Windows 10 For Beginners

By Other

  • Genre : Software
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  • ISBN : 1517077087
  • Year : 2015
  • Language: English


Welcome to Windows 10 With Windows 8 we saw a radical departure from any Windows operating system we knew in recent times The Start menu was gone and it mostly worked off a tiled-based system rather than the desktop There was an outcry from users who were adverse to change but Microsoft listened and Windows 10 sees the return to a system we all know and love The Start menu is back But the tiled system isn t redundant it has been integrated into the Start menu and you can view your apps in a Start screen manner if you want to Windows 10 also sees the introduction of your own voicepowered personal assistant Cortana You can ask her what the weather will be or ask her to tell you a joke That s not all Microsoft have retired Internet Explorer and introduced Microsoft Edge annotate web pages create reading lists and browse the internet in style Go forth and discover exactly what Windows 10 has to offer Enjoy the book Windows10 Imagine Publishing Ltd Richmond House 33 Richmond Hill 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permission of the publisher All copyrights are recognised and used specifically for the purpose of criticism and review Although the bookazine has endeavoured to ensure all information is correct at time of print prices and availability may change This bookazine is fully independent and not affiliated in any way with the companies mentioned herein Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and or other countries Windows 2015 Microsoft Windows 10 for Beginners 2015 Imagine Publishing Ltd Contents 22 Upgrade Windows 8 The ultimate guide to Windows 10 Setting up Getting started 22 Upgrade to Windows 10 24 Connect to Wi-Fi 26 Create an account with 52 54 56 58 60 Microsoft 28 Create a user account 30 Add a password to protect your account 32 Improve your security 34 Change the desktop image 36 Personalise the Start menu 38 Customise your PC s settings to suit your needs 42 Use Control Panel to manage your system settings 46 Set up the Windows firewall 48 Set up Windows Defender 6 Windows 10 for Beginners Master the new Start menu Start using multiple desktops Learn to use Task Manager Use the Notifications centre Customise your application notifications 62 Change your default programs 64 Switch between applications 66 Arrange your windows with a snap 68 Look to the future with Universal apps 70 Introducing Cortana your personal assistant 72 Use voice search with Cortana 74 Set up and add contacts 76 Set up an email account 78 Send an email with attachments 80 Get to grips with the Calendar app 82 84 86 88 90 92 Add an event to your Calendar Get to know Microsoft Edge Bookmark a site with Edge Pin a site to the Start menu Clear browsing history Make notes and more on Edge Browser 94 Add a web site article to your Reading list 96 98 100 102 104 Browse the Windows Store Download an app Explore the Maps features Find your way with Maps Upload share and sync with Microsoft s OneDrive 84 Browse the web The next step 108 Understand the Skype 110 112 114 116 120 122 124 126 130 134 interface Experience a video call in Skype Import photos from your camera Edit your photos Make home movies with Windows 10 Utilise the integrated Xbox app Download new media Add music to your library Create format and edit with Microsoft Word Complete difficult tasks with Microsoft Excel Create sophisticated presentations in minutes 102 Get directions 116 66 Make a movie Snap Windows Incredibly 2015 marks 30 years since the first commercial release of Microsoft s Windows 138 Essential Windows apps 126 Microsoft Word Windows 10 for Beginners 7 Ultimate guide 8 Windows 10 for Beginners The ultimate guide to Windows 10 Discover everything you need to know about the brand-new operating system I ncredibly 2015 marks 30 years since the first commercial release of Microsoft s Windows Through a myriad of ground-breaking iterations the operating system continues to redefine how users interact with not just PCs but tablets smartphones and even games consoles too Apt then that in this anniversary year we welcome the latest release since Windows 8 almost three years prior Windows 10 promises a unified experience across modern devices unveiling a raft of new features alongside some old favourites Fans will be heartened to find classic desktop staples most notably the iconic Start menu returned in versatile style This time users are encouraged to customise Windows It promises a unified experience across modern devices to blend popular aspects of Vista and Windows 7 with the touch-screen optimisation of Windows 8 The Start screen is banished to let Live Tiles and legacy Metro apps live happily within new virtual desktops Tighter integration with Windows Store for software distribution Cortana for spoken word assistance and a brand new Edge web browser all make for exciting reading So with so much to discover join us on a tour of Windows 10 s best bits Familiarise yourself with essential desktop features explore interfaces learn shortcuts and even source accessories for Microsoft s most anticipated release to date Windows 10 for Beginners 9 Ultimate guide Desktop In the early formative years of GUI computing Windows defined the desktop paradigm This background space populated by icons and windows would come to form a familiar home to millions of users While Windows 8 moved away from a desktop focus Windows 10 places it back at the forefront of PC interaction Again you can customise wallpapers and decorate with shortcuts while the traditional taskbar resides below The Start menu also returns while seamless integration of the Cortana voice assistant and Action Center for notifications also arrives Rather neatly too Metro apps now behave more respectfully to the new desktop when launched Rather than filling the screen completely such apps are now windowed and resizable to make usage more versatile Similarly the new Task View button opens an array of virtual desktops for extending your workspace and improving workflow Add to this instant access to the new Edge browser and Xbox Live connectivity for delivering unparalleled online performance and you have a desktop full of powerful features Cortana The evolution of smartphone technology has made voice operation more prevalent Introduced within Windows Phone 8 1 Cortana is Microsoft s intelligent personal assistant responding to naturally spoken or typed commands That identical functionality is now integrated into the desktop called upon via the taskbar search bar or indeed with the Hey Cortana command Cortana then searches your PC for files folders or apps and performs tasks like calendar reminders or sending emails It uses Bing search technology so you can ask for weather reports sports scores or web searches just as you would a friend By using Cortana this way and telling her about working habits interests favoured locations and quiet times this addition grows in awareness With settings for addressing you by name vocal training and turning Cortana off altogether it really is like having a real PA 10 Windows 10 for Beginners Start menu Out with the new and in with the old the Start menu is back Start menu Live Tiles This left area pins popular system locations places most-used apps and indeed a list of all apps below The right side pins Live Tiles or Metro apps with re-arrangement just a case of clicking and dragging Search bar The search bar finds installed apps folders and documents but also allows you to run apps directly Windows 8 s removal of the Start menu in favour of the Start screen was a bugbear for veteran users The lingering expectation for clicking that familiar Windows icon to launch popular programs made losing this popular feature jarring for some Happily though Windows 10 not only places the Start Menu back into the left corner of the desktop taskbar it also offers greater flexibility over its function and behaviour By default the new Start menu accommodates not only typical desktop apps and places but also Live Tiles for Windows 8-style favourites Crucially though Power Button The power button with options for Sleep Shut down and Restart is moved back to the top of the menu the Windows 10 Start menu allows Live Tile functionality to be switched off completely along with unpinning Metro apps such as Mail Weather Store and so on Alternatively users can opt to view the Start menu full-screen providing the best of both worlds for those wanting retro or more modern modes of operation Either way general customisation extends to colour settings and a dedicated properties checklist for pinning only the most useful system locations All in all then the Start menu is back and better than ever and we couldn t be more glad Windows 10 places the Start menu back into the left corner Windows 10 for Beginners 11 Ultimate guide Windows Store Microsoft s marketplace for adding apps receives a welcome revamp Windows 8 ushered in a new way to download and install apps on your PC and supported devices the Windows Store For the launch of Windows 10 the Windows Store was given a Beta facelift which was made accessible as part of the OS s technical preview So although the new design is subject to ongoing changes when you click that shopping bag taskbar button or Start menu tile we think you will be pleasantly surprised Most notably the general layout from the Home page throughout is much cleaner and more organised with a carousel of latest and featured apps along the top Here you will also find links to core Apps Games Music and Music TV categories as well as quick access to download queues your account profile and the search bar What s more is that scrolling is now vertical as opposed to purely horizontal and far easier to browse personal picks top charts and bestrated apps With more than 206 000 listed as of April 2015 these intuitive and cosmetic changes should go a long way to delighting both contributing developers and Windows app fans alike Check out the interface below and familiarise yourself with it Top Categories App listings Links to Home Apps non-game Game Music and Movies TV keep general navigation more intuitive Apps are itemised by categories and picks providing full details and reviews as you click through Vertical scrolling Downloads Account and Search Check pending downloads your Microsoft account profile and indeed search directly for a desired app 12 Windows 10 for Beginners Quite simply this minor tweak makes viewing lengthy listings much more in keeping with Windows convention Edge Codenamed Project Spartan in development Microsoft Edge is a brand new web browser for Windows 10 Built from the ground up and unveiled in January 2015 Edge actually replaces Internet Explorer as the default browser across Windows 10 platforms For many this moving away from an iconic albeit often maligned browser is of most interest and brings some innovative features Here Edge reinvents the online experience allowing users to share annotated pages with Web Notes A new Hub panel collects reading lists favourites visit history and downloads while Cortana integration keeps searches simple IE s successor promises to perform faster than the rest It reinvents the online experience Multiple desktops As part of Windows 10 s renewed emphasis on desktop interaction users can now spawn multiple instances known as Virtual Desktops This essentially allows you to widen your workspace beyond the confines of a single monitor By clicking the Task View taskbar button you can view the current desktop list adding as many as you wish Open apps and windows can then be dragged and dropped into active desktops or entirely new ones with handy shortcuts available for organising and navigating This ability to dedicate desktops to specific applications should offer significant gains in workflow productivity Windows Hello Revolutionising system security Windows Hello is Windows 10 s new login technology extending Microsoft Passport Alongside a unique four-digit pin for general sign-in individual users can be recognised by more personal physical features Supported peripherals such as an IR camera and fingerprint sensor are required allowing you to scan the face iris or fingertips Such wholly unique biometric data can be used to not only access Windows 10 but also make purchases on the Windows Store and beyond Initialised via Settings Account Sign-in options the system prompts you to train the selected recognition type Windows 10 for Beginners 13 Ultimate guide Action Center Along with Cortana the Action Center makes the leap from Windows Phone into Windows 10 Many then will already know that this is where to expect notifications but in some ways Action Center arrives to form a crucial core to Microsoft s new OS Housed in a flyout panel on the right side of the desktop live slide-in notifications are archived here for important events in real-time From here you can review system app and communication events and simply mouse over before clicking X to dismiss Utilising Windows everywhere to sync the experience over your multiple devices Action Center ensures all your Windows notifications are shared across PC tablet or phone Shared across PC tablet or phone Windows Explorer The tried and trusted method for browsing your PC s contents for so long lives on in Windows 10 Windows Explorer known more recently as simply File Explorer remains a key fixture for hierarchically browsing not just local files and folders but also connected drives network places and OneDrive cloud storage Essentially still a familiar panelled window showing folder trees to the right and thumbnail previews to the right File Explorer by default shows a useful Quick Access view Here you ll find items presented within customisable smart categories and hopefully providing rapid access to those documents photos or media you cherish most Groupings for files or folders tagged as Favourites Frequent folders and indeed Recent files are all shown here for more convenient navigation As with most things in Windows 10 Folder Options here can be customised via View Options giving you choices about how your File Explorer history is best represented It allows you to use your system how you want The tried and trusted method for browsing your PC s contents 14 Windows 10 for Beginners Settings The way users customise and set up device preferences is changing in Windows 10 System Devices Personalisation Accounts Find crucial settings for the current Windows 10 system and any devices or peripherals connected Set options for exactly how you would prefer Windows 10 to look while controlling access to system accounts Search for a setting Update Recovery If you cannot find a certain setting simply enter a description in the Search bar Important options for keeping Windows 10 current and updated have been moved here from the Control Panel If you asked veteran Windows users about where to find the most crucial settings for their system most would say Control Panel This was always the traditional home for configuring every aspect of the OS offering several layers of complexity based on how advanced and deep users wanted to go Control Panel still exists in Windows 10 but it is tucked away in favour of a new Settings app that can be found on the left-hand side of the new Start menu Offering a more streamlined top-level view icons relating to System Devices and Network Internet can all be located here Beyond popular preferences on power management displays peripherals and Wi-Fi users can then personalise how Windows 10 looks and general accessibility or privacy levels Designed universally for devices beyond merely the PC these basic settings can be expanded using the search bar in the top right Here more advanced options housed within Control Panel can be queried more rapidly Conversely you ll also find common quick actions for popular settings at the bottom of the Action Center notifications panel Take some time to explore the Control Panel settings it can make it much easier to find what you are looking for when you come to change your settings at a later date Windows 10 for Beginners 15 Ultimate guide Keyboard shortcuts Read up on your keyboard combinations to unlock faster access among Windows 10 s notable new features The rise of Windows in the formative years of mainstream home computing really went hand in glove with the mouse The Graphical User Interface GUI and its Windows Icon Mouse and Pointer WIMP paradigm liberated users a little from their keyboards However both peripherals very much remain standard for desktop PCs and even in virtual form on touch devices With Windows 10 harnessing next-gen forms of input alongside predominantly the pointer lest we forget the usefulness of the keyboard for system shortcuts These quick key combinations still represent the fastest form of performing interface actions for most with Windows 10 ensuring its myriad of new features can be accessed this way In this section we delve deep into the many available and focus on those that users will want to learn first Along with outlining the key combos themselves we ll explain what each does and the applied context Performing interface actions quickly Ctrl D Ctrl D Left Right Use this shortcut to open or spawn a new Virtual Desktop and be switched to it Ctrl L t F4 Ctrl D Use this shortcut to close the current Virtual Desktop when working with more than one S 1 Tab I Get rapid access to the settings where core settings for your device can be found Use this keystroke to initiate a Cortana search with keyboard selected as input method instead of speech This useful keystroke instantly locks your Windows 10 device on cue when you may wish to leave it unattended I S 16 Windows 10 for Beginners L Windows 10 allows window snapping vertically or within a 2x2 grid This combination snaps the current window to the screen left or right 1 2 3 With this shortcut you can quickly launch the Windows 10 Task View for organising your Virtual Desktops A A Remember A for Action Center because this handy little shortcut is used to open your Windows 10 notifications Alt Using a number key with the Windows one allows you to launch programs pinned to your task bar Alt Tab Not a new shortcut for Windows 10 but useful for switching between open windows across all Virtual Desktops Alt Ctrl F4 Alt F4 Ctrl t Ctrl Left Right When on your Windows 10 desktop this keystroke opens the Power dialogue to shut down restart sleep or switch user E Ctrl A While working with multiple Virtual Desktops alternate arrow keys switch between the previous or next desktop Alt E u Up Down This combination will snap the current window to the screen top or bottom Windows 10 now has shortcuts for the Command Prompt enabled via Properties This combo selects current line text or all text Space D Alt Spacebar Use from the desktop to open Windows Explorer and browse your system files rapidly Q D Still working in Windows 10 this old shortcut allows you to minimise maximise or close the current active window Ctrl A Ctrl C Q This shortcut minimises all windows within the current desktop space V Insert Use this combination instead to initiate a Cortana search with speech input Insert Ctrl C Ctrl Insert Ctrl V Shift Insert This pair of shortcuts copies the selected text to the system clipboard Use this pair of Command Prompt shortcuts to paste the copied text from the clipboard to the cursor Windows 10 for Beginners 17 Ultimate guide Essential accessories Detailing those extra products and peripherals required for squeezing the most power out of Windows 10 Surface 3 Docking Station With support for Windows 8 1 and higher this official Microsoft product transforms your Surface tablet into a desktop device Beyond a 48-watt power supply input for charging while you work it features two USB 3 0 and 2 0 ports Gigabit Ethernet and 3 5mm connectors for audio input output A Mini DisplayPort for external monitors facilitates HD video output up to a whopping 3840x2600 DPI resolution making this the ideal way to enjoy Windows 10 when not on the move For an RRP of 164 99 256 this 800g accessory even offers pen storage Transform your tablet into a desktop device Microsoft Lumia 640 640 XL Two of the latest handsets in the Microsoft Lumia range for 2015 are both primed for Windows 10 Each earmarked as among the first for the free OS upgrade the phones offer an ideal midrange price point for experiencing Windows Phone Bundled with 8 0MP and 13 0MP cameras respectively both phones come in a selection of four vibrant colours and boast 8GB of device storage plus 30GB via OneDrive Quad-core 1 2Ghz processors and 4G LTE Network support ensure fast performance and snappy response times when using Cortana and all your favourite apps 18 Windows 10 for Beginners Microsoft Band Powered by the Microsoft Health app and a web-based dashboard Microsoft Band is predominantly a fitness assistant Wearable around the wrist the 169 99 265 device doubles as a watch while tracking heart rate sleep habits and running distances with GPS mapping Additionally though you ll find tiled apps for previewing Email and managing calendar alerts along with receiving notifications on calls text messages and social media Working in conjunction with Windows Phone and offering Cortana support users can surely expect further integration with Windows 10 going forward Xbox One Wireless Controller Adapter digitalPersona U are U 4500 Reader PC gaming disciples should rejoice at the embrace of Xbox gaming services within Windows 10 The new OS delivers a dedicated Xbox app to the desktop providing access to your gaming history Xbox Live and indeed the ability to stream console titles to PC and tablet alike But to truly harness the entertainment potential here you ll likely want to use the very same Xbox controllers and peripherals too Well the good news is you can and whether you own the console or not the superb Xbox One wireless controller with chat headset is fully compatible with Windows 10 You will require a special USB dongle adapter with a Bluetooth receiver however at an additional cost of around 25 15 99 which Microsoft announced availability for later this year Available from stockists such as Amazon and Dabs com this digitalPersona USB fingerprint reader is a great example of an affordable biometric device In truth any supported reader is ideal for unlocking the next-gen security features of Windows Hello With Windows 10 now able to learn and recognise fingerprints faces and even the distinctive pattern of your Iris expect peripherals such as this to become more commonplace In the meantime however be sure to check manufacturer websites for latest drivers and whether Windows 10 support is forthcoming before purchasing Surface Type Cover Available for Surface 2 Surface 3 and Surface Pro 3 devices these magnetic snap-on covers integrate a QWERTY keyboard with a full row of function keys Ideal then for accessing those new Windows 10 shortcuts and media controls you ll also find a built-in trackpad for more finely navigating the new desktop While folded the keys neatly disable and when closed forms a robust cover protecting your Surface screen from harm If that wasn t enough all are available in a range of desirable colours Microsoft HoloLens Very much a Windows device for the future this is Microsoft s much touted move into the realm of virtual reality headsets Compatible with Windows 10 and built to fit seamlessly into the product family this immersive peripheral blends the real world with Augmented Reality Producing a striking 3D holographic image for rendering gaming home entertainment and general computing applications the device tracks head movements to spatially map a virtual world With release date and price yet confirmed the HoloLens made a show-stopping appearance during E3 2015 with Minecraft demo wowing the crowds Windows 10 for Beginners 19 Setting up The first things to do when you get your Windows 10 PC 22 26 Install Windows Create an account 22 Upgrade to Windows 10 Take your Windows 8 laptop up a gear 24 Connect to Wi-Fi Get onto the internet on your laptop 26 Create an account with Microsoft Access your user area 28 Create a user account One way to get Windows 10 is through Windows Update It will automatically download Let guests use your PC 30 Add a password to protect your account Use added security on your PC 32 Improve your security Utilise Windows 10 s new features 34 Change the desktop image Customise your background picture 36 Personalise the Start menu Change the colours and move tiles 38 Customise your PC s settings to suit your needs Edit the way your computer works 42 Use Control Panel to manage your system settings Get to know the hub of your PC 46 Set up the Windows firewall Protect your PC from viruses 48 Set up Windows Defender Save your PC from attacks 36 Edit your Start Menu 20 Windows 10 for Beginners

Author Other Isbn 1517077087 File size 35 4 MB Year 2015 Pages 70 Language English File format PDF Category Software Windows 10 sees the return to a system we all know and love The Start menu is back It also sees the introduction of your own voice powered personal assistant Cortana You can ask her what the weather will be or ask her to tell you a joke That s not all Microsoft have retired Internet Explorer and introduced Microsoft Edge annotate web pages create reading lists and b