In the previous parts 1 and 2, I have shared some of the internet hacks and useful skills that you can quickly learn within 1 minute each. If you haven’t read it, I suggest you read it first. Here’s the link:
- 10 Awesome Tricks to Learn within 10 Minutes: Part 1
- 10 Awesome Tricks to Learn within 10 Minutes: Part 2
Most of the user across the world use Windows PC. So in this post, I will be sharing some of the useful computer tricks that you can efficiently perform on your Windows PC. Without wasting any time let’s get started.
- 10 Awesome Window Tricks to Learn
- 1. Creating a Shortcut
- 2. Change Color in Command Prompt
- 3. Search Everything
- 4. Hide Taskbar
- 5. Manage Startup Program
- 6. Cleaning Temporary Files to Speed Up
- 7. Using Disk Cleanup wizard
- 8. Disable Jump List
- 9. Change Folder Icon
- 10. Create a System Restore
- Wrapping Up
10 Awesome Window Tricks to Learn
1. Creating a Shortcut
Navigating inside drive or folders again and again to access a file is a tedious task and time consuming too. You can save the pain and your time by just creating a shortcut on your Desktop and access it with just one click. Here’s how you can easily create a shortcut.
Right Click on your Desktop and go to New and then click on Shortcut.
Now, click on Browse. Then Navigate through your drives and select the Folder whose shortcut you want to create and click Next.
Finally, type the appropriate name for your shortcut and then click on Finish.
When you click on this shortcut, it will open the original folder. You can also create a shortcut for any programs like mentioned above. Instead of selecting any folder, you can choose an application to create its shortcut.
2. Change Color in Command Prompt
Tired of the command prompt black and white interface? If so, then it’s time for you to change its look with this cool computer tricks. You can quickly change its background and text color with few lines of code for temporarily. You can also change it permanently if you like.
Temporary Color Change:
Open Command Prompt and Type the following:
(letter case doesn’t matter)
It will show you the color code available for you and the necessary guidelines.
Type the following to change the command prompt color:color [color code for background][color code for text]
For Example: C:\> color 2f . This makes the background green (2) and text white (f) as shown below.
Permanent Color Change:
Right Click on the top of Command Prompt and select Properties as shown below.
Then switch to Color tab and define the color as per your desire. You can also set your custom color for Screen Text, Screen Background, Popup Text, and Popup background by determining Red Green and Blue values.
While changing the color value, you can see the live preview. You can always change to default color but make sure you remember.
3. Search Everything
This one is one of my favorite tool which has eased the pain of searching files. Everything Search Engine helps to locate files and folder locally. It is a light size program about 500 KB with a quick and easy installation. It allows fast file indexing and searching with minimal resource usage.
4. Hide Taskbar
Windows enable us to hide your Taskbar so that others can’t see what we are doing. It’s often useful when someone suddenly enters your room, and you don’t want them to know what you were doing at the moment. To hide the Taskbar, follow the given steps:
Right Click on Taskbar and select Properties.
Now, check the “Auto-hide the taskbar” and click on Apply and then OK.
Now, the Taskbar will hide automatically and will show only when you move the mouse cursor towards downward.
5. Manage Startup Program
When your operating system starts, it loads a bunch of programs that you have installed. If some applications in a Startup are more, then startup time for your OS is increased significantly. Also, not all the programs that start during OS startup are necessary. Thus, you can disable some of the unnecessary programs to boost your startup speed. Here how you can efficiently manage your startup programs:
Right Click on Taskbar and Select Task Manager or merely press Shift + Ctrl + Esc (shortcut for Task Manager).
Now go to Startup tab and select any programs from the list and click on Disable button located at the bottom.
6. Cleaning Temporary Files to Speed Up
You should clean your temporary files to save some space. I had previously written a detailed post on how you can quickly clean your PC. Cleaning temporary file is straightforward and can be done as follows:
Go to Run ( Winkey + R ) and type “%temp%‘ and hit Enter. It will open a folder with all temporary files.
Now press Ctrl+A to select all the files and folder and press Delete key on your keyboard and then Continue. Some of the files might not be deleted as they might be being used; in that case, you can merely escape those files.
7. Using Disk Cleanup wizard
Disk clean up lets you to clean temporary files, internet files, error reporting, thumbnails and many more of a specific drive. You can also save lots of space by deleting unnecessary files. It won’t hamper your system performance while cleaning through disk cleanup wizard. To get started with disk cleanup wizard:
Hit Window key and start typing “disk clean“. You will see some options. Select “Free up disk space by deleting unnecessary files“.
Now you will be asked to select a drive on which you want to perform this operation. I will go with C: drive. It takes some time to scan the drive. Then you will see the dialog box similar at the bottom. Check the required box which you want to clean. You can also click on “Clean up system files” to scan in depth to clean C: drive.
8. Disable Jump List
Jump List is a feature introduced in Windows that allows you to view recent documents in a program that is pinned to your taskbar. To do this, right-click on any program that has an icon in the taskbar, and it will bring up a list of recently modified documents within that program.
This feature is handy, but I don’t prefer it due to privacy concern. If you want to disable this feature:
Right Click on Taskbar and Select Properties. Now go to the “Jump Lists” tab and uncheck those two boxes. Then click Apply and OK.
9. Change Folder Icon
In Windows, you can change the default icon of a folder and select any from its icon list. After learning this computer tricks, you can use different icons for different folders which will make it distinct from other folders and you can easily recognize it even without reading its name. To change the folder icon:
Right Click on Folder and Select Properties. Navigate to the “Customize” tab. Hit the “Change Icon” button located at the bottom.
A dialog box with a list of icons will appear. Select any icon among them and click OK. Then finally click Apply and OK to change the folder’s icon.
10. Create a System Restore
System Restore is a feature in Microsoft Windows that allows the user to revert their computer’s state (including system files, installed applications, Windows Registry, and system settings) to that of a previous point in time, which can be used to recover from system malfunctions or other problems. If you have a restore point created, you can quickly revert to the previous state if your PC isn’t working properly. To create a System Restore position:
Hit Window key and type Recovery and select “Recovery” from that option. You can access Recovery from Control Panel in other Windows versions.
Creating a System Restore Point
Click on “Configure System Restore“.
A dialog box will appear with “System Protection” tab active. Click on the “Create” button located at the bottom to create a restore point.
You will be asked to enter a name. I suggest you stick with the name that mentions Date, Month and Year.
Restoring Using a System Restore Point
Inside the Recovery, click on “Open System Restore” and select “Choose a different restore point“. Then click Next.
You will see lists of an available restore point. The system also makes a restore point from time to time but manual restore point is more reliable. Select any Restore point and click Next and then Finish to start restoring to the previous state.
I hope these tech tricks will be useful for you. I will post some more in the future. If you have any queries or suggestions, please forward them to us through comments. You can also share some tricks with us.