Windows 10: Streamline your work with these power tips (free PDF)
There’s no point doing things the hard way when a few handy shortcuts can save you time and effort. The tips in this ebook will help you work smarter in Windows 10.
From the ebook:
Regardless of your industry, computers are likely leading the charge on how work is performed. And since the bulk of commercial systems run on Microsoft Windows, anything that can be done to save time and boost productivity makes a real difference.
The following tips will make it quicker and easier to perform common business tasks by eliminating repetitive clicks and tedious steps.
Launch a command-line interface (CLI) from any folder
This one has been around for a few iterations of Windows, but it works perfectly and keeps you from having to enter multiple commands or search for the app through the Start Menu.
- Navigate to the folder you wish to launch as the default path in the CLI.
- Hold down the Shift key while right-clicking the folder to bring up the context menu.
- Select Open Command Window Here and the CLI will launch with the path to the folder specified.
Symlinks are similar to shortcuts in general, but they establish paths to files or folders that can be used by the system to point back to the original file or folder without having to copy or move the original from its location. It is used regularly by developers to link to existing system files without the need to include a copy of the same file within its application directory. It can also be used in backup schemes to allow the original files to reside within the system, yet still allow for it to be backed up without moving the file from its intended location.
Launch CMD and type in the following command to create a symlink. Note that the syntax of the command stipulates that the link is named first, while the original file or directory is named second:
mklink C:\linked_file.txt C:\Windows\file_to_be_linked.txt
Access the alternative Start menu
There are two known Start menus in Windows 10: The desktop mode and tablet mode. Depending on your device and preference, you can set one as the default. However, there is a third Start menu, which is text-based (i.e., no icons). It loads quickly and provides instant access to the most common Start menu selections.
Right-click the Windows logo on the Start menu to launch the text-only version. Because it is devoid of all graphics and animations, it functions quickly and provides access to many of the regular Start menu's options without the resource or performance hit and without cluttering up the view of the desktop.