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The Complete Guide to Pinning Everything to the Windows 8 Start Screen

The Complete Guide to Pinning Everything to the Windows 8 Start Screen

The new Start screen is by far the most controversial feature in Windows 8. Personally, I view it as a glorified full-screen app launcher, which makes it easy to start any app you want. But, until you see things my way, you will need to learn how it works, experiment and work with it for a while. To help you become productive, I would like
The Windows 8 Customization Guide for the Traditional PC User

The Windows 8 Customization Guide for the Traditional PC User

Even though Windows 8 is hybrid in nature, it doesn't mean you cannot use iton traditional desktops and laptops. It works just fine and, most times, faster than Windows 7. But Windows 8 does things quite differently from what you may have been used to in previous versions of Windows. You will need to experiment, and you will probably want to do more customization than
How to Use the Action Center in Windows 8 to Keep the PC Running Smooth

How to Use the Action Center in Windows 8 to Keep the PC Running Smooth

In a previous article we talked about Action Center in Windows 8, its general features and improvements and we also covered the Security checks made by it to keep Windows 8 secure. Today we will take a detailed look at the Maintenance role of the tool and all its new elements and features in this area. Which Maintenance Aspects are Monitored by Windows 8?
The Desktop Tile Missing from the Start Screen? How to Add it Back

The Desktop Tile Missing from the Start Screen? How to Add it Back

It can happen that your Desktop tile is gone missing from the Start screen. Accidents happen and you will want to have it back. Fortunately, Windows 8 makes it easy to add its tile back to the Start screen. Here's how: How to Add the Desktop Tile to the Windows 8 Start Screen The Desktop tile shows your current wallpaper and, by default is
Introducing Windows 8: The Complete Guide on How to Use the People App

Introducing Windows 8: The Complete Guide on How to Use the People App

Most of our web savvy readers likely have more than one contact list. One for each email account, one for each social networking account and maybe even more. While that may seem like an accomplishment in this digital age, isn't it really annoying? If you have ever tried to email a person only to find that their address is stored in a contact list you
How to Sort & Manage Contacts in the Windows 8 People App

How to Sort & Manage Contacts in the Windows 8 People App

After you've added your email and social networking accounts to the People app, you may find that your list of contacts is getting a bit unruly. Even sorted by name and including pictures may not be enough to help you find the person you need quickly. Luckily, the Windows 8 People app has a number of built-in ways to help filter, sort and search through
How to Use the People App to Manage Social Networking Accounts

How to Use the People App to Manage Social Networking Accounts

Essentially, the Windows 8 People app is an all-inclusive contact list. You add your various accounts and the app stores contact information for everyone you know, regardless of whether they're an email contact or a Facebook friend. While that is useful enough on its own, the People app doesn't end there. It's also a window into your social networking life allowing you to view notifications,
Introducing Windows 8: How to Manually Add and Edit Contacts in People

Introducing Windows 8: How to Manually Add and Edit Contacts in People

When working with the Windows 8 People app, your contacts will typically be entered in bulk lists by adding your social networking accounts and email accounts. Their information will all be added automatically, you'll only have to type your usernames and passwords. However, times will arise when you'll need to manually add, alter or combine entries to keep things organized. Perhaps you have a new
Introducing Windows 8: How to Add & Sync Accounts to the People App

Introducing Windows 8: How to Add & Sync Accounts to the People App

The Windows 8 People app is a tool for aggregating all of your contacts from all around the Internet. You can pull contact information from email accounts, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and other social networking accounts as well. Having to add each contact individually would most likely be a monumental task, but People takes care of that for you. All you have to do is sync
Introducing Windows 8: The Complete Guide to the Calendar App

Introducing Windows 8: The Complete Guide to the Calendar App

Life can be hectic. As your individual worlds of work, play and family come together you can be left with a jumbled schedule of overlapping appointments, parties and events that can be impossible to keep track of without help. Windows 8 offers you the help you'll need with the bundled app named Calendar. This new app gives you the ability to keep track of all
How to Use Outlook.com to Import POP3 Mail to Windows 8 Mail

How to Use Outlook.com to Import POP3 Mail to Windows 8 Mail

For those of you who've had a chance to try out the new Mail app in Windows 8, you'll know that it's a convenient tool for aggregating all of your emails into a single location, that is, unless you have a POP3 email account. While most email providers have updated to the IMAP protocol, some major ISP's, including Comcast and Verizon, still use POP3. If
How to Install and Enable a New Display Language in Windows 8

How to Install and Enable a New Display Language in Windows 8

Not too long ago, we wrote a tutorial on how to add or remove keyboard input languages in Windows 8. To continue with the topic of working with languages, I would like to show how to install and enable additional display languages. I'm sure many of our readers would like to switch between at least two languages in their daily work. And, luckily, Windows 8
Introducing Windows 8: How to Rename an Account in Mail

Introducing Windows 8: How to Rename an Account in Mail

When you add an email account into Mail, the app automatically configures the name of the account to match the account provider. That means you're likely to see accounts named Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo or others such as that. While that makes perfect sense and will work quite well for most people, this system falls apart in a few key situations. What happens for an individual
Introducing Windows 8: The Complete Guide on How to Use the Mail App

Introducing Windows 8: The Complete Guide on How to Use the Mail App

Once you get your hands on a copy of Windows 8, you'll notice it comes packaged with a few useful apps to get you started. These apps aren't the standard Desktop applications you're used to, they're Windows 8 apps, and they're nothing like anything Windows has offered before. The first of these apps that we'll take a look at is Mail. After a short setup,
Introducing Windows 8: How to Configure App Notifications

Introducing Windows 8: How to Configure App Notifications

Have you ever had an appointment that you remembered about 15 minutes after it was past? Have you ever had an important email message that sat in your inbox far longer than it should have? If you've known these annoyances in the past, you don't have to repeat the experience. Windows 8 has a very handy system of notifications from important apps such as Mail
Introducing Windows 8: The Complete Guide to the Windows Store

Introducing Windows 8: The Complete Guide to the Windows Store

The Windows Store is Redmond's answer to the Apple Store and Google Play. Users can visit it to download new Windows 8 apps and update their existing apps. While the Store is a bit sparsely stocked as of now, offerings are sure to expand as the user base grows. However, it is an exciting new feature that should generate a lot of interest. It's entirely
How to Remove a Trusted Windows 8 PC From Your Microsoft Account

How to Remove a Trusted Windows 8 PC From Your Microsoft Account

Having a trusted PC is a great asset to a Microsoft account holder. It allows you to synchronize passwords between trusted Windows 8 PCs and also makes managing your account easier. Rather than having to prove your identity by accessing an email or phone, Microsoft simply accepts that you are who you say your are because you're using your trusted system. While this is very
Introducing Windows 8: How to Trust a PC Using Your Microsoft Account

Introducing Windows 8: How to Trust a PC Using Your Microsoft Account

If you are a Microsoft account holder, one of the first things you should do after creating the user account is to add your PC as trusted. From an account security standpoint, having a trusted computer gives you a secure place from which you can reset your password or confirm alterations to your account, without having to prove your identity. If you are also a