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Introduction

While adding new features, Windows 10 retains all of the functionality of our previous Windows 7 systems.  This article is intended to provide information on how to perform common tasks, customize the interface to your liking, and make use of some new features.  

Click any image in the text below for an expanded view.

 

Common Tasks

Signing In

    • A Windows 10 computer has separate lock and sign in screens.  To exit the lock screen, press any key, click the mouse, or tap the screen:

      Lock Screen   →   Lock Screen Transition   →   Login Screen

    • On the sign in screen, enter your NetID and password
    • The previous user's NetID is used by default
      • If you were the last person to sign in to the machine, simply type your password to proceed
      • To sign in as a different user, select "Other User" at the bottom left of the screen:
         Other User Option
      • Teaching station PCs will always prompt you to enter both NetID and password
    • The generic teaching station password may be used on all classroom computers:
      • Username:  m-lawclass
      • Password:   lawyer

Signing Out

    • Click the Windows Icon icon at the lower left, or press the Windows Key key on the keyboard, to open the Start Menu
    • Click your name
    • Select "Sign out"
      Sign Out Menu 

Finding Documents

    • To access documents, click the Windows Icon icon, or press the Windows Key key on the keyboard, to open the Start Menu
    • Select "File Explorer"
      Selecting File Explorer 
    • Shortcuts
      • By default, the File Explorer icon appears on the task bar:
        File Explorer Icon
      • Direct links to Documents, Pictures, Downloads, etc. can also be added to the start menu
      • See Customizing the Start Menu, below 

Finding Apps

    • To access apps, click the Windows Icon icon, or press the Windows Key key on the keyboard, to open the Start Menu
    • The most used apps will appear at the left side of the start menu
      • Click the app name to launch
      • Note that some apps will also show an arrow to the right of the app name
      • Click this arrow to access recently used files, web pages, etc. for the app:
         Recently Used Files
    • Click a large tile 
      • You can specify which apps appear as large tiles in the start menu
      • See Customizing the Start Menu, below
    • Browse all apps
      • Click "All apps" to access an alphabetical list of installed apps:
      • Selecting All Apps 
    • With the Start Menu open (via clicking the Windows Icon icon or pressing the Windows Key key), you can also type the first few letters of the app name and press Enter when the app name appears:
      Type to Search

Customizing the Start Menu

The Start Menu can be customized to your preferences by selecting and rearranging the shortcut icons which appear

Pin to start

    • To make a large tile shortcut, browse to the app you would like to use (see Finding Apps, above), right-click, and select "Pin to Start"
       Selecting Pin to Start

Rearrange Tiles

    • To rearrange tiles, click and drag the tile into the desired location
    • Click the area just above a group of tiles to name that group:
       Rearrange Tiles

Pin to task bar

    • For easiest access, you can pin frequently used apps to the task bar
    • Browse to the app you would like to use (See Finding Apps, above), right-click, select "More," and select "Pin to task bar"
      Selecting Pin to Task bar 

Choose system folder shortcuts

    • You can also choose which system folders are visible in the Start Menu
      • Use this feature to specify that you'd like to see shortcuts for your Downloads, Pictures, Documents, etc.
    • Click the Windows Icon icon, or press the Windows Key key on the keyboard, to open the Start Menu
    • Select Settings on left side of the Start Menu:
      Selecting Settings 
    • Choose Personalization:
      Selecting Personalization
    • At left, choose Start:
      Selecting Start
    • At bottom, click "Choose which folders appear on Start"
      Selectin Choose which folders appear on start 
    • Select desired items and close Settings window

 

Make Start Menu full screen

    • Users who prefer Windows 8's full screen Start Menu can implement this feature in Windows 10
      • Click the Windows Icon icon, or press the Windows Key key on the keyboard, to open the Start Menu
      • Click Settings on left side of Start Menu
      • Click Personalization
      • Click Start on left side of page
      • Set "Use Start full screen" to on:
        Selecting Use Start Full Screen 
    • Note: In this mode, the left column items – including most recent files and sign off options – are minimized
      • Click the expand icon at top left to display the items:
        Selecting the Expand Icon 

New in Windows 10

Aside from the cosmetic changes in Windows 10, the operating system has also gained features intended to speed workflow and enhance productivity.  These features may be especially effective in a classroom context.

Task View

    • Windows 10 introduces Task View, which allows you to quickly access and organize the apps which are open on your computer
    • Similar to the familiar Alt+Tab method of switching apps, Task View provides larger previews and arranges your open windows according to which monitor they're on, if using multiple monitors
    • Task View also allows you to separate and organize your open windows into Virtual Desktops, which allows you to set up separate workspaces for different tasks.

Using Task View

    • Engage Task View
      • Click the Task View icon on the task bar:
        Selecting task view,
      • Or, press Windows Key+Tab on keyboard,
      • Or, swipe in from the left side of screen
        • Touchscreen only
    • The open app windows will now spread out on your screen:
      Task View 
    • Click or tap the preview for the window you wish to use
    • The window will now become active in the foreground

Using Virtual Desktops

    • Add a new virtual desktop
      • Engage Task View
      • Click or tap New Desktop in lower right corner:
        Selecting new desktop 
      • An icon for the new desktop appears at the bottom of the Task View display:
        New Desktop Thumbnail
      • Multiple virtual desktops can be created
    • Switch between desktops
      • Engage Task View
      • Click or tap the preview for desktop you wish to view
    • Quick-switch between desktops
      • Press Ctrl+Windows Key+LeftArrow or Ctrl+Win Key+RightArrow on keyboard
      • This will cycle through the open virtual desktops
    • Move app windows between desktops
      • Engage Task View
      • Click and drag app window into desired desktop:
        Dragging app to new desktop

Snapping Windows

    • Windows 10 makes it easy to manage windows and multitask through the use of window snapping, which automatically positions and resizes windows
    • Windows can be snapped to either side of your monitor, to any corner, or to full screen:
      Snapped window layout 
    • Snap to side
      • Click (or touch) the menu bar for the window you wish to move and drag the window to the side of the screen
      • An outline will appear to let you know that the window will be resized and moved to the side of the screen
      • Release the mouse button to confirm
      • By default, snapping to one side will size your window to half of the width of your screen
      • When snapping to the side, you are also presented with previews of your other open windows:
        Selecting Alternate Snapped Windows
      • Click one of these windows to make it snap to the opposite side
      • To dismiss this option, click or tap the menu bar for the window you've just moved, or press ESC
      • With windows snapped side-by-side, you can click and drag the center divider to apportion more or less screen space to either side
    • Snap to corner
      • Click (or touch) the menu bar for the window you wish to move and drag the window to any corner of the screen
      • An outline will appear to let you know that the window will be resized and moved to the corner of the screen
      • Release the mouse button to confirm
    • Snap to full screen
      • Click (or touch) the menu bar for the window you wish to move and drag the window to the top of the screen
      • An outline will appear to let yo know that the window will be resized to full screen
      • Release the mouse button to confirm

Edge Browser Annotations

    • Windows 10 includes Microsoft Edge, a new web browser intended to replace Internet Explorer (although Internet Explorer is still available if preferred)
    • Edge allows you to annotate directly onto web pages using its Web Note feature, which is especially intuitive using a touchscreen and pen, but can be used with mouse as well
    • To activate the Web Note feature, navigate to the web page you wish to view and click the Web Note button:
      Selecting Annotate in Edge
    • If using a pen on a touchscreen, simply begin writing or drawing:
      Written Text Demonstration 
    • If using a mouse (or finger on a touchscreen), first click or tap the pen tool button, then begin writing or drawing:
      Selecting Pen Tool
    • You can also use the hightlighter and eraser tools, located next to the pen tool, to modify your annotations

Contact Us

As always, you can contact the College of Law IT department for assistance and tutorials, via email at LawHelp@law.syr.edu, or via phone at 315-443-9561.

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