Windows 10

Windows 10 is available on all computers replaced during Summer 2017. We have provided a quick start guide below to assist you in learning how to navigate your new operating system.

A view of the start menu on a Windows 10 computer.

Learn the lingo for your new computer

Taskbar: The Windows 10 taskbar across the bottom of your screen now includes a search function. From left to right: Start button, Cortana/search, plus other familiar icons for frequently used software.

Start Button: The white Windows flag symbol in the lower left corner is your Start button. This will launch the Start menu. 

Search: The fastest way to find your apps, files, and programs is to use search. Simply type the name and you will see it appear in the Start menu where you can click the tile to open it. This is also a quick way to find information on the web.

Start menu: The Windows 10 Start menu shows a list of most used applications and folders on the left side and tiles that are important to you on the right. Tiles can be installed applications or live tiles that stream information from the web. The Start menu can be customized to suit your needs.

All apps: You can click on "All apps" from the Start menu to see all the installed applications. This replaces the “All Programs” that was part of Windows 7. The view is a list with icons and alphabetical separations. If you use an app often, right click on the application and select “Pin to Taskbar” or “Pin to Start” for quick access.

Frequently Asked Questions

More tutorials and features available on Microsoft's Windows 10 How-to webpage.

How to restart or shut down

  • Click the Start button  
  • Select the Power button in the lower left

How to Lock or Sign out

Use Lock or Sign Out if you are leaving your computer, but don't wish for it to shut down completely.

  • Click the Start button  
  • Click on your account name at the Top
  • Select lock or sign out from the options

How to add a tile to the Start menu

  • Click the Start button  
  • Click All apps
  • Look for the app you would like to add to the Start menu
  • Right-click on the app
  • Select one of the four options:
    • Open 
    • Uninstall 
    • Pin to start
    • Pin to taskbar

You can also click and drag any app on the left under "Most used" into the right-side of your Start menu for quick access.

How to remove a tile from Start menu

  • Click the Start button  
  • Right-click a specific tile you'd like to remove
  • Select one of the choices:
    • Unpin from Start
    • Pin ot taskbar
    • Resize
    • Turn Live tile on (only for Live tiles)
    • Turn Live tile off  (only for Live tiles)

How to resize a tile on Start menu

  • Click the Start button  
  • Right-click on the app you'd like to resize
  • Hover over Resize >
  • Select between Small, Medium, Wide and Large

How to customize the Start menu

To make Start full screen and see everything in one view:

  1. Select the Start  button
  2. Select Settings
  3. Select Personalization 
  4. Select Start
  5. Then turn on Use Start full screen.
  6. Select the Menu in the top left corner of the screen to get to your account picture, the All apps and Most used list, and the power button.

 

To resize the start menu

If you just want resize the Start menu a bit to make it taller or wider, select the top or side border and drag it.