Office Tips & Tricks: 5 new things in Windows 10

Office Tips & Tricks: 5 new things in Windows 10

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A colleague was asking my advice recently about how to navigate Windows 10. She’d recently been upgraded to this operating system and was having some teething problems navigating it.

So I thought this was a good opportunity to share a few tips more widely.


Start Screen and Desktop Screen

Windows 10 has a familiar desktop screen which you can personalise with shortcuts and background wallpaper. This works in conjunction with a Start screen which  appears over the desktop screen when you click the Windows icon in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen. You’ll find useful Live Tiles (apps) on the Start screen both in a tile view and list view.


desktop and start


Pin to taskbar and Pin to start

For apps that you use frequently, right click on them from the Start screen list and you’ll get the option to Pin to start which will create a Live Tile on the start screen, or Pin to taskbar to keep a shortcut permanently on the taskbar at the bottom of your screen.




File Explorer

‘Where has My Computer gone?’ you may be asking. My Computer has been replaced with File Explorer which is a quick route to your file menu. To find it, click the Windows icon in the bottom left-hand side of the screen then File Explorer from the list. Alternatively, type File Explorer into the search bar at the bottom of the screen. As I use this a lot, I’ve chosen to pin File Explorer to my taskbar.


file explorer



Task view and Snap

Like multi-tasking? Only got one monitor but wish you had 2 or 3? Then have a go with Windows 10′s Task view and Snap tool.  On the taskbar, you’ll find the new Task View button. You can use this to create a second or subsequent desktop and then switch between desktop views. You can name your additional desktops to create clusters of work/documents/programs. By right clicking on a program from the desktop, you can move it between desktop views.


task view


Alternatively, you might like to try the Snap tool.  Drag the title bar of any open window to the left, right or one of the 4 corners of the screen and the window will ‘snap’ into that space. To get this to work, you’ll need to drag the windows right into the corner until it almost disappears off the screen. This allows you to see up to 4 different windows at once on a single screen. Great for multitasking. Drag the title bar to the top edge of the screen to maximise a window.




Signing out and shutting down

At the end of your session, or if you’re using a shared computer, it’s important to sign out or shut down to maintain security. These functions are a bit hidden in Windows 10. You need to click the Windows icon and then you’ll see three icons appear.  To sign out (log off) click the top button which looks like a person. (You can also lock your computer here if you’re temporarily leaving your desk)  And to shut the computer down or force a restart, click the bottom button.


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