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- Changing your environment and customizing live tiles
- Using gestures
- Creating and using a picture password
- Using Windows applications
- Working with media
- Accessing and personalizing the desktop
- Working with the File Explorer
- Changing Windows settings
- Backing up your files
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There are a great many settings you can configure within Windows 8. But most of those are found in just a couple of locations. So, it's not too difficult to just browse among the various settings available to see if there are any settings you need to adjust. Or, if you're looking for a particular setting, you should be able to find it without too much trouble. Let's take a look at both of the major areas where you'll find settings for your computer. The first option is found on the charm bar. So I'll swipe in from the right side of the screen or press Windows+C on the keyboard and then on the charm bar I'll go ahead and click Settings.
The upper portion of the Settings panel will include settings for whatever application or tool you're currently using. So in this case I'm working with the Start screen. I haven't launched any application so I'm able to adjust the settings for the tiles. But down below, you'll also find additional settings. I have my network settings, I have the volume control, a brightness control if my display is so-equipped. I can adjust the settings for notifications, I can access the power options, I can adjust the keyboard settings, and, down below, I have this larger option to Change PC settings.
I'll go ahead and click Change PC settings. And that will bring up the PC settings application where I can adjust a wide variety of different settings for my computer. So for example I can change the lock screen and the start screen as well as my account picture. I can adjust user settings, changing my account photo, changing my password, creating a picture password. I can even add new users if I want to allow different people to access the computer. Each only being able to access their own documents and settings for example.
I can adjust settings for notifications that will be brought up by the applications or the operating system. I can adjust search settings. I can change my sharing settings. General settings which include the time setting. Now in most cases the time will be set automatically and you won't need to apply any adjustment, but it's a good idea to check to make sure that your computer is in the correct time zone for example. And if you ever need to change it directly you can do so right here. You'll also find a variety of other settings: spelling settings, language settings and other options related to your overall installation of Windows. There are some privacy settings such as allowing applications to use your current location.
You can also adjust settings for specific devices, so if I want to adjust settings for my printer or some other device that's connected to my computer I can do that here. There are also some Ease of Access settings that make the computer a little bit easier to use for those who have some level of impairment. We have synchronization options, home networking options... And also Windows Update. Now Windows Update operates automatically in the background. But anytime you can specifically choose to check for the latest updates.
Now all of these settings, and obviously this is a lot of settings, are found directly here within PC settings, which I've launched from within the Start screen. But of course there are additional settings as well. Let's take a look at those, I'll go back to the Start screen, and then I'll bring up the application options bar. And choose all apps so that I can access all of the applications. And then I'll choose Control panel which will bring up the control panel in the desktop environment. And here you'll find an even larger variety of settings that you can adjust.
Many of these settings may relate to specific applications you've installed for example, but you'll also find settings related to your overall system, to your computer. You can see here for example that we have Windows Defender, we have speech recognition settings, we have user accounts accessible here. A wide variety of settings related to your overall computer setup. In most cases you probably won't need to access these settings or at least you won't need to access them very often. But when there's an issue with any of your devices or software, this is one of the places you'll want to check, especially if you're dealing with devices or software that relate specifically to the desktop environment within Windows 8.
So between the Control panel as well as the PC's settings application. You should be able to find just about any setting you need, for any software, operating system feature, or device that you're using.