Join Martin Guidry for an in-depth discussion in this video Administering multitasking, part of Windows 10 Administration.
- In this section, we're going to talk about administrating, multitasking, and multiple desktops. So, off the Start menu, I'll click on Settings, then go to System, then I'm going to select the fourth item from the top, Multitasking. The top half of this interface deals with Snap, which was introduced in Windows 7, and allows us to drag a window to either side of the desktop, and it will automatically resize to take up exactly half of the desktop.
The bottom half of the interface talks about virtual desktops. This allows us to work with multiple desktops at the same time. It has options, allowing us to select which applications are going to be shown on the taskbar, either things from only the desktop I'm currently using, or from all desktops, and same with Alt Tab. When I press Alt Tab, should it cycle through the windows only on the desktop I'm using, or on all desktops? So, let's talk about having multiple desktops.
On the taskbar, at the bottom of the screen, there is an icon called Task View. This icon is typically right next to the Windows icon. It looks like a rectangle with two smaller rectangles on either side of it. When I click on that, I'm given the option in the lower right hand corner to add a new desktop. So, I now have desktop one and desktop two. Desktop one is where I was working.
It has one window open, the Settings window. Desktop two currently doesn't have any windows open. I'll go ahead and open one here. Let's open two. I have Microsoft Edge browser open and I'll also open File Explorer. Now I could go back to the Task View button. Click on that. I'll see the two desktops that I have, desktop one and desktop two, and I also have the option to add a third desktop, in which I could continue to open up different programs.
So, now I'll have PowerPoint open on the third desktop, and again, I can go back to the Task View button, and see my three different desktops. Personally, I like doing this. I like having multiple desktops open, and usually having one that has the most common applications I use. So, for example, email is something I typically want open full screen on one of my desktops, and then I'll have an additional desktop with whatever I happen to be working on at the moment, but the email desktop stays open throughout the day.
Some people like working with multiple desktops, some people really don't, but it's something I encourage you to at least give it a try for a short time and see if you like it, and then decide on using it or not. Again, we can, on the taskbar, see all of the different windows I have across all the desktops. So, I have PowerPoint, Microsoft Edge, File Explorer, and Settings. Those are open across three different desktops, but yet they appear on the one taskbar.
I could change that and say only show on the taskbar the applications running on the desktop I'm using, so now I would only see Settings on this taskbar, rather than seeing all of them across all the desktops.
Martin first reviews the various editions of both the desktop and mobile versions of Windows 10. This section covers the special features included with the Enterprise edition, and the hardware requirements for some of the new Windows 10 features. Martin also explains installing and updating drivers and configuring and optimizing the OS, including system properties and power options. Then it's a deep dive into Group Policy, including working with local groups, configuring preferences, and troubleshooting Group Policy. Martin also looks at Windows security—authentication and encryption—as well as the boot process, and concludes the course with a brief look at virtualization, networking, and backup and recovery.
- Understanding the different versions of Windows 10
- Installing and updating drivers
- Administering multitasking
- Working with Windows Group Policy
- Adding domain users and accounts to a Windows 10 PC
- Administering BitLocker and EFS
- Understanding the boot process
- Installing Client Hyper-V for Windows virtualization
- Managing Windows Firewall
- Backing up and restoring Windows 10
- Troubleshooting Windows 10