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Windows 8 tutorials, tricks and tips.
How to Pin or Unpin Apps in Windows 8 "Search" Charm By default, Windows 8 will list apps that work with search to allow you to search within the app in the "Seach" charm. This will show you how to pin or unpin apps to be at the top of the list or not in the "Search" charm in Windows 8. If pinned, it will make selecting the app in the "Search" charm easier since it's at the top of the list of apps. This feature does not apply to Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1. EXAMPLE: Pinned App in...
How to Hide or Show Apps in Windows 8 "Search" Charm By default, Windows 8 will list apps that work with search to allow you to search within the app in the "Search" charm. This will show you how to turn on (display) or off (hide) apps to be listed and used to search within the "Search" charm so you can have what apps you want displayed in the list or not. This feature does not apply to Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1. EXAMPLE: Apps to Search Within in "Search" Charm To Hide Apps...
How to Open Apps Screen in Windows 8 and 8.1 The Apps screen in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 is the new version of the Start Menu -> All Programs that was in Windows 7 and Vista. The Apps screen displays all of your installed Store apps and desktop programs. This tutorial will show you how to open the Apps screen view in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1. EXAMPLE: "Apps" in Windows 8 and 8.1 To Open "Apps" view on Start Screen in Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 1...
How to Open the Charms Bar in Windows 8 The Windows 8 Charms bar has been simplified to only having the Settings, Devices, Start, Share, and Search charms in it. The charms bar is context sensitive to the application that is running when opened. This tutorial will show you how to open the new "Metro" styled Charms Bar in Windows 8. For more information about Charms, see: Use the charms Charm Shortcut Keys and Descriptions Search (Windows+Q) – Search for anything. You can search just...
How to Change Icon Size and Layout Folder View in Windows 8 File Explorer This will show you how to change the File Explorer (Windows Explorer) folder view settings to what icon size and layout you want in Windows 8. Windows Update Issue Notice: Folder's view settings continuously changes between different folder types in Windows To Change Icon Size & Layout using File Explorer Ribbon 1. In File Explorer, click/tap on the View tab (Alt+V) on the Ribbon. 2. In the Layout section...
How to Rename a Storage Pool, Storage Space, and added Drives in Windows 8 Storage Spaces lets you group drives together in a storage pool. Then you can use pool capacity to create storage spaces. Storage spaces are virtual drives that appear in Windows Explorer. You can use them like any other drive, so it’s easy to work with files on them. You can create large storage spaces and add more drives to them when you run low on pool capacity. If you have two or more drives in the storage...
How to Add or Remove Drives from a Storage Pool in Window 8 Storage Spaces lets you group drives together in a storage pool. Then you can use pool capacity to create storage spaces. Storage spaces are virtual drives that appear in Windows Explorer. You can use them like any other drive, so it’s easy to work with files on them. You can create large storage spaces and add more drives to them when you run low on pool capacity. If you have two or more drives in the storage pool, you can...
How to Delete a Storage Pool in Windows 8 Storage Spaces lets you group drives together in a storage pool. Then you can use pool capacity to create storage spaces. Storage spaces are virtual drives that appear in Windows Explorer. You can use them like any other drive, so it’s easy to work with files on them. You can create large storage spaces and add more drives to them when you run low on pool capacity. If you have two or more drives in the storage pool, you can create storage spaces...
How to Delete a Storage Space in a Storage Pool in Windows 8 Storage Spaces lets you group drives together in a storage pool. Then you can use pool capacity to create storage spaces. Storage spaces are virtual drives that appear in Windows Explorer. You can use them like any other drive, so it’s easy to work with files on them. You can create large storage spaces and add more drives to them when you run low on pool capacity. If you have two or more drives in the storage pool, you can...
How to Change the Time Zone in Windows 8 and 8.1 This tutorial will show you how to change the Time Zone and turn Daylight Saving Time on or off in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. To Change the Time Zone in "PC settings" 1. Open PC settings, and do step 2 or 3 below for what Windows 8 you have. 2. In Windows 8 or Windows RT, click/tap on General on the left side of PC settings, and go to step 4 below. (see top screenshot below step 4) 3. In Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1, click/tap on Time &...
How to Expand or Minimize the File Explorer "Ribbon" in Windows 8 The new ribbon in File Explorer in Windows 8 contains the most commonly used items for file and folder management. This will show you how to have the new ribbon expanded or minimized when File Explorer is opened in Windows 8. To Expand or Minimize Ribbon from within File Explorer This option can be used by a user to expand (show) or minimize (hide) the ribbon in File Explorer. When a user opens File Explorer next, it...
(Note: All settings are default with Network Sharing turned ON). From Windows 7/8 to windows 7/8 (default Share folders Users$) 1) Open Explorer, and expand Network, click on the required machine (in this example it’s WDP-Tools). 2) The follow box will appear, put in the username and password you use to log onto the destination machine as illustrated. (Note: you’ll need to put in the wdp-tools\ before the username, as you are connecting to the destination machine) 3) Click OK, and you...
How to Add a New Search Provider in Internet Explorer 10 in Windows 8 Different search providers may show up depending on what country you're in - what language you're using. You might try to temporarily change the results by changing the country at the top right on the iegallery add-ons site page if you're not finding the desired search provider/s. Step 1. Open the Internet Explorer on the regular desktop. (Not the Win 8 UI IE). Click on the Settings icon, and choose manage add-ons...
How to Relearn your Picture Password if Forgotten in Windows 8 and 8.1 A picture password is a new way to help protect your Windows 8 computer or touchscreen PC. You can choose to use any picture, and the three gestures you use with the picture, to create a strong unique password for your user account in Windows 8. This tutorial will show you how to replay and relearn the current set of three gestures for your picture password if forgotten in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Here's How...
How to Open a Command Prompt at Boot in Windows 8 A command prompt is an entry point for typing computer commands in the Command Prompt window. By typing commands at the command prompt, you can perform tasks on your computer without using the Windows graphical interface. This tutorial will show you how to boot to an elevated command prompt at startup in Windows 8. EXAMPLE: Command Prompt at Boot in Windows 8 Here's How: 1. Do step 2 or 3 below for how you would like to open a...
How to Restart "Windows Explorer" in Windows 8 and 8.1 This will show you how to use the new option in Windows 8 to quickly restart "Windows Explorer" (File Explorer) automatically in Task Manager. Here's How: 1. Open Task Manager by pressing the CTRL+Shift+ESC keys. NOTE: This can be done while in any screen in Windows 8. 2. Click on More details if Task Manager opens this way. (see screenshot bleow) 3. In the Processes tab, select Windows Explorer, and click on the Restart...
How to Turn On or Off "Windows SmartScreen" in Windows 8 and 8.1 What this feature does Windows SmartScreen, like the SmartScreen Filter in Internet Explorer, helps keep your PC safe by checking downloaded files and web content within apps to help protect you from malicious software and potentially unsafe web content. Before an unknown or potentially unsafe downloaded file is opened, Windows will display a warning. If SmartScreen detects potentially unsafe web content in an app, Windows...
How to Take and Create a Screenshot with Paint in Windows 8 and 8.1 This will show you how to take a full screen screenshot or a single window screenshot, then create and save the screenshot with Paint (mspaint.exe) in Windows 8. If you wanted to take a screenshot of a opened menu item, then you would want to use step 1 and crop the screenshot in Paint since the menu item would close when trying to take the screenshot with step 2. Here's How: 1. To Take a Screenshot of the Entire...
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