Windows 10 IQ test (Part 2)

We're back with round two to put your Windows 10 knowledge to the test.

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Still think you know a lot about Windows?

Windows 10 has been out for more than two years and, while it hasn’t caught on like wildfire, it’s certainly left lots of head scratching. As we barrel down the two-versions-per-year slalom slide, you’re going to need a cool head – and some cooler facts – to keep it going.

Part 1 of our IQ test is available here. Part 2 of our Windows IQ quiz has 10 more questions about the version that haunts us all – and maybe a few answers that will enlighten or amuse you. We’ll start with some easy ones, then gradually move into the deeper end of the IQ pool.

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Q 1) Windows 10 now has a white-on-black option known as the “Dark app mode.” Choosing Dark (Start > Settings > Personalization > Colors) under “Choose your app mode” will switch the following apps so they’re black in the background, with white text:

A.  Explorer

B.  Settings

C.  Action Center

D.  Edge

 

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Q 1) Windows 10 now has a white-on-black option known as the “Dark app mode.” Choosing Dark (Start > Settings > Personalization > Colors) under “Choose your app mode” will switch the following apps so they’re black in the background, with white text:

A.  Explorer

B.  Settings

C.  Action Center

D.  Edge

The switch only changes one frequently-used app: The Windows Settings app. The desktop doesn’t change, the old Control Panel stays the same, as do the Notification (“Action”) Center, (File) Explorer, and just about anything else you can mention –  although Photos changes, as do Calendar, Mail and a few others. Edge has a Dark theme, but you have to go into Edge to enable it. Same for Office.

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Q 2) When you move your mouse around the screen and scroll the wheel, the window under the mouse gets scrolled. What if you want the scroll wheel to work on the windows that’s active (the one with “focus”)? Can you change Windows to have the scroll wheel work only on the active window?

A.  No.

B.  Yes. Add a String Value to Registry key HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\DeviceDisplayObject\InterfaceClass\Shell\Mouse called InvertInactiveScroll and set it to 1.

C.  Yes, click Start > Settings > Devices > Mouse & touchpad and turn “Scroll inactive windows when I hover over them” to “Off.”

D.  Yes, click Start > Settings > Devices > Mouse & touchpad and turn “Scroll inactive windows when I hover over them” to “On.”

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Q 2) When you move your mouse around the screen and scroll the wheel, the window under the mouse gets scrolled. What if you want the scroll wheel to work on the windows that’s active (the one with “focus”)? Can you change Windows to have the scroll wheel work only on the active window?

A.  No.

B.  Yes. Add a String Value to Registry key HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\DeviceDisplayObject\InterfaceClass\Shell\Mouse called InvertInactiveScroll and set it to 1.

C.  Yes, click Start > Settings > Devices > Mouse & touchpad and turn “Scroll inactive windows when I hover over them” to “Off.”

D.  Yes, click Start > Settings > Devices > Mouse & touchpad and turn “Scroll inactive windows when I hover over them” to “On.”

 

Inactive windows scrolling has been the default in Windows 10 since the beginning. Windows 7 and 8.1 would only scroll the active window.

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Q 3) When you open a file with Notepad, and the first four characters in the file are .LOG, what does Notepad do?

A.  Notepad inserts the current time and date at the end of the file

B.  If there’s no other text on the first line, Notepad inserts the time and date at the end

C.  Adds a new line to the end of the file with the current time and date

D.  Adds a new line to the end of the file with the current time and date, and a carriage return

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Q 3) When you open a file with Notepad, and the first four characters in the file are .LOG, what does Notepad do?

A.  Notepad inserts the current time and date at the end of the file

B.  If there’s no other text on the first line, Notepad inserts the time and date at the end

C.  Adds a new line to the end of the file with the current time and date

D.  Adds a new line to the end of the file with the current time and date, and a carriage return

 

(It’s been that way since Windows 3.1.)

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Q 4) Many third-party apps and some Microsoft programs (e.g., the recent Office programs) allow you to change documents into PDF files. Windows now (finally!) can produce PDF files from most apps. How do you create a PDF in third-party apps, using Windows itself?

A.  Click File > Export > Create PDF/XPS document

B.  Click File > Print and choose the printer marked Microsoft Print to PDF

C.  In File Explorer, right-click on the file and choose Convert to PDF

D.  Click File > Save As and choose PDF from the filetype box at the bottom

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Q 4) Many third-party apps and some Microsoft programs (e.g., the recent Office programs) allow you to change documents into PDF files. Windows now (finally!) can produce PDF files from most apps. How do you create a PDF in third-party apps, using Windows itself?

A.  Click File > Export > Create PDF/XPS document

B.  Click File > Print and choose the printer marked Microsoft Print to PDF

C.  In File Explorer, right-click on the file and choose Convert to PDF

D.  Click File > Save As and choose PDF from the filetype box at the bottom

 

Various third party products work in all of these ways. Newer Office versions support A) and D). Some add-ons support C. But the only approach that works in all apps that use the standard Windows File Print dialog is method B).

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Q 5) Early versions of Win10 made it easy to turn off Cortana. Starting with the Anniversary Update, version 1607, can you turn off Cortana – at least the visible part?

A.  No.

B.  Yes. In the Registry key HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search, set a Dword value AllowCortana to 0.

C.  Yes, using Group Policy: Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Search > Allow Cortana and set to Disabled.

D.  Yes. Click on the orb on the left side of the Cortana Search box, choosing Settings (the gear icon) and changing Enable Cortana to Off.

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Q 5) Early versions of Win10 made it easy to turn off Cortana. Starting with the Anniversary Update, version 1607, can you turn off Cortana – at least the visible part?

A.  No.

B.  Yes. In the Registry key HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search, set a Dword value AllowCortana to 0.

C.  Yes, using Group Policy: Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Search > Allow Cortana and set to Disabled.

D.  Yes. Click on the orb on the left side of the Cortana Search box, choosing Settings (the gear icon) and changing Enable Cortana to Off.

 

Disabling Cortana is a touchy and subject, but you can get rid of most of her (its) presence by turning off the Search function, and defanging the Cortana search box. “C” is a correct answer, but only for Win10 Pro and Enterprise.

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Q 6) If you run the command shell:Downloads (right-click Start > Run), File Explorer opens in the current user’s Downloads folder. What happens when you run the command shell:CommonDownloads?

A.  Explorer opens in C:\Users\Public\Downloads

B.  Explorer opens in the Downloads Library

C.  Explorer opens in its default location (typically Quick Access)

D.  You get an error.

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Q 6) If you run the command shell:Downloads (right-click Start > Run), File Explorer opens in the current user’s Downloads folder. What happens when you run the command shell:CommonDownloads?

A.  Explorer opens in C:\Users\Public\Downloads

B.  Explorer opens in the Downloads Library

C.  Explorer opens in its default location (typically Quick Access)

D.  You get an error.

 

There is no Downloads Library, unless you explicitly create one. The shell command has many options.

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Q 7) If you run the command shell:Desktop (right-click Start > Run), File Explorer opens in the current user’s Desktop folder. What happens when you run the command shell:CommonDesktop?

A.  Explorer opens in C:\Users\Public\Destop

B.  Explorer opens in the Downloads Library

C.  Explorer opens in its default location (typically Quick Access)

D.  You get an error.

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Q 7) If you run the command shell:Desktop (right-click Start > Run), File Explorer opens in the current user’s Desktop folder. What happens when you run the command shell:CommonDesktop?

A.  Explorer opens in C:\Users\Public\Destop

B.  Explorer opens in the Downloads Library

C.  Explorer opens in its default location (typically Quick Access)

D.  You get an error.

 

Unlike the shell:CommonDownloads command, which is typed without spaces, shell:Common Desktop must have a space between “Common” and “Desktop.” I know, I know. It’s the hobgoblin of little minds.

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Q 8) When you click on the Windows icon in the lower left corner, by default you see icons for your User profile (it looks like your user picture, if you have one), Settings (the gear) and Power (on/off button). By going into Settings > Personalization > Start > Choose which folders appear on Start, you can add which additional icons?

A.  File Explorer, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, Videos

B.  All of A) plus HomeGroup, Network, and your \Users\<username> folder

C.  All of the above plus C:, OneDrive, and This PC

D.  All of the above plus Windows, Users, and Program Files.

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Q 8) When you click on the Windows icon in the lower left corner, by default you see icons for your User profile (it looks like your user picture, if you have one), Settings (the gear) and Power (on/off button). By going into Settings > Personalization > Start > Choose which folders appear on Start, you can add which additional icons?

A.  File Explorer, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, Videos

B.  All of A) plus HomeGroup, Network, and your \Users\<username> folder

C.  All of the above plus C:, OneDrive, and This PC

D.  All of the above plus Windows, Users, and Program Files.

There are 10 built-in icons (including Settings, which can be turned off), plus two that are required – Power and your User profile.

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Q 9) On the left side of the Start menu – above the Start icon – how do you add your own custom icons, in addition to the two required and 10 optional ones mentioned in the preceding question?

A.  You can’t.

B.  Right-click and drag a Start tile on top of the Start icon, hover, and drop it in the desired location

C.  In File Explorer, drag a shortcut or a program to C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

D.  In File Explorer, drag a shortcut or a program to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

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Q 9) On the left side of the Start menu – above the Start icon – how do you add your own custom icons, in addition to the two required and 10 optional ones mentioned in the preceding question?

A.  You can’t.

B.  Right-click and drag a Start tile on top of the Start icon, hover, and drop it in the desired location

C.  In File Explorer, drag a shortcut or a program to C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

D.  In File Explorer, drag a shortcut or a program to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

In Windows 10, there’s no way to customize the list of icons on the far left of the Start menu, nor is there a straightforward way to customize the text list of programs on the Start menu. If you long for the good old days, look at Start10 or Classic Shell.

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Q 10) Microsoft makes it easy to set up a Windows 10 PC with a Microsoft account, but difficult to set one up with a local account (which is to say, an account that isn’t registered with Microsoft – Microsoft now calls it an “Offline account”). Which of the following are true about Microsoft accounts?

A.  They make it easier for Microsoft to track you and your Windows usage.

B.  They allow Edge to automatically store and retrieve settings, when you log on to different machines.

C.  They automatically connect you to Mail, OneDrive, Photos, and various other Win10 apps whenever you log in.

D.  All of the above.

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Q 10) Microsoft makes it easy to set up a Windows 10 PC with a Microsoft account, but difficult to set one up with a local account (which is to say, an account that isn’t registered with Microsoft – Microsoft now calls it an “Offline account”). Which of the following are true about Microsoft accounts?

A.  They make it easier for Microsoft to track you and your Windows usage.

B.  They allow Edge to automatically store and retrieve settings, when you log on to different machines.

C.  They automatically connect you to Mail, OneDrive, Photos, and various other Win10 apps whenever you log in.

D.  All of the above.

From a customer’s point of view, there’s very little benefit to using a Microsoft account. (Note that Microsoft’s advertising id works independently of the Microsoft account.) To change an existing Microsoft account into a local “Offline” account see The definitive guide to privacy settings in Windows 10 Creators Update.