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8 tricks to speed up your workflow

Paul Mah | Oct. 25, 2013
Who doesn't wish for more time to tackle the myriad tasks vying for our attention? You don't need more hours in the day, though, only minutes. Tuneup your workflow with these time-saving tricks and you'll find yourself getting more done in less time.

To set this, go to Control Panel and click on Power Options. From there, select "Change advanced power settings" to bring up the "Power Options" dialog shown below.

Don't ignore the fingerprint scanner
Many business-class laptops come with an integrated fingerprint reader, which unfortunately sits unused most of the time. If your laptop has one, it shouldn't take more than 10 minutes to configure it to recognize your digits using its preinstalled fingerprint management software. Being able to authenticate yourself using your fingerprint saves you precious seconds from not having to type your password every time you log into your laptop.

Get a second monitor
If you've never used a dual-monitor rig, you don't know what you're missing. Having additional desktop real estate allows you to position windows so that they are readily accessible without having to hunt through your taskbar for the app that you need. An alternative would be to go for a single-display setup with an ultra large screen measuring at least 27-inches. The additional space will allow you to line up more windows without too much overlapping.

Master your shortcut keys
Getting the hang of some common shortcut keys can help you get things done much faster. The most basic shortcuts would be CTRL+C, CTRL+V and CTRL+X, which are used for copy, paste, and cut, respectively. CTRL+Z and CTRL+Y allow you to undo and redo your last action, which is particularly useful in productivity apps such as a word processor.

For window management, the Windows Key+E combo brings up the Windows File Explorer, while ALT-F4 closes the current window. Finally, if you're using your Web browser, holding on to the CTRL key while scrolling your wheel mouse zooms in and out of your document or browser window.


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