15 Windows 8.1 Tips and Tricks To Master
1. Boot to the Deskstop instead of Start Screen
When you start your computer, by default it will take you to the Start Screen. There is a way to start your computer and go straight to the Desktop instead. Right-click on the desktop toolbar, select Properties and go to the Navigation tab. Under the Start Screen options, enable the box “When I sign in or close all applications on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start”.
2. Use Start Button
3. Shut Down Quickly
Windows 8.1 gets back the shortcut menu that appears when you right-click in the bottom left-hand corner of the desktop, but there are some new options. You can now shut the system down or log out of your account from here, Instead of going through the Settings charm.
4. Lock Screen Slideshows
Windows 8.1 adds the new feature to set up a slideshow of pictures on the lock screen rather than one static image. From the Settings charm, choose Change PC settings -> PC and devices -> Lock screen. Switch the slideshow option to ‘On’ and you can specify a local folder or SkyDrive folder to source images from.
5. Customize Start Screen Background
6. Configure Automatic Apps Updates
Unlike Windows 8, app updates in Windows 8.1 will be automatically installed by default without the user’s consent. To stop this from happening, open Windows Store and access the Settings Charm menu. In the Settings Charm menu, select Settings and navigate to App Updates. Enable or disable the option to automatically update apps.
7. Close Background Running Apps
In Windows 8, when you drag a Start Screen app down to the bottom of the screen, it will close the app. However, on Windows 8.1, this action will only make the app disappear – it is still running in the background. To close the app, drag the app down to the bottom of the screen but instead of letting it go, hold on to it. Wait until the app card flips over, and only now the app is closed.
8. Switch to Reading View
9. Sky Drive
Smart Files is a new feature on Windows 8.1 that allows you to view your Skydrive files without having to download everything onto your computer. When you browse through your SkyDrive folder in File Explorer, you’ll see a column called Availability.
By default, all the files are listed as Online-only, which means that as long as you are connected to the Internet, you can view the files without actually having them on your computer’s hard drive. If you want a particular SkyDrive file or folder to be available offline, just right-click on it and select the Make available offline option.
10. Edit Photos
Windows 8.1 added a new feature Smart screen photos app, It has been provided basic editing tools. Open up an image and you’ll find autofix shortcuts, tools for adjusting colours and shades, and rotate and crop options.
11. View the Full Apps List by Default
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.
12. Quick Calculations
Also new to the Windows 8.1 integrated apps scene is a basic calculator. Launch it from the Start screen and you can switch between Standard and Scientific modes. A handy unit conversion tool is included as well.
13. Set Alarm
The New Alarm app is also added to Windows 8.1 . You can access it from Start screen and add multiple alarms and set different varieties of ringtones to wake you up
14. Name App Goups
Each of your Start screen app tile groups can have its own heading now, if required. You could name one group ‘Work’ and one ‘Play’, to be completely unoriginal and dull, for example. Right-click on the Start screen and choose Customise to bring up the labels.
15. Windows 8.1 Shortcuts
|+||Open Search Charm to search Windows and Web|
|+||Search within the opened app|
|+||Get Commands and Context Menus within an app|
|+ +||Snap app to the right|
|+ +||Snap app to the left|
|+||Zoom in on Start Screen|
|+||Zoom out on Start Screen|
|+||Close an app|
|+||Search your PC|
|+||Lock the screen orientation (portrait or landscape)|
|+ +||Change to a previously selected input language|
|+||Choose a presentation display mode|
|+||Open Start Button options|
|+||Minimize all but the active desktop window|