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Managing Files, Photos & Music in Windows 8

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Problems Copying Music to Your iPod in Windows 8

You won't find the word iPod mentioned in the Windows 8 menus, help screens, or even in the Help areas of Microsoft's website. That's because Microsoft's competitor, Apple, makes the tremendously popular [more…]

Eight Tips for Playing Music and Video in Windows 8

Windows 8 is not just for those 9-to-5 work hours. You can use Windows 8 to play your favorite tunes or to watch your favorite videos. Just keep the following things in mind when you start to play around [more…]

Five Tips for Managing Your Photos in Windows 8

You probably have tons of photos taking up space on your hard drive. The good news is that Windows 8 makes organizing and managing your photos easier than ever before. [more…]

How to Burn (Create) Music CDs in Windows 8

To create a music CD with your favorite songs, create a playlist in the Windows 8 Media Player containing the CD’s songs, listed in the order you want to play them; then burn the playlist to a CD. [more…]

Play Music from the Windows 8 Start Screen

The Windows 8 Start screen’s Music app isn’t as much of a music player as it is an online storefront. The program devotes most of its onscreen real estate to advertising: Billboard-like tiles promote the [more…]

Hand Music-Playing Chores Back to Windows Media Player

Microsoft hopes that the Music app and its online store will be a big moneymaker; accordingly, Windows 8 tries to shoehorn you into using the Music app. Open a music file from your desktop’s Music library [more…]

Windows 8: Run Windows Media Player for the First Time

The first time you open the desktop’s Windows Media Player in Windows 8, an opening screen asks how to deal with the player’s settings for privacy, storage, and the music store. The screen offers two options [more…]

Stock the Windows Media Player Library in Windows 8

You can load Windows Media Player by clicking its icon in the Windows 8 taskbar — that strip along the desktop’s bottom edge. When you run Windows Media Player, the program automatically sorts through [more…]

Working with Song Tags in Windows Media Player

When deciding how to sort, display, and categorize your music, Windows Media Player reads the songs' tags — not the songs’ filenames. Inside every music file lives a small form called a [more…]

Browse Windows Media Player’s Libraries

The Windows 8 Media Player library is where the behind-the-scenes action takes place. There, you organize files, create playlists, burn or copy CDs, and choose what to play. [more…]

Windows Media Player Spies on You in Windows 8

Just like your bank, credit card company, and grocery store club card, Windows Media Player spies on you in Windows 8. The player’s 5,000-word online Privacy Statement boils down to this: Windows Media [more…]

Play Music Files (MP3s and WMAs) in Windows 8

Windows Media Player plays several types of digital music files, but they all have one thing in common: When you tell Windows Media Player to play a song or an album, Windows Media Player immediately places [more…]

Control Your Now Playing Items in Windows 8 Media Player

You can play music directly from the Windows 8 Media Player’s library: Just right-click a file, album, artist, or genre and then choose Play. But to summon a smaller, more manageable player, click the [more…]

How to Play CDs in the Windows 8 Media Player

As long as you insert the CD in the CD drive correctly (usually label-side up), playing a music CD is one of Windows Media Player’s easiest tasks. You drop it into your CD drive, and the player jumps to [more…]

How to Play DVDs in Windows 8

The Windows 8 Windows Media Player can’t play DVDs. That news comes as a bit of a shock, considering the Windows 7 Media Player could play DVDs. What gives? [more…]

How to Play Videos and TV Shows in Windows 8

Many digital cameras can capture short videos as well as photos, so don’t be surprised if the Windows 8 Media Player places several videos in its library’s Video section. [more…]

Create, Save, and Edit Playlists in Windows 8

In the Windows 8 Media Player, you can create specially themed playlists to liven up long-distance drives, parties, special dinners, workouts, and other events. A [more…]

Rip (Copy) CDs to Your PC with Windows 8

In a process known as ripping, the Windows 8 Media Player can copy your CDs to your PC as MP3 files, the industry standard for digital music. But until you tell the player that you want MP3 files, it creates [more…]

Remove Everything from Your Windows 8 Computer

The Windows 8 Refresh tool freshens up your PC by reinstalling Windows but saving much of your information. The new Remove Everything feature, by contrast, [more…]

Load Photos with Windows 8's Built-In Software

The built-in software in Windows 8 easily fetches photos from nearly any make and model of digital camera. It offers more control than earlier Windows versions, letting you group your camera’s photo sessions [more…]

What to Do if Windows 8 Imports Files Incorrectly

Although Windows 8 usually greets cameras as soon as you connect them to your computer, sometimes the two don’t become friends immediately: Windows 8 may not display its Import Photos menu, or another [more…]

Take Photos with the Windows 8 Camera App

Windows 8 comes with a Camera app; most tablets, laptops, and some desktop computers come with built-in cameras, sometimes called webcams. Their tiny cameras can’t take high-resolution close-ups of that [more…]

View Photos from the Windows 8 Start Screen

The two-headed beast of Windows 8 naturally includes twoways to view your digital photos on your computer: the Start screen’s Photos app and the Desktop app’s Photo Viewer. [more…]

View Photos from the Windows 8 Desktop

The Windows 8 desktop’s photo-management tools offer more control than the Start screen’s Photos app, but they have one drawback: Unlike the Photos app, the desktop’s Photo Viewer shows only photos stored [more…]

Browse Photos from the Windows 8 Desktop’s Pictures Library

Your Pictures library, found on the strip hugging the left edge of every desktop folder, easily earns kudos as the best place in Windows 8 to store your digital photos. When Windows 8 imports your digital [more…]

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