Windows 10 for beginners - La Crosse Public Library

Windows 10 for beginners - La Crosse Public Library
Windows 10 for beginners
If you have Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, and you meet system requirements, you can get a free Windows 10 upgrade through July 29th, 2016.
Find out more here:
Signing in
You can log into your Windows 10 computer with or without a Microsoft account (Outlook, Hotmail, Live, MSN). If you don’t use a Microsoft
account to log in, Windows 10 will prompt you to set one up if/when you want use Cortana or download from the Windows Store. If you have
multiple Windows 10 devices, you can use a Microsoft account to sync your information between them.
Windows 10 desktop screen
Icons and
Start menu Cortana Task View Edge File Explorer Store
Internet signal Sound Action Center
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Start menu
Microsoft now calls most things “apps”. Click on the Windows logo in the lower left corner to open your Start menu and see your apps.
Log out/switch
Get to your most
used apps. If you’re
just starting with
Windows 10, the
Get Started app
walks you through
the highlights.
See your files,
change your
settings (see more
on last page), turn
off or reboot your
computer, or see all
These are called tiles. If they are
animated, they’re called live tiles.
You can set them up to display
current information, such as the
weather, news headlines, and
Click on each one to set it up.
You can change which ones are
shown, and you can remove them
completely. See next page.
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Changing what’s on your start menu
You can change which apps and tiles show up. To remove (unpin) an app, right click on it and choose Unpin from Start.
To add an app, click on All Apps in the bottom left corner of your Start Menu. Find
the app you want, right click on it, and choose Pin to Start or Pin to taskbar. You can
also click and drag the app over to where you want it to show up.
Rename sections by clicking on their titles and
typing in a new title.
To take a tile off, right click on it and choose
If you’d like to resize it, right click on it and
hover over Resize for options.
If it’s an animated pin and you find that
distracting, you can right click on it and choose
Turn live tile off.
Tip: Missing the old Start menu view? Right
click on each tile and unpin it. When they’re all
unpinned, grab the right side of the Start
Menu and drag it to the left.
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Cortana is styled as a personal assistant. With or without her on, you can still search here for stuff on your computer or on the web. At any time
you can turn her on by going into Settings. You can also choose how much of your information she has access to. If your device has a
microphone, you can also speak to her.
If you want to use Cortana to get tailored suggestions, set appointments, and more, you will need a
Microsoft account. (See Adding Apps section for a workaround.) Cortana also works with Edge; see Edge
section on next page.
Searching the computer and web
without Cortana.
Go into Settings to turn Cortana on.
Tip: Don’t like the search bar taking up space? Right click on it, hover over Cortana, and
choose whether to just show the Cortana icon or entirely hide it. You can still get to
Cortana through the Start menu.
How to get into your settings when
Cortana is on.
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Task view
Click the icon in the task bar to view all of your open apps and folders. Click on one to bring it to the front. To close one, hover over it
and click the red box with the white X. You can also make “new desktops” to help you organize your open items on different desktop
screens. Drag open apps and folders to different desktops from Task view.
To move between desktop screens, click on the task view icon in the
Edge is the new browser from Microsoft. It’s meant to replace Internet Explorer. It will be your default web browser in Windows 10
(you can change this through Settings). Cortana can remember your Edge search history. Cortana can also explain topics for you while
you’re in Edge: select the word, right click on it, and choose Ask Cortana. Find out more at:
File explorer
To view the folders and files on your computer, click on the folder icon in
the task bar or click on File explorer in the Start menu. This will look pretty
similar to Windows 7.
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Photos app
Windows 10 has a new Photos app. The very first time you double-click on a picture to look at it, Windows will ask you how you want to open
pictures in the future. Windows Photo Viewer is still an option, if you’re used to it from Windows 7. You can always change your choice later
through Settings.
View all of your
Share your photo through email or apps, start a slideshow,
edit your photo, rotate it, and delete it; also print, set as
background, and see file info (hidden under the 3 dots).
Adding apps
Click on the shopping bag icon in the taskbar to go to the Windows Store. There you can
search or browse for apps.
Downloading from the store does require a Microsoft account. If you don’t want to tie a
Microsoft account to your login, you can set one up just to use in the store. If you don’t have a
Microsoft account already set up the first time you try to download from the store, it will walk you
through setting one up. At the end, choose “Sign in to just this app instead”.
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Action Center
The Action center shows you security and maintenance updates and issues, as well as any settings changes and notifications from apps. Get to it
by the icon in your system tray, or if you have a touch screen, swipe from the right edge of your screen inward toward the left.
Hover over notifications to get an option to clear them, or choose Clear all in the upper right corner. You can
choose which apps show notifications in this window by going to Settings – System – Notifications & actions.
If you have a touch screen device, Tablet mode will switch to a more touch-based interface.
Note will open up the OneNote app, which requires a Microsoft account.
All settings will open up your Settings screen; see more on the next page.
Battery saver and the one that looks like a sun (screen brightness) can conserve your battery power.
You can see nearby wireless signals and turn airplane mode on and off through here.
Turning on Quiet hours will stop notifications from popping up in the lower right corner of your desktop
screen (they will still appear here).
You can switch
between Collapsed
and Expanded views
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To change your settings, go through your Action Center, or click on the Start menu icon and then click on Settings in the lower left corner. It can
be worth checking out some of the options in here. (You can also search for the Control Panel through Cortana if you’d prefer to use that.)
Here are some highlights:
Display: Change the size of
your fonts and apps
Mouse & Touchpad: switch your
primary mouse button (left or right)
Personalization: change your background
image, color scheme, lock screen, themes,
and Start menu options
Apps and features: uninstall
Default apps: choose which
apps should open file types
(including default web
Accounts: manage your account,
change sign-in options, add accounts to
the computer, and sync across your
other Windows devices
Updates & security: check for updates,
set up a backup file or go through
recovery (resets the computer), and
turn Find My Device on or off
Time & Language: control
how time and date are
Speech: set up your
microphone for speech
Ease of Access: turn on
Narrator or Magnifier,
adjust your mouse
icon, and more
Privacy: choose which apps can
access your location, camera,
calendar, and more
Background apps: Turn these
off to conserve power
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