Join David Casuto for an in-depth discussion in this video What you should know before watching this course, part of Customizing Windows 10 for Accessibility and Ease of Use.
- [Narrator] Before we begin, let's go over some key essential terms you'll need to know before beginning this course. The best way to demonstrate what you'll need to know is to take a tour of some of these key concepts. So, let's go ahead and jump into Windows 10. So now, we're in Windows 10. The first thing we'll wanna cover is your desktop. Your desktop is your computer's opening screen and the first thing you'll see when your computer starts. Your desktop lives behind all of your open programs and is visible when all windows are minimized. It can hold files and folders and applications and your recycling bin.
The next term is something called a window. I'm gonna go ahead and open up a window to show you what one looks like. A window is essentially a container for all your programs, files and folders that you use on your computer. I'll go ahead and open up another one so you see a different example. A window can be moved, it can be resized, it can be minimized, it can be maximized, and windows can even overlap each other. Note that your desktop is not a window. Let's now go ahead and talk about something called your start menu.
Your start menu's located on the bottom left of the screen. The start menu is the main gateway to your files, folders and apps. Know that you can search your computer directly from the start menu and it can be customized highly to meet your needs. And finally, let's talk about your task bar. The task bar is the long toolbar on the bottom of the screen. It holds shortcuts to your apps, your file manager, notifications, your start menu and something we'll cover in later lessons called Cortana. It can also be highly customized, allowing you to add and remove content to your liking.
So now that you know these key terms, you're ready for this course.
Technology trainer David Casuto explains basic Windows conventions, and explores how to best resize and manage windows, change the way your mouse behaves, and customize the desktop, including the taskbar and Start menu. Need help finding files and applications? Learn how to search more effectively using the File Explorer and Cortana, Microsoft's digital assistant. If you have visual or audio impairments, Window's accessibility features are a great tool. Learn how to use the Ease of Access options (like the Magnifier and closed captioning) to make Windows more user friendly. Last but not least, David shows how to save time with some helpful keyboard shortcuts. Windows is a powerful platform; with these tips, you'll find it even easier to use.
- Personalizing your desktop
- Managing windows
- Changing mouse properties
- Searching for files, folders, and apps
- Using the File Explorer
- Using accessibility features
- Using keyboard shortcuts