25 Useful Tips All Windows 10 Users Should Know
2015 was a great year for anyone awaiting the arrival of Windows 10. Windows 10 promised to cure everything wrong with Windows 8 and it didn’t disappoint us. We covered the new operating system extensively with posts on how to deal with the little bugs that plague it, and hacks for getting it to work better and more to your liking. Windows 10 had a lot for us to explore so here’s a list of the 25 best Windows 10 tips and tricks we covered in 2015.
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16 – How To Fix The Blurred Text Problem In Windows 10
Windows 10 is out and the complaints are beginning to come in. The new version is being received well with lots of users eager to upgrade and Microsoft’s activation servers feeling the impact of so many upgrades. Once users brave the upgrade process, they will still be facing problems, albeit minor ones.
One problem that some users are facing is blurred text showing in multiple apps or in just a handful of them. If you think this has anything to do with the app version you’re running, think again. It’s actually Windows 10 trying to make things look ‘better’ for you on your screen. It goes without saying that it isn’t doing too great a job but here’s how you can fix it.
This is what the problem itself looks like;
Fixing Blurred Text In A Single App
Not all apps might be displaying blurred text in which case you can make a small change to fix it on a per-app basis. Right-click the problematic app’s icon and select Properties. Go to the Compatibility tab and under Settings section, check the ‘Disable display scaling on high DPI settings’. Click Apply and it should solve the problem.
Fix Blurred Text That Is Consistent In All Apps
Open the Settings app and go to the System group of settings. In the Display tab you will see a slider that lets you change the size of text, apps, and other items so that they look better on your screen. The safest bet is to set it to zero i.e. 100%. If you’re using a high resolution monitor though, this might render the text really tiny so try playing with this slider until you find what works best.
After each change made to this value, you will need to log out and log in again. Needless to say, a little trial and error will be involved until you get it right.
17 – Replace Command Prompt With PowerShell On Power User Menu In Windows 10
Windows PowerShell was first released for Windows XP but it wasn’t until Windows 8 that it was shipped as part of the operating system. In Windows 10, PowerShell continues to ship as a part of it. If you’re looking to make a habit of using it, you might want to replace the Command Prompt option on the Power User Menu with PowerShell. Windows comes with an option to make the switch and here’s how to do it.
Right-click in the lower left corner (on the Start button) and in the list of actions in the Power User Menu, you will find Command Prompt. You can launch the Power User Menu with the Windows + X shortcut, and then hit the C key to open Command Prompt.
You can replace this with PowerShell though, complete with a keyboard shortcut of its own. Right-click on the taskbar and select Properties. In the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties window, go to the Navigation tab and check the ‘Replace Command Prompt with Windows PowerShell…’ option. Click Apply for the change to take effect.
When you right-click the Start button, or hit the Windows + X keyboard shortcut, the Power User Menu will pop up as usual but the Command Prompt will be replaced with PowerShell. With the Power User Menu open, hit the A key to launch the PowerShell.
The change is easily reversible and this is exactly how it was done in Windows 8/8.1. PowerShell doesn’t ship as part of Windows 7 so you will need to install it separately and look for a different way to integrate it in the Power User Menu.
18 – Get File Explorer To Open This PC Instead Of Quick Access In Windows 10
When you click the File Explorer icon in the taskbar it opens the ‘Quick Access’ location. Quick Access isn’t a folder location in itself but more a virtual location where you can see all the recent files and folders you accessed. It’s quite useful and definitely lives up to its name.That said, if you find it isn’t as helpful as it claims to be, or your needs are simply different, you can have File Explorer open to a different location i.e. My PC (or as we called it in Windows 7; My Computer). At present, My PC is the only other supported location that you can set as the default for File Explorer until someone finds a way to modify it. Here’s how to make the change.
Open File Explorer and go to the View tab in the ribbon. At the very end you will see an ‘Options’ button. Click it and select folder options. In the Folder Options window, you will see a lot of options that were present in older versions of Windows, however, the General tab has something new.
In the General tab, pull down the ‘Open File Explorer to’ drop-down menu and instead of the ‘Quick access’ option, select ‘This PC’.
Close File Explorer and the next time you open it, either from the Start menu or from the Taskbar, it will open to My PC listing all connected drives. It doesn’t really make sense for Microsoft to offer any other location that would need to be visited as frequently as the two already given so if you’re hoping to assign the default location for File Explorer to any other folder, you might have to hold off until someone develops an app to do it.
19 – Change The Login Screen Background In Windows 10
Windows 10 has a lock screen and a login screen. The login screen is the one you see when you hit Escape on the lock screen and where you enter your password to get to your desktop. Windows 10 has made it super easy to change the lock screen background but the same cannot be said for the Login screen.
At present, you are saddled with the Hero background on the login screen and there doesn’t seem to be any straight forward way to change it. There isn’t even a registry key that you can edit to get a different background. There is, however, an app; ‘Windows 10 Login Screen Background Changer‘ that does let you change it. It’s free and warns you to use it at your own risk (and we agree).
Update 1: The developer has released a new version of this app 12 hours ago that addresses the problems some users are facing. For anyone interested, the Reddit thread for the app is linked to inside this post.
Update 2: This post has been updated on Aug 11, 2015 to address the login issues caused by the app.
Update 3: The latest version of this app, as on August 25, 2015 was tested and all errors appear to have been resolved. The app is safe to use.
Download the app from the link below and run it as an Administrator. You can set an image as a background or a solid color. If you plan on using an image, make sure you’ve already saved it and do not save it to your desktop as that gives an error when used with the app. You can save it to your Pictures folder.
If you want to set an image, click the ‘Browse for an image’ button and then select it. If you want to set a solid color, click ‘Choose a color’ and pick the color. The app lets you preview what your login screen will look like. Once you’re satisfied, click the ‘Change background’ button and wait for the app to confirm the change.
It looks flawless;
We didn’t observe any problems after making this change. The lock screen was a bit slow to roll away when we hit the escape key but it’s likely an isolated case or a result of other tinkering done to the OS. The developer posted this small app on My Digital Life forums where you will need to sign in to view the post. We’ve provided the download link below to make it easier for you to download.
This Broke Windows – Help!
A recent update has resulted in Windows 10 no longer logging in for about 50% users. We checked out the latest one and what worked for us was resetting the PC. To do so, tap the F8 key until you see the Troubleshoot option. Go to Advanced Options and then reset your PC. After the PC was reset (all files and apps were duly retained), we ran the app again and it didn’t produce the same problem.
The Developer’s Solution
The developer has posted this solution for those experiencing the problem. It’s probably a good idea not to try the app again after you get your system back until this issue has been resolved.
- While booting Windows, force restart your computer three times. To force restart, hold down your power button until the computer shuts down. Then turn on your computer again.
- Click Advanced Options > Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Command Prompt
- Type in echo list volume | diskpart and find your Windows drive letter.
- Type in [win]:
[win] would be your Windows drive letter (lowercase).
- Type in [win]:
- Type in cd SystemResourcesWindows.UI.Logon
- Type in del Windows.UI.Logon.pri
- Type in copy Windows.UI.Logon.pri.bak Windows.UI.Logon.pri
- Reboot into Windows and login.
20 – How To View Passwords For WiFi Networks In Windows 10
If you ever needed to look-up the password to your WiFi network on Windows 7, all you had to do was click the WiFi icon in the system tray, and from the pop-up menu, right-click on the network you wanted to view the password for to get to its properties. Inside the properties window, was a Security tab where you could check the WiFi password. Come Windows 10 and this option, while not lost, has become much harder to access. Here’s how you can view the password for known WiFi networks in Windows 10.
If you click on the WiFi icon in the system tray in Windows 10, a panel opens listing all available networks (known and unknown). You can only choose a network to connect to but not view the network properties. The network properties is where the password is stored and can be viewed.
To get to the properties window for the WiFi network you’re currently connected to, right-click the WiFi icon in the system tray and select ‘Open Network and Sharing Center’.
This will open the Network settings in the Control Panel desktop app. It’s worth mentioning here that the Network & Internet group of settings in the Settings app do not allow you to view WiFi passwords which is a bummer to say the least. It could have been much easier to do this if the option were present in the Settings app.
In the Control Panel desktop app, click the network you’re connected to. It should appear as a link next to the Connections field (see screenshot below).
Clicking the network will open a Status window for that network. Under the Connection section, click the Wireless Properties button to get to the wireless network properties. Go to the Security tap and click on ‘Show characters’ to view the password.
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