Windows 10

Windows 10 Quick Reference Guide


Customizing Your Desktop

You can add program icons to your desktop for easy access.

  1. Click the PISD Apps folder on your desktop to open Windows Explorer.
  2. Double-click a folder to open it.
  3. Right-click on the application you would like to see on your desktop.
  4. Click Create Shortcut, OR click and drag the program to your desktop.

Getting to Your Desktop Quickly

You can hover-over the "Show Desktop" button (small rectangle, just to the right of your clock) to peek at the desktop.
Click it minimize all programs and go immediately to your desktop
Show Desktop

You can also hold down the Windows flag key on your keyboard and press the space bar OR
Hold down the Windows flag key and press the letter D (for desktop)
Window + D


Start Menu

Click the Windows Start button in the lower left-hand column of your screen. Windows Button

The Windows 10 Start Menu is the gateway to access your apps, documents, and settings. It contains three sections:
Left: Important items such as Account, Settings, and Power options.
Middle: List of all apps in alphabetical order.
Right: App tiles that are pinned such as Word, etc. Staff can pin tiles to their Start menu; students cannot.

Start Menu

Customizing the Start Menu

Pin to

If there is a program that you use frequently, you can pin it to the Start Menu so you don't have to search for it each time you use it.

  • Find the program in the Start Menu and right-click its title.
  • Click Pin to Start Menu and it will remain in the Start Menu until you choose to remove it.

You can also use this same procedure to pin a favorite program to the taskbar.