In this post we will talk about some apparent changes in Windows 10.
New Start Menu
Phew what a RELIEF! We finally got our start menu back and its much better as well. Few options that stares at you straightaway…
- Shutdown button at the top of the start menu
- Live Tiles (you can decide what you want on the start menu)
- Search toolbar
- All Apps button (quite similar to windows 7)
- So far my Windows 8 apps (like Visual Studio) continue to work on Windows 10. Relieved!
- Resize start menu. Adding live tiles could automatically increase the size of your start menu.
Customizing Start Menu Live Tiles
Just right click on a tile and you will see following menu of options come up. The options names are self explanatory.
Change color of Start Menu
To personalize your start menu, task bar, window title bars etc. Just right click on an empty area on the start menu. You’ll following see following menu popup. Select a color and click “Save Changes’’ on the resultant color chooser dialog and you’re good to go. I changed to Pink and you’ll see the effect in this clipped shot: background is pink.
Goto taskbar properties and select “Start Menu” tab.
Multiple Desktops (Tasks View)
Press Window Key + Tab, You should see following…
How to Close a Desktop
Another alternative to show up multiple desktops is to click the Task View button on the Windows TaskBar. See highlighted shot…
TaskBar pins Apps across Desktops
If apps are displayed on other desktops then the icon for that will remain across desktops. You will get a small rectangle towards the left of that icon as highlighted below. Just hover your mouse over there and it will show up a list of apps running. Hover over there and then click on respective thumbnail that pops up and it will take you to the desktop where the app is running.
Move Apps to another Desktop
In task view, right click on an application main window and, you’ll get following options. Move apps to different desktops…
Changes to Windows Explorer
Obvious changes are the name: “Home”. You can play around. You’ll also see a “Share” button as well. There’s a recent folder under favorites which is quite useful as well.
Snap Applications to Four Corners of Desktop
This isn’t playing well so far but mostly if you drag an application window to a corner you’ll see a ghost outline which indicates how it’s going to snap, release mouse cursor and the application with snap in place. Alternatively window taskbar provides a way as well, which I’ve been using for long time now. This is there in Windows 8 as well.