Most of us work on our computers without using the full range of functions available to us.
There are several ways to define a power user, but overall it is used to refer to someone who will implement the use of these features in their day-to-day computer use.
While some of these features are far too advanced for the average user, some make your computer much easier to use. Here are a few ways you can speed up your journey to becoming a Windows power user.
1. The Run command
The run function is a neat little Windows tool that allows users to launch applications or certain settings faster. With Run, users can also access specific folders, documents, and even internet addresses.
Users need to type in an abbreviated version of the utility they want to launch and simply hit enter. These short forms are predefined and you need to know them if you want to start the application you want. Alternatively, refer to the Windows Essential Execute Command Cheat Sheet to see the shortcuts for various Windows applications and utilities.
For example, to start the command prompt, users would need to type the following cmd In the Run text box, click Enter.
Press to use the Run command Windows Key + R, and the Run Application window appears. In the space provided, type the name of the application you want to start and press Enter.
2.Access almost all Windows settings at the same time (A.K.A. God mode)
Most users are unaware that there is any other way to access Windows settings without using the Control Panel. Granted, users can look up a specific setting using Windows Search, but it's likely that they won't see the exact setting you're looking for.
In this case, you can use a nifty folder trick to access almost all Windows settings via a menu. This tip, known as "God Mode", is particularly easy to carry out:
Right click on an empty area on your desktop.
Click on New> folder.
Rename the new folder to:
Hit Enter and the folder icon should change.
Double-click the newly created folder to access a variety of neatly categorized Windows settings.
Services are program functions that run in the background. Although you can see processes in Task Manager, Windows has a dedicated Services application that shows all of the services that are currently running. This includes both Windows and third-party application services.
There could be several reasons why users might want to use the Services menu. This is mainly because some of these services may be draining your computer's resources. Apps that you no longer use may still be running their services in the background. Alternatively, there may be Windows services like Superfetch that may be left disabled.
To use the Services menu:
By doing Start menu search bar, Art services.msc. Alternatively, you can open the Run With command Windows key + R., Art services.msc, and press Enter to start the services.
Click in the search results Services.
The Services The menu shows all of the services (running or not) on your computer.
To stop a service, right click it and click Stop.
You can also click on characteristics and change the Beginning tap on with special needs to prevent it from running automatically.
4. The volume mixer
Windows Volume Mixer is an old Windows feature that many people are not familiar with.
Users can adjust the volume for different applications running on their desktop. It can also be used to change the volume on various audio devices that users may be using.
You can use this to mute constant notifications from an app without turning down the volume on your favorite media player.
The Volume Mixer is easy to reach and use:
Right-click the speaker icon in your system tray. The taskbar is located on the far right of your taskbar. It includes other elements like network etc.
Click on Volume mixer.
In the Volume Mixer window, adjust the sliders for various applications to suit your needs.
5. Run programs at boot that do not run at startup
While programs like antivirus software run automatically as soon as your computer starts, there may be some that don't have this functionality, but you still want them to run.
Well, there's an easy way to get your most-used programs running once you sign in. This is not just limited to programs. You can use this method to run optimization scripts or start specific files.
Make sure the option to show hidden folders and files is checked before proceeding.
To do this, users need to paste the application shortcut into the Windows startup folder:
to open File manager and navigate to
C: Users your username AppData Roaming Microsoft Windows Start Menu Programs Start
Copy and paste a shortcut to the program you want Windows to run at boot.
Close the folder and restart your computer.
6. Start Computer Management
The computer management interface gives you access to various Windows utility settings, such as: B. Services, Device Manager and Disk Management.
The main advantage of computer management is that users do not have to open different utilities to access different facets of the computer.
It also includes the Performance Monitor, which you can use to view a summary of the resources your computer is using. This includes RAM, processor, and disk usage.
To start Computer Management, do the following:
Right click on Beginning Button. Alternatively, you can use Windows Key + X. to access the menu.
Click in the list Computer management.
Use the navigation bar on the left to switch between different sections of Windows Settings.
Anyone can be a power user
There are many other such features for Windows users, but most of them require a little experimentation to discover.
Using these features in your everyday life will greatly improve your Windows experience.
In addition, knowing the general commands used in the Windows Command Prompt is a must.
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About the author
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Manuviraj is a Features Writer at MakeUseOf and has been writing about video games and technology for over two years. He is an avid gamer who also spends his spare time blowing up and reading his favorite musical albums.
By Manuviraj Godara
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