Unlock the Secret “Share” Action in Windows 10
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Apps on the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) actually have a built-in ability to share certain things with other apps — such as tweets in the Twitter app or email in the Mail app. But this feature is, for some reason, disabled by default.

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Here’s how you can unlock it.

  1. Launch the Registry Editor (regedit in the Start Menu).
  2. In the left panel, navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel and make sure Control Panel is selected.
  3. In the right panel, right-click on empty space and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  4. When prompted for a value, set it to 1.
  5. Click OK.

That’s it! It’s as simple as that. Now you can launch the Settings app from the Start Menu and navigate to System > Share and you’ll see a handful of options that weren’t available before, including a list of apps that you can enable or disable for sharing.

Again, because this feature is tied into the Universal Windows Platform, it will only work with UWP apps — so if you find this feature very useful, it could be one reason to prefer UWP apps over regular desktop apps when you have a choice.

So if you’re stuck trying to decide which version of OneNote to get, this could be a significant factor. It’s too bad that the Windows Store is somewhat problematic.

How often do you use Share features in apps? Is this something that you’d want across all Windows apps? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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  1. Doc
    December 1, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    "Launch the Registry Editor (regedit in the Start Menu).
    In the left panel, navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel and make sure Control Panel is selected.
    In the right panel, right-click on empty space and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
    When prompted for a value, set it to 1.
    Click OK."
    I think you're missing a step - NAMING the Registry key. LOL.

    • Cipherfx2
      December 2, 2016 at 4:13 am

      @Doc

      I was about to ask the very same question! A lot of people will experience bumping a blank wall after following the procedure ;)