5 Windows 10 tips & tricks to boost productivity. Windows 10 is by far the most famous, mostly used, and a more secure operating system by Microsoft.
With Windows 10 Microsoft introduced many features and new apps that can surely help boost your day-to-day productivity.
Many of these features are still not known by Windows 10 users.
Microsoft allowed users to upgrade to Windows 10 without any extra cost if the current Windows is already activated. You can upgrade to Windows 10, given that your current Windows is at least Windows 7 with SP1.
Here are 5 Windows 10 tips & tricks
1. Copy to clipboard
If you have a job that requires multiple copies and pastes, the copy to clipboard feature is the one for you in Windows 10.
Before Windows 10 everyone was bound to use the legacy way to copy and paste, ctrl c and ctrl v.
With Windows 10 Microsoft introduced Windows + V, which opens up a clipboard, and all the copied content goes to that clipboard including images.
Let’s see how to use the copy to clipboard feature.
First, make sure the Clipboard feature is enabled in Windows 10 settings.
- Click on Start > Settings > System > Clipboard
- Enable Clipboard history, on the right side
Clipboard history can also be enabled by using Windows + V and click on Turn on.
Clipboard history works across Windows 10 devices too if they are signed in with the same Microsoft Email, use Sync across devices option and sign in, in the Clipboard setting.
Now, you can copy multiple contents one by one, go to the area where you want to paste the content, use Windows + V to get the clipboard history, you will see content that you copied earlier, and click on the content from the clipboard to paste.
To paste a different content use Windows + V again and click on the desired content.
2. Virtual desktops screens
One of the coolest features in Windows 10 is “Virtual Desktop Screens”.
The feature allows a user to open more desktop screens.
It’s quite handy when you are working on multiple programs simultaneously or maybe want to keep a program separate from your current project.
To use the feature either click on the Task View icon on the taskbar or use Windows + tab, and then click on the New desktop option on the top left corner.
This will open a new virtual desktop screen, you can now either open your program in this new Desktop screen or can also drag and drop the program by clicking on Task view or use Windows + Tab.
Keyboard Shortcuts for Virtual Desktop Screen
Windows + Ctrl + D = Open new desktop screen
Windows + Ctrl + (right, left arrow key) = Switch between/among desktop screens
Windows + Tab = List opened desktop screens
By default, Alt + Tab shows Windows that are opened on the current desktop screen only, if you want to see all the Windows from all the desktop screens you will need to enable that feature from the Windows 10 settings.
Enable Alt + Tab for all the desktop screens
- Click on Start > Settings > System > Multitasking
- On the right side, find the Virtual desktops section
- In the “Pressing Alt + Tab shows Windows that are open on” option select All desktops from the dropdown
3. File Explorer “This PC”
In Windows 10 file explorer shows “Quick access” instead of This PC, where you find recent files and frequent folders.
You might not want to see recent files and folders in the quick access section, so the other option for you is to switch back to This PC.
This PC shows you, current user profile’s seven default folders including Pictures, Downloads, Documents, etc., and also the Devices and Drives in the computer.
Enable This PC in File Explorer
- Open Run command box, Windows + R
- Enter control folders, and click on Ok
- In the General tab find “Open File Explorer to“, i.e. the first section, and switch to This PC fro the dropdown
- Click on Apply, click on Ok
Next time you open File Explorer, it will go to This PC instead of Quick access.
4. Windows terminal app
Windows terminal app is available to download from the Microsoft Store, and not yet included in the distribution by default.
It is an open-source and more powerful terminal by Microsoft.
The main features of the Windows terminal app are multiple tabs, panes, Unicode and UTF-8 character support, a GPU accelerated text rendering engine, and custom themes, styles, and configuration.
The new Windows terminal can be very useful for you if you are an IT admin, who needs to work on multiple remote instances, including the local machine.
Use CMD, PowerShell, FTP, SSH, and Azure cloud shell from the same window with multiple tabs.
5. Quick calendar event
Windows 10 has a pre-installed calendar app, used to set up events and reminders.
You can sign in with your Microsoft account to access the calendar across devices, and could also sync it with Google, Outlook, and other third parties calendar services.
You can always set up your time commitments using the calendar app, to do that search for the calendar app from the Start menu, open it and click on “New event”.
To set an event through your voice, you will use Cortana. If you have been using Windows 10 you probably know about Cortana.
If you don’t, Cortana is a virtual assistant by Microsoft and is already integrated with Windows 10.
If you are already using Cortana, open it and say something like “Hey Cortana. Remind me to take out the trash at 5 p.m.” or “Hey Cortana. Add Nik’s birthday party to my calendar for tomorrow at 6 p.m.”
Cortana will confirm the action and will add the event to the Windows 10 calendar app.
Set event through the taskbar time
Here’s another quick way to set your events and reminders, this method works through the time that you can see on the taskbar.
The taskbar is typically a long bar that shows currently running and pinned programs, also a notification icon, time, language, internet icon, battery icon, and a tiny arrow that shows some more hidden icons.
- Click on the taskbar time
- Select the month and date (no need to select today’s date)
- Enter your Event name in the “Add an event or reminder” box
- Select the time and click on Save
You can choose the color-coding, and also add the location if required, and your calendar event or reminder is now live.
If you don’t see the “Add an event or reminder” field, click on the Show agenda option.
We hope these “5 Windows 10 tips & tricks” would help you in boosting your productivity.
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