Get Max Productivity from these Windows 10 Tricks

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My son goes to a technology high school where they build robots, do experiments with DNA, and play with stuff that was science fiction when I was in school. He is part of a cabal that trades tips on how to use Windows 10 to its max.

His fingers fly across his Windows 10 laptop, Windows rearrange in panes, screen caps open with annotations, he tacks Post-It ® notes for upcoming tasks, and he does cool stuff that this founding Windows consultant is sometimes awe-struck with. However, this blog has ten tips that will help me (and you) catch up with his tech pals and gals. Here are some of the awesome tips you will learn for Windows 10.

Use GodMode to Display the Control Panel with Access to Everything

GodMode gives you access to the legendary hidden folder where you can control 262 (+) features of Windows 10. It’s like the Control Panel of the Gods. I can just hear Mike Meyers laughing maniacally, “Mwuhahahahaha.”

Make sure you copy the string to name the folder exactly as shown in the linked blog. A period (.) must come after GodMode and before the {.

Organize Application Windows in a Snap

This is a great way to arrange windows when you are strapped into airline economy class and have no room to use the mouse. Use the Task Views (next tip) or Alt+tab to move between the arranged windows.

Switch between Apps with Task View

When you have a lot of windows open, this is a better way to switch between apps than the Alt+Tab shortcut key. Task View shows you what is available so you can immediately click it.

Group Apps on a Virtual Desktop

Create multiple workspaces in Windows 10. For example, you might be working on more than one project and want to keep the applications for each project in separate groups. One virtual desktop might contain a collection of apps for a system requirement you are writing. Another virtual desktop can contain an unrelated collection of apps related to a database project. Virtual desktops will help you keep your work separated and organized.

Add Sticky Notes and Sketches with Windows Ink; Sticky Notes, Sketchpad, and Screen Sketch

Sticky Notes, Sketchpad, and Screen Sketch are very handy tools on laptops with a drawing pen and work almost as handily “writing” on any screen with a mouse. If you do not see the pen icon for the Windows Ink Workspace in the lower-right corner of your System Tray, then right-click in the Task Tray that holds your application icons, and choose Show Windows Ink Workspace button.

  • Sticky Notes are great for notes on your screen just like the Post-It ® we all love and hate.
  • Sketchpad is good for drawing and storing a sketch that’s impossible to describe in words.
  • Screen Sketch is excellent for capturing and cropping a screen capture, then cropping, and annotating before forwarding it to a teammate or the support desk.