Windows 10 is here – and if you hated Windows 8 there might be a good chance that you will like this new version of Windows. Maybe you are one of those who still wait for the upgrade because Microsoft is rolling Windows 10 out in stages. Maybe you are not sure whether you even would like to make the upgrade because you are not sure if Windows 10 is something for you?
Here is a small guide that maybe will encourage you to do the upgrade as soon as you can.
If you liked Windows 7´s start button – there is good news for you, because Windows 10 has brought back the start button. And it has become even smarter in Windows 10 than it was in Windows 7. It´s possible to customize the menu so that it looks and feels just like you want it to. You can tweak almost everything about it. Just click and drag the edges to make each live tile as big or as small as you want. And adding and removing programs, files and folders from the menu are also this easy. You can say that Windows 10 gives you the best of both worlds.
Regarding Updates to Windows 10 you don’t have to worry about that because it will all be happening automatically. This means you don´t have to pick the updates you think you need. No, Windows 10 will do this for you, which is kind of smart for most users. Another “bonus” is that the Control Panel is still around. You can access the Control Panel by right-clicking the Start button and selecting “Control Panel.”
Searching on Windows is nothing new. This has been a feature for many years now, but with Windows 10 it´s now even smarter than ever thanks to Cortana, Microsoft’s answer to Siri and Google Now. The Cortana function popup the first time you search – and then you can decide whether you want to use it or not. It´s a really smart search function letting you search by writing or using your voice. Cortana will soon learn what you use to be looking for and figure out what to show.
OneDrive is Microsoft´s answer to ICloud and Google Drive and if you sign up to Windows 10 you´ll get 5GB of free storage on OneDrive. The Windows Explorer window where you can access anything on your PC is still here, but with a new toolbar in the top of the window it looks a bit different than it used to. You can easily drag and drop files directly into you OneDrive – and that´s a smart feature if you like to back up stuff.
If you have been used to use the ALT+TAB function to switch between windows, you will be happy to know that this is still possible. Also you can still use Windows Key+TAB to get the Rolodex-style view of open programs. This is a nice feature that makes you able to get a quick overview of what you are doing, but it does not stop here. With Windows 10 you can create all the desktops you like. Switching between the unlimited desktops is easy, and you can create one for work, one for playing and so on.
These tips and tricks will help you on your way of becoming a Windows 10 power user, but remember that “practice makes perfect”.