How to Set Apps to Open in the Desktop in Windows 8.1

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Here’s how to set apps to open in the Desktop in Windows 8.1 and use the interface that’s best for your needs. Most people consider the Start Screen and Desktop areas of Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 operating system to be completely separate operating systems even if they really aren’t. To be clear, both are very distinctive […]

How to Print from Windows 8.1

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Like other activities, Microsoft fundamentally changed the way things work in Windows 8.1. Chief among those changes was how people interact with devices like printers. It used to be that every device maker created their own drivers and software experience that was exclusive to that particular printer maker. Thankfully, that’s no longer the case and […]

How to Remove Apps in Windows 8.1

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Every device running Windows 8.1 comes with a pre-installed apps. These apps usually consist of two types. First, there are the traditional applications the run on the Desktop. Desktop apps are what most users think of when someone says apps. That’s because until Windows 8, they were the only types of apps that users could […]

How To Restart Apps in Windows 8.1

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Microsoft threw away the rule book when it designed Windows 8. Before, things like restarting an application were simple because of the nature of Windows apps themselves. If you hit the X in the top right corner of the screen, they closed and you could select the app from the Start Menu again. Because apps […]

How to Stream Video to the Xbox One from Windows 8.1

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It’s a great time to own an Xbox One, Microsoft’s latest all-in-one entertainment system. However, it’s not a great time to own the console and want to watch video that wasn’t purchased through the Xbox Video Store, or available on Netflix. Today, the Xbox One lacks the ability to read hard drives and let users […]

How to Update an Xbox One Controller

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It’s no secret that Microsoft intends for the Xbox One, its now current-generation platform for enjoying video games, live television and more, to be upgradable over time. Even if the company hadn’t said as much explicitly, which it has, there have already been three updates delivered to the console since it launched in late November last year. It’s this last […]

How to Add Events and Accounts Windows 8 Calendar

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Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 operating system disposes with a lot of the pre-loaded applications Windows desktops and tablets have come with in the past. In their place is a new kind of application. Dubbed Windows Store apps, settings and information stored in these apps automatically sync between PCs and Outlook.com. They put each user’s information at […]

How to Pin A Website in Windows 8

How to Pin A Website in Windows 8 (7)

Just like Windows Phone, Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating seeks to blend the notifications, shortcuts and even favorites features that owners already love into its colorful Start Screen. In short, this means that users always have the most up-to-date information about what’s going on in their lives and can quickly navigate to the websites and apps […]

The 7 Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts You Need to Know

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There’s no denying it. Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system is a dramatic departure from the way older versions of Windows used to work. Announced and released at a time when no one can deny that Microsoft’s operating system is under increased pressure to simplify and change thanks to Apple’s iPad, Windows 8 is the company’s […]

How to Redeem a Code on the Xbox One and Xbox 360

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The Xbox One and Xbox 360 are two of the best gaming consoles avaiable. Together they both represent how different technologies, that is hardware and software, can come together to create something bigger than just a video gaming machine. To satisfy these users Microsoft makes content available for purchase in its Xbox Store. Users can […]

How to Keep the Address Bar On Screen in Windows 8.1 Internet Explorer

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Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 addresses a lot of the issues that users have complained about on PCs for years. There are automated backup features and even the Flash plugin has been built into the operating system, allowing for users to seamlessly start their new Windows device and get going quickly. Unfortunately, changes in the design of […]

How to Update the Xbox One

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Microsoft practically told everyone that its Xbox One gaming console’s software, or what most gamers refer to as the Xbox One Dashboard, would see a number of updates during its life cycle. In fact, if the Xbox 360’s lifecycle is an accurate indicator of what’s to come, users could see Microsoft rollout out radical new […]

How to Edit Videos Using Free Software on Windows 8

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It used to be that completing everyday tasks on devices running Microsoft’s Windows operating systems required users to download all sorts of software and tools. Sometimes these software tools cost hundreds of dollars and weren’t really that user-friendly. For example, tools like Premiere Elements are the standard by which all other video editing apps are […]

How to Check App Size on Windows 8.1

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Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 make it incredibly easy for users to download new apps and games. Thanks to the Windows Store new apps are always just a few taps or clicks away. Unfortunately, if you’re one of the people who like to download as many apps and files as you can, you’ll quickly learn […]

How to Sync Internet Explorer Tabs in Windows 8.1

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Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 is meant to be used on desktops, tablets, 2-in-1s and anything else in between. The company touts this as how it plans to keep its software and services available anywhere and everywhere that a potential user might be. Many of the features that enable that vision also allow Windows 8.1 users to […]

How to Take Screenshots on a Windows 8 PC

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Microsoft’s decision to create a version of Windows that’s at home on laptops, tablets and 2-in-1s revolutionized the way millions of Windows users do everything from write messages to their friends to implying opening new apps and programs. Correctly embracing that change meant Windows needed to evolve and add multiple ways of doing the most […]

How To Make Writing in OneNote MX Easier

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Of the apps that Microsoft needed to bring to Windows tablets, OneNote was always the app that made the most sense. Since debuting early last decade in Office, OneNote has become a great way to take notes with a mouse and keyboard and sync them effortlessly between devices. Where OneNote really shines is letting students […]

How to Get Pre-installed Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Apps Back

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In Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Microsoft stepped up its efforts to provide first-party tools for new Windows users. It’s true that the company has always included apps with Windows. Utilities like a Mail and Calendar have been included with Windows or accessible as a free download from Microsoft’s website for years. The difference here is […]

How to Use a Picture as a Password in Windows 8.1

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Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 introduces a lot of new features that are designed to make the computing experience of an average user easier. While it misses the mark in a few cases, being able to use a PIN number or a picture as a password replacement is one of the places where Microsoft’s latest operating system […]

How to Turn Off SkyDrive Syncing in Windows 8.1

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When Microsoft first added SkyDrive syncing it expected most users to love it. It expected them to want to offload their files and settings to its servers and have them automatically sync between Windows PCs. It expected that users would want to have access to their files anywhere and everywhere they possible could. While the […]