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Four Lesser-Known Windows 10 Features

Four Lesser-Known Windows 10 Features

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Four Lesser-Known Windows 10 Features

There are many new features and settings in Windows 10 here are a few lesser-known additions that we think are worth pointing out.

1. Scroll windows that aren’t active
In past versions of the Microsoft operating system, only the active window could be scrolled with the mouse. There were some free utilities that enabled the scrolling of background windows but in Windows 10 this function is now native and enabled by default. If you want to turn it off, go to Settings > Devices > Mouse & touchpad.

2. Command prompt updated with new functions
The command prompt is very useful and has been around a long time but its interface hasn’t changed much over the years. Now in Windows 10, there are finally some long-desired updates. The most noticeable make copying and pasting easier. Now when you have a long command you want to enter into the command line, you can use the standard keyboard shortcuts Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V. Also, text can be made to wrap when resizing the command prompt window. Use the Properties sheet to make various settings (example shown below). Details of the new command prompt window can be found here.

3. New (but obscure) video recorder
Windows has long had a way to make and save screenshot captures but has had no built-in way to make videos of the screen. Windows 10 now has a tool that will let you make videos of an open program or app. However, you might not notice it since it is a feature aimed at Xbox gamers. It is called the “Game bar”. Although it is part of the Windows 10 Xbox app, the Game bar can be opened for most open apps with the keyboard shortcut Winkey+G. (The shortcut does not work for a desktop with nothing open.) The bar initially opens as shown in the first graphic below. You have to indicate that the open app is a game (even if it isn’t). Then you will get the Game bar (second graphic below) with various options. Details of how to use this feature can be found at this link.

4. Print to PDF
Windows has added the ability to create a PDF from many types of files with a native printer driver. The print function of many (but not all) applications will now include the option to create a PDF. However, the PDF printer is not enabled by default. To make the feature available, open the Settings dialog from the Start menu and select ‘Devices’. In the left pane of the Devices window, select ‘Printers & scanners’. The image below shows a partial view of the window that opens. To enable the PDF function, click ‘Microsoft Print to PDF’. Source link

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