Windows 10 Cheatsheet

The new staff laptops, currently in use at MDL and BE, and soon to be rolled out at the other KCSD schools, use Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 10. As such, the KCSD Technology Department has prepared an easy to use (I hope) reference. As always, please refer all Windows 10 questions to the Technology Department Helpdesk 610-444-2551 or submit a work order under the Training category.

 1-  Log in Window- The main log in window has not changed from that seen in Windows 8.1 (the Acer laptops). Simply log in using your username (first initial, last name) and your password. Please remember: do not give out your password to anyone!

  2- Start Button- Just like with Windows 8.1, the Start button is the key to opening up applications. Left-clicking with either the trackpad mouse or a usb mouse brings up an application menu. Gone, however, are the prominent application tiles of Win 8.1. The tiles has been replaced by an application list. If you want to create a tile, on most applications you can right-click on the application and select ‘Pin to Start’.

Win 10 Start button


 Left-click with the trackpad or mouse brings up this application menu

  • Left-clicking on the down arrow to the right of the application name opens a sub-menu.

Left-click on down-arrow opens a sub-menu

  • You can also select ‘More’ from the right-clicked and select several other options, as well as ‘Uninstall’. Uninstalling an application, however, requires administrator privileges.

Right-click on application opens the ‘More’ menu

  • Right-clicking on the Start button opens up a more technology-driven menu. However, from this menu, you can go back to the desktop from an open application,sign out, or shut down the laptop. You can also select ‘File Explorer’; from File Explorer, you can access Desktop and/or Documents files.

 3- Taskbar- The taskbar is located at the bottom of the display screen and contains shortcuts to applications. The taskbar also keeps track of all running applications.

Located next to the Start Button is an icon that looks like a magnifying glass. This is a search function, and a fairly good one. Just click on the icon, type what you are looking for, and search for applications, files, and settings.

Search Icon

The left side of the task bar is reserved for icons that are representative of applications i.e., shortcuts to applications. The right side of the taskbar is reserved for shortcuts to utilities, i.e., battery life, network (wired or wireless) accessibility, audio status, etc. The current date and   time are also displayed.


Left-side of taskbar                             Right-side of taskbar

  •  You can launch applications from either desktop icons, the Start menu, or from the taskbar.
  •     Hovering the mouse over any taskbar icon will disclose the identity of the application.
  •     To close an application from the taskbar, right-click on the taskbar icon and select ‘close  window’.
  •     You can rearrange icons on the taskbar by clicking and dragging the icon into the desired position.

4-Creating a new folder on the desktop

To crate a new folder on the desktop, right-click on any blank space (anywhere where there is no icon) on the desktop and select ‘New’—-‘Folder’—‘Enter’.

Select ‘New’—‘Folder’—-‘Enter’

5-Projection and Display Issues

By our experience, the problem most teachers experience is duplicating the image they see on their laptops with that shown on their projector. If, when you plug in either the VGA or HDMI cables into their respective ports and do not see the image on your laptop projected, then:

Simultaneously press the Start + P buttons. A menu will appear on the right side of the desktop. Select ‘Duplicate’. The image on the laptop will be projected.

Press Start + P keys

Select ‘Duplicate’

6-Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts

Okay-we know you’re busy. So why not save some time by using Windows keyboard shortcuts! Just click on the link below:

The Ultimate Guide to Windows 10 Desktop Shortcuts