Windows 10: All you need to know (Part 2)

One of the hot new features in Windows 10 is Virtual desktops.  Hopefully they will release more functionality for them as the build matures but they are still pretty cool as is.

Virtual desktops

  • From taskbar: click on Task View icon to open up Task View Window
  • Windows key + Tab = two clicks to open virtual Task View
  • Allows multiple full screen programs at same time
  • organize desktops based on projects
  • Hover over ach virtual desktops for a peek
  • Move apps between desktops: right click or drag
  • Still on the wish list
    • Different backgrounds for each desktop
    • Virtual desktop permanency – even after a reboot

Useful shortcuts

keyboard shortcuts

  • Windows key + shift + arrow keys: move application to another screen
  • Windows key + A: open action center
  • Windows key + Ctrl + D: Create new virtual desktop
  • Windows key + Ctrl + F4: Close current virtual desktop
  • Windows key + Ctrl + Right/Left: Move to next/previous virtual desktop

Windows 10: All you need to know (Part 1)


Hi All,

I was recently lucky enough to get to present at a local user group (Ottawa Window Server User Group –  If you were not in the area you really missed out 🙂  I thought I would post the content of the presentation so as to reach out to more people.  It will take several posts as there is lots of content but this should be a fun and informative exercise.  Here goes part 1:

 Start Menu and task bar

Left side – Old start menu: most used, recently used, all programs
Right side – Modern Apps
Customizable size
—Task switcher: Ctrl-Alt-tab
Task view is now an icon on taskbar
—start menu

Power user menu can be accessed via:
— Windows key + X
— also just right click the start menu

power user tools


—Snap assist: sides and corners are all active
Removed charms (yay!)
——Underlined icons are open not just pinned
—Command prompt:
can be resized and use copy/paste
Note that you need to enable the new features by unchecking the “use legacy” option at the bottom of the command prompt window

command prompt


—Tons of great gestures to control your device.  I wont name them all as my good friends The Surface Smiths have a great pod cast that covers this

shameless plug


—All the episodes are great but check out Episode 12 for a run down on the most useful gestures


—Metro apps will run in a window on the desktop

—Universal apps: one app for all devices

—Phone companion app– sync your phone (non-Windows phones) with your PC

—Change default apps: Settings -> system -> Default apps

—Change default browser: control panel -> small icons -> Set your default programs -> find your preferred browser