Tips to Increase Productivity

Tips to Increase Productivity

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If you’re constantly behind on work, missing deadlines, or wasting time, then try using the following tactics to make yourself more productive.

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Disable ads in the Windows 10 File Explorer

Ads can be distracting when you’re trying to get things done. Microsoft has implemented its own services such as Office 365 and One Drive directly in the Windows File Explorer along with ads elsewhere around its operating system.

Disabling ads can easily be done by:

  • Launching File Explorer and click View > Options > Change folder and search options.
  • Move to the View tab and scroll through the list of options in the Advanced settings section.
  • Towards the bottom of the list, uncheck the option labeled Show sync provider notifications.
  • Click OK.

Using Task View to find app windows

Task View primary function is to provide an experience to quickly switch between running applications. It shows thumbnail views of all the open applications of the current desktop or virtual desktop and allows you to manage multiple apps and access apps quickly.

You can access the Task View screen by doing any one of the given methods:

  1. Click Task View button on the Taskbar (the button beside the Search bar).
  2. Press the Win + Tab.
  3. Swipe three fingers on the trackpad.

In case you haven’t used it, the Task View button looks like this:

Task View shows Thumbnails of App Windows

 

Customize Your Start Menu

The start menu can be customized to work for you. Rather than just rearranging the list of start menu items, you can choose what you want to appear for your unique needs, rearrange, resize and remove programs and other items that you do not use. There are also live tiles which can be useful to display weather, news or emails.

To access the Start menu settings, open the Start menu and click the “ Settings ” (gear) icon on the left side of the menu. On the “ Windows Settings ” dialog box, click Personalization. Click Start in the Personalization menu on the left side of the Settings dialog box.


 

Three Time-Saving Productivity Features in Microsoft Edge You Should Know About

Three Time-Saving Productivity Features in Microsoft Edge You Should Know About

Internet Explorer is being retired by Microsoft and I am smitten with its replacement, Microsoft Edge. Aside from being a native Windows product, Edge is full of features that just make life a little more simple, and who doesn’t need that?

Here are three Microsoft Edge features you don’t want to miss:

1. Multiple Profiles – Hands down, my personal favorite!

With the many hats we wear in today’s digital world come different email accounts and a library of credentials for all the things we need online access to. Think about your home email, work account, and others you may have to keep track of. The more hats you wear, the more difficult and time consuming it becomes to manage settings, credentials and bookmarks. Sometimes when logging in to a website, you log out of other accounts before logging in with the account we need and things can get frustrating fast!

Maintain your accounts with less stress by creating a profile for work, home and whatever else you may need – each configurable with its own settings, bookmarks and yes, even password storage – all in ONE PLACE.

It’s simple to add a new profile once you download Microsoft Edge. Start by clicking on your profile avatar as shown in the image below, then follow these steps. For more tips on using multiple profiles in Edge, check out this blog.

2. QR Code Generator

QR codes, love them or hate them, are here to stay. How does one even create a QR code you might wonder…

QR code generators are easily found through a web search, but Microsoft Edge has put the function right at your fingertips – keeping you on task with minimal effort.

Simply click the address bar of the web page you need a QR code for and select the QR code icon. Voilá! QR code is ready for you to download.

3. Web Capture

Web Capture is another useful feature in Edge. Screen shots are great, but sometimes you want to save an entire web page. Cue in the Web Capture Feature.

Access Web Capture in two ways from Edge

    1. Press CTRL+SHIFT+S all at once

OR

    2. Click the ellipsis (settings and more) in the upper right corner – select Web Capture

Then, select if you want to Capture Full Page or Capture an Area

  • Capture Full Page – this option will open a new window with an image of the page – from here, you can mark up and save your image as needed.
  • Capture an Area – Use the cursor to select the area you want to capture. You can even mark up your captured area and/or copy it to use in a document or email.

 


3 Windows Key Shortcuts to Make your Life Easier

3 Windows Key Shortcuts to Make your Life Easier

The Windows logo key is a useful and even essential key on your keyboard. There are multiple shortcuts this key can be used for to make you more efficient and speed up your work.

Here are three you may find useful in your daily activities:

 

Clipboard

Copy images and text from one PC to another with a cloud-based clipboard. Not only can you can paste from your clipboard history, but you can also pin the items you find yourself using all the time.

This little-known – and incredibly useful – shortcut allows you to get to your clipboard history: press Windows logo key  + V. You can also paste and pin frequently used items by choosing an individual item from your clipboard menu.

To share your clipboard items across your Windows 10 devices, select Start  > Settings  > System Clipboard. Choose Automatically sync text that I copy under Sync across devices. The sync feature is tied to your Microsoft account, or your work account, so remember to use the same login information on all your devices.

Lock your PC

You can use the Windows Logo Key to quickly lock your PC. To do this, simply press Windows logo key + L

 

Split Screen

Sometimes while working, you may be limited to one monitor, but need to see two at once. An easy way to do this is by using the Windows Logo key.

To snap a window to the left, use the Windows logo key + Left arrow

To snap a window to the right, use the Windows logo key + Right arrow