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Windows ShotsHey, welcome back to another Windows 10 Shots blog post.  I hope you read my last post, Windows 10 Tips – Snap Assist.

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, 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.

Microsoft just recently released their latest update for Windows 10, called Windows 10 Anniversary Update.  Oh, and this isn’t just a small update either.  It is a major update, with a lot of new features, performance enhancements, and bug fixes.

Read more: https://www.intertech.com/Blog/windows-10-tips-windows-taskbar-badges-anniversary-update/
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Windows ShotsHey, welcome back to another Windows 10 Shots blog post.  I hope you read my last post, Windows 10 Tips – Where Are My Files?

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.

Every once in a while, do you run across something that makes you scratch your head?  Well, for me, there is something that actually comes up more than you would expect.  Users of Windows 10, or even Windows 8, who have never learned how to snap applications.  As I walk by cubes at various clients, it always makes me laugh when I see someone trying to position multiple windows next to each other.

Snapping windows around has been around for a while, but in Windows 10, you get a really cool new feature called Snap Assist.  It is simple, but really useful.

 

Read more: https://www.intertech.com/Blog/windows-10-tips-snap-assist/
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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 – Microsoft Edge 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 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.

This is the final 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, Game Bar. While current and future posts will include the following:

I will attempt to keep this short by explaining as quickly has I can the shortcut 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 typing …

Game Bar Keyboard Shortcuts

With Windows 10, you can now record games you play and share them with your friends online.  Using the Xbox app, you can go back and review recordings, edit them and share them on the Xbox Live network.

Guess what?  You can also use the Game bar to record the usage of other applications as well.  Pretty slick.  Check out the shortcuts to start recording and sharing.

NOTE:  In the future, I will do a post on the Windows 10 Xbox app and the Game Bar, but for now, let’s just keep to the basics.

Read more: http://www.intertech.com/Blog/windows-10-shots-game-bar-keyboard-shortcuts/#ixzz3rHwQ8CGQ
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Windows ShotsYou might be thinking that this post is about a fancy new drinking game you haven’t heard of that involves drinking 10 shots of some crazy liquor while staring out a window.  Or maybe this is a post about taking shots and the all new Microsoft Windows 10 release.  Well, let me take a moment to clarify. You are close on both of those thoughts.  It is about the new Windows 10 release by Microsoft, and there will be shots (small posts) that discuss tips, tricks and features about the new operating system.

However, 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.

This series will continue on a weekly basis with tips, tricks and features, as well as other new and intriguing information to share with you about Windows 10.  I am assuming we won’t run out of topics anytime soon.

To read more, click on the link below to take you to my Intertech post now!

Read more: http://www.intertech.com/Blog/windows-10-shots-the-setup/#ixzz3m1awbRtU
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DesktopI keep hearing every other day people complaining about Windows 8.  Most of the complaints are still about the Windows Start screens.  Even though I don’t believe that people have given it much of a chance, I have just resorted to chipping away at the complaining.

Though my response was usually, “What don’t you like about it?”, I now say, “You know you can boot to desktop so you don’t have to see it right away, right?  Most of the time, I still hear, “No, I didn’t know that.”  Geez.  Talk about uniformed people.

So, I thought I would write up a quick post to quickly explain how to boot to desktop.

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LockscreenImageNow that most of us have a camera in our pocket, we snap a picture at everything that moves us.  Then we share it on our plethora of social networks.  Why not showcase those bad boys off to the world?  Okay, maybe not to the world, but how about to anyone that walks by our device or home PC?

Well, Windows 8.1 allows you to show off all your pictures in all of their glory.  Show people your ski vacation, summer retreat, fun family pictures, your nature walks or even that crazy guy doing street tricks on your walk to work.  Windows will create a unique slideshow with collages, full screen pictures and a number of animations to bring them all to life.  Did you know it will also pick images from the last year if you let it?  Yeah, I know, pretty darn cool!  I have heard that it also selects images based on the time of year, however, I haven’t taken the time to research the truth to that rumor.

Are you interested?  Well, let’s begin…

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RecycleBinRemember back in the good old days when things were running slow, you could go to your recycle bin on your desktop and delete files permanently in hopes that it would help performance?  Well, with Windows 8.1, unless you have it setup to go directly to the desktop on startup (see my posts on Windows 8.1 Tips and Tricks:  How to boot to desktop and Windows 8 Tip #4 – Pin Any File to Start Screen), you need to go to your Start Screen, click on the desktop tile, then double click on the Recycle Bin.  Geez, that seems like a lot of work.

Truthfully, unless you like to manage your Recycle Bin regularly, you probably only do it once every month or so.  Maybe even less often.  However, if you are a Recycle Bin Junky (tee hee), you might want a quicker way to access it, say, through the Start Screen, via a tile.  I mean, isn’t there a simple way to do this and still do most of my work in Metro?  Well, yes, slightly.  It is actually really easy to setup.  Let’s take a look. Read more