In Windows 8.1 you can also set the AutoPlay settings for your media and devices, directly from PC Settings. There you have access to almost the same customization options found in the Control Panel. This tutorial shares where to find the AutoPlay settings and how to fiddle with them.
The PC Settings panel in Windows 8.1 has been expanded to include even more configuration options. One of them is the possibility to change the default apps used by Windows 8.1 to perform different activities (like browsing the web or playing video), to open different file types and protocols. Personally, I like this new way of setting defaults better than using the old Control Panel. Here's how it works:
This week was not as exciting as the previous two weeks but we've found some good stuff nonetheless. In this episode we share some great editorials published by The Verge and Ars Technica, rumors about Microsoft's plans to update its Windows-based platforms and good news regarding the Nokia purchase. For all this and much more, read this week's episode.
If you are a tablet user with Windows 8.1 and you have a poor data plan, then you will want to limit how much data is used by the operating system, including the tiles. Depending on the apps you have installed and what updates they display on their tiles, they might end up consuming a lot of data. Luckily, Windows 8.1 provides a way for you to control how much data is used for tile updates. Here's how it is done:
One of the minor but welcome changes in Windows 8.1 is that it allows users to use the File History from PC Settings. If you have a tablet or a computer with touch, you can quickly turn on this feature, select the drive where your data is backed up and perform manual backups. Here's how it works.
Some people assume that, in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, nothing works the way it used to, not even printing. You could not be more wrong. Even when using modern apps, from the Windows Store, the printing process works using familiar paradigms. Here's how:
When you first use apps from the Windows Store, it might not be easy to figure out how to close them, so that they no longer use system resources. If you are lucky and you have a keyboard, pressing Alt+F4 still works but what do you do if you don't have one? Here's how to close any apps in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, using touch or a mouse.
File History is an awesome tool included in all versions of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. It allows for easy automated backups of your data and it works with a number of devices on which data can be stored. As you will see from this guide, it is very easy to setup and use, it needs few system resources and it knows how to store multiple versions of your files so that you can easily revert the version you need, when you need it. In this first guide about File History in which you will learn how to find it, enable it and change the way it works.
Skype product manager, Jeff Kunins, revealed to The Verge that Microsoft is working on fixing the glitches in Skype's messaging system. Research firm IHS looked under the hood of the Xbox One and issued a report on its findings. Microsoft is increasing their internet traffic encryption over fears of the NSA looking into its global communication links. The OneNote App received a major update that improves how you capture, find and view your notes. Winamp lovers have taken to the internet in an attempt to either save or make the popular music player open source. For links to these stories and more, check out this week's round-up.
The new Windows Calculator offers more precise calculations than ever and it also has a new and powerful interface. It now integrates the basic standard calculations with programming, scientific calculations and statistics. Beyond this, there are also other features which are very useful: things like mortgage calculation, a multifunctional converter and a few more options which deserve their share of attention. In this article I will present them one by one and also share some possible usage scenarios.
We noticed that many readers coming to our website were searching for how to find the Calculator in Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. Since we did not have a very detailed article on this subject, we decided to create one and share the methods you can use to start the Calculator. Here’s how it is done.
We are all used to the old and familiar desktop shortcuts on our Windows computers. But with Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, we have a new way of launching and organizing things, using a concept called tiles. What are they, what do they do, what’s the difference between them and the classic desktop shortcuts? How do you customize tiles? These are the questions answered in this article.