Windows 10 Anniversary Updates

Cliff Scarborough/ November 20, 2016/ Facilitator Corner

With the Anniversary update of Windows 10 rolling out, I wanted to share with you features that you may find useful. For the complete list visit the How to Geek Webpage

The Start Menu Has Been Redesigned

Microsoft has changed the way Windows 10’s Start menu works. The “All Apps” option is now gone–you’ll just see a full list of installed applications at the left side of your Start menu. Your most frequently used and recently added applications will appear at the top of this list. It’ll show the three most recently added applications instead of a single one, and you can expand this list to see more applications sorted by when you installed them.

Important buttons like the File Explorer, Settings, and Shut Down buttons are now always located at the left side of the Start menu.

OneDrive users will be happy to know that they can now search all their files–both files on the PC and files stored online in OneDrive–from the Start menu.

Task View Gets Some Improvements

You can now pin windows in the Task View interface, making them always appear on every virtual desktop instead of a single virtual desktop. Right-click a window in the Task View interface and select “Show this window on all desktops” to pin it. For example, you may want to pin a messaging or music application to all desktops for easy access.

There’s now a new touchpad gesture for switching between multiple desktops, too. Just place four fingers on your touchpad and swipe left or swipe right. This requires a certified “precision touchpad,” so it won’t work with all touchpads. And yes, this is the same touchpad gesture Apple uses on Macs.

The Lock Screen Is Improved, Too

The lock screen now features built-in media controls, which appear at the bottom-right corner of the screen along with album art for any playing music. You can control music playback without unlocking your PC.