13 Secrets About Windows That Will Leave You Awestruck

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We bet you have never tried or known about these 13 secrets of your Windows OS. If you have a trick of your own, add to the list below in the comment section.

1. You can close any window by double clicking on the left-top of it.

2. Use keyboard shortcut Winkey+PrnScrn to take screen shot of the screen.  The screen shots are saved under Libraries\Pictures\Screenshots folder on Windows 8.

3. You can also use Ctrl+Esc to open a Start Menu instead of the Win key.

4. You can launch first to ninth icon on the taskbar including pinned taskbar using shortcut Winkey+1, Winkey+2 …. Winkey+9

5.  There is an hack available to access all the settings in windows and it’s very useful. In order to do this, create a new folder and save it as some_name.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}.

access all windows settings

6. There exists a Reliability Monitor which is used to review your computer’s reliability and problem history. Just type reliability in the Start Search box and click on view reliability history.

reliability monitor

7. This is our’s most favourite one. Did you know you can record your on screen activities through a series of screen shots, get captions included to show where you clicked, add comment button to highlight specific portion of the screen and insert custom annotations too? This can all be done through Problem Steps Recorder which you can access by searching for psr from the Start Menu. Once you have finished recording, all the screen shots will be stitched together and saved as a web browser-compatible MHTML (MIME HTML) file, pre-ZIPped and ready for e-mailing.

8. If you want to wipe a drive or partition to ensure that any file you have deleted, stay deleted than launch a command prompt and type cipher/w:X where X is the letter of the drive or partition.

9. You can change any Windows OS password without any clue of the current password. Here are the steps to follow.

  • Run Command Prompt as administrator. (Type CMD in the search box, right click  on it and choose “Run as administrator. Or you can use “Ctrl+Shift+Left_click”).
  • Now type net user and press enter to show all the active accounts.
  • Choose an account name for which you want to change the password.  e.g. ABC
  • Type net user ABC and press enter to see the details of your account.
  • In order to change the password, type net user ABC *
  • Now it will ask you to enter the password and re-enter for confirmation. You won’t be able to see anything when you type the password. Therefore, write and remember carefully. Here is a screenshot of the process in Windows 8.

change password for the windows

10. You can hide your folder as a recycle bin. Just rename a folder with the extension 645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E  e.g. Recycle Bin 2.{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}. Now this folder will have the properties of recycle bin which you can copy/cut/paste or delete. Any changes you do to the original file will also be reflected here.

11. You can rename multiple files at the same time. Press F2 key, rename the first file and press enter. All your files will be renamed and a number in parenthesis will be added to the end of the name.

12. You can open task manager using Ctrl +Shift+Esc.

13.  Turn your laptop with Wi-Fi into an Access Point (AP) to share the internet to multiple devices.

  • Open Comand Prompt with admin rights and enter the command netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=XXXXXX key=YYYYYYY where AP name = ssid and Password = key
  • Now type netsh wlan start hostednetwork
  • This will start the Wi-Fi hosted network and you can check the Wi-Fi AP and tap in.
  • To stop the hosted network type netsh wlan stop hostednetwork

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