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Using Windows 10

Quick user guide

Please note, some of the tips below relate to Staff PC's only.

Logging into the System

  1. Switch on your PC
  2. Wait for the Lock screen to appear
  3. Press [Enter]
  4. Enter password
  5. Press [Enter]
    You will now proceed to the Start Menu

Please note the following information relates to Staff PC's
Note: After logging in, the system will remember the last person to login and only a password will be required.

If you were not the last person to login you can click other user at the bottom left of the login screen and enter your username and password.

The Windows Start menu

To get to the Start menu select the Start button in the lower-left corner of the screen.
You can also open the Start menu by pressing the Start button on your keyboard. This button can be used to open programs, search for items, shut the computer down and many other activities.

Shut down/Restart the system

  1. Click on the Start button
  2. Click [Power] option directly above the start button
    then select an option
    Right click on the Start button and select an option

To logoff

  1. Click on your Name/Photo option above the Power option
  2. Select Sign out option.

Finding an application

Click start

Available applications are listed in alphabetical order to the right of the [Power] button. Use the scroll bar to move through the list.

To open an application in the list:

  1. Click on the application
  2. The application will automatically open on the desktop.

Pin your favourite applications - STAFF PC

For fast access to the things you use the most you can create a tile on the Start menu or pin an application to your taskbar.

To create a tile:

  1. To place an application on the Start menu as a tile you can drag and drop it
    Right click on the application and select Pin to Start

To pin an application to your taskbar:

  1. Right click on the application in the list
  2. Select More
  3. Select Pin to taskbar

Items pinned to the task bar will be displayed as an icon at the bottom of the screen.

Deleting tiles and deleting applications from the taskbar - STAFF PC

To remove a tile, Right Click on the tile and select Unpin from Start

To remove an application from the taskbar Right Click on the application and select Unpin from taskbar

Adding a printer - STAFF PC

Network printers can be added via the Start Menu.

  1. Click [Settings] option directly above the [Power] option in the Start menu
    A new window will appear
  2. Select Devices
  3. Select Add a printer or scanner
  4. Click the appropriate printer
  5. Click on Add device
    if the printer required is not listed continue to step 6
  6. Click The printer that I want isn't listed
  7. Select the 'Select a shared printer by name option' and enter the printer location and name into the box
  8. Click Next
    If the printer location and name is unknown continue to step 9
  9. Select the 'Find a printer in the directory based on location or feature' option
  10. Click Next
    A Find printers window will appear
  11. Add a name or location in the appropriate field
    Note: the * can be used as a wildcard if you only know part of a name or location
  12. Click Find now
    A list of printer matches will appear
  13. Select the required printer and click OK
  14. If appropriate select the default printer option
  15. Click Finish

To alter the tile size

  1. Right click on the Tile
  2. Select Resize option
  3. Select the required tile size from the drop down menu

To alter menu & toolbar text size

If you want to adjust text in menus and toolbars you can do this via the Display option in Settings.

  1. In the Settings option on the Start menu select System
    A new window will appear
  2. Select Display option
  3. Move the bar under Change the size of text, apps, and other items to your preferred setting
  4. Click Apply
    You will need to log off in order to apply the change

Accessibility features

Additional functionality is available within Windows 10 to help users who may have trouble using their computers normally.

  1. In the Settings option on the Start menu select Ease of Access
    A new window will appear
  2. Select the option you wish to amend.

Commonly used options are also available from the login screen. Select the Ease of Access button in the lower-right corner to see them

Changing your password in Windows 10

If you want to change your password you can do this on a Windows 10 machine before you logon. Password self-service is available by clicking on "Sign-in options" beneath the box where you enter your password.

When you click on this link, two key icons are displayed.

Select the right hand key to change your password:

Then select the "Open UWE Password Manager" option.

After logging out of Password Manager you can return to the logon screen by selecting the left hand key:

Don't forget that when you change your password on your PC or laptop, you must also change it on any of your mobile devices.

If you haven't set up your security question and answers in Password Manager already you should do this as soon as possible. You can do this here.  You should also read the guidance on changing your password.

Beneath "Open UWE Password Manager" on the screen you will see "Usage Policy".

This link will take you to the UWE information policies that are in place. Policies are important as they define what you can and cannot do for the benefit and protection of systems and users. All staff and students should read and abide by them. 

If you have any questions, you can contact the IT Service Desk via email at or call them on 0117 328 3612 or internal extension 123. 

Useful contacts

IT Service Desk
Telephone - Internal: 123, External/Mobile: 0117 32 86312
Email -

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