Introducing Windows 10
This document describes some of the useful features that staff and students can take advantage of moving to Windows 10.
- Login Screen
- Start Menu
- Pinning Items to the Start Menu
- Windows Explorer
- Microsoft Edge
- Window Snapping
- Virtual Desktops
- File Copying
- Logging Off, Restarting and Shutting Down
The login screen has been redesigned in Windows 10, however, it keeps the same functionality that you are used to. You will notice a splash screen appears when you first power it on. To progress past the splash screen simply press any key on the keyboard or mouse, or press and drag it to the top of your screen if you are using a touch screen. At the Login Window, enter your FAN, password and press enter to log in.
The start menu has a default layout in Windows 10 with commonly accessed applications.
Some of the new features include:
- You can search for files, folders, applications and even the internet using the search bar.
- User related actions such as lock, sign out or switch account are available by clicking on the profile icon.
- Computer related actions such as sleep, restart or shut down are available by clicking on the power icon.
- Start menu tiles can offer quick access to installed applications, files and folders. - See Pinning Items to the Start Menu.
For more information on getting started with the start menu, check out the Microsoft website.
Applications, files, folders and web URLs can be pinned to the start menu for ease of access.
This can be done from several places by right clicking on the item. A few of the common ones are listed below.
For more information on getting started with pinning items to the start menu, check out the Microsoft website.
When File Explorer opens, it will still provide you access to your local and network mapped drives.
Tip: You can pin your favourite folders to Quick access to make them easier to access.
Note: “My Computer” has been renamed to “This PC” and now includes shortcuts to your personal folders.
For more information on getting started with Windows Explorer, check out the Microsoft website .
Microsoft Edge is a new browser introduced in Windows 10. Some of the features are:
For more information on getting started with Microsoft Edge, check out the Microsoft website.
Windows 10 introduces some new features to allow you to manage multiple open applications more efficiently, including:
- The ability to snap windows to either edge of the screen
- The ability to snap windows into each corner of the screen
You can perform this with your keyboard by holding the Windows key and using the cursor arrows to place the window where you would like, respectively.
For more information on getting started with Window Snapping, check out the Microsoft website.
- When switching between applications using Alt + Tab, it now displays a preview of each open application rather than just an icon
- You can set-up multiple virtual desktops to de-clutter your workspace using the icon, to the right of the search bar.
Note: At present, virtual desktops customisations do not persist once you have logged off, restarted or shutdown your computer.
For more information on getting started with Virtual Desktops, check out the Microsoft website.
The file copy dialogue has some useful new features in Windows 10 such as
To log out from your computer, simply click on your profile icon in the left column of the start menu and select Sign Out.
Restarting and Shutting Down
To restart or shut down your computer, simply click on the power icon located on the left column of the start menu and select Restart or Shut down.