8 ways to improve your Windows experience
If you're ever stuck for ways to enhance your experience on a Windows desktop, whether it is to take shortcuts, or make things more accessible, here are 8 simple tips to improve your Windows experience.
1. Open an incognito tab with shortcuts
Need to open up Google Chrome quickly for an encrypted search? Simply press Ctrl+Shift+N to open an incognito browser.
2. Disable background applications
If your desktop is running slowly, open the task manager tool by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc. If you see any applications you know you're not using, simply right click on them and select end task, this will provide more utilisation capacity and disk space, meaning your Windows desktop should run faster.
3. Snipping tool
Sometimes you need to send somebody an image from a browser, but it won't let you copy and paste it. Luckily, you can use the snipping tool to create a custom crop around this image. Simply search for snipping tool in your Windows search bar.
4. Permanently deleting unwanted files
Whenever you delete files, you might want to check you're actually deleting them, and not recycling them. When you right-click on a file to then press the delete option, this file then gets sent to the recycle bin, meaning it still takes up space within your temporary files folder i.e. the recycle bin. By clicking on the arrow below the delete button in the top user bar in file explorer, you can permanently delete files.
5. Back up files to a cloud server
A cloud storage solution is great for any Windows user, whether it is OneDrive or Dropbox, you can save a lot of stress by backing these files up and making them accessible from other devices. Once you have the storage service downloaded, save any new files to the cloud folder, so your data is fully backed up and secure within the cloud.
6. Utilise virtual desktops to split work and home activities
Splitting off your job activities and your personal ones can be hard, it can leave you with lots of programs open and in the way. Luckily, there is a button to the left of the file explorer that allows you to add a new desktop. With this tool, you can completely hide off other activities, so you can stop yourself from being distracted by personal stuff like social media and Netflix.
7. Enable dark mode
Sometimes the bright lights of the regular Windows layout can strain the eyes of the average user. You can enable the dark mode in Windows by going to settings > personalisation > colours. It's a really easy way to view your desktop in an arguably better view.