Regardless of whether you are using a new computer with Windows 10 or an older machine that has been recently upgraded, this lesson will show you the basics of working with this version of Windows (Getting Started with Windows 10).
Note: This lesson will cover the use of Windows 10 on a desktop or laptop computer. If you are using a tablet computer with a touch screen, some of the instructions below will work a little differently.
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Windows 10 Login
You will probably be asked to Create a Microsoft account (if you do not already have one). After that, every time you turn on the computer, you will need to log in to your account. To do this, enter your password in the field and press Enter.
After you log in to the system, the first thing you will see is the desktop. This is the main workspace for your computer. From here you can view and manage files, open applications, Internet access, and much more.
Your Desktop Homepage will consist of Following items.
- Recycle Bin: When you delete a file, it moves to the trash. This allows you to restore the file if you suddenly change your mind. To permanently delete the file from the computer, you will need to empty the trash.
- Folders on the desktop: You can store files, folders, and shortcuts on your desktop so that they are easily accessible.
- Background of the desktop: The desktop background, or wallpaper, allows you to personalize your computer. You can choose embedded images as a background or use your own image.
- Open Folders: After double-clicking on the folder, it will open in a specialized program called Explorer (Windows Explorer).
- Start button: In all versions of Windows, there is a Start button in the lower-left corner of the screen, when clicked, a menu opens. The exception is Windows 8, instead of the menu you get to the start screen.
- Shortcuts on the taskbar: Some programs have shortcuts on the taskbar for quick access. In this example, you can see Microsoft Edge, Explorer, and Windows Store shortcuts.
- Taskbar: The taskbar contains application shortcuts, date and time, and much more. Open programs or files will also be displayed here, and you can easily switch between them by selecting them on the taskbar.
- Date and time: On the right side of the taskbar, you will see the date and time. There are also status labels for various parameters, for example, Internet connection settings, sound volume, etc.
You will use the Start menu to open programs on your computer, as in previous versions of Windows. To do this, click the Start button in the lower-left corner, then select the application you want. If you don’t see what you need, select All apps to see a complete list of apps. In the example below, we open “Contact Support“.
Work with files
You will mainly use File Explorer to manage your files and folders. To open Explorer, click the Explorer icon on the taskbar or double-click on any folder on the desktop.
Search for Files and Applications
If you forget the name of a specific file or application, you can search in Windows 10. To do this, click the Search icon in the taskbar, and then start typing. In the example below, we are looking for a file called “Paint”.
You will use System Settings to change the most important settings for your computer. To do this, click the Start button, and select Settings.
You can also use the Control Panel to configure some settings, just like in earlier versions of Windows. However, there are some parameters that can only be accessed in System Parameters. So, perhaps you will use System Settings more often.
At the end of work on the computer, it is important to turn off the computer correctly. To do this, simply click the Start button, then select Shut Down.
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