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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 – General 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 second post on a series of 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, Virtual Desktop Keyboard Shortcuts.  While current and future posts will include the following:

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

I will attempt to keep this short by explaining as quickly as 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…

Read more: http://www.intertech.com/Blog/windows-10-shots-virtual-desktop-keyboard-shortcuts/#ixzz3oev1EmRT
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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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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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C# 6.0

A simple, yet time consuming aspect of developing in C# is creating property initializers.  I know, you are a wizard with typing, or even using code snippets.  However, C# 6.0 just made it even more simple.

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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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Ever wish you had a way to pad a string with spaces or multiply a number by 2 or 3 without having to write out all the syntax every time you needed it?  What if strings or integers just had functions built in to do the little extras that maybe your application does repetitive times throughout your code?

Well, in C#, you can use extension methods to enhance your experience.  Extension methods allow you to add functionality to existing types such as string, integers, etc.. Even sealed types are supported. They are declared as static methods and you can use them for interfaces and constructed types.

Let’s get started…

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