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

October 10, 2019


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.

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100 Comments

  • Reply David Zhang October 4, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    These are my favorite tools to help with multi-tasking. What are yours?

  • Reply GamerTech October 4, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    G-Shift on a Logitech G502 for example is also very useful when you want to switch virtual desktops. You can use it with the vertical scroll wheel to browse through your desktops in a breeze.

  • Reply PRO Thinh October 4, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    :)) oh niceeeeeeeeee

  • Reply C.RaZzy October 4, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    Love your videos

  • Reply CrashForce October 4, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    What kind of mouse/keyboard pad do you use?

  • Reply SexySev October 4, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    What monitor is this?

  • Reply Crunken October 4, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    Hey David, i noticed you have the taskbar on the very right side of your screen, i assume you have it there to not cover the entire length of the screen at the bottom with a taskbar. Have you thought of something like "RocketDock"? it ads a Mac OSX style dock at the bottom instead of the normal taskbar, i personally use 2 monitors so i prefer normal taskbar but for a monitor of that size it might be something worth checking out so you don't have to go all the way to one side to open apps

  • Reply Andrew Pagan October 4, 2019 at 3:32 pm

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  • Reply D Em October 4, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    Amazing how many emails you get asking for collabs etc! How annoying.

  • Reply Andrew Palozzo October 4, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    I'm still using display fusion.. I have multiple monitors both on office and at home.. would be curious to know advantages / disadvantages vs powertoys

  • Reply Justin Velo October 4, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    Tfw thumbnail isnt clickbait

  • Reply tdreamgmail October 4, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    I thought the thumbnail was a joke …. no it’s real…

  • Reply Rogier October 4, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    I highly recommand disabling Windows 10 Minimize and Maximize Animation
    . Especially when using multiple desktops. I switch with a macro button on my mouse, switching between desktops is now instant. Way better that way!

  • Reply Rug October 4, 2019 at 5:23 pm

    What speakers are those?

  • Reply Etienne Pienaar October 4, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    how do you have tabbed view for office?
    Can you do it with any app?

  • Reply Jamie Smith October 4, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    After hearing you…I thought I was watching my daily dose of Internet.

  • Reply Fahad Badokhon October 4, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    You are amazing thank you for this.
    Btw I am building a similar setup with my Philip 49 in monitor and dell laptop what was mssing is this video 🙂 in order to manage the wide screen .

    Thank you again

  • Reply Sape Hoskio October 4, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    Where can i get that table top you're using?

  • Reply MorpheusLoopYMCMB October 4, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    Hey David, do you still use a USB Switch when working with your desktop & laptop or do you use the Logitech Flow? I'm trying to maximize my 2 device workflow. Thank you

  • Reply Zepp Villasis October 4, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    Change playback speed to 1.25x. You're welcome

  • Reply Yunior Gamboa October 4, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    That is one sexy monitor
    Hey man. Do you mind giving out the link for the wallapper?

  • Reply Arnold Escandon October 4, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    Can you do a review on a vertical mouse? Need your expert advice! Thanks

  • Reply Django Groen October 4, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    i am not able to install fancyzones, just get 38573894573894598 files in a zip 🙁

  • Reply Rea Pered October 4, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    How do you make powertoys work with groupie? Powertoys doesn't take into account the extra space groupie tabs take above the window and they will be hidden holding shift and moving the window

  • Reply Jmsetyawan Fps October 5, 2019 at 4:19 am

    I’m suprised it didnt broke off the stand

  • Reply austinman October 5, 2019 at 4:36 am

    Installed PowerToys. The 38" ultra-wide screen monitor isn't big enough. I need to upgrade. Thanks, David 😉

  • Reply Jason Chance October 5, 2019 at 5:35 am

    What File Explore App are you using? I see that it supports having tabs.

  • Reply Ching Chong October 5, 2019 at 5:43 am

    Awesome content as always 🙂

  • Reply feRfe October 5, 2019 at 6:33 am

    Groupy seems endlessly useful, thanks!

  • Reply Bryan Bielka October 5, 2019 at 11:52 am

    Love ur channel

  • Reply 007arek October 5, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    For someone who uses Linux. Everything showed on this video is available in i3wm without additional apps.

  • Reply PanickedPixel October 5, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    Thanks so much for this video! I’ve been looking for ways to streamline my workflow recently and your videos have always been awesome for that ❤️

  • Reply Mohammad Zaid October 5, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    Autohotkey just works fine for me

  • Reply Abdou Menouer October 5, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    The best app is that screen

  • Reply Kenya Goods October 5, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    Thank you so much for this video! Always coming through with the quality tips and videos. Appreciate you fam

  • Reply Santiago Canon October 5, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    The tech GOAT is back, keep posting please !!

  • Reply Lain October 5, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    WTF is that monitor? I've never seen an ultrawide so ultra and wide in all my life. What aspect ratio is that thing? My god man!

  • Reply Peter Jan October 5, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    Which keyboard so you use?

  • Reply Anthony Bradshaw October 5, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    What is the small laptop you're using? I know your main is the xps 15 I'm pretty sure, but is the other a surface go?

  • Reply Miles S October 5, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    You can only look at one screen at a time. Having a wide screen as big as yours is ridiculous and a waste of electricity.

  • Reply Hao Wei Maku October 5, 2019 at 11:41 pm

    Thanks, David, again for this informative video 😉

  • Reply Roberto Carlos González Flores October 6, 2019 at 12:11 am

    I use Spectacle App for Mac OS.

  • Reply celeschil007 October 6, 2019 at 4:36 am

    I thought multitasking was a myth, and productivity was nothing more than a justification to buy more expensive gears 😂

  • Reply Donquixote Rosinante October 6, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Ive just tried groupy and immediately fell in love!!

  • Reply Aryan October 6, 2019 at 7:01 am

    Plz me what i have to do 😂

  • Reply Faisal Mahmud October 6, 2019 at 7:30 am

    WinXCorners is also useful for task view … just enable for left top corner and you'r good to go.

  • Reply Jawier Ordóñez October 6, 2019 at 7:40 am

    Many thanks for your help. I've bought Groupy. Now, my desktop looks tidier.

  • Reply badboybarber1 October 6, 2019 at 8:07 am

    If windows had the same amount of apps as Apple computers and devices, I would chose them any day because personally I prefer them but their App Store sucks to be honest. They need to spend more focus on the windows App Store if they want to stand against Apple in the computer market or the mobile market.

  • Reply caymanman October 6, 2019 at 9:13 am

    that background on the second desktop is amazing … where can I get it?

  • Reply Y2Kvids October 6, 2019 at 10:13 am

    That Thumbnail is not ClickBait.

  • Reply Ishtiaq Ahmad October 6, 2019 at 10:52 am

    Any idea what is the model of Dell display you're using and where to find any link?

  • Reply kima khiangte October 6, 2019 at 10:53 am

    It's so sad that Microsoft discontinued their Sets project. They need to give us at least multi tabs in Explorer.

  • Reply Andy Leung October 6, 2019 at 11:39 am

    It's amazing that you didn't affiliate your monitor!

  • Reply Lucurous October 6, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    You really are missing out on AutoHotKey.
    For example, to change between different Virtual Desktop you could use this simple script:

    ~RButton & WheelDown::^#Right
    ~RButton & WheelUp::^#Left

    Holding the right mouse button and scroll up or down, you could instantly switch to another VIrtual Desktop. Very simple and intuitive rather than using the keyboard combo.

  • Reply Mega Soft October 6, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    i highly recommend quicklook , its an absolute game changers for productivity !

  • Reply EnglishMannInNewYork October 6, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    I have 2 20" monitors for now kinda old, so I only knew dual monitor. But I fall in love with that monitor dude nice one 🙂 Keep up the vids subed hi from Greece 🙂

  • Reply Jartyyy October 6, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    For me, FancyZones can't move the windows merged into one be Groupy. It won't show the zones while draggging + shift. Instead I continue using DisplayFusion to move my Groupy windows.

  • Reply Kieran Martin October 6, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    Wallpaper!!! I need a link!

  • Reply Old account October 6, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    Wallpaper?

  • Reply Terence Hoefdraad October 6, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    I think I'm in love 😍😍😍

  • Reply Arys Okami October 6, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    My favorite new tools that windows put in the last updates, is that I can't turn on my pc now :D!

  • Reply Sahil Panchal October 6, 2019 at 11:32 pm

    can u share ur deskstop wallpaper

  • Reply le le Sun October 7, 2019 at 2:38 am

    I came here to see the giant screen.

  • Reply T3 Labs October 7, 2019 at 2:46 am

    What monitor arm is that?

  • Reply phạm luân October 7, 2019 at 3:04 am

    what's the monitor, bro?

  • Reply JDario13 October 7, 2019 at 3:42 am

    Great tools but they're in an early state, I hope to that change in few a months

  • Reply Tony Nguyen October 7, 2019 at 4:34 am

    window managers on linux are better

  • Reply artended October 7, 2019 at 8:10 am

    LMAO 0:18 it looks so ridiculous! Hahah didnt watch the rest

  • Reply Haze October 7, 2019 at 9:10 am

    im just here to see if the thumb was real.. it is!

  • Reply MakeTuber October 7, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    Have you ever concedered of any window manager in Linux?

  • Reply Haseeb Kahn October 7, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    Subed!

  • Reply Haseeb Kahn October 7, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    Wow! Groupy is just like Sets for Windows 10 that have not been announced yet and something that i am eagerly waiting for! Thanks for this alternative Bro! Glad that i subscribed!

  • Reply Dominik Nußbaumer October 7, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    I think should definitely take a look at linux and the i3 tiling window manager – it seems like a perfect fit for you.

  • Reply Dionysis Kouris October 7, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    I like a lot Xmeters, which is an application that shows on the taskbar info about CPU utilization, HDD read/write, Network traffic and RAM utilization.
    Also, I use a lot ShareX for screenshots, Seer for previewing files MacOS style (using the spacebar). I really like the Virtual Desktops feature and now I'm going to give a try to the PowerToys cause displayfusion wasn't for me unfortunately.

    One quick question: Does the Groupy app affect the memory management and/or the performance of the grouped applications?

  • Reply Ryan Duff October 7, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    Great tips. What I am frantically searching for is a command or app that will bring ALL the windows explorer window to the front. In Mac OS all you need to do is bring the 'Finder' as the active app and all the file windows come to the foreground.

  • Reply sickhcivc October 8, 2019 at 12:37 am

    that screen is a bit small

  • Reply Marcos Favero October 8, 2019 at 2:22 am

    Hey David, is there an email I can share with you my DisplayFusion settings? Basically I divided my 1440p ultrawide in three virtual monitors, so I just double click on a window and it maximizes within the third of the screen it is. Besides that three titlebar buttons: focus (60% in the center), shrink (half of the virtual monitor – that is a third of the screen) and the two-thirds one, that can be used for both right or left, occupying two of the three virtual monitors. Last but not least, one setting that actually helps me a lot is to set for the program to open in the monitor the mouse is. This way, I just have to hover the mouse in the third of the screen I want to open the app, so it will be there.

    I hope it's not that confusing.. heheheh

  • Reply Zorc October 8, 2019 at 2:58 am

    if you do in taskbar settings you can enable lables and move your taskbar to the top to mimick groupy. You don't need to pay money for that.

  • Reply Aditya Singh October 8, 2019 at 3:32 am

    This is the most confusing YouTube channel ever….! What the fuck do you do for a living?

  • Reply Bac Steven October 8, 2019 at 8:42 am

    DO YOU KNOW THE NAME TOOL AND HOW CAN I INSTALL . AT 2:30 TO 2:39 PLESE HELP ME I NEED THAT TOOL THANKS
    SO MUCH

  • Reply Chris K October 8, 2019 at 10:58 am

    Will give these a try, thanks

  • Reply S. Kolodzie October 8, 2019 at 11:35 am

    Heyho, which keyboard are you using?. How does wireless transmission work?

  • Reply Kevin BO October 8, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    Shutter software helps you split the screen and improve your operation quickly. It's an windows application softwre that lets you fast and view multiple windows side-by-side.
    http://www.colorfulmatrix.com/overview/shutter
    I hope this is helpful, good luck!
    Thanks,

  • Reply Juliano Bondan October 8, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    Hi David
    Have been watching your videos for some time. I wonder, how much does your monitor weight?, Just the screen, without the suport. I haven't found this spec anywhere, and its not just the Dell monitor, but just any ultrawide screen monitor.

  • Reply Avelino Moreno October 8, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    What the fuck is that screen hahaha

  • Reply AEC SOFTOLOGY October 8, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    I bet Instead of groupy Tidytabs is very optimized one in Terms of Ram consumption

  • Reply Benedict Tan October 9, 2019 at 6:30 am

    I've been looking forward to FancyZones for my ultrawide and am enjoying it, especially in conjunction with WindowGrid. Groupy is a little bit of a mixed bag I find. Tabbing up stuff is definitely cool but it doesn't play well with either FancyZones or Windowgrid seeing that it intercepts Shift/Ctrl/Mouse2 completely preventing the other apps from performing their snapping functions.

  • Reply Thor Mengkheang October 9, 2019 at 6:31 am

    What logitech keyboard are you using?

  • Reply Dr. Sakthi Ganesh Subramonian October 9, 2019 at 8:35 am

    Take my kidney!

  • Reply Rered Liu October 9, 2019 at 10:35 am

    Hello David, what do you mean "workaround", when use FancyZone in multiple screens?

  • Reply Yoav Rheims October 9, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    Powertools is a blessing on my ultrawide! The Dell app overlaps like crazy :/

  • Reply Hans Zarkov October 9, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    good luck installing any of these in a corporate environment where everything has to go through compliance

  • Reply Joseph Paton October 9, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    Can you do a video explaining how you manage Microsoft OneNote?

  • Reply Mikhail Krassavin October 9, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    Let me interject for a moment. Have you ever heard about tiling windows managers? I guess not, it's probably because it's a Unix centered thing. Simply check out i3wm, or maybe bspwm. In terms of configurability and productivity nothing can beat these beasts.

  • Reply Yatish Shelke October 9, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    What monitor is that ? Can I use it with my Mac ?

  • Reply Mola Diver October 9, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    It's just really weird that the namesake windowed OS doesn't do most of this out of the box. I run Kubuntu with KDE desktop and it's just so much better in window management. Even something simple as sticky window borders where one screen attaches to another is something Windows can't do. Plus KDE remembers window sizes and positions. I have to work on a Windows server remotely for work. I can't install any 3rd party software on it so it's a rather frustrating experience on my 4k screen.

  • Reply Chu Liam October 10, 2019 at 2:28 am

    for multi-windows on a small device like a laptop I recommend the "windowTOP", I set one of the windows always on the top and make it half-transparent. While I'm working on other things under it I activate click-through and disable the click through when I wanna work on the top window, which worked rly well for me/

  • Reply cirmothe9 October 10, 2019 at 3:37 am

    Wow thanks for fancyzones. I use display fusion now but I want something that is easier drag and drop.

  • Reply your comment might not work so please October 10, 2019 at 7:09 am

    Gaming

  • Reply 666Azmodan666 October 10, 2019 at 8:21 am

    Rather, 3 monitors will be cheaper and better. This one certainly does not have 100% srgb and no graphic artist taking money for his work would buy it. Curved monitors are not recommended for use with movies.

    The monitor itself is cool and even great but could use some 27 "above it with 100% srgb for preview.

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