5 new Windows 10 features to try right now

5 new Windows 10 features to try right now

Few things in life are predictable. 可悲的是, one is buggy Windows updates. After every major update, you’ll see a slew of reports of broken drivers, features on the fritz, and the Blue Screen of Death.

Those updates also bring vital security patches, so skipping them entirely isn’t your best move. Updates can speed things up, 太, though you might need some extra help if your PC slogs through every task. Tap or click here for smart, simple ways to speed up your machine.

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Now that all the kinks are worked out of the big fall Windows update, it’s time to take the best new features for a test drive.

第一, you need to update

Is the Windows 10 October update installed on your computer? Here’s a quick and easy way to check. Hit the Windows key + [R, then type winver in the box that pops. Select . The latest version is 2009, build number 19042.572.

If you haven’t already, you can update Windows 10 by navigating to 设定值, 点击 Update & Security, then click on Windows Update. 从那里, you’ll be able to see if new updates are available for download. If not, simply click on Check for Updates to force the process.

Now you’re ready to start using these new features.

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1. Customize your Start menu

The ability to choose an accent color to customize Windows 10 is nothing new, but the update brings an added twist. You’ll now be able to switch between Light or Dark as the default Windows mode, and for the default app mode.

The default Windows mode changes the color of the taskbar and Start menu. The default app mode changes the color of windows and folders.

To switch between Light or Dark Mode:

  • Select Start in the bottom left corner
  • Click on 设定值 (the gear icon)
  • Select Personalization, then click 色彩 in the left menu
  • Under Choose your color, you can select either Light or Dark mode, or a combination of both

从那里, you can choose an accent color for all your windows and colors.

Pro tip: Access this even faster with your mouse. Right-click on your desktop and select Personalize. Click on 色彩 and follow the last step above.

2. See all your open windows and tabs

If you have a lot of windows open, the taskbar can become cluttered with shortcuts and apps. There’s a much faster way to see which windows are open without having to search through the taskbar.

This trick is a time-honored favorite, but now Alt+Tab shows you all your open browser tabs, 太. (Note: It only works for Microsoft Edge.)

To try it, press and hold down the Alt key, then press the Tab key. Windows will show you a snapshot of what’s open.

While holding Alt down, you can select a window either by tapping Tab or using your mouse cursor. To close a window, just click on the X in the top-right corner of the preview.

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3. Switch to Tablet Mode if you have a Surface Pro or Surface Book

Your Surface Pro or Surface Book can magically transform from a PC to a tablet with a few clicks. This setting is great for when you need a device that’s more touch-friendly and super easy to navigate. It also makes using Windows 应用 designed for tablets to work better.

The switch between tablet and PC mode is super easy:

  • Select the Action center in the taskbar. It’s the speech bubble-like icon in the far right-hand corner, next to the clock.
  • Underneath the notifications, there are several options that include Wi-Fi connections, Flight mode, and Screen snip.
  • Look for Tablet mode. Tap it to switch.
  • To switch back to PC mode, just follow the same steps.

Note: This feature only works if your device has a touchscreen.

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4. Change your display refresh rate

The refresh rate of your monitor determines how smooth motion appears on the screen. This is especially important when playing graphically intensive video games, but you’ll also notice it when you’re dragging open windows around.

Monitors support different refresh rates, determined by the manufacturer and model. In general, a 60Hz monitor can display images at 60 frames per second.

If your graphics are lagging, check that your screen is at its maximum refresh rate:

  • Click the Start button in the lower left-hand corner, then select 设定值 (the gear icon).
  • Click on System, 然后 Display. This should open automatically or choose it from the left menu.
  • Scroll down to the second-to-last option, Advanced display settings.
  • If you use dual monitors, select from the drop-down which monitor you want to change.
  • 在里面 Refresh rate drop-down menu, you’ll see a few refresh rate options supported by your monitor.
  • Just click on the desired refresh rate and close the window.

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5. Pin tabs to the taskbar

Just like pinning the calculator, snipping tool, or your favorite app to the taskbar, the latest update allows you to pin website tabs, 太. The feature provides easy and immediate access to your most frequently visited websites without launching your browser.

Note: 再次, this only works with Microsoft Edge.

To pin tabs:

  • Open Microsoft Edge and browse to the website that you want to pin.
  • 在右上角, 点击 设定值 (the three dots).
  • Navigate to and hover over More Tools.
  • 请点击 Pin to taskbar and choose the title you want to appear when you hover over the pin.

As a bonus, you can follow the steps above but instead of clicking Pin to taskbar, select Launch taskbar pinning wizard. Edge will take a couple of seconds to analyze your browsing habits and will make a few suggestions of websites to pin for you. Handy!

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