Welcome to the Configure Desktop Settings with Custom Start Menu, Task Bar, Toolbars and Notifications Practice Lab. In this module, you will be provided with the instructions and devices needed to develop your hands-on skills.

Learning Outcomes

In this module, you will complete the following exercises:

  • Exercise 1 - Configure Start Menu Settings
  • Exercise 2 - Customize Task Bar Toolbars and Notifications

After completing this lab, you will be able to:

  • Customize Start Menu
  • Manage Task Bar settings
  • Customize Toolbars and Notifications

Exam Objectives

The following exam objectives are covered in this lab:

  • Configure desktop settings - Configure and customize Start Menu, configure Task Bar settings, configure toolbars, configure notifications

Lab Duration

It will take approximately 45 minutes to complete this lab.

Exercise 1 - Configure Start Menu Settings

Microsoft has brought back the Start menu in Windows 10 with more customizable features and live tiles. Start menu can be resized dynamically with a simple click and drag action. In addition, live tiles contain apps such as News and Weather which provide an at-a-glance view of current events and local weather conditions.

Windows provides two Start menu settings namely: global Start menu folder that applies to any Windows user that will log on to the computer. The other is the personal Start menu folder that can be customized by a user as needed.

In this exercise, you will view the contents of the global Start menu and make modifications to a folder called Startup. You will likewise learn how to manage the personal Start menu folder of a user account.

Exercise 2 - Customize Task Bar, Toolbars and Notifications

Windows 10 gives the user the flexibility to customize settings on the taskbar, create custom toolbars and turn on system notifications as required on their respective computers.

In this exercise, you will learn how to edit an exported Start layout XML file and customize the file to include pinned apps on the Windows taskbar.

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