In case you missed it, our previous post from Friday lists several tips and tricks to help make your Windows 10 experience a LOT easier. Check it out by clicking here. Don’t worry, you can come back here, we’ll wait.
Alright, so now that you’re up to speed, let’s jump in to even more tips to help make Windows 10 a powerhouse operating system:
Task View & Virtual Desktops
One of the best things about Windows 10 is how it handles virtual desktops. The fact that it finally handles them at all, out of the box, is a great step, since Mac OS X and Linux users have had that capability for a long time. It lets you set up a series of tasks and windows on your desktop, your email and Twitter window on another, and a third for general Web browsing and research. To get started, click the Task View icon on the taskbar (immediately to the right of the Search box), or hold down the Windows key (abbreviated throughout as Win) and Tab. You can also drag an app to a new virtual desktop by bringing it over to the +New Desktop option at the lower right.
Windows 10 lets you personalize your desktop more thoroughly than before. Head to Start > Settings > Personalization > Colors, and choose Show color on taskbar and Start Menu. You can also tell it to automatically pick a color from your wallpaper and apply it underneath icons of open apps, and you can remove the Start Menu’s translucent option. In addition, a Dark Theme option turns the menus black. I love it, but your feelings may differ. I also wish it extended system-wide, to Explorer, the old Control Panel, and other places, but hey, at least it’s a start.
This awesome feature lets you install the classic Bash UNIX shell, thanks to a joint effort with Canonical. Enable it by first heading to Settings | Update & Security | For Developers and switching on Developer mode. Once that’s done, head to the old Control Panel | Programs | Turn Windows features on or off and check the box next to Windows Subsystem for Linux (beta). You’ll need to reboot, at which point all you have to do is search for Bash to get started using it.
Print to PDF
You can finally print a document (or rather, save it) as PDF without using a third-party utility using Microsoft’s Print to PDF. This makes it much easier to save and distribute documents that aren’t easily modified. Another long overdue feature makes it in under the radar.
Schedule Windows Updates
Instead of getting ambushed whenever Microsoft decides to push out a patch, you can schedule timed restarts to install updates by going to Start > Settings > Update and Security > Windows Update. You can do this for future updates as well by selecting Show More Notifications.
Test Drive Before You Buy
If you haven’t taken the Windows 10 plunge yet, but don’t want to disturb your machine that’s currently running just fine, here’s how to install Windows 10 in a virtual machine first. Note that this is different than the virtual desktops I mentioned above; it’s virtualizing the entire OS within another OS (your existing one).
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