6 Underrated Windows 10 Features You Must Try

Joe Keeley 03-11-2016

Windows 10 is different and constantly changing. You’ll never be done exploring new features and tools 10 Surprising Reasons Why You Will Like Windows 10 It's almost cool to hate on Windows 10 these days. Don't let that deprive you of all the benefits Windows 10 will bring! We show you what you're missing out on. Read More . This article will help you discover tricks you might have missed so far.


If you’ve got your own underrated Windows 10 feature to share then please let us know in the comments section.

1. Offline Maps

If you’re planning a trip to a certain area and want to use a map without draining your data, you can use the Map app in Windows 10 and download the relevant data for offline viewing.

To get going, press Windows key + I to launch Settings. Then navigate to System > Offline maps. Click Download maps and you’ll be able to select entire countries or regions.

Windows 10 Offline Maps

Do a system search for maps and select the relevant result — it comes pre-installed with Windows 10. You can now search for places and get directions within the offline maps that you’ve downloaded, without needing an internet connection.


2. Sticky Notes

Okay, there’s nothing ground breaking about virtual sticky notes on your desktop Post-It To Your Screen - 6 Sticky Note Apps For Windows Post-its on your desktop or Start Screen can be extremely helpful for remembering small but important amounts of information. Stop cluttering up your desk and go digital with these fantastic sticky note apps. Read More . But for when you want to quickly jot down a thought or a task, it’s the perfect application to handle it.

To load, do a system search for sticky notes and select the relevant result. Click the plus sign to add more sticky notes and the three dots to change a note’s color. Clicking the trash can deletes the note.

Windows 10 Sticky Notes

In Windows 10, Sticky Notes integrate with a novel feature called Windows Ink. This means you can write directly onto the sticky note and Windows Ink will automatically detect your handwriting. Some words will turn blue, which indicates that you can action them. For example, you can tap “tomorrow” and turn the note into a reminder.


3. Task View and Virtual Desktops

Press Windows key + Tab to access Task View. Here you will find all your open windows and you can click or use your keyboard arrows to move to a specific one.

Windows 10 Task View Virtual Desktops

That’s all well and good, but not particularly special considering you can use Alt + Tab to the same effect. What’s noteworthy here is virtual desktops An Introduction to Virtual Desktop & Task View in Windows 10 Windows 10's new Virtual Desktop and Task View features are quality-of-life enhancements that you shouldn't overlook. Here's why they are useful and how you can start benefiting from them right now. Read More . It’s a feature that other operating systems have supported for a while and now Windows 10 is finally on board.

Click New desktop in the bottom right and you can create a new virtual desktop that can hold its own windows. For example, you could use one desktop for work and another for leisure. This is basically a software solution to support those who don’t have multiple physical monitors How to Be More Productive with Dual Monitors You need space for several documents, to get an overview and swiftly shift between tasks. What's true for your desk also applies to your virtual workspace. We show you how it matters. Read More .


4. Snap

Snap isn’t a feature new to Windows 10, but it’s one that’s seen some great improvements sure to boost your productivity. If you’re someone who is constantly juggling loads of windows, Snap will come in handy.

Drag a window to the side of the screen or a corner and release. The window will then automatically resize, or snap, to that location. It’ll also let you select which window you want to snap next to it. A particularly helpful feature is that adjacently snapped windows will resize simultaneously when one is adjusted.

Windows 10 Snap

To change your Snap settings, press Windows key + I to load Settings and navigate to System > Multitasking. Here you can enable or disable specific features, such as what happens when you snap a window.


5. Projecting to This PC

You can project the display on a Windows 10 computer or phone How to Cast Your Android Screen to Windows 10 With Miracast and Connect In Windows 10 version 1607, you can wirelessly cast your Android screen to your desktop using the Connect app. We show you how to set up this magical screen mirror. Read More to a different Windows 10 computer, providing both are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

To get started, on the computer that will receive the projection, press Windows key + I to open Settings and then navigate to System > Projecting to this PC. From the first drop-down select Available everywhere on secure networks. You can leave the other options or adjust them to your preference.

Windows 10 Project to This PC

On the device you wish to broadcast from, press Windows key + A to open the Action Center. Click Connect and then select the receiving device from the list. You can tick the box to allow keyboard or mouse input and Change projection mode if you’d rather use the other device as a second screen rather than a direct mirror.

6. Battery Saver

If you’re someone who uses your Windows 10 device on the go, battery saver is a great feature Can You Extend Battery Life with Windows 10 Battery Saver? Working with Windows 10 and want to conserve your laptop's battery life? Check out Battery Saver to make sure you're getting the most out of every charge. Read More that’ll help you get the most life out of a single charge. It’ll do things like lower your device’s display, turn off push notifications, and stop universal apps from running in the background.

To adjust the settings, press Windows key + I and then navigate to System > Battery saver > Battery saver settings. Here you can change when battery saver will automatically turn itself on, and you can allow certain features which it normally disables to save energy.

Windows 10 Battery Saver

To turn on battery saver at any time, press Windows key + A to open the Action Center and then click Battery saver. For more battery help, check out our guide on identifying apps that are draining your battery How to Identify Apps That Are Devastating Battery Life in Windows Limited battery life can be so irritating. Windows 10 introduced several battery life improvements, but some applications may still suck the life out of your computer. We show you how to increase your Windows 10... Read More .

Don’t Underrate Windows 10

We all know about the big features like Cortana, the virtual assistant, but we’ve shown there’s much more to Windows 10 than first meets the eye.

Windows 10 is constantly improving as Microsoft pushes out updates. In August, the Anniversary Update arrived and in Spring 2017, the Creators Update will be coming A Peek Into the Windows 10 Creators Update Microsoft just announced the next major Windows 10 upgrade. The Creators Update will come to 400 million users in Spring 2017. Here are the highlights of Wednesday's Windows 10 event. Read More your way. As Windows 10 will morph over time, the feature you think is missing now might come along in the future.

What do you think are Windows 10’s most underrated features? Which do you think need some improvements?

Related topics: Battery Life, Maps, Note-Taking Apps, Task View, Virtual Desktop, Windows 10.

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  1. Doc
    November 5, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    "It’ll do things like lower your device’s display...."

    Don't think that will work, since it's attached to the laptop. Or perhaps you meant "lower the display brightness"? LOL.

  2. Lou
    November 3, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    Thanks for the list. I use battery saver and find it offers some small benefits on my small, low-end Windows tablet. Will have to try off-line maps the next time I travel.
    I have found Windows 10 to be a big improvement over Windows 8, and am happy with most Microsoft applications I use in Windows 10. I have learned to live with the loss of control and privacy concerns as my tablet is for recreational use only - book reading, game playing and some casual internet cruising.
    Would be nice to see a list of Microsoft disliked, or even hated, by users.
    I nominate, Cortana, a power-sucking, semi-useless vampire I don't use, and cannot turn off, and Bing, a sad and pathetic app pretending to be a web browser.