Hi everyone! Tim Steinwand with DRN ReadiTech here!

As Kari mentioned in last week’s blog, Microsoft support will be ending early next year on Windows 7, so now would be a good time to update those machines to Windows 10. I am going to let you in on a few secrets that you can use to help your experience in working with Windows 10 that you may not have known about. These are just a few of the features that you will get with 10, along with the enhanced security that it provides, compared to Windows 7.

Secret Start Menu –
If you’re a fan of that old-school (i.e. non-tiled) Start menu experience, you can still have it—kind of. If you right-click on the Windows icon in the bottom-left corner, it will prompt a textual jump menu with several familiar popular destinations (Apps and Features, Search, Run). All these options are available through the standard menu interface, but you’ll be able to access them quicker through this textual interface.

Minimize All Windows with 1 Click (Show Desktop Button) –
This desktop button actually dates back to Windows 7, but is handy nonetheless. On the bottom-right corner of the desktop is a secret button. Don’t see it? Look all the way to the bottom and right, beyond the date and time. There you’ll find a small little sliver of an invisible button. Click it to minimize all your open windows.

Shake –
If you have a display full of windows, clear the clutter by grabbing the top of the window you do like (with a left click and hold) and “shaking” it to minimize all the other windows. Suddenly having shaker’s remorse? Shake again and the windows will come back.

Snip & Sketch –
Screen capture is another feature where Microsoft is finally closing the functionality gap with macOS in the October 2018 Update. Instead of the clunky Snipping Tool, you can now pull up a new clipping utility called Snip & Sketch, with a simple Shift-Windows key-S command to take a full-screen, rectangular screen, or free-form capture. From here, you then can mark up or highlight anything on the snip. It even has a ruler and protractor feature, so you can mark straight lines and angles. Super easy to make very effective screen captures.

These are just a few of the powerful tools that Windows 10 has for you to use.

I recommend that you get your Windows 7 machines updated as soon as you can. Windows 10 has been in public release for 4 years already, so it has proven itself to be a reliable and robust operating system. If you have any questions on updating, feel free to contact our Technical Support Group at 344-5000.
Thanks, and enjoy the power of Windows 10!

Tim Steinwand – Customer Experience Specialist

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