Start Menu, App Pinning Features in Windows 10

Windows 10

By Steve Schippert, Lead IT Instructor at Lincoln Tech in Paramus, NJ

The transition from Windows 7 to Windows 10 is opening doors to new careers for tech-lovers around the country, as businesses of all sizes look to adapt to the enhanced operating system and its new features.  In the first of this three-part series, we examined how the Dynamic Lock function increases security for individual users and the organizations that employ them.  Here, the spotlight is on the value IT professionals can bring to employers by helping teams make better use of the new Start button and menu, as well as the added benefits of easy pinning to the Taskbar:

 Start Menu: Stop Finding – Just Ask For It

Windows 10’s Start button and Start menu are as good as they’ve ever been. No, really. That sure wasn’t the case with Windows 8. But Microsoft heard our protest in our refusal to buy it, and they have once again embraced the customer still using a keyboard & mouse. There are a lot of great features in the new Start menu once you explore just a little.

Without exception, the most important feature for Windows 7 converts is the ability to click the Start button and just start typing what you want. Just ask Windows and it will find what you’re looking for. Windows never forgets where you put last week’s document and it can find it faster.

So teach your users how to ask for things rather than finding things. Say to them, “Hit Start. Type Excel.” They don’t even have to put a cursor in a box. Boom. There it is. Probably after just two letters – even fewer Windows 10 letters than Windows 7 mouse clicks.

 Desktop & Taskbar: Pinning Is Prime!

The desktop is purposefully familiar and the taskbar at the bottom is largely unchanged save for the inclusion of the Cortana search box next to the Start button. But show users how to really use it. When they ask Windows for an app they use daily (and Windows finds it) don’t let them just click it and open it. Show them how to right-click the app’s icon in the Start menu and click “Pin to taskbar.”

If they have a couple apps they open multiple times daily – Chrome or Firefox, for instance – they should pin these right to the taskbar for quick convenience. Apps they might open daily, less often than those pinned to the taskbar, should be pinned to the Start menu. Pinning is all about convenience and efficiency.

Coming next week: we check out the Windows 10 Virtual Desktop, and sum up the real value of IT professionals – supporting users, not computers!

 
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