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.
Appearance and Personalization
Tutorials and downloads about personalizing the look and feel of Windows 7 and Windows 8.
Windows 8.1 offers more personalization options than Windows 8 and Windows 7 do. One of the things that can be configured in more detail is the Start screen itself. For example, in Windows 8.1 you have more options for setting the wallpaper (background image), background and accent colors. You can even set it to use the same wallpaper as the Desktop, which changes every couple of minutes with something new. Here's how to personalize in detail how the Start looks.
Sebleu is a 35 year old photographer originally from France, currently living in Hua Hin, 250 km south of Thailand's capital - Bangkok. He prefers using a pseudonym because he believes authors are secondary to their work and their photographs should speak by themselves. He considers himself a 'world citizen', having lived in several parts of the world, including French Polynesia, before settling in Thailand ten years ago. He is a professional diver and loves the sea and the outdoors. After spending his days in Tahiti in the water from 5am to 6pm, he believes he's become part fish. To find out more about Sebleu and see the stunning Thai seascapes he has chosen to share with us, we recommend reading the interview below.
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.
As mentioned in many other articles, one of the biggest changes in Windows 8.1 is related to Search and its strong integration with Bing. In this operating system, Bing provides you with search suggestions and web results when performing any kind of search, directly from the Start screen. Some users will love this but will want to tweak the way it works while others will be freaked out and will want to disable it. Here’s how to configure the search experience in Windows 8.1.
Windows 8.1 brings many welcome changes, some of which have not been communicated very well by Microsoft. One of the lesser known changes is that Windows 8.1 has very good privacy controls for working with Windows Store apps. As you will see in this tutorial, these controls are detailed and really useful. If you want to set which apps use what data, then reading this guide is a must.
Windows 8.1 introduces a neat little feature, named Quiet Hours. As the name implies, quiet hours are an interval within the day when you don't want to be interrupted by notifications, by any Windows app, not even the Mail app. You can also set that, during those quiet hours, you won't even take calls through Skype. Here's where to find this feature in Windows 8.1 and how to configure it.
A picture is worth a thousand words they say. But a good image is more than that, it creates a different world in which you get lost, with characters for whom you fall in love. This is the feeling that you get from viewing Andreea Retinschi's photos. In today's interview I invite you to get to know a young, talented (and beautiful) photographer, and get the chance to enjoy a glimpse of her work through a theme for Windows 7 and Windows 8.
The busy city life usually makes us oblivious to the beauty of the architecture around us. In today's article we propose to you a portrait of the city, as David Gutierrez sees it through his lens. David's photos impress through their strong, faithful colors and their unexpected capture angles. We strongly encourage you to read this interview with David Gutierrez to find out more about him and his city-based universe.
We like the Command Prompt and we are not alone in that. But, even though it is a mighty and powerful tool, it sure looks boring. What if you want to make it prettier? And what about customizing certain aspects about the way it works, like how many commands it stores in its history? To learn all this and more, read this tutorial.
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 and Windows 8 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!
Some people might not yet have discovered that Microsoft supplies a selection of colorful wallpapers with its operating systems, and thus they never experiment with changing the standard background. I've always picked something other than the default background, so in this article I will talk about how that's done. In both Windows 7 and Windows 8, it's a quick and straightforward process. I'll also talk about ways to go beyond what's supplied by Windows or already on your computer.