Windows 10 is Microsoft’s flagship operating system and has been on the market now for several years. Windows 10 has been adopted by a large section of the population, due to it’s design, and there is the faster speed over its predecessor, the much-maligned Windows 8. However, whether you are a seasoned Windows 10 user, or someone new to the OS, you are bound to run into some major annoyances. In this article, we will identify those annoyances, and how to cure them.
Default Printer Changing
Have you noticed that every so often the default printer on your computer keeps changing? No, you are not losing it, because it is happening, but why? Microsoft in their infinite wisdom decided to put in a feature that they thought we would all just love. It is the ability to let Windows manage our default printer. But Windows already does that when I right click and set as default printer right? You would think that, but both of us would be wrong.
If you right click on the Start flag, and go-to Settings/Devices/Printers, you will see all your printers listed. If you scroll down near the bottom you will see the following option:
Uncheck this box and then make sure to select the printer you want to be your default. Now you may be thinking, “Well I just have one printer, so it shouldn’t be a problem in the first place.” You would think that, but I have seen on many computers, even with just one printer connected, that it would change to “Microsoft XPS Writer”, or some type of PDF printer, and seemingly at random times. Even with multiple printers connected, and you printing to the same one all the time, I have seen it switch. My best advice, turn this feature off.
Default Browser Is Microsoft Edge
Microsoft Edge is the browser that comes with Windows 10. To give some context, Microsoft decided to totally redesign its browser that they bill as much faster than Chrome and Firefox. I am not going to get into that debate, but suffice to say, Edge is the browser of the future for Microsoft.
Having said that, one of the great annoyances any new user of Windows 10 immediately notices is, you click the blue “E” thinking you are launching Internet Explorer, but you get Edge instead. Also, when clicking links in emails, they open in Edge instead of IE. Even more infuriating is opening PDF documents, they open in Edge, because like Chrome, it has a built in PDF viewer. One of the big issues with Edge is, while many sites work just fine with Edge, there are a lot of them that do not display properly while using that browser. So how do you change all of this?
Going back through a similar path, right click the Start flag/Settings/Apps/Default Apps, you will see an option like this:
When clicking on the “Web browser” section this window opens and you can select whichever browser you would like to be default. When you do attempt to switch from Edge, Microsoft will once again try to get you to try Edge. Simply click “Switch Anyway”, and you are off to the races. While you are on this same screen, you might want to scroll a little further down, click “Set Defaults by App”, and then make sure Adobe is your default PDF viewer. There! You’ve just conquered one of the biggest annoyances of Windows 10.
I am not against notifications from apps, and especially at my computer where I spend most of my day. However, with Windows 10, it seems that there is a notification for just about everything. If you are like me, and constantly seeing the notification box popping up with it’s little chime in the lower right corner of the screen, and it’s annoying the heck out of you, please read on and we will fix this.
First, the easiest thing to do is to right click on the notification balloon on the taskbar, and then click “Turn on quiet hours.” That will stop all notifications. However, what if you are needing notifications, like from Outlook, and other apps? Well, fortunately you can customize that too.
Go back into Settings as before, but this time in the search box, type in “Notifications”, and then click “Notifications and Actions settings”.
From there you can actually select individually what you want notifications on, and what you can live without. This is going to greatly reduce the seemingly non-stop notifications that come throughout the day.
Time To Explore On Your Own
These are just a few annoyances that affect most people, but you may have others. Since you are in the Settings section, maybe you can explore around for yourself and see what else you can do to minimize the disruptions. Most of using a computer, especially a new one, is about finding out where things are. Once you do, you will become more proficient at using a computer. While these annoyances may have drove you crazy up until now, you now can rid yourself of those pesky things and enjoy your Windows 10 machine more!