It has been a while since Microsoft released Windows 8, as we all know that the feedback regarding the then newly released operating system was not that great. Many refused to upgrade and those who did get it were anything but satisfied. However that does not mean Windows 8 was a bad OS by any means, it sported some of the best updates released till date and it was a much more efficient Operating System overall, however Microsoft realized that in order to satisfy their audience they would need to give them enough reason to consider it and that’s how Windows 8.1 was born. It fixed most of the issues that Windows 8 had and above all it brought back the famous start button, amazingly this strategy worked quite well and this time around the overall feedback was much more on the positive side, but you are still not satisfied with how Windows 8.1 works ? In that case we have 5 awesome tips to share with you that can further enhance your experience with Windows 8.1, so without further due let us get started.
Log in Directly to the Desktop
If you are one of those guys who are just not comfortable with the new UI then chances are most of your time is spent on the desktop, but every time you log in you have to deal with the new Metro UI Tiles. Well we have a solution for you. With Windows 8.1 you have the ability to directly boot to desktop and skip the Metro themed start screen entirely. All you have to do is follow the instructions listed below in the given order
Step 1: Right click on the desktop taskbar
Step 2: Choose properties and then open the Navigation Tab
Step 3: You will see some options with the ability to either enable or disable them using the box on the side, now look at the options included under ‘Start Screen’ and tick the first option ‘When I sign in or close all applications in a screen, go in the desktop instead of Start’
That is it ! You are done, now you will boot directly into the desktop.
Get a Start Button on Windows 8.1
Despite reintroducing the Start button the default version is barely a Windows logo on corner that will simply take you to the Metro Themed Start Screen, however do not be disheartened as there are many good alternatives out there that can provide you with a better experience. Now this might depend on preference but we personally prefer the well known Classic Shell as replacement to the stock Windows 8.1 start button. It’s a free application that can replicate Classic, Windows 7 and Two Column versions, also due to the positive feedback and support from the users it receives regular updates and is only getting better. We have included the link to the application below so you can download and install it with ease
Reclaim Your Libraries
For unknown reasons Microsoft choose to disable the famous libraries feature on their new OS, fortunately with Windows 8.1 they have also given the ability to get it back if the users wishes so! In order to get back your libraries you need follow the steps below:
Step 1: Open Windows Explorer
Step 2: Navigate from Explorer > View > Options
Step 3: You will see a box that says ‘Show Libraries’ in the navigation panel and similar to the boot to desktop feature all you have to do is tick the box and the feature will be activated
There you have done it, enjoy your libraries back.
Get Rid of Multiple Unused Applications at Once
One thing many people wanted in all versions of the Windows Operating Systems was the ability to uninstall all unwanted applications at once instead of going through them one by one, which frankly was a very boring process. Fortunately with Windows 8.1 you can uninstall multiple applications at once with ease, all you need to do is follow the given instructions below
Step 1: Open the Start Screen (You can use the windows button on your keyboard as a shortcut).
Step 2: Go to customize and then tick the applications you wish the applications you wish to uninstall.
Step 3: Simply uninstall them, there are no complex actions required!
That’s all there is, you have successfully uninstalled all your unwanted applications at once.
Get Rid of Annoying Charm Pop Ups
Though personally we like the charms interface, many people have found them to be an interfering feature during certain tasks as they can pop up at the slightest corners peeks with your mouse pointer. In order to disable Charms all you have to do is follow the simple instructions given below:
Step 1: Right click on the Taskbar and click in properties
Step 2: Select the navigation tab
Step 3: Untick the box next to the line ‘When I point to the upper right corner, show the charms’
Congratulations, you have disabled the charm pop ups and they won’t bother you unless you turn them back on again.