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Learn the basics of Windows 10:

Windows 10 has a built-in program that introduces you to some of the main features you should be aware of. Hit the Windows key or click on the start menu. Now, type “Get Started”. You will see a blue lightbulb icon that says “Get started”. Click on it. You will see a Window that looks like the one pictured below:Untitled Click the big play button in the middle of the screen to go through a video that highlights some Windows 10 features. Note that some features are turned off in Bucknell machines and may not be available to you or may look different. You may also wish to go through the panels on the left to read about the new features.

Start menu

The Windows 10 start menu looks a lot different from the Windows 7 start menu (pictured below). You can get here by either left-clicking the start menu or by pressing the “Windows” key on your keyboard.


The portion at the very top shows the current account that you are signed in with. You should see your name here. You can click this to sign out, lock, or to switch to another account.

Right below this, you will see “Most used” applications. These are for your convenience. Windows automatically detects what apps you use the most so that you are only a couple clicks away from them. You may also see “Recently added” apps below this, which makes navigating to newly installed programs easier.

At the very bottom are four buttons that offer you control over your computer. It is recommended that you learn what all these do if you are a new user.

  1. File Explorer: This is the equivalent of “Computer” on Windows 7. Use this to navigate through the files on your computer or your Netspace drive.
  2. Settings: This offers a quick access to some common settings like system, devices, network, languages, etc. This is not a replacement for the control panel. It’s simply a shortcut to the most common settings people use. Feel free to go through the settings and customize your Windows. Make sure you don’t click on anything you are unsure of!
  3. Power: This is where you make your computer sleep, shut down, or restart. Click on “Power”, as pictured below and these options will show up.
  4. All apps: This is the equivalent of “Programs” in windows 7. Here, you can navigate through different programs installed on your computer. These are arranged alphabetically.

To the right is your list of “pinned” programs. Four Windows 10 browsers are in there by default on Bucknell machines. To pin your own apps here, simply drag-and-drop programs from “All apps”, “Most used”, or “Recently added”. You can also use Right click -> Pin to Start. This also works for programs you may see on your desktop or your hard drives.

To learn more, visit Microsoft’s webpage on the new start menu.

If you right-click the Start menu or press the Windows+X keys together, you will see a different menu (pictured below).


This contains a lot of shortcuts that you may be familiar with. The top portion gives you access to some control panel and general settings to change how your programs and your device work. The middle portion offers shortcuts to Task Manager (Ctrl+Shift+Esc), Control Panel, File Explorer, Search and Run (Windows+R). All or most of these should sound familiar to you if you used Windows 7 in the past.

At the very bottom are two buttons – “Shut down or sign out” and “Desktop”. The first one should be pretty obvious; the “Desktop” button simply minimizes all your currently running programs and shows your desktop. This is the equivalent of the “Show desktop” button at the bottom right on your taskbar.

Searching for applications

It is very easy to find the applications that you need on Windows 10. Simply press the Windows key to bring up the start menu, and start typing what you are looking for. Windows will now search for apps, files, and settings that correspond to what you are typing. Launch the desired application by clicking on it.

Another (longer) way to do this is by clicking on the Start Menu, and then on “All Apps” to manually go through everything installed on your computer to find what you are looking for. This may take a really long time if you don’t know exactly where the program you are looking for is located.

Administrator permissions

Unlike Windows 7 machines at Bucknell, User Access Control may require you to authorize certain actions in Windows 10. You may see something like the following:


The blue-yellow shield indicates that the action you are about to perform requires Administrator permissions. This happens when you try to edit or change system files (including installing new programs). Simply click Continue and carry on as normal.

Logging out

This option has been moved around a bit. Follow the following instructions to log out of your machine:

  1. Press the “Windows” key or click on the Start menu.
  2. Click your name in the top of the menu.
  3. Click on “Sign out.”

Alternatively, you can also right-click the Start menu (shortcut: Windows + X) and then Select “Sign out” from the “Shut down or sign out” option.

Another option is to press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete buttons together. You will be directed to a screen that offers you an option to sign out.

Turning Wireless on or off

See this article for the instructions. The very first section contains information for Windows 10.

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