The interface changes in the Windows 10 Anniversary update mainly effect the start menu, settings, and the taskbar. In this movie, we'll take a quick tour through these changes. We'll see the new icon for Action Center, the new way that all apps are listed in the Start Menu, and cosmetic changes to Settings.
- [Voiceover] If you've upgraded from Windows 10 to the Windows 10 Anniversary Edition, the first hing that you'll notice will be a few small changes to the interface. There's nothing here that's really huge, but there are some places where they streamlined some things. Some things are more convenient and easier to find. So I'd like to walk you through some of these changes. So we should start in the Start Menu where some of the most obvious changes can be found. Now of course we do see all of the same live tiles here, and this works the same as in the previous version of Windows. I can click on these tiles to launch applications, and I can pin and unpin, so I can configure this the way that I want.
But if you want to see a list of all of the applications on your computer, you wanna look over here towards the left. And in the previous version of Windows, you would have to click on a button to show a list of all of the applications. But that list is just here by default. So when I go into the Start Menu, I can immediately start scrolling through this list, find the specific application I want, click on it, and launch it. So I think that will probably make it a little bit easier to find the specific applications you want. Now also, if we look over here on the far left side, we do have the buttons for power, settings, and accounts.
They have been shrunk down and pushed over to the side, so they might be a little bit hard to see at first. But once you identify them, I don't think you really need big buttons. I think this actually makes it more convenient because I can see the list of all of my apps, and I still have those important buttons over here. Now if you want, you can hit this button up in the top left, which will expand that panel on the left, giving you a little bit more to look at. You can actually labels for those buttons. But that does block the list of all apps, so you can close it again by hitting that same button.
Now of course I do see power, settings, and accounts, but on your computer, you may not see the button for File Explorer. It really depends on how you have things set up. In my opinion, the button for File Explorer is pretty important. You'll decided for yourself, but if you want that button there and you don't have it, here's what you'll need to do. We'll need to go into settings, so I'll hit the settings button right here in the Start Menu. I'll go to the section for personalization, then to the subsection for the Start Menu. I'll scroll all the way down here, and I'll hit this option that says, "Chose which folders appear on Start." So you can see I have the switch turned on for File Explorer.
As long as that switch is turned on, then when you go into the Start Menu, you will see a button for File Explorer there. And you could also take the opportunity to enable other items in the Start Menu if you wanted to. This particular setting is not new in the Anniversary Edition. But if you find that the File Explorer is not in the Start Menu, this might be really valuable to you. For everything else, the Start Menus is gonna work just as it did in the previous version of Windows 10. Now, since we were just looking at settings, let's go back there, and look at some other difference.
So again, I'll click on the settings button, and we'll start here on the home screen in settings. The differences here are mainly cosmetic. Not much has changed in the functionality. We can see that the search field is now in the middle of the window, rather than being up in the top right. Not a big deal. But if we go into one of these categories, and you can see all of the subsections listed over here on the left side, you'll now see that there's an icon next to each item, which might make it a little bit easier to find the specific item that you're looking for. Now, as you might guess, there are a bunch of other really small changes scattered throughout the settings.
There's nothing that I can think off that makes a huge difference, and you'll encounter them as you go. But one that has been getting some attention is the dark mode option, so let's take a look at that. I'll click on the gear up in the top left corner to go back to the home screen in settings. And for this, I'm gonna go to the personalization section, and I'm gonna go into the colors subsection, scroll down to the bottom, and I can see I can toggle between light mode or dark mode, which changes the settings window into this darker theme, and it'll change some other things on your computer.
But I wanna reset that back to the light mode. Another difference worth pointing out is in the Action Center. So let me close settings, and we'll take a look at Action Center. Action Center of course is where you get to when you click on this icon in the taskbar, and it opens up that panel. And you may have already noticed that the Action Center icon in the taskbar looks a little bit different. Also, when you receive new notifications, there will be a little number that pops up on the Action Center icon, telling you how many new notifications you have not seen.
Also in the Action Center, you may know about these quick actions buttons. I can see these four down at the bottom of the Action Center. If I hit expand, there's a bunch more. If I hit collapse, it goes down to those top four again. Previously in Windows 10, you could chose specifically which icons appeared in this row of the top four. But not you have a bit more control over the organization of all of these buttons. To see that, we'll go back into settings. We're gonna go into system, then notifications and actions.
And here, I can see that same list of buttons, and I can change the order. So I could grab the network button, and I could drag that up higher. Or, if I wanted it to be one of the top four, that's easy, I can just drag it up to that top row, and of course it pushes down the button for all settings, because only four will fit in that top row. But now when I go to Action Center, I can see that the network button is in that place. If I hit expand, whatever changes I made over here will be reflected here. So I can change the order of these buttons in addition to changing which ones appear in that top four.
Now, one last thing I wanna look at here is the lock screen and the sign-in screen. So let's get out of Action Center, close settings. I'm gonna go into the Start Menu, to the accounts button, and then I wanna lock the screen. Now, you can get to the lock screen by manually locking it, or by letting the computer go to sleep, and then waking it up from sleep, by signing out, or by restarting your computer. So there's a few ways to get to this, but I'm just gonna hit lock, and now I'm on the lock screen. So this is what you see when you sign out, or restart your computer, or wake the computer from sleep.
Now, you'll see, when I click on the lock screen, the transition from the lock screen to the sign-in screen is just a little bit different. No big deal. But there is one important thing you should notice here. In previous versions of Windows, if you use a Microsoft online account to sign in into your computer, your email address would be displayed here on the sign-in screen. Which could be considered a privacy risk. So now, in the Anniversary Edition, your email address is no longer displayed here on the sign-in screen, so it cannot be seen when the computer is locked.
So these are just a few interface changes that you should be familiar with as you start to use the anniversary edition of Windows 10. Of course there are other differences, particularly with Cortana, the Ink Work Space, and the options for automatic updates. But we're gonna see those controls as we look at those specific topic later in the course.
- New Cortana commands
- Interface changes
- Using Edge browser extensions
- Pen and Ink Workspace
- Update Maps app