Information Services Division


Navigating the Windows 10 desktop


The taskbar is located at the bottom of the screen. Right click on a blank area of the taskbar to access options for the Taskbar. Some of the features in the Taskbar are described below.

Desktop@UCL Windows 10 taskbar…

The Start Menu

Use the Windows Start Menu button at the left hand side of the taskbar to access to your applications and other tools.

Refer to Pinning items to your Start Menu and Taskbar to customise the Start Menu to suit your needs.

Desktop@UCL Windows 10 Start menu…

Account Settings and Power options

Select the Account Settings > Sign out, to log off the computer when you have finished using it.

DO NOT shut the computer down when you have finished using it. By signing out rather than shutting down, the computer will be readily available for the next user.

Desktop@UCL Windows 10 sign out…

Use the Power > Restart option if you need to restart the computer while you are using it.

Desktop@UCL Windows 10 restart…

Search Windows

Use Search Windows to the right of the Start Menu button to easily find to your applications and other tools by typing in your search criteria and selecting from the matching results.

Desktop@UCL Windows 10 search…

Task View

Use the Task View option to work with multiple virtual desktops on your screen and navigate easily between each.

Desktop@UCL Windows 10 Task View…

File Explorer

Use File Explorer to access the central Filestore @ UCL drives, e.g. N: (personal storage) and S: (department/shared group storage), as well as any removable storage devices e.g. USBs and CDs, that you are using.

Desktop@UCL Windows 10 File Explorer…

Web Browser

Some commonly used web browsers such as Chrome, Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox are already pinned to the Start Menu. You can also pin your frequently used browser(s) to the taskbar.

Desktop@UCL Windows 10 Web Browser…

Other applications

Pin other applications you frequently use e.g. Word, Excel, etc., to your taskbar.

Refer to Pinning items to your Start Menu and Taskbar to customise the taskbar to suit your needs.

Hidden icons, internet access, sound, Action Centre

Click on the chevron to access some hidden icons e.g. Safely Remove Hardware

Click on the internet access icon to manage your connections to the internet.

Click on the sound icon to manage the sound settings for your computer.

Click on the Action Centre to access some of your computer settings.

Desktop@UCL Windows 10 hidden icons…

Customising your desktop

There are a series of how to guides available to help you tailor your desktop to suit your needs: