Windows 10 Action Center user guide

hi I'm James and in this video I'm

taking a look at the Windows 10 Action

Center this is basically the replacement

for the charm bars which were in Windows

8 and 8.1 so you'll see if we go to the

top right corner of the screen we no

longer get the charm bars appearing

instead we have this little sort of

speech bubble icon down the bottom here

when we mouse over it it says no new

notifications but if we click on this

this brings up the Action Center and

there's sort of two sections the Action

Center at the top we have notifications

here and towards the bottom we have a

bunch of shortcuts to various things you

might want to interact with quickly on

your system and the notifications here

we can see we have one from mail which

is telling us we have a new email which

I've sent myself it will also show Skype

notifications if you receive messages on

Skype mail is using the built-in mail

application here but no doubt other

applications like Outlook will support

this in time we can also see here now if

I plug in the USB stick it's finger so I

haven't rejected this properly so we get

a notification appears for that as well

as appearing on the screen and if we

there we go we can see plugging it in

again we get our notification here and

then it is in the Action Center as well

so if we miss it we can get it back up

by viewing it in the Action Center

rather than it just disappearing forever

we can clear those messages out of the

Action Center as we don't want to know

anything more on those for now the

buttons down the bottom we can collapse

that to only show the four main buttons

here or we can expand it see the full

range of options and so first of all we

have tablet mode this which is Windows

10 into its tablet view so we see we get

the full screen start menu with the live

tiles and if we select any of the

applications on the system they even go

into something like notepad it acts as a

full screen application and if we

minimize it it takes us back to the

tablet interface

if we leave tablet mode we get our

traditional start menu back and we can

see notepad is still running but now we

can window it so that's really nice

feature for if you've got a convertible

system like the Asus Transformer book

t100 or a one of the Lenovo yoga systems

being able to switch between those two

interfaces means Windows 10 makes a lot

more sense of those kind of devices next

up we have the connect button and this

is for connecting to wireless display

modules and wireless audio devices so

I've done a video looking at this with

my miracast device I will put an

annotation in here so we can go and take

a look at that video if you're

interested in working with miracast and

other devices such as this in Windows 10

the note option then brings up one note

which is a nice note-taking tool

traditionally it's been part of an

office but certainly in this

installation of Windows 10 Pro it's

included out of the box even with our

office being still installed so that's a

nice addition and we can also with some

of these we have the option of

right-clicking and we can go to the

settings so we can make adjustments say

how tablet mode works or some of the

other areas the all settings bit simply

brings up the sort of main control panel

for Windows 10 the traditional control

panel is also available but a lot of the

options have moved to this new modern UI

style interface again I will be covering

sort of how to use this in another video

and I'll put an annotation here if you

would like to link through to that to

find out more next up we have the

battery saver option screen brightness

has been kept at 100% we can still

adjust that separately but battery saver

has been turned on again if we

right-click this and go into the

settings we can see about shaver

settings so how to automatically turn it

on this specially just to save power

with your system when you're running it

on the battery and quite common feature

now on phones as well nice to see it

being put in as a single click rather

than having to mess about with power

profiles VPN has slightly weird level of

prominence in here and by clicking this

we can in this case because I have no

VPN connection setup we can it just

takes us into adding one or if you have

some set up then it will quickly go

through to use those and quite strange

putting it into sort the main icons

section because certainly home uses

relatively few people use VPN it's more

of a business feature and we also have

Bluetooth and so if we select this

button we simply turn bluetooth on or

off if we right-click it and say go to

settings then we can manage our

Bluetooth devices the screen brightness

option here changes the screen

brightness in 25 percent increments

obviously cuz I'm coming through to a

capture card you won't really be seeing

any change here but it's affecting the

brightness on the laptop that I'm

running on at the same time and again if

we say go to settings we get to have a

look at these set the settings for the

monitor we also have a button here for

the wireless again this just turns the

wireless on or off but if we say go to

settings then we get more settings on

our wireless so managing the networks

around this and you also have the

wireless button here if you want to just

quickly connect to a network then we

have quiet hours now quiet hours so we

can see as before if we plug in our USB

device we get a notification if I now

enable quiet hours and clear the Action

Center there

now this should suppress the

notifications so rather than getting

pop-ups on the screen we can see there

are the two notifications here for the

USB device but we did not get these

appearing on the screen if we disable

this again unplug the device plug the

USB stick back in and we get the on

screen notification so that simply

suppresses the on-screen notifications

which and leaves them just to appear in

Action Center the location button turns

on and off location services and again

if we go to settings we can tweak those

more precisely to change which apps are

allowed to use them but that acts just

as a sort of global on and off and the

airplane button which disables Wi-Fi and

Bluetooth pressing it again turns them

both back on in a couple seconds there

we go

and again we have a go to settings

option which just takes us to sort of

the global airplane mode I hope you

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