Have You Upgraded To Windows 10?
Windows 10 is a new OS by Microsoft. They decided to totally bypass ‘9’ and go straight from 8 to 10. Millions of people have ‘upgraded since the release in July, but lots of us are still discovering exactly what is possible with this new OS.
One of the things I like the most, as someone going from 8 to 10, is the inclusion of a ‘start’ button. Because ‘8’ was primarily for phones and tablets, they decided that it wasn’t needed, but it was a seriously bad omission!
Like I said, they included one in the new Windows 10, but guess what? There is also a “secret” start menu. Well, I say it’s “secret”, but it’s not really a secret. It’s not like the old ‘Easter eggs’ embedded in early versions, this is just a handy way of accessing a menu with a lot of important features. Such as ‘task manager’, the control panel, and command prompt. There are so many others on there, you really should go take a look.
To get access to the ‘secret’ menu, you just have to ‘right-click’ the Windows icon at the bottom left of your screen. When you do, you’ll see a pop-up menu with quite a variety of administrative tools, many of which were only previously available through the control panel, and sometimes varying levels inside the control panel. You’ll see the old ‘run’ option, as well as shutdown options and even a desktop link for quickly viewing the desktop.
For those of you that are using a touchscreen, it’s also possible to access this menu. Simply tap and hold the ‘start’ button for a few seconds, and the menu will appear.
As you can tell, I’m a big fan of this shortcut menu, because it lets you access tools that you would normally have to go through multiple menus to get to. But be careful, as there is access to some tools you might never have accessed before. For example, the Event Viewer, System information, and disk and computer management tools used to only be found in Start > All apps > Windows Administrative Tools, and for good reasons. But all in all, it’s a good thing that this new “secret” start menu puts these tools at your fingertips with one easy click.
This is the first in a number of posts I am planning on how to get the best out of Windows 10, and also the new set of privacy problems that come with it. let me know what you think, by commenting below 🙂