Windows 8 How To: 10. Customize Metro UI – App Tiles and Groups

Moving Tile to a Different Group You can move tiles from one group to another group by selecting a tile, for example, the Weather Metro app, holding it over to another group, and dropping it where you want. <=>  Create a New Group Select a tile, move it outside of the current group and drop…

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Windows 8 How To: 9. Set Up a Printer

Follow the steps in How to show and access Control Panel. From the Control Panel, type “printer” and select Devices and Printers. Follow the instructions to set up a printer. For example, I have a network based printer, HP Color LaserJet CM2320 printer. The Printer setup wizard detects the printer, and provides me a option…

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Windows 8 How To: 8. Set up a Picture Password

Windows 8 introduce a new security feature, picture password. While you can continue to use a numeric combination as your password, you can enable the security feature if you have a touch enabled device and experience the new way of logging into your Windows 8 device. To find more info on picture password, read the…

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Windows 8 How To: 7. Switch Between Windows Accounts and Local Accounts

When installing Windows 8, you may have chosen to use a Windows Account, e. g. your Live or Hotmail account, or to use a local account. One advantage of using a Windows Account is that your settings and contents are sync’ed up with your Windows Live account and that you will get the updated content…

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Windows 8 How To: 6. Show All Apps

Windows 8 comes with many built-in Metro apps such as Calendar, People, and Mail and desktop apps such as WordPad, Snipping Tool, and Run. Over time you may add additional apps from the Windows Store or by installing apps to the desktop. You can show and access all apps as follows. Use All Apps from…

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Windows 8 How To: 5. Show and Access Administrative Tools

Some users use administrative tools such as Computer Management and Windows Firewalls. You can show the Administrative Tools as follows.    From the Metro Charms Menu Display the Charms Bar while on the Metro UI. Click on the Settings button. Turn on “Show administrative tools”. To see my other Win8 HowTo blog posts, click here….

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Windows 8 How To: 4. Show and Access the Control Panel

Many users use the control panel to perform administrative task such as creating users and uninstalling a program. You can access the control panel as follows. Use the Charms Bar in Desktop Mode While on the desktop, bring out the Charms Bar, click on Settings. Then, select Control Panel. Use the Desktop Shortcut Menu Move…

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Windows 8 How To: 3. How to Power Off Your Device

You can always hold the power button (hardware) until the device is shut down. That’s not a recommended practice because you may lose data in your apps and / or you may not save app settings or in some case corrupt them. With Windows 8, you can probably shut down your device as follows. Use…

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Windows 8 How To: 2. Switch Between Apps or Snap Apps

Whether you are using the Metro UI or desktop, chance are you are running multiple applications. For example, you may be in the Windows Store while watching a video. Or, if you are developer, you may be running Visual Studio Express 11 while debugging your Windows 8 Metro app. Switch Between Apps You can switch…

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Windows 8 How To: 1. Switch Between Metro UI and Desktop Mode

Switching between Metro UI and the desktop is very easy, and you have a couple of options.   <=> Use the Windows key If your device has a hardware keyboard with a Windows key, pressing the logo key toggles between Metro UI and the desktop mode. Use the Desktop Tile and Start Menu When you…

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