Win­dows Set­tings

Learn how to set up Win­dows the way you want

Windows Help & Advice - - WINDOWS 10 WINDOWS CRASH COURSE -

The Set­tings tool is where you go to tweak var­i­ous Win­dows pref­er­ences and op­tions. It first emerged in Win­dows 8, but af­ter a few years of re­main­ing the poor cousin to the old-school Con­trol Panel (which still ex­ists to­day), Set­tings has fi­nally come to the fore­front.

That said, there are times where you’ll need ac­cess to the older Con­trol Panel – typ­i­cally for more gran­u­lar set­tings not yet trans­ferred to Set­tings. Win­dows hasn’t com­pletely aban­doned it yet and will di­vert you to the ap­pro­pri­ate Con­trol Panel item when it’s needed, but if you want to by­pass the Set­tings tool, right-click the Start but­ton to re­veal the hid­den Quick Ac­cess menu and choose ‘All Con­trol Panel items’ to browse or search for the set­ting you need.

1 How to ac­cess Set­tings

While there are short­cuts to var­i­ous parts of Set­tings (right-click the desk­top and choose Per­son­alise to jump to the Per­son­al­i­sa­tion sec­tion for ex­am­ple), you can open the main Set­tings screen di­rectly from the Start menu or Ac­tion Cen­tre – just click the cog-like icon. If you want even faster ac­cess, open Set­tings, then right-click its Taskbar icon and choose ‘Pin to Taskbar’ to keep it within a sin­gle click’s reach.

2 Find a set­ting

Al­though Set­tings is split into 13 largely self-ex­plana­tory sec­tions, you’ll find a be­wil­der­ing labyrinth of sub-sec­tions awaits you the mo­ment that you se­lect a cat­e­gory. Of­ten the quick­est way to find the set­ting you need is to search for it by name, and thanks to the ‘Find a set­ting’ box, ac­ces­si­ble from any­where in Set­tings, you can do just that. It’ll even pro­vide short­cuts to Con­trol Panel items where ap­pli­ca­ble.

3 Sys­tem set­tings

Most sys­tem set­tings are self-ex­plana­tory – ex­plore Dis­play to set your screen res­o­lu­tion and tweak the Night Light set­tings, which help soothe your eyes when us­ing your PC at night, for ex­am­ple. Se­lect ‘Stor­age’ to au­to­mat­i­cally clean un­wanted files from your PC – it’s also the new home of the Disk Clean-up tool: click ‘Free up space now’ – and Clip­board to con­fig­ure the new clip­board his­tory tool.

4 De­vices

You can con­fig­ure your hard­ware pe­riph­er­als – in­clud­ing scan­ners and prin­ters – from this sec­tion. Not only can you add new de­vices, you can con­fig­ure key­board and some mouse set­tings (a link to the more fully func­tional Mouse Con­trol Panel is found un­der ‘Ad­di­tional mouse op­tions’), con­fig­ure a touch de­vice to sup­port hand­writ­ten text and ges­tures, plus set up Au­to­play set­tings for CD/DVDs, USB and mem­ory cards.

5 Net­work & In­ter­net

Visit this sec­tion to con­fig­ure and check your net­work set­tings and us­age. You’ll find a handy link to the Net­work trou­bleshooter un­der Sta­tus, while the Eth­er­net and Wi-Fi op­tions pro­vide links to the tra­di­tional Con­trol Panel-based set­tings still used in Win­dows 10. If you’re on a capped In­ter­net con­nec­tion, se­lect Data Us­age to set lim­its and mon­i­tor how much band­width you’ve con­sumed.

6 Per­son­al­i­sa­tion

This sec­tion is mostly about how Win­dows looks – choose a dif­fer­ent back­ground (or set up a slideshow), pick a colour scheme and then store your set­tings as a theme (see page 26 for more on this). You can also set your lock screen – in­clud­ing which apps can dis­play in­for­ma­tion on it – and view and man­age fonts (click one for more in­for­ma­tion or to unin­stall it). Plus – as you’ve al­ready seen – cus­tomise the Start menu and Taskbar.

7 Apps

The Apps & fea­tures sec­tion takes on some of the tasks pre­vi­ously han­dled by the ‘Pro­grams and Fea­tures’ Con­trol Panel. Not only can you view and unin­stall apps from here, you can move sup­ported ones (in­stalled through the Mi­crosoft Store) to an­other drive if nec­es­sary, to bal­ance drive space. This is also where you go to con­fig­ure de­fault ap­pli­ca­tions and con­trol which pro­grams start with Win­dows.

8 Up­date & Se­cu­rity

Go here to con­fig­ure Win­dows Up­date (if you’re a Win­dows 10 Pro user, you can de­lay up­dates to pre­vent early-adopter is­sues). This is also your go-to place to con­fig­ure Win­dows Se­cu­rity, the built-in anti-mal­ware tool, con­fig­ure File His­tory through Backup, ac­cess a range of trou­bleshoot­ers and ac­cess var­i­ous re­cov­ery op­tions when your com­puter is run­ning as it should. A vi­tal part of Set­tings.

Win­dows’ Set­tings tool now con­tains the vast ma­jor­ity of op­tions you need to tweak Win­dows.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.