10 Must-Know Windows 8.1 Tips and Tricks

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If you're new to Windows 8.1 interface, you might be looking out ways to master the user interface. Windows 8.1 has been massively improved since its initial release. The new operating system is better integrated with Microsoft's ecosystem.

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Although Windows 8.1 was announced for touch-based PCs, the operating system now offers better integration with more traditional computers. Notably, end users are no more forced to use the metro UI and the ability to pin apps to the taskbar.

Today, we show you 10 simple tips to make the most out of your PC for productivity purpose.

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Adjust Private Settings

Privacy is the single most important thing you can do to keep secure your system. To adjust the settings, press the Windows key + I, and go to Change PC Settings. Select the Privacy option, and personalize the settings for your personal data there.

Set a picture password

Good news! Windows 8.1 enables you to create a picture password, where you choose an image, then draw on it in a combination of taps, lines and circles. Select Win + I > More PC Settings > Users > Create a Picture Password to give this a try.

Set Start screen background

If you're keen to change your lock, user tile or start screen images then go to the Start screen press Win + I, click 'Change PC settings' and choose the Personalize option.

Restart Explorer

To regain the control over Explore, you need to simply press Ctrl+Alt+Esc, select Explorer in the list, click Restart.

Boot to desktop

In Windows 8.1 you can now boot directly to the desktop. To do this right-click the Taskbar > Properties > Navigation tab

Get a proper Start Button

In, Windows 8.1, users will again the iconic Start button, but thankfully there are already a couple of alternatives you can check out.

Turn off notifications

If you want to get work done without being distracted by notifications, simply go to PC Settings > Search & apps and then make sure the Quiet Hours switch is on.

Show all apps instead of live tiles

If you want to retain the Modern UI start screen but want to change the layout, it's now possible to show all apps.

To make this more productive in use, it is best to tick all of the last four boxes in the Taskbar and Navigation Properties dialogue box. This can be done when you tick all of the last four boxes in the Taskbar and Navigation Properties dialogue box.

Let SkyDrive access your files

In order to make sure that all SkyDrive files are accessible when you need them go to Windows Explorer > right click SkyDrive > select Make Available Offline. This will download all files stored in the cloud and save them locally.

Uninstall unused apps at the same time

Interestingly, Windows 8.1 allows users to select multiple apps and uninstall them all at the same time. To uninstall unused app, right click on the Start screen > Customise > Tick apps you want to uninstall.

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