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How to Tug on a Windows 8 Title Bar

Found atop nearly every window, the title bar usually lists the program name and the file it's currently working on. For example, the following figure shows the title bars from the Windows 8 WordPad [more…]

Part of the Series: Windows 8: 6 Ways to Navigate the Documents Library Window

Windows 8: Navigate Folders with a Window's Address Bar

Directly beneath every folder's title bar lives the Address Bar, shown atop the Documents library here. Internet Explorer veterans will experience déjà vu: The Windows 8 Address Bar is lifted straight [more…]

Part of the Series: Windows 8: 6 Ways to Navigate the Documents Library Window

Find Commands on the Ribbon in Windows 8

Windows 8 places menus inside a new tab-filled Ribbon that lives atop every folder and library. The Windows 8 desktop has such a plethora of menu items that you'll be glad for the Ribbon and its tidy organization [more…]

Part of the Series: Windows 8: 6 Ways to Navigate the Documents Library Window

Shortcuts with the Windows 8 Navigation Pane

Look at most "real" desktops, and you'll see the most-used items sitting within arm's reach: the coffee cup, the stapler, and perhaps a few crumbs from the coffee room snacks. Similarly, Windows 8 gathers [more…]

Part of the Series: Windows 8: 6 Ways to Navigate the Documents Library Window

The Windows 8 Desktop’s Control Panel

When the Windows 8 Start screen’s PC Settings screen isn’t enough, head for the big guns: The desktop’s Control Panel lets you while away an entire workweek opening icons and flipping switches to fine-tune [more…]

How to Change the Windows 8 Appearance

One of the most popular categories on the Windows 8 desktop's Control Panel, Appearance and Personalization, lets you change the look, feel, and behavior of Windows 8 in a wide variety of ways. Inside [more…]

How to Change the Theme in Windows 8

Themes are simply collections of settings to spruce up your computer’s appearance: You can save your favorite screen saver and desktop background as a [more…]

How to Adjust Volume and Sounds in Windows 8

The Sound area in the Windows 8 Hardware and Sound category lets you adjust your PC’s volume, a handy commodity when trying to sneak in a computer game on a Windows tablet during a boring business meeting [more…]

How to Install or Set Up Speakers in Windows 8

Most PCs come with only two speakers. Others come with four, and PCs that double as home theaters or gaming rigs sometimes have up to eight. To accommodate the variety of setups, Windows 8 includes a speaker [more…]

Add an Xbox 360 Game Console to a Windows 8 PC

The Control Panel in Windows 8 lets you add or tweak most computer accessories, but the Xbox 360 game console begs for an exception. If you own one of Microsoft’s game machines, you instead grant your [more…]

How to Add a Printer to a Windows 8 Computer

Quarrelling printer manufacturers couldn’t agree on how printers should be installed in Windows 8. As a result, you install your printer in one of two ways: [more…]

Windows 8 Control Panel: The Clock, Language, and Region Area

The Windows 8 Control Panel includes an area for setting up your clock, language, and region. Microsoft designed this area mostly for travelers to different time zones and locations. Desktop computer owners [more…]

How to Change the Windows 8 Desktop's Background

A background, also known as wallpaper, is simply the picture covering your desktop. To change your background on the Windows 8 desktop, follow these steps: [more…]

How to Choose a Screen Saver in Windows 8

Today’s computer screens no longer suffer from burn-in problems, but people still use screen savers because they look cool. Windows 8 comes with several built-in screen savers. [more…]

How to Change the Screen Resolution in Windows 8

One of Windows’s many change-it-once-and-forget-about-it options, screen resolution determines how much information Windows 8 can cram onto your computer screen. Changing the resolution either shrinks [more…]

How to Add a Bluetooth Gadget to a Windows 8 PC

Bluetooth technology lets you connect gadgets wirelessly to your computer running Windows 8, removing clutter from your desktop. On a tablet, it lets you add a mouse and keyboard without hogging one of [more…]

How to Find the Desktop in Windows 8

Windows 8 treats the desktop just like any other app. Once you launch the desktop, it works just like it did in previous versions of Windows. The Windows 8 desktop lacks a Start button but otherwise looks [more…]

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