These simple Windows 10 features will turn you into a power user – By Bob Milliken

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In today’s modern age, being great simply isn’t enough. With enhanced efficiency, appealing aesthetics, and unparalleled user-friendliness, Windows 10 goes the extra mile to be the best. The new update boasts nifty tips and tricks that help users up their tech game in no time. Here are nine tips that any Windows user can take advantage of (and become a power user).

Master virtual desktops

Virtual desktops allow for better utilization of screen space. You can span your applications and windows across multiple “virtual” desktops. Create one by clicking on the “Task View” icon (located at the right of the Cortana bar) on the taskbar, then click “+ New Desktop” in the lower right corner and add as many desktops as you wish. To move an application to a new desktop, merely drag it into the virtual desktop on the bottom.

Next-level screenshotting

Introducing the new built-in Snipping Tool. On top of capturing a full screen screenshot, other capturing options range from a free-form rectangle to a specific aspect ratio or even an entire window as well. You can also set the capture to delay a screenshot by a set interval — this comes in handy when you want to screenshot a YouTube video minus the playback controls.

windows10Shake and minimize

For users who aren’t aware of this trick, you can grab a window by its bar and literally shake your mouse. This causes all the other windows to automatically minimize.

Professional Windows snapping

Snapping windows to certain parts of the screen is ideal for multitasking. You can now organize and monitor different applications more seamlessly. Make the most of your screen space with the following tips:

Drag a window to the right or left to split it in half.
Drag a window to a corner to reduce it to a fourth of its size.
Drag a window to the top to maximize its size.

Talk to Cortana like a person

Aside from typing your requests, you can also use natural language to ask Cortana to locate your vacation photos, or provide directions to your friend’s house. No date needed, just specific words and she’s all set. Cortana is also synced with your calendar, so if you’re ever unsure when your meetings are, Cortana will gladly double-check.

Log out…the easy way

Most of us are stumped when it comes to logging out of a windows session.  The good news is that it is easy – click Start and then click on your account picture. Now you can change your account settings, lock the screen, sign out, or switch to a new user.

Make the most of Windows 10 with these tips and upgrade your user status from regular to power.

Bob Milliken is the TheITguy@CascadiaSystemsGroup.com specializing in helping businesses with their IT needs and keeping our finger on the power button. Connect with him at 604.270.1730.