You are likely to spend more and more time at home on your PC, but did you know that Windows 10 has your back and can help you stay productive during your busiest times? There are many tricks made in Windows itself which have been made keeping in mind the productivity.
From window tiling to window scaling to installing your favorite websites as progressive web apps and more, here’s a look at our top five ways you can maximize your productivity in Windows 10.
Tile and “snap” your windows
Our first tip is the one that sits just below your nose in Windows 10. If you have a lot of windows open while working, you may find yourself repeatedly leaving behind or moving them around. However, Windows has built-in keyboard shortcuts that can help you “tile” your open windows. To do this you can follow our instructions given below:
- Tile from two windows: In the active window, press and hold The windows Key plus left or right arrow keys to snap a window to the left or right of the screen. You can select another window to fill in the blanks.
- Tile on more than two windows: Drag and drop your first window into any corner. Then press and hold The windows Key, after the left or right arrow key, to snap the active window to the left or right. Finally, press and hold The windows Key UP or DOWN ARROW KEY Up or down in the corner to move the snapping window.
Microsoft officially calls it “snapping”, and it lets you snap your Windows side-by-side, up and down, and many other orientations. This can be useful if you are working on an external monitor with a new laptop with a higher resolution or with a 4K screen.
If these keyboard shortcuts are not working for you, then you have to open the Settings app in Windows 10 and find it multitasking. Make sure toggle switch Snap windows Is on.
Reduce your window scaling
If you own a Surface tablet or laptop and can push your screen resolution beyond the minimum Full HD (1920 x 1080) standard, chances are that a lot of the text on your screen is super large by default. This means that you probably cannot multitask effectively as we have just mentioned above.
No worries though, as our second tip has you covered: You can reduce your window scaling to make items on your screen fit more items on your screen.
To reduce window scaling, right-click on the desktop and select display settings. From there, you should see a box that says Resize text, apps and other items. You want to choose one less than the suggested or default value in the list.
You should see everything on your screen automatically, allowing you to fit more on your screen. It is best to quickly log out and log in to ensure that the app can scale properly after the change.
Turn on focus assist so that the app doesn’t bother you with notifications
In Teams or Zoom Meetings? Working on something important? The last thing you want is an app that is bothering you with a notification and getting an annoying “ping” sound from Windows when an incoming notification occurs for you.
By the way, as mode is not disturbed on your iPhone, Windows 10 has a feature called Focus Assist. This is the third item in our list.
To turn on the focus assist, press and toggle the Action Center in Windows 10 The windows Key plus a key on your keyboard. Then you should see the crescent icon in the list below. When you toggle it, Windows will silence all app and system notifications.
You can right-click on the icon and select go to Settings You can customize the focus assist to see more ways. From here, you can set automatic rules, add apps to the priority list, and more. Go ahead and play with it! The sky is the limit!
Create a progressive web app for websites you want to get instant access to
If you find yourself always visiting a specific website (say Twitter, Microsoft Teams, Instagram, or Facebook), you can like it in the web browser of your choice so that you can access it quickly. But did you know that you can create a progressive web app (PWA) for that website so that you can “pin” it to your taskbar or even start a menu for quick access.
Progressive web apps also look neat and can feel more like a dedicated system app rather than a website with a traditional window and menu control top up. We will cover the top two major web browsers when talking about building a progressive web app – Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge.
- In Google Chrome: Go to the website of choice, then click on the three downward arrow at the top of your screen next to your profile icon. Again, look for Install [Website name] Button. This should regularly launch the website in its own window as an app, free of Chrome controls. You can then see the website listed as an app in your start menu. If you wish, right-click to pin it.
- In Microsoft Edge: Go to the website of choice, then click on the three horizontal dots at the top of the screen next to your profile icon. From there, look for Apps Button, and then click Install [website name].Your website will then pin it to the list of apps in the Start menu, and the next time you launch it from there, it will be free from regular edge control.
Note that in some instances, you may not be able to create PWA through those settings in Chrome. If so, you can force a website to become a PWA by creating a shortcut. Just go to the website and tap on the same menu button, select More equipment, and then create a shortcut. Make sure Open as a window The button is toggled. The website will then be saved in your Start menu in the list of apps.
To get the most battery life from your PC, make different battery plans.
The last thing on our list includes saving the battery. After all, productivity involves being unplugged, so when you’re in the middle of work, you shouldn’t worry about running a power outlet. Well, Windows 10 has a built-in feature that can help.
If you go to the taskbar and see the battery icon, there is a slider for different power plans that can be helpful in different productivity scenarios. We have explained these below:
- Best Battery Life: This setting puts your laptop in battery saving mode and reduces power consumption. It is good to get the best battery life when you are in a pinch and when no power outlet is nearby. When your battery goes below 20%, usually, it turns on automatically.
- Better Battery: This setting reduces the power usage of your laptop to ensure that you can get the most out of your battery by not going into low power consumption mode. When you are good for less than 40% battery and want to save battery.
- better performance: This represents a mixture of improved battery life and good performance. This is useful to ensure that your laptop is not throttling and that you can get the most power from your laptop while multitasking.
- best performance: This setting uses the most battery but ensures maximum performance. This is good for gaming on battery power or for performing video editing and other CPU-intensive tasks.
If you are not looking at these power options, it is likely that your laptop is too old and does not support different power modes. You can go into Windows 10 settings and try to find “Battery”. From this settings page, there are lots of suggestions, which show you which apps are using the most power and how you can improve battery life.