The Hidden Windows Features (Perseverance Despite My Therapist’s Advice)

For months, I have tried searching for Windows hidden features that a lot of people might not know about. I spend so many hours trying to familiarize the whole system. I experienced a lot of stress and anxiety over the process. Susanne Babbel MFT, PhD points out that, “Many of us have been conditioned to believe that the road to success involves risks such as “getting one’s hopes up” — which threatens to lead to disappointment.” I got so obsessed that even my therapist advised me to take a step back or just quit on it. But guess what? I made it. “If you want to reach your potential within a domain, there’s really no other option. You’ll need to invest lots of time and effort,” Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. says. I felt so amazed by knowing it recently. These hidden features are most likely in windows10, but many of it is also available in the earlier versions as well. So enough with the chit chat and let’s get started.



A cipher is a cool tool built in Windows. It is a simple command line program that runs through the command prompt. It allows the encryption and decryption of data on the computer. Aside from that, it also accesses securely erased files so it won’t get recovered after deletion.  It is excellent for people who are a bit security conscious. One way to process the tool is by typing “cipher/e” or “cipher/d” followed by the path of the folder that needs encryption of decryption. The letters “E” and “D” stands for its purpose itself. The way of knowing if the encryption or decryption is successful is through the appearance of a little padlock icon on a file or folder. The best thing about this is the addition of data that will be put in will become automatically gets encrypted or decrypted as well. Therefore, there is no need to keep running the command prompt over and over again because the computer’s operating system handles everything.


Math Input Panel

For most people, the math input panel is not a popular program that needs too much attention. But for others, especially those who frequently use formulas, it is a lifesaver. When it gets open from the start menu, it will show something like a graphing paper. The tool allows a drawing of mathematical equations that gets converted into a regular text. Say for example in the word file where people typically go through all the math symbols and try to place it one by one correctly. The process can be frustrating. Jennice Vilhauer Ph.D. talks about how to deal with frustration, “Empower yourself to make the situation better by focusing on what you have the control to improve instead of making yourself miserable by insisting that everyone else play by your rules.” But with the help of math input panel, the symbols can easily get written out and paste it into a document. Yes, it is not always perfect due to its doodle-like characteristic, but there is a solution to the problem. If the input gets wrong, users can pick from available symbols and then insert it into the equation from the graphing paper.


SysInternal Suites

On the download page of Microsoft, there are tons of Windows tools. These are super useful but are not included in the system by default. One example of a program is the “process explorer.” It is somewhat a task manager on higher levels of commands. It shows a list of running processes, programs, and a lot more. When trying to access it, a binocular bar is needed for searching. Users only need to type in the name of the file, and it will tell which program is currently using it. Also, when there’s a need for a quick search of a program in the list, dragging the crosshair over the program is helpful. That’s because it will automatically go to it. Another program is the “autorun.” Yes, Windows already has a built-in feature that shows launched programs on boot up, but there are instances that it doesn’t often show everything. Therefore, autoruns are essential in keeping these programs visible. It shows a massive list of running programs that are everything in the list of the startup windows. Not just basic programs but as well as the list of services and codex. The Sysinternals Suites helps in fixing those applications which don’t show up in windows. Those are just examples of the best of it, and there is tons of beneficial information about SS that a lot of users can enjoy.

You probably use Windows in forever, and perhaps you think you know everything it has to offer. But there are a lot of things about Windows that you may never have seen or heard of. Some of them are minor features while others are significant program utilities.

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