Some useful Windows 10 tricks

Windows 10, Microsoft’s back-to-basics re-embracing of the PC, is brimming with handy new features, and with all the new goodies come a legion of new tweaks and tricks—some of which unlock powerful functionality hidden to everyday users.

Others simply let you mold some of Windows 10’s new features into the shape you see fit. I’ve shared quite a few useful tips and tricks before, the most recent one being the things you can do with Cortana, like automatically finding discount coupons while you shop. So continuing along the same lines, here are some more useful Windows 10 tweaks, tricks, and tips I have found.

Pin Individual Email Accounts To Start Menu

If you have been using the default Mail app as your primary email client in Windows 10, and you are reading this, you likely have added multiple email accounts to the Mail app. As you know, with default settings, the Mail app tile in the Start menu displays latest email messages but many users prefer pinning individual email accounts to the Start menu instead of pinning just the Mail app which shows latest emails from all added accounts. Here’s how that can be accomplished :

1. Open your Mail app and right-click on the email account name and select Pin to Start.

screenshot.png2. Done. So complicated right?

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Move Date & Clock To The End Of Taskbar

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This is something nearly all users have either ignored or didn’t notice at all. But there are users who are very particular about the look of the taskbar and always prefer to see date & clock right before the small desktop peek preview button. I never noticed it either until I did and since then I’d been feeling kind of odd about it every time I looked at it. Again, this is something too little too minor to mind but if you’re one of those people, there is a way to get the clock back in the extreme corner but not in a way you’d like if you prefer not making things complicated.

There is a nifty utility called ClockPositionRighteousifier to move the date and clock to the right of the Action Center icon in Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Here is how to use it:

1. Jump over to this page and download ClockPositionRighteousifier.zip file.

2. Extract the zip file to get ClockPositionRighteousifier folder.

3. Open up the folder to see binaries, source, and Readme file.

4. Double-click on binaries folder to see CPR_x64 and CPR_x86 folders.

5. Depending on your type of Windows 10 (check if you’re running 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 10), open up either CPR_x64 or CPR_x86.

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6. Right-click cprdll.dll file and click Properties. Check Unblock box and then click Apply.

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7. Right-click on ClockPositionRighteousifier.exe file, click Properties, check Unblock and then click Apply.

8. Lastly, run ClockPositionRighteousifier.exe file by double-clicking on it to move date and clock to the right of the Action Center icon in Windows 10 taskbar.

If you want ClockPositionRighteousifier to start with Windows 10, please add it to the startup folder. (Press Windows + R to launch the run command, type shell:startup, and then press Enter to open the startup folder).

Alternatively, you can hide the notification center, although I doubt you’d do that just to get that clock a little more on the right but if you do wish to do so for whatever reasons, just right-click on the taskbar and click settings. Scroll down to “Turn system icons on or off.” Look for the Action Center icon and turn it off.

Turn on or off password after sleep

This is the only method that works post Anniversary Update for Windows 10. The traditional Control Panel method no longer works in 1607 and later versions as the Require a password on wakeup link is missing or has been removed from Power Options window. When you stop Windows 10 (version 1607) from asking for password using this method, Windows 10 doesn’t ask for password even when you resume your PC after hibernation! So might not be a wise idea if you hibernate your PC.

1. Launch Settings app by either typing Settings in Start menu or taskbar search box and then pressing enter key or simply clicking Settings icon in the extreme left of the Start menu, then click Accounts when in the settings app.

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3. Click Sign-in options, under, Require sign-in section, select Never if you want to stop Windows 10 from asking for password after it wakes up from sleep.

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And if you want to make Windows 10 ask for password after sleep, select When PC wakes up from sleep option from the drop-down box.

For more Windows 10 tips and tricks or any other tips in general, check out the How to section. Do you wish to share some tips of your own? Let me know in the comments below.

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5 thoughts on “Some useful Windows 10 tricks

    • The disadvantages? I’ve been using it since it came out and I don’t see any disadvantages. Its faster, and has more features, transitions better on multiple devices and is actually a PC OS too unlike Windows 8. And Much much better than 7.

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  1. I find that Windows 10 is only as good as YOU make it. Although it contains many unnecessary options, features and capabilities and Microsoft crap that most of us dont need – you can customize it to tame it, control its annoyances and make it work efficiently with less problems.

    The first step to living with Windows 10 is to backup your existing OS before you install Windows 10 so you can return to it if desired.

    The second step is to research and learn from all Windows 10 installation, performance and customization information that is available on the web and incorporate it into your custom version of Windows 10.

    Also continue to be actively involved in learning how to control and improve Windows 10 from the countless technical assistance sites and users forums. If you just install Windows 10 and a truckload of miscellaneous software and expect it to magically work every time you need it without being actively involved in maintaining and customizing it – you will be disappointed.

    My personal tip is to make sure you always BACKUP your full Windows 10 installation at the initial installation and at different stages of customization and update so you can always return to the last working version.

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