Windows 10 is latest Microsoft windows trending Operating system which has arrived with better features and enhanced interface. Most of people are already picked up the upgrade but most of them may not know how to get the best out of it. That’s why, we list here 10 beginner tips for people who are new to Windows 10 and are looking for more excitement. Let’s check them out.
Windows 10 is latest. Windows 10 is better. Than ever!
Microsoft launched Windows 10 recently that really rocks – especially when it’s compared to its forerunners. It has the ability to win over the most dedicated devotees of Windows’ old releases and even other operating systems like OS X and Linux. Windows 10 introduces numerous features, brings many good changes and fixes various problems that ranks it better than others and superior to its predecessors. The new product very well respects the legacy that Windows together with the traditional desktop has earned over the past years.
Windows 10 features an improved Metro UI, and brings back the Start menu that everyone missed in Windows 8. It also offers many new features like Cortana – the digital assistant, Microsoft Edge – the new and fast browser, Virtual Desktops, Notification Center, Windows Hello – support for biometric authentication, and the best of all – unified apps and unified store, i.e., apps and store that supports and runs on all the Windows 10 devices. It claims to offer the mix match of both Windows 7 and 8 in a new way that’s useful, improves productivity and looks stunning than ever!
The questions arise – how to use these new features? How the new features can be helpful? How to improve the Windows 10 experience? To answer these questions, we’ve compiled a list of 19 tips that helps the new Windows 10 users to get familiar and make the most of their upgrade, and use the new Windows to ease their life. Let’s have a look of what’s in the store.
Windows 10 Tips and Tricks for Beginners
1.Switch on Cortana
Cortana is the Microsoft’s digital assistant for Windows, same as Siri is for iOS and Google Now is for Android. It can listen to your voice commands and perform the actions required to help you. But by default, Cortana voice listening capabilities are switched off in Windows 10.
You can switch on its abilities using these steps: Click the Search bar in taskbar > select the Notebook icon > select Settings, and then enable the “Let Cortana respond when you say ‘Hey Cortana’” option. Your computer needs to have a working microphone to support the voice listening feature, of course.
2.Start using Windows 10 Virtual Desktops
Microsoft has finally brought out-of-the-box support for virtual desktops, which was available in Linux and OS X for very long time. Virtual desktops feature allows you to better manage the opened applications and windows by clubbing them in groups.
Any one of the virtual desktop (or the app group) can be active at a time, and thus offers an uncluttered Tasks View. To get started with virtual desktops, open the Tasks View by clicking on its icon on the taskbar (present at immediate right of the Search bar) or hold down Win + Tab keys.
3.Customize the Sync Settings
Windows 10 has improved over the sync feature debuted in Windows 8. It allows you to sync your settings and files over the other devices you sign in using the same Microsoft account. You can customize your sync settings from Start menu > Settings > Accounts > Sync your settings. There are seven different sync modes to choose from – the first option switches off all the syncs, and the other options are the individual sync settings used to enable or disable a particular type of sync.
4.Learn new Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts
You can become more productive if you learn the shortcuts to perform various regular tasks such as using virtual desktops, snapping apps and more. Below are the shortcuts to help you do things faster.
- Win + Tab (open Tasks View)
- Win + Left + Up (move app to top-left quadrant)
- Win + Left + Down (move app to bottom-left quadrant)
- Win + Right + Up (move app to top-right quadrant)
- Win + Right + Down (move app to bottom-right quadrant)
- Win + Ctrl + Left or Right (change virtual desktops)
- Win + Ctrl + D (new virtual desktop)
- Win + Ctrl + C (speak to Cortana)
- Win + S (view weather, news, sports, help, etc.)
- Win + Ctrl + F4 (close virtual desktop)
- Win + Up and Down (snap apps to top or bottom of screen or maximize them)
5.Get Familiar with the new Command Prompt
Command Prompt in the new Windows comes with the ever-demanding feature. It has become more accessible than ever by supporting the standard copy and paste options. From now on, you can easily copy and paste the text content in the command prompt (cmd.exe) using the Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V key combinations respectively. Moreover, it packs lots of customizations under the Properties option.
6.Improve Battery Life in Windows 10
Windows 10’s battery saver feature can help you if your laptop’s battery is running low. It is smart enough to throttle the background processes and threads to limit the power usage and save power to allow your machine to last longer. It is better than power-saving modes found in previous Windows releases and can be enabled using this procedure: click Start menu > Settings > System > Battery saver.
7.Change Windows 10 Default Browser or Programs
Windows 10 allows you to change the default browser or other programs to suit your choices of software. To change the default browser or programs, head on to Start menu > Settings > System > Default Apps. In the right pane, click Browser or other handler/protocol you want to change the default program for and choose your choice of program from the drop down list.
8.Side load non-Store Apps in Windows 10
Windows 10 supports side loading of apps, which allows you to download and install applications outside of Microsoft Store. There are lots of apps that are not available on the Store and those can be installed using this trick. Side loading of apps is only allowed for developers, and thus you need to enable developer mode before installing non-Store apps.
To enable the developer mode, open Start menu > Settings > Update & Security > For developers, and select Developer mode. After you’ve become developer for your system, enable sideloading of applications by going through the steps: launch Start menu > Settings > Update & Security > For developers, and select Sideload Apps. That’s all, you can now download and sideload apps.
9.Turn off Windows 10 Notification and System Sounds
Notification and system sounds are used to alert the user whenever an important action is performed. In order to turn off the system sounds in Windows 10, you need to do the following steps: right click the Speakers icon on the task bar > Sounds, and choose No Sounds under Sound Scheme and press OK button. To disable all the notification sounds for all the apps, open the Start menu > Settings > System > Notifications, and toggle off Show app notifications. Please note that it will also turn off all the notifications and not only the sounds for the notifications.
10.Change Screen Resolution
Screen resolution of the system needs to be correct in order to allow Windows 10 to facilitate better display of the content and the clarity of images on the screen. To change the screen resolution of your system, right click on the Desktop and select Display Settings > Advanced Display Settings. Choose one option from the Screen Resolution drop down and click Apply to set the resolution.
Hope, these above mentioned Windows 10 tips helped you most. Wait for more updated tips coming soon.