by Ryan Johnson, IT training coordinator
Internet Explorer is no longer the default browser on PCs running Microsoft Windows 10. In its place is a modern browser named Edge.
Microsoft’s Edge browser is more standards-compliant and performs better. It also no longer supports ActiveX controls, so all those old Internet Explorer toolbars and browser plug-ins will no longer function.
Some new features of Edge include:
- Ability to pin web pages to the Start Menu.
- Built-in E-Reader.
- “Set tabs aside” feature allows you to set web pages aside to be accessed at a later time.
- Tab Previews.
- Set multiple homepages.
If you’ve been using Internet Explorer, this is the browser you’ll be using instead. Internet Explorer 11 is still available on Windows 10 if you need it.
The Windows taskbar (shown above) has changed a bit in Windows 10.
In Windows 8, Microsoft removed the Start button from the taskbar and you only saw icons for your programs here. In Windows 10, the Start button isn’t just back — there’s a “Search the web and Windows” field that launches Microsoft’s Cortana assistant and a Task View button that provides an overview of all your open windows and virtual desktop features.
Both of these features are enabled by default. If you’d like to disable them, you can just right-click the taskbar and choose to hide the Search and Task View options.
In Windows 10, the Search bar not only looks for folders, apps, and files on your PC, but is also linked to the Windows Store (You will need a Microsoft account to use the Windows Store) and your browser so it can search the web right from your desktop.
Finally, in the new settings app we discussed in last week’s tech tip, you can change your taskbar settings; see the graphic for options available:
by Ryan Johnson, I-Tech
A new Settings interface in available in Windows 10. This is designed to be a more user-friendly way to configure your computer with a single unified settings area.
To access the Settings app, click on the Start Menu and select the Gear icon:
The new Windows Settings App will appear:
However, it still doesn’t contain every setting. The old Windows Control Panel is still included. Some older settings may only be available in the Control Panel, while some newer settings may only be available in the Settings app. To quickly access the Control Panel and other advanced options, you can right-click the Start button or press Windows Key + X
by Ryan Johnson, I-Tech
Windows 10 will begin to roll out to campuses and University Park this summer and into the fall semester. Over the summer, I will offer tech tips on what to look for in Windows 10.
My first tech tip will feature the new Windows 10 start menu. The Start menu looks very different then it does in Windows 7. When you left click, a long list of programs will appear. Two new sections exist, Life at a glance and Play and Explore. The live tiles (some are pulling data from the Internet) found in these sections can be removed, just right-click them and remove them. If you want to add a commonly accessed program, just drop and drag a program from the left menu into these sections.
You can also pin them to the start menu or taskbar by right-clicking any item in the start menu.
While the Start menu looks a bit different, it has all the usual features you’d expect — a list of all your installed applications as well as power options for shutting down or restarting your PC.
Move your mouse to any edge of the Start menu and you’ll be able to resize it. The left side of the menu brings a sense of continuity with Windows 7 in that it contains options for regularly used apps, File explorer, Settings, and a Search bar.
Note: The calendar and mail applications located in the start menu are not associated with UCS.