My Favorite Productivity Apps for Windows10 – Ultrawide, Tiling & Tabs Tools

My Favorite Productivity Apps for Windows10 – Ultrawide, Tiling & Tabs Tools

October 12, 2019 100 By Peter Engel


Whether I’m working on a small display or
a large ultrawide one. Having a good strategy organizing all my applications
and windows on screen really helps me stay productive while working on the computer. I use a mixture of tools and Windows 10 features
that allow me to quickly arrange my applications in different layouts and easily divide up
my large screen, I’m able to group applications together with a tab structure so flipping
between my apps or different reference material is quick and easier to manage. And when I need to switch to a completely
different task or want to take a quick break, a fresh virtual desktop is just a couple keystrokes
away and then back again in a flash. Hi I’m David and these are my favorite Productivity
Apps and features I use on my Windows 10 PCs. If you seen my other videos, you know how
important Windows tiling tools are to me to take full advantage of my large ultrawide
monitors. In my setup, By holding down the shift button,
I can quickly drag and drop my windows into this priority focus layout with the main app,
being largest in the middle, and the sides used for any reference material. Or if I want to compare more documents side
by side, using the Windows and Tilda shortcut, I can choose my 4 up layout to put everything
up into 4 equal windows. Or now if I need to start video editing. I also have a profile for that where Premiere
Pro can occupy most of the screen on the right. I can do all of this, and still have the flexibility
to manually resize the applications, and free float other reference tools and windows as
I see fit. I used to use DisplayFusion for this, and
have even used the packaged Dell Display Manager for a while too, but I’ve now switched to
using the Window’s PowerToys FancyZone feature instead. It’s perfectly capable for this typical workflow,
works on my all Windows devices, and it’s free. In my experience there’s been some odd bugs
here and there using the app, the alignment of windows isn’t perfect with stuff overlapping
or leaving weird gaps, and if you have a multi-monitor setup you have to use workarounds to get it
to work. But regardless, I highly recommend it and
even find value using it on my smaller screens to optimize the limited space. Next up is the app called Groupy, which basically
lets you put all your applications into tabs similar to the way your web browser does. For my workflow sometimes, I can have 10,
15 plus applications running at the same time. And finding the right one buried in the taskbar
is an inefficient workflow for me. Instead with Groupy I drop all my tools applications
like to do lists, notes, emails, file explorers together into one floating window. And can easily switch between them with the
tabs on top. Next I’ll group together all my relevant reference
material together like web browser, excel sheets, word documents and arrange that to
the side. Again with all the tabs quickly accessible
at top I can switch between all my reference material and organize them in a way that makes
sense for me to quickly flip through them and find what I need. And finally that main window in the middle
where I’ll put the primary document I’m working on. Usually this is just one application but if
I need to update one of those reference documents, it’s easy for me to move it from one group
to the other, or even free float it, or back to where it started again to keep everything
nice and organized. This has been a huge help to me keeping organized
with multiple windows open and find it just as beneficial when screen real estate is limited
on my laptops, and works well in combination with the FancyZone feature to lay the groups
across the screen. In my experience, don’t be surprised again
if you encounter the odd bug when using this grouping tool. And this is a paid application that costs
about $5 but at least the Steam version lets you install it onto up to 5 devices concurrently. Also, I recommend testing out the free trial
before just to make sure it works for you before buying it. And finally the last feature I’ll mention
is the Window Multiple Desktops feature. Once in a while, during my work I’ll need
to switch tasks to something completely unrelated. Instead of cluttering my screen with more
applications. Pressing the shortcut Control Window D opens
up a fresh desktop so I can do something like pull up Photoshop and related artwork to make
creative edits. And when I’m done I can quickly swap back
and forth between the different workflows with a simple shortcut key. I try to use this feature sparingly because
it does have some odd quirks that can quickly lead you to a path of being even more confused
and disorganized. But it’s a nice way to change focus or take
a break without needing to minimize all the windows or add extra clutter to your existing
screen. So in the end. I’m really happy with these new tools and
features I can leverage to optimize my workflow working with multiple documents and applications
on my Windows PCs. But if you have any suggestions or other apps
you recommend, let me know in the comments below. But hope you guys enjoyed this one. You know what to do. And I’ll see you in the next video.