100 Windows 10 tips and tricks

41. Hide the task view button

If you don't use virtual desktops or use the keyboard to switch between them, you can hide the Task View icon by right-clicking on the taskbar and deselecting the 'Show Task View button' option.

42. Remove Cortana's search box

Similarly, you can reduce the space taken by Cortana in the taskbar. Right-click on an empty part of the taskbar, select Cortana and choose 'Hidden' to change it to a popup.

You can keep Cortana on the taskbar as a standard icon by choosing the 'Show Cortana icon' option.

For more tips check out our how to use Cortana in Windows 10 guide.

Windows 10 tips and tricks

43. Find the original Control Panel

The new Settings panel is easy to find and is easier to navigate than the old Control Panel. But the latter is still available and comes in handy for accessing advanced options. You can find it by pressing Win + X on your keyboard and bringing up the power user menu.

Windows 10 tips and tricks

44. Decrease effects

If you are running Windows 10 on a resource strapped machine, you can squeeze more performance by turning down the bling. Head to Control Panel > System and Security > System and click 'Advanced system settings'.

Now click Settings under the Performance section and customise the effects.

45. Streamline the Navigation Pane

To remove the OneDrive link in Windows Explorer launch the registry editor and head over to the key: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6}.

Then in the right-side pane, change the value of the System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree variable to 0.

46. Restore the previous Volume Control UI

To bring back the vertical volume lever in the system tray, simply bring up the Registry Editor and head over to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\key.

Then create a new key named MTCUVC and under it create a new DWORD named EnableMtcUvc and set its value to 0. The volume control UI will be restored.

Windows 10 tips and tricks

47. Customise Quick Access

Quick Access allows you to immediately jump into your favourite folder and most recently used files. To customise its contents, switch to the View tab in Explorer and hit Options.

Note that at the bottom of the General tab are further options to show or hide certain bits of information.

48. Customise the Power User menu

To reorganise and or remove entries go to C:\Users\\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\WinX.

Here you'll notice three folders that house entries for the Power User menu. You can move them around or remove them to suit your workflow.

Windows 10 tips and tricks

49. Disable new battery flyout

To bring back the old battery display in the taskbar, head to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ImmersiveShell key in the Registry Editor.

Here create a new DWORD named UseWin32BatteryFlyout and set its value to 1.

Mayank Sharma

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