There’s a really easy way to see what your CPU is doing in Windows 10
Type ‘Task Manager’ and select the App to launch it.
If you see ‘More Details’ in the bottom left, click it. If you see ‘Fewer Details’, skip this step.
Click on the ‘Performance’ tab.
Click ‘CPU’ in the left options.
The Base speed, Sockets, Cores, and Logical Processors will be listed.
Applies To: Windows 10
Windows 10’s Task Manager is hugely improved over older operating systems. You can see much more information about the components of your computer, including how long it’s been on for (the Up time):
If your computer feels like it’s running slow, it’s worth checking the CPU, Memory and Disks to see if they’re running high (90% or more), and then go into the details tab to work out what process is causing the high usage.
Highlight or select the data you want to copy (such as text or an image) with your cursor.
Press ‘Ctrl + C’ to copy the data to your clipboard (there is no visual indicator to show this has worked).
Select where you want to paste the data with your cursor.
Press ‘Ctrl + V’ to paste the data into the selected area. You can paste multiple times if required.
Applies To: Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10
Copying and Pasting information is a quick way to manipulate data to however you want it. Often you’ll find a right click menu option to ‘Copy’ or ‘Paste’ data, but if you learn to use the keyboard shortcuts you’ll find it’s much quicker to do.
When the Clipboard is referenced, it means the temporary area your data is stored, ready to be pasted. Traditionally, this data wasn’t visible and you’d need to paste to see what was there, and any other copy would overwrite old information. Newer versions of Windows 10 however, have a Clipboard History option you can turn on under settings:
Once on, you can use Winkey + V to bring up a window showing the history of what you’ve put in the clipboard.
If you’re just learning to use keyboard shortcuts, remember that you don’t have to press both keys at the same time instantly – you can hold down Ctrl, then tap the letter ‘C’ while still holding Ctrl to copy, then release both keys.
There’s also more you can do than the simple Copy (Ctrl + C) and Paste (Ctrl + V):
Ctrl + X will Cut rather than Copy, meaning it will remove the highlighted data and move it to the clipboard.
Ctrl + Shift + V will paste text copied without formatting – for example it won’t use the font of the source data.
If for some reason you can’t use or don’t like Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V, you can instead use ‘Ctrl + Insert’ to Copy, and ‘Shift + Insert’ to paste.
How to take a screenshot without any extra software
Pressing Windows key + Shift + S will bring up the Snip & Sketch App
Pick from the 4 choices – Rectangular Snip, Freeform Snip, Windows Snip, or Fullscreen Snip
Click on what you want to screen shot
Use the Notification Area in Windows 10 to view, edit and save your screen shot.
Although you can still use the Print Screen button to take a screenshot of everything you can see across all monitors, or Alt + Print Screen to take a screenshot, this will purely add that image to the clipboard. You’ll then need to paste it somewhere to have a copy of it to work with and save.
Originally, Windows 10 had the Snipping Tool (and at the time of writing, it’s still there), but for a while, Snipping Tool has has this notice advising that it will be replaced by Snip & Sketch. If you have Windows 10 1607 or later, you have Snip & Sketch.
Once you’ve taken a screenshot, it will immediately be available on the clipboard too, so you’re able to paste it straight into a document, email or anywhere else that will accept clipboard images.
You can also just launch Skip & Sketch to then use the ‘New’ button, or the drop down arrow to trigger a delayed snip in 3 or 10 seconds time.
Also, if you’re wondering – is it ‘Screen Shot’ or ‘Screenshot’ – both are acceptable according to dictionary.com.