If you already installed Windows 10, for example, because you wanted to try some of the 10 reasons Microsoft highlighted to give it a try, here is a guide to implement several of them and many more.
1. Change the visual theme, the colors of Windows 10
By default Windows 10 comes in black and tiled app boxes – plus other details in blue, but you can change blue to any other color just by going to Menu Home> Settings> Personalization> Colors; Even below you will find options to apply that color on the transparent background of the Start bar, the task bar and the Activities Center if not, leave it to be selected automatically from the wallpaper you have set.
2. Give use to Cortana, the voice assistant
Cortana is an intelligent voice assistant that allows you to find files on the computer, check the agenda, get suggestions, listen to jokes, get definitions, news, translations, financial data, the weather, etc., and all conversationally, as you he requests as a real assistant, but also, in a personalized way, particularly, because he learns from the use it is given.
Anyway, you can activate Cortana and enjoy a complete experience if you are in one of the passes for which it has been specially designed or try to force its operation by modifying the options of Languageand Regin of the system-; For it, click on the Windows search box that is now displayed next to the Home Menu, select the tab with the gear icon and activate the first option. Subtract that you follow the instructions such as indicating the name with which you want Cortana to refer to you or defining some parameters to initially customize your results.
To review more than 30 voice commands for Cortana you can check this link that also includes several suggestions for its correct configuration.
3. Take a look at Microsoft Edge and set the default browser
No, it is not Internet Explorer, is a new web browser enriched with practical tools generally available in other browsers only with extensions: Web page reading mode that removes all elements other than their main content, editing functions for drawing on pages and sharing results, home page with news and customizable information cards and an omnipotent search engine that integrates Bing as a source of results as well as Cortana to facilitate the understanding of queries.
His name is Microsoft Edge and its icon is similar to that of IE -of course, to ease the transition, although IE is still present- so you can look for it in the Home Menu or in the taskbar and at least take a look at it. If it did not convince you and since it is so rooted in the system, it may be that you need to change the default browser to the one of your preference, for example, Chrome or Firefox; To do so, go to Start menu> Settings> System> Default applications and in the section Web browser choose the one you like and you have previously installed-.
4. Play Candy crush and Lonely without installing them
Yes, you can press the Home Menu and search Candy Crush Saga Who comes installed by default on all Windows 10 computers, of course, you can connect a Facebook account to synchronize the games. But that is not all, Solitaire, Hearts and a whole new set of card games are back which will be available in the Microsoft Solitaire Collection that you can also find in your list of applications.
5. Use the new task view and virtual desktops
Finally came the virtual desktops already present on Linux and Mac, Additional desks for when many applications are opened and there is nowhere to accommodate as many windows. Better yet, an instant and organized view of all open Expos-style windows from Mac OS and multiple Linux desktop environments has appeared with Windows 10. All of the above is collected in the new Task view what can you deploy with the shortcut (Windows Key) + (TAB) or from the respective button on the taskbar next to the Start menu, its icon is three rectangles.
6. Use the full Start screen, Windows 8.1
Windows 8.1 is not quite dead so if you extract its interface you can easily bring it back. Go to Home Menu> Settings> Personalization> Home and look in the options the one that says Use full home screen to proceed to activate it. Of course, the Start menu will be lost and the old giant tile screen will return, however, it will come enriched with useful shortcuts.
7. Synchronize the settings between different devices with Windows 10
If you have multiple computers running Windows 10 you can make them all synchronize their settings, so you will not have to modify one by one, but a change made to one of them (eg, a new wallpaper or the editing of a password) will be presented in all others. Of course, you need a Microsoft account (OneDrive, Outlook, Office 365, etc.) to allow synchronization with such account associated to each device, a detail that you can activate and verify by going to Home menu> Settings> Accounts> Synchronize settings.
8. Synchronize Windows 10 with Android, iOS or Windows Phone devices
An important change in the Windows 10 paradigm, in addition to being offered as a free upgrade for a future convergence to a kind of service, is to show a more efficient use in conjunction with tablets and mobile phones, better still, it is not even exclusive to those who they have Windows Phone. Anyway, go to Home Menu or press (Ctrl) + (S) to then write, search and open a new application called Telephone add-on; Choose the operating system of your device (s) and follow the instructions to connect it (s) with the PC and synchronize its contents.
9. Learn some useful keyboard shortcuts
Windows 10 introduced new features focused on productivity, but what better way to increase such productivity by invoking features with the always useful keyboard shortcuts, for example, to deploy the new task view and manage new virtual desktops. As well, in this other article that we published yesterday, you can find a dozen practical and simple shortcuts.
10. Review the application Introduction to learn much more
Due to the limited space, this list does not finish collecting everything you can take advantage of the system, however, as soon as you install Windows 10, you have a new default application at hand to show you; Is named Introduction and you find it anchored in the Start menu or press the Windows key and write its name to find it. With Introduction You will know all the news and guides to manage the system as an expert.
Extra: How to go back to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1
It may be that neither with the above or everything else you have read on the network you convince yourself to continue using Windows 10, or at least not for the moment, so, you can return to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 as soon as you want. To do this, go to Start menu> Settings> Update and security> Recovery> Return to Windows 7 / 8.1> Introduction and follow the instructions. Important: This option is only available for one month after installing Windows 10.