Use Windows at the office? Want to work faster?

If you’re under the rule of an iron-fisted system administrator you might not be able to implement some of these tweaks, but others you can put into practice right away.

Some of the highlights:

1. Streamline your startup. You can prevent unnecessary programs and services from starting up automatically  and slowing down your boot time by using msconfig to remove the sluggish culprits.

2. Learn keyboard shortcuts. Of course, you already know the basics like Ctrl+C to cut and Ctrl+V to paste, but there are dozens more Windows keyboard shortcuts that can make your life easier.

3. Use application launchers. A good application launcher can start programs from your keyboard, preventing excessive mousing. Or, you can create keyboard shortcuts for important folders.

4. Declutter that desktop. Put those errant files where they’re supposed to go, delete the ones you don’t use, empty the trash, and remove icons you don’t use.

5. Put important folders in your taskbar. It’s a great time-saver. You can also create an entirely new taskbar for your key folders.

6. Try AutoHotKey. AutoHotKey is a free tool geared toward more advanced users that can help you avoid repetitive tasks like typing the same sentence again and again.

7. Use automation and timing tools. Apps like WakeUpOnStandBy, which is free, can automate the tasks of putting the computer to sleep, going into hibernate mode or shutting it down.

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