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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 Tips blog post.  I hope you read my last post, Stop Those Notifications!

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.

Probably one of the most important things your computer does for you is allow you to work with files.  It allows you to create, edit and share these files so you can send love letters, save pictures, create slideshows, do presentations, etc.  However, have you ever wondered how much time you spend actually trying to find these files?  The answer is a simple, “probably too much.”

Well, in Windows 10, there are a number of great ways to find the files you are looking for:  Quick Folders, Quick Access, Frequent Folders, Recent Files, Search and Cortana.  Let’s take a little time to go over each of these quickly and turn you into a quick file access master.

Read more: https://www.intertech.com/Blog/windows-10-tips-where-are-my-files/
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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 – 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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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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GetOutOfHereSo, to continue my series on Windows 8 tips, I want to ask a fundamental question that everyone using a computer should be asking:

“How can I shut down this computer so that I can go do what I really want?”

I mean, wouldn’t you rather be outside, going for a walk/run, playing some sports, going to a game, meeting up with your friends, spending time with your family, working on your hobby, or something other than sitting in front of a computer, staring at the small little beams of light representing something that can be wiped away with a simple magnet or a power outage?

Don’t get me wrong.  I love my job.  Probably more than I should.  However, to stay sane, I need my “Ed time”.  So, let’s talk about how to shut down Windows 8 so we can get cracking on that new beer you have been brewing up, or your kid’s first game of baseball.

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