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Going Online with Windows 8

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Ten Tips for Getting Things Done Online in Windows 8

Windows 8 gives you a lot of options for where and when you access the Internet. For example, you might be surfing on your mobile device while microwaving your lunch. Following are some tips for optimizing [more…]

How to Add Your Social Accounts to Windows 8

For years, you’ve heard people say, “Never tell anybody your user account name and password.” Now, it seems Windows 8 wants you to break that rule.

When you first open your People, Mail, or Messaging apps [more…]

The Difference between Windows 8's Two Web Browsers

Windows 8 comes with two web browsers. Adding to the confusion, each bears the name Internet Explorer. Although they look completely different, the Start screen’s browser is really just a stripped-down [more…]

Browse Quickly from the Windows 8 Start Screen

Built for quick, on-the-fly browsing, the Windows 8 Start screen’s browser works quickly. Part of its speed comes from its limitations, though. Every site fills the screen, making it easy to read. But [more…]

Internet Explorer Plug-Ins and Windows 8

Programmers create little software tidbits called plug-ins that allow your computer’s web browser (probably Internet Explorer if you're using Windows 8) to display flashy items like Java, Flash, RealPlayer [more…]

Save a Web Page with Internet Explorer and Windows 8

While browsing the Internet with Windows 8 desktop's Internet Explorer browser, you might want to save a web page with indispensable information. Sometimes you can’t resist saving a copy onto your computer [more…]

Save Text and Pictures from the Internet with Windows 8

Internet Explorer is one of two web browsers that come with Windows 8. When you're browsing the Internet, you'll probably run across text and pictures that you want to save to your hard drive. [more…]

Download Programs, Songs, or Other File Types with Windows 8

Internet Explorer, which comes with Windows 8, provides several ways for you to save interesting tidbits of information for your personal use. Sometimes downloading is as easy as clicking a website’s Click [more…]

How to Remove Unneeded Plug-Ins in Internet Explorer

Lots of websites install little programs inside Internet Explorer, one of the browsers that comes with Windows 8, to help you navigate the web or to add features to some websites. Not all of those little [more…]

How to Avoid Phishing Scams in Windows 8

Windows 8 employs several safeguards to thwart phishing scams. There's an entire ugly industry built around phishing, the practice of sending e-mails to unsuspecting victims and tricking them into entering [more…]

How to Encrypt Your PC with Windows 8 BitLocker

The Windows 8 BitLocker feature scrambles the contents of your PC’s hard drive. Then it quickly unscrambles it whenever you enter your user account’s password. Why bother? It’s a precaution against your [more…]

How to Remove Social Accounts from Windows 8

If your Windows 8 People app’s a little crowded with the 2,835 people you follow on Twitter, you can remove them. In fact, you can remove any or all of the social accounts that you’ve added to Windows [more…]

How to Add Contacts to the Windows 8 People App

Although the Windows 8 People app loves to reach its fingers into any online crevice you toss its way, you can easily add people the old-fashioned way, typing them in by hand. [more…]

Delete or Edit Contacts in the Windows 8 People App

It’s easy to delete or edit a contact in the Windows 8 People app. If someone has fallen from your social graces or just changed their phone number, you can make edits by following these steps: [more…]

Manage Appointments in Windows 8 Calendar App

When you start working with Windows 8 and enter your social networking accounts, such as Facebook and Google, you’ve already stocked the Windows 8 Calendar app with appointments entered by both you and [more…]

How to Add Appointments to the Windows 8 Calendar App

The Windows 8 Calendar app grabs whatever appointments it can find from your online social networks. But you can still add or edit appointments manually when needed. [more…]

How to Chat through the Windows 8 Messaging App

The Windows 8 Messaging app handles both heartfelt conversations and idle chatter. And even if your online friends use different messaging services and programs, Windows Messaging can swap messages with [more…]

How to Avoid Viruses with Windows Defender

To combat the threat posed by viruses, Windows 8 includes a new version of Windows Defender that incorporates Microsoft Security Essentials, a security and antivirus program Microsoft formerly offered [more…]

How to Avoid Evil Add-Ons and Hijackers in Windows 8

Windows 8 packs several guns to combat add-ons that spy on your activities, bombard your screen with additional ads, or redirect your home page to another site. First, if any site tries to place a program [more…]

Internet Explorer 10: Using Search Engines to Find Things

To help you find what you're looking for on the Internet, use Internet Explorer 10 (IE10), which comes on the Windows 8 desktop. IE 10 is a search engine [more…]

Part of the Series: Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10: 4 Ways to Navigate the Web

Move from One Web Page to Another with Internet Explorer 10

To move from one web page to another, use Internet Explorer 10 from the Windows 8 Start screen or desktop — or even a competing web browser such as Firefox [more…]

Part of the Series: Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10: 4 Ways to Navigate the Web

Windows 8: Set Up a Home Page in Internet Explorer 10

When you open the Windows 8 desktop web browser (called Internet Explorer 10), you immediately see your home page — which is any website you want. A home page for foodies could be a cooking or restaurant-review [more…]

Part of the Series: Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10: 4 Ways to Navigate the Web

Internet Explorer 10: Saving Favorite Sites in a Favorites List

Having a hard time finding your favorite websites? Keep them all in one place by compiling a Favorites list in Internet Explorer10. When browsing the Internet through IE 10 in Window 8, you'll certainly [more…]

Part of the Series: Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10: 4 Ways to Navigate the Web

Windows 8 Security/Permission Messages

The Windows solution? When Windows 8 notices anybody (or anything) trying to change something that can potentially harm Windows or your PC, it darkens the screen and flashes a security message asking for [more…]

Assess Your PC's Safety in the Windows 8 Action Center

Take a minute to check your PC’s safety with the Windows 8 desktop’s Action Center. Part of the Control Panel, the Action Center displays any problems it notices with the Windows 8 main defenses, and it [more…]

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