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Windows 8.1 Tips and Tricks

with David Rivers

Video: Introduction

Get more done with Windows 8.1. Learn time-saving techniques and keyboard shortcuts for finding files, managing your display, optimizing system performance, and much more.
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  1. 2m 37s
    1. Introduction
      1m 5s
    2. What you should know before starting this course
      1m 4s
    3. Using the exercise files
  2. 27m 49s
    1. Choosing your start-up environment
      2m 29s
    2. Blocking notifications with Quiet Hours
      3m 13s
    3. Controlling what is stored in the cloud
      2m 29s
    4. Showing apps instead of tiles
      2m 55s
    5. Pinning email folders to the Start screen
      2m 14s
    6. Opening multiple app windows on one screen
      2m 38s
    7. Bypassing the sign-in screen
      1m 43s
    8. Using Classic Shell's Start button
      4m 37s
    9. Creating a lock screen slideshow
      3m 10s
    10. Disabling charms and hot corners
      2m 21s
  3. 15m 12s
    1. Keyboard shortcuts for searching
      3m 43s
    2. Keyboard shortcuts for running and navigating apps
      4m 14s
    3. Using a keyboard shortcut to power down
      1m 43s
    4. Time-saving mouse shortcuts
      5m 32s
  4. 11m 4s
    1. Naming and grouping home screen tiles
      4m 39s
    2. Re-enabling libraries in File Explorer
      1m 10s
    3. Customizing the taskbar
      1m 28s
    4. Uninstalling multiple apps simultaneously
      1m 34s
    5. Pinning apps to the Classic Shell Start menu
      2m 13s
  5. 18m 30s
    1. Choosing a target folder for File Explorer
      2m 13s
    2. Enabling "God mode"
      1m 54s
    3. Customizing privacy options
      4m 15s
    4. Configuring automatic updates for apps
      1m 47s
    5. Selecting files in File Explorer
      3m 43s
    6. Capturing screenshots to your Pictures folder
      2m 45s
    7. Choosing a default photo viewer
      1m 53s
  6. 15m 0s
    1. Deleting old Windows installation files
      2m 57s
    2. Controlling animations
      2m 21s
    3. Fine-tuning power settings
      4m 27s
    4. Running apps as the administrator
      2m 15s
    5. Optimizing your hard drive
      3m 0s
  7. 41m 11s
    1. Using calculator templates
      5m 12s
    2. Using the Steps Recorder to track actions
      4m 0s
    3. Preventing users from uninstalling apps
      3m 20s
    4. Sharing content to Reading List
      4m 5s
    5. Getting help from Help+Tips
      2m 33s
    6. Creating a virtual drive
      7m 3s
    7. Creating backups with File History
      3m 51s
    8. Downloading a DVD player
      2m 2s
    9. Editing your photos in the Photos app
      5m 5s
    10. Recording audio with Sound Recorder
      4m 0s
  8. 18s
    1. Next steps

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Get more done with Windows 8.1. Author David Rivers shares tips and shortcuts for working more efficiently, improving system performance, and protecting your data in Windows. The course opens with David's Top 10 list of power tips, before delving into great mouse tricks and keyboard shortcuts, display and desktop-organization tips, techniques for improving efficiency with basic but important operating system features, tips for improving system performance, and ten useful utilities.

Topics include:
  • Blocking notifications
  • Controlling what's stored in the cloud
  • Searching with keyboard shortcuts
  • Customizing the taskbar
  • Pinning apps
  • Customizing privacy options
  • Configuring auto updates
  • Optimizing your hard drive
  • Creating a virtual drive
  • Creating backups


Hi and welcome to Windows 8.1 Tips and Tricks. I'm David Rivers. The introduction of Windows 8 was only somewhat well received due to some drastic changes in the way you got things done. But, mostly due to a number of shortcomings when compared to previous versions of Windows. Well, Windows 8.1 is a major update that addresses many of those shortcomings, and comes with it's fair share of shortcuts and tricks to help you optimize how you use Windows.

In this course, I'll be sharing my top ten favorite tips and tricks in Windows 8.1, before moving on to some handy keyboard shortcuts and mouse tricks. The rest of the course will be broken down into tips and tricks specific to working with your display, working more efficiently, improving performance and finally a look at some apps, tools and utilities you might enjoy as part of Windows 8.1. So, what should you know before continuing on with this course? That's coming up next.

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