Microsoft kills Charms, Action Center lives up to its name in Windows 10

Charms in Windows 8

Charms Windows 8

If you have used Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, then you know what I am speaking about. Charms helps you do the things you do most often, and Microsoft rightly referred to it as five charms – Search, share, start, devices, and settings.

But for most of the users, it isn’t a charming experience using it, especially due to the lag and fishing kind of approach to launch it while using a mouse. To launch Charms, one has to swipe from the right edge of the screen on a touch screen or move the mouse to the bottom right corner of the desktop and wait for a second or so for charms to appear.

Obviously, it ought to be killed, and Microsoft rightly did so, because Windows 10 is all about desktop and tablets, not just for tablets like Windows 8 did.

Windows 10’s New Action Center

Action Center is not new for Windows, it existed in Windows 8 too, but it is hardly rememberable because it was not really doing any useful day-to-day actions like WiFi, Network Connection, Display, etc. But in Windows 10, Microsoft really revamped it with lot of handy features for quick access.

Action Center and Notifications can be launched by a single click/tap on the taskbar icon near the clock. At the top of the menu, Windows shows important notifications, and the bottom of the menu has all the action items – Tablet mode, Display, Connect, All settings, Location, Rotation Lock, VPN, and WiFi.

Windows 10 Action Center

Windows 10 Action Center

1. Tablet mode toggles between the desktop mode and tablet mode, and what it does is it turns ON/OFF start menu for desktop mode and tablet mode respectively.

2. Display lets you control display settings of your computer like screen brightness, resolution, and other such customizing options.

Display Settings in Windows 10

Display Settings in Windows 10

3. Connect lets you to wirelessly access audio and video devices that support technologies like Bluetooth and Miracast. Windows will find nearby Miracast devices and Bluetooth speakers, allowing you to connect easily.


4. Settings is a new app introduced in Windows 10, and according to Microsoft is still under development. Using this app you can manage your device and things like your display, network, and account settings. Unlike in Windows 7/8, the new settings app is all icon-based, therefore optimized for touch and easy locating. If that’s not enough in finding your settings, you can also use search within the app to find the setting you want.

New Settings App in Windows 10

New Settings App in Windows 10

5. Location panel lets you to configure the location settings with the ability to control settings at individual user level or system wide level.

Location Settings Windows 10

Location Settings Windows 10

6. Using Rotation Lock, you can simply toggle between locking the screen orientation in portrait or landscape mode, for portable devices.

7. VPN for quick access to adding and configuring your virtual private network connection.

VPN Settings in Windows 10

VPN Settings in Windows 10

8. WiFi icon takes you to the usual Wireless network connection settings to join and configure a WiFi network.

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Kiran Kumar

Hi there! Kiran Kumar is an Engineer by profession, and loves blogging primarily on Microsoft Windows operating system and also enjoys reviewing software and products. Currently, he is exploring Windows 10 and you will see a lot of articles on know-how about it. When he is not writing for TWP, he enjoys time with his Family, listens to lot of music, enjoys Biking, and occasionally plays racing games on Xbox One.