Some Key Features of Windows 10




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

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 login. 




Start Menu 

The start menu has a default layout in Windows 10 with commonly accessed applications.

Some of the new features include:

  1. You can search for files, folders, applications and even the internet using the search bar.
  2. User related actions such as lock, sign out or switch account is available by clicking on the profile icon.
  3. Computer related actions such as sleep, restart or shut down is available
    by clicking on the power icon.
  4. Start menu tiles can offer quick access to installed applications, files and folders. - See Pinning Items to the Start Menu.



   Start Menu -


Pinning Items to the Start Menu

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.



Windows Explorer (now known as File Explorer)

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.



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Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge is a new browser introduced in Windows 10.

Some of the features are:

  • Built in support for Adobe Flash and Adobe PDF documents
  • Pages can be marked up using various pens, highlighters and text boxes.
  • It's possible to easily snip parts of a webpage which is then copied to the clipboard.
  • A web page can be opened in Internet Explorer from the menu bar in Edge.
  • Support for third-party extensions.


  • Internet Explorer 11 will continue to be available on Windows 10.
  • Edge is not compatible nor recommended for accessing enterprise web applications such as TechOne, Student Systems, HP RM and FLO.

The link below will take you to a video outlining the features of Microsoft Edge.

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Window Snapping

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.




Virtual Desktops

  •   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.

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File Copying

The file copy dialogue has some useful new features in Windows 10 such as

  • The ability to pause  currently running file transfers
  • A new graph displaying the file transfer speed
  • A minimised or detailed view.


Logging Off

To log out of 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 in the left column

of the start menu and select Restart or Shut Down.