10 Hidden Modes in Windows and How to Use Them

By | April 26, 2022

Did you know that Windows has many additional modes that allow additional functionality, help you troubleshoot problems, or improve performance for certain tasks? Some of them are hidden, while you may have heard of others but never tried them yourself.

Let’s take a look at some of the hidden modes in Windows, including what they offer and how to use them.

God Mode

God Mode has a commanded name, but it’s not a true “mode”, much like a collection of shortcuts. This groups all Control Panel options, as well as some commands that are not easily accessible in Control Panel, into a single list.

Easy to arrange. Just right click on your desktop (or any other place you like) and select New > folder. When prompted for a name, enter this:

GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

If you want, you can change the text GodMode to another name of your choosing. After you press Enter to save the name, the folder icon will change to an icon Control Panel.

While you probably won’t be using this all the time, it’s nice to have so many commands available in one place.

Safe Mode

You’ve probably heard of Safe Mode if you need to do some Windows troubleshooting. This mode loads Windows with only the drivers and programs needed to boot, and nothing else. That way, you can rule out any third-party drivers or misconfigured settings that are causing your problem.

Game Mode

Windows 10 has more gaming features than previous versions. In fact, there’s an entire panel in the Settings app dedicated to gaming features. One of them is Game Mode, which optimizes your system for better performance in games.

To find it, go to Settings > Gaming > Game Mode. It’s just a simple switch titled Fashion Games; reverse, and Windows will “optimize your PC for playing.”

Microsoft’s support page says that it prevents Windows Update from installing drivers and notifies you of a restart. It also “helps achieve more stable frame rates depending on the particular game and system,” which is pretty sketchy. We have discussed this Game Mode is one of the how to improve game performance on windows.

Battery Saver Mode

If you have a laptop, you may experience anxiety as your battery drains at a critical moment. To help prevent this situation, Windows 10 has a mode designed to save battery.

This disables power-hungry tasks, such as syncing email and refreshing background apps. This feature also lowers your brightness, which is an important way to save battery.

To change Battery Saver options, go to Settings > System > Battery. check Turn battery saver on automatically if my battery falls below and set the percentage. If you like, you can also activate Battery saver status until next charge to activate it immediately.

To quickly switch Battery Saver in the future, press Win + A to open the Action Center and use its shortcut in the icon group at the bottom of the screen.

Dark Mode

Most operating systems now have a native dark mode, and Windows 10 is no exception. Enabling it will turn most of the default Store apps dark, as well as Windows elements like the Settings app and File Explorer.

To use Dark Mode, go to Settings > Personalization > Colors and select Dark under Choose your color. If you like, you can also choose Custom to set different modes for Windows elements and applications.

Compatibility Mode

Windows generally works well with backwards compatibility, but especially old software that has never been updated for modern versions of Windows may not run well. That’s why the OS includes a compatibility mode, which can help old programs run on current versions of Windows, even if they are not officially supported.

It has been around for some time, including in Windows 10. To use Compatibility Mode, you need to right-click on the program’s executable file and select Properties. From there, go to the tab Compatibility and you can run it in the mode designed for older versions of Windows. This section also lets you toggle other compatibility options, such as forcing a low resolution.

Airplane Mode

Another simple but useful mode, airplane mode works just like on your smartphone. Enabling this mode turns off all wireless communication, so your computer won’t use Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, cellular data, and the like.

While this obviously makes sense when a Windows laptop or tablet is on a plane, it’s also useful as a battery-saving option. If you’re working offline and want to squeeze some extra battery life out of your device, turning on airplane mode can help.

You’ll find it in Settings > Network & Internet > Airplane mode, but it’s more convenient to use the panel in Action Center. Press Win + A or click the icon at the bottom right of your taskbar to display it.

Tablet Mode

If you are using Windows 10 on a tablet or laptop, you should know about tablet mode. This makes the interface easier to use on touchscreen devices when you don’t have a mouse and keyboard connected. For example, all apps open in full screen and some elements have more padding to accommodate using your finger to select them.

To change the options, visit Settings > System > Tablet mode. Here you can choose which mode to use at startup, whether Windows should switch modes without prompting you, and some of the taskbar options that affect tablet mode.

Focus Mode

Although this feature is called Focus assist and not Focus mode, we included it because it works like a unique mode. Focus assist lets you press notifications to prevent distractions while you’re at work.

To configure it, go to Settings > System > Focus assist. There, you can choose from Off, Priority only, or Alarms only. Click Customize your priority list to choose what is shown in that mode.

Below, you can change when Focus assist is activated automatically. This includes during certain times, when duplicating your display (such as for presentations), or when playing games.

S Mode

This is a mode you may not want to use, but you may have come across. Some Windows machines come with Windows 10 in S mode, which is more locked than a standard Windows installation. S mode only allows installation of apps from the Microsoft Store, and prevents you from using all browsers except Microsoft Edge.

Since it’s so restrictive, chances are you don’t want to use this. If you accidentally buy a PC that came with S mode, thankfully it’s easy to walk away.

open Settings > Update & Security > Activation. Click the referensi Go to the Store under section Switch to Windows 10 Home/Pro.

This will open the Microsoft Store page entitled Switch out of S mode. Click Get and confirm your choice to leave S mode. This is a one-way process, so you cannot return to S mode later.

Try All Windows Modes For More Features

While this is not a complete set of modes offered in Windows, it does give you an idea of ​​what is available. Keep this mode in mind, and hopefully come in handy at the right time.

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