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You have updated your PC to Windows 10 & do not how to use it in the most efficient way? This post is what you desire.
We will go through the most useful changes in Windows 10 & learn how to make use of them.

1. How to enable new Clock & Calendar?

How to enable new Clock & Calendar on Windows 10
New display of Calendar & Clock on Windows 10

While we’re enabling new features, let’s activate Windows 10’s sleek new clock and calendar. Let’s following these steps:
 – Press Windows + R or Right-click on the Start button and select Run.
 – In the window that appears, type regedit and then press Enter.
 – Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > ImmersiveShell, then right-click in an empty portion of the main windows and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
 – Name it “UseWin32TrayClockExperience” and boom! You’re done. Just open the calendar from the taskbar as normal and bask in the sleek, new look.

2. How to enable Spartan engine for Windows 10 browser?

how to enable spartan browser on Windows 10
Enable Spartan engine for IE11

Microsoft’s building a lightweight new browser for Windows 10: Project Spartan. And while Spartan isn’t available in the latest Windows 10 builds yet, you can enable its experimental Edge rendering engine in Windows 10’s Internet Explorer 11.

Just open IE11 and type about:flags in the address bar. In the page that appears, simply set “Experimental Web Platform Features” to Enabled, then restart the browser. Setting the “Custom User Agent” string to Enabled as well will trick websites that nerf the old IE engine into using Spartan Edge.

The Edge engine is considerably faster than IE11’s default engine in tests, but be warned: It’s flagged as experimental for a reason.

3. Make Cortana’s ears perk up

How to enable hey cortana on Windows 10
Enable hey Cortana

Cortana’s finally made the leap to the PC in Windows 10, assuming many of the operating system’s search functions, even though her first iteration could still use some polish. (That’s what Previews are for!) But by default, she doesn’t listen for your commands.

If you’d like to be able to just bark commands at your PC, open Cortana by clicking the search field in the taskbar and select the three-lined options menu in the upper-left corner. Select Settings for the list, then simply enable the “Let Cortana respond when you say ‘Hey Cortana’” option. You’ll need an active microphone for this to work, of course.

While you’re poking around Cortana’s options, you can dive into the Notebook menu to fine-tune exactly what personal data Microsoft’s digital assistant can access. Remember, however, that like Google Now, Cortana’s effectiveness is directly related to how much she knows about you.

4. Turn off File Explorer’s Quick Access view
how to enable File Explorer's Quick Access View
File Explorer’s Quick Access View

When you open File Explorer in Windows 10, it defaults to a new Quick Access view that shows your most frequently accessed folders and recently viewed files. I love it, personally, but if you’d rather File Explorer defaulted to the “This PC” view found in Windows 8, here’s how.
Open File Explorer, then select View > Options from the Ribbon. A Folder Options window will open. Click the “Open File Explorer” drop-down menu at top, then select the “This PC” option. Click OK and you’re done!
Got any tricks of your own? Share them in the comments!

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