Windows is one of the most common operating systems in the world so we wanted to share some productivity tips to help you tackle those busy projects at work or school. We have a video to go along with the tips so if you want a full step by step video video check out the full YouTube video below.
1. Use God Mode
The first tip is to use God Mode. God mode gives you quick access to everything with one click. It isn’t limited to just files but you can quickly access customization options and features. It almost looks like a cPanel for your Windows computer as it provides with so many different options and settings in one area.
To use God Mode:
- Right Click on Desktop and Select New then Folder
- Right Click on the New Folder and Click Rename
- Set the Following Name for the folder
2. Tile & Snap Windows (Great for Multitasking)
If you tend to work with a lot of windows this next tip is for you. You can snap your Windows to each side of your screen and have access to them at the same time. This is great for researching, comparing and entertainment as you can have a video playing on one side of the screen and a working document on the other.
To tile 2 screens at once go to an active window:
- Press and hold windows key then press the right or left arrow to snap it to the right or left side
- Click on another window and then you will be able to fill in that empty space.
To tile more than 2 screens at once go to an active window and:
- Drag and drop the window to any corner
- Press and hold the Windows Key and using the left or right arrow snap it to the left or right side. While still holding the windows key press the up or down arrow to snap it to the top or bottom of the screen.
3. Use Task View to find Different Windows
Maybe you don’t like to have smaller Windows but still have to sort through many different windows to get your work done. Or perhaps you need more screen real estate to do your work so snapping your Windows to different quadrants just isn’t the best option. In this case use task view to sort through different Windows.
To use Task View:
- Click Task View button on the task bar (the button beside the search bar)
- Press the Windows Key and Tab
- Use your mouse to sort through different Windows
4. Use Focus Assist (block notifications from unwanted apps)
We live in a time where notifications come from all kinds of apps and websites. Sometimes to get the most important work done it is best to silence these notifications or better yet set up a focus mode in which only certain kinds of notifications come through.
To use Focus Assist:
- Toggle to the action centre in Windows 10 by pressing the Windows key and A key
- Look for the moon icon in the bottom list and toggle it this should silence all notifications
- To customize when notifications, right click the icon and then go to settings in which you can set automatic rules, priority list and more
5. Save Multiple Items in the Clipboard
If you like to use the copy and paste feature often this tip is for you. You can have access to your recent couple of copied text and images as opposed to just the most recent one. To do it you first have to enable clipboard.
- Open settings
- Click on Systems
- Click on Clipboard and toggle it on (you have option to sync it across other devices)
To use clipboard
- Select what you want to copy
- Right click for the copy or cut option
- Go to where you want to paste it
- Use Windows Key and V for keyboard shortcut to the clipboard history
6. Use Snip and Sketch for Screenshots
Screenshots are important and come in handy whether you’re making a presentation or sharing some info with your coworkers and it should be easy and convenient. Windows 10 goes all in on convenience and provides a neat way to keep your screenshots organized. To take screenshots use the Snip and Sketch feature.
To use it:
- Open start
- Search for Snip and Sketch, click the top result
- Click new button in the top left corner
- Select the type of snip you want
- Free form
- Full screen
- Capture the screenshot
- Edit the screenshot as you need (touch writing, marker or cropping)
- Then click save button in the top right corner
- Confirm file name
- Click save
7. Record Meeting/Lecture notes with Voice Recorder
Chances are if you clicked on this video, you probably have some meetings to attend. Sometimes, we can’t type fast enough or we only want to write down the most important aspects of the meeting. But we still want to have a good recollection of the meeting. That’s when you use the Voice Recorder to aid in recording meetings. This is also great for students who attend long lectures.
- Open start
- Search for Voice Recorder and select the top result to open the app
- Click Record (microphone) button to start recording
- Click Pause to stop the recording without finishing it
- You can use the Flag button to reference a certain section for later
- Click Stop to end the session
- Select the track from the left side and click pay button to listen to the audio and transcribe the content as needed
- Rename the file with the button in the bottom right and then save it
8. Use Virtual Desktop
Virtual Desktop may not be for all of you but if you are easily distracted then it is beneficial. You essentially create two different computers or think of two different accounts. This is great to separate your personal computer from your work computer.
To create a virtual desktop:
- Open up the task view button (two overlapping rectangles) on the task bar or press Windows Key + Tab
- Click New Desktop to add a virtual desk top (If you already have two or more then an “Add a Desktop” button will appear as grey)
To switch between different virtual desktops:
- Open the task view and click on the desktop you want to switch to
The keyboard shortcut is Windows Key + Ctrl + Left Arrow or Right Arrow
We hope these Windows productivity tips come in helpful for your next big projects. These productivity tips will surely help boost the amount of work you get done. Share this article with a friend who needs a productivity boost!