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Don't need to see Bing, Finance, Photos, or other tiles on the Start Menu? Remove them quickly.
October 2, 2012, at 9:25 A.M. EDT
Are you the kind of person who just wants to get things done with their Windows 8 machine and don't need to see live tiles such as Bing, Finance, News, Photos, Sports, Travel, or Weather on their Start Menu with their constantly-updated information from the Internet?
To remove a tile or group of tiles from the Start Menu, just do the following:...
Prevent the Flash plug-inside Internet Explorer from storing local data on your machine, and clear previously-stored data.
October 1, 2012, at 9:47 A.M. EDT
The Flash plug-in that runs inside Internet Explorer in Windows 8 can store local information such as game high scores, favorites when viewing groups of information, preferences, or as cookies that can identify when you access a particular website or application multiple times.
While some of this data may be required by certain Flash applications, you may be concerned about your privacy. Thus you can configure Flash to not store data on your machine, and to clear data that may already be stored. Doing so, however, may make it difficult, if not impossible, to run certain Flash apps or visit certain web sites....
Prevent WordPad from adding extra space after paragraphs that might cause problems when exporting to .TXT format.
September 28, 2012, at 9:02 A.M. EDT
By default, when writing documents in WordPad in Windows 8, an extra 10 pt of spacing is added after each paragraph for stylistic reasons. This way one does not have to press Enter twice after the end of each paragraph for space to appear between.
There may be times, however, where you find this behavior annoying. Perhaps you are writing a document in WordPad and need to save a copy in .TXT format. In this case, your paragraphs will appear one line after the next, without any spacing, because this 10pt of spacing is not converted to a line break. Or maybe you edit all of your text documents in WordPad because you like the zoom features or ability to quickly change the font via the Ribbon. Likewise, your text documents will not have the added spacing and may not look as intended....
Tired of the Windows 8 Desktop Taskbar appearing at the bottom? Why not move it to the top or another edge?
September 27, 2012, at 9:45 A.M. EDT
As with earlier versions of Windows, when you access the Desktop mode of Windows 8, the Taskbar by default appears at the familiar place - the bottom of the screen.
Would you like to move the Taskbar to the top of the screen similar to other operating systems? Or if you have a wide monitor, perhaps you prefer the Taskbar to appear at the left or right edge. Making this change is easy:...
Show or hide a variety of icons on the Windows 8 Desktop: Computer, Control Panel, Files, Network, and/or the Recycle Bin.
September 26, 2012, at 9:17 A.M. EDT
By default, the Windows 8 Desktop is fairly sparse, only showing an icon for the Recycle Bin so you can quickly view deleted files that have not been completely removed from the system.
While you can access your Computer, Control Panel, the network, and your user files via the Explorer icon in the Taskbar, you might find it more useful to have Desktop icons that you can double-click for instant access to these locations. ...
Prevent the ribbon in Windows 8's Explorer from automatically disappearing after you select an option.
September 25, 2012, at 9:16 A.M. EDT
In Windows 8, when you select a menu item from the Ribbon in Explorer, by default the ribbon hides itself. This way you can keep more screen real-estate for actually looking through your files and folders.
However, if you are configuring which files to view, altering how you want icons displayed, or rotating images, you may find it irritating that the ribbon disappears each time you select an option, check a box, etc. While you can select the menu bar again to access the option, why should you have to do this each time?...
Access a variety of sports-oriented websites from the Windows 8 Sports Application.
September 24, 2012, at 9:10 A.M. EDT
While the Windows 8 sports application provides access to sports news related to a variety of national and international leagues, the application also has links to other sports-related websites and information, including where to buy tickets, draft news, sports business news, sports memorabilia blogs, and selected podcasts.
1. Click the "Start" button (or press the Windows key on the keyboard) and click the Sports tile from the Start Menu. If you cannot find it, just start typing sports and click "Sports" underneath "Apps" when it displays....
Configure Windows 8 Explorer to show file extensions when browsing through files on the Desktop.
September 23, 2012, at 10:43 P.M. EDT
For security, it is important to be able to view file extensions when browsing through folders in Windows 8. For example, a miscreant may send you a file named fireworks.jpg that you think is a harmless .JPG photo, yet actually is fully named fireworks.jpg.exe, containing a virulent payload that could harm your machine, data, and/or privacy.
Unlike earlier versions of Windows, Windows 8 does not make you go through so many hoops to enable extension viewing - once you get to the standard Desktop interface, of course....
Modify Windows 7's "Send To" menu to send files to other applications including Notepad.
September 20, 2012, at 9:37 P.M. EDT
Since many file types do not have associated programs and you may not want to set up associations for all of them, it may prove useful to try determining the contents by viewing or editing such files in Notepad or another text editor.
To aid with this, right-click on a file in Windows 7 and a "Send To" menu appears. Select this option and you can copy the file to the Desktop as a shortcut, compress the file, send it to an attached CD/DVD drive (if applicable), and other options may be present. Why not add Notepad or your desired text editor to this list for easy access?...
Tired of your Windows 7 applications not taking up the whole screen?
September 19, 2012, at 9:27 A.M. EDT
Applications in Windows 7 run as ... well .. windows. They don't have to take up the full screen, allowing you to view the contents of multiple folders or applications simultaneously. You can move windows around, resize them, minimize them, etc.
However, there may be some applications that you would rather have take up the whole display whenever you start them. For example, if you open Notepad you would rather have the whole screen available for you to edit data - the same with Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Word. Or, perhaps you have a smaller monitor and need the full display every time you open up a web browser. Here's a tip that works with most applications....
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