Over the summer we upgraded your computers to Windows 10. Here are a few new features and time-saving tips.

Log in

To log in to your computer, instead of pressing Ctrl + Alt + Delete like you did before, you simply have to click the screen or press any key and proceed to logging in.

Log off, restart, or shut down

  • You can right click on the Windows icon in the lower left corner (Start menu), go to “Shut down or sign out” and choose from sign out, sleep, shut down, or restart.

  • With the Start menu open, you can click on Power and choose from sleep, shut down, or restart.

Start menu

Clicking on the Windows icon in the bottom left corner of your screen (or pressing the Windows key on your keyboard) will open the Start menu.  Windows 10 allows you to customize the Start menu with your favorite apps, programs, and more.  

  • Click All Apps to see everything on your computer in alphabetical order.

  • Click File Explorer (or the yellow folder in your taskbar) to view your documents.

  • Click your name and select “Change account settings” to add a picture to your account.


One of the quickest ways to find what you are looking for (a program, a file, etc.) is to use the search box on the taskbar at the bottom.  You can also open the Start menu and begin typing what you’re looking for.  Once you see what you’re looking for, click it to open it.

Lock your screen

When you will be away from your desk or out of your classroom/office, it is extremely important to lock your computer and protect any sensitive information that may be in your email, Skyward, or digital files.  Simply press the Windows key and the L button to lock it.  When you get back, just click the screen or press any key to re-enter your password.

NEW - Software Center

One of the new programs on your desktop is called Software Center.  The Software Center is a handy place to download popular apps/programs such as Adobe Acrobat, Camtasia (screen recording), Google Chrome, Google Drive, and more.

Pin your favorites

You can pin your favorite apps or programs to the Start menu or Taskbar.  Just right click the program or icon and select “Pin to taskbar” or “Pin to Start.”

Larger monitor - more screen space!

You may notice your monitor is larger.  You can take advantage of this by having two windows or programs open at once.  Use the Windows key and arrow keys on your keyboard to snap them into place.

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