Work smart from home through multitasking

Published on 10 januari 2021

We increasingly work from home. It is then important to manage your time smartly and work efficiently. Fortunately, you can enlist the help of a laptop with Windows 10 and an Intel Core processor, the perfect combination. Such modern laptops have the necessary amenities for a perfect work-life balance.

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It used to be simple: in the office you worked on business tasks, while at home the emphasis was on relaxation and other activities, such as study. Times have changed significantly and work and private life are increasingly intertwined. This also places the necessary demands on your laptop. A modern laptop must be able to switch between different tasks quickly and smoothly. It is also nice if the laptop supports you in organizing your time as efficiently as possible.


The phenomenon of "multitasking" - performing several tasks at the same time - is of course not new. However, the requirements are considerably higher. One minute you're updating an Excel sheet, while the next you're watching a new episode of your favorite series at 4K Ultra HD resolution. This requires that both hardware and software can switch smoothly between tasks.


Windows 10 has a number of features that make multitasking easy. A good example of this is working with different apps in one view. Drag the top of an app window to the side of the screen and release. Then choose the second app that you would like to see on the other half of the screen. Windows 10 will then automatically pin the app to the first app.
You can separate different tasks, for example for work and private life, by using separate desktops. Each desktop contains its own set of icons, such as shortcuts to programs or files. In addition, you can also give the desktops your own names, so that you can quickly recognize them and switch between them. To create a desktop, press the Windows + Tab key combination. Then click on New Desktop.

Action center

The Action Center, which you open by clicking the Notifications button in the Windows taskbar, gives you a complete overview of all notifications made by different programs. For example, a new e-mail, an upcoming appointment or an alert from an app. Because the reports are housed in one location, you can handle them quickly in one go. If you do not want to be temporarily disturbed by reports, you can also use the Concentration Aid. This suppresses all incoming messages or only allows specific messages to pass through.


Resolution and screens

It is nice that the screen resolution of laptops has increased considerably in recent years. This not only ensures a sharper display, but also offers you the option of using multiple windows side by side. This gives you a better overview and switches quickly between open apps. If you have even higher demands, consider the use of an external screen. This way you can efficiently distribute the apps over the screens and you avoid having to minimize apps every time. In Windows 10, you can also quickly switch between the different screen modes. You use the key combination Windows + P for this. For more control over the external display, use the settings window (accessible via Windows + I). Choose System. In the display options you determine, among other things, which screen should be regarded as the primary screen. You can also determine the physical layout of the screens, so that the mouse pointer moves smoothly from one screen to another.

Shake it!

Are you multitasking and have you opened multiple app windows? After a while you may no longer see the forest for the trees. With a clever trick you can quickly minimize all windows, for example when you need something from the desktop. Click on any window title bar, hold down the mouse button, and quickly shake the pointer from left to right. All windows except the current window are minimized to the Windows taskbar at lightning speed. Shake again to restore the windows.

The laptop adapts

Choose a laptop that suits your way of working and with which you are ready for the future. Laptops with Windows 10 and an Intel Core processor are good examples of this.