Windows 10 May 2019 Update: The Missing Manual

Book description

The Windows 10 May 2019 Update adds a host of new and improved features to Microsoft’s flagship operating system—and this jargon-free guide helps you get the most out of every component.

This in-depth Missing Manual covers the entire system and introduces you to the latest features in the Windows Professional, Enterprise, Education, and Home editions. You’ll learn how to take advantage of improvements to the Game Bar, Edge browser, Windows Online, smartphone features, and a lot more.

Written by David Pogue—tech critic for Yahoo Finance and former columnist for The New York Times—this updated edition illuminates its subject with technical insight, plenty of wit, and hardnosed objectivity.

Table of contents

  1. Additional Resources on the “Missing CD”
    1. PDF Appendixes
      1. Freeware
  2. The Missing Credits
    1. About the Author
    2. About the Creative Team
    3. Acknowledgments
    4. About The Missing Manuals
  3. Introduction
    1. A Short History of Windows 10
    2. If You’ve Used Windows 10 Before
      1. The May 2019 Update
      2. The October 2018 Update
      3. The April 2018 Update
    3. If You’re Used to Windows 8
    4. If You’re Used to Windows 7
    5. The Editions of Windows 10—and S Mode
    6. The Very Basics
      1. Windows Defined
      2. The Right Mouse Button Is King
      3. There’s More Than One Way to Do Everything
      4. You Can Use the Keyboard for Everything
      5. The Search Box Is Fastest
      6. About Alt-Clicking
      7. You Could Spend a Lifetime Changing Properties
      8. It’s Not Meant to Be Overwhelming
    7. About This Book
      1. About the Outline
      2. System Requirements for Your Brain
      3. About → These → Arrows
      4. About MissingManuals.com
  4. I. The Windows Desktop
  5. 1. Desktop & Start Menu
    1. The Lock Screen
    2. The Sign-In Screen
    3. The Desktop
    4. Meet the Start Menu
    5. Start Menu: The Places List
      1. [Your Round Icon]
      2. Settings ()
      3. Power ()
      4. How to Customize the Places List
    6. Start Menu: The Apps List
      1. Recently Added
      2. Most Used
      3. All Apps
      4. How to Customize the Apps List
      5. The App List Shortcut Menu
    7. Start Menu: The Tiles
      1. How to Customize the Tiles Menu
    8. Shutting Down
      1. The Sleep/Shut Down/Restart Commands
      2. Three Triggers for Sleep/Shut Down—and How to Change Them
    9. Navigating the Start Menu by Keyboard
      1. Use the Arrow Keys
      2. Use the Search Box
    10. The Secret Power Users’ Menu
  6. 2. File Explorer, Taskbar & Action Center
    1. Universal Window Controls
    2. Window Management
      1. Sizing Windows
      2. Moving a Window
      3. Closing a Window
      4. Hiding All Windows but One
      5. Background Windows
      6. Windows Snap—Now with Four Panes!
      7. The Full-Height Window Trick
    3. The Ribbon
      1. File Tab
      2. Home Tab
      3. Share Tab
      4. View Tab
      5. Library Tools/Manage Tab
      6. Music Tools/Play Tab
      7. Picture Tools/Manage Tab
      8. Tabucopia
    4. The File Explorer Address Bar
      1. Components of the Address Bar
      2. What to Type into the Address Bar
    5. Optional Window Panes
      1. Preview Pane
      2. Details Pane
      3. Navigation Pane
    6. Tags, Metadata, and Properties
      1. Properties
    7. Window Views
      1. Immortalizing Your Tweaks
    8. Sorting, Grouping, and Filtering
      1. Sorting Files
      2. Grouping
      3. Filtering
      4. Searching in a File Explorer Window
      5. Folder Options
    9. Taskbar 2.0
      1. Taskbar as App Switcher
      2. Handy Window Miniatures
      3. Full-Size Peeking
      4. Button Groups
      5. The Taskbar as App Launcher
    10. Jump Lists
      1. Pinning to Jump Lists
      2. Jump List Caveats
      3. Jump List Settings
    11. The System Tray (Notification Area)
      1. Keyboard Control
      2. Reinstating the Hidden Icons
    12. Getting the Taskbar Out of Your Hair
      1. Auto-Hiding the Taskbar
      2. Changing the Taskbar’s Size
      3. Moving the Taskbar to the Sides of the Screen
    13. Taskbar Toolbars
    14. Notifications
      1. Customizing Notifications
      2. Focus Assist: The Silence of the Toast
    15. The Action Center
      1. The Notifications List
      2. The Quick Action Tiles
  7. 3. Organizing & Finding Your Files
    1. The Power of Search
      1. The Taskbar Search Box
      2. Filtering the Results
      3. Quick Actions
    2. The Search Index
      1. Where Windows Looks
      2. Adding New Places to the Index
    3. File Explorer Window Searches
      1. Search Options on the Ribbon
      2. Limit by Size, Date, Rating, Tag, Author…
      3. Special Search Codes
      4. File Explorer Results Menu Tips
    4. Customizing Search
      1. Windows Search Settings
      2. Folder Options
      3. Indexing Options
    5. The Folders of Windows 10
      1. What’s in the Local Disk (C:) Window
      2. Your Personal Folder
    6. Selecting Icons
      1. By Tapping or Clicking
      2. By Typing
      3. Eliminating Double-Clicks
      4. Checkbox Selection
    7. Life with Icons
      1. Renaming Your Icons
      2. Icon Properties
      3. Changing Your Icon Pictures
    8. Shortcut Icons
      1. Creating and Deleting Shortcuts
      2. Unveiling a Shortcut’s True Identity
      3. Shortcut Keyboard Triggers
    9. Copying and Moving Folders and Files
      1. Copying by Dragging Icons
      2. Copying or Moving Files with the Ribbon
      3. Copying with Copy and Paste
    10. The Recycle Bin
      1. Making the Recycle Bin Less Naggy
      2. Restoring Deleted Files and Folders
      3. Emptying the Recycle Bin
    11. OneDrive
      1. Putting Files onto OneDrive
      2. Offline Files
      3. OneDrive.com
      4. Fetch: Remote Access to Your Whole PC Back Home
      5. Sharing Files from OneDrive
    12. Compressing Files and Folders
      1. NTFS Compression
      2. Zipped Folders
    13. Burning CDs and DVDs from the Desktop
    14. ISO Disk Images
  8. 4. Redesigning the Desktop
    1. Background, Colors, Themes, and Fonts
      1. Background (Wallpaper)
      2. Colors
      3. Lock Screen
      4. Themes
      5. Fonts
    2. Screen Savers
      1. Choosing a Screen Saver
    3. Turning Off the New Look
      1. Turning Off Window Snapping and Shaking
      2. Turning Off the Tall Taskbar
      3. Turning Off All Those Glitzy Animations
      4. Turn Off the Tiles in the Start Menu
    4. Monitor Settings
      1. Brightness
      2. Night Light
      3. Windows HD Color
      4. Three Ways to Enlarge the Screen
      5. Orientation
      6. Colors
    5. Multiple Monitors
      1. Customizing Your Displays
      2. Life with Multiple Screens
    6. Virtual Screens
      1. Creating a Desktop
      2. Switching Virtual Screens
      3. Deleting a Desktop
    7. Projecting to Your PC
  9. 5. Cortana, Your Voice Assistant
    1. Setting Up Cortana
      1. Turn on “Hey Cortana”
      2. Tell Cortana When to Be Available
      3. Establish Privacy Control
    2. How to Use Cortana
      1. Typing to Cortana
    3. What to Say to Cortana
      1. Shut Down, Restart, or Sign Out
      2. Open Apps
      3. Open Settings Panels
      4. Change Your Settings
      5. Reminders
      6. Lists
      7. Calendar
      8. Alarms
      9. Clock
      10. Sports
      11. Weather
      12. Stocks
      13. Movies
      14. Flights
      15. Packages
      16. Headlines
      17. Email
      18. Maps
      19. Music
      20. Math and Conversions
      21. Definitions
      22. Calling
      23. Texting
      24. Facts and Figures
      25. Search the Web
      26. When Things Go Wrong
    4. Skills: Fitbit, Domino’s, Nest…
    5. Cortana’s Personality
      1. Conversation starters
      2. Pop culture references
      3. The tech industry
      4. Critters
      5. Cortana and you
      6. About Cortana
      7. Halo references
    6. The Notebook
      1. Organizer
      2. Manage Skills
  10. II. The Programs of Windows 10
  11. 6. Programs & Documents
    1. Opening Programs
    2. The Two Kinds of Apps
    3. The App Switcher: Alt+Tab
    4. Task View and Timeline: +Tab
      1. Task View
      2. The Timeline
    5. Exiting Programs
    6. When Programs Die: The Task Manager
      1. Heat Map
      2. The Other Tabs
    7. Saving Documents
      1. The Save As Dialog Box
      2. Saving into Your Documents Folder
      3. Saving into Other Folders
      4. Navigating the List by Keyboard
      5. The File Format Drop-Down Menu
    8. Closing Documents
    9. The Open Dialog Box
    10. Moving Data Between Documents
      1. Cut, Copy, and Paste
      2. The Multi-Clipboard
      3. The Synced Clipboard (Cloud Clipboard)
      4. Drag and Drop
      5. Export/Import
    11. Speech Recognition and Dictation
    12. Filename Extensions and File Associations
      1. Displaying Filename Extensions
      2. Hooking Up an Unknown File Type
      3. Hooking Up a File Extension to a Different Program
    13. Choosing Your Default Apps
    14. Installing New Apps
      1. Desktop Apps
      2. Microsoft Store Apps
    15. Uninstalling Software
    16. Program Compatibility Mode
    17. Pick Up Where You Left Off
    18. Continue on PC
    19. Windows Sandbox
  12. 7. Settings & Control Panel
    1. The Settings App
      1. Direct Access to Settings Pages
    2. System
      1. Display
      2. Sound
      3. Notifications & Actions
      4. Focus Assist
      5. Power & Sleep
      6. Battery
      7. Storage
      8. Tablet Mode
      9. Multitasking
      10. Projecting to This PC
      11. Shared Experiences
      12. Clipboard
      13. Remote Desktop
      14. About
    3. Devices
      1. Bluetooth & Other Devices
      2. Printers & Scanners
      3. Mouse
      4. Touchpad
      5. Typing
      6. Pen & Windows Ink
      7. AutoPlay
      8. USB
    4. Phone
    5. Network & Internet
      1. Status
      2. Wi-Fi
      3. Ethernet
      4. Dial-Up
      5. VPN
      6. Airplane Mode
      7. Mobile Hotspot
      8. Data Usage
      9. Proxy
    6. Personalization
    7. Apps
      1. Apps & Features
      2. Default Apps
      3. Offline Maps
      4. Apps for Websites
      5. Video Playback
      6. Startup
    8. Accounts
    9. Time & Language
      1. Date and Time
      2. Region and Language
      3. Speech
    10. Gaming
    11. Ease of Access
      1. Display
      2. Cursor & Pointer Size
      3. Magnifier
      4. Color Filters
      5. High Contrast
      6. Narrator
      7. Audio
      8. Closed Captions
      9. Speech
      10. Keyboard
      11. Mouse
      12. Eye Control
    12. Search
      1. Permissions & History
      2. Searching Windows
    13. Cortana
    14. Privacy
    15. Update & Security
      1. Windows Update, Delivery Optimization
      2. Windows Security
      3. Backup
      4. Troubleshoot
      5. Recovery
      6. Activation
      7. Find My Device
      8. For Developers
      9. Windows Insider Program
    16. The Control Panel
      1. Many Roads to the Control Panel
      2. Control Panel Views
    17. The Control Panel, Applet by Applet
      1. Administrative Tools
      2. AutoPlay
      3. Backup and Restore (Windows 7)
      4. BitLocker Drive Encryption
      5. Color Management
      6. Credential Manager
      7. Date and Time
      8. Default Programs
      9. Device Manager
      10. Devices and Printers
      11. Ease of Access Center
      12. File Explorer Options
      13. File History
      14. Fonts
      15. Indexing Options
      16. Infrared
      17. Internet Options
      18. Keyboard
      19. Mouse
      20. Network and Sharing Center
      21. Pen and Touch
      22. Phone and Modem
      23. Power Options
      24. Programs and Features
      25. Recovery
      26. Region
      27. RemoteApp and Desktop Connections
      28. Security and Maintenance
      29. Sound
      30. Speech Recognition
      31. Storage Spaces
      32. Sync Center
      33. System
      34. Tablet PC Settings
      35. Taskbar and Navigation
      36. Troubleshooting
      37. User Accounts
      38. Windows Defender Firewall
      39. Windows Mobility Center
      40. Windows To Go
      41. Work Folders
  13. 8. The Windows Starter Apps
    1. The New, Unified Design of Apps
    2. 3D Viewer
    3. Alarms & Clock
      1. Alarm Tab
      2. World Clock
      3. Timer
      4. Stopwatch
    4. Calculator
    5. Calendar
      1. Working with Views
      2. Making an Appointment: Quick Way
      3. Making an Appointment: Detailed Way
      4. Inspecting an Event
      5. Editing Events
      6. Rescheduling Events
      7. Deleting Events
      8. What’s in the Left-Side Panel
      9. Settings
    6. Camera
      1. The Camera Roll
    7. Connect
    8. Feedback Hub
    9. Game Bar
      1. Broadcasting Your Games
    10. Get Help
    11. Groove Music
      1. Search
      2. My Music
      3. Recent Plays
      4. Now Playing
      5. Playlists
      6. [Your Name]
      7. Settings ()
    12. Mail
    13. Maps
      1. Meet Maps
      2. Map Views
      3. Streetside
      4. Searching the Maps
      5. Directions
      6. Favorites
      7. 3D Cities
      8. Offline Maps
    14. Microsoft Solitaire Collection
    15. Microsoft Store
    16. Microsoft Wi-Fi
    17. Mixed Reality Portal
    18. Mobile Plans
    19. Movies & TV
    20. Office
    21. OneDrive
    22. OneNote
    23. Paint 3D
      1. Artistic Tools
      2. Other Tools
    24. People
      1. Importing Addresses from Online Accounts
      2. Creating Address Cards Manually
      3. Editing an Address
      4. Linking Contacts
      5. Pinning a Contact
      6. The People Panel (My People)
    25. Photos
      1. The Five Tabs of Photos
      2. Playing with Photos
      3. A Very Smart Search Box
      4. Slurping in Photos from a Camera
      5. Video Slideshows
      6. “Edit & Create”→ Edit
      7. “Edit & Create”→ Draw
      8. “Edit & Create”→ Add 3D Effects
      9. “Edit & Create”→ Animated Text
      10. Slapping a Photo onto the Lock Screen or Desktop
      11. Selecting Photos (to Share or Delete)
    26. Settings
    27. Skype
    28. Snip & Sketch
      1. Capturing the Screenshot
      2. Editing the Screenshot
      3. Settings
    29. Sticky Notes
      1. Creating Notes
      2. Deleting Notes
    30. Tips
    31. Video Editor
    32. Voice Recorder
    33. Weather
    34. Windows Accessories
      1. Character Map
      2. Internet Explorer
      3. Math Input Panel
      4. Notepad
      5. Paint
      6. Print 3D
      7. Quick Assist
      8. Remote Desktop Connection
      9. Snipping Tool
      10. Steps Recorder
      11. Windows Fax and Scan
      12. Windows Media Player
      13. WordPad
      14. XPS Viewer
    35. Windows Administrative Tools
    36. Windows Ease of Access
      1. Magnifier
      2. Narrator
      3. On-Screen Keyboard
      4. Windows Speech Recognition
    37. Windows PowerShell
    38. Windows Security
    39. Windows System
      1. Command Prompt
      2. Control Panel
      3. File Explorer
      4. Run
      5. Task Manager
      6. This PC
      7. Windows Administrative Tools
    40. Xbox
      1. The Guided Tour
      2. Game Streaming
      3. Screenshots and Game DVR
    41. Your Phone
  14. III. Windows Online
  15. 9. The Edge Browser
    1. The Start Page
    2. The Address/Search Bar
      1. Searching the Web
      2. Adding Google
      3. Entering an Address
      4. Scrolling Edge
    3. Tabbed Browsing
      1. Tabs: The Missing Manual
      2. Tab Previews
      3. Set-Aside Tabs
    4. Favorites (Bookmarks)
      1. The Favorites Bar
    5. History List
    6. Mark Up Your Web Pages
      1. Save a Web Note
      2. Send to Your Fans
      3. Close
    7. Cortana Meets Edge
    8. Edge as PDF (and Ebook) Reader
    9. Tips for Better Surfing
      1. Bigger Text, Smaller Text
      2. Online Photos
      3. The Reading List
      4. Memorized Passwords, Forms, and Credit Cards
      5. Sharing Pages
      6. Reading View
      7. The Download Manager
      8. Stop Autoplay
      9. Printing Pages
      10. The Keyboard Shortcut Master List
  16. 10. Mail
    1. Setting Up
    2. The Amazing Expand-O-Window
    3. Checking Email
      1. Focused Mail
    4. What to Do with a Message
      1. Filing or Deleting Batches of Messages
      2. Message Folders
      3. Moving Messages
      4. Searching
      5. Writing Messages
    5. Settings Fun
      1. Manage Accounts
      2. Manage Subscriptions
      3. Personalization
      4. Automatic Replies
      5. Focused Inbox
      6. Message List
      7. Reading Pane
      8. Default Font
      9. Signature
      10. Notifications
      11. Everything Else
  17. 11. Security & Privacy
    1. Windows Security (the App)
      1. Virus & Threat Protection
      2. Account Protection
      3. Firewall & Network Protection
      4. App & Browser Control
      5. Device Security
      6. Device Performance & Health
      7. Family Options
    2. Five Degrees of Web Protection
      1. Privacy and Cookies
      2. History: Erasing Your Tracks
      3. The Pop-Up Blocker
      4. InPrivate Browsing
      5. Do Not Track
    3. Hotspot Security
    4. Protect Your Home Wireless Network
    5. Family Features (Parental Controls)
      1. Setting Up Family Features
    6. Privacy from Windows
      1. General
      2. Speech, Inking, & Typing
      3. Diagnostics & Feedback
      4. Activity History
    7. Privacy from Your Apps
      1. Location
      2. Camera, Microphone, Contacts, Calendar…
  18. IV. Hardware and Peripherals
  19. 12. Tablets, Laptops & Hybrids
    1. Battery Saver
      1. Battery Detective Work
    2. Trackpad Settings
    3. Getting Online
      1. Connecting to a Wi-Fi Hotspot
      2. When You Can’t Get On
      3. Memorized Hotspots
      4. Commercial Hotspots
    4. The Mobile Hotspot
      1. Sharing a Cellular Connection
      2. Sharing an Ethernet Connection
      3. Sharing a Wi-Fi Connection
    5. Find My Device
    6. For Hybrid PCs Only: Tablet Mode (Continuum)
      1. Manual Tablet Mode
      2. Auto-Tablet Mode
    7. The Onscreen Keyboard
      1. Keyboard Settings
    8. Handwriting Recognition
      1. Fixing Mistakes
      2. Training Windows to Know Your Handwriting
    9. Windows Ink Workspace
    10. Controlling Your PC, Long Distance
      1. Quick Assist
      2. Virtual Private Networking
    11. Three Obscure Mobility Features
  20. 13. Printing, Fonts & PDFs
    1. Installing a Printer
      1. USB Printers
      2. Network Printers
    2. Printing
      1. Printing from Microsoft Store Apps
      2. Printing from Desktop Programs
      3. Printing from the Desktop
    3. Controlling Printouts
    4. Printer Troubleshooting
    5. Fancy Printer Tricks
    6. Fonts
      1. Managing Your Fonts
      2. The Fonts Folder
    7. PDF Files
      1. Opening PDF Files
      2. Creating PDF Files
    8. Faxing
    9. Scanning
  21. 14. Hardware & Drivers
    1. External Gadgets
      1. USB Ports
      2. USB-C
      3. Other Jacks
      4. Connecting New Gadgets
      5. Troubleshooting Newly Installed Gear
    2. Bluetooth Gadgets
    3. Driver Signing
    4. The Device Manager
      1. The Curse of the Yellow ! Badge
      2. Updating Drivers
      3. Roll Back Driver
  22. V. PC Health
  23. 15. Maintenance, Speed & Troubleshooting
    1. The Action Center
    2. Windows Update
      1. What to Do if a Minor Update Glitches Your Computer
      2. Prevent an Update from Reinstalling Itself
      3. Installing Updates
      4. Uninstalling a Major Windows Version
    3. Troubleshooting Tools
      1. Windows Troubleshooters
      2. The Diary of Windows Crashes
      3. Reliability Monitor
      4. Startup Items Revealed
    4. Resetting (Erasing) Your Computer
      1. Reinstall Windows, Leave Your Files
      2. Erase Your PC Down to Windows Itself
    5. Windows Recovery Environment
    6. Two Obscure Speed Boosts
  24. 16. Backups & File History
    1. System Images
      1. Make the Image
      2. Restore the Image
    2. System Restore
      1. Turning on System Restore
      2. Manual Restore Points
      3. Performing a System Restore
      4. Turning System Restore Off
    3. File History
      1. Set Up File History
      2. File History Options
      3. Recovering Files
    4. The USB Recovery Drive
      1. Using Your Recovery Drive
  25. 17. The Disk Chapter
    1. Storage Sense: More Gigs, Yours Free
    2. What’s Eating Up Your Disk
    3. Hard Drive Checkups
    4. Disk Management
      1. Change a Drive Letter
      2. Partition a New Drive
    5. Encrypting Files and Folders
      1. Using EFS
      2. EFS Rules
    6. Six Disk Utilities You’ll Rarely Need
  26. VI. The Windows Network
  27. 18. Accounts (and Signing In)
    1. Local Accounts vs. Microsoft Accounts
    2. Accounts Central
      1. The Types of Accounts
    3. Adding an Account
      1. Adding a Family Member
      2. Adding Someone Else
    4. Editing an Account
      1. Changing the Account Type
      2. Changing Picture, Password, or Microsoft Account
      3. Settings You Change Online
    5. Seven Ways to Sign In
      1. Creating a Picture Password
      2. The Four-Digit Passcode (PIN)
      3. Face Recognition
      4. Fingerprint, Iris
      5. Eliminating the Password Requirement
    6. After You’ve Signed In
      1. You Get the Accounts Screen
      2. You Zoom Straight to the Desktop
      3. You Get the “Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete to Begin” Message
    7. The Forgotten Password Disk
    8. Deleting or Suspending Accounts
    9. The Guest Account
    10. Fast User Switching
    11. Authenticate Yourself: User Account Control
    12. Kiosk Mode (Assigned Access)
      1. Kiosk Mode Setup
      2. Running Kiosk Mode
    13. Advanced Features Worth Mentioning (Maybe)
  28. 19. Sharing Files on the Network
    1. File Sharing 1: Nearby Sharing
      1. Nearby Sharing Setup
      2. Sending a File with Nearby Sharing
    2. File Sharing 2: “Share a Folder”
      1. Advanced Folder Sharing—and Disk Sharing
      2. Notes on File Sharing
      3. Hiding Folders
    3. Accessing Shared Folders
    4. Sharing Between Macs and PCs
      1. Share PC Folders, Open on the Mac
      2. Share Mac Folders, Open on the PC
    5. For Further Study
  29. VII. Appendixes
  30. A. Installing & Upgrading to Windows 10
    1. The Upgrade to the May 2019 Update
    2. The Clean Install
    3. The Windows 10 Setup Assistant
    4. Jobs Number 1, 2, 3…
    5. The Installation Flash Drive
      1. Create the Flash Drive
      2. Install from the Flash Drive or DVD
  31. B. Master List of Keyboard Shortcuts & Gestures
    1. General Windows shortcuts
    2. File Explorer
    3. Taskbar
    4. Touchscreen (Tablet mode) gestures
    5. Virtual desktops
    6. Managing windows
    7. Languages and keyboard layouts
    8. Inside apps
    9. Edge browser
    10. Photos app
    11. Dialog boxes
    12. Game Bar
    13. Ease of Access
    14. Magnifier
  32. Index

Product information

  • Title: Windows 10 May 2019 Update: The Missing Manual
  • Author(s): David Pogue
  • Release date: May 2019
  • Publisher(s): O'Reilly Media, Inc.
  • ISBN: 9781492057291