IN this post we are going to learn tips and tricks of Windows 8.1 .
- BOOT TO DESKTOP
Microsoft has borrowed to the pressure from desktop users and given us an option to skip the START screen after logging in . However , this feature needs to be activated manually . Right click on the TASKBAR > PROPERTIES > then switch to the Navigation tab .Under start screen tick the first option that says ‘ Go to the desktop instead of start ‘ . Then click on Ok or apply .
- GET START BUTTON
In earlier version we were familiar with the Start button but as 8 version was launched , it disappeared. Windows 8.1 reintroduced a dumbed down Start button . Most popular app that provide this Start button – CLassic shell And its free . This app offers types of Start button – classic , two column and Windows 7.
- QUICKER SHUTDOWN
Windows 8.1 retains the shortcut menu that appears when you right click in the bottom left hand corner of Desktop . With some new options . You can now shutdown the system from there, rather than going through the settings charm .
- KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS
Many people still use mouse but keyboard short few useful combinations which will get you started .
– Windows key+ C (opens up charms menu)
– Windows key+ O (locks the orientation of screen )
– Windows key+Q (Open the Search charm to search everywhere or within an open app (if the app supports app search) )
– Windows key +M (minimizes all windows and bring you back to the desktop)
– Windows key + H (open the share charm in any app you are currently in )
– Window key + F (open up search box to help find files)
-Window key + I (opens up the settings charm)
-Windows key + Z (Show the commands available in the app)
-Windows key + W (Open the Search charm to search settings)
-Windows key + K (Open the Devices charm)
-Windows key + S (Open the Search charm to search Windows and the web)
-Windows key + Ctrl + Tab (Cycle through recently used apps)
-Windows key + spacebar (Switch input language and keyboard layout)
-Windows key + P (Choose a presentation display mode)
-Windows key + R (Open the Run dialog box )
-Windows key + U (Open Ease of Access Center)
Click on this link to get more keywords Microsoft shortcuts
- TURN OFF NOTIFICATION TO MINIMIZE DISTRACTION
If you want to get work done without being distracted by notifications Windows 8.1 has got you covered . Got to PC settings > Search & apps and make sure the Quiet hours switch is on
- GO TO POWERSHELL AND DITCH COMMAND PROMPT
Right click on Windows icons in the taskbar brings up a list of power user commands using DOS -style commands you can replace CMD with Windows powershell .Go to Navigation properties >tick the box marked replace command prompt with windows powershell in the menu when i right click the lower left corner .
- APP TILES
Windows 8.1 gives you more control over the size of your apps tiles on the Start screen . Right click on a tile , choose Resize from the menu at the bottom and there are four different options to pick from Large ,Wide ,Medium and small.
- DISPLAYS HOT CORNERS
In Windows 8.1 you need a third party tool or a registry hack to disable the hot corners around the edge of your screen .
- SAVE TO SKYDRIVE
Windows 8.1 goes even further with skydrive integration than Windows 8 did , you can have all of your applications save t your Skydrive folder by default . Open change PC settings > choose skydrive and relevant settings is on the files tab .
- SOUND THE ALARM
Windows 8.1 has a brand new alarms app that you can access from the Start screen . You can put multiple alarms and choose from a variety of ringtone to wake you up or act as a reminder for something .