System hacks: eight useful settings hidden in the desktop right click

We in addition to the desktop to perform a single mouse, double-click operations, often also use the right-click menu command to view files or display properties, etc.. In fact, in addition, the desktop also hides a lot of useful right-click items that can be used by us. The following Windows 10 desktop right-click tips, I wonder how many of them you have not used?

1. Lock the desktop by user avatar

If you are temporarily away from the need to lock the desktop, our most common key combination should be Win + L. However, sometimes due to software hotkey settings conflict, or even keyboard failure of these two keys, you can not use this method to lock the screen, how to do? In fact, at this time we can also right-click on the user avatar in the Start menu, select “Lock” to lock the screen (Figure 1). This is a pure mouse click instead of keyboard operation, is not to avoid the embarrassment of key conflicts or keyboard damage?


2. Set the common functions of Start menu

In the left toolbar of Windows 10 Start menu, there are 5 frequently used function buttons listed including User, Document, Picture, Settings, Power and so on. You should not think that you can only access these common system functions here. In fact, by right-clicking on these buttons and selecting “Personalize this list”, you can add more useful buttons that you think are commonly used on top of these icons (Figure 2).


Then, simply control the on or off switch from the list of frequently used programs to flexibly determine the visible frequently used buttons (Figure 3).


3. Quick control of the desktop quick view function

If you have a lot of work documents or software open, and you want to go to the desktop to check something at the moment, what should you do? You will say, just gently move the mouse to the taskbar system tray on the far right of the “desktop view” button, without clicking on it can be OK. However, sometimes you will find that just move the cursor up is not possible, but also need to click to appear on the desktop. What’s going on? In fact, this is because the desktop view function is disabled. At this moment, just right-click the Desktop Preview button and select “Preview on Desktop” from the pop-up menu. This is a ping-pong switch option that controls whether or not the desktop preview is automatic, so just select it from here (Figure 4).


4. Right-click Start to display desktop content

Temporary display of desktop content, in addition to the above method, you can also use the Start button’s right-click menu. In a working environment with multiple desktop windows open, right-click the Start button and select the “Desktop” option at the bottom, when all windows are immediately hidden and the desktop appears. If you perform this operation again, all working windows are restored to their original state (Figure 5).


5. Turn on and off Focus Assistant with one click

Windows 10 brings all notifications together in a pop-up notification bar on the right side. In order to let users control the pop-up notifications flexibly and focus more on the current work, the new version of Windows 10 has added the “Focus Assistant” tool. Through the system “Settings→System→Focus Assistant” path, you can set three notification modes, including “Alarm Clock Only”, “Limited Notifications Only” and “Off “3 types of notification modes. In fact, this mode does not need to take such a detour, directly right-click the notification bar button, select the next level of “Focus Assistant” function can be (Figure 6). Isn’t it much more convenient?


6. right-click to solve the clock does not go time

The reason why the clock in Windows 10 environment is so accurate is that the system has enabled the network automatic time calibration function by default. However, sometimes because of the settings or software conflicts, there will also be a situation where the time is wrong. In this case, we do not have to go through multiple clicks to the system settings window to set the time zone or clock, just right click on the time and date icon, and then select the “Adjust Date/Time” option (Figure 7). Afterwards, check the correctness of the time zone and reset it, then turn the “Set time automatically” button back on.


7. Right click to open the lower edge web search

Usually our web search is done in IE, Edge or other web browsers. In fact, we can turn on the taskbar search function at the bottom edge of the screen. Right-click on the blank space of the taskbar and select “Toolbar→Address” to enable the convenient and useful “lower edge” web search function (Figure 8). Although Microsoft does not call this feature, but I gave it such a memorable image of the “nickname”, I think you will not object to it.


8. Right-click to enable advanced sound features

Windows 10 natively supports many advanced sound effects and devices in terms of sound playback. Generally speaking, you need to set these items through the system “Settings” of the “System → Sound” window, and then click “Advanced Sound Options” to complete. In fact, it does not have to be so complicated, just right click on the sound trumpet in the system tray, and then from the “space sound” under, select the advanced sound including DTS Sound, Dolby Acess or Windows Sonic can be (Figure 9).


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