A key to quality work is a quality workspace. Organized, a place for everything and everything in its place. That’s one of the ideas behind the Windows toolbar. Let’s learn how to make the most of it.
The Windows toolbar is the strip across the bottom of your screen where the Windows button is on the left and the clock is on the right. There can be many things in between. Let’s look at them and see what they can do for you.
Windows Button Shortcut To Utilities
This one you already know about. It’s the Windows icon in the leftmost corner of the toolbar. Clicking on it brings up the Start menu; your gateway to all the programs and everything else in Windows.
What you didn’t know is that you can right-click on it to get a mini-menu of Windows utilities like Task Manager, Apps and Features, and even Windows PowerShell. If you aren’t using PowerShell you need to learn about it.
Customize Your Computer & Web Search
The search field next to the Windows button does what it says. It searches. When you click on it, the search pane appears. You’ll see across the top different categories. It defaults to All, meaning that it will search all of your computer and the web.
Click on one of the categories to narrow down your searchto Apps, Documents, Email, Web, and more.
In the top-right corner of this pane, you’ll a three-dots menu. Click on that and you’ll have the option to add accounts or change your Search Settings and Indexing Options. Use Your Voice To Make Notes & Reminders
Clicking on the circle icon next to the search bar wakes up Cortana, Windows’ virtual and voice-activated assistant.
You know you can give Cortana verbal commands to do things in Windows, like, “Open File Explorer” and Cortana will open it. You can ask Cortana questions, it will try to get the answer from the web for you, and it will verbally try to answer your question too.
Try questions like “What time is it?” or “What’s the weather tomorrow?”. Cortana will tell you your local time and weather.