Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system pulls off an impressive highwire act of taking users’ favorite elements from the popular Windows XP, skimming over the much-maligned Windows 8, and then updating the whole Windows system for modern users.
Windows 10 first came out in mid-2015, which has given users a lot of time to get familiar with it. It’s still easy to overlook some features that can come in handy, so check out these quick tips and tricks covering everything from the start menu to getting the most out of the Task Manager.
A different sort of start menu
The start menu is a Windows classic. It’s easily accessible through the stylized Windows icon in the corner of your screen. Click on it and you get a layout of your most-used programs, access to power options, and shortcuts to your file explorer and computer settings. All of that is handy, but you can get a completely different look from the start menu when you right-click on the icon instead. If you’re using a touchscreen, then just touch the icon, hold it down for a second and then release. Alternately, use the keyboard shortcut by hitting the Windows key combined with “x.”
The right-click version delivers a quick and clean start menu. The power options and access to programs are still there, but it also puts a lot more at your fingertips, including the Task Manager, control panel, device manager, and even the command prompt.