Increase your productivity with these hidden desktop features of Windows 8.1
Do you know that the desktop features hidden inside the Windows 8.1 can help in boosting your productivity in a good way? Windows 8.1 is surely a big jump in terms of much improved features, but it also includes several desktop features that are still not known by a less tech savvy user. This is not all. Usage of these hidden desktop features in a proper way can work as a great productivity booster.
Here is the list of desktop features that Microsoft hid right under your nose and you are unable to locate them:
Access the Menu of Hidden Tools
The latest Microsoft Windows 8.1 has hidden many desktop features, which can even be viewed and accessed by you as well. So if you have been planning on to access the Control Panel or shut down your PC in just two clicks, you don’t need to wonder much as you can get to see the menu of all hidden tools in the easiest way possible. To access the menu of hidden tools, simply press Windows key + X on your keyboard or right-click the Start button, which is available at the bottom-left of your taskbar.
The menu that opened up is the place where the Microsoft has hidden all the useful features that we as desktop users love to use them.
Invisible Search Box
What would you do if you have to locate an app and launch it without wasting any second? Would you start searching out for the app in the charms bar? Searching for an app in this manner might prove to be an inefficient method. Instead, you can use the Windows 8.1 Start Screen as your search box, about which you will not get to know until you start typing. You just need to press the Windows key to bring up the Start Screen and start typing. Isn’t it sounding easier?
Hidden navigation options
Windows 8.1 came up with several desktop features for which the users like us were demanding. If you know the correct place where you have to click, you can very easily enable boot-to-desktop or prevent the Charms bar and app switcher from appearing as your mouse reaches to one of the top corners of the screen.
To find about these options, you should know the right place to click. The right place is your desktop taskbar, where you just need to right-click and select the Properties option, and then click the Navigation tab. These options will help you tweak the behavior of Windows 8.1 on the desktop.
How important keyboard shortcuts are for you? It can only be expressed by the frequent user of the Windows 8.1, who is not at all aware of these hidden features. You can easily use the keyboard shortcuts by simply skipping the main charms bar and just pressing Windows Key+I to open the Settings charm pane. The charms comes with several options, such as it offers a slider for screen brightness, a button to turn off your PC, a link to change the PC settings app and other such features that sound quite helpful for desktop users.
These are some of the desktop hidden features by the Microsoft. You just need to remember the tricks to access them and you will be able to work with the Windows 8.1 in a much faster manner. Now, a user just wants to get a real pop-up Start Menu, which has been assured by the Microsoft to get such features soon on your desktop.