Looking into Windows 10

Tips for using Windows 10 in Philip Brooks' latest blog.
Tips for using Windows 10 in Philip Brooks' latest blog.

In the last blog we looked at some of the new features in Windows 10, such as Cortana, Virtual Desktops and Print to PDF. So this week I’d like to give a couple of Windows 10 Tips & Tricks.

Natural Language Searching

Searching with Cortana, both by text and speech, has been simplified. She isn’t just for searching the internet – if you ask her to “Find pictures from August”, you’ve got your photos from August on your screen as quick as a flash.

You can even ask her to open programs on your PC by saying “Open Edge”, “Open iTunes” or “Open Word”, etc. She’s clever enough to recognise most programs or apps on your PC by name. She can also tell you what’s playing on the radio – just ask her “What’s playing”.

You can ask her things in the normal way in which you speak, so asking “Will I need an umbrella tomorrow?” will bring up the weather for tomorrow and asking “Is it going to be sunny next week?” will give you a 5-day forecast for the following week.

Using Right Click Button

People seem to forget that that there is a right mouse button! This has a whole host of uses in Windows 10.

For example, you can right-click on the Start Button and get a list of previously hidden shortcuts, including Control Panel, System and Device Manager.

If you right-click on a program on your Task Bar, you will see a list of options appropriate to that program. So if you right-click on File Explorer, you get a list of recently opened folders.

Wi-Fi Sense

One new feature I’m a bit wary of is Wi-Fi Sense. Its purpose is to manage wireless connectivity for you, however it will automatically connect you to any unsecured open Wi-Fi network and any other network that the people in your People App have connected to once you are within range.

This has the potential to be brilliant in a world where only nice people surf the internet for videos of cats playing piano, but sadly that’s not the world we live in.

You can turn off this potentially huge security risk as follows:

1. Open the Start Menu and launch Settings;

2. Select Network & Internet, then Wi-Fi and then the Manage Wi-Fi option;

3. Turn off Connect to suggested open hotspot and Connect to networks shared by my contacts.