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Configuring Other Windows Settings

There are many other Windows system settings that you can configure. In most cases, the default settings work just fine and you don’t need to change a thing. However, you can change these settings, if you so desire.

You configure most of these settings from the PC Settings screen, which you get to by following these steps:

  1. Display the Charms Bar and click or tap Settings to display the Settings panel.
  2. Click or tap Change PC Settings.

The PC Settings screen offers a number of different tabs or panels. You display a given panel by selecting that tab in the left side of the screen, as shown in Figure 5.12.

Table 5.1 details the settings available on each tab.

Figure 5.12

Figure 5.12. The various tabs of the PC Settings screen.

Table 5.1. PC Settings Tabs




Configure the Windows Lock screen, Start screen, and account picture.


Change your account sign-in options and add new users to this computer.


Determine which apps can display notifications in Windows.


Determine which apps can be searched from within Windows, as well as delete your search history.


Choose apps to share and configure sharing display options.


Change system time, enable/disable app switching, configure spell check, change system language, refresh or reset your entire system, and configure advanced startup options.


Let apps use your current location, name, and account picture.


Configure system devices and add new devices to your system.


Configure your system's Wi-Fi connection.

Ease of Access

Configure accessibility options.

Sync Your Settings

Synchronize your system settings with other computers you might be using; also determines which settings to sync.


Configure sharing options for your home network.

Windows Update

Configure automatic downloading of system updates.

We discuss these settings as relevant throughout this book. Note, however, that you don’t need to bother with most of these settings—even though it’s good to know where they are, just in case!

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