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THE I.T CROWD: the hidden jewels of Windows 10

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Windows 10 has been around for several years now and despite it being a big change from the last version, most of us have by now mastered the basic actions and are using it in a reasonably productive way.

But what a lot of users do not know is that, when implementing a feature update, Microsoft adds new features that are not immediately obvious, especially if you are not paying attention to the release notes.

Here are our favourite three well-hidden Windows 10 features.

Windows 10 (46242343)
Windows 10 (46242343)
  • Snip & Sketch allows you to capture, mark up and share any part of your screen. Not only can you select which part of the screen you wish to screenshot, you can also customise the pen type, pen size and ink colour, use a ruler and a protractor, and crop the image as well as copy, save and share your edited image. Simply search for Snip & Sketch in the search box and then click on the app to open it. Or press the Windows key + Shift + S at the same time.
  • Background App Manager allows you to tweak the settings for all apps running in the background, which is useful as you probably don’t need all the hidden apps in your web browser connecting to the internet when you are not using it. Go to Settings > Privacy > Background apps and from the list of apps that appear, chose either on or off for each one.
  • Free Microsoft OneDrive Storage is built into Windows 10. When you sign into the OneDrive client using a Microsoft account, you get 5 GB of storage for free (if you have a Microsoft 365 account, that allocation goes up to one full terabyte). If you don’t have a Microsoft account, you can create one for free. Our advice would be to allocate that free storage space to cloud backup, which is easy with Windows 10. When you sign in for the first time, you’re given the option to redirect three core system folders (Desktop, Documents, and Pictures) to OneDrive. Click OK and all three of those folders are automatically copied to the cloud and synced automatically.

As we’ve recommended before, you can combine this cloud backup strategy with a local backup to create an almost fool-proof system for protecting your most important files (see our previous articles at www.diamondbyte.co.uk)

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