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How to get Windows 10 help | Windows 10 free tech support - PC Advisor - 30 Jan 2016 09:53


[[html]]Windows 10 help is available in several forms: from Microsoft in the form of the Contact Support app built into Windows 10, from PC Advisor's extensive catalogue of Windows 10 tutorials, and from independent Windows 10 forums. We detail all your Windows 10 help options within this article.<br><br>We explain how to get help and advice with Windows 10. Windows 10 tips. Windows 10 guides. Windows 10 tutorials. Windows 10 tech support, and Windows 10 forums. Yup: this is the page about Windows 10 help. See also: how to upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 10.<br><br>Like it or not - and I like it -Windows 10 is here. And if you run most versions of Windows 8 or Windows 7 on your PC, laptop or tablet, you will be nagged until you accept the upgrade to Microsoft's all-new operating system. In general this is a good thing. Windows 10 offers new features, should be more responsive, and has been at least partly shaped by user request.<br><br>But it isn't perfect, and Windows 10 could be different to what you are used to. For a lot of people that difference will cause problems - Microsoft is not famed for guiding people through change in quite the way that Apple or even Google is. (Here's how to downgrade to Windows 7 or 8.)<br><br>So here we outline three great ways to get help with Windows 10. If you have a Windows 10 problem, the answer is here.<br><br>How to get help with Windows 10: from Microsoft<br><br>We wouldn't recommend you go down this route for just any minor complaint, but when you just can't find the help you need Microsoft has provided a safety net. In Windows 10 Microsoft has added an app called 'Contact Support. Just as you might imagine, this app gives you an easy way to contact Microsoft's Windows Support when needed.<br><br>The easiest way to access the app is to type "Contact Support" into the search box. In just a few quick clicks you can be connected by chat or phone to Microsoft Answer Desk. This is a one-on-one connection with a 'Windows 10 expert'. (You may use the term 'call centre operative', but either way you are getting help).<br><br><img class="lz" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAAAAAP///yH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAIBRAA7" data-src="" alt="Windows 10 help - Contact Support" width="322" height="529"/><br><br><img class="" src="" alt="Windows 10 help - Contact Support" width="322" height="529"/><br><br>From this app you can also connect with Microsoft's own Windows community forums, or request that someone from Answer Tech rings you as soon as possible so you don't have to wait on hold or schedule a call at a convenient time. It even lets you know the current waiting time.<br><br>Again, we wouldn't suggest you always go to the Contact Support app. But when times are really bad, it is a great final call.<br><br>How to get help with Windows 10: top Windows 10 tips and tutorials<br><br>We would, of course, recommend our own extensive Windows 10 tips and tutorials. Of course we would.<br><br>Our editors have spent months using Windows 10, putting together simple guides and tips and tricks to help you to get to grips with Microsoft's new operating system. We've foused on petty irritants and new features, trying to respond to what we think will be the biggest gripes of new users who suddenly find Windows 10 thrust upon them. (We'd be delighted to help if you have a specific Windows 10 problem, by the way. Just let us know in the comments below.)<br><br>You can find all of our Windows tips and tricks here.<br><br>And here is a selection of Windows 10 tips and tutorials:<br><br>You can also find useful advice in our Windows 10 UK release date, price, features and Windows 10 review articles.<br><br>How to get help with Windows 10: independent Windows forum<br><br>Last, but very far from least, is the PC Advisor Windows forum. The PC Advisor forums are Europe's largest technology help resource, peopled by more than 300,000 forum angels, happy to help users with problems large and small. The PC Advisor Windows Help forum is the place to discuss new features and compatibility issues with all Windows operating systems. Fix problems with Windows 10, but also Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.<br><br>Search the forum for the answer to your question, or post your own question dealing with an issue with Windows 10 - whether on Windows PC, laptop, tablet or phone. Our experts will be delighted to help with any Windows problems you are having.<br><br>Visit the PC Advisor Windows forum now.<br><br>Windows 10 poll[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Nearly 300,000 civilian drones registered in US in 30 days - 26 Jan 2016 12:05


[[html]]Nearly 300,000 drones have been registered in the US in the last 30 days, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has revealed.<br><br>Compulsory registration of civilian drones in the US was introduced on 21 December covering all manner of remote control flying systems from toys to aerial cameras. Any small unmanned aircraft weighing between 250g and 25kg must be registered before being flown outdoors, and pilots must be aged 13 or older.<br><br>FAA administrator Michael Huerta said: The registration numbers were seeing so far are very encouraging. Were working hard to build on this early momentum and ensure everyone understands the registration requirement.<br><br>Owners who registered before 21 January had their $5 fee waived, while the online registration system is only open to recreational users. Drones must be registered every three years, and clearly marked with their registration number. Anyone who operated a drone before 21 December must register before 19 February to continue legally flying it.<br><br>High profile incidents involving drones have highlighted the need for safety and accountability. In 2013 one was flown towards German chancellor Angela Merkel, and in May last year there were attempts to fly over the White House, while in December one narrowly missed downhill skiing champion Marcel Hirscher on the slope in Italy.<br><br>Supplying the FAA with the name, address and email address of the owner is part of the registration process, which is intended to help prevent abuse and nuisance drones. Currently when a drone is captured it is difficult to trace back to an owner. The FAA hopes that registration will help.<br><br>US transportation secretary Anthony Foxx said: The National Airspace System is a great resource and all users of it, including [unmanned aerial system] users, are responsible for keeping it safe.<br><br>Around 1m drones were expected to be sold in the US by the end of 2015, which means only about one-third of those newly acquired drones have been registered.<br><br>The current legislation in the UK is different. It is illegal to fly a drone within 50m of a building or a person and 150m of a built-up area. In addition, the maximum flight height is 400m and the drone has to remain in line of sight and within 500m of the pilot. But civil drones do not currently need to be registered. <br><br>Commercial drone pilots must complete a training course and apply for a permitfrom the Civil Aviation Authority to fly the drone.<br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

How to use Apple Music Memos - 22 Jan 2016 11:12


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50 Essential Windows 7 Tips, Tweaks, And Secrets ... - 16 Jan 2016 21:45


[[html]]By John A. Burek<br><br>Here at, weve been pinching and prodding Windows 7 since it was a baby in beta. And now that the new operating system (OS) has officially hit the street, were confident that Microsoft has a winner on its hands. Based on countless hours of installs and test-drivingactually, weve been using Windows 7 to produce the stories on for some time nowthe consensus of our editorial team can be reduced to an analogy familiar to anyone whos ever taken a standardized test:<br><br>Windows 7 is to Windows Vista as Windows XP is to Windows Me<br><br>In simple terms, 7 smoothes out the bumps of its predecessor, and it has the potential to be Microsofts new keeper version of Windows, a laurel earned only by Windows XP and, to an extent, Windows 2000. Although we think Vista is still somewhat unfairly maligned because of its early troubles with drivers and hardware support, Windows 7 has already bested Vista in that regard. In our experiences with the beta, Release Candidate (RC), and Release to Manufacturing (RTM) versions, hardware support was largely transparent across a variety of desktops and laptops. (In fairness to Vista, thats because Windows 7 works partly off the compatibility infrastructure Vista has painstakingly built since 2007.)<br><br><img src="" width="230" height="256" alt="tips&amp;tweaks.web-whiteright" title="tips&amp;tweaks.web-whiteright" /> <br><br>On the surface, Windows 7 may not seem a radical departure from Vista. The most obvious changes are a redesigned and rethought taskbar, the suppression of Vistas default Windows Sidebar, a much more conservative (and tweakable) User Account Control warning scheme (the bane of Vista, for many), and a much slicker, graphical Devices and Printers panel for configuring your hardware. But Microsoft incorporated a tremendous number of subtle improvements and under-the-hood tweaks. None is jaw-dropping by itself, but the critical mass of all these smart changes adds up to an OS that feels more polished, tighter, and more mature than any Windows that has come before.<br><br>In our Windows 7 journey, weve been keeping a running list of the shortcuts, tips, ah-ha! moments, and lesser-known features weve run across. Some have been well-documented elsewhere; some youll find new. But all are worth checking out as you wind your way through the new Windows, or even if youre just considering making the leap. (And if youre on the fence and running Vista, check out our detailed step-by-step guide to dual-booting Vista and 7. You dont have to drop Vista until youre good and ready.) Either way, these tips will help you get your moneys worth in saved time and efficiency.<br><br>(Editors' Note: Sarah E. Anderson, Jonathan Rougeot, and Matt Safford also contributed to this guide.)<br><br>Click below to see our 50 tips and tweaks[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Windows 10 tips: Your first 30 minutes with the Technical ... - 10 Jan 2016 05:30


[[html]]Congratulations! Youve signed up for Microsofts Windows Insider program, downloaded the Windows 10 Technical Preview ISO file, and are just about ready to install it. Consider this your orientation for your new operating system.<br><br>Brad Chacos has already outlined the steps fordownloading and installing the Windows 10 Technical Preview on a virtual machineor hard drive partition.I went the simpler route: I took an older machine (a Surface 2 Pro), wiped it clean, then reinstalled and updated Windows 8 to the present.<br><br>Windows 10 installation: the final steps<img src="" alt="windows 8 recovery drive Microsoft" width="300" height="238"/> Mark Hachman <br><br>Make sure you back up your PC via a recovery drive, and then separately copy your photos, documents, and other files to external media.<br><br>If you have a spare machine lying around, updating to Windows 10 is extremely simple, especially if you have a spare 8GB USB key at the ready. As Brad recommends, back up all of your spare files (photos, documents, saved games, etc.), preferably to an external hard drive or OneDrive, just to be safe. Then jump into your Start screen and type create a recovery drive. Click on the search result. In just a few steps, Windows will copy your PCs recovery drive to the USB key, erasing whatever was stored on the USB drive in the process. This is important, as after you upgrade to Windows 10 theres no going back.<br><br>After youve created your recovery key, make sure that the Windows 10 ISO file is copied to an external USB drive, DVD, or flash drive. From there, swipe right to access the Charms, select Settings, then Change PC Settings. Click on Update and Recovery, then Recovery. Clicking the Restart Now button under Advanced Startup will reboot your PC, and allow you to select the media on which youve stored the Windows 10 Technical Preview ISO file.<br><br><img src="" alt="windows 8 boot from external media" width="580" height="292"/> Mark Hachman <br><br>Download the Windows 10 Technical Preview ISO onto a flash drive or other external media, then use the Advanced startup option to restart your PC.<br><br>From there, installing the ISO should be relatively straightforward. Your PC may have to reboot several times over the next 10 minutes, but it can be left unattended. Youll know its completed when your PC begins a Windows 8-style setup process: Youll be asked for your Microsoft account; whether you want to sync your settings with another Windows machine; whether you agree to some legalese; and to input a verification code that Microsoft will email you. After that, Windows 10 will load your applications, ask you for your username and password, and dump you unceremoniously into the Windows 10 desktop. Youre done!<br><br>A couple of caveats before we continue: This build of Windows 10 will run on multiple monitors, but some of the snap features work best on a single monitor. And make sure you have a mouseWindows 10 isntespeciallytouch-friendly at the present. I never had any problems inserting a mouse, but plugging in headphones generated an error message.<br><br>Welcome to Windows 10<br><br>Im not going to lie: Your first moments with Windows 10 are going to feel somewhat anticlimactic. If youve synced your settings with another machine, youll see the same desktop background as before. But wait, that toolbar looks differenttheres a search icon, and a weird icon to the right of that: Its the task view, as youll find out later.<br><br>Ah! Theres the Start button! Click it and you see…the Windows 8 Start page?! (Note: whether you see this option as the default may depend on whether you have a touch-enabled device.)<br><br>Yes, you do. And thats the last time youll ever see it, if you so choose. Right-click the toolbar, select Properties, click the Start Menu tab, and click Use the Start Menu instead of the Start screen.Sayonara, Start Page. Theres only one odd caveat: Opting out of the Start screen for the Start menu requires you to log out and in again. I have no idea why.<br><br><img src="" alt="windows 10 start menu options" width="580" height="555"/> Mark Hachman <br><br>The Start Menu tab under the toolbar options allows you to configure the Start Menu over the Start page. Click the Customize button to tweak things further.<br><br>Now click the Start button one more time to bring up the Start menu. Yes, this is why you downloaded Windows 10, isnt it?<br><br>How to tweak your Windows 10 Start Menu<br><br>With a little tweaking, the Start menu can be a powerful tool. Note that it, too, is a window. By hovering the mouse over the edges of the window, it can be dynamically resized. But leave it as it is for the moment.<br><br>On the left, the Start menu provides a list of applications and locations that youll access frequently: Documents, Pictures, PC Settings, and the File Explorer tool are all at the top right. If you go back into the toolbar settings menu, you can also click a series of checkboxes to specify which folders and locations are shown in the upper list. At the bottom of the menu are two important buttons: All Apps and a Search bar. Well come to back to Search later.<br><br>Clicking All Apps lists all of your apps, in alphabetical order. But its also a gateway to the Live Tiles to the right.<br><br><img src="" alt="Windows 10 Start menu Microsoft" width="580" height="326"/> Mark Hachman <br><br>The central hub of Windows 10 is the Start Menu, where you can quickly access all of the apps and folders you most often use.<br><br>Now why are those Live Tiles there? Well, they can be shortcuts to frequently accessed apps, certainly. But theyre also live widgets that can dynamically update you on your mailbox, the weather, sports news, and more. Youll see some Live Tiles already populated; feel free to right-click each and resize them, for example, or move them around. If you want to addmore Live Tiles, open the All Apps list and drag one of the apps into the Live Tile region, then right-click it and turn the Live Tile capability either on or off. You can also tell the Live Tiles not to display personal information, via the Start menu preferences.<br><br>Finally, you can resize the Start menu, transforming it from a skinny skyscraper to a massive window that evokes the Start page. Adding Live Tiles at the edge can increase its size. You can also click and drag the top edge down. Use a mouse, thoughthis early build isnt overly touch-friendly.<br><br>Making the most of search in Windows 10<br><br>Search worked fairly well on Windows 8. On Windows 10, entering a search term in the field suggests either a file on the local machine, a webpage, an app on the Windows Store, or a portal to the Bing underworld, where an HTML page opens up displaying results for, say, Fleetwood Mac. Clicking any search result then launches Internet Explorer.<br><br><img src="" alt="Windows 10 Bing search" width="580" height="326"/> Mark Hachman <br><br>Whats this, then? Microsofts Bing quickly jumps at any opportunity to help you with searches.<br><br>Theres not much to tweak here, but some of the more innovative featuressuch as launching Xbox Music when a song is searched for, or rendering hero pages when searching for celebritiesarent connected yet. (Xbox Music does work, however.) With Windows 8, Microsoft attempted to remove search from the browser. With Windows 10, its just doing a better job of it.<br><br>How to snap apps to the four corners of Windows 10<br><br>As noted previously, you can run Windows 10 on multiple monitors; I hooked an external monitor up to my Surface. But one of the features that Windows 10 offersfour-corner snapworks best on a single screen.<br><br>Its really quite simple: Drag a window to a corner of the screen, and it will snap to one-quarter of the display. Snap it to the right or left, and it will cover half the screen. Just like the Charms bar is somewhat problematic on multiple monitors, however, so too is four-corner snap on an extended display. (You can also use the Windows+arrow keys to snap windows, as well.) But theres a problem: Some apps simply wont play nice. The Weather app, for example, wanted too much space to snap neatly to a corner of my Windows 10 Surface tablet.<br><br><img src="" alt="Microsoft windows 10 snap" width="580" height="326"/> Mark Hachman <br><br>Some apps will dutifully snap to the four corners of a Windows 10 desktop, as theyre supposed to. Others, like this Weather app, wont.<br><br>The Snap Assist feature isnt bad; expect it to suggest other applications in windows you already have open. But in general, theres a reason that Microsoft employees demoed Windows 10 on large, single-monitor setups: These seem to work best at the moment.<br><br>Managing Windows 10s virtual desktops<br><br>Finally, we come back to the task view icon on the taskbar, and the virtual desktops they help create.<br><br>Clicking the task view button brings up a collection of apps on top, as well as a slideshow view of different virtual desktops on the bottom. A virtual desktop is nothing more than a screenful of snapped apps. One Microsoft executive described it as a poor mans multimonitor setup, with users switching back and forth between these virtual screens of collected apps. Clicking a virtual desktop navigates to it, or you can type CTRL+WIN+ the right or left arrow, where WIN stands for the Windows key. You canalso click the application on top, and jump directly to that desktop, and that app.<br><br><img src="" alt="windows10 task view virtual desktops" width="580" height="435"/> <br><br>This is how virtual desktops should look under Windows 10: nice and neat. But they can grow out of control quickly, too.<br><br>Creating a desktop, however, is still somewhat frustrating. Filling a single screen is easy enough, as you can open up an Internet Explorer window, for example, snap it to the right, and open up Xbox Music next to it.<br><br>But lets say you go a little crazy, open up a number of windows, then want to organize them into virtual desktops afterward. Once a window is opened in one virtual desktop, theres no way, apparently, to shift it to another. It seems like your best bet is open a second desktop, then try and open up another instance of the app inside that desktop. (To open a second, separate browser window, for example, right-click the Internet Explorer icon.)Update 10/2: Readers have pointed out that you can right-click an app window and select "Move to…" to shift between virtual desktops.<br><br>But swiping in from the left, which showed your recently opened apps in Windows 8, now shows all your open apps, not your most recent ones. That may annoy some of you.<br><br>How to send Windows 10 feedback to Microsoft<br><br>By now, you should have a pretty good handle on whats new in the Windows 10 Technical Preview. Feel free to keep exploring.<br><br><img src="" alt="windows 10 feedback app" width="580" height="326"/> Microsoft <br><br>Microsoft has made available a Windows 10 Windows Feedback app so users like you can report bugs and suggest improvements.<br><br>So far, I really havent seen much behavior that indicates that Microsoft is actively seeking feedback. I did see one popup that vanished before I could click on it, which may or may not have been a question. But if you do find something to complain or comment about, make sure you use the Windows Feedback app (Click the Windows button, then type Windows Feedback to access the app.)<br><br>I havent run into any showstopping bugs. Ive loaded a few apps, connected an Xbox controller and played a game I downloaded from Steam. And, hey, Netflix works.<br><br>As Microsoft has said previously, this is a build of Windows 10. Microsoft still has nine months or so until the final release. Hopefully this gives you a sense of what works in Windows 10, and how to make it better. Whats next is up to youexplore Windows 10, discover how it works, and if you find some aspect you dislike, let Microsoft know. Theres still time to make Windows 10 what you want.<br><br>Updated on Oct. 2 with additional information.<br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

20 tips for Windows 8.1 - CNET - 03 Jan 2016 09:46


[[html]]<img src="" class="" alt="" itemprop="image" height="578" width="770"/><br><br>Now that we've all got over the shock of big, bright, animated tiles in Windows, Microsoft has released version 8.1 as a refinement of its vision of a unified multi-platform operating system. There are a few tweaks of note, both in its surface appearance and deeper down, and these tips will bring you right up to speed with what's new and updated in the latest operating system.&#13;&#13;<br><br>1. Use the Start button<br><br><img src="" class="lazy " alt="" height="578" width="770" data-original=""/><img src="" class="" alt="" itemprop="image" height="578" width="770"/><br><br>Let's start with the Start button, reinstated in 8.1 after being omitted from Windows 8. It actually doesn't do much more than the old bottom-left hot corner did, but many will find it reassuring anyway — click the Start button to bring up the Start screen (or to go back to the desktop), or right-click to access key system sections (such as the Control Panel and Task Manager).&#13;&#13;<br><br>2. Boot straight to the desktop<br><br><img src="" class="lazy " alt="" height="578" width="770" data-original=""/><img src="" class="" alt="" itemprop="image" height="578" width="770"/><br><br>While we're on the topic of undoing all the changes Windows 8 brought about, let's talk about booting straight to the desktop, now possible in Windows 8.1 for those with an aversion to big sliding blocks of colour. Right-click on the desktop taskbar, choose Properties and then open up the Navigation tab — tick the top option under the Start screen heading to boot to the desktop (and return to it when there are no apps open).&#13;&#13;<br><br>3. Customise the Start screen<br><br><img src="" class="lazy " alt="" height="578" width="770" data-original=""/><img src="" class="" alt="" itemprop="image" height="578" width="770"/><br><br>If you are a fan of the Start screen, there are now more options for customising it — you can name individual groups of shortcuts, access more shades of colour, and switch between three app tile sizes. Right-click on the Start screen and choose Customise to change group names and tile sizes; open the Settings charm and choose Personalise to access the wallpaper and colour options.&#13;&#13;<br><br>4. Make playlists from Bing<br><br><img src="" class="lazy " alt="" height="578" width="770" data-original=""/><img src="" class="" alt="" itemprop="image" height="578" width="770"/><br><br>If you haven't already noticed, Microsoft is very keen on integrating its premier apps as closely as possible. Try searching for your favourite artist in Bing using the Internet Explorer Start screen app; with the results on display, open the Share charm. You'll notice there's a Music option there to create a playlist based on the artist you've searched for, which can come in handy when you're checking out the best new band of the week.&#13;&#13;<br><br>5. Check app sizes<br><br><img src="" class="lazy " alt="" height="578" width="770" data-original=""/><img src="" class="" alt="" itemprop="image" height="578" width="770"/><br><br>Open up the Settings charm, then choose Change PC settings &gt; Search and apps &gt; App sizes. Windows 8.1 presents you with a list of your currently installed apps, with the biggest at the top — this can be useful if you're looking to free up some space on your hard drive (or tablet's flash storage) and want to know what you can cut.&#13;&#13;<br><br>6. Use the Reading View<br><br><img src="" class="lazy " alt="" height="578" width="770" data-original=""/><img src="" class="" alt="" itemprop="image" height="578" width="770"/><br><br>Windows 8.1 comes bundled with the all-new Internet Explorer 11, and if you're running it in Start screen mode you'll notice a chunky book icon on the right of the address bar when viewing certain pages. Click this icon to enter Reading View, where adverts and unnecessary paraphernalia are stripped away to leave only the content you care about. You can also send articles to the new Reading List app from the Share charm.&#13;&#13;<br><br>7. Get your libraries back<br><br><img src="" class="lazy " alt="" height="578" width="770" data-original=""/><img src="" class="" alt="" itemprop="image" height="578" width="770"/><br><br>The File Explorer in Windows 8.1 isn't quite as keen on libraries (music, videos, photos and so on) as its predecessor. Open up File Explorer to find the newly renamed 'This PC' view, then choose View &gt; Navigation pane &gt; Show libraries to bring them back on the left-hand side.&#13;&#13;<br><br>8. Create a lock screen slideshow<br><br><img src="" class="lazy " alt="" height="578" width="770" data-original=""/><img src="" class="" alt="" itemprop="image" height="578" width="770"/><br><br>One of the neat new features in Windows 8.1 is the ability to set up a slideshow of pictures on the lock screen rather than one static image. From the Settings charm, choose Change PC settings &gt; PC and devices &gt; Lock screen. Switch the slideshow option to 'On' and you can specify a local folder or SkyDrive folder to source images from.&#13;&#13;<br><br>9. Set a universal wallpaper<br><br><img src="" class="lazy " alt="" height="578" width="770" data-original=""/><img src="" class="" alt="" itemprop="image" height="578" width="770"/><br><br>Get the feeling that your desktop backdrop would look equally fetching on the Start screen? No problem — Windows 8.1 lets you use the same picture for both. Choose the Personalise option from the Settings charm on the Start screen and you'll see your current desktop wallpaper appear as the final option.&#13;&#13;<br><br>10. Save to SkyDrive<br><br><img src="" class="lazy " alt="" height="578" width="770" data-original=""/><img src="" class="" alt="" itemprop="image" height="578" width="770"/><br><br>Microsoft is very keen for you to make use of its SkyDrive app, and with 8.1 it's more integrated into Windows than ever before. From the Settings charm, select Change PC settings and then open up the SkyDrive page — the options here enable you to use SkyDrive as your default save location, upload photos automatically and sync configuration settings across multiple PCs.<br><br>11. Edit your photos<br><br><img src="" class="lazy " alt="" height="578" width="770" data-original=""/><img src="" class="" alt="" itemprop="image" height="578" width="770"/><br><br>Microsoft has been busy at work on many of the Start screen apps, including Photos, which now includes basic editing tools. Select an image from the Photos app to open it, then right-click and choose Edit to access a variety of tools, filters and adjustment options.&#13;&#13;<br><br>12. Restart apps<br><br><img src="" class="lazy " alt="" height="578" width="770" data-original=""/><img src="" class="" alt="" itemprop="image" height="578" width="770"/><br><br>In Windows 8, dragging the top of a Start screen app down to the bottom of the display closed it. In 8.1, this makes the app disappear, but it remains running in task manager in case you need it again. You can use the same action to restart an app, but instead of letting go of the mouse button at the bottom of the screen, keep hold of it. The app card will flip over, at which point you can bring it back up on screen to restart the app.&#13;&#13;<br><br>13. Disable hot corners<br><br><img src="" class="lazy " alt="" height="578" width="770" data-original=""/><img src="" class="" alt="" itemprop="image" height="578" width="770"/><br><br>The 'hot corners' let you access touchscreen swipe operations (like opening the charms bar) with a mouse, but you can turn them off in Windows 8.1. Right-click the desktop taskbar, choose Properties and then open the Navigation tab. Under the Corner navigation heading, you can disable the top left (open apps) and top right (Windows charms) corners.&#13;&#13;<br><br>14. View the full apps list by default<br><br><img src="" class="lazy " alt="" height="578" width="770" data-original=""/><img src="" class="" alt="" itemprop="image" height="578" width="770"/><br><br>As well as launching the Start screen or the desktop when your PC boots up, you can choose to launch the All Apps screen instead (normally found by clicking the small down arrow in the lower left-hand corner of the Start screen). You'll find an option for this by right-clicking on the taskbar, choosing Properties and opening up the Navigation tab.&#13;&#13;<br><br>15. Make quick calculations<br><br><img src="" class="lazy " alt="" height="578" width="770" data-original=""/><img src="" class="" alt="" itemprop="image" height="578" width="770"/><br><br>Click the down arrow in the lower left-hand corner of the Start screen and you'll find the new Calculator app included in Windows 8.1. You can use it full-screen or keep it in a docked window for making quick calculations — here's a standard view, a scientific view and a conversion tool that covers volume, length, weight, temperature and more besides.&#13;&#13;<br><br>16. Create a system image<br><br><img src="" class="lazy " alt="" height="578" width="770" data-original=""/><img src="" class="" alt="" itemprop="image" height="578" width="770"/><br><br>Windows 7 and Windows 8 both included a system image backup tool, but at first glance it seems to have disappeared in Windows 8.1. It hasn't actually vanished, but it has been well hidden. Launch the desktop Control Panel, then choose System and Security &gt; File History window and the System Image Backup option is down in the lower left-hand corner.&#13;&#13;<br><br>17. Set alarms<br><br><img src="" class="lazy " alt="" height="578" width="770" data-original=""/><img src="" class="" alt="" itemprop="image" height="578" width="770"/><br><br>Windows 8.1 includes a new Alarms app that will wake you up in the morning or remind you to take the dog out for a stroll. If it's not visible on the Start screen, click the downward arrow in the bottom left-hand corner. You can configure repeating alarms, set up a countdown or run a stopwatch. Note that alarms will only ring when your PC is awake.&#13;&#13;<br><br>18. Dock your apps<br><br><img src="" class="lazy " alt="" height="578" width="770" data-original=""/><img src="" class="" alt="" itemprop="image" height="578" width="770"/><br><br>Windows 8 let you dock two apps alongside each other, but Windows 8.1 lets you arrange three, and adjust the dock sizes at the same time. Drag an app from the top down to the side of the screen to dock it. You'll notice many of the Start screen apps have mini-modes that they can revert to.&#13;&#13;<br><br>19. Switch off universal search<br><br><img src="" class="lazy " alt="" height="578" width="770" data-original=""/><img src="" class="" alt="" itemprop="image" height="578" width="770"/><br><br>Enter a keyword or two into the Search charm and you'll be presented with a cornucopia of matching results from your PC, Windows settings and the Web. For a less expansive, less stylised experience, disable the online component via the Settings charm &gt; Change PC settings &gt; Search.&#13;&#13;<br><br>20. Get more help<br><br><img src="" class="lazy " alt="" height="578" width="770" data-original=""/><img src="" class="" alt="" itemprop="image" height="578" width="770"/><br><br>Perhaps in recognition of all the Windows 8 users who were perplexed by the Start screen, Microsoft has built a special Help + Tips app into Windows 8.1 to make it easier to find your way around. If you can't find it on the Start screen, click the down arrow (bottom left) to see the full list of installed apps. Help + Tips should be available under the first Apps section. If you've installed Windows 8.1 for a friend or family member, you can fire up this app and then bid them a good evening.&#13;&#13;<br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

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