Windows 10 Basics
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Windows 10 Basics

Feb 07, 2020
Video Length:  1:02:23
Presented By:  Mike Bennett

Windows 10 is the latest operating system to hit the mainstream in the workforce for CAD-related systems. Some features have moved, new ones have been added, and it can be a challenge trying to keep track of them all. We'll dive into the basics to get you started with the new look and organization of Windows 10 to help jump-start your productivity and prevent some frustrations.

Webinar Contents:

Note: The following catalog of content covered in this webinar is time stamped to allow you to follow along or skip to sections of the video that are relevant to your questions. You can also search for content on this page using the FIND command in your browser (CTRL + F in Windows, Command + F in Mac OS.)

  • Intro/TOC
  • Navigating the Desktop
  • Working with Files
  • Searching for Files and Apps
  • Adjusting Your Settings
  • Managing Multiple Windows
  • Personalizing Windows

0:00 – 4:42: Intro/TOC

4:43 – 11:23: Navigating the Desktop

The task bar: includes the Start menu, and shortcuts to any applications that have been “pinned” there, a clock, a calendar, a list of any running applications, and battery status (if on a laptop) (5:01)


File Explorer (the location where you browse to, rename, and move files and folders) (7:00)


Right-click menus with options for opening files, changing their default applications, etc. (7:55)


Opening folders (8:30)


Start menu and shutting down (8:50)


The importance of an uncluttered computer desktop (for optimal speed and performance) (9:28)


Opening applications (10:55)

11:24 – 23:49: Working with Files

Creating folders, images, rich text documents, and compressed zipped folder (11:40)

A compressed zip folder allows you to create a reduced version of a file or folder that makes it easy to attach to a ticket or an email to us (for example, if you need to send us a screenshot of an error message).


Compressing multiple files into one zipped folder (13:15)


Selecting and deselecting multiple files using the Control key (13:50)


Creating shortcuts to files (14:55)


Setting the desktop to sort items by name, item type, etc. (17:00)


Moving items around the desktop (18:05)


Sorting folder views by name, date modified, etc. (18:25)


Navigating to the C: drive (19:00)


Mapping a drive to the LandFX folder (20:10)


File Explorer settings (20:50)

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23:50 – 26:19: Searching for Files and Apps

Searching in the Start menu (example: searching for the Control Panel) (24:20)


Searching for “This PC” in the Start menu (25:35)

26:20 – 27:39: Adjusting Your Settings

Hiding items from the task bar (26:20)


Removing the search bar from the task bar 26:50)

27:40 – 36:11: Managing Multiple Windows

Dealing with windows hidden behind others (28:17)


Switching between applications (30:30)


Task view (31:16)


Creating multiple desktops (31:55)


Switching between desktops (32:50)


Keeping applications open when closing desktops (33:45)


Returning to the original desktop (34:50)

36:12 – end: Personalizing Windows

Opening the Personalize dialog box (36:20)


Choosing a background photo (36:45)


Choosing mode (light or dark) and accent color (37:10)


Lock screen settings (38:27)


Locking the screen (39:30)


Themes (39:55)


Start menu settings (40:28)


Question: Do I have to reinstall applications such as AutoCAD after upgrading from Windows 7 to 10? (46:15)

Answer: Yes, you do. Also, we recommend doing a clean install. Also, there’s a good chance that if you still have Windows 7 as of webinar time, your hardware needs to be upgraded as well. If you do upgrade, we recommend backing up your user data and then doing a fresh install.


Question: The Windows 10 desktop refresh bogs down my computer. What causes this and how can I prevent it? (48:15)

Answer: This issue often results from having too many items (files and folders) on the desktop. If you don’t have anything on the desktop and it’s still slow, check whether you’re using an animated wallpaper, which can also cause this issue.


Skins (51:00)


Changing your default applications for opening specific types of files (53:10)


Navigating to apps using the Start right-click menu (53:55)


Accessing information about your computer and version of Windows 10 (55:00)


Examining the individual components of your system using the Device Manager (55:25)


Setting your default browser (example: Chrome) (56:00)


Changing your Autodesk app to open DWG files (57:10)


Disabling tracking items (58:30)


Diagnostics & Feedback settings (59:45)


Location settings (1:00:40)

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