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New ways to take control of apps in Windows 10

If you’re new to Windows 10, you may be wondering where all these apps came from. Windows is now calling their programs “apps,” and also introduced new features to control them.

First up: background app scrolling. In older versions of Windows, if you had multiple programs opened, it didn’t matter where your mouse was: when you scrolled, the last window you were in was the one that moved. Now, whichever window your mouse is hovering over is the one that will scroll. This feature is activated by default, but if you want to turn it off, go to "Settings," then "Devices." Select “Mouse & touchpad” and turn off “Scroll inactive windows."

Next is window arrangement. This feature is similar to window snapping, which you can learn about here, but it applies to all open windows. Move your mouse to the taskbar and right-click. You’ll see three options to display the windows: cascade, stack, and side by side. To show the windows normally again, right-click and select “Undo show all windows…”

Finally, if your desktop is becoming too cluttered and you can’t focus, you can declutter it with just a wave of the mouse. Simply click and hold the title bar of the app and shake the mouse back. All inactive windows will be minimized and you can work without distraction. To show all the windows again, just repeat the action.

Try these features out for yourself, and be sure to bookmark this page so you always have quick access to this tip!

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