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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.
What you're presented with here on the Start screen when you first launch Windows 8.1 is fully customizable. The Tiles you see on the Start screen can be adjusted for size, shape, positioning. They can be grouped, and the groups can be named. They can be removed from the Start screen and other apps added. We're going to talk about personalizing your Start screen now, beginning with the Tiles themselves. Notice that some of them display updated and current information, weather for example. Over here, it looks like under food and drink, I'm seeing information.
A little further down, health and fitness information popping up. All of this does use some of your system resources. And if you don't need to see updated information, you can turn these life Tiles off. Let's do that. I'm going to use the Food and Drink Tile. Right-click, that brings up a number of options across the bottom, including an option to turn live tile off if it's already on. This is a toggle. We'll give it a click, and it's off. I know that. I'm seeing the icon now for Food and Drink instead of updated information.
Now certain Tiles, it's useful to have that information showing up. Maybe you're interested in financial information, the weather. You could choose to leave some of these on, some of them off. Personally, I'm going to be turning all of them off at the end of this movie. Another thing that we can do is rearrange our Tiles. So, if you wanted to, for example, take games and move it over to this group over here on the right, just click, drag it over, and release. Maybe the same thing here for my media or video player.
If you wanted to select more than one, right click. I'm going to go for my music and my camera. And now drag two of them over at the same time. Notice, the number 2 appears just to remind me I'm dragging two, and release. When we do that, notice that we're in Customize Mode. In fact, we could name the groups that we see at the top of our Tiles. Maybe this group over here is going to be our general, and over here our personal ones. So, I'm going to click inside the field that says name group on the left and type in General Apps.
And I'm going to go over to the group name over here on the right and type in Personal Apps. You can press Enter. Click anywhere in the background to lock that in, and you'll see those labels at the top. Of course you can go back at any time to customize, just right click, choose Customize down in the bottom right hand corner, by clicking it, we're back and we can rename this, take it out, and click anywhere in the background to go back. How about rearranging our tiles now, including adding some that don't appear here and removing some that we don't use.
For example, if I was to go over to my reading list here. This is something I don't use. I can right click, I could uninstall it if I never use it, or to just simply unpin it from the Start screen if I don't see it here and I'l access it when I need it. Let's click on Pin From Start. Notice it's removed. Help tips, I'm going to move over here, to fill in the gap. Just to rearrange things. I'm going to resize some of these, so they're not taking up so much room. I'd like to add some additional apps.
So I'm going to go up here to my sports news, and I right click that. Go down to Resize. You'll notice in Windows 8.1 there's actually two new sizes to choose from, so we have four options instead of two. Small, Medium, Wide, and Large. I'm going to go to Medium. I'm going to do the same here for my news. Right click > Resize, choose Medium, and notice how it positioned itself. Getting me some extra space here for some additional general apps, I might like to add.
I'm going to do that by going to All Apps. Lets go down to our arrow at the bottom. Give it a click, and any of these can be added. So, if you see something that's currently not on your Start screen, you could go ahead and add it. Scanning is something I do a lot of. I'm going to right click this, choose Pin To Start, to get it on my Start screen. There it is over here on the right hand side. Now I can just simply drag it down into the group where it belongs. If I want it over here on the left, no problem.
Bump it over. You can see how things get rearranged. Let's go back to All Apps, and choose another one. The calculator is something I use on a regular basis. I'm going to right click that, and pin it to the start as well. That's one of my personal apps, so I'm going to leave it over here in the Personal App section. Maybe I'd like to have it over here where maps appears and just readjust things. Now I'm getting into a number of icons or Tiles that spread out across past the width of my screen, so I have the Scroll Bar at the bottom.
If you have a wheel mouse, you can also use the wheel on your mouse to scroll up and down, which actually takes you left to right on your screen. Maybe we should rearrange some things now, the Desktop. It needs to go down here. I am going to change my financial information by resizing it, so I'll right click. I'm going to change it to medium. I'm going to move it up next to Health and Tips. That gives me a little more space. And of course, we could go even smaller with our Tiles if we wanted to. I'm going to right click Photos, Internet Explorer, News, and Sports, and down here resize all of them at the same time.
Make them all small. Now I'm seeing all of them on one screen, beautiful. And speaking of the Start screen, the background can be adjusted or personalized as well. And if we want to do that, we go to our Settings. One option is to go to the hot corner in the top right or bottom right corner, and when you see the Charms, you can click Settings. There's a keyboard shortcut, though, that I like to use. It's the Windows key and the letter I. It brings up your settings, and Personalize is right at the top. We'll give it a click.
This allows us to choose our background, and there are number of presets here, and we can choose background colors and accent colors. One Tile that you're going to see here is your Desktop Background. When we go to the old Windows 7 style Desktop, we could match that up if we wanted to. So if we're to select that, and have the same background that we see when we go to our Desktop, it's a seamless change from one screen to the other. Let's go to our Desktop. Give it a click. Press the Windows key to come back.
And you can see it's almost as though we're moving around on one screen as opposed to switching to two different environments. So I'm going to leave my background using the Desktop. But there are many options to choose from, and at any time use Windows+I, the keyboard shortcut, to go back to Personalize, and experiment with some of these backgrounds. Some of them are very busy, you can choose the Background Colors. Maybe that would look better in red, with an orange accent.
But I'm going to go back to my Desktop. Click anywhere in the background to close that up. Personalizing what you see on your Start screen? How those Tiles are arranged? What sizes they appear in? It's all up to you, as you personalize your Start screen here in Windows 8.1.
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