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Windows ShotsHey, welcome back to another Windows 10 tips blog post.  I hope you read my last post, Windows 10 Shots – Streaming and Cast to Device.

I have mentioned in previous posts, with most shots, after about a handful, things will start to get a little hazy.  But, with Windows 10 Shots (this new series of posts), the hope would be that the opposite would happen.  That clarity and insight into the highly anticipated release would free your mind to great new features and power of Windows 10.

Have you ever been in a meeting presenting, demo-ing or even pitching a great idea to your business, when a notification quickly pops up on your screen from a colleague or friend talking about the exciting bender the two of you are going to have later that night?   Suddenly, your face turns red and you frantically try to close the notification.  In some cases, you accidentally click the link in the notification and an inappropriate website/application comes up to display in all of its glory to all those participating in the meeting?  Well, hopefully that scenario, if it hasn’t already, will never happen to you.

With Windows 10, there are a couple of things that you can do to keep those pesky notifications from popping up on your screen during presentations or odd hours of the night.  (There is nothing like hearing your computer binging and bonging all night long with notifications.)

Read more: https://www.intertech.com/Blog/windows-10-tips-stop-those-notifications/
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Windows ShotsHey, welcome back to another Windows 10 Shots blog post.  I hope you read my last post, Windows 10 Shots – Virtual Desktop Keyboard Shortcuts.

As I have mentioned in previous posts, with most shots after about a handful things will start to get a little hazy.  But, with Windows 10 Shots (this new series of posts), the hope would be that the opposite would happen.  That clarity and insight into the highly anticipated release would free your mind to great new features and power of Windows 10.

I have worked with a lot of Windows users over the years, and one thing I have noticed is that there are users who love to use the mouse and there are users who love to use the keyboard.  Sure there are those in the middle, and I actually prefer to use the mouse most of the time, but you have to admit, when you watch someone who has the keyboard down to a science, windows, screens, emails, etc. are flashing all over the screen like a firework show.  It can be confusing to those watching, but for the person who has become proficient with the keyboard, productivity is the name of the game.

This is the third post in a series dedicated to those who love to wield the keyboard like a sword and chop up all work or play tasks that dare to stand in their way.

This post will focus on a new feature in Windows 10, Cortana, your new digital assistant. While current and future posts will include the following:

I will attempt to keep this short by explaining as quickly as I can: the Cortana keyboard shortcuts we are going to use, what it does and a quick description with an occasional screen shot to drive it home.  That being said, the General Window 10 and Microsoft Edge posts will have more content.  So, let’s get started on some Cortana keyboard shortcuts.

Read more: http://www.intertech.com/Blog/windows-10-shots-cortana-keyboard-shortcuts-2/#ixzz3pJCRZeiQ
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Windows ShotsHey, welcome back to another Windows 10 Shots blog post.  I hope you read my last post, Windows 10 Shots – Cortana.

As I have mentioned in previous posts, with most shots, after about a handful things will start to get a little hazy.  But, with Windows 10 Shots (this new series of posts), the hope would be that the opposite would happen.  That clarity and insight into the highly anticipated release would free your mind to great new features and power of Windows 10.

I have worked with a lot of Windows users over the years, and one thing I have noticed is that there are users who love to use the mouse and there are users who love to use the keyboard.  Sure there are those in the middle, and I actually prefer to use the mouse most of the time, but you have to admit, when you watch someone who has the keyboard down to a science, windows, screens, emails, etc. are flashing all of the screen like a firework show.  It can be confusing to those watching, but for the person who has become proficient with the keyboard, productivity is the name of the game.

So, I have decided to create a series of posts dedicated to those who love to wield the keyboard like a sword and chop up all work or play tasks that dare to stand in their way.  The first post, which will be todays set of keyboard shortcuts, will focus on General Windows 10 (with a bonus of Action Center).   While current and future posts will include the following:

  • General Windows 10
  • Virtual Desktops
  • Cortana
  • Microsoft Edge (The Windows 10 magical internet surfing application)
  • Game Bar

Read more: http://www.intertech.com/Blog/windows-10-shots-general-keyboard-shortcuts/#ixzz3nzB69ULs
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imageWindows 8.1.  Wow.  Some really great changes from Windows 8.  Wow.  I mean, look at that Start screen.   Wow, it is beautiful.  Isn’t it?  Those tiles just pop out and give you so much information.  Wow.  I don’t even have to open up half of my applications anymore.  Wow, just look at how much more information you can get by just looking at your screen.   Did, the old desktop give that much information (without widgets of course)?  Wow, it is amazing.

So, you love the “Wow” factor of Windows 8 as well?  What is that?  You want more “Wow”?  Well, the great thing is that in Windows 8.1, you can get even larger tiles for even more information!!  And “Wow”.

Okay, enough with the “Wow”s for a while and let’s see how we can make a tile larger.  First thing to note is that an application has to support the larger tile format.  Let’s take a look at one that does.

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StopwatchAmerica is addicted to fast.  Quick access to there phone numbers, quick access to food (think fast food restaurants), quick access to files, TV…the list is endless.  Well, today’s Windows 8 tip will give you two quick ways to pull up the quick access menu built into Windows.  It gives you quick access to the Device Manager, Power Options, File Explorer, Disk Management, Run, Task Manager, etc.  So, to satisfy all you quick access junkies, here are a couple of ways using both a Mouse and a Keyboard.

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imageIf you are the average computer user, not a developer like myself, you might be totally cool with how you interact with your computer and how it responds to you.  Well, just so you know, times will be changing in the near future.  With more and more people wanting more and more social media to keep them informed about their interests … the more and more we try to find new ways to bring that information to them in unique ways.

Check out these videos on Augmented Reality devices that are in the research labs of MIT.  Wait, what is Augmented Reality?  Well, basically, it combines real and virtual, is interactive in real time and is registered in 3D.  So, it takes a look at your surroundings and gives you all the information necessary for you to understand it.  For a better, more thorough definition from Wikipedia, click here!

So, here are the videos …

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imageBoy … I tell you what … I can’t wait for interfaces that look like this to be a standard.  Check this video out by Microsoft!  Some physics/technical issues invloved here … but, man .. how cool!