Category Archives: Windows 8
Copy is Barracuda Networks’ app for storing and sharing files in the cloud. By default, Copy sends your usage statistics back to their server. If you wish to opt out of this, it’s just a few simple steps away.
1. Go to the Notification Area on the Windows Taskbar.
2. Right-click the Copy icon and select Preferences.
3. When the Preferences window opens, select the About tab.
4. Uncheck the Allow Copy to send usage statistics checkbox.
5. Close the Copy Preferences Window.
Keyboard shortcuts are always helpful for navigating an operating system. Here’s some essential shortcuts for Windows 8.
1. Windows Key: Toggle between applications and the Start screen.
2. Windows Key + C: Open the Charms Bar
3. Alt + F4: Close an application
4. Windows Key + L: Switch User
5. Windows Key + Tab: Toggle App Sidebar
6. Alt + Tab: Toggle Application List
7. Winkey + X: Open Administrator menu
8. Winkey + I: Go to Charm Bar Settings
9. Winkey + H: Share content
Windows 8 brings a different paradigm to the desktop as the Start button (ORB) is no longer available. As with other versions of Windows, there are a variety of ways to go about shutting down or restarting your PC.
The Windows 8 Consumer Preview places a watermark on the lower-right corner of your wallpaper that reads “Windows 8 Consumer Preview Evaluation copy. Build 8250.” If you want to have a clean desktop, this can be somewhat of an eyesore. You can easily get rid of the watermark without installing any third party software and without having to edit any system files. It should be noted that this method will not work if you are using multiple wallpapers and it will need to be done each time you change your wallpaper, but it is quite simple to do.
Keeping your Metro Start screen free of clutter is important if the interface is to be of any use to you. If you have to dig through a bunch of tiles that you don’t use just to locate the one you are looking for, it can be a real time suck. Instead of removing the tiles one-at-a-time, you can get rid of all of the tiles you don’t need all at once.
While Metro is a cool interface, without utilizing some sort of organizing scheme, it can quickly become a huge mess that makes it difficult to find and launch the desired application. The Metro Start screen allows you to not only create groups but also apply labels to these groups which allows you to organize Metro in your own custom fashion.
When you install Windows 8, you basically have two Internet Explorers. The default browser is the Metro version of IE, unfortunately, some sites have issues with this. If you need (or prefer) to use the desktop version of Internet Explorer as your default web browser, you just need to make some changes to IE’s settings.