At the workplace, our productivity hinges on how well we can use a computer and how well it functions for us.These three simple tricks will enhance your productivity and efficiency.
1. Using Shortcuts
The free Launchy (www.launchy.net) app is a no-frills , easy-touse launcher that makes it easy to do multiple things on your PC using the keyboard. Just hit ‘Alt + Space’ to bring Launchy up and type in what you want. You can launch apps, open files and folders as well as navigate web pages. There are tons of third-party plug-ins available that adds functionality. It’s available for Windows, MAC and Linux.
Learn Keyboard Shortcuts
Keyboard shortcuts can vary across the software you use. To find and learn these shortcuts you can head to Shortcutfoo (www.shortcutfoo.com) – here, you can do drill exercises to memorize keyboard shortcuts for various programs. You can also download and install software such as CheatSheet for MAC and UltimateWindows 8 Shortcuts to quickly view all the available shortcuts for your software.
The free plan from Crashplan (www.crashplan.com) lets you take a backup of multiple computers to a connected hard drive. Importantly, it offers incremental (backup of all existing data) as well as differential (backup only of changed files/folders) backups. You can also set automated backups that run in the background unattended.
A free app called Slimcleaner (http:// slimcleaner.com) offers an easy-to-use interface for maintaining your PC’s performance . The software finds and removes junk files, prevents errors, finds duplicate files and optimizes your overall system. You can run an on-demand scan or schedule it to be done at a particular set time – every day or on any chosen day of the week. You can individually select what folders and sections should be analysed and it comes with a range of scanning tools for your computer.