Aug
26
2012

Using Windows 8 : Simplfied Usage : Customize Windows

After reading this article you will be able to understand & customize your Windows 8 PC for power use. This article explains the New  “Windows 8 style” UI based Start Screen that contains all your applications, the easy tools menu & three most basic & most used commands in Windows. This post will also cover a small tip that will enable you to view administrator tools in Start Menu.

The three most basic & most used commands in Windows 8 :

  • Winkey + X : to open the tools menu
  • right start
  • This can also be achieved by right click on the most Left bottom corner of your screen ( on the taskbar )
  • Winkey + I : This opens the Quick Settings menu. This menu contains many short links and control button, example: Power button, sound button, brightness etc.
  • quick
  • This can also be achieved by moving your mouse cursor to the top right corner of the screen.
  • Winkey : This single button press can be used to launch the start screen & to go back to the program you were using previously.

Customizing Start Screen

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Customizing this start screen is fairly easy. Follow the steps below to achieve the customization of your choice

  • Basic Customization
  • Changing Basic settings
  • On the start screen shown above, start typing start
  • From the listed results click on settings in the right pane
  • Now Click on Customize your start screen
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  • Here you can manage the color, the background picture and Tile settings.
  • Showing all Application ( tools/settings ) on the start screen
  • Go to Start
  • press Winkey + I
  • Click on Tiles
  • Follow the screenshot below
  • admin_tools

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About the Author:

Shantanu is a Windows Enthusiast, a troubleshooter & a writer. He is a Microsoft MVP in Windows Expert - IT Pro from 2007. You can check out his other work @ www.shantanukaushik.com

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