Last Tuesday, Microsoft began rolling out the October 2020 update for Windows 10 – also known as version 20H2 – after testing it for several months, and once you install this update, you’ll find some new features that will help you make the most of your device.
The update is currently available for devices running Windows 10 version 1903 or later, and Microsoft has said: “It is Will roll out the update to all users gradually Over the coming weeks. ” This is to monitor the emergence of some errors, and to prevent the spread of problems among a large number of users’ devices.
To find out how you can install the Windows 10 update on your device, you can review the article: “How do you install the Windows 10 October 2020 Update?”.
Here are three of the most important new features in the Windows 10 October 2020 Update, and how to use them:
1- Improving the privacy features of Edge:
(20H2) is the first version of Windows 10 that automatically includes the new Microsoft Edge browser instead of the old version. When logging in to the system, you will be prompted to complete the new Edge setup, with no traces of the old browser visible.
The new Edge Browser version also includes a new privacy feature that blocks websites that track you across the Internet – similar to Firefox – to use them you can follow the following steps:
- After installing the Windows 10 update on your device, open Edge.
- Click on the three dots icon in the upper-right corner, then click on the Settings option.
- Click on the “Privacy and services” option, you will see three options to prevent website tracking: Basic (most tracking tools are allowed), Balanced (block tracking tools from websites that you have not visited, and Microsoft recommends this option), and Strict (block most tools Tracking from all locations).
- To check your privacy settings while using any site, you can press the lock icon located in the north of the search bar, where you will see many information telling you whether your connection is secure, with options to verify the site’s certificate, the number of cookies in use and the site’s permissions, and you can also switch Turn “Prevent tracking” on or off, and manage the setting for all sites you visit. If the option (Prevent tracking) is enabled, you will see the number of tracking tools that the browser has blocked.
2- Groups feature in Edge browser:
Edge browser supports another new feature called (Collections) that lets you easily collect information from different websites, organize it and export it to different files, or return to your search at a later time and start where you left off. To use it, you can follow the following steps:
- Once you go to the webpage you want to save, click on the square icon with a (+) sign next to the URL.
- This will open the groups menu on the right of the screen; You will see a title (New Group), click on it and rename the group to the name you want.
- Click on the option (Add current page) to save the web page you are viewing. You can also drag any images you want to save from the page itself to the group, or from any other page, as well as select and drag the text, and add your notes as well.
- To export any group into a Word or Excel file, click on the three dots icon at the top of the group, then click on “Send to Word”.
- A new Word file will open in the browser – in Office 356 – with the title of the group, and it includes all the elements that have been added to it, whether it is the addresses of web pages that you can click to open them, or texts, images or notes.
3- Customize the new Start menu:
Starting with the October 2020 update, the visual design of the Start menu in Windows 10 will change to become more streamlined, as Microsoft replaced the colored background boxes for icons in the application menu with partially transparent backgrounds, which helps to highlight the icons more, and the colors will also change depending on the operation Light or dark mode.
You can also customize the new Start menu by adding a color to highlight so that the boxes match the desktop theme, through the following settings:
- Go to the (Settings) page on your computer running Windows 10.
- Click on the option (Personalization) Personalization.
- Click on the Colors section in the left sidebar of the screen.
- Within the (choose your accent color) section; Check the box next to (Start, taskbar and action center).