Tips and Tricks

Shortcuts for Success

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Whether you’re looking to impress your new boss or just become more efficient when working on your PC, Windows shortcuts are the key. Learning a few of these time-saving combinations can make your workflow quicker and easier.

To use many of these, you’ll need to press the Windows key on your computer at the same time as another key. The Windows key usually has an icon similar to the Microsoft Windows icon, and is usually between the ‘fn’ (function) and ‘alt’ keys

Some of our recent favorites are

  • Windows Key + l (lower-case L): locks your computers; perfect to use as you’re running out of your office.
  • Windows Key + d:  toggles between your desktop and your current window; useful if you want to temporarily hide what you’re working on, or get quick access to files on your desktop.
  • Windows Key + → (right arrow on your keyboard) or Windows Key + ← (left arrow on your keyboard): Snaps your current window to the right (or left) half of the screen; great when you need to see two windows at the same time.
  • Windows Key + p: Shows presentation options including mirroring and extending; great for when you’re working with two monitors.

Click here for more useful shortcuts for Windows and we haven’t forgotten our Mac users, check this out for Apple specific shortcuts

Managing Clutter Email in Outlook

Reading and sorting through email can sometimes be the most time-consuming task during the day. It is all-too-easy for important messages to become lost and unread in the midst of other emails that aren’t junk, but just aren’t as important or urgent as others. The “Clutter” tool can help you solve this problem.

The “Clutter” tool in Microsoft Outlook is designed to help you automatically sort low priority email out of your inbox so that your most important messages are what you see first. The “Clutter” tool can be turned on and off in your Microsoft Outlook settings. If you turn the tool on, it will begin to monitor which email messages you read and which you don’t. Then, as the system learns about what types of email messages are important to you, it begins to filter messages you do not typically read into your “Clutter” email box. You can always read a message in Clutter, or remove it from the “Clutter” mailbox, and the system will continue to learn about which emails it should sort and which it should not.

Click here to learn more about the Microsoft Outlook “Clutter” tool, and to learn how to turn the tool on and off.