Since its launch a fortnight ago, I’ve been having a great time exploring all the new features of Windows 10. Here are some of those features that you may have missed.
1 – Print to PDF
I’ve been using third party tools like Cute PDF for years, however with Windows 10, Print to PDF is there and works just like it should have done years ago. All you need to do is press Print, choose Microsoft Print to PDF as your printer option, give your PDF file a name and choose where to save it. Simple!
2 – Video Recording
For years you’ve been able to copy your desktop with the PrintScreen button, but now Microsoft has added Video Recording. While this is predominantly aimed at gamers, it’s also useful for making tutorials for training purposes. All you need to do is press the Windows key+G in any programme and it starts the Game Bar. Then press the big red button to record whatever you’re doing on the screen.
3 – Cortana
If you’ve got a microphone (most laptops have these built in), click on the little microphone icon (located at the bottom of the screen, left-hand side) and ask your new digital assistant almost anything. She’s pretty clever and you can ask questions like “tell me a joke”. (Most are awful, by the way, but she did come up with “How many surrealists does it take to change a light bulb?... A Fish.”). If you haven’t got a microphone, you can just type the questions.
4 – Virtual Desktops
This is basically a very handy function allowing you to have multiple full screen desktops. For example, you can have different Edge browser windows open on different desktops. It sounds weird but give it a go – you might find a use for it. All you need to do is press the Windows key and the Tab key and you’re away.
5 – Action Centre
Sitting next to the clock is a useful Notification Centre, allowing you to catch up with your emails or any messages your PC may have given you. Windows 8 did a similar thing but the messages just disappeared, annoying if you missed one. You can also easily get to your settings, such as Bluetooth, from here or put your PC into tablet mode.
6 – Core Apps
All the core apps, such as Mail, Calendar and Photos, have been GREATLY improved over the Windows 8 versions. The Weather app was really good on 8 and that still has its charms, as does the News app.
I shall continue to tinker with Windows 10 over the next few weeks and will look into some Tips and Tricks for my next blog.