If you have a PC or device that is used by many people, you might want to setup the same display and keyboard input languages, format and location settings for all user accounts. Setting this up manually for one user account is a lengthy process. Setting things up for all user accounts is simply painful. Fortunately for us, both Windows 7 and Windows 8 offer a simple way to configure all these settings on your main user account and have them copied to other user accounts or all the accounts that will be created in the future. Here’s how this is done:
Clock, Language, and Region
How to configure the clock, language, and region settings in Windows 7 and Windows 8.
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.
Are you using a Windows 8.1 tablet like the Surface 2 or a hybrid device with a touch screen? Then, while typing, you might have noticed some issues with the way the touch keyboard works in Windows 8.1. If that's the case for you, then read this guide on how to set up the touch keyboard, so that it works the way you want to.
To help you type faster and better, Windows Phone 8 has two features that are activated each time you write a message: autocorrect and text suggestions. Personally, I found that the autocorrect does more harm than good, especially if you type in languages other than English. If you would like to disable it, this tutorial will show you how. Also, I will present the other typing related settings and features and advise you on whether you should disable them or not.
You may buy a Windows Phone 8 smartphone from a foreign country or you may forget to customize its default configuration, and the wrong country and region are set. Whatever the reason, this means that you don't get access to local apps and services that are available for your specific country. If that's the case for your Windows Phone 8 smartphone, you need to change its country and region. Here's how this is done.
Both Windows 7 and Windows 8 give you the ability to set, in detail, the format used for displaying dates, times, your local currency and the measurements system used by the operating system. If you would like to know how to change all these settings and more, don't hesitate to read this step by step guide.
Do you want to configure in detail all the date and time settings available both in Windows 7 and Windows 8? Would you like to customize the format of the date and time, change how Windows updates the local time using time information from public servers? In this tutorial you will learn all this and more.
If you collaborate with people all over the world, it is very useful to add more clocks to Windows 7 and Windows 8, so that you can quickly view the time in other parts of the world. Luckily, Windows makes it easy to add additional clocks to the notification area of the taskbar, on the Desktop. Here's how it works:
Windows Phone 8 devices generally have English plus your native language as the default keyboard input languages available for typing messages and emails. In today’s world many of us know more than one language and we communicate with people all over the world. In such scenarios we need more than one keyboard input language installed on our phone. How do you add a new keyboard input language in Windows Phone 8? Let’s find out in this tutorial.
The region or the home location is a rather hidden setting in Windows 8 which is important when using the operating system and even more important when trying to find, access and use localized apps. If you have set the wrong region, you won’t be able to find certain apps or access relevant content for your location. Here’s how to change the location in Windows 8 so that you can solve such problems.
What if you bought your Windows Phone from another country and you want to switch the default display language to your own native language? Can you do that? Yes you can, unless you are using a more exotic language for which Windows Phone does not provide support. Let’s assume that this is not the case though, and see how the usual process works. As you will see from this tutorial, it’s not that complicated.
One of the things I do not like about the Start screen in Windows 8 is the fact that it doesn’t show the time and date, as the taskbar does on the Desktop. I wish Microsoft had provided an easy way to add a clock in a live tile. Luckily there are quite a few apps available to fill this gap. The better ones cost money but there are also some free alternatives to consider. In this roundup, I tested the latest free apps and tried to identify the best app for showing the time on the Start screen. Here’s what I found.