Mar 242014
 

Keyboard shortcuts are combinations of two or more keys. Many actions and commands that you perform with the mouse can also be performed using combinations of keys on your keyboard. Moreover, Keyboard shortcuts can make it easier to interact with your computer, saving you time and effort.

In this article, we list some shortcuts using the Windows Key, or WinKey, which work in Windows. WinKey is the key with the Windows logo shown on it and it is usually found between the Ctrl and Alt keys on your keyboard.

Here are the common WinKey Shortcuts you need to know:

Note: It is not necessary to capitalize the letter you press in combination with the WinKey.

WinKey:  Open and close the Start Screen or Start Menu

WinKey + C: Open Charms bar

WinKey + D:  Minimize all windows to the desktop. Press again to reverse action

WinKey + E:  Open Computer in Windows File Explorer

WinKey + L:  Lock the computer

WinKey + F:  Open the Search window to find files and folders

WinKey + M:  Minimize all windows

WinKey + Shift + M :  Maxmize all windows after minimizing them

WinKey + R:  Open the Run dialog box

WinKey + X:  Open Windows Mobility Center

WinKey + U:  Open Ease Of Access Center

WinKey + Pause:  Opens the Systems Properties dialog box

WinKey + F1:  Opens Windows Help & Support

WinKey + B:  Sets focus on the Task bar, Allows navigation using arrow keys; opens applications on pressing Enter key.

That’s for the common shortcuts using the Windows Key. If you know the right shortcuts, you will definitely save a lot of time and effort as you work with Windows and other programs. For more Windows tips, click here.

Feb 222014
 

 

Windows 8 users know that we no longer press a certain key during the boot process to access the Advanced Boot Option in Windows 8. That is because Windows 8 hardware uses the UEFI replacement for the traditional BIOS. It boots so blisteringly fast that it theoretically gives you only 200 milliseconds to access the boot menu.

Generally, Windows 8 allow us to enter boot menu through PC settings or use your installation disk. However, sometimes our computer encounter may have problems and can’t boot. Worse still, the installation disk isn’t always in hand. Thus, is there any way to set up Windows 8 to use F8 to enter Advanced Boot Options?

Note: If you’ve installed Windows 8 on an existing computer that uses the legacy BIOS system, you’ll access the BIOS in the traditional way.

1, Insert Windows 8 installation disc and restart your computer

2, Choose Keyboard & Language options and click Next in the setup box

3, On the next screen, click Repair your computer

4, In Choose an option interface, go for Troubleshoot and then Advanced options

5, In Advanced options, click for Command Prompt and access system drive (For example C:)

6, Type the command line BCDEDIT /SET {DEFAULT} BOOTMENUPOLICY LEGACY and press Enter

7, Type Exit and press Enter to restart your computer

8, Now you will be able to use F8 key for displaying Advanced Boot Options

So if you want to set up Windows 8 to use F8 to enter Advanced Boot Options, just follow our easy steps.

Jan 042014
 

Disk partitioning is to divide the hard drive into multiple logical units. It enables you to divide your hard drive into multiple independent volumes to relieve all sorts of computer-related headaches and separate your operating system from your data to reduce the chances of your data becoming corrupted. To partition a hard drive in Windows 7 means to divide the hard drive into parts and make those parts available to the operating system. This article will show you a detailed guide about how to partition a hard drive in Windows 7.

Step1: Open the Start menu. Type “Computer Management” in the search bar of the Start menu and press enter to open the Computer Manage Tool.

Step2: Click Disk Management When Computer Management opens.

Step3: Make some space for the new partition. Right-click on the partition you wish to re-size and select the Shrink Volume option.

Note: Don’t alter the partition named System Reserved.

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Step4: Enter the size you wish to shrink your drive to in megabytes (1000MB = 1GB). Then click on the Shrink button.

Step5: Now you can see a new unallocated partition in your Disk Management window. Right click the unallocated partition and select the New Simple Volume option.

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Step6: Click on the Next button on the New Simple Volume Wizard to go on. Enter the amount of memory you wish to allocate for your new partition and click on the Next button.

Step7: Select a letter name for your new partition from the menu, and click on the “Next” button.

Step8: Click on the Format this volume with the following settings:

1, For File System, select NTFS

2, For Allocation unit size, select Default

3, For Volume Label, type the name you wish to give your new drive.

4, Click on the Perform a quick format

Step9: Click Finish to complete the Windows 7′s partition of the hard drive.

Step10: Now, you will get a popup asking you to partition your new drive. Click on the Format disk button and then click on “Start” -> “OK” to format your new volume.

If everything was done correctly, now you can see your new drive in the Disk Management window. For more details about Partition tips, click here.

Dec 212013
 

Still leave your computer at risk when you get up and walk away? It’s time to set Windows to secure itself and save power when not in use. In fact, Windows has a built-in feature to shut down itself to protect your computer and save the power when no one has touched the keyboard or mouse for a set period of time.

Below I list 3 different ways you can use to suspend Windows when you’re not using it.  All of them, by default, require you to reenter your logon password to regain access.

Lock

After Windows locked, it doesn’t power down but displays the logon screen (or the screen saver of your choice). In this way, you can protect your computer from malicious access but can’t save power.

How to set up:

1. For Windows 7, click Start, type screen saver, and select Change screen saver.

2. For Windows 8, type screen saver in Home screen, click or tap Settings, and select Change screen saver.

3. To lock the screen automatically, check the On resume option and set the Wait option to an appropriate number of minutes.

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Sleep

When Windows sleeps, it will go into a suspended, low-energy mode and will wake up immediately when you press the power button. After waking up, you need to enter the password to back to where you left it.

How to set up:

1. For Windows 7, click Start, type sleep, and select Change when the computer sleeps.

2. For Windows 8, type sleep in the Start screen, click or tap Settings, then Change when the computer sleeps.

3. Set the “Turn off the display” and “Put the computer to sleep”.

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Hibernation

Unlike Lock and Sleep, a hibernating PC is a turned-off PC, effectively using no power at all. Windows copies everything in RAM to the hard drive, and then shuts the PC off entirely. When you reboot, everything is loaded back into RAM and the PC wakes up.

How to set up:

1. In the same applet where you set up Sleep, click the Change Advanced power settings link.

2. In the resulting dialog box, expand the Sleep section, then expandHibernate after, and set the minutes.

You can pick one or use all of them to set Windows to secure itself and save power when not in use. To use them, you can set up Windows to lock itself after five minutes, sleep after 20, and hibernate after 120 or any time you want.

P.S.: Unfortunately forgot password to unlock Windows? Turn to Windows Password Recovery for help.

Dec 042013
 

Microsoft introduced two major editions of Windows 8: Windows 8 (standard) and Windows 8 pro to us. Both of them are available for 64-bit and 32-bit. Do you know is your Windows 8 is 64-bit or 32-bit? This article will tell you how to determine if you have a 64-bit or 32-bit version of Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro installed on your computer.

Why should I need to know Which Type of Windows 8 I Have?

It is important to know which type of Windows 8 you have as you need to choose the correct drivers and software for your operating system according to the type of Windows 8 you are using. For example, you have the 64-bit version of Windows 8 Pro installed and need to update your video card, and then you must download and install the drivers labeled “64-bit” by the manufacturer.

How to Determine If You Have Windows 8 64-bit or 32-bit?

 It’s extremely easy to determine if the copy of Windows 8 you have installed is 32-bit or 64-bit. Just follow our instructions below.

1, Open Windows 8 Control Panel and click on System and Security in Control Panel.

2, Click on System in the System and Security window to open the System applet.

3, Find the System area, located under the large Windows 8 logo. The System type will tell you either 64-bit Operating System or 32-bit Operating System you are using.

What’s the Difference between Windows 8 64-bit and32-bit?

The main difference between 32-bit and 64-bit is that64 bit version can handle more RAM and apps than 32 bit. The tendency of a computer’s processer to deal with information on RAM (random access memory) depends upon 32 bit and 64 bit version of Windows.

To put it simply,  64 bit version can deal with physical memory (RAM) above 4 GB and up to 128GB while 32-bit version can address RAM up to 4 GB only.

Now, you must have a clear idea about Windows 8 64-bit and 32-bit, and how to determine if you have a 64-bit or 32-bit version of Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro installed on your computer.For more Windows 8 tips, click here.

Nov 182013
 

Windows Update is a Microsoft service that’s used to provide updates like service packs and patches for the Windows operating system and other Microsoft software. After you installed Windows 8.1, you will be asked about how you’d like Windows Update to work. You are also allowed to change those settings whenever you want. This article will show you how to change Windows Update Setting in Windows 8.1.

It is really easy to change Windows Update Settings in Windows 8.1 and making changes to Windows Update in Windows 8.1 should only take a few minutes. Here is a detailed guide about how to do it and steps below also apply to Windows 8.

1. Open Windows 8.1 Control Panel and click on the System and Security link.

2. In the System and Security window, click on the Windows Update link.

3. Click or tap the Change settings link to the left when Windows Update opens. This will open a window with a Choose your Windows Update settings heading.

4. Make changes you want and after you’ve made your choice, click the OK button to confirm the changes.

Details of Windows Update Settings in Windows 8.1

1. Check, Download, & Install

You can choose Install updates automatically from the drop-down box under Important updates to fully enable automatic updates.

2. Do Not Check At All

You are allowed to choose “Never check for updates” from the drop-down box under Important updates to completely disable automatic downloads, installations, and even checks for updates.

3. Check & Download

You can choose “Download updates but let me choose whether to install them” to make Windows Update to check for, and download, available updates. But the updates won’t install until you choose to install the updates.

4. Check Only

Choose “Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them” to stop Windows Update from downloading and installing updates.

Now you must have a clear idea about the details of Windows Update in Windows 8.1 and how to change Windows Update Setting in Windows 8.1. For more Windows 8 tips, click here.

Nov 092013
 

Airdrop is a now feature in iOS 7 offering a better way to share photos in the Photos app, contact cards in the Contacts app, notes in the Notes app, URLs in Safari, Passbook passes, app listings on the App Store, media listings in iTunes, and stations in iTunes Radio, etc. It’s already implemented on Macs and allows users to drag and drop files to share with other Mac users on the same network. Now owners of iPhone 5, 5C or 5S, the iPad 4 or Mini, and the iPod Touch 5th generation (running iOS 7) are able to take advantage of AirDrop.

To get started using AirDrop, you need know that this technology uses Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to make an ad hoc connection between two iOS 7 devices, letting you copy files quickly and easily. Here’s how to use it. So you’ll first want to make sure that WiFi and Bluetooth are both turned on.

1. Open up the Control Center by swiping up from the bottom of the screen. You’ll see toggles at the top and symbols for WiFi and Bluetooth; make s2ure these are glowing white, which means that they’re on and ready to go.

2. Enable AirDrop by opening Control Center and pressing the AirDrop icon. Then you’ll be prompted with the option to make yourself discoverable to no one, to your contacts only, or to everyone.

3. If you want to share a photo, open the image in the Photos app and press the Share button in the lower left corner. Then select the device to which you’d like to send the photo. Finally, press Accept on the window that appears on the receiving device. The photo will then transfer (it took about a second in our tests), and appear in the Camera roll.

4. If you want to share a map, open Maps and press the Share button in lower left corner. And the following steps are the same as we mentioned in 3.

Other files such as videos, safari can be also shared via the same way with Airdrop. Now take out your iPhone, and begin to enjoy this great new feature.

P.S.: Lost Data from iOS 7device and try to get them back? iOS 7 Data Recovery is already here to recover Contacts, Call History, SMS, etc. from iOS 7device.

Nov 012013
 

Want to add a folder to a folder in iOS 7 so that you can save more space on your home screen? Although, you can easily create folders in iOS 7 to organize your apps, but the folders only display 9 apps at a time which is far from enough. So if we can add a folder to a folder such as make a “Photography” folder and add folds in it to separate your “Filters,” “Cameras,” “Editors,” “Photos,” and other subcategories, it will be easier to find the app you need and save more space on your home screen

However, Apple has omitted this feature from iOS 7. But they did include a bug which lets us create folders within folders on an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. Just follow the steps below.

1. Take a few apps and create a couple of folders that fit a certain category. Choose any kind of apps and name the folder.

2. Tap and hold on one of the folders (the one you want to move) until it turns gray in color.

3. Once the folder turns dark gray, double-press the Home button to bring up the multitasking menu—before the jiggling happens.

Note: This step is very important, you need to be so quick, that it’s best if you double-press the Home button almost at the same time you tap and hold on the folder.

4. After that, you’ll see that the gray highlighted folder is slightly enlarged in the home screen preview of the multitasking menu.

5. From the multitasking menu, you will need to tap on the home screen preview.

6. Now you’re back on the home screen with your folder still grayed out. Tap on the folder that you want the enlarged gray folder to go into.

7. If all he steps below are done correctly, the folder will open and you should see the grayed-out folder floating near the top left.

8. Press the Home button on your iPhone and the gray folder will jump right inside your primary folder.

Now you can add numerous applications and folders into one place. Moreover, these folders and apps will stay exactly where you placed them if you restart your device.

P.S.: Lost Data from iOS 7device and try to get them back? iOS 7 Data Recovery is already here to recover Contacts, Call History, SMS, etc. from iOS 7device.

Oct 262013
 

Windows 8.1 the successor to its controversial Windows 8 operating system has been available for upgrading for a few days. Though some users upgrade it smoothly, others have not been so lucky. Recently, we’re seeing a number of users can’t find Windows 8.1 update in Windows Store. In this article I will show what to do if you can’t find Windows 8.1 update in Windows Store.

Why You Can’t Find Windows 8.1 Update in Windows Store?

This troublesome issue may be caused by 3 common reasons:

1. Microsoft immediately suspended availability of the update after reports that a very small number of Surface RT customers experienced an issue that left the update incomplete and their devices unbootable.

2. You might be running an edition of Windows 8 that doesn’t support the free update from the Store. Some editions of Windows 8 don’t support the free update to Windows 8.1. These include: Windows 8 Enterprise, Editions of Windows 8 Pro that are installed by enterprises using KMS activation, Editions of Windows 8 that are installed using an MSDN ISO, and activated using multiple activation keys

3. You haven’t install KB 2871389 in your computer.

How to Find Windows 8.1 Update in Windows Store?

If you can’t see Windows 8.1 in the Windows Store due to the loss of 2871389, you probably need to run Windows Update to get the “KB 2871839″update before Windows 8.1 becomes available to you in the Store. To do this, follow the directions below:

1. Open Windows Update. (You can either swipe in from the right edge of the screen or use mouse to the lower-right corner of the screen and move the mouse pointer up.)

2.  Click Settings -> Change PC settings, and then click Windows Update.

3. Tap or click Check for updates now, and then wait while Windows looks for the latest updates for your PC.

(If you don’t have automatic installation of important updates turned on, click Turn on recommended settings before you can check for updates)

4.  Click the message telling you how many updates will be installed automatically and look for one that includes (KB2871389)

5. Click Install to install all the recommended updates in the list.

6.  Restart your computer and click Store, you should see the Windows 8.1 update.

After that, you will find Windows 8.1 update in Windows Store. Before you update it, read this article to see What You Need to Do before Windows 8.1 Upgrade or Installation.