From Windows 7 to Windows 10

If you’re used to Windows 7 then Windows 10 can seem a little daunting at first. The first thing to note is the differences in the start menu.

Windows 7 had a much smaller menu but had a lot more options. For example, you could open your documents, ‘my computer’ and file explorer right from the start menu, as well as launching all your applications.

With the Windows 10, the start menu has been redesigned and your options have been moved around and can be found in a different location. Take a look at the diagram below, you can see the sections of the Windows 7 start menu have been moved or incorporated into another part of Windows 10.

For example, in Windows 7, your apps were listed down the left hand side with the most used applications showing at the top and a link to ‘all programs’ down below. Now in Windows 10, you have an alphabetical list of applications listed down the left hand side, but it works the same way, you can scroll down the list and click/tap the application you want. Much easier.

Windows 10 , expands this feature and has introduced tiles that allow you to pin your favourite apps to the start menu for quick access, as you can see on the right hand side of the image above. This takes a bit of getting used to but can become a real time saver if you customise these tiles; delete the ones you don’t use and add the ones you use all the time.

You can easily add tiles by dragging them from the alphabetical list on the left hand side.

You can remove tiles by right clicking on the tile and tapping on the ‘unpin’ icon.