Productivity tips

Battery Saver

Now save more battery with the Windows 10 battery saver mode. Windows 10 was smart enough to know that the user requires a low power mode when you need to get work done and don’t have a charger at hand. It is also worthwhile to mention that the battery functions more efficiently in this Windows version. To enable Battery Saver, click on the Start Menu, go to Settings, followed by System and Battery Saver.

Offline Maps

Now you can access Maps even if you don’t have access to the internet. To do this, you will first have to download an offline map package. First, click on the Settings icon in Maps, and then you can go on to select Download or update maps under the ‘Offline Maps’. From now on, you can select what country’s map you want to download and then start the download. Windows 10 also lets you know how large the Map file will be before you download it.

Record the video of an application

No, I am not kidding. You can do this. Windows 10’s new Game DVR function is to be used to record videos of gaming moments that you want to remember, but in reality, you can record videos of any open applications or desktop soft wares. So yay! To do this, you can press the Windows key + G. A box will soon appear, asking you if you want to open the Game bar. Well, lie, and press Yes, this is a game box, and another plethora of options will appear in the same bar. It is simple – all you have to do is click on Record to start recording the video. You can find the recorded videos in the Game DVR of the Xbox’s inbuilt app and under the user folder Videos followed by Captures. This trick is handy if you are into making instructional videos for YouTube and the likes.

Find the original Control Panel

The new Settings option is easy and makes a lot more sense than the stuffy old one, but if you were accustomed to the old one, you might need that one to have access to some more advanced options. It is easy to look for it even though it’s smartly hidden. All you need to do is click on the Start button on the screen and go to Control Panel from there. When you right-click the Start Button, you’ll be able to see options there, such as Computer Management and Disk Management.

Schedule your restarts now

This is so great. You can now actually schedule your update restarts according to your liking and when your work permits. Windows 10 allows you to schedule these restarts. To do this, all you have to do is open the Settings option under the Start menu and then go to Updates and Recovery, followed by clicking on Windows Update. If you have a pending update, you will be able to see it here. This screen also allows you to schedule your reboot. All you got to do is click on ‘Select a restart time’. If you want more options, you can click on Advanced options and ask Windows to notify you to schedule the reboot and update whenever ready.

Cast videos to other multimedia

I bet you didn’t know you could do this! Don’t have Chromecast? No worries! One of the best things about Windows 10 is that it constantly updates and brings in new features one after the other. The November update for Windows 10 enabled the Edge Browser to cast media to Chromecast like Miracast or DLNA equipped devices with just a few clicks. To beam a video to your TV, you can open it in Edge and click on the three horizontal dots on the upper right-hand corner of the Edge browser. Next, click on Cast Media from the drop-down menu that appears. Soon, a black window will appear containing all the names of the nearby devices. Choose the one to your liking, and it should soon begin to play.

Play Xbox Games

Did you know that now you can play Xbox One games on Windows 10 PC? It is one of the nicest additions, I’d say! This game streaming function lets you beam titles from your console to the PC, even if it is in another room. You can activate it by opening the inbuilt Xbox app on your Windows 10 computer and ensure your console is on. Then, you can connect it using Wi-Fi and click on or tap the Xbox One symbol that should appear on your laptop screen. There might be a slight delay for heavier games, but it works brilliantly and syncs seamlessly for slow games.

Super Useful Shortcuts in Windows 1

Windows 10 comes with many super useful keyboard shortcuts that are bound to make your life easier. Let me introduce you to some of them.

  • Screenshotting a window: You can do this by clicking Alt + prt sc
  • Snapping a window: Press Windows button + Left/Right
  • Switch to the recent window: Do this by pressing the Alt + Tab button.
  • Task view: Press Windows button + Tab, and the new task view opens up and stays that way.
  • Create a virtual desktop: Windows button + Crtl + D button should do the trick.
  • Switch the virtual desktop: You can do this by pressing Windows Button + Ctrl + Left or Right button.

Make Cortana your personal assistant

If Apple comes up with Siri, is Windows going to be left behind? I don’t think so. Cortana listens to your voice so you can quickly find what you are looking for. By default, Cortana will respond to anyone who yells, ‘Hey, Cortana!’ But you can set it up to respond only to you by clicking the Cortana Box, go to the Settings page and click on the ‘Respond Best To Me’ slider. After doing so, Cortana will ask you to repeat 6 phrases to familiarize herself to your voice. Don’t worry; this might take a few attempts, and you’ll have the smart Cortana all to yourself.

Create Virtual Desktop

If you are familiar with the Mac OS, then you will know what this is about. It’s an Apple favourite to have multiple desktops running together, and it is now available in the Windows 10 version too! It is great for organizing, and it is amazing how you can get all your work sorted using virtual desktops. All you have to do is press Windows Key + Tab key to open a virtual desktop, and all your open windows will be displayed on your screen. And if you have A LOT going on in your first screen, you can add a second screen as well. When you open a virtual desktop, you’ll see a ‘+ New desktop’ on the bottom right corner of the screen. See for yourself.