5 Simple Windows 11 Tricks That Changed My Job – Okibata

Windows 11 has a lot of hidden tricks, from using advanced gesture controls to enabling voice input so you can type hands-free.

Some features are only good for boosting your PC’s performance, but others are even better at helping you through your workday.

Whether you’re working or studying, navigating Windows 11 can sometimes be tedious. Whether it’s endless windows tormenting your screen or having to jump around that pile of clutter, your workday feels like an endless nightmare of apps and windows. The good news is that this is not necessary.

While we have compiled a list of helpful Windows 11 tips that will make my life easier, the tips below have changed the way I work and many of them are easy to use.

Check out the tips and tricks below to see how they make navigating Windows 11 easier.

1. Know When to Take a Break with Focus Sessions

Here’s the scenario: It’s been a long day, but you need to hold on and say a few thousand words before you can officially leave. But a new show just came on, people always want to chat, and there’s a cold thing in your fridge calling your name. Procrastination is knocking on the door, but Windows 11 Focus Sessions will keep it at bay.

Similar to Focus Assist introduced in Windows 10, Focus Sessions keeps you in the loop for a period of time and tells you when it’s time to take a short break before getting back to work. Plus, you can even add a to-do list through your Microsoft account to check off everything you need to do, and even link your Spotify account to listen to the tunes or podcasts you want.

The best thing is that it’s easy to quit.

1. From the Start menu (you can also press the Windows key + S), type “clock” and open the “Clock” setting.

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2. On the left sidebar, click Configuration Sessions.
3. Set your daily goals by adjusting the number of minutes you want to work or study.
4. Click “Start Debugging Session” and get to work.

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Windows will give you a 5 minute break every 30 minutes, although you also have the option to skip breaks altogether. But don’t do this to yourself, give yourself some much-needed downtime.

2. Create new virtual desktops to manage your workload

With so many tasks that people have to complete during a typical work day, your desktop can quickly turn into a hodgepodge of open apps and windows. Despite the mess, you don’t want to close them all if you’ve deleted something you’ve been working on for hours. If only there was a way to get back without losing everything you’ve done…

With Windows 11, of course. What’s more, it looks you straight in the face on the taskbar. The Task View button allows you to quickly view all currently active applications, as well as create a new virtual desktop so you can start fresh.

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1. On the taskbar, click the task view icon.
2. Click New Desktop.
3. Click the newly created desktop.

So. Now you have a new virtual desktop without windows, while the original remains the same. In addition, you can quickly switch between the desktops you’ve created by pressing Ctrl + Windows key + Left/Right arrow key. This can be useful when working on a large number of tasks that require special attention. Or better yet, when you want to switch from work to play.

For those who constantly forget where Task Manager is or can never find where to access the Run command without first searching Google, fear not.

While the Start menu in Windows 11 is an easy way to access pinned apps and more, it doesn’t give you easy access to the nooks and crannies of your PC. Luckily, hidden inside the icon is a somewhat secret Start menu that gives you a set of options such as accessing system characteristics, opening Task Manager and Run commands, checking device and computer management, and more.

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All it takes is a simple right-click on the start menu icon and the previously hidden menu will appear. However, it’s even easier to press the Windows key + X and a menu will appear. In addition, you can navigate using the arrow keys and press Enter without touching the mouse or trackpad.

4. Who needs a mouse when you can open pinned apps with keyboard shortcuts?

Speaking of which, you don’t need a mouse, there’s an easy way to switch between apps on the fly. For multitasking users who are constantly moving between different documents, windows, and applications, this can save you a lot of time when you need to move your cursor to open another window to quickly search for something, only to return to the application you were in. Job.

For all apps pinned to the taskbar, you can access each of them individually with a keyboard shortcut. All you have to do is press the Windows key + [Number key] and the application will immediately open or appear as you left it. Numbers are assigned to apps after the Chat app on the taskbar. For example, pressing Windows key + 1 will open File Explorer and Windows key + 5 will open Google Chrome on my PC.

You can mix and match apps that you think suits your style, and it’s an easy way to switch between apps, especially if you’re in a zone while typing and need to quickly check something in another window.

Okay, your mouse or trackpad isn’t that bad, because it has a few tricks up its sleeve too. Having multiple windows open can sometimes be tedious, and navigating between them means that what you need can get lost in a sea of ​​other open apps, all because you have to scroll down in another window.

What if you didn’t have to click on the window to scroll down? This is where background scrolling comes in, and it’s probably already enabled on your PC, even if you don’t realize it. This allows you to scroll inactive windows around the screen, so you can strategically place windows on top of each other and keep scrolling even if they are not the target applications.

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For example, all you need to do is open two windows (eg Google Chrome and Notepad) and place them anywhere on the screen. When typing in Notepad, just hover over Google Chrome and you’ll be able to scroll without having to click on it to make it active. This is incredibly handy when you have multiple windows open but only need to work in one of them.

If this feature does not work, you may need to enable it in the settings:

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1. Open “Settings”.
2. On the left sidebar, click Bluetooth and devices.
3. Go to “Scroll inactive windows when hover over them”. Turn the switch to turn it on.

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