Productivity

So far, my experience with Windows 11 has been kind of ho-hum. And, I mean that in a good way. It works really well; the applications that I’ve always used are there and function as well as with Windows 10 or better.

I’m not fussy about the widgets so, quite honestly, am not using them. Besides, when you click on a link, it loads the Microsoft Edge browser. I even thought about right clicking to see if the alternatives for browsing were there but they aren’t. I’m still a bit miffed that I can’t move the taskbar to the left side of the screen. I’m fearful that I’m getting used to it on the bottom and may not switch back if it becomes available. OK, that’s not right; I’d switch in a heartbeat. I like every bit of real estate taken up to make me more productive. Although I have changed the wallpaper on this computer, the only time I see it is when the computer is booting.

It’s not uncommon for me to have many windows open in my browser where I spend most of my time these days. Except for GIMP. You never know when you might need to edit an image.

For years, I’ve had multiple windows open on multiple monitors. And, multiple tabs there as well and sometimes multiple desktops. At times, it seems like I’m stickhandling to get them all into place. Snapping to full screen is easy but having a couple of windows and trying to maximize the amount of space to each can be a challenge. Well, not a big challenge, more of a thing that’s become part of my regular routine.

There is a feature in Windows 11 that I’m really enjoying and it adds about five seconds of productivity to my sessions. It’s called Snap Assist. Snapping has always been around in Windows 10 but there’s so much more in Windows 11. A whole tutorial is available here.

It’s all configurable from the Settings application.

I just typically start by hovering over the maximize button to get the layouts that are available. Normally, on my main screen, I’ll have a two windowed layout and a four windows layout on my external monitor. If I’m working on a project with a number of resources, I find it handy to have them open in their own window and just activate them when I need them. It stops me from forgetting something or alt-tabbing to try and find it.

Weekly, for example, I write a weekly summary of things around here for Sunday afternoon. I’ll have the WordPress editor open in the left window and my actual blog open on the right so that I can scroll through to see what I had done on a particular day and then make a note of it in the other window where I’m editing.

It’s a routine that I’ve worked on to make happen and now with Snap Assist, it’s just a little bit quicker to get to it.

4 thoughts on “Productivity

  1. I enjoy reading your blog so I thought I would help you out a little bit.

    In Windows 11,

    To move taskbar left…
    right click Start Button and click on settings
    click on Personalization
    scroll down and click on Taskbar
    scroll down to Taskbar Behaviors
    to the right of Taskbar alignment select left instead of center

    I hope this helps.

    Russ
    Chicago

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  2. Thanks for dropping by the blog, Russ. I’ve actually done that but I want more! I’d like to be able to have the taskbar attached to the left side of the screen. On a widescreen monitor, that wouldn’t have an intrusive footprint and it would allow for more up and down scrolling.

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