5 Hacks to Using Windows 10 Like a Pro
Who doesn’t want to use their computer with ease? Maybe you switched to Windows 10 years ago. Maybe you recently moved up due to the end of Windows 7 patching and support. Whatever the case, these tips can help you navigate Windows 10 like a pro.
1. Take a screenshot
Oh, the humble screenshot! From taking a quick screenshot to save that recipe you’ve been eyeballing online to documenting problems you’re experiencing to send to your IT provider, the simple screenshot can be a super helpful…if you remember how to take one.
In Windows 10, there are three easy shortcuts to take a screenshot:
- To take a traditional screenshot that includes your entire screen, press the Windows key and the Print Screen key at the same time. The picture will automatically save to your Pictures folder under Screenshots.
- To take a screenshot of only your active window, press the Alt and Print Screen keys at the same time. The screenshot will save to your clipboard for easy pasting into a Word document or email.
- To select any rectangle to screenshot, you’ll have to press 3 keys at once: Windows, Shift, and S. This shortcut will open the Snip & Sketch tool. From there, you can use the mouse to highlight the rectangle you’d like to shoot, which will then automatically save to your clipboard. You can further work with the partial screenshot by either pasting it into your email/Word or clicking on the small image of the shot that will appear in an alert on the bottom right of your screen.
2. Scroll a window you’re not working in
If you are referencing one program or application as you work on another, it can be really helpful to scroll the window that’s not currently selected. With Windows 10, you can scroll up and down any window that’s open. This means if you’re referencing an Excel file while working in Word, you can hover your mouse (whether independent or a touchpad) over the Excel file to scroll up and down and still keep your place in Word when you continue typing.
This feature should enabled as a default. If it is not, go to the Start Menu. Find the Settings area (the icon looks like a gear), then select Devices and specify Mouse. From there, you can make sure “Scroll inactive windows when I hover over them” is toggled to the On position.
3. Kill ads on your Start menu
You may notice app suggestions (advertisements) on the right side of your Start Menu. To keep these from showing, go to the Settings gear on the Start menu. Click Personalization, then select Start. From here, you can toggle the “Show suggestions occasionally in Start” option into the Off position. Just like that, no more ads!
4. Create an event without opening your Calendar
Do you like to keep your days organized without a lot of hassle? You can add an event to your Microsoft calendar without opening the application. Just click the box with the time and date in the lower right corner. Click the date you’d like to schedule the event. Enter details, and save the event! It should appear in your Calendar application on all devices you have synced to this Microsoft account.
5. Open items on your Taskbar without clicking
Unless you are working with an uncomfortable mouse, this one may be more to help you feel like a pro than to help with daily activity. Your Taskbar is the handy bar on the bottom of your screen with icons of the programs that you’ve pinned there or that are open. To access these quickly, you just need your keyboard and a quick count from left. If you press the Windows key at the same time as the number of the position of the icon, that program should open right up!
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