In Pictures: Time-saving PC tips and tricks

What’s the best way to tell an expert PC user apart from a bumbling amateur? The expert doesn’t waste time.

One surefire way to save time using Windows is to stop wading through it. Instead, use search as often as you can. Windows search used to be a mess. Now, however, nine times out of ten, you’ll find a file or program quicker by hitting the search shortcut (Windows-F, or just the Windows key in Windows 8), then typing in what you’re looking for.

Consider reading up on the advanced search operators in Windows. These advanced commands let you do things like search for files of a certain type, files created after a certain date, or files of a certain size.

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