Installed on more than a billion devices, Windows 10 is by far the world's most popular computer operating system.
But just because you have it installed on your laptop or desktop PC doesn't mean you're taking advantage of all the features it offers. If you're like most Windows users, you probably stick with the few things you know well and venture little outside your comfort zone.
This operating system has many features designed to save you time. Try these, including step-by-step instructions on how enable them. And don't worry, you can't break anything!
1. Access password-protected apps, services faster
Windows Hello is a faster and more secure way to log on to your Windows 10 device and access any password-protected apps or online services. It uses something unique about you, such as a fingerprint or your face. Or you can use a secure personal identification number (PIN) if you don't have a camera or fingerprint reader.
Here's how to set it up.
1. Go to the Start menu, which looks like an angled four-paned window, at bottom left of your screen.
2. Select Settings | Accounts | Sign-in options.
3. Under Manage how you sign into your device, select a Windows Hello item to add, change or remove.
Not all Windows 10 devices are compatible. See which ones work with Windows Hello here.
2. Drag two apps side by side, four in quarters
Windows 10 makes it easy to open multiple windows on your screen, so you can browse the web on one half while playing videos on the other half. By “snapping” or locking them into place, you'll have no overlapping windows.
To snap with a mouse:
1. Click and hold the title bar of the window you want to snap, such as a web browser.
2. Drag it left or right to one of the edges of your screen. An outline indicates the location and shape of the window once you drop it.
3. Let go and it will be snapped in place. Now click one of the other open windows, which you'll see as thumbnails, and it will fill the other half of the screen.
You also can snap windows into quarters. To get out of that mode, minimize a window by clicking on the minus icon (-) in the upper right corner of three icons, make it full screen by clicking on the square maximize icon or close the program entirely by clicking on the X.
To snap with a keyboard, select the window you want to snap and press the Windows logo key and left arrow simultaneously or the Windows logo key and right arrow to snap the window to your preferred side of the screen.
3. Customize the look of Windows 10
You can make the look of Windows 10 work better for you in several ways.
To adjust size of text:
1. Select the Start button, then Settings | Ease of Access | Display.
2. Use the slider under Make text bigger to make the text on your screen larger. Or select an option from the drop-down menu under Make everything bigger to change the size of all the elements on your screen.
If you don't see enough contrast among the elements on your screen, try using a high contrast theme. Select the Start button, then Settings | Ease of Access | High contrast, and click on the toggle under Turn on high contrast.
To make the apps in your Start menu appear larger, right click or tap and hold the app tile you want to resize, select Resize, and choose the size you want.
To see the mouse pointer better, select the Start button, then Settings | Ease of Access | Mouse pointer, and choose the options that work best for you.