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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…]

10 Tips for Working with Windows 8.1

No matter how you use Windows 8.1 — on a desktop with mouse and keyboard or via the touchscreen — there are some ways to make it easier and more efficient to use. Following are ten tips for getting the [more…]

Controlling Application Windows in Windows 8.1

Application windows are different in Windows 8.1 depending on whether you are working with a desktop app or a Windows 8-style app. (Windows 8 apps are very different from anything else you have probably [more…]

What to Do When an Application Stops Responding

When an application crashes in Windows, it stops responding to commands. There are a few things that you can do when an application no longer responds. Here are some clues that an application has crashed [more…]

What to Do When You Get the Blue Screen of Death

Ah, the dreaded Blue Screen of Death (BSOD). It’s been around for many Windows versions now, and it always spells doom. A BSOD is a serious error message that appears on a bright blue screen, letting you [more…]

Getting Around in Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 has two main interfaces: the desktop and the Start screen. Depending on how your computer is set up, one or the other of these appears automatically when you start your computer. [more…]

Running Applications in Windows 8.1

Computers exist for one basic reason: to run applications. An application is a program that performs some useful function. For example, there are applications that create spreadsheets, play games, edit [more…]

How to Set Up an Internet Connection

If you have a properly configured broadband modem and router (for example, one set up by the installer when you order cable or DSL service), you might not have to do anything to set up an Internet connection [more…]

How to Set Up an Account in Mail in Windows 8.1

If you have a web-based email account from one of the major email services (Google, Yahoo!,, Hotmail,, or AOL), or an IMAP or EAS account, follow these steps to set up your email account [more…]

The 5 Versions of Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 appears in five — count ’em, five — different versions. Three of those versions are available in 32-bit and 64-bit incarnations. That makes eight different versions of Windows to choose from [more…]

How to Scan from the Windows 8.1 Start Screen

After neglecting scanner owners in Windows 8, Windows 8.1 makes amends with a new Start screen app that specifically handles the chore of turning physical paper into computer files. Dubbed simply Scan, [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…]

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