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  1. Whenever you delete a file in any of previous Windows version, you are asked by Windows to confirm if you really want to delete that file. However Microsoft decided to disable this feature in Windows 8&8.1 and from now on whenever you delete a file or folder it will immediately be moved into trash. But with small change inside options you can return it back in Windows 8 and avoid accidental file or folder removal. To get started follow steps below: Step 1: Right mouse click on Recycle Bin located on your desktop. Step 2: From context menu that appears choose Properties. Step 3: In window that opens up select check box in front of Display delete confirmation dialog. Step 4: Click OK to save your changes. Step 5: Next time when you delete certain file or folder in Windows 8&8.1 you will get a confirmation window before that file is deleted, giving you the option to choose: Yes or No.
  2. When you want to type in your password while logging in Windows 8 the NumLock part of keyboard is not activated by default. A lot of people complain about this. Here is how to achieve NumLock auto turn on at Windows startup Step 1: From your desktop, press Win+R on your keyboard to launch Run window. If you got prompted by UAC click Yes. Step 2: Inside Run window type regedit and click OK to open Registry Editor. Step 3: When Registry Editor window opens up, inside left pane follow the path: HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Keyboard\ Step 4: While in Keyboard folder, inside right pane double-click on value InitialKeyboardIndicators. Step 5: When Edit String window opens up, change its value to 2 and then click OK to save your changes. Step 6: Make sure you restart your computer to activate this feature. Next time when your Windows 8 boots up, NumLock will automatically be activated.
  3. The Start screen is a new feature in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 that replaces the Start Menu from previous Windows. You can pin Store apps, programs, folders, drives, files, contacts, and websites to Start to quickly access what you use most. All of your apps—both apps you install from the Windows Store and desktop apps—are available from the Start screen. You can organize, group, and name categories of apps to how you like on the Start screen. Tiles and notifications show what’s new so you can get important info and updates at a glance. But the animated tiles and flashing presentation on the Windows 8 home screen may eventually become disturbing to some users. This tutorial will show you how easily you can disable home screen animations and enjoy faster response time on your home screen tiles. To get started follow steps below: Step 1: On your keyboard press Win+Q to lunch Search option. Step 2: Inside search field type computer and then from left pane search results right mouse click on Computer icon. Step 3: From bottom of your screen choose Properties. Step 4: When new window opens up, inside left pane click on Advanced system settings. Step 5: Under Advanced tab click on Settings button. Step 6: Select Custom option and then un-select check box in front of Animate controls and elements inside windows. Step 7: Click OK to save your changes and restart your computer.
  4. In Windows 8 and 8.1, there is the newly added locked screen. The lock screen will play when you sign in or leave your PC. You can learn about some information like weather, date and notifications, which is considered to be useful for some computer users. There are many people who don't like this new lock screen. Its useless for them as it doesn't do anything special. If you want a faster way to get into the system when logging in, one option is to disable the Lock Screen. Method One: Disable the Lock Screen via Group Policy Step1. Go to the desktop, and press Win + R keys meanwhile to open the Run box. And enter gpedit.msc to the box and click OK button. Step2. Navigate to the specified location step by step when you enter the Local Group Policy Editor. Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Control Panel -> Personalization(as shown below) When you go to the Personalization, you will get three configurable items on the right pane. Select the “Do not display the lock screen” settings, and right click it and select Edit option. Then you’ll get a new dialog in which you need to change the radio button from “Not Configured” to “Enabled”. Step3. Click Apply button, and then close the dialog by clicking OK button. Method Two: Disable the Lock Screen via Windows Registry Step1. You should sign in the Windows as an administrator first. Then press Ctrl + C keys at the same time to open the Charm menu. Then enter regedit to the search box, so that you can access to Registry Editor. Step2. Follow the file path as below to find the file location in the Registry Editor. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization If you can’t find the Personalization item, you can right click the Windows key and point to New, and then create a key named Personalization. Step3. Right-click in the right pane and create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value named NoLockScreen. Step4. Double-click the NoLockScreen value and enter a value of 1. Step5. Restart your PC so that the modification you made can take effect.
  5. In Windows 7, you can directly open Start menu to turn off your computer. But Windows 8 was designed by complaints that Shut Down and Restart command were too hard to find. You have to press Win + C keys to open the Charms bar, click the Settings option and click the Power button then select Shutdown or Restart. I’m sure nobody likes to perform several actions to turn off his computer. Though Window 8.1 shows some improvements, it is still a couple of clicks away. So, how to turn off or restart your PC just one click away from the desktop or the Metro Start Screen? You just need to create shortcuts for both actions. Step1. Go to the desktop. Step2. Right click your desktop and Select New, select Shortcut. Then you’ll get a shortcut menu as shown below. Step3. Enter shutdown.exe /s /t 0 to the box and hit Next button. Step4. Enter a name for the shortcut and click Finish. Then the shutdown shortcut will show up on the desktop. Step5. Right click the shortcut and select Properties. A dialog bow will pop up. Look at the Shortcut tab, and click Change Icon button, and click the OK button when you receive a warning. Step6. Select the shutdown icon and click OK button twice. The shortcut will have an icon. Step7. Right click the shortcut on the desktop, and select Pin to Start. Then you can easily find out the shutdown button on the Metro Start Screen. Step8. You can drag and drop this shortcut button to the desktop taskbar. Tips: If you want to create the Restart button, you just need to enter the command shutdown /r /t 0 in the location field. And if you are a guy who sleeps and leaves the computer on, you can use Wise Auto Shutdown, choose a specific time or a duration, or if you are a regular guy, choose a daily time, it will automatically shut down the computer for you.
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