16 ESSENTIAL Windows 10 tips and tricks to help you make the most of Microsoft’s new OS
6. Make your active windows more noticeable
Windows 10 may look sleek and stylish, but when you’ve got multiple windows open its design is terrible, since the active window is never really highlighted.
Microsoft is aware of the issue and is working on a fix, but you can make things easier on yourself in the meantime by adding a subtle border to your active window.
Right click on your desktop and select Personalise
Turn off “Automatically pick an accent colour from my background”
Select an accent colour you’ll recognise most against your Windows 10 background; your windows and highlighted points will all change
7. Remove the Windows 10 login screen
Now that Windows 10 knows more about you than ever before, it makes sense to keep your profile behind a password or biometric lock. However, it’s endlessly annoying to boot up your desktop or laptop, walk off to do something and come back to discover it still hasn’t booted into desktop and loaded startup apps because of your lock screen.
While we don’t recommend completely removing your password and security logins, it can be done with just a little brute force via the Windows tweaker’s favourite tool: the command prompt.
In the Windows 10 search bar, type “CMD” and select “Command Prompt”
Type “control userpasswords2” into the box and hit enter
A “User Accounts” pop up will appear. Uncheck the tick box at the top that reads “users must enter a username and password to use this computer”
You’ll be prompted to enter and confirm your password to change the settings. Once done, you’ll never have to log in to your computer again
8. Streamline your notifications
Windows 10 likes to let you know what your apps and social feeds are doing. While this can be really useful, it becomes annoying to deal with when you have a lot of active apps and programs.
Luckily, Microsoft realises not everybody wants notifications from Windows Feedback or other preinstalled apps, so it lets you choose the apps you want to hear from.
Open Settings and go to System
In System, select “Notifications & Actions”
Here you can toggle notifications from every app on your computer
You can also click on an app to tailor what type of notifications it shows you when notifications are enabled
9. Disable Flash in Edge at the flick of a switch
Adobe Flash changed the face of the web. It was often slow and cumbersome – forcing you to wait for Flash-heavy sites to load – but it opened the doors to a whole new world of website design. It was exciting and fresh, for all its technological failings. Now though, Flash is a buggy, lumbering nuisance with security holes aplenty. It has had its time in the sun.
If you’d like to keep Edge browser running silky smooth and without security holes, you can turn off Flash at the flick of a switch.
Open Edge and click the ellipsis in the right corner
Select Settings and scroll until you can click “View Advanced Settings”
Toggle “Use Adobe Flash Player” to off
10. Have Windows 10 play DVDs
If you’ve upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or 8.1, playing DVDs is a cinch – your video licence will have been carried over from the previous OS. However, if you’ve purchased a new laptop or desktop that runs Windows 10, you’ll discover you can’t play DVDs at all.
Microsoft has a solution in the form of a Windows DVD Player app on the Windows Store. The app is free until 29 July 2016, but after then it’ll cost a hefty £11.59.