Windows 10 FAQ

Windows Accessories

Windows comes with the usual sort of accessory programs to play around with and these are listed under Programs, Accessories and we have various utilities and programs to create documents, manipulate pictures, play sounds, games and so on. These programs are listed below with more information for the new stuff.


These tools can now be found in the Control Panel, Ease of Access section.

Magnifier Program allows those with sight difficulties, to magnify portions of the screen to make it more readable
Narrator Program to speak out selected text and buttons and whats on screen to you
On-Screen Keyboard Program to allow you to use the mouse to type in characters and numbers instead of the keyboard
Speech Recognition Use a microphone to speak into to control the computer

Windows Accessories

System Tools

Character Map Displays character set from given Fonts and allow you insert them in your documents for the hard to find characters
Internet Explorer The old style web browser (Edge is new the browser)
Private Character Editor Create and modify private character fonts.

Other Tools

Maths Input Panel Tool to allow entering of complex mathematical equations.
Notepad Simple text program to write notes or view log files, readme files and so on.
Paint Program to create or manipulate pictures or photos you have taken to your tastes
Quick Assist Enables two people to share a computer using a remote connection (Get or Give Assistance)
Remote Desktop Connection Program to allow users to remotely login to other computers which allow Remote Desktop connections (see System control panel).
Snipping Tool Program to grab portions of a screen, window, rectangle or free form areas into the clipboard to paste into another program.
Steps Recorder A program to record the steps to a file of a task performed. File saved as zip file containing a mht document.
Windows Fax and Scan A Program to create, send and receive facsimiles (fax). Requires a fax device e.g. fax/modem.
Windows Media Player Program to play audio and video multimedia files.
WordPad A simple word processor program to quickly write some documents. Does not have any advanced stuff such as Spelling, Mail Merge and so on for advanced Word Processors such as Word, WordPerfect, Works which are available seperately.

These tools do not appear in the menus (use Windows+R to run them):

CredWiz Credentials Wizard (backup or restore stored usernames and passwords)
Dialer Phone dialer tool
MdSched Memory Diagnostics
MsInfo32 System Information tool
Msra Microsoft remote assistance wizard
Netplwiz Network wizard (User Accounts)
Regedt32 Registry Editor
SigVerify Verify signature of files and drivers.
Sysprep System preperation for cloning of the hard disk.
VerifierGui Driver verifier tool


Windows Apps

3d Viewer View images in 3D and with animation
Alarms and Clock Set or view Alarm, clock, timer and stopwatch
Calculator Program to work out simple or complex calculations. It a scientific mode for more complex calculations.
Calendar Organise your events and meetings.
Camera Program to capture photos or video via your web camera
Clipboard View and shared items copied to clipboard with other applications.
Cortana Search, help and control (see Speech Recognition)
Dolby Access Activate Dolby audio for headphones, games, speakers etc.
Feedback Hub Send feedbakc any any apps to Microsoft.
Films & TV Buy or rent recent films or TV programmes
Get Help Use virtual agent to help you with your questions.
Groove Music Get and play music from your music collection or from the store
Mail Electronic Mail program
Maps Display map of local area, national or international locations
Messaging Display SMS messages from your mobile operator.
Microsoft Edge New web browser
Microsoft Store Browse and install new apps from the Store.
Mixed Reality Portal For Virtual Reality Headsets
Music Maker Jam Create music using multiple tracks. See tutorial
OneNote Make notes with free OneNote app
Paint 3D Create and modify 3D images
People Manage your personal contacts
Photos Display and manage your photos
Reading list app Add web page articles to a list for reference and access later
Settings Access Windows settings
Skype Download and run Skype for internet telephone and chat
Snip & Sketch Capture part of window or screen and modify it
Sticky Notes Create short notes and sync them across your devices
Tips Learn more about Windows and applications
Video editor Create and modify videos
Weather Display local weather forcast, maps, history and news
Windows Security Change threat protection, firewall, updates, backup features
XBox Console Companion Display and play installed games and view game information
XBox Game Bar Display video, audio and performance bars

Settings, Apps, Apps and Features, Optional features

Optional Feature Description
Graphics Tools Adds DirectX graphics tools support.
Internet Explorer 11 Web browser
Maths Recogniser Recognise complex math equations
Microsoft Paint Traditional paint package
Microsoft Quick Assist Allows MS support agents to connect to your device, share your screen to help you.
Microsoft WebDriver Updates Microsoft Edge browser
Notepad Simple text editor
OpenSSH Client OpenSSH based secured shell client
Print Management Console Manager printers from standard management console
Steps Recorder Record common used steps for specific takss
Windows Developer Mode Developer services for deployment, diagnostics and connectivity
Windows Fax and Scan Tools for managing facsimile messages and scanners
Windows Hello Face Allow authentication via camera using your face
Windows Media Player Music and video player.
Windows PowerShell ISE Powershell editor
WordPad Simple word processing app

Additional features can be accessed via More Windows Features link, which is normally accessible via Programs and Features control panel.

Control Panel