Microsoft has traditionally dominated the desktop and laptop market so the small Mac numbers aren’t entirely surprising. Apple’s market share strength is on the mobile side with the iPhone iPad. There are more than 1 billion Windows-powered PCs in use in the world, Microsoft officially claims there are 400 million active users of Windows 10 itself. But less than 20% 0f those use shortcuts and even less knows about them. So, here are some tips for Windows 10 users to improve your productivity.
1.Take a Screenshot.
- To capture just one part of your screen, hit the Windows key + Shift + S to open a tool called Snip and Sketch.
- This allows you to click and drag to create a screenshot, which is saved to your Clipboard.
2. Open items on your Taskbar with keyboard shortcuts.
- Use the keyboard shortcut Windows key + [Number key], with the number of key corresponding to the position of the program on the Taskbar.
- For example. Windows key + 2 will open the second item on the Taskbar.
3. Figure out how much space apps are taking up.
- Navigate to Settings > System > Storage.
- Click on the drive you want to search (likely the local storage, “This PC”).
- Click Apps and Games to see a list of apps installed on your machine and how much space they are taking up.
4. Get rid of ads in your Start menu.
- To get rid of the ads in your Windows 10 Start menu, go to Settings >Personalization >Start.
- Toggle the setting called “Show suggestions occasionally” in Start to the off position.
5. Shutdown background apps.
- To control which apps are 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 apps in the background” to Off.
6. Use background scrolling.
- The feature should be on by default.
- But if it isn’t, go to Settings > Devices > Mouse, and toggle “Scroll inactive windows when I hover over them” to On.
7. 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.