How to use Windows 10

Everything you need to know

Now that it is installed we can look at how to use Windows 10 to its full potential. For example the Settings and Action Center in Windows 10 is a key part of the operating system, so knowing how to make the most of them can help transform your Windows 10 experience.

Windows 10 is now even easier and more secure to log into once you know how to use the new Windows Hello feature, which allows you to unlock your Windows 10 device with your fingerprint – or even using your face and a webcam!

Once you've installed Windows 10 and it's running the way you want it to, it's worth making a Windows 10 recovery disk, which will allow you to fix or reinstall Windows 10 should anything go wrong.

How to use Windows 10

How to master File Explorer in Windows 10

The File Explorer is one of the most important tools in Windows 10, allowing you to view, browse and open the files stored on your hard drive.

Learning how to effectively use File Explorer will make using Windows 10 easier than ever, so check out our guide on how to master File Explorer in Windows 10.

How to use Windows 10

How to use Microsoft Edge

Windows 10 comes with a brand new internet browser called Microsoft Edge. Edge is now the default way to get online, and it does quite a few things differently from Internet Explorer.

If you're going to be using Edge as your main internet browser while using Windows 10, then make sure you check out our guide on how to use Microsoft Edge to get the most out of the new browser.

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How to protect Windows 10 from viruses for free

The first thing you should do when you're getting started with Windows 10 is make sure it's protected from viruses.

Thankfully, Windows 10 comes with some pretty robust anti-virus and anti-malware software for free. To make sure your machine is secure, check out our how to protect Windows 10 from viruses for free guide.

How to use Windows 10

How to manage Wi-Fi in Windows 10

Windows 10 comes with extensive Wi-Fi features - both old and new - so getting online wirelessly is easy and convenient.

However there are some new settings such as WiFi Sense which you should know about to make sure your wireless connection is as safe and secure as possible.

In our how to manage Wi-Fi in Windows 10 guide we look at all the settings you need to explore, as well as handy tips on managing your Wi-Fi network and recovering forgotten passwords.

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How to use Family Safety in Windows 10

Windows 10 comes with a comprehensive set of parental control tools known as Microsoft Family Safety. These tools let you restrict children's access to inappropriate websites and apps, as well as helping you control what times they use their Windows 10 device, as well as monitoring their behaviour.

Check out our how to use Family Safety in Windows 10 guide to find out how you can make sure using Windows 10 - and browsing the internet - is completely safe for the youngest members of your family.

How to use Cortana in Windows 10

Cortana, Microsoft's virtual assistant, is one of the most exciting new features of Windows 10, and can revolutionise the way you interact with your PC.

Cortana can respond to voice commands, so as long as you have a device with a microphone you can speak directly to Windows 10 to open programs, browse the web and a whole lot more.

Cortana needs to be set up correctly before you use it, however, so check out our guide to how to use Cortana to get started.

How to free up disk space in Windows

Keeping your hard drive free from clutter is a good way to ensure that Windows 10 continues to perform well.

In our how to free up disk space in Windows guide, we take you through a number of ways to easily free up disk space by removing unused files and programs.

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How to use the Windows 10 touch keyboard

Windows 10 has been designed to work on touch screen devices as well as more conventional PCs, and the onscreen keyboard has been given an overhaul with improved autocorrect tools and new emojis.

So if you're running Windows 10 on a tablet PC, make sure you read our guide on how to make the most out of the Windows 10 touch keyboard.

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How to use Windows 10's Control Panel

As with previous versions of Windows, the Control Panel in Windows 10 is one of the most important - and powerful - tools that comes with the operating system. Getting to know the Control Panel is essential if you want full control over how your PC looks and behaves.

In Windows 10 the Control Panel has been given an overhaul, so check out our guide on how to use Windows 10's Control Panel to find out what's new.

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How to customise the Windows 10 taskbar

The taskbar is an essential part of the Windows 10 desktop, and because you'll be using it so often, it's important that you customise it so it works just the way you want it to.

Check out our guide on how to customise the Windows 10 taskbar to find out the best ways to make the taskbar in Windows 10 work for you.

How to use old programs in Windows 10

How to use Windows Update in Windows 10

How to use old programs in Windows 10

Keeping Windows 10 up to date is essential to keeping it safe against security issues. The Windows Update tool in Windows 10 has been redesigned and improved, so to make sure the new operating system is updating when - and how - you want it to, make sure you check out our how to use Windows Update in Windows 10 guide.

How to use old programs in Windows 10

One of the biggest frustrations when upgrading to a new operating system is finding that older programs you've come to rely on are no longer compatible. If you find this is the case then don't panic: just follow our guide on how to run old programs on Windows 10.

How to use Twitter in Windows 10

If you're a keen Twitter user then you'll know that while the standard Twitter website does an OK job, if you're serious about keeping up with all your followers and never missing a tweet, then you need something a bit more robust.

The official Twitter app for Windows 10 is an excellent tool for this, so check out our guide on how to use it to its full potential.

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How to use Groove Music in Windows 10

Windows 10 comes with a new music playing app, which makes playing your tunes completely hassle-free. Best of all it means you can finally ditch that bloated iTunes once and for all!

To get the most out of this music playing app and turn your Windows 10 device into a digital jukebox, check out our guide on how to use Groove Music.

How to get gaming on Windows 10

Using Windows 10 isn't all about Control Panels and Virtual Desktops - it's also about having a bit of fun. Microsoft has given Windows 10 some pretty nice new features to make playing games on your PC even better than ever, so check out our how to get gaming on Windows 10 article to find out how your games collection can benefit.

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How to play Xbox One games on a PC

If you've got an Xbox One, then a recent update to Windows 10 allows you to stream games from the console to your PC.

This is handy if you want to play a game but the TV your Xbox One is connected to is in use. Instead you can use your Windows 10 device to view and control your games from another room. It's easy to do, as our how to play Xbox One games on a PC guide shows.

How to make Windows 10 awesome

Windows 10 is already pretty great, but as with previous versions of Windows there's still plenty of scope for improvement. That's why we've gathered together a range of tips on how to make Windows awesome - and the best thing is these tips can also be applied to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

100 Windows 10 tips and tricks

Do you really want to master Windows 10? If so then check out our 100 Windows 10 tips and tricks guide - we cover everything from tweaking the Start menu to more advanced hacks that can transform Windows 10.

How to use Windows 10

Quick and easy Windows 10 tweaks

We've gathered together a selection of quick and easy tweaks for Windows 10 that can help improve your Windows 10 experience.

You don't need to be a PC expert to try these tweaks out, as they are easy enough for anyone to try, but you'll be amazed at what a difference they make.