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Windows 8 was a new direction for Microsoft, offering mobile integration, cloud storage, and security enhancements. But some people were unhappy with its design. Windows 8.1 answers these complaints and takes Windows a step further. In this course, David Rivers shows you all its essential features. Take a tour of the interface, review the new file and folder behaviors, and meet the most useful apps, including Calendar, Photos, Maps, and Music. David also shows how to adjust system settings like default programs and volume, work with external devices, and set up networks. The final chapters show you how to keep your computer even more secure with Access Control and Windows Defender, and how to troubleshoot potential issues, like reversing fatal crashes.
If you prefer to enjoy the power and security of Windows 8.1, but continue to work mainly in the old, familiar desktop environment, there are some new navigation settings, you'll want to check out. It'll let you do things, like boot directly to the desktop environment and change the way the start screen behaves, to make it less intrusive. We'll check it out, by going to the desktop, clicking the desktop tile here on the start screen. Next, we'll go down to the task bar and find an empty area and right click. From here on the pop up menu, select Properties and then, we can go to a tab labeled Navigation, let's click that.
We're going to begin down here, in the Start Screen section. You'll notice when you sign in, or close all apps on the screen, you can go, directly to the desktop, that's this environment, instead of the Start Screen, only if you click the checkbox, to check it off. Now you'll just bypass that start screen and work mainly here, in this desktop environment, unless you choose to switch over, to the start screen. You'll notice a check mark in the check box next to Show My Desktop Background On Start, if you were following along with me, in a previous movie when we went to the personalized settings, to choose the same background for our start screen as our desktop here.
And then, you can show the Start screen on the display, that you're using, when you press the Windows logo key on the keyboard, let's do that. That's ideal if you're working on multiple monitors, for example the one you're working on when you press the Windows key, is the one that'll switch to the start screen. Now, before we click apply and okay these changes, let's go up to the top because there are some other options, for making the Windows start screen a little less intrusive. For example, you know when you go to the top right corner with your mouse pointer, which is a hot corner, those charms appear, down the right hand side of your screen.
Same thing, if you go to the bottom right. Well, you can disable the top right by deselecting the check box. Also when you go up to the left corner, another hot corner, you are going to see the app switcher. But if you are not using the new style apps in the window start screen environment, you can disable that by de-selecting the checkbox that says, When I Click The Upper Left Corner Switch Between My Recent Apps. When you click apply, the changes are applied, you can click Okay, to close it up. And let's return to our start screen, pressing the Windows key on the keyboard.
Now if you're one of those die hard Windows 7 desktop enthusiasts, these settings will help you to continue to working mainly in the environment,you've grown to love, and prefer.
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