Computers are here to make our lives easier. They help us accomplish tasks rapidly and often, with much greater precision than a human can.
But at times, computers can give us a headache. Often, the operating systems confuse us, and we don’t know how to navigate our way around them.
Microsoft Windows is a great operating system. Windows 10 has become exceptionally popular. But even Windows 10 can, on occasion, confuse the user and slow down productivity and efficiency.
So how do you alleviate this?
We’ve put together these Microsoft support tips to help you stay productive while using Windows.
Microsoft Support Tips You Should Know
Use our guide below to optimize your experience with Microsoft Windows. If you run into issues with Windows, you should always seek the best technical support.
A great option is Microsoft pay per incident for on-demand support.
Here’s how to stay productive with Microsoft:
1. Virtual Desktop
If you need to run many applications at once, you may feel stressed navigating through many windows on the interface. You’re looking for an efficient way to manage several tasks at once.
A great option is through the Virtual Desktop. This feature creates as many ‘mini-desktops’ as you want in your taskbar. Then, one each desktop you can use different applications.
For instance, on one desktop you can have documents open, on a second you can have presentations open, and on a third, you can have your web browser open.
This makes it easier to toggle between desktop screens instead of having several applications open at once on a single desktop.
All you have to do is go to Windows and click Ctrl + D to start!
2. Start Menu
Sometimes, the start menu does not have everything you need to access in one go.
We often waste time in navigating through the menu until we find the application or documents that we need.
Luckily, with Windows 10 you can customize the start menu. You can choose what applications are shown. You can decide that your frequently used applications are displayed prominently. You can remove items from the menu, and you can even resize the icons.
This will save you time by allowing you to quickly select the applications you need to quickly access.
3. Save Your Battery
One of the greatest killers of productivity is battery life. If you take your laptop to a coffee shop and are unable to find a free outlet, you will have to hope that your battery will last long enough to complete your work.
If you find yourself in this situation, you want to work on saving your battery life. To do this, go to Settings, then navigate to System, then to Battery Saver, and finally to Battery Saver Settings.
Once you are there, you can choose at what point to “save” your battery. You can do this when there is 30% battery left, 25% battery left or less than 20%. If your battery reaches your selected amount, the system will begin to conserve your battery so that it lasts longer.
4. Using The Calculator
You may not realize it, but we are willing to bet that you use the calculator more often than you think. Or you may, on occasion, need to convert units or solve complex math problems.
Usually, you may resort to an Internet search to find out how many kilograms are in 22 pounds – but you can use the calculator for this instead.
With the new calculator app, you can toggle between different modes. There is a scientific calculator for solving complex problems as well as a conversion calculator for converting volume, length, weight, mass, temperature, and many other units of measurement.
By using the advanced calculator app, you will save yourself a lot of time.
5. Snapping Windows
If you find that the Virtual Desktop option is unnecessary or excessive for your needs, you can use snapping windows.
Instead of having to minimize your applications and then keep clicking through them, you can resize the window panes and “stick” them to your desktop – as if they were thumbnails. Then, all you have to do is click on a thumbnail, and it will reopen in full screen.
All you have to do is go to Settings, then Systems, then Multitasking and activate the Snap Assist feature. For the best results, you should allow the system to suggest companion windows as well.
One of the advantages of Mac OS X over Windows was the Siri personal assistant. Luckily, Windows users now also have a personal assistant in the shape of Cortana.
If you are not using Cortana, you are missing out on one of the best ways to stay productive.
With Cortana, you can complete a variety of tasks quickly. For example, instead of opening your web browser, then typing in the URL of your favorite search engine, and then searching – you can ask Cortana directly to do a search for your inquiry.
Within a few seconds, Cortana will open a search results page with your inquiry. You can also use Cortana to set up appointments in your calendar and to remind you of important dates.
And if you are ever bored, you can talk directly to Cortana! Instead of having to always type things out, you can speak directly to Cortana and have her accomplish tasks for you.
7. Using a PIN
You are probably wondering how a pin can make you more productive. After all, doesn’t this added layer of security slow things down?
It does. But, security is crucial to staying productive. If your computer is stolen and your data is easily accessible, it can be tampered with. Your PIN makes sure your files and your data are safe so you can focus on your work.
Instead of you logging in automatically, you can add an extra layer of security by logging in with a PIN number or by using a picture verification to log in.
Now that you know the 7 Microsoft support tips to improve your productivity, you can get back to work and be more efficient than before!
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