Enjoy offline maps
For you who use Windows 10 also on mobile devices, such as tablets and hybrid devices and soon on smartphones, you can download maps to use offline and thus save your mobile Internet franchise. To do this, open the Maps application and then click on the gear in the lower left corner of the window. In the “Offline maps” section, click “download or update maps” to download the maps of the regions you want.
Customize your Windows 10
By opening the Start Menu and going to Settings> Personalization> Colors you can change the system’s color palette. By activating the option “Automatically choose a highlight color on my background screen” a vibrant color will be on the background of the live tiles and icons. If you don’t like the chosen color, you can define one in the “Choose the accent color” option. If you want to leave the Start menu, the taskbar and the Action Center colored, just activate the option “Show color at Start, in the taskbar and in the Action Center”. It is also possible to make these areas of the system transparent.
Most anticipated features in Windows 10
Enable Tablet Mode
One of the most anticipated features in Windows 10 is the Continuum, which automatically switches between the traditional desktop interface and the Metro interface, introduced in Windows 8, when you are using a hybrid device. However, if even on the PC you like the Modern (ex-Metro) interface and full-screen windows, you can switch to Tablet Mode. Just open the Action Center and click on the button in the bottom left corner of it, titled Tablet Mode. This way, even if you are on a desktop PC, the interface will look like a tablet.
Making Tablet Mode Smarter
By searching for “Tablet Mode” in the Start menu, you can have direct access to the Tablet Mode settings. There you can make some extra settings. When you disable the option “Hide application icons on the taskbar in tablet mode” you do not hide the icons attached to the taskbar, even if you are using a tablet. This makes usability much faster. You can also configure whether you want Tablet Mode to be activated as soon as you turn on Windows and also whether it will start up directly in Desktop mode. In the case of users who have a hybrid device, the system is able to automatically recognize when a keyboard is connected and, thus, switch between the two modes of use of the system.
Deleting the old Windows partition
Many users had access to Windows 10 through an update, which transformed Windows 7 and 8 the new version of the company’s operating system. This method, although practical, takes up a lot of disk space. If, by chance, you need to downgrade or recover any files that were on the old system, Windows maintains a folder called “Windows.old”, with the information of the user’s old system. This folder occupies several GBs that can be precious to you. Unfortunately, it is not possible to delete it with a simple delete. To get rid of this folder and gain a few GBs of extra space, search the Start menu for “Disk Cleanup” and click on the second option that appears, called “Free up disk space by deleting unnecessary files”. Choose the partition where you want to clean. When the analysis is finished, look in the pop-up window that opened for the item “Previous Windows Installations”. Check it and then click “Ok” to clean and get rid of these files.
Microsoft’s new browser and features
Manage system notifications
You can control how, what and what notifications Windows displays. To do this, open the Start Menu and click Settings> System> Notifications and Actions. In the “Notifications” section you can choose what types of notifications can appear. You choose whether you want to see notifications about Windows tips, app notifications and whether they will also be shown on the lock screen. In addition, it is possible to define which applications can send notifications or not. This way, if you want to focus on work, you can turn off Facebook notifications and just let your work app send you notifications.
Reading mode in Microsoft Edge
Microsoft’s new browser, Edge, features Read Mode. In it, the user can focus more on the content of the text, since this function formats the page so that only the content appears. To activate Reading Mode, just click the button in the form of an open book, which is found in the browser toolbar.