Windows 10 Productivity Hacks
Whether you’re a Windows 10 veteran or only recently upgraded to the new experience, there are plenty of new and old tips, tricks and hidden features to learn that will make using this feature-rich OS faster and smoother. In business, productivity counts and learning just a few hacks can make a huge difference in your day.
Open the 'Secret' Start menu
Windows 10 includes a lesser-known second Start menu that makes accessing important features like the Command Prompt, the Control Panel and the Task Manager much easier. You can access it two different ways, either by pressing the Windows key + X, or right click the Windows icon/Start button.
Create An Event Without The Calendar
The lasted version Windows 10 (2004) lets you quickly add events to your Microsoft calendar directly from the Taskbar without the calendar. Here's how:
On your Taskbar, click the box with the time and date in it in the right corner.
Click the date when you want to schedule an event.
Enter the event name, time and location. (If you have multiple calendars, click the down arrow next to the event name field to choose the one you want to add it to.)
Click save. The event should appear in your Calendar app across your devices.
Minimize All Windows Except The Active One
If your desktop screen has gotten too crowded with open windows, you can quickly minimize them all except the one you are currently working in.
Just click the title bar of the window you want to remain open to select it. Then, hold the mouse down and move the window back and forth quickly -- shaking it, essentially. After a couple of quick shakes, all other open windows will minimize, leaving only the one you've shaken open.
Take A Screenshot
There are at least eight different ways you can take a screenshot with Windows 10.
If you want to capture and save a picture of your entire screen, the easiest way is to hit the Windows key + Print Screen key, and that picture will be saved to the Pictures > Screenshots folder.
To capture just one part of your screen, hit the Windows key + Shift + S to open a tool called Snip & Sketch, which allows you to click and drag to create a screenshot, which is saved to your Clipboard.
Shut Down Background Apps
Apps that run in the background can receive info, send notifications, and stay updated, even when you’re not using them. This is perhaps useful but can also use up your battery unnecessarily.
To control the apps running in the background and save some battery power and data, go to Settings > Privacy > Background apps. To stop all apps from running in the background, toggle Let apps run in the background to Off. Or, you can choose which apps to run in the background individually by going down the list on the same page.