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.
Use the Start menu to open programs on your computer. The menu layout is visually different than the previous versions of Windows.
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 Explorer (now known as 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.
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.
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.
Alternatively, you can right click on the Start Button
To sign out form your user profile
Windows Action Center
The Windows 10 Action Center will notify you of alerts or other information events.
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.
The control panel view in Windows 10
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.
Once you open Settings, you will see the options shown below:
Mouse, Touchpad and Bluetooth Keyboard
Mouse & Touchpad
Setting up and configuation of the mouse and keyboard (bluetooth).
Click on the Start Button > Settings. Now find the Devices option.
Printer & Scanners
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
The Network status
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.
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
From there, simply enable any shortcuts that you want to appear on the desktop:
Windows 10 Notifications
Click Start then Settings.
Open Notifications & actions.