Resizable Window, Tablet Mode and Navigation in Windows 10

This article explains the Resizable Window, Tablet Mode and Navigation terminology in Windows 10.

As we know, the final release date of Windows 10 has been announced by Microsoft as 29 July, 2015. There are many new things introduced by Microsoft in Windows 10. These new changes make Windows 10 more perfect, more reliable and more robust when compared with the previous versions of Windows. It is the final version of Windows and after Windows 10 there wiil be no new versions. If there will be a need, then the changes will be introduced in this version of Windows. There are many new things introduced in Windows 10, such as the Start menu is back, a new browser is introduced, the Windows Store has a new flavor and many more. Here I will explain the Modern Apps in Windows 10.

We know that if we have a group of users and they have used Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 then we have often heard complaints about them. That complaint is the common theme for every user. The other problem in previous versions of Windows is related to the navigation. It is easy to move when we are using a touch screen, but at the desktop where we use a mouse and keyboard, problems occur.

Resizable Window

Now a modern app runs with resizable windows that can be dragged around the desktop. Here we can also use it just like a Windows desktop application. There is another option to minimize the Taskbar. As we know, the work on Windows 10 is still in its completion phase, so the final design of modern apps are not yet finalized. Before Windows 10, Windows apps only ran full screen, but now it will also run in resizable windows. For that, go to the modern app settings and use the Hamburger menu. Here the name is Hamburger menu because the three vertical lines resemble a stylized window and also manages the flat patty between the two flat buns.



Figure 1: Resizable Windows in Windows 10

Navigation

As we know, navigation is important for moving from one window to another window. In Windows 8 Microsoft also introduced a "hot corner". A hot corner is a navigation technique that is no longer supported by Windows 8. Windows 10 provides the feature of a task view. Here you need to choose the application that you want to open. All the currently running applications will be shown in the thumbnails. If you are using a touch screen device then Windows 10 provides you the feature of a swipe. Here first swipe to the left for opening the Task view and then you can choose the app. If you are using a mouse and keyboard device, then use the Windows key + Tab key to get to the Task view.



Figure 2: Task view Navigation

Here you have seen the four windows in the Navigation process. These windows are running currently in your system. Windows 10 improved the Aero snap behavior that is found in Windows 7. Windows 10 provided a good thing here, you can snap a window into one side, where it consumes half of the screen. For this, enable navigation in your window. Just right-click on the tour task bar, click on the properties, here in the tabs you have the Navigation option, just check the corner navigation checkbox.



Figure 3: Navigation

Tablet mode

Windows 10 provides a feature to choose the appearance of your window depending on your tablet mode or simple mouse and keyboard manner. For using the tablet mode here are the instructions.

Go to the notification icon that is available at the right site of the task bar, when you open it there is an option for tablet mode.


Figure 4: Tablet mode

Now click on the tablet mode, here your tablet mode is activated. If you again want to switch to the desktop mode, follow that process. In the tablet mode you have seen many changes in your windows. After activating the tablet mode your start menu will be in the maximized mode. Here your search box will shrink and you will only see the Cortana searching icon. Now every app will run in full screen mode, so these are the basic changes in the tablet mode and normal PC mode.

I hope that resizable windows, tablet mode and the new method of navigation will make Windows better and more robust compared with the previous versions. These features make Windows cool and easier to use. Here users will have many options to manage things depending on their requirements. So wait until 29 July, 2015 to enjoy the journey of Windows 10.