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How to Calibrate the Touchscreen on Your Windows 8.1 Machine

One of the great things about Windows 8.1 is that it's designed for easy use on a device with a touchscreen. If you have a problem accurately selecting objects on your screen using touch, you can calibrate [more…]

4 Tips for Navigating the Windows 8.1 Metro and Desktop Interfaces

If you've ever used Windows (like, oh, 1.4 billion other people on the planet), you'll be confused by Windows 8.1's Jekyll and Hyde interface. On the one hand, Dr. Jekyll's old-fashioned desktop looks [more…]

Customizing and Optimizing Windows 8.1 to Work Your Way

Windows 8.1 has lots and lots (and lots and lots) of options. Remember that there's always at least a dozen ways to skin whatever cat may come calling. The following is a highlights reel of Windows 8.1 [more…]

Top Tasks for New Windows 8.1 Users

Like most new software, Windows 8.1 comes with a few administrative tasks you should do before using it. If you just upgraded, here's what you need to do: [more…]

Windows 8.1 All-in-One For Dummies Cheat Sheet

If you have a computer or tablet that runs Windows 8, you really should upgrade to Windows 8.1. If you’re starting out fresh, moving from Windows XP or Windows 7 [more…]

5 Big Changes in Windows 8.1

Windows 8 created two separate worlds: the touch-oriented Start screen and the mouse-bound desktop. Windows 8.1 tries to blend those two worlds a little more evenly. Here are some of the biggest changes [more…]

Finding Hidden Hotspots in Windows 8.1

Most apps in Windows 8.1 fill the entire screen. The full-screen view lets you concentrate on the information in front of you. But that also means you can’t see any menus. When you need those menus — to [more…]

Windows 8.1 Touch and Mouse Commands

Windows 8.1 brings users into a new era of touchscreens, whether they're built into tablets, laptops, or even desktop monitors. When you're faced with a touchscreen device, these commands help you maneuver [more…]

Windows 8.1 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The new tile-filled Start screen and apps in Windows 8 presented a huge shock to upgraders. Windows 8.1, by contrast, merely polishes many of the roughest edges found in Windows 8. Here are the biggest [more…]

How to Navigate the Windows 8.1 Start Screen

Although Windows 8.1 brings back the Start button to the desktop, you'll still need to learn a few tricks to navigate the Windows 8.1 Start screen. This video shows you how the Windows Start screen is [more…]

How to Access the Charms Bar in Windows 8.1

This video walks you through the Charms Bar, which is a menu in Windows 8.1 containing five icons that are shortcuts to Windows most common functions. You'll learn how to call up the Charms Bar from anywhere [more…]

Starting Apps or Programs from the Windows 8.1 Start Screen

Launching a program on the Windows 8.1 Start screen isn't what it used to be in previous versions of Windows. With a simple click or tap, this video shows you how to launch programs and applications in [more…]

How to Find and Install New Apps in Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 comes with a variety of pre-installed apps, but you can go to the Windows Store to find even more apps. You can type keywords into the Search box in the Store to find apps by type, price, or [more…]

How to Create User Accounts in Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 lets you set up user accounts for each person who uses your PC. Like previous version of Windows, Windows 8.1 has Administrator, Standard, and Guest accounts. A Child account is a Standard [more…]

How to Make Your Desktop Launch Automatically in Windows 8.1

The Windows 8.1 desktop works a lot like the desktop found in previous versions. To get to the desktop, click the desktop tile from the Start screen. If you'd rather your computer skip the Start screen [more…]

How to Link Your Social Networking Accounts to Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 lets you link your people and mail apps to your social networking sites like Facebook, Google, and Twitter, and other services. Your PC will then sign in to each service and automatically import [more…]

6 Windows 8.1 Tips for Your Laptop or Tablet

Whether you're traveling or computing close to home, you can make the most of Windows 8.1 features that enable you to find wireless networks, change laptop lid settings, stay safe with a separate backup [more…]

How to Customize Your Desktop in Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 gives you several ways to organize the icons on your desktop. You can change the background (also called wallpaper) on your Windows 8.1 desktop. You can choose your own color or use a Windows [more…]

How to Use the Windows 8.1 Search Function

The Windows 8.1 search function, located in the Charms bar, searches both your files and the Internet for results. If you can't find an app, file, specific e-mail, or a hidden setting, the search function [more…]

How to Set Your Password in Windows 8.1

With Windows 8.1 allowing multiple people to use the same PC, using a password for your user account can help solve potential problems of the wrong person accessing your personal information. This video [more…]

How to Organize Your Apps in Windows 8.1

You can remove apps from your Windows 8.1 start screen if it contains tiles that you're never going to use. You can also create app groups to keep your home screen organized. [more…]

Windows 8.1 Upgrade: What's New to You?

Designed for touchscreen ease, Windows 8.1 features a colorful Start screen packed with apps and constantly updating tiles. The Desktop tile takes you to your Windows workspace, where you'll find familiar [more…]
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