Windows 10 – Apps Overview

Pin Apps

StartMenuProgramOptionsPinning 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:

  1. Locate the app in the Start menu
  2. Right click on the app
  3. 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

PinnedAppOptionsOnce 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.




Group Apps

GroupAppsPinned 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).






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)