Navigating in a Desktop Environment in Windows 10

Windows 10    |    Beginner
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To get the most out of Windows 10, you need to know how to navigate its interface. Discover how to access folders, documents, and program shortcuts; use the taskbar and notification area; and lock, log off, and shut down Windows.


  • Getting started with windows 10
    Using the start menu
    Finding & opening an application
    Moving from one application to another via the start menu
    Using the desktop
    Creating desktop shortcuts
  • Using the taskbar
    Pinning applications
    Managing your pinned applications
    Locking, signing out & shutting down your windows 10 device
    Performing a search
    Getting to know your pc


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    The biggest difference between Windows 10 and Windows 8 is the return of the Start menu in the desktop, meaning there's no longer any need to constantly move back and forth to access your applications. You can quickly view saved applications and other information like your calendar and the local weather, directly from the start menu on your desktop. You also have the option to use the tablet-mode optimized for touch-screen devices but also available for use on your PC. FREE ACCESS
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    The Start menu in Windows 10 makes it easy to quickly access different applications directly from your desktop. From the Start menu, there are a number of different areas that'll help you locate and open the application that you want to use. FREE ACCESS
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    3.  Finding & opening an application in Windows 10
    3m 12s
    In Windows 10, your applications can be accessed in different ways. The key access point is the newly-designed Start menu, where you can access an alphabetical list of all of your applications and any system tools that you may want to open. The search function can also be used to quickly locate a particular application or program. FREE ACCESS
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    4.  Moving from one application to another via the Start menu in Windows 10
    3m 52s
    If you have multiple applications open at once, you can move from one to the other quickly and easily. Windows 10 features a number of different ways to move between different applications and windows. FREE ACCESS
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    5.  Using the desktop in Windows 10
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    Different users use the desktop in different ways. For some, it's a launchpad for all the applications and programs that they may want to use. For others, it is an easy storage space for organizing folders and files. In Windows 10, you can not only add shortcuts, files, taskbars and folders to your desktop but can also change how you access those items. If you have multiple windows open, you can add other desktops from the Task View to better manage your workspace. FREE ACCESS
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    6.  Creating desktop shortcuts in Windows 10
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    Applications and folders can be accessed via shortcuts added to your Windows 10 desktop. It is also possible to access the desktop from the File Explorer window. FREE ACCESS
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    7.  Using the taskbar in Windows 10
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    The Taskbar is a key element of the Windows 10 desktop. You can use it to store and access shortcuts to your favorite applications and folder locations. The notification area displays useful information relating to your system, including the time and date, your sound volume and any applications running in the background. FREE ACCESS
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    8.  Pinning applications in Windows 10
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    Creating a shortcut to an application, folder or website in your Windows 10 taskbar or Start menu is known as pinning. The taskbar is constantly visible, meaning that it is a good place to store your frequently used shortcuts. For example, you can pin the Recycle bin or your picture library to the menu. You can also pin applications or even websites that you visit regularly to the Start menu or to your taskbar so that you don't have to search for them each time. FREE ACCESS
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    9.  Managing your pinned applications in Windows 10
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    Once you have pinned some shortcuts to your taskbar, you easily reorganize them. You can also remove them easily from your taskbar or Start menu. FREE ACCESS
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    10.  Locking, signing out & shutting down your Windows 10 device
    3m 43s
    When you start Windows 10, you are asked to open a user session. Once logged in, you can lock your session to allow another user to quickly use the device or sign out completely from your user session. If you have finished using your device or computer, you can restart Windows or switch it off completely. FREE ACCESS
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    11.  Performing a search in Windows 10
    3m 52s
    The Windows 10 search bar is integrated in your taskbar to always help you find what you're looking for. Using the new search bar is an easy way to find your files, folders, apps and even information on the web, in one simple search. You can even find elements of the Microsoft control panel and settings from the search bar. FREE ACCESS
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    12.  Getting to know your PC in Windows 10
    3m 44s
    In Windows 10, you can access a large amount of information regarding the device that you are using. This information includes the Windows version that you are running, the CPU that is installed on your device, and a full list of the different components that make up your computer. See how to access and understand this information which will help you manage your external devices and disk space. FREE ACCESS


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