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How to Install Desktop Programs on Your Windows 8 Tablet

Windows 8 tablets include a fully functional desktop, just like the one found on desktop PCs. However, because tablets don’t come with disk drives, how do you install a desktop program? [more…]

How to Uninstall a Desktop Program on Your Windows 8 Tablet

You can remove desktop programs, as well as apps, directly from the Start screen on your Windows 8 tablet. Unlike apps, though, desktop programs require you to jump through a few extra hoops. [more…]

How to Open Documents in Office 2013 RT on Your Tablet

Whether you want to create a new document, open an existing one, or start working from a template on your Windows RT tablet, follow these steps to open a document in Word, Excel, or PowerPoint: [more…]

Start Documents from Templates in Office 2013 RT on a Tablet

Microsoft offers thousands of free templates on your Windows RT tablet for creating elaborate résumés, reports, invitations, schedules, calendars, and even stock reports that automatically create themselves [more…]

Take Notes with OneNote on Your Windows 8 Tablet

A computerized three-ring tabbed binder, Microsoft’s OneNote organizes your notes. It’s not picky, letting you add notes in any form: typed by hand, copied from websites, recorded as audio, captured as [more…]

How to Snap Photos or Videos on Your Windows 8 Tablet

Your Windows 8 tablet displays photos much better than it can capture them. But if you’re struck with a Kodak moment and your tablet is the only camera you have handy, follow these steps to snap a photo [more…]

How to View Photos on Your Windows 8 Tablet

The Photos app on your Windows 8 tablet, just like the People app, makes the rounds of your social networks, picking up any photos it can find. Open the Photos app with a tap of its Start screen tile, [more…]

Share or Print Photos on Your Windows 8 Tablet

The Photos app on your Windows 8 tablet lets you share or print photos. To share or print your photos from your tablet, follow these steps: [more…]

How to Watch Movies on Your Windows 8 Tablet

More a shopping mall than an app, Microsoft designed the Video app on your Windows 8 tablet to pull you into its two storefronts: The Movies Store entices you buy or rent movies, and the Television Store [more…]

Xbox Music Pass on Your Windows 8 Tablet

When you first open the Music app on a new Windows 8 tablet, you won’t find much but an empty shelf. After all, you haven’t had time to copy any music onto it yet. Even an empty tablet, though, can dish [more…]

How to Listen to Your Own Music on Your Windows 8 Tablet

With the Music app on your Windows 8 tablet, you can play music stored on your tablet, its memory card, or on other networked computers. You can even play tunes you’ve stashed on SkyDrive. [more…]

Customize Your Windows 8 Tablet through PC Settings

The Start screen’s control panel, called the PC Settings screen, lets you shave off your Windows 8 tablet’s rough edges. Each section in the PC Settings screen lets you customize a different area of your [more…]

How to Open the Desktop’s Control Panel on Your Windows 8 Tablet

The Windows 8 desktop on your tablet includes its own Control Panel. That Control Panel includes switches that affect not only your Windows desktop, but your entire tablet. Sequestered deep inside the [more…]

How to Turn Off Adaptive Brightness on Your Windows 8 Tablet

Windows 8 adds adaptive brightness to its tablets. A little sensor in your tablet constantly measures the room’s brightness level, and then adjusts the screen’s brightness to reach a comfortable level. [more…]

How to Turn on the Guest Account on Your Windows 8 Tablet

The Start screen’s PC Settings screen on your Windows 8 tablet lets you add several user accounts, handy for letting several people share one tablet. But the PC Settings area won’t let you remove or change [more…]

How to Run Windows Update on Your Windows 8 Tablet

Perhaps the most important maintenance task of all, Windows Update automatically sends security patches to your Windows 8 tablet every Tuesday. If possible, your tablet installs the patches immediately [more…]

Maintenance Tasks on Your Windows 8 Tablet

Windows 8 runs common maintenance tasks on your tablet automatically at 3 a.m. each morning. At the appointed hour, Windows 8 connects to the Internet to download any waiting software updates, update its [more…]

How to Prolong Your Windows 8 Tablet’s Battery Life

A tablet running Windows RT easily boasts a full day of battery life, and sometimes two. Tablets running Windows 8, by contrast, last only about five hours between charges. But whether you own a power [more…]

How to Back Up Your Windows 8 Tablet

Backups are essential with Windows 8 tablets, where the fumble of a finger or leap of a cat can accidentally delete your files. Even worse, tablets rank highly among thieves, as they’re easy to wipe clean [more…]

Stay Safe with Windows Defender on Your Windows 8 Tablet

Windows 8’s built-in antivirus program, Windows Defender, constantly runs in the background, automatically scanning everything that enters your tablet. If Windows Defender detects something dangerous trying [more…]

Basic Troubleshooting on Your Windows 8 Tablet

Occasionally, your Windows 8 tablet either misbehaves, or falls ill. Following are some possible treatment plans, as well as a few tweaks to solve specific problems. [more…]

Ten Things to Do Now to Your Windows 8 Tablet

When you first turn on your Windows 8 tablet, it’s a faceless, nameless device. After you've completed these ten tasks, though, your tablet becomes truly [more…]

Ten Essential Apps for Your Windows 8 Tablet

Windows 8 on your tablet comes with several core apps pre-installed, but the Windows Store offers thousands of other apps, with hundreds more pouring in each week. Too many, in fact, to know which ones [more…]

Ten Essential Tips ‘n’ Tricks for Windows 8 Tablets

There are a lot of tips and tricks you might need to know to get the most out of your Windows 8 tablet. Although it's difficult to limit it to ten, here are ten essential tips and tricks to wring the most [more…]

Ten (or So) Essential Windows 8 Tablet Accessories

This list covers the most important accessories to add to your Windows 8 tablet. Your needs may differ, of course, so they're listed in general order of importance and portability. [more…]

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