With a constant influx of notifications, emails, and alerts on our computers, staying focused on the task at hand can be a challenge. Distractions break our concentration, decrease productivity, and contribute to digital fatigue. How can you ensure a distraction-free environment when you need to concentrate on your work?
Windows: Focus Assist
Quick Toggle: Windows key + A (to open the Action Center), then click on Focus Assist to toggle it between Off, Priority Only, or Alarms Only.
Customise: Go to Settings > System > Focus Assist to customize which notifications you want to see and when.
Mac: Do Not Disturb
Quick Toggle: Option + click the Notification Center icon at the top right of your screen.
Schedule: Go to System Preferences > Notifications > Do Not Disturb to set a schedule for when you want to silence notifications.
Activating Focus Assist on Windows or Do Not Disturb on Mac allows you to control when and how notifications appear. This can lead to better focus, improved productivity, and more significant periods of uninterrupted work. Plus, managing your digital wellbeing can reduce stress and enhance your overall experience while working on your computer.
When you’re putting together course materials, it’s important to think about how it’ll look to your students. Laptops and monitors come in all shapes and sizes, so what looks good on your screen might not on someone else’s.
It is also becoming increasingly common for students to access content on their mobile phones and tablets. How can you efficiently ensure that everything appears visually pleasing and functional across these diverse devices?
Windows: F12 Mac: Cmd + Opt + I
This opens the developer tools, which includes a ‘device mode’ where you can see how your content will look and function on different devices. The below example is using Chrome on a windows machine:
We’ve all been there. That tab that we had open ten minutes ago has just disappeared! Luckily, theres a solution for that.
Pressing Ctrl + Shift + T(Command + Shift + T on a mac) will reopen crashed or closed Chrome tabs. You can repeat this shortcut until it runs out of tabs and closed windows to restore from your history.
A snipping tool allows users to capture a portion of their screen. This can be very useful if you need to share information, create instructional images, report bugs or issues, or save visual content for reference.
Mac: Shift + Command + 4 Creates a thumbnail in the corner of your screen, click it to edit or wait for the screenshot to be saved to your desktop.
Windows: Windows + Shift + S Opens a quick snipping tool and saves the resulting snip to the clipboard.
Locking your computer is good practice when you have to leave it to go somewhere. If you’re in a hurry you want a quick way of doing this.
Windows: Windows key + L
Mac: Control + Command + Q
This quick shortcut locks your computer much faster than going through the menu to do so, and very important in shared spaces. Pressing this key combo will instantly lock your computer and show the login screen.