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Windows 10 tips: Your first 30 minutes with the Tech Preview

Mark Hachman | Oct. 3, 2014
So you've downloaded Microsoft's Windows 10 Technical Preview. Let us show you around your new OS with our newbie's guide to Windows 10, complete with tips and tricks.

Clicking the "task view" button brings up a collection of apps on top, as well as a slideshow view of different virtual desktops on the bottom. A virtual desktop is nothing more than a screenful of snapped apps. One Microsoft executive described it as a poor man's multimonitor setup, with users switching back and forth between these virtual screens of collected apps. Clicking a virtual desktop navigates to it, or you can type CTRL+WIN+ the right or left arrow, where WIN stands for the Windows key. You can also click the application on top, and jump directly to that desktop, and that app.

windows10 task view virtual desktops
This is how virtual desktops should look under Windows 10: nice and neat. But they can grow out of control quickly, too.

Creating a desktop, however, is still somewhat frustrating. Filling a single screen is easy enough, as you can open up an Internet Explorer window, for example, snap it to the right, and open up Xbox Music next to it. 

But let's say you go a little crazy, open up a number of windows, then want to organize them into virtual desktops afterward. Once a window is opened in one virtual desktop, there's no way, apparently, to shift it to another. It seems like your best bet is open a second desktop, then try and open up another instance of the app inside that desktop. (To open a second, separate browser window, for example, right-click the Internet Explorer icon.)

But swiping in from the left, which showed your recently opened apps in Windows 8, now shows all your open apps, not your most recent ones. That may annoy some of you.

How to send Windows 10 feedback to Microsoft
By now, you should have a pretty good handle on what's new in the Windows 10 Technical Preview. Feel free to keep exploring.


windows 10 feedback app
MICROSOFT. Microsoft has made available a Windows 10 Windows Feedback app so users like you can report bugs and suggest improvements.

So far, I really haven't seen much behavior that indicates that Microsoft is actively seeking feedback. I did see one popup that vanished before I could click on it, which may or may not have been a question. But if you do find something to complain or comment about, make sure you use the Windows Feedback app (Click the Windows button, then type "Windows Feedback" to access the app.)

I haven't run into any showstopping bugs. I've loaded a few apps, connected an Xbox controller and played a game I downloaded from Steam. And, hey, Netflix works.

 

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