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Looking to get the most out of your Windows device? Whether you use the Surface RT, a Windows 8 Phone, or even a desktop computer, there are more than a few apps that can help make your time with Windows a little easier. But with more than 130,000 apps to choose from at the Windows app store, where do you begin? Although a list of nine is less than comprehensive given all the available options, below you'll find nine of the most popular, smartly designed, and all around worthwhile apps for your Windows 8 device. IM+ With half a dozen major IM clients on the market, odds are not all of your friends and acquaintances use the same IM services. That's where IM+ comes in. With support for Google … Continue reading
Many people only first come to hear about something called network ports when something they want to do on the Internet - play a multi-player game, download a torrent and so on - stalls for reasons of a blocked port. What is a network port? Even if you only have one computer connected to your home router, it can have a number of Internet-enabled applications running. You could have a torrent client, a videogame like Minecraft, a browser displaying a webpage and so on. With all these applications using the same connection to the Internet, the system needs some way to identify what application each request to the Internet comes from and what application to send data to when it arrives over the Internet. This is what the network … Continue reading
In the technology world, the word standard doesn't mean what it should. Cars with entertainment systems that adhere to the Bluetooth standard, for instance, commonly have problems connecting to certain Bluetooth phones. Wireless printing is another area that tends to have problems with standards. The manufacturers of computers, mobile devices and printers offer multiple standards in wireless printing. Not only are these standards mutually incompatible, they are often even internally inconsistent. If you often need to use wireless printers, you need to wrap your head around the way these different standards work. Printing over Wi-Fi Printing is a complex task. When you need to print a picture, for instance, it isn't just pixel data that gets sent over to the printer. The computer and printer send a great deal … Continue reading
Most modern laptops and mobile devices come with Bluetooth capability built in. To many people, Bluetooth is just a standard that lets them use phone headsets wirelessly. You can do a great deal more with Bluetooth, though. File transfers While Wi-Fi does allow wireless file transfers, it can be a complicated to deal with. Wi-Fi is also usually only available on smartphones - not on feature phones. Bluetooth is far more convenient. When you have two devices with Bluetooth, you only need to complete an easy pairing process to begin sending files back and forth. The setup process tends to be minimal. Unlike Wi-Fi, Bluetooth is a standard that's available on low-tech feature phones as well as on smartphones. When you need to wirelessly transfer files between two devices, … Continue reading
Disabling the Recycle Bin is useful when you have to delete large files or folders such as game installs, virtualized images of discs or media. For example, you can manually back up your music folder periodically and simply delete the old one. This process can take 30 minutes while your computer sends the individual files to the Recycle Bin. However, it only requires a few moments if you disable the Recycle Bin and you don't have to empty the bin later. You'll see that you can change Recycle Bin settings for every drive connected to your computer. This enables you to always directly delete files from an external hard drive. However, you should remember to enable the Recycle Bin once more if you're at all worried about accidentally deleting … Continue reading
The router that your Internet provider gives you isn't supposed to be an opaque black box that just magically gives you an Internet connection. You can learn to go into them and configure them in a number of useful ways. Here's how you explore the possibilities that your router offers. First, you need to know how to get into your router Accessing your router's configuration page is simple (whether your connection to it is through a LAN cable, a USB cable or a Wi-Fi connection). You simply need to type the router's IP address into the address bar on your browser and enter your login credentials. You can look in a couple places to find this information. The easiest way to find it is to look at the bottom … Continue reading
Advertised as "the most productive tablet on the planet", the Microsoft Surface is packed with features designed to help you be just as productive on the go as you are on a desktop. Although many of these features continue to be overlooked by those who are accustomed to tablet shortcuts from devices like the iPad, many of the best Surface tricks are far from intuitive. Keeping Up To Date Like with any Microsoft device, the first thing you should do to keep your system in tip top shape is update your software. From the settings menu, head to the "Change PC settings" option. At the bottom of the PC settings list you'll find the prompt to launch Windows Update, which will install the latest updates for all of your … Continue reading
YouTube can be an excellent source of material to illustrate presentations with. You don't need to move outside of a PowerPoint presentation to build your case with a well-placed YouTube video, though. You can easily embed one inside your presentation. Here's how you do this in PowerPoint 2013. . Click on the Insert tab in PowerPoint. . You will find the option to add an online video to your project under the Video button - one of the last objects on the Ribbon, under the Insert tab. . PowerPoint gives you several online destinations to pick online videos from - Bing Video, Facebook and YouTube, among others. The first time that you pick an online source to add videos from, you need to select it from theAlso … Continue reading
While Windows 8 placed considerable stress on getting users to interact with their computers through touch, Windows laptops and devices that offered touch were rare at first. Over time, though, both manufacturers and users have warmed to the technology. Microsoft and Intel have announced that over time, they intend to see the touch interface run all computers. Touch-based Windows laptops, tablets and convertibles are already common today and are more affordable than ever. Windows RT is only available on Microsoft's hardware Microsoft launched Windows RT, its operating system for tablets, alongside of Windows 8. Windows RT had consumers confused at first though. While it only appeared on Microsoft's Surface RT to begin, manufacturers like Lenovo put the OS on laptops too, over time. These laptops had users confused. Since … Continue reading
SharePoint is Microsoft’s collaboration platform. Users can share ideas, documents, and processes using a variety of sites and repositories. The most basic collaboration site is a SharePoint Document Library. In addition to providing a location for collaboration and document sharing, document libraries can perform change management by archiving document volumes and providing accountability and record of changes. They can be customized with workflows, metadata, and custom entry forms. Let’s walk through creating a simple SharePoint document library. Creating a Document Library in SharePoint: Step 1: Navigate to the SharePoint site where document library will reside. Step 2: In the upper left-hand corner select Site Actions and New Document Library. Step 3: In the Name box, give your document library a name. TIP: Putting spaces in your document library title … Continue reading