This week: More on reminders, more on Tablet Mode, and more on Photos and movies. Thanks for your feedback! You all rock!
There is such a thing as too much information in Windows 10. Also, the new version of Firefox is here.
Windows 10 has some interesting things going on. I’ve been telling people about the File Explorer ribbon for awhile now, but the update to the Photos app was news to me.
There’s a lot to like in Windows 10, but some days it’s hard to find what I’m looking for, especially a setting. I think eventually Microsoft will to do away with Control Panel completely and dump everything into the Settings app instead. In the meantime, it’s a little like living out of a suitcase: stuff is scattered around everywhere.
The Fall Creators Update takes your computer to version 1709 of Windows 10. This upgrade is roughly equivalent to what we used to call a “service pack” in older versions of Windows. It makes changes to your system files, and it takes a long time. It’s good to be ready.
I learned some new things recently, and remembered something I’d forgotten. YouTube has keyboard shortcuts. You can recover from a too-aggressive Google Contacts clear out. Windows Update broke Internet Explorer. Again. But you can fix that. Or you can use a decent browser.
Modern versions of Windows, especially Windows 10, really want you to use a password. Each week as I set up or repair computers I encounter people who believe the password requirement exists only to annoy them. It does not. It exists to protect your information from people who can damage or erase it (deliberately or by accident), or steal it.
Just when you think you’re getting a handle on Windows 10, something happens and your screen looks completely different! No problem. You’re likely just in “Tablet Mode.”
Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 include a helpful feature. When things are just too fouled up, you can practically start over. And, when you need to get rid of a computer or just want to start over completely, you can do that, too.
When you need to explain what’s wrong with your computer, send a picture. A picture shows exactly what’s going on. It always clarifies your explanation, and sometimes it’s the only explanation you need!