Windows 10 power users and beginners can benefit from customizing the latest version of Microsoft's operating system to suit their unique needs. Whether removing an unwanted app, tweaking the Windows taskbar, or replacing the Microsoft Edge browser with another browser such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, there are dozens of ways to make any Windows installation more efficient and user-friendly.
With so many ways to optimize Windows 10, it can be difficult to know where to start, especially when tweaks involve hidden features. That's why TechRepublic, CNET's sister CBS Interactive website, has put together dozens of Windows tips, shortcuts, start button tricks and more into several handy PDF ebooks. You can access all of these Windows 10 customization guides by clicking the links below and signing up for a free TechRepublic account.
This free PDF ebook goes through a number of Windows 10 tips and tricks that let you customize the operating system to fit your specific needs. You will learn how to hack the Windows 10 taskbar, modify the Windows 10 View desktop button, change the Start menu and add a slider-to-shutdown feature for a Windows computer, add file or folder ownership to Windows Explorer with the registry editor, improve the search box by adding the People app to your taskbar, enabling active language startup mode, activating new clipboard features, enabling speech recognition and more.
The default configuration for Microsoft Windows 10 is adequate for most situations, but for many of us there are always some adjustments that can and should be made. Unfortunately, as with previous versions of Windows, Windows 10 configuration settings can be difficult to find because they are often hidden on an unclear ribbon or buried on the control panel. This list of 20 Windows 10 tricks, tweaks and simple hacks to help you increase Windows 10 performance and customize your experience. You learn how to speed up Windows by maximizing CPU performance, pinning File Explorer searches, removing Windows.old, optimizing OneDrive cloud storage, changing if you installed an app, creating a custom shortcut to quickly open a movie folder, disabling Microsoft Office installation prompt, change notifications using Windows 10 Action Center, protect your privacy when you say "Hey Cortana" and more.
This collection of Windows 10 tips by award-winning tech writer Ed Bott will help you get more from Windows 10 than previous versions and save time on various daily tasks. This PDF ebook contains 10 key Windows shortcuts that give you quick access to features like Task Manager or File Explorer. You will learn which Windows key combinations eliminate the need to click with the mouse when you want to open apps like Windows Settings or the Quick Link menu. Ed also shows you how to encrypt removable storage devices connected to the USB ports, such as a USB flash drive or external hard drive, guides you by customizing the Send To drop-down menu, shows how to free up disk space by doing more with Disk Cleanup than just emptying trash and delete temporary files, manage your Windows licenses from the Command Prompt window, understand how your computer handles power with the command prompt, take control of your passwords in Internet Explorer and Edge, and so much more.
Like older versions of Windows, Windows 10 comes with pre-installed software, and if you have Windows 10 Pro installed, you may have run out of games and apps that appeared on your Home screen. Here are some ways to keep Candy Crush, Soda Saga, Bubble Witch 3 Saga, March of Empires and similar apps installed on your Windows devices, whether they are a desktop, laptop or tablet.
Whether you choose to upgrade to Windows 10 from an older version of Windows or if it came installed on a new machine, every installation of Windows 10 includes a huge collection of built-in apps. Some are Universal apps that are updated from the Microsoft Store. Others are older apps that hang around because other apps expect them to be there. If you prefer a neat system, many of these Windows apps can be uninstalled, especially if you prefer a third-party option. This ebook offers tips and tricks for uninstalling unwanted programs from Windows 10.