The Apps settings allow you to work with the apps that are installed on the computer.

Apps and Features

The Apps and Features settings give you a list of all the applications that are installed on the system and allow the user uninstall, move or modify them.  You can search using the search or by scrolling down the list of apps.

There is information about each app under ‘advanced options’ such as battery and data usage, downloadable content and app add-ons. You also have the option to terminate, reset or uninstall the app here as well.

Default Apps

This setting give you the ability to decide which apps to use to check your emails,  view maps and photos on, listen to music and watch video on. You can also choose your default web browser here. If you click on Mail you will be given the list of options you can set as your default.

Offline maps

Offline maps are maps that you can download when you are not connected to the internet. Click the plus symbol to download a map of a country and / or region you want to see. Choose the map and download it.

Find the map you downloaded in the Map App in Windows 10 (Taskbar Search). Call up Maps and Search for the map you downloaded in the top right search bar of Map. Here you will be given an overview of the country you chose and you can access the map here including restaurants, attractions and other places of interest.

Apps for websites

This feature lets installed apps on your device take over when you visit the associated website. It is designed to simplify switching to the Windows app when you are browsing online.   

Apps will only appear on this list of available apps if you have installed them on you computer. You can choose whether you want the app to take over when you are browsing the associated website by the on/ off slider option.


Video Playback

Some apps use the video platform that is already built into Windows10. This include (UPW) Universal Windows Platform apps including Microsoft Edge, Photos and Movies & TV along with third party apps such as Netflix and Hulu.

This section allow you to change the HDR video settings and the display and batterery settings.  There is also the option to automatically enhance the video and lower the resolution of the video to save bandwidth.


This feature shows you the apps that open when you start up your computer. Here you have the choice of turning off some default apps especially if they slow your computer down and are not needed on start-up. The ‘sort by’ drop down will tell you which apps have a high impact on start up (ie. take longer to load).

If there is an app you want loaded on start up but does not appear on the list, you can add it by doing the following.

  • Select Start button on taskbar and scroll to the app
  • Right click the app and select ‘more’. Then choose ‘open file location’. If this option does not appear, then this app cannot open on start up.
  • When the file location is open, press the Windows logo key on your keyboard + R which will bring up a Run box in the lower left hand corner of your screen.  Type shell:startup and select OK.  This will open the Startup folder
  • Copy and paste the shortcut to the app from the file location to the ‘Start Up’ folder.
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