We offer plenty of subscription options and, out of all of them, our favorite is the 7 Tutorials app for Windows 8 and 8.1. You can use it to keep track of our newest articles, straight from the Start screen. You don't even have to open the app to learn what's new on 7 Tutorials. If you haven't tried it yet, we recommend that you do. Here's how it works and what it has to offer:
Last year, I reviewed Tony Northrup's Windows 8 Inside Out and found that it was an excellent reference that did a fine job of explaining the then-new interface of Windows 8, so that it was easy for newcomers to understand. Now there's a new edition that covers Windows 8.1. Is the approach different this time around? Does the book still do a great job? Did the book live up to my expectations? Let's find out in this book review.
NFC is an acronym that is often used when referring to modern smartphones and tablets. But what does it mean? And what does NFC do? I've seen many people who have very expensive smartphones with NFC but they have no idea what NFC is or how they can use this technology. If you would like to learn more about it, including how to tell whether you have NFC on your smartphone or not, read this guide.
Surface and Surface Pro tablets from Microsoft do not have an HDMI port and it isn't very obvious how to connect them to an external monitor. The same is true about many other Windows 8.1 devices, including laptops and tablets created by HP, Dell or Lenovo. All these modern devices do have a Mini DisplayPort that you can use for connecting them to all kinds of displays and projectors that work with an HDMI input. In this tutorial you will learn how to connect your Windows 8.1 device to an external display, using the Mini DisplayPort. You will also learn what kind of cable to purchase for this task and what to pay attention to when buying one, so that you are not fooled into paying too much.
This week has been full of leaks about Windows 8.1 Update 1 and Windows Phone 8.1. Due to these leaks we have learned a lot about what's coming from Microsoft and most of it is very exciting stuff. Learn more about these leaks plus other news, from this week's roundup.
The Computer Management tool in Windows can be used to create local user accounts, user groups and set all kinds of policies. Unfortunately this tool hasn’t been updated to work with Microsoft accounts but it doesn’t mean that it can’t be useful in certain scenarios. Here’s how it works:
Modern laptops and tablets get smaller and smaller. As a result they provide fewer USB ports for connecting other devices and they rely more on Bluetooth. That's why Bluetooth mice and keyboards are becoming more popular. But how do you connect them with your Windows 8.1 device? The procedure is not that long but you do need to pay attention so that you perform each step in the correct sequence. Here's how it works:
The theory behind ReadyBoost is that it helps speed up older computers with low amounts of RAM memory. However, nobody knows how much of an impact this technology has, so we decided to make our own measurements and learn whether ReadyBoost has a positive impact or not. Read on to learn what we have found:
While using Windows 8.1's new interface in a traditional way might require some time to accommodate, the tasks of navigating through the operating system and its new apps can be simplified by using the keyboard shortcuts that Microsoft has made available. The shortcuts shared in this article were chosen by us while thinking what apps or settings you might access or use on a regular basis. They are simple enough to be easily grasped by anyone and they will help you be more productive in your daily tasks.
Windows 8 and 8.1 have a new network sharing setting that is not documented by Microsoft. This setting says "Turn on automatic setup of network connected devices" and it is found in the list of advanced sharing settings. What does this setting mean and what does it do? Should you turn in On or Off and when? We have done lots of trial-and-error based experiments and we have finally figured out what it does.
One of our readers asked us to share all the Windows tools you can use to take quick screenshots of your screen. We've done a bit of testing and experimentation and we've found six different ways for taking all kinds of screenshots, without using third-party programs. Here's how to take screenshots in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.
Windows 8.1 comes with a bundle of many apps, from Sports and News to Finance and Health & Fitness. Chances are you are going to stumble upon some interesting content while using these apps, and you may want to quickly share a screenshot with it. Traditionally this meant using the PrtScn key, saving the screenshot in an image editor and then using another program to email the screenshot. Sounds like too much hassle, right? One of the great things about working with modern apps in Windows 8.1 is that you can quickly share screenshots with anyone. Here’s how it works.