Learn how to use Windows 10 for beginners lesson 2
Lesson 2 File explorer and downloading programs
Next in learn how to use windows 10 for beginners is downloading a program, installing a program and learning file explorer. When you first get a new computer, many people will download a web browser or their favorite program right away. I will go through how to download a program and how to avoid getting unwanted bloatware. Bloatware is a added or extra program that can change your computers features sometimes without your approval.
Downloading a program
In Windows programs or apps can give you many features from a antivirus to video editor to your favorite game. The first thing to do to download any program is to make sure you are connected to the internet and once you are we will open a web browser in this case I will assume you just set up your new computer so we will open Microsoft edge. We will install google chrome or Mozilla Firefox for this example, both are a good alternative web browser. After we install it we will be setting it as your default browser so it will open up by default when you go to the internet for any reason.
Open Microsoft edge in the taskbar system tray it will look like a blue wave icon.
If you get a pop up from opening Microsoft Edge for the first time you can ignore it or choose to continue.
Now you want to decide which browser you want google chrome or Mozilla Firefox.
Once decided type in the one you decided in the search the web bar in the middle of the current page you’re on or the search engine you are on.
Hit enter or search and one of your first options is going to be where you can download your browser.
Open the webpage.
Once opened again click on download now or download link on the webpage for the new browser of your choice.
You will notice in the top right of the screen a popup stating you downloaded a file.
Click on it to open it up and install the new browser.
Follow through the installation steps to install the new browser.
Some installers will try to install bloatware or additional programs and features that you did not choose. In the next steps I will show you how to avoid installing additional bloatware, viruses, extensions etc.
Avoid installing bloatware
When you install any program, it is very likely you can also install additional programs that you don’t want, these are called bloatware or adware. Sometimes you may have noticed your browser has changed or maybe you noticed you have a new search engine that you didn’t want. Many times, you may have a new homepage on your browser that you did not want in the first place. I will go over how to avoid falling for these traps so your computer can stay clean and operate how you want it.
All these extra programs are hitch hikers that are part of many installation programs here is how you avoid them.
When you install any program always read the steps in the installer and always look for any check boxes. Read the text next to the checkbox if there is one, usually it is an additional program or browser add-on that will be installed if you do not uncheck the box.
Sometimes installers will have terms and conditions that you must agree to and then after you agree to them and additional agreement that looks like terms and conditions a second time, almost always if there is a second one it is new terms and conditions for a second program. Read the top section of the terms and conditions and it will describe if it is for a different program than the one of your choosing. You can decline the second terms and conditions to avoid the second program from getting installed. Notice in the picture below the checkbox and the decline option.
Some installers have a drop down that says more info or more options and many times they will be hiding additional information with a check box that will install an additional program or browser add-on.
In summary, read installers carefully and you are much less likely to get any unwanted programs on your computer.
Set default web browser
Now that we installed a new web browser like Firefox or Google chrome we want to set it as the default. This will make the new browser open up when we click on shortcuts on the desktop.
Click on the start menu.
Click on settings icon on the far left.
Click on Apps.
Click on defaults on the left-hand side.
Scroll down to web browser.
Click on it and choose the new web browser you just installed or the browser of your desire.
Click on switch anyway if there is a pop up.
Using and understanding file explorer
File explorer gives you access to all your files and your entire hard drive. Understanding how to use it can help you organize your files, pictures documents and make your computer the way you want it. I will show you how to understand file explorer, navigate file explorer, organizing your files, make a desktop shortcut and many more features.
Located on the taskbar is the file explorer
Understanding file explorer
File explorer has multiple sections, let’s go over each one and its purpose. The main file explorer areas that we will discuss are file list, the left pane and the ribbon.
The file list is the middle section of file explorer, this section shows you all your files for the category folder you are looking at.
The left pane is one of the main ways you navigate through file explorer. You will see some of your main important folders under quick access section of the left pane, you can also add more important folders of you choosing to the quick access bar as well. This PC on the left pane will give you full access to manually find any file on your entire hard drive.
The Ribbon area will have options to control and manage your files. In the Ribbon you will have all the options to control your files, you can copy your files, move, delete and many other options in this section.
Navigating in file explorer
The most common place to navigate through file explorer is the left pane. To open any folder, you double click on them.
When you move your mouse over folders on the left pane you will notice a small right arrow or small down arrow. These arrows represent opening and closing a folder. A down arrow means that the folder is open a right arrow means the folder is not open. When you click on these arrows they will open and close.
The most common folders to navigate to will be the documents folder, pictures folder, downloads folder and This PC.
The document’s folder is where all your word documents will save to by default.
The pictures folder is where all your photograph’s will be saved to by default
The download’s folder is where all your files are downloaded off of the internet will be downloaded to by default. For example our web browser downloaded to this folder. This is great to know because it is a common question. When I download my files from the internet where do they go? The download’s folder.
Folders are the same thing as folders in real life in a folder you can store your documents or pictures. In a computer you can store any type of file in a folder including a entire program. You should see in the download folder the browser file we downloaded earlier in the tutorial.