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Windows 10: Basics
Posted by Shannon Mattila on 16 July 2020 09:09 AM
Windows 10 Basics

Section 1: Login Screen
Section 2: Start Menu
Section 3: Task Bar 
Section 4: Connecting to WiFi
Section 5: Accessing Files & Folders
Section 6: Basic Power & Sleep Options
Section 7: Display Settings

Section 8: Additional Tutorials & Videos


Section 1: Login Screen

When the computer locks, the screen may appear as just a photo without options on it. Simply click on the screen to enter the login page, or press Ctrl+Alt+Delete combination on your keyboard.

At the login screen, select the user account you desire to log into, enter the login credentials, then press the Go arrow, or Enter on your keyboard.  
See the image below for additional login screen details. 



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Section 2: Start Menu
This section covers basic Start Menu icons and what they are. The Start Menu is used to quickly list all installed software/apps and can be modified to suit desired preferences. 




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Section 3: Task Bar
This section covers basic Task Bar icons and what they are. 
The Task Bar can be fully modified to suit desired preferences

The Task Bar is typically located on the bottom of a screen by default. The Task Bar houses the Start Menu, search bar, pinned quick links to apps (Known as the Quick Launch Toolbar), open tasks, and on the far right side, you will find the System Tray, battery indicator, volume controls, date/time and more. 
 



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Section 4: Connecting to WiFi

On the taskbar, locate your internet connections. In Windows 10, you may see one of 2 icons in the system tray. If you do not see a connection option, click the arrow icon to expand the system tray. 


Click the wireless icon to pull up a list of wireless networks. Locate your wireless network, click it, then click Connect.
If you wish to connect to this network automatically when it is in range, check the box to Connect Automatically



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Section 5: Accessing Files & Folders


1. Open File Explorer. By default, this is located on the task bar.
(If unpinned from task bar navigate to: Start Menu > All Apps > Windows System > File Explorer)


Alternatively, the next quickest way would be to search for a file or folder by name using the Search Bar.


2. This will open the File Explorer program window and all files and folders on the computer. 
By default on the navigation pane, File Explorer will show Quick Access with pinned programs such as Downloads folder, Documents folder, Pictures folder, and Desktop items as well as recently access folders. Below, you will find This PC which can be expanded by clicking the arrow icon to show main folders located on the computer as well as all network locations and drives (such as your Home drive or Share drive). 


Navigate to the folder you wish to open and double-click to open the folder. 




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Section 6: Basic Power & Sleep Options


1. Navigate to: Start Menu > Settings



2. Select System




3. On the left navigation pane, select Power & sleepSelect a time frame from the drop down menus for your screen to time out or to go to sleep while connected to power or not connected to power and do the same for desired sleep mode options. 






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Section 7: Display Settings

1. Change Desktop Icon Size

Windows 10 defaults to "Medium Icons." To change icon size, simply right click on the desktop (somewhere on the background where there isn’t a file) then and mouse over the “View” option and select “Large Icons” to make the icons larger or select "Small Icons" to make the icons smaller.



2. Increase the size of the screen or how big text and other items appear

Right-click on the desktop
and select “Display Settings” from the menu.


Select the Display tab from the left navigation pane, then under the "Scale and layout" section, locate the drop down menu called “Change the Size of text, apps, and other items” then adjust the percentage to a desired size.


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Section 8: Additional Tutorials & Videos

Please note that these videos and tutorials are not made by Northeast Service Cooperative and are simply useful guides available online. Some settings discussed may be managed by our organization and cannot be changed on your work computer. 

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