For people moving from Windows 7 (or even 8.1) to Windows 10 there’s just a few things to know before you will be navigating Windows 10 with ease:
- Windows 10 was made to work well across all platforms – desktops, laptops, smart phones and tablets. Therefore it works well with a touch screen. If you use a mouse only it works just fine – much better than Windows 8 really was touch screen heavy.
- In the bottom left of the screen you’ll find a search box labeled either “Ask Cortana” or “Search the web and Windows.” Cortana is Microsoft’s answer to Apple’s Siri. The default is Ask Cortana, wanting you to speak your question. You can type your questions instead, turning off Cortana which will then label the search box “Search the web and Windows.” (Google how to do this.) I prefer to use Google to search the web but absolutely love using the search box to search my computer. Can’t figure out how to get to the Control Panel in Windows 10? Type (or talk) Control in the search box and you will see an entry for Control Panel (Desktop App) pop up – click on it and you go directly to the Control Panel. You’ll find this feature very useful, especially when you first start using Windows 10.
- To the right of this search box are several icons, move your mouse over them (don’t click) and labels popup. The blue “e” is Microsoft Edge. It replaces Internet Explorer and can be used to search the Internet. I’m not a big fan of Edge and use Firefox instead. If you prefer Internet Explorer, Windows 10 has it, you need to use the search box to find it. The other icon that is important is the folder for File Explorer. Click on it to get to your libraries – Documents, Music, Pictures, etc. – your hard drive, and any other external drives you have connected to your computer.
- The round Windows logo in the lower left corner of the screen is now the Microsoft Windows logo. Click on it to turn off your computer: Select Power and then select either Sleep or Shut down.
There is a lot more to Windows 10 but for most people, just knowing the above is enough to get you started.
Let me know what you think of Windows 10.