Windows 10 – The Interface

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.

Windows 10 Tip: Do you know your passwords?

This month campus workstations will upgrade to Windows 10. This will make your workstation function as though it were brand new. If you take advantage of your web browser’s capabilities to save your passwords, you will want to make sure that you know those passwords. You will need to re-enter them after your workstation is upgraded.

Take time now to gather those passwords or go through password recovery processes to reset passwords that you do not know before your workstation is upgrades (see the rollout schedule). Use the following list as a starting point for important sites that require passwords:

  • Social Media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Blogs, etc)
  • Financial Institutions (banks, credit cards, etc)
  • Professional Websites such as community forums
  • Training Websites
  • Google
  • Pharmacy
  • Benefits (ERS, UnitedHealthcare, etc)

Tech Tip: Slide Zoom in Powerpoint

Slide Zoom is one of the most useful aspects in Microsoft PowerPoint 2013. If you have a particularly detailed chart or want to direct your audience’s focus to one particular element of a slide, Slide Zoom eliminates the noise and takes you directly to that element. This saves you from making a secondary slide just to highlight one element, and can be more graphically appealing than highlighting text on a slide. Here’s how to make the most of this feature.

Read more in the March IT@Sam Newsletter.