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Seven Tips for Customizing Windows 8

By Andy Rathbone

Windows 8 will be loaded on your new PC and ready to use as-is, but most users like to tweak the settings and customize the appearance of their desktops. Many folks are so averse to change that they try to make a new machine look and feel as much like their old machine as possible! Following are some tips to help you “tweak” your Windows 8 experience.

Keep a sharp eye on the Control Panel icons

When accessing the Control Panel, keep in mind that you might need some reading classes. Designed for experienced PC owners with good eyesight, the Small Icons view displays every icon in the Control Panel.

Update your resolution settings as needed

When you are changing Windows 8’s appearance and other settings, remember to revisit your resolution settings — especially if you replace your monitor or add a second monitor to your PC.

Keep a restore point available

When adding and removing programs, always create a restore point before you install a new app.

Overcoming a physical limitation

When you need to modify Windows 8 for accessibility, the Ease of Access Center contains a wide variety of ways to help users with physical limitations, like turning on visual alerts instead of sound notifications.

Keep a backup; back up your work!

Remember that in order to have completely automatic updates, the drive has to stay plugged into your PC.

Windows 8 really cleans up

When you are “cleaning up” Windows 8, remember that if your PC has more than one disk drive, Windows 8 asks which drive to clean up.

Create new accounts

If you’re unsure what kind of account to create for a user, go with a Local Account. It can be converted to a Microsoft Account later.

For more information about Windows 8 and its features, explore Windows 8 For Dummies, available online.