How To Select Multiple Tiles In Start Screen Of Windows 8.1 Update 1

Microsoft’s tiled operating system received its second major update last week when the tech titan released the new Windows 8.1 Update 1 to the public. For those who missed our coverage, Update 1 has brought several new features to the table such as the ability to pin Windows Store apps to the taskbar, app install notifications, title bars, among others. One additional change is the introduction of a new context menu on Start Screen. This context menu carries options for pinning and unpinning, resizing, and uninstallation of apps and other items, which were previously accessible from App Bar. Other than that Microsoft has also changed the way multiple tiles are selected on Start Screen. In this guide we will show you how to select multiple tiles via two different methods in Update 1. Read More

Here’s What’s New In The Windows 8.1 Update 1

The last time we covered something important about Windows 8 was back in October 2013 when we explored the many new features that were introduced via Windows 8.1. Boot to desktop and the deeply-missed Start Menu button were the noteworthy features that aimed to bridge the gap between the ‘desktop’ and the ‘Modern UI’ environments. The Redmond based software giant has now released another similar patch labeled Windows 8.1 Update 1 which was recently made available via Windows Update tool. We installed it on our desktop to see what exactly Microsoft brought to the table, so here's our full guide to those changes and how they'll affect your Windows 8 usage. Read More

50 Best Windows 8.1 Themes

Be it an application or an entire operating system, the ability to apply themes to it makes using it a much more personalized experience. Like any major operating system, Windows has had theming support available since its early days, and it has been constantly improved over time. Last year, we brought you a list of 25 of our favorite themes and visual styles for Windows 8, and now, it’s time to look at what has since become available for the latest version of Microsoft’s OS i.e. Windows 8.1. So, let’s take a look at some of the most beautiful themes for Windows 8.1 by both Microsoft and third-parties. Read More

Change Windows 8.1 Charms Bar Icons With Charms Bar Customizer

Windows is a highly customizable operating system - this is just one of the reasons that it continues to prove so popular. If you want to stamp your mark on your computer, there are countless ways you can do so. Anyone who has made the move to Windows 8.1 will have noticed that while there are all manners of new ways to change the look of your desktop, there are some aspects of Windows that seem to remain stubbornly resistant to change. Once such area is the Windows 8 & 8.1 Charms bar, which appears to be uncustomizable besides changing the accent color that is used elsewhere on the Start screen and other areas of Windows. But with the suitably named Charms Bar Customizer, it is now possible to change the icons that appear in the Windows 8.1 Charms bar to something of your choosing. Read More

Hands-On With The Official Viber App For Windows 8 & RT

Popular free mobile messaging and VoIP platform, Viber, extended its roots to the desktop back in May with the release of Viber for Windows and Mac, though the Windows app was desktop-based, meaning those using Windows RT tablets were out of luck. After a lot of speculations and wait, this week marked the availability of the popular VoIP service in Modern UI flavor at the Windows Store, boasting everything you would expect from an official Viber app, coupled with an exquisite interface that is both simple and intuitive. Viber for Windows 8 and RT offers all the functionality found on the mobile and desktop variants sans voice messaging and video calls. Read on for our hands-on review. Read More

Microsoft’s ‘Project Siena’ Lets You Create Your Own Windows 8 Apps Without Coding

"Everybody should learn to code," they say. Well, as a student of Software Engineering, I'm here to tell you everybody can't become a coder. It takes a good amount of theoretical knowledge, relentless practice, and a lot of patience to be able to create something even as simple as an average quality, one-trick pony of a mobile app. There's no way around it. Unless, of course, you are Microsoft! Yes, Redmond has come up with an app called Project Siena that allows you - at least on paper - to create other apps without writing a single line of code. Read More

Get An On-Screen Virtual Trackpad In Windows 8 & 8.1 With TouchMousePointer

Windows 8 has been designed with touch navigation in mind from the ground up. Those who have already hopped onto the bandwagon would be aware that the operating system’s new Start Screen and Metro interface feels easy to navigate on a touchscreen device or PC. However, things get a bit clunky when you switch to the desktop mode, where touch navigation feels less-user friendly, and quite non-intuitive. Although you can attach a mouse to control Windows even on touchscreen tablets or notebooks, there are instances when using a mouse is not an effective option, such as while on the couch, in your car etc. TouchMousePointer is a third-party application that adds an on-screen virtual touchpad to the Windows desktop, that's similar to a hardware touchpad found on laptops, complete with left and right click buttons. You can easily specify the pad’s position on the desktop, and tweak its settings. Read More

Create & Share Short 60-Second Videos On Windows With Movie Moments

The ability to quickly edit casually recorded videos in a way that requires the least amount of skills can be a lot of fun, but things have gotten even more interesting lately with the popularity of Vine and Instagram that let users record short video loops and share them on social networks. Windows RT and Windows 8/8.1 are built by Microsoft with portability in mind, and both these operating systems can record videos on camera-enabled tablets and computers. On the flip side, Microsoft’s OS is yet to officially receive Vine or Instagram clients. Though, the Redmond company has provided its own take on creating and sharing short videos for Windows 8.1 and later. Movie Moments is a Windows Store app by Microsoft that lets you easily record, edit and share videos of up to 60 seconds in length, in the most simple fashion. Read More

Hands-On With Microsoft’s Bing Maps Preview For Windows 8.1

Till just a few years ago, Google Maps was the primary mapping service of choice for pretty much every internet user, because it was the only option available that offered enough features at an unbeatable price tag of free. It all started to change when both Apple and Microsoft decided to enter the arena with their own mapping products. Though it takes a whole lot of time and effort to map the entire planet in an effective manner, so Google’s offering still remained on top, but if what we have just seen in the Bing Maps Preview for Windows 8.1 is to be taken as a sign of things to come, all that may soon change. It seems Microsoft has been working really hard on improving Bing Maps, and while they still have a long way to go to map all the major cities in the world in 3D, what they have accomplished so far is remarkable. Join us as we take a closer look at a preview of the future of Bing Maps. Read More

Set A Custom Boot Logo For Windows 8 Or 8.1 With 8oot Logo Changer

When you boot your Windows computer, the first thing you see after the POST (the initial power-on self test) is the Boot Screen carrying a Windows logo at the center. This is a process during which Windows is loading the required system files to get the OS up and running. Swapping this boot logo with a custom image of your choice isn't a new concept, and there have been tons of tools available for the purpose for pretty much every version of Windows so far. However, most of these existing tools don’t yet support Windows 8 and 8.1. Fortunately, there’s now a new tool called 8oot Logo Changer that can replace the default boot logo of both these versions of Windows quickly and easily. Read More

TripAdvisor Brings Its Travel Guide App To Windows 8.1

When you are travelling in foreign places where everything is alien to you – from people’s culture to their food, places, names and clothing etc. – it’s not unusual to feel intimidated and lost. That’s why it’s always handy to have detailed information about the country that you plan to visit before you book your flight. TripAdvisor.com is a popular travel website that provides a huge directory of information and reviews related to travel. The company has now launched its first Windows 8 app dubbed TripAdvisor Hotels Flights Restaurants. The Modern UI app works on Windows 8, 8.1 and RT, and aims to be your handy companion should you plan to take your Windows PC or tablet along on your next tour, by providing you with a bevy of information regarding popular hotels, great restaurants and destinations around the globe. Read More

Separate Devices & Drives In ‘This PC’ Section Of Windows 8.1 Explorer

Most users of Windows must aware of the Windows 8.1 update that was released back in October as a free update to existing Windows 8 users via Windows Store. While the update brings many welcome additions to the table, it has also made a few changes that users are finding fiercely annoying. Once such nuisance is the Devices and Drives section in This PC. In contrast to Windows XP, 7 and 8, This PC displays all hard disk drives, USB devices and CD/DVD drives under one combined section labeled 'Devices and drives' section, while earlier versions of Windows had separate sections for ‘Hard Disk Drives’ ‘Devices with Removable Storage’. While you cannot bring the exact same functionality to Windows 8.1, Vishal Gupta at AskVG has shared an awesome tip that will let you separate hard disk partitions and USB or CD/DVD drives shown under This PC. Read on for full step-by-step instructions. Read More

Drawboard PDF Is A Modern UI PDF Editor & Annotation App For Windows

When recently looking for a PDF editor on Windows Store, I came across Drawboard PDF a Modern UI PDF annotation tool for Windows 8/8.1 and RT platforms – and found it to be extremely handy. What makes this app different from others I've seen in this genre is its user-friendly layout. Moreover, I had yet to see a fully-featured PDF editor for the RT platform, so this made it even more interesting. Drawboard's purpose is to allow you edit all your PDF documents using Windows 8’s touch-enabled UI. It supports a radial menu that contains an extensive array of tools designed to let you add custom shapes, text and other tidbits to your PDF document and save it as a new file. The app supports both stylus and finger touch gestures. Details after the jump. Read More

What’s New In Windows 8.1: Here’s Everything You Need To Know

Windows 8 has been pretty controversial among desktop and laptop users because of the way it forces the whole Modern UI shebang in your face. 99% of the time I'm using my laptop is within the 'Desktop' environment, which I strongly believe is a big improvement over Windows 7, so I don't mind the tablet-esque, touch-optimized UI of the rest of the OS. With Windows 8.1, Microsoft has solved many of the problems Windows 8 had in terms of usability while adding a bunch of lovely new features, and in usual fashion, we have covered them all in good detail. If you're considering making the switch to Windows 8.1, be sure to go through our list of articles first so you know what you are getting into. Read More

9 Lesser Known New Features In Windows 8.1

There’s no doubting the fact that Windows 8 has been at the helm of discussion since day one of its release. While some people did fancy the change, others didn't quite so much. If you've been keeping a tab on our Windows 8.1 coverage since its public unveiling a couple of weeks ago, you’d likely be aware that Microsoft has addressed many issues in it that plagued Windows 8. The Start Button is back and there is a boot to desktop option to skip the Start screen upon boot, but that's not it; a host of new features have also been added, which purportedly should have been there in Windows 8 in the first place. However, there are a few elements hidden beneath those major changes that have remained unsung to the masses. In what follows, we’re going to unearth some of these lesser known features and tell you all about them. Read More

[Ask The Readers] Do The New Features & Changes In Windows 8.1 Make It Whole?

Since the day Microsoft released Windows 8, there has been outcry by many about the major changes introduced in the OS, especially about the features that were taken away. “Windows 8 is to Windows 7, what Windows Vista was to XP”, they say. Do the new features in Windows 8.1 help change that perception? That’s what we are going to discuss in our today's Ask The Readers feature, so join us past the jump as we take a look at the things Windows 8.1 changes, and then tell us what you feel about them. Read More

New Features & Changes In The Windows 8.1 Lock Screen

Even those who didn’t quite fancy Windows 8 when it came out did like its elegant lock screen. The lock screen presents a static background of your choosing, the date and time and notifications for certain apps. It basically replaces the simple logon screen found in previous iterations of Windows such as Windows 7 or Vista. As you may know that Microsoft released a public Preview build of Windows 8.1. Along with many other areas of the operating system, the lock screen has also been spruced up with new options like slideshow, additional app notifications and quick access to the camera. After the break, we'll be discussing all these features in detail. Read More

Hands-On With The New Modern UI Apps In Windows 8.1

The Windows 8.1 Preview has brought back the Start Button, redesigned some apps, and introduced a fair number of new ones. Some of these new apps are truly impressive, while others are the Modern UI version of apps that already existed as desktop versions and have long been part of the Windows OS. Between the revamped apps, the new apps, and those that are Modern UI versions of their desktop counterparts, we have four very impressive utility apps: Alarm, Calculator, Sound Recorder, and Scan, the latter three of which are essentially revamped Modern UI variants of existing Windows features, whereas the new Photo Editor, Health and Fitness, Food and Drinks, and Reading List apps have been developed from scratch. Read More

Guide To Windows 8.1 Boot To Desktop & Other Navigation Options

Even though not much has changed in Windows 8.1 it terms of the overall design philosophy of the OS, people are still quite excited to try out the latest version due to the new features and improvements added by Microsoft. Ever since we got our hands on the update, we have been scrutinizing every bit of Windows 8.1 in our coverage so you might want to keep a tab on it. Did we tell you that in addition to bringing back the Start button, Windows 8.1 also allows you to boot straight to desktop now? In this post, we will be covering features like boot to desktop, as well as various other options found in the newly introduced in the Navigation tab of the Taskbar Properties dialog that make it possible to disable the top hot corners, use your Desktop's background on Start screen, and a lot more. Read More

Food & Drink: The Windows 8.1 Recipe App With Hands-Free Control

Windows 8 currently features apps for buying music, reading financial news, staying up to date with sporting events, and a general app for reading news. Windows 8.1 brings with it yet another niche app, Food & Drink, that is more than just a digital cookbook. Food & Drink allows you to search for recipes from supported food channels. In addition to helping you find recipes, the app also lets you sort them into ‘Collections’. You can add the ingredients of any recipe to a shopping list, add notes to recipes, use the meal planner to plan meals and your shopping for each day of the week, and even add hand-written recipes to it by taking a snapshot of them from within the app itself. To top things off, there is also a hands-free mode that utilizes your computer's camera to let you navigate between different pages of a recipe with body gestures, without even touching the device. Read More