These are little things you can do with your Windows taskbar that will add up to LOTS of time saved in the long run. These will work for Windows 7 all the way up to Windows 10.
Put all of your desktop shortcuts in a menu on your taskbar. Right-click in a blank area of the taskbar and then click Toolbars > Desktop. You will see it toward the right end of the taskbar. Not only does it show the shortcuts on your desktop, but it also contains shortcuts to the Libraries (Documents, Pictures, etc.), Control Panel, Computer, Network, and Recycle Bin. There are a couple of other toolbars you can try out too. You’ll see them on listed on the Toolbar menu along with Desktop. Let me know what works for you!
Right-click any program/app icon on the taskbar to see its Jump List. Jump Lists contain some real time savers, as well as options for opening/closing program windows. Be sure you check out the tip to the right.
A few of my favorites are:
- Outlook – New Email, Contact, Task, or Appointment
- Chrome/Internet Explorer – Frequent, Recent, or Most Visited sites
- Chrome – Recently Closed for when you didn’t really mean to close that tab
- OneNote – Take Screen Clipping (Windows 10 only)
- Word/Adobe/Excel, etc. – Close All Windows option for when I’m shutting down
WARNING: Do not use the Recent Items lists, if you work with a document management system.
If you were a fan of the Show Desktop option in prior versions of Windows, you will be pleased to know that it is hiding over next to the date and time at the right end of the taskbar. Hover over the bar there to peek at the desktop, and click the bar to minimize all of your program windows.
For you Windows 10 users, there is no Show Desktop button anymore, but you can use the following shortcut keys on the keyboard: Win+D to minimize all apps and go to the desktop or Win+, (comma) to peek at the desktop.