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.
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In today's article I am going to cover some of Task Scheduler's advanced features: creating advanced tasks, setting up their triggers, actions and security options. They are really powerful when you want to be in control of your system and the tasks it is running. Be prepared for a large range of choices which allow you to set up every possible detail related to scheduled tasks.
During my recent visit to the US, I purchased a Surface Pro 2 for myself. I was really curious to learn more about this device and whether it has great potential or not. Before publishing this review, I have used the Surface Pro 2 for over a month, in different environments, including when traveling or working in an office or at home. If you would like to learn more about its strengths, weaknesses and whether it can be a great device for you, don't hesitate to read this detailed review.
Windows Journal is an application designed primarily for people who use tablet or touchscreen computers or use a tablet and pen as an input device, and it works best when used that way. While such inputs are not necessarily natural to Windows 7, they should be natural for the Windows 8.1 interface, right? Let's see if that's the case and how it works.
If you are a mobile user with a Windows 8.1 laptop or tablet, you may want to know which Internet browser to use so that you get the maximum battery time possible. To learn which browser uses the least battery power, I have compared all the major browsers on three separate Windows devices: an old laptop, a very new tablet and a powerful hybrid device. All with Windows 8.1 installed.
Have you ever had problems with running applications written in languages which use special character sets like Chinese, Arabic, Russian, Romanian or Hebrew? If you have, then you should read this article about Unicode and changing the language used for non-Unicode programs. If this sounds like gibberish to you, don't worry - read on and you will understand what Unicode is, how it works and how to make Windows 7 and Windows 8 correctly display programs which use non-Unicode character sets.
If you have a Windows 8.1 tablet or device with a UEFI BIOS, then booting to the BIOS no longer works the way it did on classic desktop PCs. Luckily, Windows 8.1 provides a method that works when using both touch and a mouse and keyboard. Also, if you have a Surface tablet from Microsoft, there are some handy buttons you can use for a fast boot to the BIOS. Here's how it's done:
While analyzing the searches that people make on our website, I learned that some of you want to know ways of finding the specific version of an application you are using. Since we do not have a tutorial to meet this need and help our readers, I decided to create one. Here are 7 ways you can learn the exact version of any application you are using, be it an application bundled with Windows, a third-party application you installed or a modern app from the Windows Store.
Did you know that, just like Google and other companies, Microsoft provides a complete log of your Microsoft account activity? What does this mean? You can get detailed information about when a sign-in was performed (successfully or not), from where and the kind of device that was used. Reviewing this information will help you learn whether your Microsoft account was hacked by unauthorized parties. Then, you can take action to prevent this from happening in the future. Here's how to learn whether your Microsoft account was hacked or not.
Have you ever wanted to change your mouse pointers from the default scheme? Perhaps you want cursors that are larger or that are less of a strain on your eyes. If so, we have some good news: this article will show how to customize your mouse cursors in Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 to suit your own preferences. It will also show how to delete mouse pointer schemes you don't want to use anymore. Got you interested? Let's start!
Wojciech Toman's photographs are full of lively colors that present nature in all its vivacious beauty. Originally from Warsaw, Poland, Wojciech is a passionate travel photographer who loves spectacular landscapes and HDR techniques. He was introduced to HDR techniques while working as a 3D graphics programmer for video games and is now a software developer by trade, currently part of the Photomatix Pro development team. Photomatix Pro is a photo editing software that he himself uses for most of his HDR photos. He also runs a successful photography blog and loves to share his knowledge and techniques through tutorials and free presets. To find out more about Wojciech and see the beautiful autumn mountain scenes he has chosen to share with us, check out his interview below.
The Action Center was first introduced in Windows XP Service Pack 2 and, since then, it has been constantly updated. In Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 it offers many of the old and familiar options but also some exciting new ones, aiming to further increase the security and stability of your system. In this tutorial I will show how to open the Action Center in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, plus how to use it to keep an eye on the security of your system.