• A Simple Guide to the Windows 10 Fall Update

    November 27, 2018 | Blog
  • Check Out These Simple Improvements From the Windows 10 Fall Update

    October 2018 brought us the Windows 10 fall update. You might be putting off the download for fear of the unknown. For those who aren't fans of technological upgrades, it's best to know the facts before hitting install.

    If that resonated with you, you're in the right place, we've laid out the critical features here in this blog post. That way you can re-boot your laptop with complete confidence. Let's dive in!

    The 'Your Phone' App

    Windows 10 now offers an app called 'Your Phone.' This makes the smartphone integration feature way easier to set up. For example, desktop users can now utilize a shortcut to access the app.

    Plus, if your smartphone runs on Android 7.0 software (or any of the newer versions), you can use the 'Your Phone' app to text people from your PC- how neat is that?!

    Using the same feature, you can also directly access photos saved on your phone via your desktop.

    If you're an iPhone user, unfortunately, you can't access as many features. Apple has imposed restrictions on their devices which don't allow users to access these kinds of benefits.

    However, you'll be pleased to hear both iPhone and Android phones can access the 'Continue on PC' feature. From your smartphones share sheet, you can send a link from your phone to your computer.

    This allows you to access whatever you were looking at on your phone, to your desktop. Although this feature previously existed on Windows 10, the 'Your Phone app' enables you to access these perks quicker.

    Clipboard History and Sync

    We love the new clipboard features. A shortcut is now available. All you have to do is hold down the Windows key and the letter V simultaneously to access your clipboard.

    Plus, you can synchronize your clipboard's history for all your devices (should you choose to). To access this feature, click the icon on the clipboard popup.

    However, don't fret about synching sensitive data. You can stop Windows handling your passwords, credit card details, bank details, etc. via the same popup.

    SwiftKey

    If you're an Android user, you probably already know that SwiftKey is available on your smartphone. If you're a fan of this feature, you'll be pleased to hear this is now part of Windows 10.

    However, you can only access SwiftKey if you're using the following languages:

    • English (United States)
    • English (United Kingdom)
    • French (France)
    • German (Germany)
    • Italian (Italy)
    • Spanish (Spain)
    • Portuguese (Brazil)
    • Russian

    If you haven't heard of SwiftKey before, this software allows for more accurate autocorrections.

    It also helps predict the next word you'll need when you're typing. It does this by tracing and remembering the style and tone of your writing patterns. When utilized correctly, it can save you a lot of time!

    Font Installation

    Previous Windows software only allowed administrators to install fonts. From there, these typographies were established across the entirety of your network.

    Whereas, this fall update permits everyone to install fonts. Head over to the file explorer and right-click the font file you like the look of. Then hit "Install."

    From here you can choose to install it for either just your user account or for all the users registered on the system.

    However, if you want to make use of the latter, you'll need access to administrator privileges.

    Peruse Previews Using the Start Menu

    The Cortana search feature now enables you to sift through previews. These pop up as you begin typing what you're looking for. The preview pane appears and provides more info about whatever Windows has populated.

    For example the source of information, a small excerpt of what this piece has to offer, a relevant picture, etc.

    Better Screenshot Facilities Complete With Annotation Tools

    This fresh update offers a useful clipping tool, which comes in handy for taking screenshots of specific sections of your screen.

    After you've caught your screenshot, the Snip & Sketch tool allows you to edit and annotate it with ease. You can draw directly onto the snap, add text, insert arrows, and highlight elements you want to draw attention to.

    To access the clipping tool, press and hold the following keys simultaneously: Windows+Shift+S. This should prompt the updated snipping tool to spring open.

    Alternatively, you can find via settings. Hit 'Ease of Access' followed by 'Keyboard.' This causes the snip and sketch tool to appear automatically when you hit the 'Print Screen' key.

    Straightforward HDR Setup

    You can now enjoy new and improved 'Windows HD Color.' Access this under your settings by hitting 'System,' and then 'Display.'

    From there you'll find out whether your device is compatible alongside the high dynamic range and wide color gamut content.

    If your hardware is compatible, you can configure the updated HDR features onto your device via this same page.

    Hidden Window Borders

    The fall update prioritizes gray borders instead of colored ones. These fade smoothly into the shadows of the windows, allowing for a more sophisticated aesthetic.

    However, if you prefer a splash of color in your desktop design, you're able to keep the colored border windows. It's entirely down to your personal preference- so don't let that put you off installing the update!

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