Windows 10 is one of the best operating systems for computer devices. It comes with numerous features and tools that allow users to conduct various heavy tasks efficiently.
If you are a Windows 10 user, you don’t need external third-party programs to enhance your work productivity. You can use various ways, like creating keyboard macros or shortcuts and several Windows 10 in-built productivity-enhancing tools that would help you efficiently manage your office work, especially during the ongoing work from home culture. Not many Windows user knows about these amazing features.
In this post, we would list the top Windows 10 Tips to maximize productivity.
Use Windows 10 Snap Feature to Organize App Windows
Windows 10 Snap is a fantastic feature that lets you utilize the whole space of your screen. This feature is especially handy when you need to work on multiple applications simultaneously, i.e., for multitasking. Snap lets you arrange the app windows on the screen as per your preference.
You can snap open applications to the left or right half of the screen or top-left, top-right, bottom-left, or bottom-right quadrant of the screen. To Snap the application windows, you can use the following keyboard shortcuts for better efficiency:
- Windows Key + Left: Snap the app screen to the left
- Windows Key + Right: Snap the app screen to the Right
- Windows Key + Left then Windows Key + Up: Snap the app screen to the top-left edge
- Windows Key + Right then Windows Key + Up: Snap the app screen to the top-right edge
- Windows Key + Left then Windows Key + Down: Snap the app screen to the bottom-left edge
- Windows Key + Right then Windows Key + Down: Snap the app screen to the bottom-right edge
Use Virtual Desktops
Currently, most people are working on their personal devices. So personal files on the device can be distracting while at work. To separate your personal work and professional work, Windows 10 has an excellent feature known as Virtual Desktops. Using the Virtual Desktop feature, you can create four separate desktops and launch different applications on them.
For example, one Virtual Desktop can be used for entertainment, and another can be used for work purposes. This would ensure that while working, you are not distracted.
To create a Virtual Desktop, press Windows Button+Ctrl+D key combination.
Use Windows 10 Focus Assist
While working, you might be distracted by continuous notifications of different apps on your Windows 10 desktop. This is where Windows 10 Focus Assist comes into action.
The Focus Assist feature of Windows 10 lets you turn off or limit the number of notifications on your system. To enable Focus Assist, follow these steps:
- Search for Focus Assist on the windows search box, and click on its icon to launch it.
- Choose the preferred options from the list of many options.
Use Windows Task View to Switch between Task
Windows Task View is an innovative feature that lets you view the thumbnail of the opened applications and switch to any of them by clicking on any of the application windows.
You can enable the Windows Task View using the following ways:
- Press Windows key + Tab
- If you are using a laptop, Swipe three fingers on the touchpad.
- Click the “Task View” button on the Taskbar.
Use Touchpad Gestures
If you are using a Windows 10 laptop, the touchpad can be pretty handy for maximizing work productivity. The touchpad allows you to use various gestures for various purposes. Using Windows 10 touch gestures, you can perform the following tasks:
- Right-click: double-tap on the touchpad
- Left-click: single tap on the touchpad
- Zoom in: pinch in with two fingers
- Zoom out: pinch out with two fingers
- Scroll: use two fingers and slide horizontally and vertically for horizontal and vertical scroll
- Windows Task View: Swipe up with three fingers
- Show Desktop: Swipe down with three fingers
- Switch b/w Windows: Swipe left and right with three fingers.
Use Mouse to Scroll Inactive Windows
While working on multiple applications simultaneously, you might require to scroll the app window, which is not currently active. To enable the mouse to scroll on inactive app windows, follow these steps:
- Open Windows Settings and choose Devices.
- From the left pane, click on Mouse.
- Toggle button to turn ON the Scroll inactive windows when I hover over them.
While working from home, it might not be easy to maintain work productivity. The decline in productivity might heavily affect your professional work. However, with the tips listed in this post, Windows 10 users might be able to maximize productivity and increase work efficiency.