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Windows 10 Basic Introduction and Guide for Beginners

So, you’ve finally upgraded to Windows 10, turned it on and….OMG! What do I do now? It looks so different!

First, don’t panic, it’s really simple, not much has actually changed and if you are completely new there is an obvious place to start….The Windows’ Start Button

Normally found in the bottom left corner of your screen, the start button looks like a four paned window on the slant. Click it and up will pop the…Start Menu…This is split into three columns.

The right hand one contains …Tiles…which are just shortcuts to programs, and started by a single click. These tiles can be customised and arranged as you please.

The middle one contains an alphabetical list of installed Apps, Programs or Windows features. You can scroll up and down to view them all, or click any letter to see the alphabet, then click the desired letter to see all of those items. The programs open from here again with a single click.

The narrow left one contains system shortcut Icons to the …Power Button…, the …Settings…Menu (a picture of a cog), the …Pictures…folder, your …Documents…folder, and your own account …Profile…which are the folders on your computer that belong exclusively to you when you log on with your password. If you hover your mouse over these icons you can see the names displayed clearly.

To the right of the start button (on a standard install is a search bar where you can search both for things on the computer and things on the Internet. If you search the Internet from here it will always use the Bing search engine, which although not my preference you may find handy and quick.

In Windows 10 though I have found it very useful to use this search box to find system settings very quickly. Particularly if you are used to using Windows 7, as typing…Control… into it is probably the quickest way to find the old Control Panel. Try it, type Power or Display or something else into it and see what comes up.

To the right of the Search Bar is the…Task Bar. This comprises a few quick start icons which open programs with a single click (Again this can easily be customised) and then an empty space which fills up with icons when you actually run programs. So you can switch between programs easily when you have more than one running just by clicking their icon here.

To the far right along the bottom is your clock, a little notification icon(looking like a speech bubble) and the…System Tray.

The system tray is simply put a space that shows some system or program icons that start when Windows starts. This can be customised and some icons can be hidden as you can see if you click the little chevron (<).

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