“Multi-Doing” or what most of us call multi-tasking
How-to: Snap Windows
Select and hold the header of a window and drag until the pointer is against the side or top of a display, and the window will “snap” to the side or top of the display respectively.
How-to: Minimize all Windows but ONE
Select and hold the header of a window, then shake the window while holding the header. This will minimize all windows except the one you are holding. Shake again and it will return your windows.
How-to: Minimize ALL Windows with one click
There is a thin “glass” button on the far right end of the taskbar (only on your primary monitor if you are utilizing multiple monitors). One click on this button will minimize all windows, clicking it again will return your windows.
Navigation & Productivity
The Windows 10 Start menu has three main sections, plus a secondary menu
- The far left edge of the Start menu has icons with the following functions from top to bottom:
- “Account” where you can log off, lock, change account settings & switch user
- “Most Used” Applications with “Show jump list” if an ‘>’ appears next to the application for quick navigation – such as recent files opened in Word or Excel, or most used websites in Edge.
- “File Explorer” to quickly open file/folder access
- “System Settings” where you can connect to networks/WiFi, background & lock screen, devices, time and more.
- “Power” where you can Sleep, Shutdown & Restart
- “All Apps” where you can quickly browse and locate applications alphabetically – click on a letter and you can jump between sections quickly
- The right side of the Start menu houses “application tiles” – these quick access tiles may be dragged around, reordered, resized, and added/removed as necessary. You can remove all tiles for a more traditional Start menu appearance.
- Right-clicking the Start menu icon will bring up a secondary menu in Windows 10, with a search bar and options for logging out or switching users. For touchscreens, you simply tap-and-hold the Start menu icon.
- There is a new icon next to the search bar called “Task View”. It will allow you to see all open windows at the same time, and looks like this:
Windows 10 is modular and is designed for you to customize based on your preferred usage.
- For touchscreens, tap-and-hold replaces most right-click functions.
- Right-click the Start menu icon or anywhere on the taskbar to find customization options. This includes hiding the Cortana search bar (a Cortana icon will appear in your Start menu). You may right-click on apps/programs to pin them to either the Taskbar or Start menu, including as tiles in application tile view.
- Windows 10 sets Microsoft Edge as the default PDF handler. If you wish to use Adobe, open Adobe Reader or Acrobat, go to Edit > Preferences > General, and click the “Select As Default PDF Handler” button at the bottom of the menu.
Keyboard Shortcuts to save time:
Keyboard shortcuts can be used to avoid navigating multiple menus. Some common shortcut functions include:
|Windows Logo key + L||Locks desktop without signing out|
|Windows Logo key + 1 / 2 / 3 / etc…||Opens programs pinned to Taskbar, left-most is 1|
|Windows Logo key + Arrow Key(s)||“Snap” active window to left or right half of screen, fullscreen (up), or minimize (down). Can travel across multiple monitors.|
|Alt + Tab||Hold Alt and tap Tab to cycle through open windows; release Alt to make that window active|
|Ctrl + A / Z / X / C / V||Select All / Undo / Cut / Copy / Paste|