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 four 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 Windows 8.1 you can also set the AutoPlay settings for your media and devices, directly from PC Settings. There you have access to almost the same customization options found in the Control Panel. This tutorial shares where to find the AutoPlay settings and how to fiddle with them.
The PC Settings panel in Windows 8.1 has been expanded to include even more configuration options. One of them is the possibility to change the default apps used by Windows 8.1 to perform different activities (like browsing the web or playing video), to open different file types and protocols. Personally, I like this new way of setting defaults better than using the old Control Panel. Here's how it works:
If you are a tablet user with Windows 8.1 and you have a poor data plan, then you will want to limit how much data is used by the operating system, including the tiles. Depending on the apps you have installed and what updates they display on their tiles, they might end up consuming a lot of data. Luckily, Windows 8.1 provides a way for you to control how much data is used for tile updates. Here's how it is done:
Some people assume that, in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, nothing works the way it used to, not even printing. You could not be more wrong. Even when using modern apps, from the Windows Store, the printing process works using familiar paradigms. Here's how:
When you first use apps from the Windows Store, it might not be easy to figure out how to close them, so that they no longer use system resources. If you are lucky and you have a keyboard, pressing Alt+F4 still works but what do you do if you don't have one? Here's how to close any apps in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, using touch or a mouse.
The new Windows Calculator offers more precise calculations than ever and it also has a new and powerful interface. It now integrates the basic standard calculations with programming, scientific calculations and statistics. Beyond this, there are also other features which are very useful: things like mortgage calculation, a multifunctional converter and a few more options which deserve their share of attention. In this article I will present them one by one and also share some possible usage scenarios.
We noticed that many readers coming to our website were searching for how to find the Calculator in Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. Since we did not have a very detailed article on this subject, we decided to create one and share the methods you can use to start the Calculator. Here’s how it is done.
Do you need to create dummy files with a given size, to perform tests with them? Do you need those files to have some actual content? If you do, luck has it that there are some good alternatives for Windows. It’s not just the Linux geeks who can create dummy files using the command line. Windows geeks can do the same. Here are three ways to create such files in any modern version of Windows.
There are times when you need to free up some space on your system or you just want to learn how much space each installed application is using. If you are in need of such information, there are no obvious ways to find it. You might be tempted to search for programs that help with this task. You don't need to do this though. As you can imagine, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 offer this information. It's just a bit hidden and you might need some guidance to find it. We found four ways to learn how much space your installed applications are using.
If you've used computers for a while you know what Copy and Paste are and you might have heard of the Clipboard concept. But do you really know what the Clipboard is and do you know that there are third party tools that help you manage it better and turn it into a more flexible concept?
All of us have done our fair share of working with images. Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 offer an easy to use tool for taking more complex screenshots, named the Snipping Tool. In this tutorial I will share how to take screenshots with it, how to save, edit or email a screenshot, how to use the available markup tools and how to change the settings of the Snipping Tool.