With the stock market proving more volatile than a late-night Trump tweet, it’s a good time to keep an eye on your shares. But you don’t have to dive into Google to find out how your stocks are faring. You can check share prices without even leaving the Windows desktop. Here are a few ways to do it.
How to check share prices in Windows
The recently upgraded Cortana search bar in the bottom left of the Windows 10 desktop is perfect for this job. Type: “Apple share price”, for instance, and you’ll get an instant stock quote appearing over the top of your screen. Click back on any other part of the screen, and the window disappears, allowing you to immediately resume whatever you were doing in the first place.
In fact, you don’t even need to go to the bother of typing your stock market query if you’ve got a microphone on your PC and Cortana enabled. Simply yell, “Hey Cortana, Microsoft share price” and she’ll read aloud the current price of your chosen stock, with the same little graph embedded in the Cortana window.
You can also have a dashboard showing the current price of selected stocks embedded in the Windows start menu.
Go to the Windows Store and download the free MSN Money app. Once the app is installed, you can add your chosen stocks to the app’s watchlist, but you can also put a tile on the start menu showing the live price from an individual stock. Click on your chosen stock in the MSN Money app and you should see a pin icon at the top of the screen (as shown below). Click on that and it will pin a tile showing that stock’s price to your start menu.
The background to the tile goes green if the share price is climbing and red if it’s tumbling. So if you click on the Windows start button and see a sea of red, prepare to eBay the car.
You can click on the share price tiles and drag them to wherever you want on the start menu.
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