April updates to Windows 10

As it only dropped onto your devices on April the 30th, it was a bit of a push to call it the April update, however, it is here now. What changes did this Spring creators update make to Windows 10 and how can you use them?

Windows Defender Notifications

Do you get annoyed with window defender popping up regularly to say, “hi, there scanned your PC and there are no problems”? Well, now you can supress the successful scan notification in the defender security settings.

Focus Assist

Whilst we are on the subject of notifications, have you found it annoying when you are trying to concentrate on a task and the windows notifications pop up, or worse during a gaming session! Previously this was called quiet hours. You will find the settings in settings-system-focus assist. This new setup is much more customisable and can also work when you are duplicating your screen during presentations.

Fonts

If you struggle with fonts on your desktop, then the system for changing them has also been tweaked. Pop into the personalisation section of the settings and you can install new fonts after previewing them. You could download them all in one go, however, they will take up a lot of space on your hard drive.

Dictation

Dictating to your pc has come a long way, and now might be the time to relook at using your voice to type. Most of us think nothing of dictating to our mobile phones, so why not spread this ease to your PC? You can dictate into reports and emails. Press the Windows key +ctrl +S. if your computer is set to English UK and Windows key +H if it is English US.

Timeline

The major change in this update is the task view has now changed to a timeline view. This will show you what you have been working on currently and over the past 30 days. As this also syncs with your Microsoft account you can sign into a different PC. Sign in, and pick up on where you left off.

Cortana

Cortana also got some improvements and can now tap into that timeline and make suggestions using that. Support for some smart devices has been added along with natural language control for apps such as Spotify.

 

We do hope you enjoy these new advances on Windows 10. Should you need assistance with any aspects of the operating system, please have a chat with us.