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HOW TO BE PRODUCTIVE ON WINDOWS 10 AND 11: THE BUILT-IN FEATURES YOU NEED TO KNOW

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Windows 10 and 11 are two of the most popular operating systems in the world. They offer a lot of features that can help you be more productive. Here are some of the best ways to use these features.

Windows Snapping

You can utilize Windows Snapping via two methods: your keyboard and your mouse.

To snap with your keyboard, simply hold the Windows key and press either the left or right arrow key. Doing so will cause your current window to snap to that side of the screen. Then you can also hit the up or down arrow while holding the Windows key to snap the desired window into a corner of the monitor.

To utilize Windows Snapping with your mouse, click and hold the title bar of the window you want to snap. Then, slowly drag that window to the left or right side of your screen and release it once you see the transparent outline. You can also snap to a corner via the same method just slowly approach the corner of your monitor with the window and wait for the transparent outline, then release.

Linking Your Phone

Linking your phone to your computer can be a game-changer in productivity. It allows you to view and respond to texts on your computer without pulling the phone out of your pocket. To link your phone, you will need to press and hold the Windows key and the I key this will bring up the settings panel, then click on the Phone menu item. Click on the add a phone and follow the directions given to you via the app. Before you know it, you will be texting and sharing pictures with your phone without pulling it out of your pocket.

Powertoys

The Microsoft PowerToys software package is a collection of utilities for power users to optimize and streamline their Windows experience. This is an additional package that you will need to download and install from this site.

Always On Top

Always on Top The ability to pin windows directly on top of one another is a wonderful time-saver that allows you to group them with a simple keystroke. (⊞ Win+Ctrl+T).

FancyZones

FancyZones is a window manager that makes it easy to build complicated window layouts and place windows into them.

Mouse Utilities

Add features to your mouse and cursor with the help of Mouse utilities. Find My Mouse lets you quickly identify your mouse's position with a spotlight that focuses on your cursor. Double tap on the Left Ctrl Key, and the monitors will darken, leaving a good-sized circle around your mouse for easy position identification.

PowerToys Run

The PowerToys Run can help you quickly find and launch your app by pressing Alt+Space and beginning to type. It's open source and modular, with additional plugins available. Window Walker has now been integrated into the program as well.

AutoHotkey

AutoHotkey is a free, open-source scripting language for Windows that allows you to automate any action you can perform on your computer by creating simple scripts. You can use AutoHotkey to:

  • Automate almost anything by sending keystrokes and mouse clicks. You can write a script to launch your favorite apps, open folders, or even place trades.
  • Create hotkeys for the keyboard and mouse. Almost any key, button, or combination can become a hotkey.

Thousands of scripts have already been created, such as one to turn off your monitors by simply hitting a key combination. This software allows you to control almost every aspect of your trading computer but takes time to learn and use.