Windows 10 Tips and Tricks

Navigate the new Windows 10 UI 8 minutes

  • Review the new interface and start menu

Windows 10 New Features 30 minutes

  • Overview of Settings and Control Panel, Task View, and Cortana

Make the desktop more stylish

Windows 10 lets you personalize your desktop more thoroughly than before. Head to Start > Settings > Personalization > Colors, and choose Show color on taskbar and Start Menu. 

Task view and virtual desktops

One of the best things about Windows 10 is how it handles virtual desktops. To get started, click the Task View icon on the taskbar (immediately to the right of the Search box), or hold down the Windows key and Tab. You can also drag an app to a new virtual desktop by bringing it over to the +New Desktop option at the lower right.

Print to PDF

You can finally print a document (or rather, save it) as PDF without using a third-party utility. This makes it much easier to save and distribute documents that aren’t easily modified. 

Background scrolling

Ever notice how when you hover your mouse cursor over a window and try and scroll, you still can’t, because the window wasn’t active? Turn this feature on in Settings | Devices | Mouse and Touchpad and you’ll be able to do just that.

Search Feature

Simply type in a related word for the setting you are looking for and watch as it populates the list. Of course, it's also good for searching things both on your PC and on the Web. 

Resize the Start Menu

You can resize the Start menu, making it so that it only takes up a small corner of your screen, or as large as your entire desktop. Just drag from the corners.

Original Control Panel

The New Settings panel looks fine and it is accessible from the Start Menu. However, not everybody can adapt to this new arrangement of things. For the original Control Panel
Just use this key combination: "Windows Logo Key + X" and choose "Control Panel".