Windows 10 Tips and Tricks 2021: Start Menu and Multi-Tasking

Windows 10 is the latest and most popular Operating System from Microsoft. It was released on July 29, 2015, as a part of the Windows NT family of Operating Systems. After this Microsoft says that this is the most latest version of Windows from Us. This OS got many updates from a time now it has most active users from all around the world. Though many people found hacks and shortcut keys for this OS. So now let’s take a look at Windows 10 Tips and Tricks 2021.

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Windows 10 has many secrets in it’s. Many people found that this OS is very easy and user friendly for us. In this article, we will discuss some popular tips and tricks of Windows 10 as 2021 series. So let’s find some cool features of this OS.

1. Windows 10 Tips and Tricks 2021

There are many secrets of Windows 10 but we will discuss some popular and those which you do not have knowledge of. Initially, only 10 secrets for all of you after that more secrets will be added bit by bit. This will help you to become Pro in Windows 10.

List of Tips and Tricks 2021 in this article.

  1. Minimize all windows except active on
  2. Open the ‘Secret’ Start Menu
  3. Create an event without opening the Calendar app
  4. Take a quick screenshot
  5. Open items on Taskbar with Keyboard shortcut keys
  6. Check the much-taking space apps
  7. Get rid of Ads in Start Menu
  8. Shut down Background apps
  9. Use background scrolling
  10. Set file extensions in File Explorer

2. Detailed list of all Secrets in Windows 10

2.1. Minimize all windows except active on

Minimize all windows except active on
Minimize all windows except active on

If your desktop screen has gotten too much filled with open windows, you can quickly minimize them all except the one you are currently working in.

To do this simply click the title bar of the window you want to remain open to select it. Then, hold the mouse down and move the window back and forth quickly — shaking it, essentially. After a couple of quick shakes, all other open windows will minimize, leaving only the one you’ve shaken open.

2.2. Open the ‘Secret’ Start Menu

Secret Start Menu in Windows 10
Secret Start Menu in Windows 10

Did you know that Windows 10 has a secret start menu? You can open the simple or main Start menu in Windows any version. But Windows 10 includes a lesser-known second Start menu that makes accessing important features like the Command Prompt, the Control Panel, and the Task Manager much easier. You can access it two different ways, either by pressing the Windows key + X or right-click the Windows icon/Start button.

2.3. Create an event without opening the Calendar app

Create and event without opening the Calendar app
Create an event without opening the Calendar app

In Windows 10 latest version we can create an Event without opening the Calendar app. This is a very good and quick step from Microsoft.

  1. On your Taskbar, click the box with the time and date in it in the right corner.
  2. Click the date when you want to schedule an event.
  3. Enter the event name, time, and location. (If you have multiple calendars, click the down arrow next to the event name field to choose the one you want to add them to.

2.4. Take a quick screenshot

Take a quick Screenshot in Windows 10
Take a quick Screenshot in Windows 10

As we know it’s a basic one — but you will be amazed to know that Microsoft added a new option in Windows 10 to take a screenshot.

There are at least eight different ways you can take a screenshot with Windows 10. If you want to capture and save a picture of your entire screen, the easiest way is to hit the Windows key + Print Screen key, and that picture will be saved to the Pictures > Screenshots folder.

To capture just one part of your screen, hit the Windows key + Shift + S to open a tool called Snip & Sketch, which allows you to click and drag to create a screenshot, which is saved to your Clipboard.

2.5. Open items on Taskbar with Keyboard shortcut keys

Open items on Taskbar with Keyboard shortcut keys
Open items on Taskbar with Keyboard shortcut keys

If you’ve pinned programs to your Taskbar at the bottom of your screen to create a shortcut, you don’t have to click the icons to open them. Instead, use the keyboard shortcut Windows key + [Number key], with the number key corresponding to the position of the program on the Taskbar. For example, Windows key + 2 will open the second item on the Taskbar.

This is especially useful if you’re typing furiously and don’t want to lift your fingers from the keyboard. It may feel more natural to reach for the Windows key.

2.6. Check the much-taking space apps

Check the much-taking space apps windows 10
Check the much-taking space apps windows 10

Computers start running slower as they grow short on space. One quick way to speed them up maybe to get rid of apps that take up more space than they should, especially if you don’t regularly use them.

To see how much space an app uses, navigate to Settings > System > Storage. Click on the drive you want to search (likely the local storage, “This PC”), and click Apps & games to see a list of apps installed on your machine and how much space they are taking up. You probably won’t get rid of your browser, but you might find that a game you haven’t played in years is some good dead weight to drop.

See Also: How to free up storage in Windows 10

2.7. Get rid of Ads in Start Menu

Get rid of Ads on Start Menu in Windows 10
Get rid of Ads on Start Menu in Windows 10

When you run Windows 10 with default settings, you may sometimes see apps on the right side of your Start menu. Microsoft calls them “suggestions,” but they are actually ads for Windows Store apps you can buy.

To get rid of the ads in your Windows 10 Start menu, go to Settings > Personalization > Start. Toggle the setting called Show suggestions occasionally in Start to the off position.

2.8. Shut down Background apps

Stop background apps in Windows 10
Stop background apps in Windows 10

Apps that run in the background can receive info, send notifications, and stay updated, even when you aren’t using them — which can be useful but can also suck your battery and your data if you’re connecting via a mobile hotspot.

To control which apps are running in the background and save some battery power and data, go to Settings > Privacy > Background apps. To stop all apps from running in the background, toggle Let apps run in the background to Off. Or, you can choose which apps to run in the background individually by going down the list on the same page.

2.9. Use background scrolling

Shut down Background apps
Shut down Background apps

With Windows 10, you can scroll up and down on any window — even if it’s not the one you’re directly working in. This is a useful tool when you have a lot of windows open that you want to look through at the same time — for example if you want to open new sub-menu options in new windows to save you time clicking back and forward on the same page.

Try opening two programs — say, an internet browser page and a notepad or Word document. Arrange both on the screen so you can see at least some of the text on each. While you are in one window, hover your mouse or use the touchpad to move to the second window, and scroll. Even though you aren’t active in that window, it should allow you to move up and down the page.

The feature should be on by default, but if it isn’t, go to Settings > Devices > Mouse, and toggle Scroll inactive windows when I hover over them to On. Then you can place your mouse over a window that’s in the background and use the scroll wheel to scroll.

2.10. Set file extensions in File Explorer

Set file extensions in File Explorer
Set file extensions in File Explorer

Microsoft hides file extensions by default, which makes life difficult for people who need to look for specific types of files, like JPEGs and JPGs. To see file extensions in File Explorer, do the following:

  1. Go to the Search bar at the bottom of the screen, and type in File Explorer Options, and click it. (There are a number of other ways to get here too, but that one seems fastest.)
  2. In the window that pops up, click the View tab.
  3. Uncheck the box that says Hide extensions for known file types. Click Apply, and OK. You should now see file extensions for all files in File Explorer.

You can also use the File Explorer Options menu to choose to show empty drives, hidden files and folders, and more.

3. More Useful Tips or Secrets

Are you looking for more useful tips for your Windows 10, Then must take a look at these secrets.

  1. Stop the hesitated Apps with Focus assist
  2. Enhanced Windows Search
  3. Shake-Away the Mess
  4. Rotate Your Screen
  5. Enable Slide to Shutdown
  6. Enable ‘God Mode’
  7. Drag to Pin Windows
  8. Quickly Jump Between Virtual Desktops
  9. Customize the Command Prompt
  10. Nearby Sharing

3.1. Stop the hesitated Apps with Focus assist

Stop the hesitated Apps with Focus assist
Stop the hesitated Apps with Focus assist

It’s frustrating to try and get work done when you keep getting interrupted by notifications. You can determine how many you get with Focus assist, a tool Windows 10 added in the April 2018 update.

Set it up by going to Settings > System > Focus assist. Choose from three options: Off (get all notifications from your apps and contacts), Priority (see only selected notifications from a priority list that you customize, and send the rest to your action center), and Alarms only (hide all notifications, except for alarms).

You can also choose to automatically turn this feature on during certain hours, or when you’re playing a game.

For more Windows 10 laptop tips and tricks, check out how to fix a slow PC yourself, and 6 simple security changes all Windows 10 users need to make.

3.2. Enhanced Windows Search

Enhanced Windows Search
Enhanced Windows Search

If searches are taking too long in Windows, you can narrow things down a bit thanks to the May 2020 Update. Under Settings > Search > Searching Windows set the search to Classic, which only applies to Libraries and Desktop, or chooses Enhanced indexing to search the whole computer. A new algorithm also helps Windows adjust when it’s working, using fewer resources while gaming or when disk usage is over 80 percent.

3.3. Shake-Away the Mess

Shake-Away the Mess
Shake-Away the Mess

This feature actually debuted in Windows 7, but many people don’t know about it or use it (but they should—it’s cool!). If you have a display full of windows, clear the clutter by grabbing the top of the window you do like and “shaking” it to minimize all the other windows. Suddenly having shaker’s remorse? Shake again and the windows will come back.

3.4. Rotate Your Screen

Rotate your screen in Windows 10
Rotate your screen in Windows 10

If you use multiple displays, this feature allows you to orient a particular monitor to fit your needs. The quickest way to do this is to simultaneously press and hold Ctrl + Alt together, then use a directional arrow to flip the screen. The right and left arrows turn the screen 90 degrees, while the down arrow will flip it upside down. Use the up arrow to bring the screen back to its normal position.

These key commands only work with certain computers, so if you can’t get them to work, you can go through Settings > System > Display, or right-click on the desktop and choose Display Settings to get there faster. Choose an option from the Display Orientation drop-down menu to turn your page around in all sorts of ways.

3.5. Enable Slide to Shutdown

Enable Slide to Shutdown
Enable Slide to Shutdown

This trick is complicated and probably not worth the effort for what you get out of it, but you can use it to slide your computer to the off position. Right-click on the desktop and select New > Shortcut. In the ensuing pop-up window, paste the following line of code:


This creates a clickable icon on your desktop, which you can rename. Right-click the file and enter Properties to add a shortcut key or double-click the file to run the program. This prompts a pull-down shade to appear, which you can drag with the mouse down to the bottom of the screen. Keep in mind, this is shut down, not sleep.

3.6. Enable ‘God Mode’

Activate God Mode in Windows 10
Activate God Mode in Windows 10

Are you a power user who wants access to your PC’s nitty-gritty? “God mode” is for you. Right-click on the desktop and select New > Folder. Re-name the new folder with this bit of code:


To enter the “God Mode” window, double-click the folder and go nuts.

3.7. Drag to Pin Windows

Pin your files to Start Menu Easily!
Pin your files to Start Menu Easily!

This feature was available as far back as Windows 7 but has some extras in Windows 10. Grab any window and drag it to the side, where it will “fit” to half the screen. You also have the option of dragging the window to any corner to have the window take over a quarter of the screen instead of half.

If you’re using multiple screens, drag to a border corner and wait for a prompt signal to let you know if the window will open in that corner. You can prompt similar behaviour by using the Windows key plus any of the directional arrow buttons.

3.8. Quickly Jump Between Virtual Desktops

Quickly Jump Between Virtual Desktops
Quickly Jump Between Virtual Desktops

Do you like to multitask on your PC? In Windows 10, Microsoft finally provided out-of-the-box access to virtual desktops. So now you can really multitask.

To try it out, click on Task View (the icon next to the search box). This will separate all your open windows and apps into icons. You can then drag any of them over to where it says “New desktop,” which creates a new virtual desktop. This would allow you to, say, separate your work apps, personal apps, and social media into different desktops.

Once you click out of Task View, you can toggle between virtual desktops by pressing the Windows key + Ctrl + right/left arrows. To remove the virtual desktops, just go back into task view and delete the individual virtual desktops—this will not close out the apps contained within that desktop, but rather just send them to the next lower desktop.

While you’re here, you should notice that Windows saves a timeline on all your app activity on this page. You can save up to 30 days of activity when signed in with a Microsoft Account. Click on an activity and open it back like just like the day you were using it.

3.9. Customize the Command Prompt

Customize the Command Prompt
Customize the Command Prompt

This feature will probably only be useful to a narrow niche of users, but if you like to dig your virtual fingers into the innards of Windows via the Command Prompt, Windows 10 provides a few customization options.

To access the Command Prompt interface in Windows 10, click on the Windows menu and type “Command Prompt” to bring up quick access to the desktop app. Click the icon to open the Command Prompt, then right-click at the top of the window and choose Properties.

This pop-up window allows you to personalize the experience by changing the font, layout, colours, and more of the Command Prompt. You can also turn the window transparent by opening the Colors tab and moving the Opacity slider. This feature lets you code away in the Command Prompt while simultaneously observing the desktop.

3.10. Nearby Sharing

Nearby Sharing in Windows 10
Nearby Sharing in Windows 10

In an open document or photo, you can share the file directly with nearby devices the same way Apple’s AirDrop works. Click the Share icon atop your doc or photo toolbar to open the panel, and then click Turn On Nearby Sharing to see which nearby recipients are in range.

Control this feature by going into Settings > System > Shared Experiences to turn Nearby Sharing on and off. You can also set it to share with anyone or only your devices for easy file transfer.

4. Must Know the Secrets

Here you can find must know the secrets of Windows 10. These tips will help you to gain more access to this OS.

  1. Cloud Clipboard
  2. Dark Mode and Light Mode
  3. Stop Typing, Start Dictating
  4. Test Files and Apps in the Sandbox
  5. Hidden Game Bar
  6. Press Pause On Updates
  7. Cloud Reset
  8. Unlock Kaimoji and Symbols
  9. Take Measurements
  10. Show Desktop Button

4.1. Cloud Clipboard

Cloud Clipboard in Windows 10
Cloud Clipboard in Windows 10

The Windows clipboard had not changed much until the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, allowing you to save multiple items at once and paste across devices. Open Settings > System > Clipboard and turn on Clipboard History to start doing more. Check out our full guide for how to use it.

4.2. Dark Mode and Light Mode

Dark mode in Windows 10
Dark mode in Windows 10

Windows 10 gives you a significant amount of control over colour themes. Open Settings > Personalization > Colors and you can set the operating system to either dark mode or light mode. These themes change the colour of the Start menu, taskbar, action centre, File Explorer, settings menus, and any other programs that are compliant with these palette changes.

There is also a custom option that will let you set one theme for Windows menus and another for apps. Want a little more colour? There are swatches of colour themes available to choose from that can help your menus and taskbars really pop.

4.3. Stop Typing, Start Dictating

Dictating in Windows 10
Dictating in Windows 10

Speech recognition has always been a strong suit for Microsoft, but recent Windows 10 releases have made it almost second nature. At any time you can use the Windows Key-H hotkey combination to pop up a box that records your voice through your Windows machine’s microphone and dictates the speech in your current text field. You’ll still need to type manual punctuation, but save yourself some typing by dictating emails, messages, and more.

4.4. Test Files and Apps in the Sandbox

Windows 10 SandBox
Windows 10 SandBox

Windows 10 Pro users have an extra asset to protect them against dangerous apps and files. If you enable Windows Sandbox inside the Control Panel, it will create a virtual instance of Windows inside Windows. You can then safely open anything you’re not sure about before introducing it to your actual Windows installation. Once you close out of Sandbox, everything inside it goes away without hurting your computer.

4.5. Hidden Game Bar

Hidden Game Bar in Windows 10
Hidden Game Bar in Windows 10

Using the Windows key + G command, you can pull up the new-and-improved Game Bar. This lets you switch your Windows PC into gaming mode (which pools system resources to the game, turns off notifications, and lets you record and broadcast your gaming), along with added panels for controlling your audio, monitoring FPS, and tracking achievements.

You can also go to Settings > Gaming and configure custom keyboard shortcuts for turning your microphone, screen capture, recording timer, and more on and off while gaming. And be sure to check out our roundup of the Best PC Games.

4.6. Press Pause On Updates

How to Pause updates in Windows 10 by 9Creators
How to Pause updates in Windows 10 by 9Creators

We all know updates are important. They give your OS the latest features, security patches, and more. But sometimes you just want Windows to leave you alone without those incessant pop-ups. With the May 2019 Update, go to Settings > Updates and Security > Windows Update and you can pause upcoming feature updates. Options vary based on which version of Windows 10 you have (Home vs. Pro), but here’s a rundown.

See Also: How to Pause updates in Windows 10

4.7. Cloud Reset

Cloud Reset in Windows 10
Cloud Reset in Windows 10

Microsoft introduced a new cloud-based reset feature that should help users when Windows crashes. If there’s no recovery drive or USB drive to reset the operating system, you can do it remotely. The option re-installs the same version of Windows previously running, but it will still require removing all your apps and personal files. You can find this option under Settings > Update & Security > Recovery.

4.8. Unlock Kaimoji and Symbols

Kaomoji and Symbols in Windows 10
Kaomoji and Symbols in Windows 10

Hit Windows Key-Period(.) to pop up an expanded bottom-right menu of emojis, “Kaimoji” characters built from Unicode characters, and a wide array of miscellaneous symbols.

4.9. Take Measurements

Take Measurements in Windows 10
Take Measurements in Windows 10

Windows has several built-in apps that may look useless but offer helpful hidden features. For instance, the Calculator app can also calculate the difference between two dates and convert basically any unit of measure, including time, energy, temperature, mass, and even currency.

The Alarms & Clock app can calculate the time difference between two locations, even into the future. Open the app, click the Clock tab, and select the + icon at the bottom to add locations. Click the Compare icon to open a timeline. As you scroll across the timeline, the time changes on the map points, allowing you to keep track of time differences more easily.

4.10. Show Desktop Button

Show Desktop button in the Taskbar in Windows 10
Show Desktop button in the Taskbar in Windows 10

Dating back to Windows 7, the Show Desktop button is a handy little feature. On the bottom-right corner of the desktop is a secret button. Don’t see it? Look all the way to the bottom and right, beyond the date and time. There you’ll find a small little sliver of an invisible button. Click it to minimize all your open windows at once.

There’s also the option to have windows minimize when you hover over this button versus clicking. Select your preference in Settings > Personalization > Taskbar, then flip the switch under “Use peek to preview the desktop.”


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