Author: Alan

You have no doubt changed the desktop wallpaper on your PC, probably many times. This means you know you can right-click in any blank space on the desktop to access the Personalization options. Did you know that’s there’s much more that you can do to make your desktop a more pleasurable space in which to work? Personalizing the Lock Screen Let’s start with those Personalization options. They open the Settings app (or panel), which you can also open by clicking the “gear” icon on the bottom left of the Start menu. On the left, you see the main Settings categories.…

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I don’t think there’s any doubt so far that there are a huge number of features included in Windows 10 that you can use to help boost your productivity and the enjoyment of using your PCs and devices. It doesn’t end there because there are a wide variety of smaller tools and features that can also help make your workday more pleasurable. Shake It All About! How many windows do you have open on your desktop at any one time? It’s very common for people to having as many as ten or more windows open. When you need to concentrate…

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It’s clear that there’s much that you can configure in Windows 10. There are many features that you can utilize that can make your working environment more pleasant. And we all know that a pleasant working environment is one in which most people do their best work. It doesn’t end there, though. What I detailed in Chapters 1 and 2 can be considered the “low-end” features and enhancements. There’s much more that Windows 10 can do to make your working life easier, simpler, and more productive. Cortana: Much More Than a Personal Assistant People can tend to think of digital…

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So far in this book, I’ve shown you a whole raft of features and utilities that you can use to help you become more productive when using your PC, and to help you enjoy the experience more. Individually they can perhaps seem quite complex and daunting, so I want to spend some time looking at how all of this fits together, so you can create a cohesive working experience, and how you can use some of the more useful features in more depth. Getting Your Day Started Your day starts at the lock screen (see Figure 5-1). Bleary-eyed you’ll stare at…

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Throughout this book, I’ve shown you settings in Windows 10 that you can change, that can make using your PC simpler, and help make you more productive. Microsoft Windows is the most highly configurable and customizable operating system there’s ever been. Literally everything from the way the desktop looks, to how long your battery lasts can be configured in some way The Settings Panel You’ll probably be familiar with the Windows Control Panel, even if just in name. It’s been the place where you’ve gone to change settings and configuration options ever since the first version of Windows was released…

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How many times have you heard a story on the news about a data breach, and that a company has lost the personal data of thousands or even millions of customers? You can probably name at least one, or remember hearing of one, straightaway. These could have occurred through a malware infection or through a hack, because somebody in the company was tricked by a scammer or criminal into giving up a crucial password, or through another means such the theft of the data internally by an employee. Surely, I Just Install Antivirus… Right?! Windows 10 is the most secure…

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Nobody can use a PC effectively without the ability to print, use USB and other hardware devices, or access networks and the Internet. Here we begin to deal with the more complex subjects that can appear daunting. This doesn’t need to be the case, because it’s far simpler than you might think to take control of the devices and networks you need to use. Managing Hardware Devices The Devices settings in the main panel of the Settings app are—you’ll be unsurprised to hear—where you can manage all the external hardware devices that you attach to your PC, such as printers…

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