Windows 10 Tip: Four Ways To Customize The Start Menu

Windows 10 Start menu

Windows 10 has launched! Microsoft said 14 million computers were running Windows 10 after the first 24 hours, and Windows Central claims that the number had risen to 67 million computers after four days. If you’re interested, look around – there are hundreds of reviews and articles with descriptions of new features and tips for all types of users. […] continued

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Windows 10–The Best Version Of Windows Ever, Free

Windows 10 - free upgrade available July 29

Windows 10 will be released on July 29. You should look forward to it. It’s all good news. Microsoft has been working to combine the best features of Windows 7 and Windows 8 into a single new operating system. There is every reason to hope that Windows 10 will be the best version of Windows ever released. […] continued

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Use The Space Bar To Scroll Up And Down Web Pages

Use the space bar to scroll up and down web pages

Sometimes it helps to make sure you know some of the basic tricks. Here’s one that everyone should be using. It goes back to the dawn of computing, more or less.

When you’re viewing a long web page, hit the space bar to scroll down one screen.

Hit Shift + space bar to scroll up one screen. […] continued

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Windows 8 Tip: How To Delete PDFs Without Throwing Your Computer Out The Window

How to delete PDFs in Windows 8 and not go mad

Here’s a trick that may keep you from going crazy one day. I wish I’d known it before I gouged this nasty dent in the top of my desk with my forehead.

It’s such a simple thing. Open up File Explorer in Windows 8. Find a PDF that you don’t want. […] continued

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Create Installation Media For Windows 8.1

Create installation media for Windows 8.1

Microsoft has made it easy to download and create an install disk or USB drive for Windows 8.1. Now you won’t be stuck if you have to reinstall the OS from scratch for some reason and you can’t find the DVD that came with the system from the manufacturer.

The download site is here: Create Installation Media For Windows 8.1 […] continued

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Windows 8 Tip: How To Play DVDs In Windows 8

How to play DVDs in Windows 8

Windows 8 does not include built-in support for playing movies from a DVD. If you can’t play a movie, your options are different than you might expect.

It was easy with Windows 7. Windows Media Player isn’t a very good program but at least it can play a movie in Windows 7 when you pop a disk in the drive. […] continued

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Windows 8 Tip: Three Cool Wallpaper Tricks For Dual Monitors

Windows 8 dual monitors - different pictures for wallpaper

Here are three cool wallpaper tricks for Windows 8 users with dual monitors.

Set different pictures as wallpaper for each monitor

You can use two different pictures as wallpaper on your dual monitors. Like the best tips, this one is easy and not a soul knows about it.

  •  Right-click on the desktop and click on Personalize. […] continued

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Windows 8 Tip: Explore the Bing Apps (Soon To Be “MSN Apps”)

Bing Apps (soon to be MSN Apps)

Windows 8.1 includes six best-of-class apps designed to show off the Windows 8 full-screen Metro environment. Last week Microsoft announced that they will be rebranded as “MSN apps” and made available on additional platforms. Give them a look – each one is beautiful and packed with useful information. They’ve become part of my daily routine. […] continued

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Windows 8 Tip: Five Ways To Make Windows 8.1 Feel More Familiar

Windows 8.1 - update in Windows Store

By this time all Windows 8 computers should be running Windows 8.1, the update that is installed from the Windows Store. (If you’re not sure, this article will help you find out if you have Windows 8.1 and give you some tips about how to install it.)

The most significant changes to the interface in Windows 8.1 […] continued

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Windows Tip: Seven Shortcuts That You Don’t Know About

Windows tips - some shortcuts you don't know about

Sure, you’re a Windows power user, but there’s always room for a few new Windows tricks, right? Here are some little-known ways to speed things up. These tips work in Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Many of these tricks use the Windows key. That’s the key on the physical keyboard to the left of the space bar, usually between Ctrl and Alt. […] continued

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Windows 8 Tip: Install Windows 8.1 Now!

Install Windows 8.1 now!

If you’re running Windows 8, make sure you’ve upgraded to Windows 8.1. Everyone should be running Windows 8.1 and getting the benefits of the changes and updates that make Windows 8 far better than it was when it was introduced, especially for keyboard and mouse users.

Unfortunately the Windows 8.1 update takes a long time to install. […] continued

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Windows 8.1 Tip: Display Photos On Your Lock Screen

Windows 8.1 - display photos on your lock screen

Windows 8.1 can display a slide show of your photos on the lock screen. It’s a surprisingly fun distraction if you have an ever-expanding collection of photos.

The lock screen is the full-screen picture that comes up before you log in to Windows 8. Most of you see it briefly when the computer restarts or when you come back to the computer after the monitor has turned off. […] continued

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Learn Windows 8.1 From Paul Thurrott’s Windows 8.1 Field Guide

Windows 8.1 Field Guide - Paul Thurrott

Windows 8.1 Field Guide is highly recommended for anyone who wants a clearly written book about what’s new and changed in Windows 8. It’s an experiment in self-publishing – over five hundred pages of information and screen shots that you can get for $2. If you’re someone who likes the comfort of looking something up in a manual, it will be money well spent. […] continued

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Windows 8 Tip: Rename Your Accounts In Mail App

Windows 8 - rename mail accounts

Here’s a trick that makes it easier to keep track of the different accounts set up on your Windows 8 tablet or computer. Try this:

—  Open up the full-screen Mail app.

—  Bring out the Charms bar and click on Settings. (Charms bar: swipe in from the right, or mouse to the lower right corner, or hit Windows key+C.) […] continued

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Windows 8 Tip: Display Address Bar And Tabs In Full-Screen Version Of Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer 11

Here’s a tip that might make it easier to get used to the Metro version of Internet Explorer that runs full-screen in Windows 8. After you upgrade to Windows 8.1, you have the option to always display the address bar and open tabs at the bottom of the screen.

Background  Internet Explorer has two completely different looks in Windows 8. […] continued

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