1. Speak to Cortana
Cortana is Microsoft's digital assistant, in line with Siri and Google Now, and with Windows 10 it breaks out from Windows Phone to desktops, laptops and tablets. You can enable Cortana and adjust the settings in the Start menu and then use your voice or the search box on the taskbar to run Web queries, set reminders for yourself, view the weather forecast and more. It is now available in the US and will be coming to other parts of the world soon – to test it in advance, set the system region and language to US in the Time and Language section in Settings.
2. Logging in with a finger press
Microsoft has added a new feature called Windows Hello to its latest operating system: allows you to log in with face recognition, a fingerprint or even an iris scan, if your computer has the necessary hardware connected. To change the way you access your machine, go to the Settings app, follow the Accounts link, and choose Logon Options from the menu on the left. The options listed vary depending on the different pieces of technology that are connected to your computer, but new laptops and desktops made specifically for Windows 10 must contain at least some of the new options.
3. Save on battery usage
For laptop users, Windows 10 comes for the first time with an official battery saving feature, which you can find in the system Settings section ( there is also an estimate of how long your battery is likely to last). You can manually turn on or turn off Battery Save mode or have it turned on automatically when your battery reaches a certain level – click the Battery Save Settings link to change this level to the default 20% and to specify certain apps that are exempt from the various energy-saving functions.
4. Add additional desktops
Windows 10 offers native support for "virtual" desktops – that means you can set up your app windows for a range of desktops instead of sticking to them (the taskbar and desktop shortcuts remain constant). For example, you could have a desktop for work and one for entertainment. Click or tap the Task View button (next to the taskbar search) or press the Windows key + Tab on the keyboard to view, create, and delete virtual desktops. You can also click on the thumbnails of the individual apps to switch between them.
5. Click to the corners
By maintaining the screen layout and organization theme, Microsoft has upgraded the Windows snapping feature with Windows 8: as well as snapping windows on both sides of the screen, you can now also click them in the corners. Drag an open window to the corner of the screen to try it; you can also hold down the Windows key and, if desired, tap the cursor keys. If you like to organize your Windows 10 apps accurately and fully use the screen resolution, this is a handy feature.
6. Saving cards for offline use
This is a tip that is more useful on smartphones, but tablets and laptops can also benefit from it: Windows 10 lets you store maps on your device in case you lose a wifi or data connection while trying to explore the nearby area. Go to the Settings app and then choose System and offline maps to choose which maps you want to download (each region comes with an estimate of the amount of storage that is being taken up). You can then start and use the Maps app, regardless of whether you can go online.
7. Analyze the hard drive
Windows 10 has a new interface for viewing the contents of your hard drive, making it much easier can see how all those gigabytes are used. In the Settings app, click System, choose the Storage option, and choose the disk that you want to view – the following screen divides the storage space used into images, documents, videos, e-mail, music, and so on. provided that all this content is stored in the correct folders. Click or tap a specific item in the list for more information.
8. Fix standard app links
The standard app for a specific file type is opened when you double-click a file that is saved in that format (for example, Word is opened for .doc files). The Windows 10 upgrade process can break some of these associations and the easiest way to get them back is to open the Settings app from the Start menu and follow the system link. Go to the Standard apps page and you can make the necessary changes and restore file associations to their Microsoft recommendations if necessary.
9. Open the alternative start menu
Right-click on the Start menu button to open an alternative – it is not that user-friendly , but it provides quick access to some of the most important parts of the system, including the Device Manager tool, the command prompt window, and the old old control panel. Here you also have access to Task Manager, system search and the Run box. This alternative menu was also available in Windows 8 and you can also launch it by pressing Windows Key + X.
10. Disable Wi-Fi sharing
One of the more controversial new features in Windows 10 is Wi-Fi Sense, which lets you automatically can share Wi-Fi passwords with your contacts on Facebook and Skype. The idea is that they can go online quickly when they visit your home or office, but some have expressed doubts about the position. To turn it off or just take a closer look, go to the Network and Internet section of Settings and then select Manage Wi-Fi settings. At the bottom of the screen you can enable or disable sharing for all networks that your computer regularly connects to.
11. Video & # 39; s recording activity on the screen
Windows 10 comes with an activity registration function on the screen – it is primarily designed to capture your game challenges to share with the rest of the world, but you can use it to prepare a presentation or launch your own Windows how-to video series on YouTube. From any app, press Windows Key + G and then check the box to start the Game DVR utility. All clips that you record are available from the Xbox app; use the Windows Key + Alt + Print Screen shortcut to save a static screenshot at the same location.
12. Windows 10 Restart Schedule
If you use the Home version of Windows 10 (and you probably do), you will not be given the option to install updates or not – they are automatically applied to keep your computer safe and secure Topical. What you can do is prevent your desktop or laptop from automatically restarting when updates come in: from Settings, click Update & security and then select Windows Update on the left. Click Advanced Options and you can use the drop-down menu at the top of the screen to force Windows 10 to notify you before a restart.
13. Disable Quick Access
In the updated interface for Windows 10 File Explorer (formerly known as Windows Explorer) there is a new Quick Access section that meets recently opened files and frequently used folders. You can pin folders here & # 39; & # 39; by right-clicking and Pin to choose Quick access. If you don't like the new feature, right-click the Quick Access heading on the left and choose Options – the dialog that appears lets you launch File Explorer with an overview of your PC system ("This PC") the Quick Access page, and you can also hide recently used files and frequently used folders.
14. Let Windows 10 work with your smartphone
Microsoft knows that Windows Phone has not set the world on fire, and that is why it makes its software much more compatible with iOS and Android. To see proof of this, launch the Phone Companion app (available in the Start menu): this helps you get your emails, photos & other files on an Android or iOS phone via apps such as OneDrive and Outlook. Choose the type of mobile device you use in the opening screen and follow the instructions to get started.
15. Adjusting the start menu
The start menu returns with Windows 10, but it is heavily borrowed from the Windows 8 start screen: it is colorful , "live & # 39; Tiles that rotate regularly to display bits of content from the relevant app. As with the old home screen, you can customize the new home menu to suit your needs: right-click individual tiles to make them static
16. Switch to size, or remove them completely from the menu, and right-click an app shortcut in the All apps list if you want to pin it to the Start menu.
16. Switch to touch mode
Trying to compensate for some errors of Windows 8, Windows 10 has two different modes for tablets and full computers, and it can switch between them automatically (for example if you connect a keyboard dock to a tablet). You can also switch manually if you want: click or tap the Action Center notification icon in the notification area in the lower-right corner and then choose Tablet Mode. Taskbars and menus have been simplified to make them easier to use on a touchscreen and the Start menu returns to the full screen mode it used in Windows 8.
17. Stream games from an Xbox One
Windows machines and Xbox One consoles are friendlier than ever after rolling out Windows 10, and one of the new features is the ability to stream gameplay from an Xbox One to a Windows 10 desktop or laptop seamlessly. To get started, turn on game streaming from the Xbox One settings, then go to the Xbox app that is part of Windows 10 and choose Connect in the left pane – select your console from the list to establish a link to bring. For the stream to work, both devices must be on the same local Wi-Fi network.
18. Writing on the web
Internet Explorer is still hanging around in the background of Windows 10, but as far as surfing on it web goes, the new OS is all about Microsoft Edge: the brand new browser is fast, clean and designed with the modern internet in mind. One of the more unusual features is the ability to annotate Web pages – click on the Create a Web Note icon (a pen in a box) and you can scribble and highlight to your heart's content. Pages can then be saved or shared for future use.
19. Reading without distraction on the internet
Another useful feature that is introduced with the Microsoft Edge browser is the read display mode – on websites where the mode is available, you will see an icon that looks like an open book on the right side of the address bar. Click on the icon to activate this mode. The layout of the current page changes, removing ads and other unnecessary distractions, allowing you to focus on the body of the article. Click the icon again and the page view will return to normal.
20. Manage your notifications
Windows 10 comes with an updated notification system that is – dare we say it? – somewhat reminiscent of Mac OS X. Get notifications about Windows events, pop-up alerts from your installed software, and updates from individual Windows apps (such as new messages in the Mail app). If you want to adjust what is displayed here and what is not, go to Settings, System and then Notifications and Actions. You see that you can block notifications per app and apply a general ban. If you find the new system too distracting, this is the screen to visit.
21. Synchronize your Windows experience with other PCs & # 39; s
Like Windows 8, you can use Windows 10 to synchronize different parts of your Windows experience – such as your desktop background and online passwords – between computers, as long as you use the same Microsoft account to sign up with. In the Settings app, choose Accounts and then synchronize your settings: in the next screen you can enable and disable synchronization and select the data to be recorded. If you have multiple Windows PCs in multiple locations (for example, at home and in the office), this is a way to maintain a consistent experience for everyone.