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Four tips and tricks to maximize your PC productivity

Many advanced computer users may think themselves beyond the need to learn new tips and tricks.


Many advanced computer users may think themselves beyond need or learning new tricks and tips, but there are always new things to learn. The ultimate goal of these tips is to help you become more productive and improve your workflow. Feel free to pass these tips along to your friends and family members to help them become advanced users as well.

Windows' hidden properties folder

Windows offers a centralized Control Panel for all of the operating system settings, making it easier for users to adjust everything from backgrounds to configuring a VPN.

To access this folder, create a new folder with this exact name: God Mode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}. The folder's icon will change to a Control Panel-style icon, and you will be able change most settings.

Please note: This does not work on 64-bit Windows Vista and will cause a reboot loop.

Use Problem Steps Recorder

This handy program will automatically record any mouse clicks and take screenshots for you.

To access the recorder, bring up Run by typing Windows + R. Then type psr. This will bring up the tool and allow you to compile all of you actions automatically.

In the case of a tech support issue, the recording of all actions that recreate an error will be immensely helpful to a support specialist by illustrating the steps taken exactly and not relying on memory or conversation skills.

Reduce the number of startup programs

If your PC boots slowly, it is probably due to running too many programs at startup.

Reducing the number of programs is simple and will make your PC boot noticeably faster. To stop items from running on startup, bring up the Run window by typing Windows key + R, then type msconfig, and a new window will appear. Choose the Startup tab. From this menu, you will be able to turn off most startup programs. Please be sure you know what processes you are turning off, as third party programs and drivers you have installed might not work without them.

Please note: Windows 8 pc users can find the same functionality inside the Task Manager.

Backup important files to the cloud

If you are working on an important paper for a major project, school, or work, make sure you are backing up the file responsibly.

Local backups are not enough to guarantee the safety of important projects and files. Use services like Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, or any of the other popular cloud storage solutions, which do the work for you. Just save files in the folder associated with the cloud backup service provider and your project will be safe from catastrophic failure while also being available from nearly anywhere.

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