If you’ve just moved to Windows 10

Bethany McNally
Thursday 16 January 2020

Never used Windows 10 before? Here is some useful information about features and getting set up with your new Windows 10 desktop at the University.

The main parts of the desktop that you’ll need are shown below:

  • Start Menu, to get to your apps, sign out, change settings and power off
  • Action centre, to see incoming emails and carry out quick actions
  • Cortana, to quickly locate files and apps
  • Desktop background, where you’ll find your shortcuts

Start Menu

Apps, settings, files—they can all be found on the Start menu. Just select the Windows icon on the taskbar. You can personalise it pinning apps and programs, or moving and regrouping tiles.

Read more about the Start Menu

Action Centre

The new action cenre is where you’ll find app notifications and quick actions. Change your settings at any time to adjust how and when you see notifications and which apps and settings are your top quick actions.

Read more about action centre


New features built-in to Windows 10

Microsoft have introduced new ways to interact with your computer with Windows 10. We’ve picked out a few features that can help you work more efficiently.

Focus Assist

This allows you to avoid distracting notifications when you need to stay focused.

Find out more ways to minimise distractions in Windows 10.


Sometimes it’s easier to remember when you were working on something, not where you saved it.

Get help with timeline on support.office.com.


Use Cortana to help you with tasks like setting reminders and searching your files or the web. The more you use Cortana, the more personalised your experience will be.

Read the Cortana guide at support.office.com.


Multiple desktops are great for keeping unrelated, ongoing projects organised, or for quickly switching desktops before a meeting.

Find out more at support.office.com.


Things you might want to set up

Once you’ve been upgraded to Windows 10, there’s a few things you may want to connect to or set up. We will set up the basics like network drives and printers for you.

Install your software

Use the Software Centre to search and install software applications.

Set up your email signature

This is for Outlook Client users. If you use Outlook on the Web, your signature will be saved.

Add your shared mailboxes

This is also for Outlook Client users. Outlook Web App users, just click your name on the navigation bar and choose Open another mailbox.

Sign in to eduroam

Use your University credentials to get online while you’re away from your desk.


Download fonts and plug-ins

Contact the IT Service Desk if you can’t find what you’re looking for in the Software Centre.

Sign in to OneDrive sync

Access your files while your offline and the changes you’ve made will sync automatically when you’re next online.

Try out Microsoft Edge

The new default browser that comes with Windows 10. If you’d prefer to use something else, you can change your default browser in Settings.

Discover accessibility features

Windows 10 caters to everyone, whether you have a disability, a personal preference, or a unique work style. 

How to sign out

Select the Start button, then on the left side of the Start menu, choose the Accounts icon (or picture), and then select Sign out.

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