Happy Windows 10 day! If you’re one of the millions of Windows users out there who is making the upgrade, you may be wondering how to obtain the most out of the latest MS Windows operating system (OS). In no particular order, here are the five necessary tricks we think all Windows 10 newbies should know.
Get Cortana to start listening robotically just by saying, “Hey Cortana! :)” You can enable this feature by clicking on the search field in the lower left-hand corner of the task bar and then select the Notebook icon that will pop up on the left-hand side. Then you should click Settings and turn on the option to have Cortana respond to you automatically just by saying, “Hey Cortana.” This will need a working microphone, for sure.
Use Continuum to enable Tablet Mode. If you own a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and you want to use it more as a tablet than a desktop, you can do so first by opening the Action Center icon that’s in the lower right-hand corner of your screen. From there you just click the Tablet Mode button and voila: It’s like you’re using Windows 8’s Metro UI all over again. The good news, of course, is that desktop users never have to enabled this mode if they don’t want to as it’s completely optional.
Tell Windows 10 to install updates at whatever time it’s most suitable for you. You will be forced to accept Windows 10 updates but you can tell Microsoft you want to setback applying them for up to six days. You can do this by opening the Start menu, clicking on Settings > Updates and Recovery > Windows Update. Here you can see whether you have any updates pending and you can tell Windows when you’d like to plan a restart to apply them.
Get Windows updates faster than ever thanks to P2P. Microsoft taking up peer-to-peer technology? What crazy magic is this?! But yes, it’s true: You’ll be able to use P2P technology to get your Windows updates installed. Open your Start menu and go to Settings > Updates and Recovery > Windows Update again. Then click on Advanced Options and click on the option that reads, “Choose how you download updates.” Here you’ll be given the choice to receive updates from multiple sources instead of just one central server, which will considerably speed up the process.
The new Action Center in Windows 10 is your new best friend on the Windows desktop. Notification centers are essential parts of our Smartphone experience and Microsoft is bringing a similar functionality to the table with Windows 10’s Action Center, which can be accessed by clicking on the comic book-style word bubble icon in the lower right-hand part of your screen. While in the Action Center, you can run notifications, connect to a VPN or switch to Tablet Mode (see below). To manage which notifications you receive, go to Settings > System >Notifications and Actions. From there you can choose which notifications the Action Center will show and you can choose which ones will display notification banners when they show up.