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We are now going to just have a little overview of the Windows system settings, just so you know where to adjust things. If you go down to the Windows start button at the bottom, go to the cog icon with settings and it is the top-left. These are the system settings. So the first one here is the display settings, a lot of these you shouldn't really have to change, but you can change over the way the computer works, you can look at the scale, and if you notice a lot of these here, they say recommended after it. I would suggest that you would leave those as they are unless you have a reason to change the settings because you will find that the whole computer display won't look quite as good if you do not leave them as they are. Now, you can have multiple displays on computers, you might well have two screens, and for that, you can plug another screen into your computer if it is compatible and it has support and then you can hit detect and then that will detect the second screen. With the multiple displays by detecting them, you can decide which one is the left screen and which one is the right screen so that when you move your mouse across the screen, it goes on to the right screen, it does not go off or the right screen and then jump over the left-hand side on the other screen.

Down the left here, there are some other settings that are worth looking at, the sound settings, this is how your computer, your master volumes and you can look at how the sound comes out and the microphones as well. So you can preset lots of things there. Notifications, this is how your computer can notify you of things and also, it will tell you, like down here, show notifications in a lock screen, so if your computer is off, you can even make it pop up with some notifications if it is trying to tell you something. The power and sleep button is to save energy and also save screen, it depends on what you set it to. So if it is plugged in and you just walk away from your computer, do nothing with it, you can change the amount of time before it goes to sleep, so this is preset at 20 minutes, you can change it to an hour, two hours, whatever, so let's just leave that on 20 minutes. And when plugged into the PC, you can then set it to not go in. So, these settings are quite important if you are dealing with a laptop because if you have a laptop and you just walk away from it and the screen stays on the whole time, there will only be so much battery you have got. So on laptops, you will see different settings, so that you have got settings while it is plugged into the mains and also when it is running on battery power.

So, these are sort of settings under the power and sleep section. The storage one here will then open up and this just shows you the sort of stay and play of your storage at the minute, how much space you have got free and what apps are using, what amounts of storage on your computer. So this one look different on yours, but you can just see different levels of gigabytes here of where the data is. So, if you start to find your computer, this bar across here is getting quite close to the end, you need to then start removing some data off your computer. Don't have to destroy it, there might be some stuff that you just don't need anymore, but you can file this away onto a cloud or an external drive. Sort of things that do fill our computers are lots of downloads and lots of images, so if you are backing up all your photos onto your computer, it might well be worth using one of the cloud storage facilities and there are lots of them out there that you can use that automatically back your pictures up directly to the cloud. They are not held on your phone or your computer, but you can easily access them if you need to.

Download left here, there are lots of other settings you can adjust on here, whether you are projecting the images onto this PC. Some of these are quite advanced settings, you won't really need to work with, but one just worth looking at is the clipboard. Now, the clipboard is where you can take screenshots and you can copy stuff and what it does here, you can have different settings. So, this here in history, you can have multiple images on the clipboard and use them, or you can just have a single one, so you can turn that on or you can off and you can sync across other devices, which means if you copy something with your computer, then you can then paste it on your laptop. So that's something else you can do and also down the bottom here, you can just clear everything just by hitting this button. There was nothing on it this minute, that's why it is grey. So, these are all the main settings, again, be careful if you are adjusting any of those settings, just to make sure that you are doing the right thing. And if you are unsure, then write down what you are changing, what it used to be and then when you change it, if it does what you want, great, if not, you know exactly where you've come back from.