Five Useful Tips and Tweaks to Make Windows 10 Run Better


Every new operating system needs configuring to suit an individual user’s preferences and here are five tweaks of Windows 10 that many will find useful

Change the default File Explorer page to "This PC"

The default setting for File Explorer opens in the so-called Quick Access view. Many people prefer to display This PC (once known as My Computer) instead. Here is how to get File Explorer to show This PC when it is opened.

  1. Open a new File Explorer window.
  2. Click “View” in the ribbon.
  3. On the right side of the ribbon, click “Options” to open the Folder Options dialog.
  4. Under the tab “General” is the entry “Open File Explorer to:” In the drop-down menu on the right, choose “This PC.” An example is shown in the graphic below.
  5. Click OK.

Open Windows 10 File Explorer to Tis PC

Remove Task View from the taskbar

The taskbar can quickly get crowded and one way to add some room is to remove the Task View button.

  1. Right-click an empty spot on the taskbar.
  2. In the context menu that opens, uncheck “Show Task View button”.

You can get the button back anytime by putting the check back. You can also always open Task View with the keyboard shortcut Winkey+Tab

Remove the search box or turn it into an icon

Another way to make room on the taskbar is to configure the search box. It can be removed or shown as an icon.

  1. Right-click an empty spot on the taskbar.
  2. In the context menu that opens, place the mouse pointer on the entry “Search”.
  3. As shown in the graphic below, a menu will appear with choices to hide or make the search box an icon. Put a check by the one you want.

Configure Windows 10 Search Bar

Disable Cortana

Not everybody wants to use the new digital assistant and search function called Cortana. By default, Cortana is present on the taskbar but it is easy to disable. A previous tip gave one way to turn Cortana off. Here is another.

  1. Click in the search box that is present on the taskbar on the left of the Windows start button.
  2. In the box that opens, click the gear settings icon that is on the left side.
  3. A settings dialog box will open. An example is shown below.
  4. Move the slider for Cortana suggestions to “Off”

Windows 10 search settings

Limit searches to the local computer

Doing a search using the box in the task bar will search the web with Bing as well as searching your computer. To avoid online searching, go to the same settings dialog box described above for disabling Cortana and move the slider to “Off “ for the setting “Search online and include web results”.

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All it says in systeminfo is OS Ver 10.0 N/A 10240

You must be using a different build of Windows 10 isn't the same. I had a large update this


I am using both (RTM and insider) builds and all tips works for me.

I am actually using most of them (just leaving the task view).

The build shown here is the stable build that everyone on the regular track has. If you are an insider you got build 10565 today. It does have a somewhat different start menu.

Thanks for the tip!

You don't even need the search icon, just start typing right after clicking the start button...

How do you get rid of the search icon?

The third tip (in picture above). In dropout menu select "hidden".