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Resourceful Tips and Tricks for Windows

Windows tips can save a lot of time.

Windows tips can save a lot of time.

Utilizing Windows With These Tips

Microsoft Windows can amaze us with the amount of stuff you can do using this OS. There are some tricks many people are not aware of, or how to use them. Below are some of the more helpful tips and tricks for Windows, users will find handy.

Tip #1

When logging in, go straight to the desktop. The default setting when starting up your computer takes the user to the Start Screen. To change this, on the desktop toolbar, right-click>Properties>Navigation. Look for the box next to “When I sign in or close applications on a screen, go to the desktop instead of start” and check it. Hit apply, then close.

Tip #2

Run applications at all times as administrator. You most likely have already noticed, some programs need you to run as administrator in order to use them. Many older programs require this. To set this, right-click on the shortcut for the program>Properties>Shortcut>Advanced. Put a check in the box, Run as administrator and hit OK.

Tip #3

Tiles on the home screen can be customize. Right clicking on the tiles give you an option for resizing. You can move and group these tiles, as well by dragging them. Each group can be given a name by right clicking and select Name groups. Above each group you will see a space to enter each name.

Tip #4

Have your Windows apps update on your schedule. By default, updates are installed automatically without user consent. To prevent this, open Windows Store then the Setting Charm>Settings>App Updates. There is an option to disable or enable having apps updated automatically.

Tip #5

Default printer can be changed according to your location. To set this feature search Devices and Printers, and open the window. On the printer you want to use as your default, right-click and set it as such. Next, click on any printer in the window and select Manage default printers available on your toolbar. Look for and check, Change my default printer when I change networks. From the dropdown Select printer and Select network, click Add for each one. Continue doing this until you have added all the networks you plan connecting to. If you decide you want to use only one printer, select Always use the same printer as my default printer.

Tip #6

Each screen can be scaled independently by customizing the settings. On your desktop, right-click and choose Screen Resolution. Next, select Make text and other items larger or smaller. Set to the size you desire.

Tip #7

Smart files allows you to view and edit OneDrive files while offline. While you are still connected to the internet right-click on the folders or files you want to use offline and select the option Make Available Offline.

Using these tips and tricks can give you a better experience while using Windows.


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