3 Windows 10 tips to use every day

Microsoft has made regular Windows 10 updates to build an operating system that is both dependable and functional. While some of these features are simply improvements to existing tools, these latest enhancements certainly increase productivity. Here are three Windows 10 tools that should become part of your everyday routine.

Snipping Tool

The Snipping Tool was first included as part of Windows 7. However, Windows 10 introduced some enhancements. The Mode is set to Rectangular Snip by default. But now you can also choose (1) Free-form Snip to snip in a heart, a circle, whatever you can render with the cursor; (2) Window Snip to grab a full application window in one click; and (3) Full-screen Snip, again, just what it sounds like.

The Delay option gives you the chance to snip those pesky menus that disappear just as you’re trying to snip them. By selecting a three-second delay, you can open the menu you want to snip before the Snipping Tool activates.

Finally, the Snipping Tool saves the image to your clipboard automatically. No more saving a separate file before inserting in an email or document. Simply edit the image and paste with Ctrl+V.

Snipping Tool

Quick Assist

Quick Assist provides a simple way to connect two remote computers. For example, it’s extremely useful when teaching someone how to use the Snipping Tool. No lengthy steps to talk someone through, new account to set up, or applications to download and install. Simply search for Quick Assist and start sharing as long as both parties have an internet connection.


File history

By attaching an external USB drive to your PC, Windows backs up every version of every file automatically. You aren’t required to always stay connected to the hard drive, but you do need to plug in the drive regularly to keep the backups current. The setup is very straightforward, and only a few settings can be changed. Search your Start menu for “Backup Settings” to configure the settings:


Windows 10 is full of new tools and improvements to old tools. Keep your eye out for more as Microsoft releases new updates.

Byron K. Patrick is the managing director at Network Alliance, a US-based consultancy specialising in information technology services for accounting firms.