Edge is the new internet browser for Windows 10. It is quicker and more secure. It includes features such as a reading list and web notes. By default, the Edge icon is already pinned to the Taskbar.
The Hub in Edge is where the most frequently used functions are. Favorites, the Reading List, and browsing History can be quickly accessed from the Hub. To access the Hub, select the three (3) lines in the upper right corner of Edge. The first section is Favorites. The second is the Reading List, and the third is browser History.
Favorites are websites that are accessed frequently. To add a website to the Favorites list, select the star icon in the upper right portion of Edge (next to the Hub) and select Favorites. Favorites can be organized into different folders. When adding a website to Favorites, Edge offers the ability to name the favorite and save the favorite in a specific folder.
The Reading List provides a way to save a website for quicker access later. To add a website to the Reading list, select the star icon in the upper right portion of Edge (next to the Hub) and select Reading list. The website can be re-named.
History saves the website, which can be accessed later if the site was not saved as a Favorite or in the Reading List. The History also maintains previous searches. The History can take up memory, and it is suggested to clear the History on a regular basis. To clear the History, select Clear all history from the History section in the Hub. The History can be cleared by days by selecting the X to the right of each date listed.
The Search feature in Windows 10 is enhanced. When a search is performed, Windows 10 searches apps, documents, folders, music, photos, videos, and system settings and commands. The more typed in the Search bar, the more filtered the results are.
Pinning an app places a shortcut to the app in a separate section of the Start menu. Pinning allows quick access to frequently used apps and eliminates the need to scroll through the Start menu to find an app.
To pin an app:
- Locate the app in the Start menu
- Right click on the app
- Select Pin to Start
Once pinned, an app tile is placed on the right side of the Start menu.
The app can also be pinned to the Taskbar by selecting More from the options when right clicking the app.
Pinned App Options
Once an app is pinned in the Start menu, additional options can be found by right clicking on the app tile. The options include unpinning the app, resizing the app tile, as well as additional options. Depending on the app, the More options will vary.
Pinned apps can be organized and grouped together. To move an app, left click and drag the tile to the desired location. To start a new section of apps, click and drag the tile until a divider displays above the tile. Once the tile is placed in the new group, the divider goes away. Once a group has been created, hovering the mouse in the space before the group will allow the group to be named.
Search Alphabetically for Apps
Following recently added and most used apps, apps are listed in alphabetical order in the Start menu. To locate an app without scrolling through the list, left click on the letter at the beginning of each letter listing. A listing showing all the letters displays and selecting any letter will show the apps for that letter (unless there are no apps that begin with that letter).
As previously mentioned, Windows 10 uses a Start button and menu to access apps, account options, the settings menu, and power options. The Start menu still has the list of apps, but now has the ability to pin apps for quick access to frequently used apps, without cluttering the desktop.
Windows 10 is the newest operating system from Microsoft. It looks and functions very similar to Windows 7, but with some new and enhanced features. Like Windows 7, Windows 10 utilizes a Desktop for shortcuts to folders, files and software. Windows 10 also offers the Start button to access the Start menu, which list apps (formally called programs), as well as other features such as settings and power options.
Windows 10 maintains the Taskbar that displays apps currently is use, as well as frequently accessed apps (as determined by the user). The Taskbar also houses the Search bar, which was part of the Start menu in Windows 7.
Windows 10 also features Cortana. Cortana is a digital assistant for Windows 10 and other Windows devices that allows a user to give verbal commands to the device, as well as ask questions. Due to the verbal interaction of Cortana, Cortana is disabled on SHSU computers.