There are many websites that most people go to daily or quite often. If you do not want to type the website address there are several options for a shortcut. You can create a favorite in your favorite browser, create a shortcut on the desktop, or pin the website to the start menu (Windows 8).Continue reading
Category: Windows 8/8.1
Computers and devices sometimes freeze. No matter what brand or type of device it is, it could happen. So what do you do if your iPhone for example freezes and won’t do anything?
Computer users seem to get younger and younger every day. When I was growing up I didn’t really use a computer until I was in my teens and that was only a little at school. I now work at a school and they use computers as early as Kindergarten! This is the reason why parental controls have become even more important.Continue reading
After some time using your computer, you may notice that it getting slow or just not running the way it should. With Windows 8/8.1 there are some new options that you can do to fix this. Maybe you want to sell or give away a computer and want to remove everything, you can reset your PC easily in Windows 8.Continue reading
New laptops are moving away from having a CD/DVD drive in them. The reason for this is because more people are using online storage, flash drives, and video streaming so the drive isn’t necessary and it saves space to make devices thinner. Well to some surprise, Windows 8 does not even play DVD’s “out of the box”. You do have options tho.Continue reading
Why should you backup your data? The main reason would be hard drive failure. Hard drives are hardware, and can fail. Other reasons you need to backup your data could include accidental deletion, operating system failure, and fire. Sometimes we get in a hurry and delete a file that was important, don’t rely on the trash bin for storage. Some files don’t even go to the recycle bin when deleted, for example if they are too large. Continue reading
There have been a few (good) changes that were made with Windows 8.1 Update and more to come. These updates seem to be bringing back what Windows users are missing from the older versions of windows. With Windows 8, Microsoft was gearing toward touch devices. Although this is not a bad thing, they seem to have forgotten about the mouse and keyboard with some features.Continue reading
Sometimes after you have a computer for some time you get a large collection of files on your computer and need a way to organize them or a way to access the ones you use often easily. That is where libraries and jumplists come in.Continue reading
Sometimes when navigating windows, there is an easier way to get tasks accomplished. The following is a list of keyboard shortcuts. (Found in Windows 8 Basics pamphlet)
Windows Key: Return to the Start screen from an open app or the Windows desktop or press again to return to the previous screen.
Windows Key + F1: Open online help.
Windows Key + C: Display the charms.
Windows Key + D: Display the Windows desktop (second time to hide)
Windows Key + E: Open Computer (Windows explorer) Continue reading
One of the main complaints that I have heard so far is the start menu, or the lack there of. In the first release of Windows 8 the start button was gone and it was not obvious how to access the start menu (the new metro designed one). With the release of 8.1, Microsoft made the change and added a start button again, but you won’t get the start menu as it was in Windows 7 or before.
To access the start menu in Windows 8, you have to put the mouse pointer in the bottom left hand corner and a “icon” will appear, click this to get to the start menu. Alternatively, you can hit the windows key on your keyboard (This works in Windows 8.1 also). Continue reading