- Become a Start Menu power user
Start Menus become bloated as we add more and more applications to our PCs, but that doesn’t mean that the process of finding and opening the app you want has to slow down. After opening the Start Menu, click “All Apps.” You’ll see letters that you can click on; click the first letter of the name of the app you’re looking for, and the app should appear in the tiles to the right. To be more specific, you can even search for apps from the search box, too.
- Print to PDF
I personally have loved the print to PDF feature of Google Chrome, as it’s been a staple of Google’s alternative browser, and users of OS X have also enjoyed it natively across the operating system for quite some time. Now in Windows 10, “Print to PDF” is a native option across the entire operating system. You can access this from any print dialog.
- Know these new useful keyboard shortcuts
ExtremeTech provides a list of new keyboard shortcuts which we think you should be aware of too. They’ll make navigating Windows 10 much easier, and each one uses the the Windows Key plus an additional key or two:
Windows Key-Tab (Task View)
Windows Key-Right-Up (moves app to top right quadrant; you can use different directions to position windows where desired)
Windows Key-Up and Down (snap apps to top or bottom of screen or maximizes)
Windows Key-Ctrl-Left or Right (scrolls between virtual desktops)
Windows Key-Ctrl-D (creates a new virtual desktop)
Windows Key-Ctrl-F4 (closes virtual desktop)
Windows Key-Ctrl-C (Cortana listening)
Windows Key-S (Daily Glance for weather, news, sports)
- New trackpad gestures
Microsoft has made a concerted effort in Windows 10 to bring the trackpad gestures that users have grown accustomed to with OS X. If you’re a Mac user, then all the gestures you’re used to — like pinching to zoom or using two fingers to scroll up and down — will work similarly in Windows 10.
In addition to those gestures, there are a few added gestures that are Windows 10-specific. Swipe three fingers up and you’ll see the task view; to the left acts like Alt-Tab, and down accesses the desktop. Tapping three fingers on the trackpad brings up Cortana, and tapping with four fingers brings up the Action Center.