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.
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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:
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.
A few days ago, I broke my HTC 8S with Windows Phone 8 and I replaced it with a Nokia Lumia 720. Getting my hands on a new phone meant I had to move all my apps and data, and configure it as close as I could to my old smartphone. This was a great occasion to write a tutorial on how to migrate everything from an old Windows Phone 8 device to a new one. As you'll see, it's a relatively straightforward process. Anyone should be able to go through it without any major problems.
One of the most basic and important concepts in computing is the user account. We all think we know what a user account is, how it is used and why. But do we really know everything there is to know? This guide will share the detailed definition of the user account and its attributes. You will also learn how to list all the user accounts that exist on any Windows PC or device and how to see which users are signed in at the same time, on the same PC.
Do you need a quick way of listing all the user accounts that exist on a Windows PC or device? A method that works on all versions of Windows? You can use a quick command in the Command Prompt and learn this information or store it into a text file. Here's how it is done:
Most people will edit user accounts on a Windows computer using the User Accounts panel found in the Control Panel. However, there's another way which gives you access to a lot more detailed information about the users defined on your computer and the permissions they receive. It is done using the Computer Management tool. Here's how it works:
I bet most of you enjoy watching movies on your computers and devices, both when at home and while travelling. With the help of the Video app you can watch all kinds of movies both from your PC and your tablet. This friendly modern app also enables you to organize your movies in a digital library. Without further ado, let's see how to use the Video app to play your local video library.