We all know Windows 10 has lots of capabilities that most people don’t even know exist. This checklist is a handy way to identify the teams in your business that could benefit from some new tools and techniques.
Once you’ve filled it out, you can email each user, showing them how to take advantage of Windows’ hidden features
WHAT IT IS Windows Sandbox provides a virtual machine environment you can use to download and test software and suspicious files separate from your regular operating system. It works as a “window inside a window”, which enables you to drag and drop safefiles from the Sandbox window onto your normal desktop. WHERE TO FIND IT: Start > Apps > Windows accessories
WHAT IT IS Windows Timeline enables you to group related apps you’ve used in the past to create “activities”. This makes it easy to access apps you frequently use to complete certain tasks or workflows, boosting productivity for any employee who completes repetitive tasks or needs repeated access to a certain set of documents. WHERE TO FIND IT: Taskbar > Task view OR Windows key + Tab
WHAT IT IS Microsoft 10 has taken the copy-and-paste function to the cloud. It enables multitaskers to share content copied to the clipboard across Windows 10 devices. You can also hold multiple passages of text and images on the clipboard, and the Pin function allows you to retain pinned items in the clipboard. WHERE TO FIND IT: Start > Settings > System > Clipboard > Sync across devices/Clipboard history
Your Phone Companion
WHAT IT IS Strengthen the link between your smartphone and your Windows 10 PC with the Your Phone Companion app. It enables you to view and manage notifications, text messages and images on your PC. WHERE TO FIND IT: In the Microsoft store.
Snip & Sketch
WHAT IT IS Take a screenshot of any portion of your screen with the upgraded Snip & Sketch tool. The screenshot will be automatically copied to your clipboard and available to share with other Windows 10 devices via Cloud Clipboard. WHERE TO FIND IT: Press Windows key + Shift + S
WHAT IT IS Many organisations are banning the use of flash drives due to the security risks they pose. Thankfully, Near Share is here to replace those once-prevalent gadgets. Use it to wirelessly share URLs and files with Windows 10 devices that are within range. It works via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and automatically selects the available channel, with recipients getting a pop-up notification. WHERE TO FIND IT: Enable Near Share in “System > Shared experiences”, then open Share in Microsoft Edge or File Explorer.
Controlled Folder Access
WHAT IT IS Windows 10 is combating ransomware attacks with Controlled Folder Access. It prevents malicious apps from making unauthorised changes to your files and folders. Manually select folders to be protected and grant access to trusted software. WHERE TO FIND IT: Windows Security > Virus & threat protection > Manage ransomware protection
WHAT IT IS Don’t suffer from desktop clutter any longer. The Shake features allows you to instantly close superfluous windows. Just grab the title bar of the window you want to keep open and give it a shake to close all other windows. Shake it again to reopen the windows. WHERE TO FIND IT: To enable Aero Shake, search for “edit local group policy”, then navigate to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Desktop. Open the “Turn off Aero Shake” window and click “enable”.
Secret Start Menu
WHAT IT IS Enjoy much easier access to administrative tools like the Command Prompt, Control Panel and Task Manager via the Secret Start Menu. It also displays more shutdown options and gives you access to Power Options. WHERE TO FIND IT: Right-click the Windows Start button.
WHAT IT IS Speech recognition has been given a 21st-century makeover in Windows 10. It’s so good you might be tempted to throw away your keyboard. Just press the Windows key + H in any text field and Cortana will start taking dictation. WHERE TO FIND IT: Settings > Time & Language > Speech
Make sure your organisation is getting the best productivity bang for its Windows 10 buck by helping your teams get on top of its hidden features and capabilities. Please contact Ultimate IT today on 1300 858 468 for more information on enabling Windows 10 hidden features.