Category Archives: Windows 8

Snipping Tool

Snipping Tool captures a screen shot of anything on your desktop, like a picture or a section of webpage. Snip a whole window, a rectangular section of the screen, or draw a freehand outline with your mouse. Then you can annotate, save, or e-mail the image using buttons right in the Snipping Tool window. Snipping Tool is available only in the Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate editions of Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Snipping Tool

Snipping Tool








Use Snipping Tool to capture screen shots

To open Snipping Tool

  • Open Snipping Tool by swiping in from the right edge of the screen, clicking Search, entering Snipping Tool in the search box, and then clicking Snipping Tool.

You can capture the following types of snips:

  • Free-form Snip.  Draw any shape around an object with your finger, mouse, or tablet pen.

  • Rectangular Snip. Drag the cursor around an object to form a rectangle.

  • Window Snip.  Choose a window—like a browser window or a dialog box.

  • Full-screen Snip.  Capture the entire screen.

Capture a snip

In Snipping Tool, click the arrow next to the New button, choose the kind of snip you want, and then pick the area of your screen that you want to capture. The snip is automatically copied to the Snipping Tool window.

Capture a snip of a menu

  1. After you open Snipping Tool, open the menu that you want a picture of.

  2. Press Ctrl+PrtScn.

  3. Click the arrow next to the New button, choose the kind of snip you want, and then pick the area of the screen that you want to capture.

Save a snip

  1. After you capture a snip, Click the Save Snip button.

  2. In the Save As dialog box, enter a file name, location, and file type, and then click Save.

Remove the URL

When you capture a snip from a browser window and save it as an HTML file, the URL appears below the snip. To prevent the URL from showing up:

  1. Click Tools, and then click Options.

  2. In the Snipping Tools Options dialog box, clear the Include URL below snips (HTML only) check box, and then click OK.

Share a snip

After you capture a snip, click the arrow next to the Send Snip button, and then choose whether you’d like to send the snip in the body of your email or as an attachment.

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Posted by on June 11, 2014 in Windows, Windows 7, Windows 8


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Turn Live Tiles On and Off

When looking at the plethora of tiles on your Start screen, the view can get stagnant, despite all the pretty colors.This is where Live Tiles come in. They offer real-time data right on your Start screen, and you don’t need to open any apps. For example, the Weather tile will show you the current conditions, and Mail will show you the subject of the latest message you’ve received.

You can customize which apps are live and which aren’t by right-clicking on the tiles. A settings bar on the bottom will pop up with an option to turn the Live Tile on or off. Simply select the preferred option, and you’re all set. Note, however, that not all apps have a live, real-time data-streaming option.

Live Tiles

Live Tiles


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Use the Quick Access Menu

Right-click in the bottom-left corner (or hold down the Windows key and press X) for a text-based menu that provides easy access to lots of useful applets and features: Device Manager, Control Panel, Explorer, the Search dialog and more.

Quick Access Menu

Quick Access Menu

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Posted by on June 2, 2014 in Windows 8


Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Win : switch between the Start screen and the last-running Windows 8 apps
  • Win + C : displays the Charms: the Settings, Devices, Share and Search options
  • Win + D : launches the desktop
  • Win + E : launches Explorer
  • Win + F : opens the File Search pane
  • Win + H : opens the Share pane
  • Win + I : opens Settings
  • Win + K : opens the Devices pane
  • Win + L : locks your PC
  • Win + M : minimises the current Explorer or Internet Explorer window (works in the full-screen IE, too)
  • Win + O : toggles device orientation lock on and off
  • Win + P : switch your display to a second display or projector
  • Win + Q : open the App Search pane
  • Win + R : opens the Run box
  • Win + U : open the Ease of Access Centre
  • Win + V : cycle through toasts (notifications)
  • Win + W : search your system settings (type POWER for links to all power-related options, say)
  • Win + X : displays a text menu of useful Windows tools and applets
  • Win + Z : displays the right-click context menu when in a full-screen app
  • Win + + : launch Magnifier and zoom in
  • Win + – : zoom out
  • Win + , : Aero peek at the desktop
  • Win + Enter : launch Narrator
  • Win + PgUp : move the current screen to the left-hand monitor
  • Win + PgDn : move the current screen to the right-hand monitor
  • Win + PrtSc : capture the current screen and save it to your Pictures folder
  • Win + Tab : switch between running apps

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BitLocker Drive Encryption

How can you help protect your data from loss, theft, or hackers? The answer: BitLocker.

Improved for Windows 7 and available in the Ultimate and Enterprise editions, BitLocker helps keep everything from documents to passwords safer by encrypting the entire drive that Windows and your data reside on. Once BitLocker is turned on, any file you save on that drive is encrypted automatically.

BitLocker To Go—a new feature of Windows 7—gives the lockdown treatment to easily-misplaced portable storage devices like USB flash drives and external hard drives.

What is encryption?

Encryption is a way to enhance the security of a message or file by scrambling the contents so that it can be read only by someone who has the right encryption key to unscramble it. For example, if you purchase something from a website, the information for the transaction (such as your address, phone number, and credit card number) is usually encrypted to help keep it safe. Use encryption when you want a strong level of protection for your information.

What is Encrypting File System (EFS)?

Encrypting File System (EFS) is a feature of Windows that you can use to store information on your hard disk in an encrypted format. Encryption is the strongest protection that Windows provides to help you keep your information secure.

Some key features of EFS:

  • Encrypting is simple; just select a check box in the file or folder’s properties to turn it on.
  • You have control over who can read the files.
  • Files are encrypted when you close them, but are automatically ready to use when you open them.
  • If you change your mind about encrypting a file, clear the check box in the file’s properties.


  • EFS is not fully supported on Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic, and Windows 7 Home Premium. For those editions of Windows, if you have the encryption key or certificate, you can do the following:
    • Decrypt files by running Cipher.exe in the Command Prompt window (advanced users)
    • Modify an encrypted file
    • Copy an encrypted file as decrypted to a hard disk on your computer
    • Import EFS certificates and keys
    • Back up EFS certificates and keys by running Cipher.exe in the Command Prompt window (advanced users)

What happens if I add more files to an encrypted drive?

New files are automatically encrypted when you add them to a drive that uses BitLocker. However, if you copy these files to another drive or a different PC, they’re automatically decrypted.

Where can I use BitLocker?

BitLocker can encrypt the drive Windows is installed on (the operating system drive) as well as fixed data drives (such as internal hard drives). You can also use BitLocker To Go to help protect all files stored on a removable data drive (such as an external hard drive or USB flash drive).



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Windows 8 God Mode

Similar to Windows 7, an explorer shell folder exists that will display all control panel settings.  A few years ago this became known as God Mode because it consolidates control of your PC and users began to name the shell folder “God Mode”.  Shell folders in Windows work based on the folder GUID within curly brackets.  For example {ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} is the actual GUID for shell folder of the control panel all tasks view.  To use it you just need to create a folder and type Anything.{GUID} and it will work.  So for “God Mode” I could use GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} or even Tweaks.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} and you get the same result.

Here are the detailed steps:

Right click on your desktop and select New Folder.

Type in or copy and paste the following as the name.


Then just hit Enter and the folder icon will change.

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Posted by on May 22, 2013 in Windows, Windows 8


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Changing Product Key in Windows 8

While attempting for Windows Activation in Windows 7, it prompts for New Product Key and actives when provided.  But Windows 8 does not ask for Product Key, then how to provide this to activate windows?

Take the following steps to change product key in Windows 8:

  • Open Elevated Command Prompt.  (Right Click on Command propmt and select ‘Run As Administrator’)
  • Enter the command cscript.exe %windir%\system32\slmgr.vbs /ipk XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX where XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX is the product key provided by your supplier.
  • Press Enter.

After this step windows will get activated automatically.

Alternatively, if you want to use graphical interface run the command slui.exe 3

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Posted by on February 21, 2013 in Windows 8


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