How To Manage your Programs and Windows Features in Windows

Introducing Windows 8.1: How to Change the Default OneDrive Folder

OneDriveIn Windows 8.1, OneDrive is embedded into the operating system and it serves as the default service for storing your files, synchronizing them with other devices, synchronizing your Windows settings, etc. One of the biggest questions I had when working with it for the first time was: How do I change the location of the default OneDrive folder?. I like OneDrive, but I want it to store my files in another location than the default.

Introducing Windows 8.1: What are Smart Files in OneDrive?

OneDriveWindows 8.1 adds many changes and new features to the world of Windows 8. Some of the most important changes were made to OneDrive and the way it works. OneDrive in Windows 8.1 uses a technology named Smart Files, that helps users save precious disk space while providing access to all their files. In this tutorial, I will share what Smart Files is and how it works in Windows 8.1.

Set OneDrive in Windows 8.1 to Make All Your Files Available Offline

OneDriveOneDrive in Windows 8.1 uses a new technology named Smart Files. This allows you to access your files even though they are not fully copied on your PC or device and save disk space at the same time. However, some users won’t need this feature and they will want all their files available offline so that they can use them even when they are not connected to the Internet. This is possible and it implies turning off Smart Files. Here’s how it is done:

How to Take Screenshots in Windows Phone 8 and 8.1

Taking screenshots in Windows Phone has been problematic, at least until the release of Windows Phone 8. Now this task can be done with ease, by pressing two buttons on your phone. Also, Windows Phone 8.1 has changed the procedure for taking screenshots, which may confuse users. To learn how to take screenshots in Windows Phone 8 and 8.1, read this quick tutorial.

Learn When OneDrive Last Synchronized Your Files & Force a Manual Sync

OneDriveEven though I like the OneDrive service and I use it a lot in Windows 8.1, there are a few quirks that I have trouble with. One of it is the fact that it is difficult to figure out how to convince OneDrive to manually synchronize your files right now, without waiting for it to discover your newly added files in a couple of minutes. Another quirk is that sometimes you need to know when it performed the last synchronization so that you have an idea whether it has synchronized the latest files you have added or not. Here’s how to do both these things without having to waste time figuring out how to do them on your own.

How to Set the The Types of Apps Displayed by the Windows 8.1 Store

Windows StoreThe Store in Windows 8.1 is generally well organized and user-friendly. It also allows you to set your preferences regarding the apps that it displays or it recommends for you. Setting these preferences is done using the Settings charm in Windows 8.1 Here's how it all works and what exactly you can configure:

How to Use the Remote Desktop App for Windows 8.1

remote desktopRemote Desktop is a free app available in the Windows Store and it is developed by Microsoft for Windows 8 and 8.1 users. This app is very useful when you need remote access to another Windows computer or device. It works both with devices available in your network and devices with public IP addresses that are accessible from the Internet. Here's how to use it to work with remote computers and devices.

How to View PDF and XPS Files in Windows 8.1 with the Reader App

Reader appThe Reader app is a free app developed by Microsoft for Windows 8 and 8.1 and it is included in both operating systems. Unfortunately it doesn’t have a tile on the Start screen and most users do not know about its existence. That’s why we have decided to write this tutorial and show how to use it to view PDF or XPS documents or TIFF files. You don’t need to install third-party apps to read PDF files in Windows 8.1. All you have to do is to use the Reader app. Here’s how:

Keep Track of the Apps That Were Installed on Your Windows 8.1 Devices

Windows StoreIf you use Windows 8.1 on more than one device and you try lots of apps, you will quickly lose track of the apps that you have installed on your devices. Luckily, the Windows Store has a nice feature that allows you to view all the apps that were installed on all your devices. Here's how to keep track of all your installed apps, using the Your Apps lists available in the Store.