Making the Most of Windows 10

Perhaps you are like a lot of people who felt like they were losing ease-of-use when Windows decided to upgrade itself to 10. In fact, there were a number of people who downright refused to switch. Sale of Windows 7 computers escalated as people were rebelling against the discomfort of change. So, maybe now it’s time you started making the most of Windows 10. Change isn’t always bad, after all.

Of course, if you are new to it, you might want to find out how to get help in Windows 10. We understand that learning new software can be challenging. But, you can chat online with Microsoft support specialists or even schedule a call back to get your questions answered. Or, if you’d rather figure things out on your own, you can always hit the F1 key and search the help topics available. You can make the most of Windows 10, and we’ve got some useful suggestions for pursuing that goal.

Making the Most of Windows 10

7 Tips for Making Windows 10 Work for You

Microsoft has a habit of making really great software and then bombing at their attempts to improve. You can see that pattern as Vista received terrible reviews but everyone loved 7. Then 8 was met with disdain and now we’re looking at 10 and trying to determine where we stand. That’s why we’ve devised this list of 7 tips for making Windows 10 work for you:

  1. The Start Menu is Customizable– Yes, it still has the tiles associated with Windows 8, but you can choose to eliminate them. Your start menu can be made to fit your personal level of comfort and meet your need for functionality. Learn how to adjust your start menu here.
  2. Use Cortana– This is a new search feature available to Windows 10 users. Cortana is different from Siri because you can determine what it knows about you so that its virtual assistant capabilities are specifically suited to meet your personal needs. Read more about dealing with Cortana.
  3. Employ the Virtual Desktop Option– This will allow you to work on multiple programs or apps at the same time. There’s a multi-screen option next to the search bar in case you were unware of how to get started with this feature.
  4. Don’t Disregard the Mail App– You can very easily include multiple email accounts within the program. And there’s an email preview panel and collapsible conversation view. It’s a pretty great asset that lets you keep all your calendar information and contacts in one place.
  5. Learn the New Keyboard Shortcuts– This one might be a little tricky for the reluctant user. However, most of them involve the new “Windows” key. You can use it to snap the window into different parts of the screen or quickly access the start menu. Of course, you can always learn more about the new keyboard shortcuts.
  6. Sync with OneDrive– This is an incredible asset to anyone wishing to save their documents or images on the cloud as opposed to their personal hard drive. We love the cloud and particularly the ease of use attached to OneDrive.
  7. Xbox Account Accessibility– This is just a nicety that we appreciate as it allows us to stream and play games on our Xbox and computer.

Windows 10 is not software to avoid. You can make it work for you. We promise.