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This article outlines basic functions in the new Windows 10 operating system.
Microsoft Windows 10 is the newest operating system for pcs. This operating system incorporates features from both Windows 7 and 8/8.1 as well as adds new functionality specific to Windows 10. One of the things you may instantly notice is that the Task Bar at the bottom of the page has a new design.
The task bar is made up of the following components:
- Start Menu
- Search bar which searches on the Web as well as the files on the computer
- Task View
- Show Desktop [It is a little hard to see but when you use Windows 10, you can hover your cursor to the very most bottom right which will then show the desktop without closing or minimizing any applications in use]
- Microsoft’s newest browser – Edge which is more or less an upgraded Internet Explorer. This new browser works fine with all of the UWM applications/sites (PAWS, D2L, Internal Pages, etc.). Clicking this link will bring you to Microsoft Edge's browser friendly settings.
University clients can still use Software Center to find and install, but as opposed to Windows 7 and 8/8.1 where you can just search Software Center in the search bar when opening up the start menu, you may find that it will open up a folder. To find the Software Center in Windows 10, open the Start Menu and click on All Apps. Scroll down until you see Microsoft System Center. Click on the folder and Software Center will be inside.
Microsoft has created a separate e-mail client for Windows 10 users called Mail.
Note: Upon testing Mail functionality, we found that this e-mail client is similar to Apple's MacMail which is fairly unreliable. Our recommendation is to use either the Outlook on the Weblication (OotW) or the Outlook desktop client.
Windows 10 features an upgraded design of the Start menu. It contains tiles for the basic functions, such as Settings, File Explorer, etc.
In Windows 8 and 8.1 functionality to move application tiles was available. This functionality still exists in Windows 10, however it works a little differently. In Windows 8 and 8.1, when clicking the down arrow, the user is routed to a full listing of all available applications on the computer. In Windows 10, those application tiles are found in the Start Menu. To move the application, you click and hold on the application tile and move it to your desired new location either between other applications or into open spaces. All the application tiles will be different colors, but when moving them will highlight the area in blue to show you the shape and size the application will take when dropped.
Moving an application tile to a space between other applications will cause the originals to automatically move to make room for the new application to occupy that space.
Adding Desktops: Clicking on New Desktop When in this screen, you can create virtual desktops in order to have more organization with your work. You can close these virtual desktops by going to the TaskView and hovering your cursor over
Another returning feature in Windows 10 is the ability to run two programs side by side at the same time. Microsoft however upped the ante and now allows 4 programs to simultaneously run at the same time. In order for that to happen, click on the top of the window and drag it to an end of the desktop. Doing this will show a little indicator of how large the application is going to occupy on the desktop. If you move an application to the side, it will take up half of the desktop. Dragging an application to the corners will let the application occupy a fourth of the desktop.
The image below shows what the desktop will look like if you have four programs running simultaneously.
Signing out/Powering Down:
To sign out of the machine, you can click on the Start Menu and select Power where a dropdown bar will appear asking you to Restart or to Shut Down. You can also click on your name at the top of the Start Menu where a dropdown menu appear where you can sign out, lock your computer, or switch accounts.
Windows 10 users still have the ability to lock/sign out of their computers as well by using the "ctrl+alt+delete" keyboard shortcut. If you are also at the desktop, hitting the shortcut "alt+f4" will prompt a window to appear where you can sign out or shutdown the computer.
Cortana is a intelligent personal assistant on your computer. This is another feature which mimics Siri on Apple products. One nifty feature is that it is automatically connected to Microsoft Edge. It will also require a microphone that is connected to the computer. This function will most likely not be available on campus computers in the computer labs since it may cause a disturbance.
This feature combines the hardware and software that is available on the computer. This function also only runs trusted applications. If there are any other applications that are not trusted, they will not run at all. Essentially this feature exists in order to protect the machine from being attack by advanced malware