10 Coolest Windows Tricks To Make Your Life Better
For better or for worse, computers have become our lives — we need them to do our work, write our reports, update our accounts. At the end of the day, we come back to them for our day’s entertainment.
So, it would make sense for us to pick up a few tricks along the way to make our experience with them easier. After all, any computer comes with a massive set of features, and the majority of us only scratch the surface. Sometimes, we don’t even know what we’re missing.
So, here are 10 of the coolest Windows tricks to make your life better.
Erase Entire Words With One Shortcut
Let’s start off with the one Windows shortcut with the biggest returns. What do you do when you make a typo while working? You press the backspace key multiple times to erase the entire word, which is a persistent hassle.
Press Ctrl + Backspace to erase an entire word from any text you’re writing. This works almost everywhere — Word documents, Google Docs files, and web browsers.
Save Multiple Items To Clipboard
Windows also comes with the option to save multiple items or text scraps on your clipboard. This can be incredibly useful as it allows you to keep multiple images, files, or text references handy to paste them wherever you need.
Go to Settings > System > Clipboard and find the toggle for Clipboard history. Once you have enabled this setting, you can bring up the clipboard history by pressing Win + V.
Personalize Your Start Menu
Later versions of Windows gave us a cooler Windows menu with tiled icons. While they put a lot of functions at easy reach, many of us tend to neglect its potential.
You can customize the items on your start menu to keep your most-used apps on tap. Simply find the desired app from the app list and drag it to the tiles section. This way, you won’t have to go hunting for the right app in the app menu.
You can also avoid cluttering up your desktop with too many shortcut icons!
Use Windows On Dark Mode
The dark mode is a user interface feature with universal appeal. Everyone has dabbled in it at one time or another, mostly on their mobile apps. Well, there is a dark mode on Windows as well.
You can enable it by going to Settings > Personalization > Color and choosing ‘dark’ as the desired color.
Use Universal Dark Mode While Browsing The Web
You can take the dark mode even further with the Super Dark Mode extension, available for Chrome or Firefox. This extension forces a dark theme on all the websites you visit — including Facebook and Twitter.
The extension makes it much easier to read text while on the internet. So, you can enable it specifically when you’re reading online articles.
Take Cropped Or Fullpage Screenshots Easily
Later versions of Windows are equipped with the Snip & Sketch tool, which is a simple but far more effective version of the old Snipping Tool. You can use this app to take fullscreen screenshots, or cropped screenshots of a certain part of your screen.
Use the Win + Shift + S screenshot to access the Snip & Sketch tool instantly.
You can also take screenshots of an entire webpage with the right extension. The Awesome Screenshot & Screen Recorder allows you to take fullpage or cropped screenshots of any webpage. You can find it for Chrome and Firefox.
Add Emojis Anywhere With The Secret Emoji Keyboard
Did you know that Windows has a secret emoji keyboard? This handy feature allows you to bring up the emojis menu with a simple shortcut.
Use the Win + Full Stop Button (.) to bring up the emoji keyboard — no matter what you’re doing on your computer.
Synchronize Your Chrome Account On All Devices
You can backup all your browser data like your bookmarks and extensions by signing into Chrome with your Google email. This allows you to synchronize your browser information across different devices. You get some seriously cool features by enabling Chrome sync.
You can save bookmarks on your phone and instantly find them on your laptop. You can even look up a phone number on your laptop and send it directly to your phone.
Separate Chrome Profiles For Home And Work
Do you use multiple Google accounts for your work and private uses? Well, you can sign into Chrome with different Google accounts, and it will create individual profiles for each of them.
Chrome will automatically create multiple shortcut icons on your desktop — each one is synchronized with a different Google account, and has a completely different set of bookmarks, browser history, and extensions.
Go Dual Screen
It wasn’t too long back when the preferred computing device for people was a bulky PC, and not a laptop. So, chances are that you have a spare monitor lying about in your home. You might even have a modern smart TV with an HDMI cable.
Set it up to act as a second screen for your laptop. You will never regret it. No matter what kind of work you do, working with a reference alongside you is simply inevitable. In those moments, you will cherish the fact that you have two screens to work on.
Just a note, though, if your spare monitor has a VGA cable (the one with two screws to the side of the plug), you will need to buy an HDMI to VGA converter in order to make this work. You can get one for as little as Rs 400. It’ll be worth it.
So, these are some tips to make the most out of your Windows computer. A few simple optimizations can improve your user experience by a great margin, and make it easier to get work done.
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