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Windows 10 shortcuts

There are ways to do things, and there are secret ways to do things.

These secret ways are called “life hacks.” A life hack is an insider secret to getting things done better and faster. It’s perfect timing to talk about digital life hacks, because it’s “Digital Life Hacks Week” at

Despite the popularity of Mac computers the fact is, every day, more people use Windows 10 computers than any other. Here are three special shortcuts that every Windows 10 user should know to speed up their work:

  1. First, make sure that Windows Defender is on. It’s a powerful tool to protect you from viruses and malware, and it’s already on your Windows 10 computer.
  2. Next, if the computer is slow, find the programs that are dragging it down. Open what’s called Task Manager. Click the Process tab. Look for the programs that are eating up most of the resources. If they’re unnecessary and just running in the background, shut them down.
  3. And finally, use the Windows Task Scheduler. It does just what the name implies. Turn your computer off at night or on in the morning and have it waiting and ready for you.

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