Operating Systems

Study Tips

  • Block off study time with Windows 10
    In the run-up to exams, block off time on your calendar for specific tasks to avoid interruptions with focus assist. It gives you full control over which notifications get through to you and which get silenced.
  • Optimise your desk space
    Struggling to study pre-recorded lectures, notes and library resources all on one screen? Make the most of your screen with Snap Assist. This Windows feature allows you to split your screen between two or more open windows.
  • Quickly Jump between open webpages and items with Windows 10
    Use Alt + Tab to toggle through all the apps and items you have open, allowing you to quickly jump between tasks on your laptop or PC.
  • Studying late? Set your display for nighttime
    Your display emits blue light, which can keep you up at night. To help you get to sleep, turn on the Windows night light or Night Shift on your Mac and your display will show warmer colours that are easier on your eyes.
  • Reducing file size 
    You may need to upload larger files or folders during the exam period. Sometimes the size and number of graphics in your document may be the cause of the issue. To resolve this, see reducing the file size of a picture in MS Office.

Sync with Your Phone

  • Sync your Phone to your Computer
    Get your documents, to-do lists, stick notes, and calendar from your phone with Microsoft Launcher, available in the play store (Android only).
    You can also sync all your Office apps on both iPhone and Android by downloading the Office Mobile App. This combines Word, Excel and PowerPoint to make it your go-to productivity app. Perfect for making last minute, on-the-go changes to assignments and presentations.
  • Sticky Notes
    Write quick reminders, memos or to-do lists with Sticky Notes on your Windows Desktop and view them on your Notes app across all your devices, including your phone and tablet. Get started with Sticky Notes.
    On Mac, use the notes app to write notes, make lists and checklists. You can then view this app across all your Apple Devices, including iPhone and Macbook.


  • Paste Clipboard 
    You can paste text by using the shortcut Ctrl + V, but did you know you can also paste text by pressing Windows Logo Key + V? This will open your clipboard history showing all the items which you recently copied. This will allow you to copy several items at once, and then paste them where needed. Learn more.
  • Take a snip of what’s on screen
    Take a screenshot of what's on screen quickly and easily using the Snipping Tool.
  • Find your documents
    Quickly find your documents using Window's 10 search function.
  • Video Editor
    Did you know Windows 10 comes with a free video editor app? This can be used to create or edit videos.
  • Speed up your PC 
    Did you know start-up apps can slow down your PC? These are apps that open in the background when you start your PC. You might not even realise they're running. To check, go to Start Apps Start-Up, and turn off everything you don't need. Read More.
  • Save battery power
    Make your battery last longer when you can't plug in your laptop or tablet. Run the Power Troubleshooter. Select the Start button, and then select Settings > Update & Security > Troubleshoot > Power > Run the troubleshooter. Get more battery saving tips from Microsoft.
  • Make room on your device with Storage Sense
    Windows devices allow you to clear space on your device with Storage Sense. If Storage Sense is turned on with the default settings, it will run when your device is low on disk space and will clear up unnecessary temporary files. Learn how to turn on Storage Sense or see alternative options to clear storage space on Mac.

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