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How to Organize Apps into Groups on Start Screen in Windows 8 and 8.1 This tutorial will show you how to organize apps on your Start screen into groups of your choice in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1. You will only be able to arrange apps in groups horizontally from left to right and not vertically on your Start screen. Here's How: 1. Open your Start screen, and do any of the steps below that you would like to do. 2. To Create a New Group A) Drag an app to where you would like to create a new group at until you see the vertical bar display like below, and drop it. (see screenshot below) NOTE: The app can be dragged between other groups, or to the far left or right of other groups to create a new group...
How to Use Semantic Zoom in "Start" and "Apps" Screen in Windows 8 This will show you how to use Semantic Zoom to zoom out in the Start and Apps screen in Windows 8 to give you an at-a-glance view of all apps on the screen to make it easier to jump to any app group. This can be helpful if you have a lot of grouped apps on the Start or Apps screen and are unable to see all the groups without having to scroll. This also applies to any Store apps that supports to zoom out. For example, the People app. This functionality is analogous to panning and scrolling (which can be used in conjunction with Semantic Zoom) within a single view. Semantic Zoom uses two distinct modes of classification (or zoom levels) for organizing and presenting...
How to Switch from a Local Account to a Microsoft Account in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Microsoft account is the new name for Windows Live ID. You could use your @outlook.com or any email address as a Microsoft account to sign in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1. You'll be able to access files and photos anywhere, sync settings, and more. If you are using a local account in Windows 8 or 8.1, then this will show you how to switch to a Microsoft account using your Windows Live ID or any email address to sign in to Windows 8 or 8.1 with instead. You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial. For more information, see also: Signing in to Windows 8 with a Windows Live ID -...
How to Turn System Protection On or Off in Windows 8 and 8.1 System protection is a feature that regularly creates and saves information about your computer's system files, programs, drivers, and registry settings as restore points for all drives that have system protection turned on. You can use these restore points to do a system restore to return these items to an earlier point in time without affecting personal files (ex: anything in C:\Users\(user-name) folder). Restore points are created just before significant system events, such as the installation of a program or device driver. They're also created automatically by Windows using a scheduled task once every seven days if no other restore points were created in the previous...
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 "Search" Charm To Pin or Unpin Apps in "Search" Charm 1. Do either step 2, 3 or 4 below for how you would like to open Search. 2. If you are on the Start screen and have a keyboard connected, then you could just start typing anything, and go to...
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 Directly in "Search" Charm 1. Do either step 2, 3 or 4 below for how you would like to open Search. 2. If you are on the Start screen and have a keyboard connected, then you could just start typing anything. NOTE: You could press the :winkey: key...
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. Do step 2, 3, or 4 below for how you would like to open the Apps screen. 2. While on your Start screen, swipe up on a touch screen, and go to step 5 below. 3. While on your Start screen, press the CTRL + TAB keys, and go to step 5 below. 4. While...
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 the app you're in (like finding a specific message in Mail), search another app (look up something on the Internet), or you can search your entire PC (for an app, setting, or file). Share (Windows+H) – Share files and info with people...
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, select how you would like the file and folder icons to view as in this specific location. (see screenshots below) You may need to scroll down in the Layout box to see all options. Change Icon Size & Layout using File Explorer Toolbar Buttons 1. In...
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 pool, you can create storage spaces that won't be affected by a drive failure—or even the failure of two drives, if you create a three-way mirror storage space. You will be able to connect the added drives of a storage space to another Windows 8...
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 create storage spaces that won't be affected by a drive failure—or even the failure of two drives, if you create a three-way mirror storage space. You will be able to connect the added drives of a storage space to another Windows 8 computer or new...
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 that won't be affected by a drive failure—or even the failure of two drives, if you create a three-way mirror storage space. You will be able to connect the added drives of a storage space to another Windows 8 computer or new installation of Windows...
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