways to run this application.

  1. Using the start menu. Open the start menu and launch the Snip&Sketch application. Snip&Sketch
  2. Using keyboard shortcuts Win + Shift + S.
  3. Launch from the Windows notification area. Windows notification
  4. Using the Print Screen key. However, in order to use this method, you must first assign the launch of this tool by pressing the Print Screen key. To do this, using the start menu, open the System Settings and go to the “Ease of Access” section. Open the “Keyboard” blocks and move the switch to the “On” state in the “Print Screen Shortcut” block. Print Screen Shortcut

How does the Screen Snip app work? To take a snapshot of an area of interest, open the snapshot tool with the Win + Shift + S keys (or any other way). At the top you will see several buttons, by clicking on which you determine how the screen fragment is selected. For example, it can be a rectangular area or a freeform area.

Screen Snip app work
After you decide on the shape of the fragment, circle the desired area with the mouse. A message will briefly appear in the lower right corner of the screen stating that the screenshot has been saved to the computer’s buffer.

Screenshot saved
Click on this message and call the editor, with which you can make some inscriptions on the screenshot, highlight the desired areas with color, and so on. Editor
Here you have the opportunity to save the picture in the desired format, copy it to the clipboard or send it to someone by e-mail.

You can use another way to save a screenshot after you have sent it to the clipboard. To do this, circle the desired area of the screen with the mouse. Then open the application where the screenshot will be located (for example, MS Word, Paint, or an email), right-click on the location where the screenshot will be located, and select Paste.

The Screen Snip tool is very handy for creating various screenshots and is constantly updated.

Embedded PDF Printer

There are many ways to convert a document of any format to PDF format. The simplest of these is the use of a virtual PDF printer. How it works? The user sends the desired document for printing and selects a PDF virtual printer in the list of printers. After that, the original file is saved in PDF format in a folder specified by the user.

In earlier versions of Windows, this tool had to be installed separately, and only with the release of Windows 10 does this utility become built into the system. To save a file as a PDF, follow these steps.

  1. Open the source file (such as a Word or Excel file).
  2. Submit it for printing. Embedded PDF Printer
  3. In the list of printers, select the Microsoft Print to PDF section. Microsoft Print to PDF
  4. Specify the file name and folder where you want to save the PDF file.
  5. Click the “Save” button.

Now you can work with the created PDF file: view it, send it by e-mail, and so on.

Scrolling the contents of an inactive window

To see how this feature works, place two Word documents on the screen. Make one of them active and scroll up or down the contents of the file with the mouse wheel. This is how scrolling the active window works. Move the mouse cursor to the second document and, without making this window active, scroll the mouse wheel. Note that scrolling works in an inactive window too.

This feature previously required additional software installation. In Windows 10, the scrolling window content feature is built into the system, and this is very convenient.

If scrolling the contents of an inactive window is somehow not working on your Windows 10 PC, this is an easy fix.

  1. In the start menu, open the “Settings” section.
  2. Go to the “Devices” section. Devices
  3. Open the “Mouse” section.
  4. Set the toggle of the item “Scroll inactive windows when I hover over them” to the state “On.” Scroll inactive windows

Similarly, you can disable the scrolling of an inactive window if you do not need this feature.

How to change window title color

Previous versions of Windows, including early versions of Windows 10, did not have a feature to change the color of active program window title bars. This could be done using the registry editor or using third-party applications. Subsequently, this feature was built into the system, and now it is very easy to change the color of the window title.

  1. In the start menu, open the “Settings” section.
  2. Select “Personalization”.Personalization
  3. Open the “Colors” section.Colors
  4. Select the desired color and check the “Title bars and window borders” box. Title bars

After these steps, the color of the headers will automatically change. If you want to change the color of the titles to the one that was set by default in the system, just uncheck the box ” Title bars and window borders “.

How to find your lost device

A very useful feature has been added to Windows 10 – a search for a lost device. Now, if you lose your laptop running this operating system, you can sign into your Microsoft account from another device and see where your computer is on a map. This feature is enabled by default in Windows 10. Plus, it’s not hard to turn it on.

  1. In the start menu of your computer, open the “Settings” section.
  2. Go to the “Update and Security” block.Update and Security
  3. Open the “Find My Device” section.
  4. Click the Change button and set the switch to the On position. Find My Device

How to find a lost device, such as a laptop? Sign in to your Microsoft account on another computer, open the “Find my device” section, as described above, and follow the link account.microsoft.com/devices. Follow the link
In the proposed list of your devices, select the lost laptop and click “Find my device “. A map will be displayed showing the location of your missing laptop. If the laptop is turned on, it periodically sends information about its location. This information may be out of date at the moment, so you need to wait a little while the automatic search scans your device. After a while, its location information will be updated.
Here you can also block your lost device by clicking the “Lock” button.

Easy search for recent documents

We all forget from time to time where we saved the newly created documents. There are many ways to find them. In Windows 10, for the convenience of users, the Recent Documents folder was created. It is located in the Windows folder. How to quickly find a recently created or recently edited document?

  1. Press the Win+R keys to bring up the Run window.
  2. Type shell:recent and click OK. shell:recent

In the Recent Files folder that opens, find the document you are looking for. Recent Files
To keep this folder always at hand, you can pin it to the Quick Access toolbar in File Explorer. To do this, open the “Recent Documents” folder in Explorer and click the “Pin to Quick Access ” button. Now this folder can always be found in the “Quick Access” section of Explorer.

Quick Access
This is not a complete list of hidden features in Windows 10. You can also include a game mode, virtual desktops, cloud clipboard, as well as a function PC cleaner, and much more.