With Windows 10 about to launch, I thought I would share some tips on using the ‘new’ operating system. If you have used Windows 8/8.1, some of these will be familiar.
EDGE – Internet Explorer’s replacement browser
One of the things about tabbed browsing is having a tab play audio when you don’t want it or expect it. Finding that tab, especially if you have many open, isn’t always obvious. With Edge, in Windows 10, it is a bit more obvious. Refer to the photo, the opened tab has an audio indicator and a play button. These let you know which tab or tabs have media playing. You can switch to that tab and take care of the offending media.
In the current version, 10240, EDGE does not have the ability to display multi levels of forward or backward pages. For example, in IE or Chrome, if you right click the back button, you will see 10 levels or so of history. Not so in EDGE.
In Desktop mode, the Start menu takes up little space. It has, on the left side, that traditional style Start Menu listing of applications and functionality. On the right side, is what remains of the Windows 8/8.1 Start Page. You can pin things to the Start Page and the live tiles will work, provided the tile belongs to Windows Store application. The whole thing can be resized by grabbing the upper right corner of the menu and dragging it up and to the right.
In Desktop mode, you can make the Start Menu take up the entire screen, if you like that. To do so, go to Settings->Personalization->Start. Click ‘Use Full Screen’ and close the settings. Click the Start Button and you should see a full screen Start Menu/Page.
Right clicking on a live tile will pop up a menu giving more control over them. You can unpin the tile, resize it, turn it on or off, pin to the taskbar or uninstall the application.
You can make the taskbar, action center and start page transparent by opening Settings->Personalization->Colors. Turn on the transparency by clicking ‘Make Start, taskbar, and action center Transparent’ slider.
The ALT-Tab task switching, though looking different, still works the same. Microsoft has taken that notion, added in a bit of the Vista style task switching and went full screen with tiled representations of the running applications. You can select an application to switch to OR…and you LInux people will deride this as old, send an application to a new desktop. Yes, Windows 10 now has multiple desktops. You can activate this feature by clicking on the desktop icon next to the Cortana icon on the task bar.
So, there you have a few nice features of Windows 10. Check back for more.