If you have installed Windows 10, you might have started exploring it already. Windows 10 comes with new opportunities for users to personalize it, according to their own preferences. In this post, we will take a bird-eye view of the settings offered by Windows 10.
While Microsoft has always been offering a decent range of settings options and personalization capabilities in all its Windows versions, things are a bit different in Windows 10. While the familiar Control Panel is still there, the new Settings app comes with a new design and a new interface.
Windows 10 Settings app
To open Windows 10 Settings app, pen Start an select Settings option to open this window. If you don’t see it there, you may want to check if this item is checked in the in Customize list section in the Start tab. Else you can always type settings in taskbar search and click on the result – Setting Windows app to open it. Here you will see System, Devices, Network & Internet, Personalization, Accounts, Time & Language, Ease of Access, Privacy and Update & Security settings.
The System Settings
lets you adjust the settings of all your apps, notifications, display and power. You can customize your Display, select your quick actions, show or hide notifications, adjust the battery saver settings and much more over here.
If you are using a touch-enabled device, you can set your PC into a tablet mode from the System Settings > Tablet mode.
‘Storage’ lets you decide where your apps, documents, music, pictures and videos are saved by default.
Go to Default Apps if you want to change your default browser, music player, photos viewer, map, or video player.
You can select the Quick Actions and turn the system icons On or Off from the Notification & Actions tab.
In the Devices Settings
, you can adjust the settings for connected devices like printer, mouse, keyboard or the Bluetooth devices. Other related settings like Device Manager, Auto Play, and Auto-correct for typos are also under this section of settings.
Network and the Internet
All your Wi-Fi networks, Dial-up connections, VPN, Ethernet, etc. can be managed here in the Network & Internet section of settings. Other network settings like adapter settings, Wi-Fi Sense, Internet Options, etc. are also given in this section.
Here you can personalize your Windows 10 PC by changing the backgrounds, sounds, colors, lock screen, start menu, and the theme settings. You can preview all your changes before you save them. This post talks in detail about Windows 10 Personalization Settings
Time & Language
This section includes the Date and time settings, region and language settings and speech settings. You can also adjust some other settings like calendar, camera, microphone, radio, etc. from here.
You can adjust the Privacy Settings direct from the Privacy Tab in Settings of can go through the Speech section. Scroll down and click on speech, inking& typing privacy tab.
Ease of Access
Update and Security
One notable feature here is that it gives Home users only two options under Choose how updates are installed.
- Automatic (Recommended)
- Notify to schedule restart.
Use the Search Bar in the top right corner of Settings Window, if you want to find any particular setting. Just type a word and Windows will bring you the entire list of relevant settings options.
These were some new and some old Settings options in Windows 10. Browse the sub-categories of each of these and you will be able to familiarize yourself with all the Windows 10 settings.