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My Windows 10 (includes video and Content Update Program)

My Windows 10 (includes video and Content Update Program)

Katherine Murray

Aug 2015, Paperback, 352 pages
ISBN13: 9780789754332
ISBN10: 0789754339
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Book + 2 Hours of Free Video + Content Update Program


My Microsoft® Windows® 10 is an easy, full-color tutorial on the latest operating system from Microsoft. It includes 2 hours of FREE step-by-step video tutorials to help you learn how to navigate and customize the new Windows 10 desktop.

In addition, this book is part of Que’s exciting new Content Update Program. As Microsoft updates features of Windows 10, sections of this book will be updated or new sections will be added to match the updates to the software. The updates will be delivered to you via a FREE Web Edition of this book, which can be accessed with any Internet connection. To learn more, visit www.quepublishing.com/CUP.

How to access the free video and web edition: Follow the instructions within the book to learn how to register your book to access the 2 hours of FREE step-by-step video and the FREE Web Edition.

Author Katherine Murray has been writing about technology for more than 25 years and has worked with every consumer version of Windows since Windows 3.1. Murray will help you learn how to:

  • Master Windows 10 innovations you like and keep the older techniques you’re comfortable with
  • Let Cortana, your new personal digital assistant, help you find what you need
  • Adjust the Start menu so it works the way you want (not the other way around!)
  • Learn to use Windows 10 on PC or tablet
  • Streamline your browsing experience with Microsoft® Edge, the new state-of-the-art web browser
  • Find, download, install, and work with the best new Windows Store apps
  • Copy, move, and share files using File Explorer
  • Use the Skype app to make super-easy, free video calls
  • Access all your favorite media with the new Groove Music and Movies & TV apps

Introduction 1

Versions of Windows 10 ...........................................................................................2

Highlights of Windows 10 ......................................................................................4

What You’ll Find in This Book ...............................................................................5

Let’s Begin .....................................................................................................8

Chapter 1: Getting Started with Windows 10 11

Exploring Windows 10 ............................................................................................12

Logging In to Windows 10 ..........................................................................12

Touring the Windows 10 Desktop .......................................................13

First Tasks with Windows 10 .....................................................................14

Getting Around with the Mouse and Keyboard .............................17

Using the Mouse ..................................................................................................17

Selecting Multiple Items ...............................................................................18

Getting to the Menu ........................................................................................19

Using the (Real) Keyboard ..........................................................................20

Using a Touch Keyboard ...............................................................................21

Choosing a Keyboard ......................................................................................23

Repositioning the Keyboard .....................................................................24

Using Touch in Windows 10 ..............................................................................25

Using Single Tap ...................................................................................................26

Tap and Hold ...........................................................................................................27

Swiping Right .........................................................................................................28

Swiping Left .............................................................................................................29

Swiping Up and Down ...................................................................................30

Using Pinch Zoom ..............................................................................................31

Shutting Down or Putting Windows 10 to Sleep...........................32

Goodnight, Windows 10 ...............................................................................33

Shutting Down Windows 10 .....................................................................33

Chapter 2: Windows 10 on Your Desktop and Devices 35

Adding Devices in Windows 10 .....................................................................36

Viewing Installed Devices............................................................................37

Connecting a Device ........................................................................................38

Removing a Device ............................................................................................38

Connecting to Wireless Networks ................................................................40

Connecting to an Available Network................................................40

Managing Your PC Power....................................................................................42

Turning on the Battery Saver ...................................................................43

Choosing a Power Management Plan..............................................44

Tweaking Power Settings ............................................................................45

Resetting Windows 10 ............................................................................................46

Resetting Your PC ...............................................................................................47

Chapter 3: Getting Comfortable with the Windows 10 Desktop 51

Exploring the Windows 10 Desktop ..........................................................52

Learning About the Windows 10 Desktop ...................................52

Using the Windows 10 Start Button ..................................................55

Using the Start Menu ...............................................................................................56

Working with the Start Menu ..................................................................57

Using All Apps View ..........................................................................................57

Changing User and Profile Information in the Start Menu .......................................................................................................................58

Adding App Tiles to the Start Menu ..................................................59

Removing App Tiles from the Start Menu ....................................60

Resizing App Tiles ...............................................................................................61

Turning Off Live Tile Updates ..................................................................62

Searching in Windows 10 and Using Cortana...................................63

Searching for Content ....................................................................................64

Setting Up Cortana ............................................................................................66

Searching with Cortana .................................................................................67

Setting Tasks with Cortana ........................................................................68

Tailoring the Taskbar ................................................................................................69

Adding Apps to the Taskbar .....................................................................69

Using Jump Lists ..................................................................................................70

Working with Windows .........................................................................................71

Window Basics .......................................................................................................71

Moving a Window ..............................................................................................72

Resizing a Window.............................................................................................73

Arranging Windows ..........................................................................................74

Using Task View ............................................................................................................76

Displaying and Using Task View ...........................................................76

Working with Notifications and the Action Center ......................77

Checking Notifications ...................................................................................78

Turning Notifications Off and On .........................................................79

Creating and Using Multiple Desktops ...................................................79

Creating a New Desktop...............................................................................80

Adding Apps to the New Desktop ......................................................81

Closing a Desktop ...............................................................................................82

Chapter 4: Working with Windows 10 Continuum 85

Windows 10 for All Your Devices ...................................................................86

Standout Features for Tablets ..................................................................87

Edge Gestures for Tablets ............................................................................88

Switching to Tablet Mode ....................................................................................90

Making the Change Manually .................................................................90

Setting Tablet Mode Options ...................................................................91

Using the Start Menu on Touch Devices ................................................92

Displaying the Start Menu ..........................................................................93

Tweaking the Start Menu ............................................................................94

Setting App Tile Options ..............................................................................96

Cortana to the Rescue ............................................................................................98

Waking Cortana ....................................................................................................98

Searching with Cortana .................................................................................99

Learning the Cortana Tools .................................................................... 100

Working with Apps—the Touch Way .................................................... 101

Performing App Basics ............................................................................... 101

Using Task View to Switch Between Apps ................................ 102

Chapter 5: Customizing Windows 10 105

Selecting a New Desktop Background ................................................ 106

Displaying Personalization Settings ............................................... 106

Choosing a New Background Picture ........................................... 107

Selecting a Color Background ............................................................. 109

Adjusting Colors in Windows 10 ................................................................ 109

Choosing Colors ............................................................................................... 110

Enabling High Contrast ............................................................................. 111

Personalizing the Lock Screen ..................................................................... 112

Choosing a New Lock Screen Picture ........................................... 112

Adding a New Lock Screen Picture On-the-Fly .................... 114

Creating a Slideshow ................................................................................... 115

Choosing a Windows 10 Theme................................................................. 117

Displaying Classic Themes ...................................................................... 117

Customizing the Start Menu ......................................................................... 118

Modifying the Most Used List .............................................................. 119

Changing Start Menu Settings ........................................................... 120

Resizing the Start Menu ............................................................................ 122

Tweaking Additional System Settings .................................................. 122

Changing the Time ........................................................................................ 123

Changing Your Account Picture ......................................................... 124

Chapter 6: Securing Your Computer—for Yourself and Your Family 127

Customizing Your Login .................................................................................... 128

Changing a Password .................................................................................. 129

Creating a PIN Logon ................................................................................... 131

Creating a Picture Password.................................................................. 133

Working with Security and Maintenance in Windows 10... 136

Reviewing Your System Status ............................................................ 136

Changing Security and Maintenance Alerts ........................... 138

Deciding What to Do with Unrecognized Apps .................. 140

Using Windows Defender ................................................................................ 140

Checking Windows Defender Settings ........................................ 141

Scanning for Risks with Windows Defender ........................... 143

Turning on Your Windows Firewall .......................................................... 144

Activating the Firewall ................................................................................ 145

Changing Firewall Settings .................................................................... 146

Working with User Accounts ........................................................................ 147

Add a User ............................................................................................................. 148

Changing User Account Settings...................................................... 150

Switching Users ................................................................................................ 152

Maintaining Your Privacy .................................................................................. 153

Choosing Privacy Settings ...................................................................... 154

Setting Location Privacy ........................................................................... 155

Chapter 7: Working with Apps and Using the Windows Store 159

Getting Started with Apps .............................................................................. 160

Checking Out Your Apps on the Start Menu .......................... 161

Pinning Apps to the Start Menu ........................................................ 162

Finding and Starting Apps .............................................................................. 163

Finding an App .................................................................................................. 164

Launching an App from the Start Menu .................................... 165

Moving, Grouping, and Removing Apps ........................................... 165

Moving Apps on the Start Screen .................................................... 166

Creating an App Group ............................................................................. 166

Naming App Groups .................................................................................... 167

Removing an App from the Start Menu ..................................... 168

Working with Apps ................................................................................................ 169

Exploring a Program Window .............................................................. 170

Exploring a Windows 10 Universal App ...................................... 171

Working with an App .................................................................................. 172

Snapping Apps .................................................................................................. 173

Closing Apps ................................................................................................................ 175

Closing Selected Apps ................................................................................ 175

Using the Task Manager ............................................................................ 176

Getting Apps from the New and Improved Windows Store............ 177

Searching for an App ................................................................................... 178

Reviewing and Installing an App ...................................................... 179

Managing Your Apps.................................................................................... 180

Overseeing Your Finances in the Windows Store............... 181

Uninstalling Apps............................................................................................ 182

Chapter 8: Organizing Files with File Explorer and OneDrive 185

Getting Started with File Explorer............................................................ 185

Starting File Explorer.................................................................................... 186

Touring the File Explorer Screen ....................................................... 186

Working with Quick Access.................................................................... 188

Checking Out This PC .................................................................................. 189

Using the Ribbon ..................................................................................................... 190

Learning the Ribbon Layout ................................................................. 190

Showing and Hiding the File Explorer Ribbon ..................... 192

Managing Your Files and Folders .............................................................. 194

Finding Files and Folders ......................................................................... 195

Selecting Files and Folders ..................................................................... 197

Viewing File Information .......................................................................... 199

Tagging Files ........................................................................................................ 200

Arranging Folder Display ......................................................................... 201

Copying, Moving, and Sharing Files and Folders ....................... 202

Copying Files ....................................................................................................... 203

Sharing Files ......................................................................................................... 205

Compressing and Extracting Your Files....................................... 206

Keeping Files Safe with OneDrive ............................................................ 208

Chapter 9: Browsing with Microsoft Edge 211

What’s New about Microsoft Edge?........................................................ 211

Getting to Know Today’s Microsoft Edge .......................................... 212

Starting Microsoft Edge ............................................................................ 213

Exploring Microsoft Edge ........................................................................ 213

Browsing and Searching the Web ............................................................ 215

Starting at the Top ......................................................................................... 215

Navigating the Web ...................................................................................... 216

Opening a New Tab ....................................................................................... 217

Searching in Microsoft Edge ................................................................. 219

Using Cortana in Searches ...................................................................... 219

Adding Search Providers .......................................................................... 220

Personalizing Your Browsing ......................................................................... 222

Choosing a Theme ......................................................................................... 222

Magnifying and Reducing the View ............................................... 223

Pinning Open the Panes ........................................................................... 224

Selecting Your Start Page......................................................................... 224

Using the Hub .................................................................................................... 225

Saving Your Favorites ........................................................................................... 226

Adding a Favorite ............................................................................................ 226

Importing Favorites from Other Browsers................................ 227

Saving and Working with Web Content.............................................. 228

Reading Clearly in Reading View ...................................................... 228

Saving Articles to Your Reading List .............................................. 229

Adding Notes to Web Pages ................................................................. 230

Printing Web Content.................................................................................. 232

Sending Feedback .................................................................................................. 233

Securing Your Browsing Experience....................................................... 234

Blocking Cookies ............................................................................................. 235

Clearing Browsing Data ............................................................................. 237

Blocking Pop-Ups ........................................................................................... 239

Saving Passwords and Form Entries .............................................. 240

Chapter 10: Keeping in Touch with Windows 10 243

Calling and Messaging with Skype ......................................................... 244

Getting Skype ..................................................................................................... 244

Launching Skype ............................................................................................. 245

Signing In to Skype ....................................................................................... 246

Exploring the Skype Window ............................................................... 247

Adding Skype Contacts ............................................................................. 248

Making a Call with Skype ......................................................................... 250

Answering a Call with Skype ................................................................ 252

Sending Messages ......................................................................................... 252

Managing Contacts with the People App ......................................... 253

Getting Started with the People App ........................................... 253

Connecting Other Contact Lists ........................................................ 254

Adding a New Contact ............................................................................... 255

Searching for a Contact ............................................................................. 257

Staying in Touch Through Email ................................................................ 257

Launching Mail .................................................................................................. 258

Checking Out the Mail Window ......................................................... 258

Composing an Email Message ............................................................ 259

Adding an Email Account ........................................................................ 261

Organizing Your Email ................................................................................ 263

Keeping Your Dates Straight with the Calendar App ............. 264

Checking Appointments .......................................................................... 265

Adding a New Appointment ................................................................ 266

Chapter 11: Entertain Me, Windows 10! 269

Fun with Photos ........................................................................................................ 270

What’s New in the Photos App? ................................................................. 270

Starting the Photos App ........................................................................... 271

A Look Around the Photos App Window .................................. 272

Viewing Your Photos .................................................................................... 273

Editing Photos .................................................................................................... 274

Quickly Enhancing Your Photos ......................................................... 276

Displaying a Slideshow .............................................................................. 276

Your Music, Your Way ........................................................................................... 277

Getting Started with the Groove Music App ......................... 277

Learning the Groove Music App Window ................................. 278

Shopping for Music You Like ................................................................ 279

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Finding and Watching Your Favorite Shows ................................... 280

Launching the Movies & TV App ....................................................... 281

Exploring the Movies & TV App Window................................... 281

Finding New Movies & TV Shows ..................................................... 283

Playing Games with Windows 10.............................................................. 284

Starting the Xbox App ................................................................................ 284

Learning the Xbox App Window ....................................................... 285

Playing a Game with the Xbox App ............................................... 286

Capturing Video or a Screenshot While You Play ............... 286

Downloading a Game ................................................................................. 287

Chapter 12: Caring for Your Computer and Updating Windows 289

Checking for Windows Updates ................................................................. 289

Checking for Updates ................................................................................. 290

Setting Advanced Update Options ................................................. 292

Backing Up and Restoring Your Files ..................................................... 293

Backing Up Your Files with File History ....................................... 294

Restoring Files .................................................................................................... 295

Optimizing Your Computer ............................................................................ 297

Optimizing Your Hard Disk ..................................................................... 298

Appendix A: Windows 10 App Gallery 301

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After writing about technology for 30 years, Katherine Murray believes there’s never been a better time to be a tech enthusiast. She has seen personal computing change from big, slow, cryptic desktop-hogging machines to small, sleek smart devices we can tap our way through easily. She has worked with every version of Microsoft Windows there’s been, loving some versions (such as Windows 7) and loathing others (remember Windows Vista or worse, Windows ME?). She was part of the thumbs-up crowd when it came to Windows 8.1 but watched as Microsoft’s vision tanked because users weren’t quite ready for such a huge change in the way we work with our computers. Now in Windows 10, she believes Microsoft has done a better job building in the supports users need and providing a highly customizable working environment designed to let us work in the way that suits us best.

She started writing about technology 30 years ago and still enjoys it, specializing in Microsoft technologies and the fascinating ways in which we stay in touch with each other. In addition to writing books, she writes regularly for Windows Secrets magazine.