Tips for Windows 10

8 Tips & Tricks for getting the most out of Windows 10

The latest version of Windows 10 comes with a host of fantastic new features and major improvements to boost your productivity. But, even if you’ve been a Windows user for years it can still be a confusing.

Here we list our 8 favourite productivity features from Microsoft’s latest operating system along with useful guides and videos that show you how to get it running exactly the way you want it to…

1. How to set up your screen resolution

Making sure the text and images on your screen are clear and easy to see is a small change that can make a huge difference to your productivity.  Setting your screen resolution is really easy to do and can be managed via your ‘Display Settings’. 

Watch the video below to see how to set your screen resolution in Windows 10, or read Microsoft’s quick guide here. 

2. How to use Virtual Desktops in Windows 10

The ability to swap between multiple desktops is a new and welcome feature to Windows 10. Virtual Desktops is great for keeping multiple ongoing projects tasks organised, or for quickly switching desktops before a meeting or presentation.

This Microsoft guide shows you how to work with multiple desktops in Windows 10

3. How to recover files in Windows 10 with File History and Timeline

File History is a handy tool that saves multiple versions of your files, so if something goes wrong you can easily revert back to an older version. Unfortunately, File History is not available by default, but this video shows you how to enable it, and get it up and running how you need it.

Another handy file-managing feature in the Windows 10 April update is Timeline which enables you to go back to any point in time and retrieve your files.

This video tells you all you need to know about Timeline.

4. How to disable Windows 10 notifications

Windows 10 notifications can be a useful tool – they can tell you when you receive new emails, remind you of upcoming events and meetings and tell you what your apps are doing. But, they can also be very intrusive and distracting, which can be a bit of a problem when you’re trying to get your work done!

To find out the best ways to control your notifications when you’re working check out this quick guide on how to disable Windows 10 notifications

5. How to switch between your open apps

If you are fed-up with trawling through your task bar to switch between your different apps and tools, the Multi-app View in Windows 10 makes it much easier. Swap between open applications at any time by simply clicking on the ‘Task view’ button to the right of the search bar near the ‘Start’ menu. Watch this video to see how it’s done…

6. How to use Snap Tool in Windows 10

The Aero Snap Tool was originally introduced to Windows 7 and it has been improved for Windows 10. Now you can snap applications to each corner or to the sides of your screen – not just the sides – making it easier than ever to multi-task between two documents. 

7. Backup your PC’s documents, pictures, and desktop folders with OneDrive

Folder Protection, available to business users since June this year, is now available to all regular OneDrive users. This welcome new feature makes it easier to sync important folders, documents and pictures on multiple Windows 10 PCs and backs them all up securely to Microsoft’s cloud service.

To enable the folder protection feature, check out the full user guide here.

8. Mirror your phone content to your PC

Microsoft has a released a new app “Your Phone” that allows for Android users* to mirror phone content to a PC, send texts from a PC and instantly access the photos from your phone on your PC. 

There are some limitations to the Your Phone app, it only retrieves the last month’s worth of text messages and the most recent 25 photos, but it is fully compliant with GDPR regulations.

*Android 7.0 or newer 

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