The latest major Windows update brought some new tricks for your browser, Start menu, and more. Here are ways to take advantage of them.
In are Windows 10 update, October It started rolling out to desktops, laptops and 2-in-1s late in the month and will now be available for you to download. You can also use this trick to download Windows 10 for free if you still haven’t upgraded from Windows 7. When you update your device, you will find several important new features to help you get the most out of the new operating system.
Upgrading as soon as the update is available will make your computing life easier and more secure. And at this point, as most of us still spend more time at home on our computers for work or play, every little thing that can make your experience better is a win in our book. Additionally, the update will prepare you for the upcoming Windows 10 spring 2021 update that looks like it is preparing the ground for bigger changes in the future.
Here are three of the best new features in the Windows 10 October 2020 Update (also known as version 20H2) and how to use them.
1. Microsoft Edge browser brings privacy improvements
Windows 10 Version 20H2 is the first release to ship with the refreshed Microsoft Edge browser by default. The browser is now built on Chromium, the open source foundation for Google’s Chrome browser, making it compatible with more websites than the old version.
There are other benefits too. The new Edge browser includes a privacy feature that tries to block sites that track you online, similar to Mozilla’s Firefox browser. A feature called collections allows you to gather information from different websites more easily while doing research.
How to use the new Edge browser privacy settings: You will use the new Edge browser in much the same way as any other browser. Go to the logo on your Taskbar or from the Start menu – the icon is a circular colliding wave of blue, green, and teal, similar to the old blue Internet Explorer “e” icon.
To set your privacy features, go to Settings> Privacy & services. You will see three options for tracking prevention: basic (allows most viewers), balanced (blocks trackers on sites you don’t visit – Microsoft recommends this), and Strict (blocks most viewers on all sites).
Click the lock icon to the left of the search bar to instantly control your privacy settings while using the browser. A box will appear informing you if your connection is secure, with options to check the site certificate, cookies in use and site permissions. You can also turn Tracking Prevention on or off and manage settings for all the sites you visit. If it is set to On, you will see the number of viewers the browser has blocked.
How to use the Collections feature of the Edge browser: When you go to a page you want to save, click the icon that looks like a “+” in a box to the right of the search bar. This will open the Collections panel on the right of your screen. Click Start new collection and rename as you wish. You can click Add current page to save the web page you are on. You can also click an image on the page and drag it into the collection, select and drag text, and add your own notes. To export your collection to Word or Excel, click on the three-point share and more icons at the top of the collection.
2. Customize your New Start menu
The classic Windows Start menu is refreshing in the October 2020 Update. The new design is more fluid and replaces the solid colored backplates behind the logos in your app roster with partially transparent backgrounds so the icons stand out more. The colors will also change depending on whether you are operating in light or dark mode.
How to customize the new Start menu: If you want to add an accent color, if you want your tiles to match your desktop theme, you can go to Settings> Personalization> Color and enable the accent color in Start, Taskbar, and action center.
3.Open all your tabs at the same time
With the update, you will be able to open all your tabs in Edge with a simple command, instead of just the active tab in each browser window. This makes it easy to get the full view of every window you open, rather than just one window. You can also configure it to show only your last three or five tabs or turn it off completely. However, it only works with the Edge browser, at least for now.
How to customize your tabs: Press Alt plus Tab to open all tabs in Edge at once. Go to Settings> System> Multitasking to configure your tab settings or turn off the feature. You will see a drop-down menu with options for what the Alt plus Tab can do.