Uncover Windows 10 Most Useful Features Today

Today let’s talk about the
best features for Windows 10. I’m going to cover 10 tips and tricks that will make your life a lot easier. I’m pretty sure you’re
going to find something new here ’cause some of
these are what I consider hidden features in Windows
10 and I have no clue about them for the longest
time, but they made a big difference for me once
I found out about them. (soft music) Before we get started a brief thanks to Skillshare for
sponsoring today’s video. Skillshare is the learning platform with lots of great classes
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my tips for Windows 10. Number one, enjoy next level
pasting with clipboard history. Everyone knows about copying
and pasting with the shortcuts, control C and control V, right, but did you know that you
aren’t limited to pasting just the last thing you
copied to the clipboard? With clipboard history you
can save multiple copied items and use them anytime you want. So for example, I’m doing some research and I copied different parts of this text with Control C. Then I go back to my document, but instead of control
V which would only paste the last copied item,
I press the Windows key and V to access the clipboard history. There I can see all the entries
I copied and I can select which one I want to paste. Isn’t that great? No more flipping back and
forth between applications to copy and paste each bit separately and no more accidentally
losing some copied text because you forgot to paste
and copy something new over it. You can copy text HTML and bitmaps up to four megabytes per item. You may have to activate clipboard history in the settings first. To do that, just press the windows key and type in clipboard settings. Here, make sure clipboard
history is turned on. The other setting here, sync
across devices allows you to share copied text across
any of your windows devices as long as you’re signed in
to the same Microsoft account. So turn that one on if you’re
working on different devices. One more great feature, let’s say you have some
items on your clipboard that you use frequently
and you’d like to be able to reuse these even after
rebooting your computer. No problem for clipboard
history, you can pin these items. Just click the ellipsis and select pin. They’ll still be there
the next time you log in. The unpinned items on
your clipboard history are cleared every time
you restart your PC. Only those items you
pinned are going to remain on the clipboard. Number two, stay safe with Sandbox. Sandbox is another exciting new feature that was introduced
with an update in 2019. It offers a separate testing
environment to try out software or download apps from websites that you’re not so sure about. Sandbox is part of the
Pro and Enterprise edition of Windows 10 so unfortunately
it’s not available in Windows 10 Home. Sandbox is like a virtual PC that’s built right into
your Operating System. This way you can run
programs or access websites in a safe zone without
affecting your system. For example, let’s say
you received a utility that you’re not sure if it’s malware. With Sandbox, so you can try
it without risk of getting a virus or malware on your
computer because the wires will be contained in that Sandbox. Sandbox isn’t turned on by default, so you have to activate it first. To do that, type in windows
features in the search. Scroll down and check the
box next to Window Sandbox. Click okay and it’s
going to get activated. To start Sandbox, open the Start menu and type in Sandbox in the search. Then all you have to do is copy and paste the file that you want to run in Sandbox. You can safely open it and
check if everything is okay or use edge to check
out some dodgy website you’re not sure about
to make sure it’s safe. When you’re done just close
Sandbox and all the content there is going to be wiped out. So even if the Sandbox
is compromised next time you start it up again, it’s
going to give you a brand new box to play with,
but be aware that Sandbox only gives you an Operating
System with a browser, none of the other third party applications are going to be available in Sandbox. So you can’t copy an office
attachments that you received into the Sandbox and open it there because you won’t have
Office in the Sandbox. You can install apps, but
you’re going to have to install them again next time you
open up a new Sandbox. So keep that in mind. Number three, split your
world with virtual desktop. So let’s say you’re working on a project and you have several apps
open, then an appointment pops up reminding you that
you need to join a video conference to present a status update. When you share your screen,
you don’t want everyone to see all the other
files you’re working on. And you don’t want to
close them either because it’s going to take some
time to get it all set up again, once you’re done
with your phone call. The solution is to switch to another clean temporary workspace, which is also called a Virtual Desktop. Click on Task View under
task bar and then on the Plus New Desktop or use the
shortcut key Windows Control D. This way you get an empty workspace. You can create several
of these virtual desktops and to switch between
them, use a shortcut key Windows Control and the arrow keys. Another practical application for this is to have a desktop for
private or fun activities like games or research for vacation and another one for
professional applications. This way, one doesn’t
interfere with the other and in case the boss
drops play unexpectedly while you’re in your
private world at work, you can easily switch, but
you didn’t hear that from me. When you don’t need a
virtual desktop anymore, you can close it by clicking
on the task view again and closing it here. Alternatively, use the shortcut
key Windows Control and F4. Number four, hide desktop
icons with one click. This is a quick one. It’s a feature I use a lot. It’s to hide icons on my desktop. This is specially useful for
me when I do a screencast or give a presentation. To hide all your icons, right click under desktop and select view. You’ll see Show Desktop Icons. It’s owned by default,
but if you uncheck it, your icons under Desktop disappear. When you’re ready to bring them back just select it again to
put back the check mark. Number five, get in the
zone with Focus Assist. Okay, I admit it, I’m easily distracted. So when I work on something
and and a notification pops up, I’ll happily take a look. Next thing I know I’m moving
on to answering an email, checking my website or
answering some YouTube comment. And then an hour later I’m wondering where the time all went. So if I really must get something done, I use Focus Assist and I’ll do a sprint. To turn it on, just go
to the Action Center and select Focus Assist. If you click on it, you have
a choice of priority only, which will mute everything
except priority notifications. You can define what these are if you right click and go to Settings. You can customize your own priority list by adding certain people or apps. In the settings for Focus Assist, you can also up some automatic rules to turn on Focus Assist automatically. For instance, you may want
to turn it on automatically while you’re duplicating your display. This way, new notifications
are going to pop up while you’re giving a presentation
or sharing your screen. The other option in Focus Assist is the one I usually use is alarms only. This is going to hide all
notifications except alarms. This way I can eliminate all distractions. To turn Focus Assist off, just
click on it one more time. Number six, get remote
access with Quick Assist. Did you ever get a call from your parents and they were totally upset
because all of a sudden the computer screen on
their PC is upside down or their Task Bar for
some reason is now stuck on the side and they can’t get it back. Well instead of spending the next hour or so on the phone trying to navigate them to the solution, you
could use Quick Assist to create a remote connection to their PC. This way you can securely
take over their computer and fixed a problem for them a lot faster. All you have to do is
to start Quick Assist and then select assist another person. Give the six digit code to
the person you’re helping, so if it’s your parents either
with an email, with a text message or just tell it
to them over the phone. The other person needs to
open Quick Assist as well, select Get Assistance and type in the code that they just got from you. Then they need to select Share Screen and once the connection is established click Allow in the Windows that pops up. Then you’re in control
of the other computer and you can fix the problem. Number seven, minimize
quickly with Aero Shake. Aero Shake is a fun little feature to quickly minimize opened windows. Just grab the window you
want to keep by holding its title bar and starts
shaking it a little bit. It’s going to minimize
all other open windows. This way you can fully focus
on the one open window. If you did the shaking by mistake, just shake it again and
they’re all going to come back. If you’re like me and always
have countless windows open, this is much faster than minimizing each window individually. And I use it a lot when I want to clean up before a video conference. If you’re not a shaker and
you like to use shortcuts, you can also use the shortcut
Windows and the Home key. It does the same thing. Number eight, look at multiple
windows with split screen. I often need to look at several windows on the same screen at the same time. This is easily done with Snap Assists. So let’s say working in the VBA Editor, but I also want to see the changes that are made to the Excel
file as the code is running whereas I’m debugging. If I click on the worksheet
side that we be a Windows minimized, I’d like to fix it in place. To do that, I’ll drag the
VBA Window all the way to the right where it will snap in place. Then they’ll click on the Excel file so you can be on the left hand side. You can also use the shortcut windows and the left or right arrow keys for this. This works for any application
and you can even split the screen in four. Number nine, improve your
sleep with nightlight. You probably know this
already, but this is something that really made a difference for me. Research shows that the
blue light that’s emitted by the screens or displays can interfere with your natural sleeping patterns, mainly because it can
negatively affect the production of melatonin, the hormone that regulates the sleep wake cycle. I’m a bit of a night owl, I prefer to work late in the evening. I used to have a lot of problems falling asleep afterwards. I’d often read for hours
before I could finally sleep. Since I activated nightlight, this improved a lot and
I get much better sleep. To set it up just right
click on the windows icon, select Settings, System and Display. Up here you can turn
nightlight on and off. You can use the settings
here to set a fixed time for it to automatically turn on and off. You can also adjust the
strength of the feature up here. Number 10 capture your
screen with Snip & Sketch. Another one you’re probably familiar with, but it’s just so useful that it has to be on my list Snip & Sketch it’s super handy screen capture tool. To open it, just click the Windows button and type in Snip & Sketch. You’ll see the application open up. You can also use this shortcut. To get a screen grab, click on New now you have four choices. You can get a screen
capture in rectangle form. You can also get it as a free
form area with around select. You can also just grab the active window or get a screen capture
of the entire screen with Fullscreen Snip. What’s even better is that
you can delay your capture by three or 10 seconds. During this time, you can click drop downs or arrange the screen or the content so it’s ready for the snip. After you took the snip,
you can add a notations or highlight some areas. When you’re done, you can
either save it as a file or copied to the
clipboard so you can paste it somewhere else. So these are my tips on how you can make better use of Windows 10. Do you have a favorite one or any other tips that work well for you? Please comment below and let me know. A big thanks to Skillshare
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  • What are your favorite Windows tips?
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  • Useful to who exactly? I mean seeing as Windows 10 is essentially a surveillance device?

  • stay at home !

  • Thank you for the most helpful video! I am indebted to you. BTW, shame on the 22 (at this time that I am writing this comment) that have given you thumb-down – it really bothers me; what do those people want when they are given hints that saves one hours of time, and they are given to us for FREE?!

  • Some excellent tips but sandbox was a thing a decade ago. Dinosaur Windows.

  • Leila never disappoints with her videos! Thank you!!!

  • If you have Windows Home, you can install Virtual Box, it basically does the same thing but it is more work to setup.

  • Window + V my favorite

  • Very impressive.. to the point …. excellent…

  • 11:56 – Actually, it just gets hidden.

  • Never disappointed. You are awesome ?❣️ Thanks

  • i dont have a focus assist button

  • Great tips! Thanks Leila.?

  • Hello Madam

  • copy paste history can be activated by WindowsKey+V.

  • Leila this video is awesome your're the best.My fave is clipboard history .I love it. I,ve been looking for a way or function to do that for years.Thank you thank you

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  • Thank you for all that info. I will absolutly be using all of these. You are beautifula nd smart keep up all the helpful info.

  • Life changing, thanks Leila

  • Thank you! Really excited! I can absolutely use these everyday!

  • no.7 -> cool ;o

  • This is amazing! Thank you so much!

  • Good video. After so many years with W10 I learned some new quality-of-life tricks. Thank you!

  • Loves this! Great tips and tricks here I didn’t know about. Would love to see your tips and tricks for Microsoft Teams

  • Thank for the video, i want to ask u how can i creat a drop down list with different workbook and location? thank

  • Lelia – look into the book 'The Power or When' by Dr. Michael Breus. It about improving sleep as well as finding the best time for you for working, eating etc. Great book. (For sleep – pillow spray works wonders.) You've given me so many great tips, thought I could share. Liked this one too!

  • Fantastic Leila. No fancy multimedia intro, no annoying 'background' music tracks. 'Just' lots of useful information, presented in a clear and calm manner. You are a star, Leila. Thank you.

  • Thanks a lot leila. Clipboard, sandbox, quick assist. It is really nice.

  • Can you do videos on Organic Chemistry? I think everyone would understand that!!! Such a great instructor.

  • Can the quick assist work like TeamViewer with unattended access?

  • Really good list. Thank you for creating this video.

  • Salute to you lady! I am already a fan of your Excel videos which have helped me greatly, and now this on Windows! You are a great trainer with a unique style, keep the videos coming! Thank you! 🙂

  • Very very useful video. Skillshare wants credit card details, if it is free it should ask after two months as you say. Please do needful.

  • Very useful tips!

  • Thanks for the tips. Good work.

  • Thanks. Very useful. Tried all of them. Saves time.

  • Great tips, Leila — thanks! Your “parents” example for Quick Assist was on point. I use QA a lot, but with only 1 customer — my 89-year old father. It works so well & easily that most sessions occur with a call from him to ask “can we do a Quick Assist?” ?

  • Brilliant video, Leila! Do you know any secret tricks for Office 365?

  • Hello ma'am, very great tips of windows 10. It helped me alot.

  • Excellent video

  • Thank you useful video

  • Security tip: If you're someone who uses password managers with complex (system generated) passwords, you probably use the copy feature of that software to get your password. For use cases like this (and other sensitive data), it's probably advisable to not use the sync option of the clipboard history feature as it could expose your otherwise secure information.

  • very useful ! i like the clipboard history and the snip and sketch!
    Thank you Leila.

  • Thank you!
    I didn't expect all that from the boring win 😀
    and I was complaining for like 10 years why it is only one copy in the clipboard with all that technology evolution!
    I hope they make this for phones OS as well

  • This is amazing! Thanks Leila 🙂

  • We love youuuuu

  • Excellent tips!!!!! Thank you very much!!!

  • Hi Leila. Very informative video.

    The lighting in the video is good but it would help if you filled in the frame a little more. You seem somewhat small in the frame of the video. Don't use a wide-angle lens, however. Stay with a medium telephoto lens and set the camera further back but still close enough that you fill the frame a bit more than you do now. Thanks and, best to ya.

  • Great tips – thanks! Anyone who uses a computer will appreciate these. Thanks Leila

  • Jesus it takes 17 minutes to talk about ten things…youtube videos are gettings longer and longer

  • Leila, this is great! Thank you so much.

  • I must admit, I've learnt a lot!!

  • You are a life saver. I didn't know any of these and I'm so excited to start using them now!

  • Please share something about freelancing using excel

  • Thank you Leila for this information. Great knowledge.

  • Your examples and explanations are clear and easy to follow! Fantastic video!

  • Just used your 3 fingers, swipe up on trackpad, you can view every app and desktop. Using 3 fingers swipe left right, will open another app/open folder.

  • Awesome Leila

  • I know this vid of about windows 10 but I've seen your Excel videos as well. Is there a clipboard option for excel? Meaning, can I copy multiple text at once?

  • Thank you for these tips. A few I didn't know but I'm gonna try them out. I only have one question; why are you so cute?

  • Today lets talk about hugs. Loooong slow hugs for lonely people in the quarantine. Huggs.


  • what a gorgeous and smart indian lady

  • You are so good to score and so smart

  • All the features are awesome but the clip board history will definitely give a big relief!!!
    On top you are an amazing teacher!!!

  • This features available in "Windows 10 update 1909"

  • No 8 is cool

  • thank Leila for sharing!!!!

  • Wonderful, very useful.

  • Sand box with clip also quick access ?✌

  • Thank you for existing in this world Leila … ?

  • I love you Leila!

  • What a great video. Thank you for making it. I love the copy history. I will be using that from now on. All the best and stay safe.

  • thank you dear Leila for your very intetesting videos. I did like a lot clipboard history and the snip and sketch features!

  • Nice

  • As human civilization is passing through turbulent times, some such hope arises. Maybe some of these things will be needed to survive. Be good my dear mistress

  • Appreciated. Learned quiet a few things. Keep it up. 🙂

  • Very helpful tips. Thanks!

  • I use Windows + D to clickly go to my desktop… Good tips I didn't know. Thanks.

  • I use pin to task bar the apps that I need then i press windows+1 to open the first pinned app, then wonedows +2 to open the second pinned app. and so on ahaha.

    Great tips. I was really amazed with the clipboard. it will help me a lot! thanks for all the great tips and tutorials with excel. I watch them all the time! keep em coming!

  • Coooooool!
    Thank you!

  • Has anyone been able to enable the VISIO Add-on for their personal Outlook 365 account?
    A message at the bottom of the screen explains it is available for Work/School Accounts.

    I received an error code stating my user account "…from identity provider 'live.com' does not exist in tenant 'MS Public Cloud' and cannot access the application…(Visio Data Visulaizer) in that tenant.

  • That's very helpful!!

  • Nice.. very informative ma'am… thanks for sharing the video..

  • As always you are best

  • Thanks for the tips.They are really useful. Something I need badly is recording videos: I used to acces the web camera to make simple videos but I don't seem to find that opcion or any other in W10

  • Very useful video, very well presented—thanks 🙂
    1. Clipboard History

    Sweet, never twigged the 'pin' feature, that'll be its main use from now on! It will pop up a dialog if it's not switched on, so no need to go to Settings.

    For my frequent repasting needs I use a gadget in the Win7-like sidebar panel on my 2nd monitor—always visible, minimal simple controls.
    Search for Win10 or Win8 Gadgets or Widgets.
    2. Sandbox

    I don't get much bad stuff, so on Win10 Home I cover the lack of Sandbox by taking regular disk images of C: with Macrium Reflect—I do it minimum once a month before Microsoft's 2nd-Tuesday updates, takes ~15 minutes.

    It saved me a couple of times in 2016 when Win10 was still flaky, got my old C: installation back in 30 minutes.

    3. Virtual Desktop

    I used better Virtual Desktops in the 90s than in Win10, shame. Useful would be:

    Preserve across reboots;

    Different icon groups permanently in diff VDs;

    Move/copy a window quickly from one to another.

    2 large monitors + the wonderful Fences do the job for now—apart from the 'hide from boss' essential 🙂

    4. Hide Desktop Icons

    Fences I mentioned above has that with a double-click on empty desktop—not that I use it.

    6. Quick Assist

    I've used TeamViewer for a long time, much better than QA.

    7. Aero Shake

    Yep, I like that one. Also, WinKey + D will minimize ALL windows, ie incl the one on top, and bring them back.

    8. Snap Your Windows

    Useful on a laptop away from base, but one of the biggest productivity boosts you can give yourself is extra monitors—seriously, you got to test it.

    Even when a laptop was my main machine for a couple of mobile years, I always had it plugged into 2 big TVs at base—and carried one of them with me in the car when possible while traveling.


    I found 3 monitors awkward, so I used to close the laptop screen when home. Same with desktop, I find 2 big TVs the most productive & economical—currently on 2 x 42" 1080p, works great with AAA games so probably nothing it can't handle.

    9. Night Light

    Anyone on OS without this, try f.lux—I used it for over a decade until Windows included NL.

    10. Snip and Sketch

    Nice to have it built in. For more controls & options, I used to use Greenshot, and now use the last free version 5.3 of FastStone Capture—I already love Faststone image Viewer and Resizer products.
    11. Others
    A If you have a wide-screen monitor, switch the Taskbar to the side—it makes no sense to have it consume the more valuable vertical space.
    B If you want to install a bunch of good free software all in one painless go, visit Ninite or similar.
    C I'm a visual rather than shortcut person, so I have ~150 icons on my desktop. I've used Fences since the 00s to corral them, and the recent roll-up feature makes it all much handier and tidier.
    D Similarly, I have hundreds of website bookmarks and do a lot of browsing for work & personal. Vivaldi is the best power-browser I've found so far—it's a spin-off of the excellent Opera. Fyi I've also found the new Edge browser can open some sites the others choke on.
    All these browsers can use the excellent Google app store Chromium extensions, so you don't have to give up functionality.
    E My GF uses the built-in Narrator app to read stuff back to her—she finds it easier to find errors in documents that way, plus it's a more relaxing way to work.

  • Wow. These tips are awsome and very useful in day to day windows users…

  • Thanks leila Brilliant tips so useful especially splitting the screen!! Is it possible to send a you a query for an excel problem?

  • This was VERY helpful. Not only you showed the feature, but present how and why you would use them. Thanks again for the great tips and presentation.

  • You are amazing Leila, truly, you give good vibes in all of your work, thanks again.

  • Thank you Leila you explain very nicely.

  • Thanks, learnt a lot.

  • Amazing guide. Thanks a lot ??

  • Is there an equivalent for a Mac? Always appreciate your videos Leila ?

  • What a great video. You often share content that I don't know, and I consider myself fairly well-versed. Thank you.

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