Ways to Do Everything New in Windows 8.1
Windows 8.1 is here, and for the most part, we dig it. The first significant update to Microsoft’s Windows 8 OS, Windows 8.1 isn’t really a wholesale refresh even a series of smaller sized tuneups that come together to smoothen out its predecessor’s rough edges
If you’re a strong anti-Start-screening, Windows 8.1 won’t change your mind, however, it does make a handful of concessions to you and your ilk. And if you’re currently down with Microsoft’s brand-new touch-centric ways, the upgrade makes things even much better. Either way, there’s more than a few brand-new things to see here, so here’s a quick rundown of how you can make the most of them.
The New Start Button
The most publicized part of Windows 8.1 is likewise the least significant. Yes, the Start button is back in your home in the bottom left corner of the desktop, but it still doesn’t bring the Windows 7-era Start menu back with it.
Rather, simply tapping or clicking it will bring you over to the brand-new Start screen. Putting the button back is a good way to show Microsoft is at least somewhat listening to its audience, but its vision for the future of computing seems to be set in stone.
Booting to the Desktop
Windows 8.1’s brand-new “boot to desktop” choice is most likely going to be the most helpful addition for old-school Windows users. When it’s enabled, it does exactly what its name recommends– instead of going to the Start screen when you boot up your computer system, you can go straight into desktop mode and ignore those ‘live tiles’ entirely.
To do this, all you need to do is right-click on the desktop taskbar, choose Properties, click the Navigation tab, and after that mark off package beside the phrase “When I check in or close all apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start.” Hit Apply and OK, and then you’re all prepared to disregard the ‘Modern UI’ for as long as you ‘d like.
Closing down Faster
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The Win+ X menu has actually gotten a little an increase with Windows 8.1 too, but its most beneficial tuneup is its new quick shut down alternative. Pushing the Windows and X secrets together or right-clicking on the new Start button will raise, among other things, a “Shut down or sign out” timely. Select it, and you can, well, shut down or sign out of your PC without needing to go through the old complicated technique of powering below the Start screen. Nothing major, sure, however, it might conserve you a headache or 2.
Keeping Your Background Constant
Among the more aesthetically pleasing upgrades with Windows 8.1 is the capability to make your Start screen background the like your desktop’s background. There’s no significant action to make it occur– simply set an image as your background like you normally would, and it’ll carry over to both areas.
If you wish to alter the Start screen’s background back to exactly what it was before– or to among the brand-new colours Microsoft’s consisted of with the Windows 8.1 update– just swipe open the appeals bar while you’re on the Start screen, press Settings, then Individualize, and after that change away.
Expanding Your Lock Screen
Along those lines, Windows 8.1 likewise broadens the lock screen’s performance. Now, you can set it to show an image slideshow by going to Settings from the appeals bar, then be clicking Modification PC Settings, then hitting Lock screen under the Personalization menu, and then be swiping the “Play a slideshow on the lock screen” choice toon. From there, you can display images that are either stored locally on your PC or stashed in your SkyDrive account.
In those exact same settings, you can likewise decide to access a variety of apps from the lock screen. Microsoft’s native camera app is one of the most integrated ones– as soon as you guarantee that the “Swipe down on the lock screen to use the video camera” choice is turned on, you’ll have the ability to– you thought it– swipe down on the lock screen to access your PC’s shooter.
Furthermore, the lock screen settings now let you allow certain apps to reveal quick notices while you’re signed out. If you receive a telephone call while signed into Skype, for example, you’ll have the ability to answer it while your PC is locked.
Skype and the default mail, alarm, and calendar apps will display status updates on the lock screen by default, but the aforementioned settings menu lets you allow notices from approximately three other apps like Twitter, NFL Mobile, and Facebook as well.
Reorganizing Your Start Screen
While those new desktop and lock screen functions are worth noting, the majority of Windows 8.1’s upgrades apply to Microsoft’s ‘Modern UI’ user interface. More particularly, you can now arrange your Start screen in a couple of new ways.
For one, app tiles on the Start screen can be resized into 2 brand-new shapes: a smaller square one, and a bigger fresh start. We discover the smaller sized ones to be particularly handy, as you can now fit 4 small tiles in the exact same area as one medium one.