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  1. sarath chandra

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    1. The Start menu is back
    [​IMG]MARK HACHMAN
    Oh how I’ve missed you.

    Halle-friggin’-lujah.

    Sure, Windows 10’s Start menu isn’t quite the one you’re used to, acting instead like a mash-up of Windows 7’s Start menu with Windows 8’s Start screen, replete with Live Tiles and Windows Store apps. My colleague Mark Hachman nailed it on the head in his Windows 10 pre-review when he said to consider Windows 10’s Start menu more as a dashboard than a launching pad.

    Either way, the Start menu’s back. And if you don’t dig all the Live Tiles, it’s easy to unpin them and stock the Start menu with shortcuts to traditional desktop software.

    2. Windows Store apps mime desktop programs
    But the Start menu’s absence was only one of Windows 8’s great failings. The design of Windows Store apps was another.

    These monstrosities tossed everything glorious about desktop computing to the curb to splay themselves upon the altar of touch-friendliness. When opened, Windows 8’s apps expanded to fill the whole screen, engulfing even the taskbar. Worse, they consumed all that space with spectacular inefficiency, leaving tremendous amounts of unutilized space in favor of big, empty blocks that were fine for fingers, but resulted in a dearth of information density and a vast amount of superfluous scrolling with a mouse.

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    The News app in a desktop window in Windows 10.

    In Windows 10, Microsoft shoved those Windows Store apps into proper, moveable, resizable desktop windows, which enables you to integrate them into your workflow far more seamlessly. Gone are the awful hidden Charms bar controls, replaced by a proper menu bar, and thanks to their scaling interface the newly “universal” Windows apps that ship with the system now feel much more natural on the desktop.

    I banished Windows Store apps from my Windows 8 workflow entirely, but happily use their Windows 10 counterparts daily. The small changes add up to a huge improvement. Windows are coming back to Windows, folks.

    3. The right interface for the right device
    But ignore all that if you’re using a Windows 10 Phone or tablet, each of which uses a morphed version of Windows 10 to display an interface best suited for each screen size. Windows 10’s tablet mode, in fact, looks an awful lot like Windows 8’s Start screen.

    Microsoft tried to sell Windows 8 as an operating system for every device, but it did so by forcing the same interface across tablets and PCs—two very different device types. Windows 10 tweaks the formula, letting a PC be a PC and a tablet be a tablet, and it’s vastly better for it.

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    Windows 10’s Continuum feature helps hybrid devices like the Surface behave like a tablet when it’s standalone, and like a PC when the keyboard’s connected.

    And if you’ve got one of those fancy two-in-one hybrid devices? Windows 10’s Continuum mode has you covered. Heck, thanks to Windows 10’s shared core and universal apps Windows 10 Phones can even mime proper Windows 10 PCs when connected to an external display.


    4. Virtual desktops
    Windows 8 treated the Windows desktop as just another app. Windows 10 gives you desktops and desktops and more desktops, via its new embrace of virtual desktop—a feature long beloved on Linux and OS X.

    Further reading: How to use Windows 10's Task View and virtual desktops

    Windows 10 supports as many virtual desktops as your hardware can handle, rather than placing an artificial cap on the action. Management of the individual desktops and their apps is handled via Windows 10’s surprisingly slick Task View, which can be accessed by its icon in the desktop taskbar.

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    FINALLY.

    Virtual desktops can be especially handy if you don’t have multiple monitors: You could dedicate one to social tools, another to work applications, and a third to PC games, for example, so you aren’t tempted to goof off in the middle of a hot and heavy productivity session.

    5. Action Center
    Windows 8’s Windows Store apps may not have been a pleasure to use on proper PCs, but one key advantage they held rocked my socks: System-wide notifications. Where traditional desktop software tends to be self-contained silos, Windows Store apps will shoot you a pop-up notification in the upper-right corner of the screen when, say, you get a new email or a new direct message in Twitter.

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    Windows 10’s Action Center slides out from the right edge of the screen when summoned.

    If you see them, that is. After a notification pops up in Windows 8, it disappears into the ether, never to be seen or summoned again. Sure, you could theoretically see missed notifications on their apps’ individual Live Tiles on the Start screen, but who hangs out there?

    Windows 10 cures the ill with the introduction of its new Action Center, which appears in the right-hand side of the taskbar. Missed notifications will reside there until you dismiss them—huzzah!. You’ll also find quick-action buttons that allow you to swiftly manage Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, enter Tablet Mode, and more.

    6. Cortana
    Windows 8.1’s search function already pulled info from the web with the help of Bing, but the results were just a dumb web search and you had to travel to the Start screen to conduct one. There was no way to quickly search for something from the desktop without the help of third-party software. Ugh.

    [​IMG]MARK HACHMAN
    Cortana shows what you’ve got going on today when you activate her in Windows 10.

    Cortana, the digital assistant that first appeared in Windows Phone 8.1, replaces the search function in Windows 10 and delivers a flat-out superior experience to Windows 8.1’s search. First of all, her search bar is located right within the desktop task bar—already a vast improvement.

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    Cortana also groks natural language search commands.

    Plus, Cortana’s sassy—though not all of the cool easter egg questions that Cortana answers on Windows Phone work on the Windows 10 desktop just yet. (Be sure to ask Cortana what she thinks of Siri!)

    7. Windows Hello
    Windows 8 had the usual authentication options—PIN code, password, yadda yadda yadda. Nothing lacking, but nothing exciting either, in other words.

    Windows 10 kicks things up a notch with enhanced support for two-factor and biometric authentication, spearheaded by the awesome Windows Hello feature, which (among other things) can use depth-sensing cameras to automatically log you in.

    As PCWorld’s Mark Hachman wrote in his Windows 10 pre-review after spending some hands-on time with Hello:

    “Boy, Hello is terrific. You simply ‘train’ the machine by letting the PC camera look at you for a moment or two. Thereafter, when you sit down at your PC, it recognizes you and logs you in—no effort required. And if you share that PC with others in your family, it will recognize them, too, automatically logging them in and picking up where they left off.”

    Facial recognition is nothing new, but Hello’s flavor of it sounds uniquely special. Too bad it’ll only work with a handful of PCs when Windows 10 launches

    Here u go with it.......
     
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    love this
     
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    will try windows 10
     
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    you didn't talk about Windows Edge browser, which is the fastest and the lightest browser I have used till date. Minimal interface and the ability to ask Cortana for any information is very useful too. After a long struggle between choosing and switching between chrome and firefox , I have finally found my favourite browser! Microsoft Edge is sharper, sleeker and smoother!
     
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    Yes. I forgot to mention it... I do agree WINDOWS EDGE is awesome
     
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    yay!
     
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    Anyone interested in using split view, windows 10 brings a upto 4 windows stacked parallel. Select a window, then press windows+arrow keys to stack that active windows to left, top right as you release the arrow key, it will show you other windows click on one you want to side stack. And the great news is that it works for metro and desktop applications at the same time.
     
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    Virtual Desktops , Window Snapping & Keyboard Shortcuts:

    Also included with windows 10 is the ability to create new desktops (virtual desktops) to better manage your workspaces.
    Just click on task view button or press windows+tab
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    click on new desktop :
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    there you have a new virtual desktop
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    some shortcuts to rememberfor managing windows & virtual desktops in windows 10:
    Snapping window: WIN + LEFT or RIGHT (can be used with UP or DOWN to get into quadrants)
    • Switch to recent window: ALT + TAB (unchanged) – Hold shows new Task view window view, let go and switches to app.
    • Task view: WIN + TAB – New Task view opens up and stays open.
    • Create new virtual desktop: WIN + CTRL + D
    • Close current virtual desktop: WIN + CTRL + F4
    • Switch virtual desktop: WIN + CTRL + LEFT or RIGHT
     
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    Command prompt tweaks
    A lot of Windows 10 utilities underneath the service still look the same as they did in Windows 7 and Windows 8. But one of the hidden tweaks is in the Command Prompt — head over to Properties and you’ll suddenly find you can enable a host of customizations, including a transparent background, resizing the window, and word wrap! go ahead pep your command prompt right now! :) tttt.JPG
     
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    i am discovering new settings and things in windows 10 everyday, so will keep posting it here as I come across. Its a request to the administrator to pin this post and also to all other users to post anything interesting they discover in windows 10.
     
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    Capture.JPG Background scrolling
    Ever notice how when you hover your mouse cursor over a window and try and scroll, you still can’t, because the window wasn’t active? Turn this feature on in Settings | Devices | Mouse and Touchpad and you’ll be able to do just that.
     
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    //Windows File Explorer Default Behavior :
    The users must have noticed one changed thing in windows 10. when you click on file explorer or press the shortcut Windows key+E, it opens to quick access view rather than this pc/ my computer. While you might like the new change as it gives access to most used folders that you have pinned, but a lot of people rather like to see my computer for various reasons. Here is how to change it:

    1. type "file explorer options" in search bar or click on options button in the view menu in file explorer ribbon bar
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    2. the first entry is "open file explorer to"
    3. click on the drop down menu and select "this pc"
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    //voila/you are done!
     
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    //Windows has a inbuilt PDF print facility now
    I was just going to print a pdf and realised i don't have to download programs like cute pdf, etc to make pdfs from documents! its native and awesome! You can finally print a document (or rather, save it) as PDF without using a third-party utility. 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.

    Here is how the print dialogue looks now : (ctrl+p)
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    Taking ScreenShots :
    Although this is old, and has been there since windows 8, if you press the windows key+printscr key, it will take a screenshot and save it to your default pictures folder. Its easier than printscr and windows snip, and is one of the most used shortcuts by me. Surprisingly a lot of users still don't know so I thought lets share! cheers!
     
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    Taking Screencasts on Windows 10!

    Windows 10 has a feature called game dvr which is supposed to be used to record videos of your glorious video game moments and share them. But it can be used to record activity on screen for metro apps and desktop apps, although it does not work for file explorer and similar things. But its useful anyway. How to do it:
    Go to the application you want the screen video.
    Press windows key+g (this will open a toolbar with options as below) windows-10-game-bar-2-100597280-large.png

    Press the red button to start recording. As soon as you press that button, the bar will go away and a minimised orange red toolbar will appear on right top side of screen showing the duration of recording. Click on that and stop recording. You can also press on camera button to take a screenshot.

    keyboard shortcut:
    Alternatively you can directly invoke recording by pressing windows key+alt+r key combination. Press the same combination again to stop recording.The keyboard shortcut for taking screenshot is windows key+alt+prntscr

    The video/screenshot is saved in your default video folder under captures folder. Moreover it recognises the app and names the captured video/screenshot accordingly with date and time stamp. See below;
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    Its awesome!
     
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    Windows 10 PRO TIP: Assigning specific processor cores for use by certain apps
    In Windows 10 and under an administrative account you can specify which cores (of your presumably multi-core processor) gets used for explicit apps.

    Why would you want to do this setting? In this regard, it is only for the power user as most consumer-level users either won't reap the benefits or may even make things worse. The longer explanation is assigning specific cores to an app can, in some cases, improve overall system effectiveness. For instance, if you are doing some heavy rendering, compiling, or video work, this ensures that part of the processor is always dedicated to the task.
    Here is the way to do it:
    1. Open Task manager (ctrl+shift+esc or alt+ctrl+del)
    2.Right Click on whatever app you want to edit the processor use (here I am setting for Microsoft edge browser)
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    3. Click on Go to Details
    4. It will take to the executable, Right click again and click on "Set Affinity"
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    5. A dialogue box showing options to select the processor cores will come. if you want an app to use limited no of cores select the cores here. you can thus distribute core power to different apps and optimise certain tasks and pc usage.
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    6. Click ok to save settings and restart the computer for effective changes.

    Overall, this is a simple change that is very easy to implement. The real question is, Do you need to do it?

    If you are considering this modification, you likely know why you want to do it. Its basically for dividing computer power between apps and is definitely a pro tip. However, for regular users you likely won't get much value. But anyways its good to know! cheers!
     
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    Setting Custom Accent Color
    One of the more hidden abilities in windows is to set a custom accent color. Microsoft lets you choose from a palette of 49 hues, which is probably fine for most users. In fact, you can let Windows auto-match the color according to your wallpaper.

    However, you can go further and pick an exact color, including saturation, hue, intensity, and brightness. This feature is actually hidden, but with a simple run command you can have access to it.

    Step 1
    Use Win + R to bring up the run command window, or type Run into Cortana/search box on the taskbar

    Step 2
    Type in (or copy and paste) Control Color and hit OK
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    Step 3

    Click on any colour and Reveal the extended menu by clicking on Show color mixer
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    Step 4
    Using the various sliders, you can pick the color, hue, brightness , and intensity to your liking. Hit Save Changes once you are done.

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    If you are using the release version of Windows 10 build 10240, the color changes the Start menu, Action Center, and Taskbar. If you are on the Insider build of 10525 or later, the color you also choose changes the Title bar on apps.
    Most people should be okay with the default options in Windows 10, but for those who have a real peculiar hue that they want, this trick should help you out!
     
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    ova e neverovatno bre
     
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    Windows 10 mousepad shortcuts(only multitouch mousepads)

    1. Three finger tap opens windows start menu
    2. Three finger flip upwards will act as ALT+TAB
    3. Three finger flip downwards will minimize to desktop.
    4. Three finger flip sidewards will open recent apps that you have used.
    You can change this settings in control panel to customize them to your usage (Like i use three finger tap to open chrome)
     
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