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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.
There's one app I really like and it's most useful on the road, so using a tablet or maybe a smartphone, for example. It allows you to set up multiple alarms, use it as a timer, even a stopwatch. It's caled alarms. We're going to take a look at it now. You won't see it by default on your start screen, so click the all apps button in the bottom left corner, and that's where you'll see it near the top of the list, alarms. Give it a click. Now from here there are three options, alarm, timer and stopwatch, alarm currently selected.
Notice there's a default alarm already there for you, but it's currently turned off. You can turn it on if you like what you see. You might see something different, like 7:15 by default. It depends if you've made changes to this and you can. Here's how. Just click anywhere inside the rectangle that appears when you move into that area. And now you're editing, so maybe you want to set it to a different time like 7:00 AM. We have circles around the outside representing minutes, and the inside hours.
So lets move it to the seven o'clock hour and up to zero, there we go 7:00 AM is selected. And this is going to be for every day of the week that is the work week. If you want to include Sunday and Saturday, you can click those check boxes. Or maybe you only want this to happen once. I'm going to go back to repeats, now you need to select the days again where you want to use this alarm. So, during the work week I like to get up at 7:00 Perfect. The sound that's going to play is called chimes by default.
There's a play button to hear that. (SOUND) Maybe jingle would be better. (SOUND) I'm going to select jingle. All I have to do now is save my changes clicking the save button. I could delete this alarm altogether, I don't want to do that. Or cancel what I've done so far, let's click save. Notice it's automatically turned on for you, ready to go every weekday morning at 7 am. Let's add another one, maybe a one time alarm And this case you'll see an option here for not only hours and minutes but AM PM and occurance defaulting to once.
So let's say five o'clock I want this to go off. I'm going to go up to zero. Move this to the five o'clock position. It's going to go off once. I'll change it to a different sound. Maybe Bounce, let's play it. Perfect, I'll select Bounce, and save that up. Now I have multiple alarms. And they're both turned on. I can turn any of them off at any time. Maybe you're going to be on vacation, turn that off. And of course you can delete them as well. Just click anywhere inside. Click the Delete icon when you're done with it, and it's gone.
Let's check out the timer now. The timer is great if you need to time something. You can see there's a countdown timer here that can be deleted. You can add additional timers, and you can adjust hours, minutes, and seconds. You might see something different from me here, but as you go to, for example this inside circle and move it around to the left, notice that it's counting down. Til I get to, about, let's say 45 minutes. And 30 seconds, I can use the outside ring, drag that down to 30 seconds.
When I'm ready, I click right in the center, and it starts counting down. Now, at any time, I can restart this, by clicking the restart button. I can pause this, and of course, I can delete it as well. Any time, I can add a new one. Now there's also a stopwatch, which is really the opposite of the timer. It's going to count up. All you do in this case, click the Play to start timing. Now, there are intervals that you can mark with a flag I'd say someone crosses a line right now. You can see I have it at eight seconds.
And that's the split. And it continues until I hit pause. And I can restart this at any time. Very cool. Let's go back to Alarm. Let's press the windows key on the keyboard to return to the start screen. That's a quick look at alarms, a nice little app, especially if you are on the road with your smartphone or tablet.
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