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Making Windows 7 and Windows 8 programs and features more visible and accessible, according to your needs.

7 Ways to Shut Down or Restart a Windows 8 & Windows 8.1 PC or Device

When you first use Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, you will have a hard time figuring out how to shut down or restart your computer. Only Windows 8.1 Update improves the situation and offers an intuitive and “in your face" menu for shutting down your device. In this guide I will share all the methods you can use for shutting down a Windows 8. PC or device. You'll discover several new ways of doing this, so read on.

How to Resize, Move or Unpin Tiles on the Start Screen in Windows Phone 8

start screenWe all know how important it is to be able to personalize your smartphone and if there's one area where Windows Phone stands out, it is its customizability. In this operating system you can pin, resize, move or unpin any app or shortcut you want, so that you can truly make the Start screen your own. In this tutorial we will share how to resize the tiles on the Start screen, move them around and unpin them when you no longer wish to use them.

How to Customize the Tiles Displayed on Your Windows 8.1 Start Screen

start screenThe Start screen is an important concept in the Windows 8 operating systems. While it may have its share of issues, the principles behind it are good. Also, with each new version of Windows 8, the user experience has been improved. For example, in Windows 8.1 Update 1 Microsoft has further tweaked the way you customize the Start screen. Therefore we decided to share how to customize the Start screen in the latest version of Windows 8.1, on both classic PCs and devices with touch.

How to Pin Anything to Your Windows Phone's Start Screen

startWindows Phone users know and appreciate the fact that this operating system offers a very highly customizable Start screen to which you can pin just about anything. Even our team did not realize just how many things can be pinned to it until we tried writing this article. Read it and learn how to pin: apps, games, contacts, groups, chat rooms, Office documents and locations, OneNote notebooks, websites, email folders, maps, music, playlists, videos and photo albums. This is a long list, isn't it?

2 Ways to Generate the Link to a Shared Network Folder or Library

shared folderWhen working with shared resources on a network, I have encountered the need to quickly learn the link to a shared network folder and paste it into a chat window or a document I was about to share with others on the same network. Even though they are not very easy to figure out, Windows offers two ways for generating the direct link to any folder or library that is shared with the network. Here's how they work:

How to Use the On-Screen Keyboard in Windows 7 & Windows 8

keyboardIf you need to type without a keyboard, the on-screen keyboard in Windows might be helpful. It allows you to type by using a mouse. You can even set up and use this function without having a keyboard connected to your computer, which can be useful if your keyboard is unavailable. This article will explain how to access the on-screen keyboard, how to operate it, how to use it to log on to a password-protected user account without the use of a physical keyboard, and how to use several of its options including the predictive text function.

35 Keyboard Shortcuts That Increase Your Productivity in Windows 8.1

keyboardWhile 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.

Introducing Windows 8.1: How to Share Screenshots from Any App

screenshotsWindows 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.

How Can Windows Phone Save Your Life? Send Your Location in a Message

messageIf you find yourself in an emergency situation in which you need to share your exact location and ask for help, Windows Phone 8 is there to help. You can quickly send a message with a map and your exact location. This feature can be useful also when you want to meet with someone that doesn't know your exact location and you can't explain very well where you are. You send a quick message with your location and they can figure out how to get to you as fast as possible. We all went through this scenario, didn't we? Here's how it works: