3 Useful Windows 10 Features You Might Not Be Aware Of

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While you’ve probably mastered the basics of Windows 10 by now, some interesting features aren’t immediately noticeable, especially when those features are tacked onto part of a software update.

This article has gathered three of our favorite hidden gems from Windows 10 that will save you time and make your life easier.

Snip & Sketch

How often do you find yourself needing to share an image capture of your screen?  Well,  with a Windows 10 feature called Snip & Sketch, it definitely comes in handy in a pinch.

How to Enable Snip & Sketch:

To switch into screenshot mode, press Windows key + Shift + S. Click on the toolbar, select your preferred capture option (full screen, window, rectangle, or freeform), and then hit Enter. When you’re ready, you can use the app to crop, edit, annotate, paste, print, save and even share your screenshot.

Looking to make accessing Snip and Sketch even easier?  Go into the Snip & Sketch Settings to designate PrtScn as the hotkey that opens the program.

Clipboard History

You don’t have to be a keyboard shortcut guru to have memorized Ctrl + C for copy and Ctrl + V for paste.

In the past, the Clipboard was very simple and could remember only one item at a time. That has all changed thanks to the Windows 10 feature called Clipboard History.  You can use this tool to keep the 25 most recent items on the Clipboard so that you can reuse a copy even if it isn’t the most recent.  Sync clipboard contents between your Windows devices and pin favorite items to your list!

How to Enable Clipboard History:

You can open Clipboard History by pressing Windows key + V. This is a handy shortcut we recommend keeping in your back pocket.

Touch Pad Shortcuts

A precision touch pad is standard equipment on most Windows 10 PCs. You can check whether your Windows 10 laptop has a Precision Touchpad by going to Settings > Devices > Touchpad. If your PC shows “Your PC has a precision touchpad,” at the top of the window, you’re all set!

How to Configure Your Precision Touchpad:

From that same page, you can view and edit all the shortcuts built into Windows 10.  Default settings allow you to switch easily between apps and desktops using three- and four-finger gestures. Taking the time to set up the best preferences for you can save you a lot of time down the road.


If it’s time to upgrade your IT support to a professional team with over 30 years’ experience serving organizations in the Greater Toronto Area, reach out to BSC Solutions Group today.  One of our consultants would be happy to answer any of your questions. 

June 30, 2021 5:09:27 PM

Bill Boisvenue

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