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My Favourite Windows 10 Features That You Will Also Love

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Windows 10 has been available for some time now and most Windows users would have either upgraded by now or any new computer equipment would come with it as standard.

I for one was a bit hesitant to upgrade as I didn’t even go to Windows 8, as I loved my Windows 7 system. But I had to update my equipment and so I had no choice but to toe the line.

But to my surprise I have quickly learnt to love the new system and some of its features can be really helpful in day to day computer usage. So today I am going to talk about some of my favourite tips & tricks of Windows 10 that I hope you will find useful and handy to know. (Sorry Apple users... another time.)

Phone Companion

Windows 10 will come with a Phone Companion app (or download from your Android/Apple store) that you can launch directly from the Start menu. This will present you with a screen that will let you get your phone set up to work with the new OS. You’ll be able to view photos taken with your Android or iOS device directly on your PC, listen to songs stored anywhere via OneDrive, access OneNote content, Skype, work in Office, and get Cortana on your phone or tablet too. All you have to do is install the relevant apps on the device(s) of your choosing.

If you have the app or after download and installation, click on the app and you will be greeted with the following window. Select your OS and follow the prompts.

Get Phone Notification on your PC… and Reply!

Make sure your phone and PC are Bluetooth paired as shown above.

Install the Cortana app on smartphone.

Set up Cortana on your phone with the same Microsoft account as your PC.

Tap the Profile icon in Coratna, go to Settings, Tap Sync Settings.

Enable the Notifications etc you wish to see on your PC.

On your PC click in the search box and then click the Settings icon which will take you to Cortana settings, ensure ‘Send Notifications Between Devices’ is on.

Click edit Sync Settings to ensure “Get notifications”’ is turned on.

You will now receive notifications in the bottom right of your screen and also be able to reply directly from that area.

Lock your Computer automatically when you step away from it:

Pair your phone with you PC/Laptop/Tablet, turn on Dynamic Lock and if you step away, Windows Hello can use a phone that's paired with your device to automatically lock it shortly after you're out of Bluetooth range.

Use Bluetooth to pair your phone with your PC.

To connect via Bluetooth:

Turn on your phone’s Bluetooth and make it discoverable.

On your Windows 10 PC, select the Start Button (Windows logo Start button) > Settings (Gear-shaped Settings icon) > Devices > Bluetooth.

Make sure Bluetooth is on and click Pair Device and follow the prompts.

Turn on Dynamic Lock:

On your Windows 10 PC, select the Start Button (Windows logo Start button) > Settings (Gear-shaped Settings icon) > Accounts > Sign-in options.

Under Dynamic lock, select the Allow Windows to detect when you’re away and automatically lock the device check box.

Take your phone with you when you move away from your PC, and it will automatically lock a minute or so after you're out of Bluetooth range. (Note that Bluetooth range varies by devices.)

Windows (Problem) Steps Recorder:

Ever wish you could easily show your computer tech guy the problem you are having without having to go through the annoying remote login and wasting time showing the problem, or worse, the expense and time of having him come to your office?!

Well here is another option… windows 10 has a build in program called Windows Steps Recorder, where you can reproduce the issue and share it. Open the app, press ‘Record’ and reproduce the problem, then click ‘Stop Recording’. The app automatically takes a screen shot of each step you undertook, showing your tech what you did and what the issue was. It is truly great!

Click Start > Windows Accessories > Steps Recorder.

A small box pops up with the recording controls.

Click Record and then do what you want to show another of your problem.

When completed, click Stop recording.

Another box then pops up allowing you to almost magically review what you just did, step by step with screen shots.

Review the steps and then save the zip file to your computer. Send the zip file to whoever you want to review it.

Snap Assist - Review Documents side by side:

Do you sometimes fiddle around, trying to resize documents on your screen to compare content or share information? It is easier than you think now and several ways to simply do this.

Open a document/app (Word, Excel, Web Browser, etc).

Now simply hold the Window key and hit the let/ or right arrow key. It will now snap to that side, taking up have the monitor screen.

Open another document and hold the Windows key and hit the opposite arrow key. Now they sit exactly and evenly side by side.

As well as with the other methods below, you can do this for up to 4 documents on the screen.

Click on one of the open documents to make active, and now hold the Windows key and hit the down or up arrow. The document now takes up one quarter of the screen. So you can now have 4 separate documents evenly spaced side by side/above and below, on the screen.

Another way of snapping the apps to the side/corner is to simply use your mouse and drag the app to the side or corner of your screen, until the mouse cursor actually touches the edge, then release.

See all open documents/apps:

Starting to lose you way with so many open windows?... Just hold the Alt key and hit the Tab key, and all open windows will display. To scroll through and/or select the one you want to use, just keep tapping the Tab key.

Also in the task bar is a small icon called Task View which also allows you to see all open applications.

Quickly clear your workspace:

Working with too many open programs, getting frustrated and confused and want to quickly clear the clutter to work on just one… easy, start a new Desktop.

Just hold the Windows key, Ctrl key and hit ‘D’.

This open a new clean desktop to calm you down and keep a clear head and screen.

To return to the old desktop, hold the Windows and Ctrl keys again and hit the left arrow. Left/right arrows to move through.

You can open as many new Desktops as you want and use the left and right arrow to scroll through them.

To close them all and return to the main desktop, use Windows + ctrl + F4 keys.

Manage your Computer Storage:

Click in the Search box in the task bar and type ‘Storage’.

You will now see a list of all drives of your computer.

Click on the drive to display storage breakdown of that drive.

Click on any section in the list that you want to remove.

I hope this article helps to reiterate the value of eMarketing and reminds you of the important aspects in creating your email campaign for your existing and potential market.

If you have any topics you would like me to address in these newsletters, or have further questions on this topic or anything else, please don't hesitate to contact me on or Reply to this mailing.

Until next time, happy eMarketing.

Laurence Fitzgerald

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