DPISD Windows 10


When you log into your computer for the first time after it has been updated to Windows 10, there will be options that are hidden, such as This PC and File Explorer. Follow these directions for your initial set up to make navigating easier in the future.

Customizing Your Start Menu: 1. When you click the Start button, you will notice there are tiles for programs which are called apps. You can remove and add the apps that you want. To remove or unpin tiles from your start menu, right click and Unpin from Start 2. To add apps, click All apps. You will then see an alphabetized list of all the installed programs. Simply click and drag the apps to your tile area on the Start menu. DPISD Instructional Technology/Created by R.Corry


3. Make sure you expand the folders in the app list as there are important tools you might use or be interested in having in your Start menu. IMPORTANT: The Windows System folder includes File Explorer and This PC shortcuts which are necessary for accessing your files and servers. Make sure to drag those to either your Start Menu or your Task bar for quick access. Helpful tip: You can click and drag the top or side edges of the Start menu to resize it if you need more room for apps.

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4. After you have all the desired apps in your Start menu, you can click and drag to organize into groups. Each group can be named by clicking either on a pre-existing group label or by clicking in a blank space above the apps where you see “Name group”. You can also rearrange entire groups by dragging the 2 bars at the end of the title.

Customizing Your Taskbar and Desktop You can add shortcuts to your taskbar and desktop by dragging the apps to either place until you see the word “Link”.

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Changing the Default Program for PDF Documents If the icon for your PDF documents has the Microsoft Edge icon, you can change that by right clicking the icon and clicking on Properties at the bottom of the list. When the Properties window opens, click Change and choose Adobe Acrobat. Click OK, Apply and OK. You will notice all the icons for your PDF documents have been changed and will now open correctly.

Lock, Sign out, Switch account To Lock, Sign Out or Switch accounts, click the name of the person who is currently logged in. Helpful hint: You can quickly lock your computer by using the shortcut Windows Key + L.

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Shut Down, Restart, Update and Shut Down or Update and Restart Shut down and Restart can be found in the Power menu. If updates need to be run on your computer, you will see “Update and shut down” and “Update and restart”.

Settings of Which To Be Aware: 1. Search When you click the Start button, you won’t see a search box to search for files, folders or programs. Simply click in the box and begin typing to begin your search. 2. Setting Default Apps Click the Start button, choose Settings, and click System. In the list on the left, choose Default apps. You can click the current default app or the + sign to choose which app you prefer as the default. Here are some suggestions based upon Windows 7 with which you might be more familiar. 1) Photo viewer: Windows Photo Viewer 2) Video player: Windows Media Player 3) Web Browser: Mozilla Firefox (Skyward friendly) 4) Web Browser: Chrome is not Skyward friendly

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3. Setting Your Default Printer Windows 10 remembers the last printer to which you printed. This can be a problem if you frequently use different printers. To set a preferred printer as your default, follow these steps: 1) Click the Start button, choose Settings and click Devices 2) Click Printers & Scanners on the left, scroll to the bottom and turn Off the setting for “Let Windows manage my default printer” 3) To check to make sure the correct printer is set as the default, scroll back up and look for your preferred printer. If it doesn’t have “Default” listed below the name, click the printer and choose “Set as default.” 4. Outlook Setup 1) Click Next in the first window 2) Check Yes when asked "Do you want to setup an email account? Click Next. 3) Your name and email address should automatically be filled inside the next window. If not, fill in both field and click Next. 4) Windows will search for your account and then prompt you for your password. Fill in your password and click Finish. 5. Outlook Notifications If you prefer not to have the email notification chime, you can turn that off in Outlook. 1) Open Outlook 2) Select File, click Options and select Mail in the left pane 3) In the Message arrival area, uncheck the Play a sound box 4) Click OK 6. PowerPoint Each time you open PowerPoint; the default slide is set to Widescreen (16:9). If you prefer Standard (4:3) as the default slide size, follow these steps to create a default theme: 1) Open PowerPoint and click Blank Presentation 2) Click the Design tab, click Slide Size and choose Custom Slide Size 3) Change Widescreen to Letter Paper (8.5x11 in) and click OK 4) While still on the Design tab, in the Themes section, click the More arrow (bottom down arrow) to reveal more options 5) Choose Save Current Theme, give it a name such as Standard and click Save 6) Click the More arrow again and you should see a slide under the Custom heading. Right click that slide and choose Set as Default Theme. In the future when you open PowerPoint, you will see the Default Theme as an option which will open the Standard (4:3) sized slide instead of Widescreen.

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7. Windows Store The Windows Store has been disabled district wide. Any apps that Microsoft designated as a Windows Store app will not be available (Ex: calculator, phone companion, etc.) 8. Calculator does not work in Windows 10.

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