Windows 10: Functions

Windows 10: Functions

Home screen as new instal is addedThis is a tutorial through the new Windows operating system Windows 10 and its functions. To learn more about Windows 10, click the link for the full webinar. 

To start using Windows 10 turn on your computer with updated system. This operating system will be replacing Windows 7, 8 & 8.1. It will be on all platforms, such as tablets, phones, laptops, and gaming systems. 

On the bottom you still have your dock with icons pre-added by Windows. This includes the new Windows Edge, a new internet browser. On the right side you have access to battery life, volume, connectivity, and the Action Center.

Start button

start button show frequently used programsWindows 10 has added the start button back again. Click the window icon, and you will see a familiar menu. The start menu shows commonly used programs and gives access to settings and power options. In addition to the menu Windows 10 comes with active tiles. 

This looks similar to the Tablet Mode. These titles are shown in the default mode. When first opening this is exactly how your Start menu will look. 





Search bar

browse files alphabeticallyFiles can be browsed in various ways. On the Start menu select All Apps. This will open an alphabetized list of all of your applications. To find your file either scroll down the list or simply begin to type the first letter of the program you are looking for. Select the program you are looking for by simply clicking the icon. 

type word to find word in programsNot only does the Search Bar scan through applications but it goes through various settings and websites with similar topics. 










Interactive Tiles

interactive tiles are shown on start screenWindows 10 also uses tiles to personalize your start screen. These can be customized and changed easily to suit your needs. To do so find the program you wish to Add to the tiles. For this example we will be adding Microsoft Word. 








Find the program you wish to add, and right click the program. To add this as a title, click Pin to Start. This will add Microsoft Word as a tile. 

adding tiles is easy, simply right click on program you wish to add








Now that the tile has been added we can name the group. Simply hover over the area above the new tile. You can click and add a new title.

word tile is shown under everyday use tile











For this example we will name it Daily use. However the positioning of this tile is not efficient and so to reposition click on the two horizontal bars and drag to the best spot for the tile group. 

name the group as daily use

dragging show opaque groups

The new tile is above the other groups. We can continue to add tiles until we are satisfied with our new group. We also have the ability to drag and drop tiles from other groups, such as Photos from one group to the other. 

new position added and word now on top of screen








To change the size of the tiles simply right click and select the ideal size. Don't be afraid to change and play with the organization of tiles in order to customize your start screen. If you want to resize the entire tile window, simply drag on the right side of the window until you have the size you want. You can adjust and scroll as needed.

new group with powerpoint and photos







Task bar

adding icons is easy for accessibility

The task bar is similar to older Windows systems. Adding icons can be used to improve efficiency and use of programs. To do so go to your start menu, and select Add Apps.

all apps button for access to all programs





Next scroll or type in the Search bar the name of the application you wish to pin. Then instead of selecting Pin to Start, hover over the More option. Select Pin to Taskbar. Excel will be added to the task bar. 

Pin to task bar allows you to add programs






right click on the application and view more optionsYou can see that Excel has now been pinned to the task bar. In addition to adding to the task bar, you can right click on applications you frequently use and see the options as well as recent documents created. 








With Windows 10 you are now able to set which documents appear in this submenu. To do so hover over the document you wish to save. You will see the Pin to This List option appear. Click the icon. 

Pin to list option shown as tack





After you do so the document will now appear as Pinned, and will always show up on the right click. You can customize most of your applications to suit your needs. 

Document is now saved in list









settings screen has multiple customization optionsTo access your settings select the option from either the Start menu, Search bar, or Action Center. Once you do so the Settings window will open and you will have control over all settings on the device. 









To personalize the Start menu select Personalization. 

background settings allow you to change theme

This will open control of your Background, Theme, Colors, Lock screen and the Start menu. Click the Start menu. Previews of the screen are shown. You can easily turn settings on and off with the click of a button.

To customize applications listed in the Start Menu select Items appear on Start, and turn on applications most used. 

start menu settings can be turned on or offYou can turn various applications on or off in the start menu 




Colors can also be changed. Click Colors. Almost everything can be customized. Do not be afraid to play around with customizing your desktop. To do so select a color as an Accent. You will see that everything changes from the default blue, to the yellow in this case. 

Color settings allow you to change the colors used

Tiles with new color choice, yellow