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Windows 8.1 For Dummies Extras

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Restore the Libraries to Windows 8.1

A folder is a storage area on a drive, just like a real folder in a file cabinet. Windows 8.1 divides your computer’s hard drives into many folders to separate your many projects. For example, you store [more…]

Put Menus and Toolbars back on Internet Explorer 11

Windows 8.1 includes a new version of Internet Explorer, Internet Explorer 11. If you’ve skipped a few versions of Internet Explorer, you may notice something missing: those helpful button- and menu-filled [more…]

Share Files on One PC with Public Folders

Normally, the Windows user account system keeps everybody’s files separate, effectively thwarting Jack’s attempts to read Jill’s diary. But what if you’re co-writing a report with somebody, and you both [more…]

Crop Photos in the Windows 8.1 Photos App

The Windows 8.1 Photos app offers some basic photo editing tools not found in the Windows 8 Photos app. Follow these steps to crop a photo in the Windows 8.1 Photos app: [more…]

Choose the Right Account Type in Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 offers a staggering variety of accounts: Administrator, Standard, Local, Microsoft, and Child. What are the differences among them? And which should you choose? [more…]

The 11 Biggest Changes in Windows 8.1

If you upgraded from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1, this list — which highlights the 11 biggest changes in Windows 8.1 — will clarify issues that might otherwise be confusing to you. [more…]

For Seniors: How to Add a Program Tile to the Start Screen in Windows 8.1

On the Start screen, you can launch an app or program by selecting its tile. When you install Windows 8.1, only Microsoft app tiles are on the Start screen. To start a non-Microsoft app or program, you [more…]

For Seniors: Using a Family Photo for the Windows 8.1 Lock Screen Background

When you turn on a computer that runs Windows 8.1, the lock screen is the first thing you see. So, why not make your day a little brighter by putting the photo of a loved one on the lock screen? You can [more…]

For Seniors: How to Change the App or Program that Opens a File in Windows 8.1

Suppose you double-click a filename in File Explorer but the file opens in the wrong app or program. For example, an image file opens in the Photos app but you want it to open in the Paint program. [more…]

The Case Against Smart Search in Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 brings plenty of improvements to the Win8 way of working, but one of the really bad new "features" is Smart Search. When you install Windows 8.1, Smart Search is turned on by default. You should [more…]

Inside Windows 8.1 Share Contracts

Share contracts are one of many contracts built into the Windows 8.1 (and Windows 8) platform. Contracts, which are a key element to the Win8 platform, are a sort of agreement between one or more apps [more…]

How Windows 8.1 Arranges Tiles for New Desktop Programs

When you install a new program in Windows 8.1, the installer throws a bunch of tiles up on the All Apps screen — the screen you see if you go to the Metro Start screen, and then tap or click the down arrow [more…]

Why Did Microsoft Mess with Libraries?

In both Windows 7 and Windows 8, Windows builds powerful default Libraries for you: Your Documents Library, for example, includes the Documents folder as well as the [more…]

The Reading View in Internet Explorer 11

Windows 8.1 ships with Internet Explorer 11 (IE 11), which has a host of new features, but one that will appeal the most to tablet users is the new Reading View. [more…]

A Few Tips for Using TweetDeck for Windows 8.1

While Windows 8.1 has a Twitter client built into it, you can use a Twitter client like TweetDeck on your old-fashioned desktop for high-volume tweeting. There are lots of pros and cons of various Twitter [more…]

Beware of "Microsoft Tech Support" Scams

Con artists all over the world are bilking big bucks out of unsuspecting Microsoft customers — and they're duping some savvy Windows users in the process. [more…]

A Few Tips for Using TweetDeck for Windows 8.1

While Windows 8.1 has a Twitter client built into it, you can use a Twitter client like TweetDeck on your old-fashioned desktop for high-volume tweeting. There are lots of pros and cons of various Twitter [more…]

What’s Wrong with Windows Automatic Update?

If you’re setting up a system for Dear Aunt Belvedere who won’t look at anything on the web, okay, set her for Windows Automatic Update. But for anybody savvy enough to be reading these words, don’t do [more…]

Making the Move from Outlook to Gmail

Why should you consider using Gmail instead of Outlook or some other solution? For starters, Gmail's spam filtering is second to none. Its interface is also remarkably easy to use. Where searching Outlook [more…]

Windows 8.1 For Seniors For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Take charge of the Windows 8.1 operating system by knowing how to get to the Start screen, what the functions at the edge of the screen are, how to switch between apps, and how to handle passwords. [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…]

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…]

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