Windows 10 tips

5 Windows 10 tips that’ll make you very happy

“It appears that Windows 10 is continuing to grow in popularity, with recent figures showing that 34.92% of PC users are running the operating system.” — TechRadar

In other words, it’s pretty popular.

Since most business professionals work inside Windows 10 every day, we created a quick list of useful Windows 10 tips you’re guaranteed to love.

Use the Snipping Tool to quickly capture images

When you need to send someone a quick screenshot of something (but you don’t want to send them a shot of your entire screen), use the Snipping Tool.

Here’s how to use the Snipping Tool:

  1. Click on the circle next to the Windows icon called Cortana.
  2. Start typing snip.
  3. Once the Snipping Tool appears, hit Enter.
  4. Select New to capture a new image.
  5. Drag the plus sign around the image you want to capture.
  6. Then Save or copy the image.

Use virtual desktops to organize windows by project

If you find yourself working on multiple projects at a time, virtual desktops can help you organize all those random tabs and windows. Think of it as separate workspaces — which each workspace containing the websites and tools you need to manage a specific work activity.

Here’s how to create a virtual desktop or workspace:

  1. Click the Task View icon next to Cortana.
  2. Select New Desktop at the top left corner.
  3. Select the new screen that appears next to your pre-existing workspace.
  4. Start fresh and build up your new workspace. Then click the Task View again to get back to your previous workspace or to create an additional one.

Shake your window to minimize all other tabs

If you’re like everyone else, then you have a million tabs open at once. But if you need to focus on just one window, you can quickly minimize everything else with one simple motion.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Select the window you need (whether it’s an app, document, or website) and shake it from side to side.
  2. All open programs should immediately minimize.
  3. When you want to bring everything back up, take the same tab and shake it from side to side again. As a result, all minimized windows will pop back up.

Adjust the color temperature to limit blue light

The iPhone gives you the option to turn on Night Shift for a certain time period. This makes your light “warmer” and limits the amount of blue light present. Windows 10 has the same feature, called Night Light.

Here’s how to access Night Light in Windows 10:

  1. Click on Cortana.
  2. Start typing Night Light.
  3. Adjust the color temperature to your liking.
  4. Select Turn on now or Schedule night light.
  5. Additionally, when you select Schedule night light, you can set specific hours or just request the night light to turn on at sunset and off at sunrise.

Customize the start screen

Those tiles in the Start Menu don’t have to stay exactly as they are. In fact, you can customize the tiles in the Start Menu however you choose — including removing all the tiles completely.

Here’s how to customize the Start Menu:

  • To resize the screen, simply drag the menu to the left (to make it wider), to the right (to make it more narrow), up (to make it taller), or down (to make it shorter).
  • To unpin or pin apps as tiles, right click and select the appropriate action.
  • To customize the Start Menu even further, go to Cortana and type Start. You’ll have the option to limit what shows up and why.

Want more tips? Check out this long list of 52 from The Windows Club.