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 How to Get the Most Out of Windows 10's Features

You're probably spending an increasing amount of time at home on your PC, but did you know that Windows 10 can assist you in remaining productive during your busiest times? There are numerous productivity-enhancing features built directly into Windows.

From window tiling to window scaling to converting your favourite websites to progressive web apps and more, here are our top four productivity tips for Windows 10.

Tile and “Snap” Your Windows

If you have many windows opened while working, you may find yourself frequently switching between them by minimizing or rearranging them. But you can actually open all at once on the screen. Follow the instructions below to activate this tip:

Tile two windows parallel to one another: To snap a window to the left or right side of the screen while it is active, press and hold the Windows key and then click on left or right arrow key depending on which side you prefer. You can then choose the other window to occupy the empty space.

More than two windows can be tiled: Your first window can be dragged and dropped to any corner. Therefore, while holding down the Windows key, press and hold the left or right arrow key to move the active window left or right. Finally, hold down the Windows key while pressing and holding the up or down arrow key to drag the snapped window to the top or bottom corner.

Microsoft refers to this as "snapping," It enables you to snap your Windows together, up and down, and in a variety of other configurations. This may be advantageous if you're working on a high-resolution external monitor or a newer laptop with a 4K display.

If these keyboard shortcuts do not work for you, you may need to open the Windows 10 Settings app and search for Multitasking. Ascertain that the toggle switch for Snap Windows is enabled.

Reduce The Scaling of Your Window

If you own a Surface tablet or a laptop with a screen resolution greater than the minimum Full HD (1920 x 1080) standard, a significant portion of the text on your screen is likely displayed in super-sized fonts by default. This means multitasking won't be effective, as described previously.

However, you should not be bothered, as this second tip will be helpful: You can reduce the scaling of your window to make items on your screen smaller, allowing for more items to fit on your screen.

To reduce the scaling of windows, right-click on the desktop and select Display Settings. You should see a box that says Adjust the size of text, apps, and other items from there. You'll want to select one that is less than the list's suggested or default value.

You should notice that everything on your screen automatically shrinks, allowing you to fit more on it. It's best that you log out and log back in quickly after making the change to ensure that apps scale properly.

Switch On Focus Assist to Prevent Apps from Bothering You with Notifications

Are you participating in a Zoom meeting? Are you working on something significant? The last thing on you want to see is for an app to bother you with a notification and for Windows to play the obnoxious "ping" sound when an incoming notification arrives.

As with your iPhone's do not disturb mode, Windows 10 has you covered with a feature called Focus Assist.

To activate Focus Assist, press the Windows key plus the A key on your keyboard, it will bring up the Action Center in Windows 10. Then, in the bottom list, look for the crescent moon icon. When this option is enabled, Windows mutes all app and system notifications.

You can right-click the icon, then select Go to Settings to view additional customization options for Focus Assist. You can create automatic rules, add apps to a priority list, and much more from this screen. Allow yourself to experiment with it! There is no end to the possibilities!

Create Progressive Web Apps for Frequently Visited Websites to Facilitate Access

If you find yourself frequently visiting a particular website (say, Twitter, Microsoft Teams, Instagram, or Facebook), you can bookmark it in your preferred web browser to facilitate access. However, did you know that you can create a progressive web application (PWA) for that website, allowing you to "pin" it to your taskbar or Start Menu for even faster access?

Also, progressive web apps appear cleaner and can feel like a dedicated system application. When discussing how to create a progressive web app, we'll discuss the top two major web browsers — Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge.

In Google Chrome, navigate to the website of your choice and then click the three downward-facing arrows next to your profile icon at the top of your screen. After that, locate the Install [Website name] button. This should open the website in a separate window as an app, independent of the standard Chrome controls. The website will then appear as an app in your Start Menu. If desired, right-click it to pin it.

In Microsoft Edge, navigate your choice website and then click the three horizontal dots next to your profile icon. Locate the Apps button and click Install. Your website will thereby be pinned to the Start Menu's list of apps, and the next time you access it via the Start Menu, it will be free of standard Edge controls.

Take note that you may not be able to create a PWA using those Chrome settings in some cases. If this is the case, a shortcut can force a website to become a PWA. Navigate to the website, tap the same menu button, select More Tools, and create a Shortcut. Ascertain that the Open as Window button is toggled on. The website will then be saved to the list of apps on your Start Menu.

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