Have you just upgraded to Windows 10 (perhaps unwillingly)? Love it or loathe it, like every Windows operating system update some new features lay out of view and are just waiting to be discovered. Here are just some of the best new features unique to Windows 10, from Cortana to virtual desktops.
For me, one of the best features in Windows 10 is a bit understated. Continuum is the operating systems ability to adapt the display to the way the device is being used at that moment. When you use a desktop PC or laptop you get a Windows 7 like experience optimised for using a keyboard and mouse (or trackpad), whereas using a tablet will give you a Windows 8 style, full-screen start page interface. This combines the best of the two interfaces, but could leave some users confused if they are constantly being switched between interfaces. Luckily Microsoft has developed a way to manually change their interface. To access it, click on the notifications icon on the taskbar and 'Tablet mode' can be found at the bottom. For touchscreens, swipe from the right side and tap on 'Desktop mode' at the bottom.
2. Virtual desktops
Finally the renowned Mac OS X features comes to Windows. Virtual desktops allow you to have multiple desktops running concurrently, with each one acting like a separate workspace. This feature doesn't improve performance; if anything it is a drain on performance, but it allows you to create organised workflows of office documents, web pages and more. To create a new desktop, you can either use the icon on the taskbar (it looks like three squares) or the shortcut, Win + Tab. In the bottom right side corner, there is a button that allows you to create an additional desktop.
3. Start menu
This is the most hyped about feature of Microsoft's latest endeavour; the start menu. Cut from Windows 8, the start menu was a sorely missed feature from previous operating systems dating back to Windows 95. The new start menu resembles both Windows 7 and 8, although combining the convenience that Windows 7 provided with the 'metro' tiles that were introduced in Windows 8. The tiles can still be customised by right clicking or long tapping, going down to resize and then selecting your size. They can also be rearranged in the same manner as before; clicking and dragging or long tapping and dragging.
4. Windows updates
Somewhat annoyingly, the feature to cancel updates has been removed in Windows 10 pro with only the option to defer, and even less choice remain for those using the standard consumer version. There are a few ways to make it easier to manage, however. The first is to delay the installation of updates for up to six days until you have time to restart your PC. You can do this by going into Settings, then Updates and Recovery and selecting Notify to schedule restart. The second only applies if you want fast updates, but it can also have bandwidth drawbacks. If bandwidth isn't a concern, then this option may be for you. Go back to the Updates and Recovery menu, then select Advanced Options, then Chose how updates are delivered and then turn all the updates on.