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Archive for November, 2013

RecycleBinRemember back in the good old days when things were running slow, you could go to your recycle bin on your desktop and delete files permanently in hopes that it would help performance?  Well, with Windows 8.1, unless you have it setup to go directly to the desktop on startup (see my posts on Windows 8.1 Tips and Tricks:  How to boot to desktop and Windows 8 Tip #4 – Pin Any File to Start Screen), you need to go to your Start Screen, click on the desktop tile, then double click on the Recycle Bin.  Geez, that seems like a lot of work.

Truthfully, unless you like to manage your Recycle Bin regularly, you probably only do it once every month or so.  Maybe even less often.  However, if you are a Recycle Bin Junky (tee hee), you might want a quicker way to access it, say, through the Start Screen, via a tile.  I mean, isn’t there a simple way to do this and still do most of my work in Metro?  Well, yes, slightly.  It is actually really easy to setup.  Let’s take a look. Read more

UpdatesIconIf you have used Windows in the past, or even Windows 8.0 … you might have had times when you said, “Geez, I hate trying to figure out what apps need to be updated.  Why can’t it just do it for me.”  Am I right?  Well, in the latest Windows 8.1 upgrade, you now have the ability to turn on automatic updates so that you don’t have to worry about it anymore.  By default, apps update automatically.  So, you don’t have to do anything.

However, what if you don’t want to have applications update automatically.  Maybe you like to have more control since you pay for a very small chunk of bandwidth and data on your internet connection.  Well, it is easy to toggle this feature on and off.


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So, you still aren’t sold out on the new Start Screen for WIndows 8.1?  Well, my 2 cents.  You are crazy!  But, as they say, “you can lead a house to water, but you can’t make him drink.”  That applies to you, but hey, I guess I have to live with it.  I mean, it is your life.  My gut feeling is that you probably really haven’t given it much of a try.  But hey, up to you.  Is it the beauty of it that you don’t like?  That’s okay.  Is it that you want to go into your application to find quick information instead of just looking in one place?  Cool, I understand that there are people who really like to stay in their rut and keep doing the same things.  Maybe you like using the old Start Menu instead of a Start Screen with more functionality.  Nice.


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