Unlock the Secret “Share” Action in Windows 10
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.
Here’s how you can unlock it.
- Launch the Registry Editor (regedit in the Start Menu).
- In the left panel, navigate to
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Paneland 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.
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.
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!