Windows 10 allows the user to access a “personal digitalized assistant” called
Cortana. Cortana can perform tasks such as set reminders, recognize natural voice without the requirement for keyboard input, and answer questions using information from Bing (search engine).
Cortana first shows up as a search box on the Windows 10 desktop screen, the “Ask me anything” bar that is one of the most visible new features to the Windows 10.
When the user first opens Windows 10,
Cortana can be set to listen for the user to say “ Hey Cortana.” To use Cortana with voice activation (computer must be equipped with a microphone):
Click on the
Search Bar for Cortana by the Start menu
Windows 10 allows you to customize and make the
Start menu your own.
Customizing tiles is easy:
Click and drag tiles to rearrange them on your
Start menu Right-click tile to unpin the tile from the
Start menu altogether Drag a tile all the way to the bottom of the menu, it’ll create a new category, which you can rename
You can change the size of the tile:
Right-click a tile to pick from four sizes—small, medium, wide, and large—each of which will show different amounts of information.
If you decide you don’t want a tile to show live info, but want to keep the shortcut, you can right-click it and choose “turn live tile off”.
To add a new tile:
Find the tile in the
All Apps section Choose
Pin to Start
Windows 10 allows for the user to personalize and customize their desktop.
To access the
right-click anywhere on the desktop
Personalize from the drop-down menu.
Start menu Choose
Personalization menu, the user can change backgrounds, colors, themes, etc.
With Windows 10, the user can create an unlimited amount of
Virtual Desktops. Virtual Desktops allows the user to:
Group or organize multiple programs or group related windows
Locate and switch to any window or group of windows
Re-organize groups and move windows as tasks evolve
Control of the degree of separation between your grouped windows
virtual desktops feature in Windows 10 is called Task View and is located on the Taskbar. To add a virtual desktop:
Open up the new Task View pane by clicking the
Task View button (two overlapping rectangles) on the taskbar, Click
New desktop to add a virtual desktop.
Windows Key + Tab
Windows Key + Ctrl + D
Task View button brings up the Task View interface, where you can see your open windows on virtual desktops you’ve added.
You can move programs among the different desktops you’ve set up.
To do so:
Switch to the desktop containing the program you want to move.
Task View button on the Taskbar. Right-click on the large thumbnail for the program you want to move
Select “Move to,” and then select the desktop number to which you want to move the program.
The program now displays on the other desktop.
With Windows 10, Microsoft has added new keyboard shortcuts to give you easier access to the new Action Center, Cortana, Task View, and virtual desktops.
Listed below are a few of the most common
Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts:
Windows key: Open/close the Start menu Press
Windows key + Open the Action Center A: Press
Windows key + Launch Cortana in listening mode (for voice commands) C: Press
Windows key + Launch File Explorer E (Windows 7 and up): Press
Windows key + Open the Settings app I: Press
Windows key + Launch Cortana S: Press
Windows key + Open Task View Tab: Press
Windows key + Create a new virtual desktop Ctrl + D: Press
Windows key + Close the current desktop Ctrl + F4: Press
Windows key + switch between virtual desktops Ctrl + left or right arrow:
If you are utilizing a laptop and the battery is starting to run low, Windows 10 will begin to cut back on background services and other threads so you can squeeze more out of your battery life.
To enable B
Click on the
Start menu Click on
The screen also shows how much battery life and estimated time you have remaining.