5 amazing computer tricks that will make you more productive

1) Put everything on your desktop into a folder. Your desktop probably has a bunch of icons on it, right? Why not organise them into a single folder on your desktop? Simply make a folder and call it something like "Office apps" or "Games" and stuff all of the shortcuts which correspond to that title into the designated folder. You won't have to look through as many icons.

2) Utilize the search function. All operating systems have a search function - some are better than others. Apple has spotlight, Microsoft have the normal search bar and Linux has too many to mention. Some even have filters. Learn how to use the shortcut keys and find what you're looking for straight away without having to wander through your system for half an hour.

3) Organise your frequent websites into shortcuts on your desktop. Add a shortcut and in the location, insert the website you want to visit. You'll have to include the whole link so it's best to copy the link off the website you want it linked to. I use to put them in a dock on my desktop so they were only a click away, but you can put them wherever is more convenient for you.

4) Widgets, widgets everywhere. Modern operating systems allow users to add a varity of widgets to the desktop such as sticky notes, clocks, search bars and docks. I use sticky notes on every system when I work. They can be moved and colour coded on your desktop to how you want. On Linux, I also use Conky - a very fancy widget which gives you system info and usually a clock widget. Very useful when editing video.

5) Rock out with your dock out. If you use a Mac/Linux machine then you already know what this is. But Windows users might not. Docks are like an extra task bar which have a row of icons that you can customise to your taste. Again, I've used countless docks on all of my systems like Rocketdock on XP, Docky/Plank/XFCE4-Panel in Linux and the typical docks in iOS and Android phones.

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