6 Tips and Tricks for Windows 10

Windows 10 is currently undergoing testing in a pre-release mode called a “Technical Preview”. While Windows 10 testing can be difficult, it can also be fun. Here are some possibly little-known tricks and tips for using this experimental operating system from Microsoft.

  1. Experiential Mode in Internet Explorer – By opening your Internet Explorer in Windows 10, you can type the phrase “about:flags” into the address bar and be greeted with some experimental setting to try. Use caution or you may find IE is useless.
  2. Cortana – You can enable or disable her various feature in Setting, including enabling or disabling her ability to hear you speak.
  3. Office 2016 – You can download free “preview” version of some of the Office products for evaluation, if you want to give the tough-enabled features a run on your tablet. Just open the beta Store application and download the free applications to your device.
  4. Command Line – You can now use the powerful new copy and paste features of the command line tool. Now Ctrl-c and Ctrl-v work just like in any other Windows application.
  5. God Mode – The legendary GodMode, a hidden standard for Windows power users, makes an appearance in Windows 10. Just create a new folder and rename it to following:GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} Don’t forget the period after “GodMode”, and you can later rename the “GodMode” portion whatever you’d like if you want another name for the folder.
  6. Offline Maps – You now have the ability to store offline maps for use when the internet isn’t available. Click the Settings icon in Maps, then select Download or update maps under the “Offline maps” header.

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