Though initially released in July 2015, Windows 10 is finally becoming the standard operating system for many businesses. Now that the OS
has had more exposure, new ways of optimizing the Windows 10 experience have been learned. We look at some tricks you can take advantage of on Windows 10 to make your work experience a bit smoother.
Customize the Start Menu
The start menu made its highly anticipated return to Microsoft’s OS and with it comes some handy customizable options. By hovering over the side of the pop-up start menu, you can resize the frame to be however large or small you’d like. Additionally, the programs, marked by tiles in the menu, can be added or removed based on your liking. All you need to do to add or remove a tile is to right click it and choose “Add” or “Remove.”
Snap Windows to Corners
Working off of four documents at once? Windows 10 has you covered. You can now drag pages to each corner of the screen and they will resize (“snap”) to fit one-fourth of the screen. Previously, you were able to resize your pages to fit half of the screen by dragging them to the sides, a feature that is still available but now with more options.
Windows 10 comes with a new web browser, Microsoft Edge. While many will see the browser as simply a rebrand of Internet Explorer, Edge has some useful added capabilities. Most notably is the ability to easily annotate a web page. The annotate button, which looks like a square with a pencil half in it, can be found in the upper right corner of the browser. This feature gives you the options to highlight text, draw and erase, add notes and clip sections of any webpage, making it very useful for those doing research. The annotate function doesn’t even need a browser extension installed to use it.
This time around, Windows has more options for you to play around with to customize the appearance of the OS. For example, you can change the color of the start menu and task bar. To do this, go to Start > Settings > Personalization > Color.
Working on something where you need to keep switching windows? Windows 10 includes a feature where you won’t need to click on the window to scroll. Activate “Scroll inactive windows when I hover over them” in the Mouse & Keypad settings and you will be able to effortlessly switch between windows.
Jamie Lendino from ExtreameTech.com lays out some helpful keyboard shortcuts:
- Windows Key-Tab (Task View – shows all open windows neatly on one screen)
- Windows Key-Right-Up (Moves app to top right quadrant)
- Windows Key-Ctrl-Left or Right (Switch to virtual desktops)
- Windows Key-Ctrl-D (Opens a new virtual desktop)
- Windows Key-Ctrl-C (Cortana, Microsoft’s new Siri clone, will listen to your command)
- Windows Key-S (Daily Glance for weather, news, sports)
- Windows Key-Ctrl-F4 (Closes virtual desktop)
- Windows Key-Up and Down (Snap apps to top or bottom of screen or maximizes)
If you haven’t already upgraded to Windows 10, you are probably sick of the upgrade notifications Microsoft throws at you. Once you go through with the upgrade, the ads don’t end; thankfully, there is an easy fix. All you need to do to remove the Microsoft Office ads is right-click “Get Office” in the start menu and click “Uninstall”.
What Windows 10 tricks have you discovered? Share them in the comments!