5 Tips to make Windows work for you!
17th Nov 2022 In News By Scott Thornhill

September saw Windows release the latest update on Microsoft 11, helping you do everything you can imagine and more at work. Most employees needlessly struggle on the daily basis  due to not getting the most out of their devices. No matter which hardware you use, ADNS Group has you covered with our list of features and tips that you can use right now to get the most out of Windows. 

  1. Use the 'Secret' Start menu

In previous versions of Windows, users would either hit the Windows icon in the bottom lefthand corner of the screen or on your keyboard to get to the Start menu. Windows 11 has included a second Start menu into their system, this menu makes important features like the Device Manager, Settings, and the Task Manager much more accessible. You can access it two different ways, either by pressing the Windows key + X, or right-click the Windows icon/Start button.

  1. Enable dark mode

The option to switch to a darker colour is a trend that has hit many different applications, and Windows has jumped on this popular trend. If you prefer darker tones and feel like giving your eyes a rest from the strain, right-click an empty section of the desktop and select Personalise before clicking the colours section. From the drop-down menu labelled Choose your mode, select Dark.

  1. Pin your frequently used apps

It can be exhausting searching for the apps you use the most in the search bar, Apps can be pinned to the taskbar or the top of the Start menu for easy access. Simply click the start button, locate the shortcut for an app you use the most, and right-click it. From the menu that appears, you can select the Pin to Start or Pin to taskbar option – whichever you prefer. The feature helps personalise your desktop and makes your job a lot less stressful.

  1. Type faster with voice typing

If you want to input text a little faster or have a great idea but you’re struggling to put it in writing, you could try talking to your computer instead of using the keyboard. Press Windows + H to launch Voice typing which you can then use to dictate text rather than typing it out by hand.

     5. Save your battery by closing background apps  

Apps that run in the background can receive info, send notifications, and stay updated, even when you aren't using them. This can be useful, but it can also suck your battery dry, especially if you’re working remotely and left the charger in the office. 

To control which apps are running in the background and save some battery power and data, go to Settings > System > Power & battery. Tap Battery saver and then adjust when battery saver turns on to limit some notifications and background activity. 

Whether you’re working from home, in the office or adopting a hybrid approach, how much a user takes advantage of their device’s capabilities can determine how efficient they are in front of the screen. Implementing these simple but effective features into your daily work routine can increase your productivity and mood, while seeing a major decrease in technology-related stress.