Best of the Web for Windows Users – 13 - 20 April 2014

This week was dominated by news about Microsoft's launch of the Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers. Many have tested this version and a lot was written about it. Also, everybody has agreed that this is a great operating system which can finally compete with iOS and Android. To learn more about this subject and other interesting news, read this week's roundup.

Introducing Windows 8.1: What are Smart Files in OneDrive?

OneDriveWindows 8.1 adds many changes and new features to the world of Windows 8. Some of the most important changes were made to OneDrive and the way it works. OneDrive in Windows 8.1 uses a technology named Smart Files, that helps users save precious disk space while providing access to all their files. In this tutorial, I will share what Smart Files is and how it works in Windows 8.1.

Set OneDrive in Windows 8.1 to Make All Your Files Available Offline

OneDriveOneDrive in Windows 8.1 uses a new technology named Smart Files. This allows you to access your files even though they are not fully copied on your PC or device and save disk space at the same time. However, some users won’t need this feature and they will want all their files available offline so that they can use them even when they are not connected to the Internet. This is possible and it implies turning off Smart Files. Here’s how it is done:

How to Take Screenshots in Windows Phone 8 and 8.1

Taking screenshots in Windows Phone has been problematic, at least until the release of Windows Phone 8. Now this task can be done with ease, by pressing two buttons on your phone. Also, Windows Phone 8.1 has changed the procedure for taking screenshots, which may confuse users. To learn how to take screenshots in Windows Phone 8 and 8.1, read this quick tutorial.

Learn When OneDrive Last Synchronized Your Files & Force a Manual Sync

OneDriveEven though I like the OneDrive service and I use it a lot in Windows 8.1, there are a few quirks that I have trouble with. One of it is the fact that it is difficult to figure out how to convince OneDrive to manually synchronize your files right now, without waiting for it to discover your newly added files in a couple of minutes. Another quirk is that sometimes you need to know when it performed the last synchronization so that you have an idea whether it has synchronized the latest files you have added or not. Here’s how to do both these things without having to waste time figuring out how to do them on your own.

7 Ways to Shut Down or Restart a Windows 8 & Windows 8.1 PC or Device

When you first use Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, you will have a hard time figuring out how to shut down or restart your computer. Only Windows 8.1 Update improves the situation and offers an intuitive and “in your face" menu for shutting down your device. In this guide I will share all the methods you can use for shutting down a Windows 8. PC or device. You'll discover several new ways of doing this, so read on.

How to Resize, Move or Unpin Tiles on the Start Screen in Windows Phone 8

start screenWe all know how important it is to be able to personalize your smartphone and if there's one area where Windows Phone stands out, it is its customizability. In this operating system you can pin, resize, move or unpin any app or shortcut you want, so that you can truly make the Start screen your own. In this tutorial we will share how to resize the tiles on the Start screen, move them around and unpin them when you no longer wish to use them.

Reviewing the ASUS PCE-AC68 PCI-Express Wireless Adapter for PCs

ASUS PCE-AC68Have you considered removing the network cables in your house and going full-wireless, including on your desktop PCs? If you have, then you should consider purchasing a wireless adapter for your desktop computers. ASUS PCE-AC68 is one such device that is able to work with all modern wireless standards, including 802.11ac. We were very curious to test it and learn more about what you lose when you recplace your wired Ethernet connection with a wireless one. We also wanted to see how well this device fares when compared to the wireless network cards found in most laptops and tablets. Read this review to learn what we have found.

How to Add or Remove Keyboard Input Languages in Windows 8 & 8.1

keyboardMany Windows users from all over the world need to use more than one keyboard input language in their work. Some of our team members at 7 Tutorials use at least two languages on a daily basis. Windows 8 and 8.1 come to meet our needs by making it easier than ever to work with keyboard input languages. Adding and removing languages is very easy, as you will see from this detailed tutorial.

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