The new features of Windows 10

From the start of 2017, the university’s new computers will run Windows 10. The user interface of Windows 10 is somewhat different from that of the earlier Windows 7 operating system, but most things work as before.


Detailed help

Task bar

The programs in the Windows 10 task bar are shown as icons without text. The Start button is located on the left, and by clicking it, you can view the list of all installed programs. Next to the Start button are search, task view and the icons of the programs that are pinned to the task bar or running. The icons of programs currently running are marked with a blue line underneath.


Start menu

The left column of the Start menu (1) contain the icons for logging off, settings and shutting down the computer. The middle column (2) shows all installed programs in alphabetical order. The most frequently used programs are shown at the top. Unlike in the earlier versions of Windows, the programs pinned to the menu are now visible as large squares in the right-side column of the menu (3).


Unlike in the earlier versions, there are now separate icons for logging off and shutting down the computer. The computer is shut down by clicking the power icon.


To log off, click the user icon..


Search button

Next to the Start button is the new search button. Clicking the search button opens a window that allows you to search for programs and files by their name.


Task view

The task view is an entirely new feature, allowing you to view all open windows side by side. The task view is also used to control the Virtual Desktops that allow you to gather related windows in one place to keep them separate. The task view can be opened by pressing the Windows Key + Tab or by clicking the task view icon in the task bar.


Along with the task view, it is still possible to navigate the open windows by pressing Alt + Tab.