5 more top tips for Windows 10

Here's how to bend Windows 10 to your will.

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The Start Menu tab under the toolbar options allows you to configure the Start Menu over the Start page. 

Credit: Mark Hachman

Looking to get more out of Windows 10? I've got five more great tips for you, including turning its Start menu into a classic one, turning off desktop animations, sharing files using File Explorer, and more.

Turn off desktop animations

Not a fan of Windows 10's desktop animations? It's easy to turn them off. Right-click the Start button and from the screen that appears select System. On the left side of the screen that appears, click "Advanced system setting." In the performance section click Settings. The Performance Options screen appears. Uncheck the box next to "Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing," then click OK. The animations will be gone.

Remove shadows under windows

In Windows 10, windows have shadows under them again. You can turn off those shadows if you prefer not to see them. Right-click the Start button and from the screen that appears select System. On the left side of the screen that appears, click "Advanced system setting." In the performance section click Settings. The Performance Options screen appears. Uncheck the box next to "Show shadows under windows," then click OK.

Give the Start menu a retro, classic Windows look

The Windows 10 Start menu includes features from past Windows versions, but also displays Metro apps (now called Universal apps) as well. But what if you're a fan of the Start menus of Windows past, and want a slimmed-down Start menu without Metro apps that looks like it did in days of yore? It's easy to do.

To do it, you merely unpin every single Metro app from the Start menu. To unpin a Metro app from the Start menu, right click it, then select "Unpin from Start." After you remove them all, you'll be left with a blast-from-the-past Start menu.

Customize many Start menu features

There's a lot you can change about the Start menu, including how links, icons, and menus look and work, the number of items to display in its Jump Lists, and more. You can do all that from a central location. Right-click the taskbar, select Properties, and click "Start Menu." From that single location, you'll be able to make plenty of changes to the way in which the Start menu works.

Share files using File Explorer

File Explorer in Windows 10 makes it easy to share files with others in a number of different ways. To do it, open File Explorer, click the Share menu, then browse to and select the files and folders you want to share. A share pane appears on the right that will change depending on what files you've selected to share, and what apps you have installed. So if you're sharing photos, for example, Facebook and Twitter may appear, along with other apps. Click the method you want to use to share files and follow the prompts.

Note:If you're looking for five more Windows 10 tips, check out Five top tips for Windows 10.

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