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Windows 10

Windows 10 is our University operating system. If you still use Windows 7, you'll be migrated this year.


Are you a staff member that's recently upgraded to Windows 10?

Read more about getting started with your Windows 10 Staff Desktop

Learn your way around the Desktop

The main parts of the desktop that you'll need are shown below:

  • Start Menu, to get to your apps, sign out, change settings and power off
  • Action centre, to see incoming emails and carry out quick actions
  • Cortana, to quickly locate files and apps
  • Desktop background, where you'll find your shortcuts

Start Menu

Apps, settings, files—they can all be found on the Start menu. Just select the Windows icon on the taskbar. You can personalise it pinning apps and programs, or moving and regrouping tiles.

Read more about the Start Menu

Action Centre

The new action cenre is where you'll find app notifications and quick actions. Change your settings at any time to adjust how and when you see notifications and which apps and settings are your top quick actions.

Reda more about action centre


New features built-in to Windows 10

Microsoft have introduced new ways to interact with your computer with Windows 10. We've picked out a few features that can help you work more efficiently.

Focus Assist

This allows you to avoid distracting notifications when you need to stay focused.

Find out more ways to minimise distractions in Windows 10.


Sometimes it's easier to remember when you were working on something, not where you saved it.

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Use Cortana to help you with tasks like setting reminders and searching your files or the web. The more you use Cortana, the more personalised your experience will be.

Read the Cortana guide at


Multiple desktops are great for keeping unrelated, ongoing projects organised, or for quickly switching desktops before a meeting.

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