Having several monitors is great but if you do not have the money nor the space for more than one monitor then windows 10 has something for you, virtual desktops. For all you hardcore techs out there, yeah, like Linux. This feature has been a Linux things for years and now Windows has it. Virtual Desktops allow you to create an unlimited number of desktops on one instance of Windows 10. So…. you have one for personal stuff, or one for research, one for work, and so on…
If you want to switch between them you are only a keyboard short away. Also you may find a weird little icon on your taskbar that looks like 3 squares side by side. The keyboard shortcut is WIN + TAB which will show all of the open windows. On the bottom right is the option to add a new desktop. if you are a shortcut person you can speed things up and use CTRL+WIN+left/right arrow to switch between desktops.
Open File Explorer to ‘This PC’
One aspect I found very annoying is that file explorer opens to a view of your recently used files and folders. I like to see my installed drives and how much space if left over on them and dig into look for whatever I need from there. The extra click is just annoying really. The good things you can change that.
Once you open File Explorer there is a menu (a.k.a ribbon) on top. Look for the “View” option and click on it which will open the ribbon choices. All the way on the end of the ribbon you will see “Options“. Once you click on options a dialog box will open up and right on top of it you will see Open File Explorer to: with a drop-down box. Just click to see the options and change it to This PC and click OK.
Is the white too much for you in windows 10? Or are you the Goth type and/or just simply like everything black. A lot of users do like it though and Apple has built a dark mode into OSX. Well Microsoft has responded sort of… Apple, of course makes it all easy by providing a tick box but Microsoft makes you hunt for it.
First off this change requires altering the registry. If you not comfortable with making changes to the registry I would advise you not to do this. It is easy though. You go into the registry by hitting the windows key and type in regedit then hit Enter. When you type in regedit just take a glance at the screen to make sure only one app shows up before you hit enter. Okay while in the registry goto: HKEY_CURRENT_USER > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > CurrentVersion > Themes > Personalize. On the right-hand side you will see the entry AppsUseLightTheme. Double-click on that one to open the box and change “Value Data” from a 1 to a 0 (a zero). Click OK to close.
If you do not see “AppsUseLightTheme,” you can create it by right-clicking inside the right side of the registry window, select New, then select DWORD (32-bit) Value. Make sure the “value data” field is set to 0 and type the name of the entry exactly as you see it here on this site. (No quotations or periods of course.)
To make it more clear by changing the value to a 0 you are turning off the Light Theme. To see the change you will most likely have to logout and log back in or reboot. If you so decide to go back to the light theme just change it back to 1 or delete the entry.
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