Tips, Tricks, and Tweaks

Getting the most from your operating system.

Many people don't think twice about their operating system (OS) unless something goes wrong. But, if you want to get the most out of your OS, there are plenty of power users ready to share some of their best practices.

The OSXDaily website shows you how to create your own keyboard shortcuts for Macs, while Windows Central helps you disable some of the distractions found in Windows 10 so you can be more productive! When you're done, check the Supporting Web Links section for even more helpful ideas.

Supporting Web Links
Discussion Questions/Activities
  1.  Poll the class to determine which operating system(s) they currently use. If there is a clear majority, you may want to focus on tips for that system. Ask students to share any shortcuts or tips they use with their own devices.
  2. Divide the class into four groups and assign each group an operating system (Windows, macOS, Android, iOS) and ask them to research various tips and shortcuts to make it easier to use their assigned OS. Groups may use the Supporting Web Links section as a starting point, but should attempt to find other resources as well. Each group should put together a presentation to share the most useful items they find with the class.
  3. As an individual project, ask students to write a brief report to compare and contrast two of the main operating systems.

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