Windows 10: Tips that will make your routine more productive

Do you use Windows 10 and don’t know what to do to make your routine even more productive? The latest version of the Microsoft operating system offers many possibilities and a multitude of features for its users. So, we have listed in this article 5 practical tips to make your routine more productive, check it out.

No doubt, productivity is the concept that haunts all professionals today, especially those who work with computers. Any more or less click counts time. And in the business world, we all know that time is money.

Productivity is related to the correct way you can use resources to produce more in less time.

And Windows 10 is one of the most used operating systems in the world since 2018. With its updates, the system gains little tricks and secrets that can activate some useful functions. Thus, increasing productivity in your routine.

With this in mind, we’ve separated some Windows 10 tips that will certainly make your day easier. Check it out below.

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First, customize the Windows 10 start menu

The main advantage of personalizing your start menu with the applications and programs you access most is the possibility of saving clicks and time. The menu is separated into dynamic blocks to pin applications. Thus, you can customize according to your need.

To include an application, simply search, drag, and drop to the area. Or right-click on the app you want to pin, then “Pin on the start menu”.

In addition, you can also adjust the size of the icons in the start menu. As well as grouping by categories, as in the image below.

Windows 10 - menu start

To change the name of the group, just click above the group, and type the name.

Now, if you want to resize, delete from the menu, or even uninstall the app, just click with the right mouse button and choose the option that best applies. With your personalized menu, you will certainly save precious seconds of your day.

Second, pin important apps to the Windows 10 taskbar

The taskbar is another interesting feature. Similar to the start menu, it’s possible to pin applications and files that you access every day in the bar at the bottom of your screen.

You can do this in two ways:

The first is by clicking and dragging the file or application to the taskbar. And the second is by clicking on the right mouse button, then on the pin, in “Pin to taskbar”.


The idea is to leave only those apps that you use frequently, to make your routine easier.

Third, take print without secrets

Everyone knows the famous “Print Screen” button (prt scn) on the keyboard to capture an entire screen, for example. However, the screenshot will not be saved as a file (as on your phone, for example, which already receives the image in the gallery). The capture will be copied to the clipboard. So, you will need to open an editing tool, paste, edit, and save.

To make your life easier, Windows 10 offers two different ways to print, in addition to the traditional one described above.

The first one is through the shortcut “Windows + PrtScn”. In this way, the image taken will be automatically saved in the “Screenshots” folder, which is inside the “Images” folder.


The second way is using the command “Windows + Shift + S”, which opens a selection tool, so you can choose exactly which location on the screen you want to capture. So you don’t need to open another program to edit your image.

And just like in the classic command, the capture is saved in the collage area, ready to be used or shared.

Windows 10 - Screenshot

Fourth, decrease distractions

When we talk about productivity, one of the tips that can help you become more productive is precisely this: reduce distractions while you are at work.

To help you, in April 2018 Windows 10 received an update that included Focus Assist as one of its tools. This way, you can control how many notifications you receive on the screen. You can even choose not to receive notifications on the screen.

Windows 10 - Focus assist

To configure, just follow the step by step below:

1. Go to the settings, then click on system and, finally, on Focus Assist, or focus assistant.

2. Choose from three options:

  • Disabled (so you get all notifications from your apps and contacts);
  • Priority only (receive only notifications selected from a list customized by you);
  • Alarms only (hide all notifications, except for alarms).

In addition, it is also possible to schedule this feature for certain hours of the day. Ideal if you use your computer for personal, professional, and academic purposes.

Fifth, start talking instead of typing

Speech recognition has always been a positive point of Microsoft, and it comes with everything in Windows 10. If you have a busy routine, hold many meetings, this feature can be a great ally.

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In this sense, you can use the dictation function to convert spoken words to text anywhere and any application on your Windows 10 computer. The feature is already installed in the operating system, that is, there is no need to download or install any other program. Check out how this is possible:

To start dictating, select the text field in the app you want and press the “Windows + H” keys to open the audio toolbar. And when you don’t want to dictate anymore, just stop talking or say “stop dictation”.

Speech recognition - Windows 10

The function is ideal for when you need to conduct an interview, it facilitates and a lot when transcribing. The only downside is that you will need to include punctuation manually.

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