3 Useful Windows 10 Features You Might Not Know About

Windows 10 has been out for a while now, and yet there are still a few tips and tricks that might have slipped your radar.

Windows 10 is packed with many innovations to make computing a smooth and rewarding experience. You may use most of these features in your daily work or hobbies.

However, there are some lesser-known tricks and shortcuts that might have escaped your notice. Here are three such features that may have escaped your attention all this time.

We all use Windows Search to find apps, files, folders, and even search the web. If you are an experienced Windows user, you may also be familiar with the “Advanced Search” mode which allows you to find anything on your PC.

There’s another search tool built right into the search bar UI, but you might have forgotten about it. It’s Bing visual search and it lets you search almost anything on the web using only screenshots. Let’s find out how:

  1. Click the Windows search bar on your PC to open the Windows search user interface. By clicking on the camera icon bottom right is how you can do a visual search. Hover the mouse over the icon and you will see a popup saying, Search with screenshot.
  2. Once you click on the camera icon, the Windows snipping tool will open. Now you can easily select and search for an image from a website or an image from an open album on your computer screen. For this tutorial, I selected my PC wallpaper because I wanted to learn more about the scenic coastal area shown in the image.
  3. Once the image is selected, Bing visual search will warn you: Searching for similar images on the web. Within seconds, Bing’s visual search will show images similar to the image you selected on the Microsoft Edge browser. Additionally, the search will have related content, pages with the image, and will also have a section on what the image Looks like. As you can see in the screenshot below, the search indicates that the image looks like Cinque Terre National Park in Italywhich is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and several image options from various websites are displayed.

USE VIDEO OF THE DAY

Yes, finding information and image related content is that quick and easy, all without opening a browser. Imagine how useful it could be to research and buy products you love.

For example, if you like a dress or jacket that you saw worn by a celebrity or your favorite YouTuber and want to buy something similar. Simply perform a visual search to view and explore similar and related content across the web.

This feature can recognize landmarks, flowers, celebrities, animals and text in images and can be used to find similar products.

But Bing Visual Search is available on the web, visual search from the Windows Search bar is available for users who have Windows 10 May 2019 Update or later installed.

2. Set Calendar Event from Taskbar

Got wind of an event you want to attend, but you’re too busy to drop everything and schedule it in your calendar? Luckily for you, you can set a calendar event right from the taskbar. Here’s how:

  1. Click the Date and Time button at the bottom right of the taskbar. The current month’s calendar will open and you can move between months using the up and down arrow keys. Just below you will see the word Today with a line Add an event or reminder.
  2. You can choose to set an event for today or select a date from the calendar above. As soon as you start typing the event name in the line, the options to set the time and location will open below. Choose and set the date and time and add the location.
  3. So just Save the event or reminder and it will appear in the calendar panel.
  4. If you click on the More details button, it will open the Calendar app where you can set a reminder for the event or add the event description.

3. Swipe to shut down your PC

There are times when you think it’s better to shut down your PC than to use sleep mode. Have you ever wondered if there is an easier way to shut down your Windows PC? And the one that looks cool too? Next, you need to enable the Slide to Shut Down feature.

Just follow the steps below to add this new way to shut down your PC:

  1. Right-click on any blank space on your Windows screen
  2. In the menu that opens, select Newand then Shortcut.
  3. The Create Shortcut window will open. Type SlideToShutDown as is, in the location area. Then click on Following.
  4. In the new window that opens, enter a new name for the shortcut (you can also keep the same name). As you can see from the screenshot, I gave the name Slide Shut at the shortcut. Then click To finish and the shortcut will be created on the desktop.
  5. Now, whenever you want to shut down your PC, just double-click on the shortcut. It will launch the Slide to Shut Down feature and you will see your lock screen slide down halfway the screen with the words Swipe to shut down your PC.
  6. Simply swipe the lock screen down with your cursor, or if you have a touchscreen, swipe the down arrow with your finger and your PC will shut down.


Another way to swipe to shut down your PC is to type SlideToShutDown as is, in the Windows search bar. You will see the SlideToShutDown Run command under Best match. Then just hit enter and the lock screen will drop down halfway across your screen for you to swipe up and shut down your PC.

Although the best and easiest way is to create a shortcut, you don’t need to type the SlideToShutDown command every time. The shortcut may be permanently on your desktop. Just double click on it to stop it.

Make Windows easier and better to use

Now you know how the features described above can improve your computing experience while working, shopping, browsing, updating your calendar, and even when you retire for the day.

So go ahead and try these useful features and make your Windows experience even better.


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