Windows 10 Introduction

In this post, we will learn about some of the features and settings required to understand Windows 10.

Navigating the Windows 10 Desktop

After you have started the computer and signed in, the first thing you’ll see is the desktop. Via the desktop, you can view and manage your files, open various applications, access the Internet, and much more.

Windows 10 Desktop
Windows 10 Desktop

Opening applications

Use the Start menu to open programs on your computer. The menu layout is visually different than the previous versions of Windows.

Windows 10 Start Menu
Windows 10 Start Menu

The right side of the Start menu offers what Microsoft refers to as “live tiles“; many of them display useful information without your even having to click, such as the weather, news, email and perhaps the latest Twitter tweets, and your next calendar appointment. Note that both “tablet apps” and traditional Windows programs appear on the menu.

New Task View Button

Windows 10 Task View
Windows 10 Task View

With one click on this new task view button (image above), all your open windows move into index cards (image below), so you can see them all at once—a great way to find a program in a haystack.

Windows 10 Task View Stack
Windows 10 Task View Stack

Windows Explorer (now known as File Explorer)

Windows 10 File Explorer
Windows 10 File Explorer

When File Explorer opens, it provides you access to your local and external drives. With Windows 10 “My Computer” has been renamed to “This PC” and now includes shortcuts to your personal folders. File Explorer opens by default “Quick access” as shown below. Any frequently used folders and recently used files are listed in File Explorer.

Windows File Explorer
Windows File Explorer

Libraries will not show up in File Explorer unless specify them to. To add them to the left pane, select the View tab > Navigation pane > Show libraries.

Adding Libraries to File Explorer
Adding Libraries to File Explorer

Windows Shut down

Shut down is part of the Windows 10 Menu on the left side of the task bar. The other options are to Restart or Sleep.

Windows 10 Shutdown
Windows 10 Shutdown

Alternatively, you can right click on the Start Button

Windows 10 Start Button Options
Windows 10 Start Button Options

To sign out form your user profile

Windows 10 Sign Out
Windows 10 Sign Out

Windows Action Center

The Windows 10 Action Center will notify you of alerts or other information events.

Windows Action Center - Notifications
Windows Action Center – Notifications

To see all notifications, click an All settings (above)

Windows Control panel

In Windows 10 the more traditional control panel still exists, as it was in earlier Windows releases. With Windows 10, the simpler and recommended option is to use Start > Settings. To access the traditional Control panel right click on the Start button of Windows.

Access the traditional Control Panel
Access the traditional Control Panel

The control panel view in Windows 10

View of the Control Panel Options
View of the Control Panel Options

Windows 10 – Settings (new)

At the very heart of Windows 10 is the “Settings” menu which provides the interface for managing how the operating system displays and behaves. Consequently, a number of previously easily accessible settings/options have been moved into the Settings menus for the sake of centralization. To access the new “Settings” click on the Start Button > Settings.

Windows 10 – Settings

Once you open Settings, you will see the options shown below:

Windows 10 Settings Options
Windows 10 Settings Options

Mouse, Touchpad and Bluetooth Keyboard

Mouse & Touchpad

Setting up and configuation of the mouse and keyboard (bluetooth).

Mouse & Touchpad
Mouse & Touchpad

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Bluetooth

Connected Devices

Connected Devices
Connected Devices

Printers

Click on the Start Button > Settings. Now find the Devices option.

Devices Printers
Devices Printers

Printer & Scanners

Printers & Scanners
Printers & Scanners

Internet

The process of connecting your computer to the internet can vary with the option of using Wireless or Ethernet (wired). Click on the Start Button > Settings. Find the option called Network & Internet

Network % Internet
Network % Internet

The Network status

Network status
Network status

Privacy

Privacy in the Settings app is a relatively new concept to Windows 10. An array of privacy options have been grouped under the Privacy tab.

Windows 10 Privacy
Windows 10 Privacy

Finding “Screen Resolution” in Windows 10

Click Start and then Settings

Click System, then click Display (the Display tab should open by default)

Click “Advanced display settings”

Adding Desktop Shortcuts to System Locations in Windows 10

This is another setting location that has changed and has now similarly been integrated into the all encompassing Settings menu. Frankly, with the extensive WinX menu, customizable Start Menu, and ability to pin items to the Taskbar, I believe desktop shortcuts are pretty much redundant in Windows 10. However, if you are used to desktop shortcuts and prefer that method, here’s how to add them:

Click Start and then Settings

Click Personalization and then click Themes (on the left)

Click Desktop icon settings

Desktop icon settings
Desktop icon settings

From there, simply enable any shortcuts that you want to appear on the desktop:

Desktop Icons Options
Desktop Icons Options

Windows 10 Notifications

Click Start then Settings.

Open System.

Open Notifications & actions.

Windows 10 Notifications & actions
Windows 10 Notifications & actions

Windows 10 – Beginners Guide [Tutorial]