Windows 8

How to Move Taskbar Location in Windows 8 and 8.1

While the taskbar is at the bottom of your desktop by default, Windows 8.1 Update has added to also see the taskbar on any screen, including Start or a Windows Store app.

The taskbar is where you can switch between apps you have open, go to Start or Desktop, check the notification area, and can pin apps you use often so you can open them right from any screen. You can customize the taskbar, including the way taskbar buttons look, how they group together when you have more than one window open, where the taskbar  is on your desktop, and what icons and apps are on it.

This tutorial will show you how to move the taskbar location to the bottom, left, right, or top edge on any screen in Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.

If you have multiple displays and set to show taskbar on all displays, then you can also move the main taskbar with a notification area and time/date on it to any display without changing your main display.

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How to Create a Startup Programs Shortcut in Windows 8 and 8.1

Startup items are the programs, shortcuts, folders, drivers, etc… that are set to run automatically at startup when a user signs in to Windows 8. Startup items can be added by either the programs or drivers you install, or manually by you.

This tutorial will show you how to create or download a Startup Programs shortcut that opens directly to the Startup tab of Task Manager in Windows 8 and 8.1.

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How to “Project My Screen” in Windows Phone 8.1 to a Windows PC

Windows Phone 8.1 comes included with a new Project my Screen feature that allows you to be able to project the screen of your phone to a Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 PC screen while the phone is connected to the PC using a USB cable.

Whatever you do on the phone will show on the PC screen. You will also be able to use your PC’s mouse and touch screen to operate the phone in the Project My Screen App desktop window.

This tutorial will show you how to project your Windows Phone 8.1 screen to a Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 PC using the “Project My Screen App”.

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How to Add or Remove Libraries Desktop Icon in Windows 8 and 8.1

Libraries are collections where you can get to all your documents, music, pictures, and other files in one single place. In some ways, a library works like a folder: you can use it to browse and sort files. But unlike a folder, a library gathers files that are stored in several locations. This is a subtle, but important, difference. Libraries don’t actually store your items. They pull from included folders that contain your items, and let you access and arrange the items in different ways. For example, if you have music files in folders on your PC, a shared folder on your network or homegroup, and/or on an external drive, you can include these folders in your Music library so that you can access all of your music files from your Music library.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove a Libraries desktop icon for only your user account in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

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How to Perform an Emergency Restart in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8

In some situations you may have to shut down and restart Windows very quickly. This would be an emergency restart. An emergency restart if basically just a forced restart without a timeout. (ex: shutdown.exe -R -T 00 -F)

An emergency restart can be helpful in circumstances when you cannot normally restart your computer, and is much better than turning off the power to your computer by performing a hard restart (reboot) which can be harmful to the computer.

This tutorial will show you how to perform an emergency restart as needed in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

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How to Empty Recycle Bin in Windows 8 and 8.1

The Recycle Bin is a temporary storage place for deleted files. When you delete a file or folder on your PC, it doesn’t get permanently deleted—it goes to the Recycle Bin. This is good because if you ever change your mind and decide you need a deleted file, you can get it back. When you empty the Recycle Bin, all files in the Recycle Bin are permanently deleted.

This tutorial will show you various ways to Empty Recycle Bin for your user account or all users in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

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How to Mark Messages as Junk or Not Junk in Mail App for Windows 8.1

Using the Mail app, which comes with Windows 8, is an easy way to let you have all your email—from Outlook.com, Exchange, Gmail (Google), Yahoo!, AOL, and other accounts—in one single app. This way there’s no need to go to different websites or apps for your email.

You can mark messages as junk in the Mail app to have those senders remembered so you don’t see those messages in your inbox in the future.

This tutorial will show you how to mark email messages as junk or not junk in the Mail app for your account in Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1.

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How to Change Preferred Email Address for Outlook.com Alias in Windows 8 Mail App

Using the Mail app, which comes with Windows 8in one single app. This way there’s no need to go to different websites or apps for your email.

An alias is an additional email address that uses the same inbox, contact list, and account settings as the primary alias. You can sign in to your account with any alias—they all use the same password. You can send email from an alias whether you’re using Outlook.com, a mail app like Outlook or devices such as a phone.

If you have a @hotmail.com, @live.com, or @MSN.com email address and would like to add an @outlook.com address to your Outlook.com account (aka: Microsoft account), the best way is to add an alias.

This tutorial will show you how to change the preferred email address from an Outlook.com alias to send an email from with the Mail app in Windows 8 and 8.1.

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How to Set how Often and Far Back to Download Email in Windows 8 Mail App

Using the Mail app, which comes with Windows 8, is an easy way to let you have all your email—from Outlook.com, Exchange, Gmail (Google), Yahoo!, AOL, and other accounts—in one single app. This way there’s no need to go to different websites or apps for your email.

This tutorial will show you how to set how often you want to download new email, and how far back you want to download old email from your email server per account in the Mail app in Windows 8, RT, and 8.1.

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How to Enable or Disable Start Screen Animation in Windows 8 and 8.1

By default, the Start screen will only display with animation when you sign in to Windows 8 or Windows RT.

By default, the Start screen will only display with animation when you sign in to Windows 8.1 or Windows 8.1 RT if you set the Start screen to show at sign in instead of your desktop, and set to show Start view instead of Apps view.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Start screen animation whenever you open the Start screen in your user account in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.

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How to Transfer Data from Windows XP to Windows 7, 8, or 8.1

After April 8, 2014, your Windows XP computer will no longer receive automatic updates that help protect your personal information. Even if you have anti-virus software, your computer will still not be fully secure. If you continue to use Windows XP after support ends, your computer should still work, but it will become five times more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. And as more software and hardware manufacturers continue to optimize for more recent versions of Windows, a greater number of programs and devices like cameras and printers won’t work with Windows XP.

Microsoft as worked with Laplink to provide you with a free data transfer. Laplink PCmover Express for Windows XP is an easy way to move your files, settings, and user profiles from your old Windows XP computer to your new Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 PC.

This tutorial will show you step by step on how to use Laplink PCmover Express to move your data from Windows XP to Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 over a WiFi or wired network.

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Change Maximum Download Connections per Server Limit in Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer has a limit for the amount of simultaneously downloads per website or server.

  • Internet Explorer 7 and earlier versions limit the number of files that you can download at one time to two by default.
  • Internet Explorer 8 and Internet Explorer 9 limit the number of files that you can download at one time to six by default.
  • Internet Explorer 10 and Internet Explorer 11 limit the number of files that you can download at one time to eight by default.

In addition, if you visit a website with lots of images (and supporting files like CSS styles and Javascript), then you could have a slower browsing experience. On average, your browser could have to make several requests to the site’s server before it can finish loading the page. Requesting all the files needed to download with the default 8 (ex: IE11) at a time is going to be slower than requesting say 16 files at a time.

As internet connection speeds increase, the default number of simultaneous downloads to a single website or server may be to restrictive and not meet your needs.

This tutorial will show you how to change the maximum number of simultaneous download connections per server limit in IE8, IE9, IE10, or IE11 for all or specific users in Windows.

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How to Create Turn On or Off Airplane Mode Shortcuts in Windows 8 and 8.1

You can turn Airplane mode on or off in Windows 8 to enable or disable all wireless radio devices (ex: Wi-Fi, mobile broadband, Bluetooth) at once in your PC or device.

This tutorial will provide you with shortcuts that you can pin or use where you like to quickly “Turn On Airplane Mode” or “Turn Off Airplane Mode” with a single click in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.

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