4 Windows 10 Tips That Make Your Life Easier

by Michael Anderson

July 28, 2016

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It’s been almost one year since the release of Windows 10, and many businesses have updated their systems to be using it.  But are you taking advantage of all the features Windows 10 can offer? Here are four of the best Windows 10 features that you’ll want to start using right away.

Virtual Desktops

If you’ve never used a virtual desktop before (not to be confused with desktop virtualization), it’s a feature that allows you to open up multiple desktops that can be used for different things. This is ideal if you want to organize and spread out the way that you use your apps and windows, and helps to keep your main desktop free from the clutter. To open a new virtual desktop, click the Task View icon next to the Cortana search bar. Select the New desktop feature on the right corner of the screen. Then, if you’d like to move an open app to a different virtual desktop, it’s only a matter of clicking and dragging it to where you’d like the window to be.

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Advanced Screenshots

Windows 10 lets you take screenshots in a quick and easy way. To do so, just hold down the Windows key + Prt Scn. This captures your entire screen, and will place the file in a Screenshots folder. Or, alternatively, you can press Alt + Prt Scn to copy the screenshot to your clipboard, and then paste it into your preferred image editor. Another great way to edit your screenshot is to use Windows 10’s built-in Snipping Tool to customize it.

We’d also like to add that communicating with tech support is made much easier by using screenshots of your specific trouble. A visual representation helps technicians figure out the exact problem, and take steps toward resolving it.

Record Your Screen

Windows 10’s latest Xbox app allows users to record their desktop screens, which can be useful if you want to put together a quick tutorial or record a task being completed for future reference. To get started, launch the Xbox app, then press Windows + G while you’re in the app that you want to record. You’ll be shown a message that says, “Do you want to open the Game bar?” Check the “Yes, this is a game,” option, and click the record button. Even if it’s not a game, you’ll be able to record something quickly and easily.

Battery Saver Mode

On Windows 10 mobile devices, you can customize how the battery saver mode works. Specifically, you can control when it turns on. Normally, the battery saver mode will kick on around 20 percent, but you can change it to suit your preference. All you have to do is go through Settings > System > Battery saver.

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Upgrading to Windows 10

If you can’t take advantage of these tips because you’re operating on a different version of Windows, you can claim your free upgrade to Windows 10 from Microsoft until July 29, 2016. Of course, before doing so, you’ll still want to consider what the migration process will mean for your business. If you don’t do your research, your business could suffer from unexpected downtime and incompatibility with legacy applications. If you are interested in making the switch to Windows 10 and would like a professional assessment of what will be required for your business to make the move please contact us today.

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