Lock your Windows 10 PC automatically when you step away from it
If you forget to lock your PC or tablet when you step away, Windows Hello can use a phone that’s paired with your device to automatically lock it shortly after you’re out of Bluetooth range. To set things up, you’ll need to use Bluetooth to pair your phone with your PC and select the check box under Dynamic lock.
Make a donation with your Microsoft Rewards points
Did you know you can use your Microsoft Rewards points to make charitable donations? You’ll find different donation opportunities on the Redeem page. Once your donation is processed (in compliance with the Microsoft Services Agreement), Microsoft will make at least a quarterly donation on your behalf to the non-profit organization you’ve selected.
The Calculator app for Windows 10 is a touch-friendly version of the desktop calculator in previous versions of Windows, and works on both mobile and desktop devices.
You can open multiple calculators at the same time in resizable windows on the desktop and switch between Standard, Scientific, Programmer, Date calculation, and Converter modes.
Driver updates for Windows 10 and devices (such as network adapters, monitors, printers, and video cards) are automatically downloaded and installed through Windows Update.
While it’s likely you already have the most recent driver, if you’re having trouble with a device (you will have), you can try fixing it by updating the driver or reinstalling it. Here’s how:
Windows 10 can help you get connected in more places by offering plans to buy from the Store. When the Find paid plans for suggested open hotspots near me setting is turned on in Wi-Fi settings, you’ll be able to buy a paid Wi-Fi plan from the Store when a participating network is in range. When the setting is off, you won’t be offered plans from the Store.
Best Voice Recorder is an app for recording lectures, speakers, conversations, and other sounds. Hit the big Record button, and add markers to identify key moments as you record or play. Then you can trim, rename, or share your recordings, which are saved in Documents > Sound Recordings.
Like cats and videos, some things are just better together. Only Microsoft Edge has your personal assistant, Cortana , built right in. On pages where she can help, she’ll show up in the address bar with suggestions. Click her message, and she can help you to: Make plans for dinner out. On restaurant websites, Cortana can point you to hours, directions, contact info, and menus.
If you want to take advantage of scanning with Windows Defender, you have two ways. If you are using a different antivirus program, you can use Windows 10 Limited Periodic Scanning to periodically scan your PC.
For using Cortana, your region and language settings have to be aligned. Check the following list of regions where Cortana is available, and the corresponding language for each of those regions. Cortana is your digital agent. She’ll help you get things done in Windows 10. Check out this video, then open Cortana from the search box in the lower-left corner of your PC.
Microsoft Edge is the best browser that lets you take notes, write, doodle, and highlight directly on webpages. Then you can save and share your handiwork in all the usual ways. Make notes on recipes, send your partner “subtle hints” about birthday gifts, or just draw mustaches on celebrities—the web is your canvas.