How to Improve Your Productivity in Windows 10

Windows 10 brings a number of features that can decrease your productivity on your computer. These are often unnecessary functions, such as notifications with tips on how to use the system or suggestions for new applications in the Start menu. In addition, these features can cause the user to lose time and reduce their productivity. See the tutorial below for some tips on how to configure or disable some Microsoft system resources.

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Use do not disturb mode

Do not disturb mode turns off notifications when you are working. To do this, right-click the notification center icon in the lower-right corner of the screen, and click "Enable do not disturb."

Enabling Do Not Disturb Mode

Disable notifications

In Do Not Disturb mode, notifications are temporarily disabled and resumed the next day. If you want to permanently disable alerts, go to the notification settings (under "Devices" in the Windows 10 Settings app) and uncheck "Get notifications from applications and other senders."

Disabling notifications

Turn off Windows 10 Tips

Windows 10 shows notifications with tips on how to use the system. To disable these alerts, open the settings and click "Devices". On the left side of the window, click on "Notifications and actions" and, on the right, disable the "Get tips, tricks and tips on how to use Windows" item.

Disabling Windows 10 Tips

Remove app suggestions from the Start menu

By default, Windows 10 displays application and game tips in the Start menu. You can easily disable this in Windows 10 settings under "Customization." On the left side of the window, click on the "Start" tab and, on the right, uncheck "Occasionally show suggestions on Start".

Disabling app suggestions

Turn off the notifications counter on the apps icon

Windows 10, by default, displays a counter with the number of unread notifications in the taskbar's application shortcuts. This can whet your curiosity and get you to open the app to know what it's all about.

To disable this feature, go to the Windows 10 settings and click "Customization." Select "Taskbar" on the left side of the window, and disable the "Show notifications on taskbar buttons" option.

Turning off the notification counter

Disable the Start dynamic blocks

The Windows 10 Start menu displays dynamic blocks with a lot of information about your applications, and this can be a source of distraction. However, it is very easy to disable this: right click on the app block and in the menu that appears, go to "More" and click on "Deactivate Dynamic Block";

Disabling Dynamic Blocks

Disable Cortana tips

Cortana can display alerts, greetings, and other notifications in the search box on the Windows 10 taskbar. To prevent this from happening, go to the Microsoft Personal Assistant settings and turn off the "Messages on the taskbar" option.

Turning off Cortana notifications

Remove the search bar from Cortana

You can also remove the Cortana search bar to display more application icons in the taskbar and increase your productivity if you need to work with many open apps at the same time.

To do this, right-click on an empty space on the taskbar and in the menu that appears, go to "Cortana" and select "Show Cortana" or "Hidden" icon.

Hiding the Cortana search bar

Remove the clock from the taskbar

You can also remove the clock from the Windows 10 taskbar. This will stop you from paying attention to time and focusing on your work. To turn off the clock, go to the taskbar settings (under "Customization") and click "Enable or disable system icons." Finally, disable the "Clock" item.

Disabling the Windows clock

Ready! Enjoy the tips to avoid distractions and improve your productivity on a Windows 10 PC.

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