With the release of Windows 8.1, Microsoft made a great number of improvements to Windows 8. Unfortunately, it also marked a step backwards in terms of easily adjusting your network settings. Here’s an update of how to monitor or limit data use in Windows 8.1. Continue reading
Usage tracking shows that 95% percent of home users typically have 5 or fewer browser tabs/windows open at a time. In an office environment though, this number easily triples. This tip will help you juggle dozens of browser windows more easily, and let you spend less time finding the one you need. Continue reading
Did you know you can use tools and skills you already have to produce higher quality graphics for your presentations, without paying for or learning expensive image editing programs? Continue reading
- Right-click Start button (bottom left corner of the screen if it isn’t visible) and choose Control Panel.
- Go to Programs, Default Programs, and then Set your default programs.
- In the list, find Windows Photo Viewer and click “Set this program as default”. Do the same thing for Windows Media Player.
Now when you open pictures or music files, you will stay on the familiar desktop instead of being unexpectedly taken to the touch based tablet apps.
Bing in fact has a secret power that is kept too secret. Searching for a movie provides an index of which services carry the title, which saves you from individually searching various apps and sites. Big deal? It saves real money too, when the movie is already on a service you subscribe to, you can watch it there instead of buying it outright.
This little-known ability was first introduced on the Xbox several years ago, and made better for those using the Kinect microphone. You could say “Xbox, bing How I Met Your Mother” and see information about the show, as well as links to every Xbox app that carried the movie for sale or rental. The Xbox bing even went a step further by showing the prices right on the search results page. If you already had a service that provided the movie or show, it could show “free with subscription” on the Netflix or Hulu search results for example. And if you haven’t seen what the Xbox One’s Bing search can do, you’ll love this.
Xbox is not the only place with bing built-in. If you have Windows 8.1 or Windows Phone 8, you don’t need to go to bing.com to try it out. Press your search button or press +S to search using modern integrated bing search app. If you haven’t gotten the free 8.1 update yet, open the Store app to get it.
Most appreciated is that this bing search will show where you can get a movie even if it’s a competitor. Google on the other hand, displays only a link to buy from the Google store, suppressing competitors from search results. This unfair behavior however may change soon, as the EU has been investigating Google for these and other monopoly violations.
If you have Windows 8 on your PC, you might want to check for some optional updates waiting for you to install. The optional updates from January’s patch Tuesday include a host of fixes for some frustrating problems. The update needs you to install, so here’s how to get it right now. Continue reading