Good day Trinidad and Tobago and the rest of the internet. Today I want to demonstrate 11 useful features of Windows 10 Creators Update. This is how this update was described in their announcement
“We believe that everyone is a creator at heart and that creativity is an essential human trait. And, no matter who you are, Windows 10 is built to empower the creator in all of us.”
• Picture in Picture Mini View
For apps that support this feature (like the video player), you can minimise that app in a mini window that stays above your active windows.
• Night light
Search for night light in settings. Night light is designed to show warmer colours and reduce blue light to reduce eye strain and help you sleep better. You have the option of scheduling when night light comes on. Created this illustration to give you an idea of what it looks like because screen recording does not capture this.
• Paint 3D
Search for Paint 3D in the start menu. Create 3D objects and scenes with a simple to use interface. With the Remix 3D community you can share your creations or repurpose shared creations.
• Custom colours under personalisation
We are no longer limited to specific colours for the desktop background or window accents.
• Privacy dashboard
Setup now includes a privacy dashboard that is simple and easy to understand. These settings can also be changed later in Settings. This is designed to make us comfortable that we have control of what we share with Microsoft and third parties.
• A new Windows Defender Security Center
This is described as a new experience that is easier for you to view and control the security protections you choose
• Dynamic Lock
For dynamic lock to work you need to first pair your phone with your computer. Once your phone is not within bluetooth range your computer automatically locks within a minute or so. You can test this by turning off bluetooth on your phone and waiting.
• Start menu folders
You can now group tiles into folders just like you could have on windows phone
• Storage sense
The options are limited but I expect it will be expanded in the future. This allows Windows to automatically free up disk space.
• Troubleshoot menu
Now you have access to the troubleshooting dialogs from settings without being prompted to run them.
• Windows + G and screen capture
Not new to Windows Creator but worth a mention here. Simply press the Windows key and G and the Gaming Bar appears. You can use it to quickly video record a screen with mic audio although it does make you check that it is a game being recorded.
I have links to Microsoft’s website for most of these features in the description below. Remember you can easily find settings by doing a search in settings.
Software used to create video – Vegas movie studio
OBS Studio for screen capture
Side note – Wanted to record some screens in Virtual Box but discovered that there was no option to boot from USB. You have to hack it.
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