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Windows 10 At Work For Dummies

Published: October 5, 2015

Overview

The fast and easy way to get up and running with Windows 10 at work

If you want to spend less time figuring out Windows and more time getting things accomplished, you've come to the right place. Covering Windows 10 and packed with time-saving tips to help you get the most out of the software, Windows 10 At Work For Dummies offers everything you need to get back precious hours of your work day and make Windows work for you, rather than against you.

This full-color, all-encompassing guide breaks down the most common Windows tasks into easily digestible parts, providing you with illustrated, step-by-step instructions on everything you'll encounter in Windows 10. From setting up your desktop with your favorite apps to finding the files and applications you need—and everything in between—this hands-on, friendly guide takes the headache out of working with Windows.

  • Provides over 300 tasks broken into core steps
  • Provides easy-to-follow answers to all of your Windows questions
  • Illustrates the new features of Windows 10
  • If you're a time-pressed professional looking to find answers to all of your Windows-related questions, this is the one-stop resource you'll turn to again and again.
The fast and easy way to get up and running with Windows 10 at work

If you want to spend less time figuring out Windows and more time getting things accomplished, you've come to the right place. Covering Windows 10 and packed with time-saving tips to help you get the most out of the software, Windows 10 At Work For Dummies offers everything you need to get back precious hours of your work day and make Windows work for you, rather than against you.

This full-color, all-encompassing guide breaks down the most common Windows tasks into easily digestible parts, providing you with illustrated, step-by-step instructions

on everything you'll encounter in Windows 10. From setting up your desktop with your favorite apps to finding the files and applications you need—and everything in between—this hands-on, friendly guide takes the headache out of working with Windows.
  • Provides over 300 tasks broken into core steps
  • Provides easy-to-follow answers to all of your Windows questions
  • Illustrates the new features of Windows 10
  • If you're a time-pressed professional looking to find answers to all of your Windows-related questions, this is the one-stop resource you'll turn to again and again.
Windows 10 At Work For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Windows 10 comes jam-packed with features. Here are shortcuts and tips for using the keyboard, mouse, and Ribbon to get fast access to the most commonly used commands. You'll be commanding Windows 10 in no time!

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Windows 10 Articles

How to Enable Network Discovery and Configure Sharing Options in Windows 10

Network discovery is an underrated and often misunderstood feature that allows Windows 10 to find other computers and devices on a network. This feature is automatically turned on when you’re connected to private networks like the one in your home or workplace but turned off when you’re connected to public networks that shouldn’t be trusted and when you don’t allow your PC to be discoverable on those networks.

Enable network discovery

If your Windows 10 computer or device can’t view other computers on the network, two things are probably at fault: You either assigned the incorrect network profile (public instead or private), or network discovery is turned off for some reason. Here’s how to activate network discovery in Windows 10 for your active network profile:
  1. Open Settings.

    The Settings window appears.

  2. Click Network & Internet.

    Your network and Internet related settings are shown.

  3. In the panel on the left, click either Wi-Fi (if you’re connected to a wireless network) or Ethernet (if you’re connected to a network using a network cable).

    A window with settings for your network appears.

  4. Find the Related setting section on the right, then click Change Advanced Sharing Settings.

    The Advanced Sharing Settings window appears.

  5. Expand the network profile currently assigned to your network connection.

    It is marked with the words “current profile” on the right side of its name.

  6. In the Network discover section, select “Turn on network discovery.” Also, check the box that says “Turn on automatic setup of network connected devices.”

    Turning on network discovery.
  7. Click Save Changes.

  8. Close the Settings window.

You don’t ever want to enable network discovery when you’re connected to public networks. So, if you’re connected to a public network like those in airports and cafes, be sure to set the profile to Public.

Enable file and printer sharing

When you’re connected to private networks, Windows 10 automatically turns on the File and Printer Sharing setting. In this way, you can easily share folders, files, and printers with other computers and devices in your network. However, if your network administrator adjusts this setting, you may need to manually turn it on or off, depending on your needs. Here’s how to activate the File and Printer Sharing setting in Windows 10 for your active network connection:
  1. Open Settings.

    The Settings window appears.

  2. Click Network & Internet.

    Your network and Internet-related settings are shown.

  3. In the panel on the left, click either Wi-Fi (if you’re connected to a wireless network) or Ethernet (if you’re connected to a network using a network cable).

    A window with settings for your network appears.

  4. Find the Related setting section on the right, then click Change Advanced Sharing Settings.

    The Advanced Sharing Settings window appears.

    Accessing advanced sharing settings in Windows 10.
  5. Expand the network profile currently assigned to your network connection.

    It’s identified as “current profile.”

  6. In the File and Printer Sharing section, select Turn On File and Printer Sharing.

  7. Click Save Changes.

  8. Close the Settings window.

If you’re connected to a public network like those in airports and cafes, be sure to assign Public as the profile for that connection. Also, don’t enable the File and Printer Sharing setting when you’re connected to public networks.

Enable public folder sharing

The Public folder is located on your hard drive in C:UsersPublic. All user accounts registered in Windows have access to it. That’s why it’s named Public. Any file and folder found in C:UsersPublic is completely accessible to all users on the computer. Depending on your network sharing settings, this folder and its contents can also be accessed by all other computers and devices that are part of the same network. To turn on Public Folder Sharing, follow these steps:
  1. Open Settings.

    The Settings window appears.

  2. Click Network & Internet.

    Your network and Internet-related settings are shown.

  3. In the panel on the left, click either Wi-Fi (if you’re connected to a wireless network) or Ethernet (if you’re connected to a network using a network cable).

    A window with settings for your network appears.

  4. Find the Related setting section on the right and click Change Advanced Sharing Settings.

    The Advanced Sharing Settings window appears.

  5. Scroll down and expand the All Networks category of settings.

  6. In the Public Folder Sharing section, select Turn On Sharing So Anyone with Network Access Can Read and Write Files in the Public Folders.

    Turning on Public Folder Sharing.
  7. Click Save Changes.

  8. Close the Settings window.

Enable password protected sharing

When Password Protected Sharing is turned on, only people who have a user account and password on your computer or network domain (in the case of business networks) can access shared files and printers attached to your Windows 10 computer or device, as well as your public folders. It’s a good idea to avoid disabling Password Protected Sharing, but you may need to do that in some situations, such as when you want to give other people access. To turn on Password Protected Sharing, follow these steps:
  1. Open Settings.

    The Settings window appears.

  2. Click Network & Internet.

    Your network and Internet-related settings are shown.

  3. In the panel on the left, click either Wi-Fi (if you’re connected to a wireless network) or Ethernet (if you’re connected to a network using a network cable).

    A window with settings for your network appears.

  4. Find the Related setting section on the right and click Change Advanced Sharing Settings.

    The Advanced Sharing Settings window appears.

  5. Scroll down and expand the All Networks category of settings.

  6. In the Password Protected Sharing section, select Turn On Password Protected Sharing.

    Turning On password protected sharing.
  7. Click Save Changes.

  8. Close the Settings window.

Windows 10 Articles

How to Set Up a Proxy in Windows 10

A proxy server is an intermediary between your Windows 10 PC or device and the Internet. This server makes requests to websites, servers, and services on the Internet for you. For example, say that you use a web browser to visit www.wiley.com and your browser is set to use a proxy server. After you type www.wiley.com, the request is sent to the proxy server. The server then sends the request to the server where the website is hosted. The homepage of the Wiley website is returned to the proxy server which, in turn, returns the homepage to you.

One reason companies use proxy servers is that doing so helps them save precious bandwidth. Proxy servers can compress traffic, cache files and web pages from the Internet, and even strip ads from websites before they reach your computer. This allows companies to save bandwidth, especially when they have hundreds or thousands of employees accessing mostly the same popular websites (such as CNN or The New York Times). Other benefits include improved security and privacy.

Set up a proxy using an automatic configuration script

By default, Windows 10 is set to automatically detect proxy settings. However, this may not work when you’re connected to your company’s business network. One way to set up a proxy is to specify a script address that is given to you by the network administrator or by the company’s IT department. When using a configuration script for a proxy server, note that its address is similar to a URL (the address of a website), such as http://my.proxy.server:8000/. To set a proxy using an automatic configuration script, follow these steps:
  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click Network & Internet.

    The list of network- and Internet-related settings appears.

  3. Click Proxy.

    The list of available proxy settings appears.

  4. In the Automatic Proxy Setup section, set the Use Setup Script switch to On.

  5. Enter the script address as it was given to you; then click Save.

  6. Close Settings.

    Setting up an automatic proxy configuration script.

To disable the proxy, follow the same steps and, at Step 4, set the Use Setup Script switch to Off.

Set up a proxy manually

Another way to set a proxy is to manually enter its IP address and port number. The address of a proxy server is similar to that of any computer on the network, and it could be something like 192.168.1.211. The port can be any combination of up to four figures. It can be any combination of digits, including 80 or 8080, depending on how its administrator(s) set it. The IP address and port of your company’s proxy server are given to you by the network administrator or by the company’s IT department. Here’s how to set a proxy manually in Windows 10:
  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click Network & Internet.

    The list of network- and Internet-related settings appears.

  3. Click Proxy.

    The list of available proxy settings appears.

  4. In the Manual Proxy Setup section, set the Use a Proxy Server switch to On.

  5. In the Address field, type the IP address.

  6. In the Port field, type the port.

  7. Click Save; then close the Settings window.

    Setting up a proxy server manually.

To disable the proxy, follow the same steps; at Step 4, set the Use a Proxy Server switch to Off.

Windows 10 Articles

How to Use Quick Access in Windows 10

When you start File Explorer in Windows 10, it displays Quick Access, where you see a list of the folders you browse most frequently and the files that you recently accessed. This list changes over time as you use different folders.

Pin folders to Quick Access

You can always pin the folders and libraries that you want to access as quickly as possible to Quick Access. Here’s how to do so:
  1. Open File Explorer (folder icon on the taskbar).

  2. Navigate to the folder that you want to pin to Quick Access.

  3. Select that folder by clicking on it.

  4. Click the Home tab on the Ribbon.

    The Home tab is shown.

  5. In the Clipboard section, click the Pin to Quick Access button.

    The selected folder is now listed in Quick Access.

    The Pin to Quick Access button in File Explorer

You can also pin a folder by right-clicking it and selecting Pin to Quick Access in the right-click menu.

Unpin folders from Quick Access

To unpin a folder from the Quick Access section, open File Explorer and follow these steps:
  1. Click the Quick Access section.

  2. Right-click the folder that you want to unpin.

    The right-click menu appears.

  3. In the right-click menu, click Unpin from Quick Access.

    The selected folder is no longer listed in Quick Access.

    The Unpin from Quick Access option in the pop-up menu

Change the position of the Quick Access Toolbar

The Quick Access Toolbar is located at the top-left corner of the File Explorer window. You can see it highlighted below.
The Quick Access Toolbar
By default, this toolbar contains only three buttons: one for accessing the properties of the selected file or folder, one for creating a new folder, and a down-pointing arrow that opens a menu that you can use to configure the Quick Access Toolbar. One of the menu’s options is to change the Quick Access Toolbar’s position so that it’s below the Ribbon rather than above it. Here’s how:
  1. Open File Explorer.

  2. In the Quick Access Toolbar, click the down-pointing arrow.

    The Customize Quick Access Toolbar menu appears.

  3. In the menu that appears, click Show Below the Ribbon.

    The Quick Access Toolbar is now below the Ribbon.

    The menu for the Quick Access Toolbar

To place the Quick Access Toolbar back at the top of the Ribbon, follow the preceding steps and, at Step 3, click Show Above the Ribbon.

Add buttons to the Quick Access Toolbar

You can make the Quick Access Toolbar more useful by adding more buttons to it; for example, the Undo, Redo, Delete, and Rename buttons. In File Explorer, follow these steps for each new button that you want to add:
  1. In the Quick Access Toolbar, click the down-pointing arrow.

    The Customize Quick Access Toolbar menu appears.

  2. In the menu that appears, click the function you want to add to the Quick Access Toolbar (such as Undo, Redo, or Delete).

    Adding buttons to the Quick Access Toolbar