Tip o’ the Week #147 – Sharing Windows 8 Apps

The next few weeks’ Tips will be out of sequence since they coincide with the launch of Windows 8. As the world continues to enjoy Windows 8 (4m copies sold in the first week, apparently), the number of apps in the Windows Store is growing every day. It’s easy to discover apps – fire up…


Tip o’ the Week #140 – PDFs in Windows 8 – reprise

  Hot on the heels of ToW #138 which looked at handling PDFs in Windows 8, lots of feedback from avid ToW readers with their own tuppence to contribute. Mike Mundy pointed out a simple way to print from within the built-in Win8 Reader app – good ol’ fashioned CTRL-P. Actually, this combo works for…


Tip o’ the Week #139 – Taskbar fun

Windows 95 (aka “Chicago”) introduced us to the wonders of the Windows “Taskbar” as a way of managing open apps.  It was a response to people’s increased ability and need to multitask in Windows, as previous versions of the OS provided no ready visual indication of how many windows were currently open. Other than a…


Tip o’ the Week #132 – tweaking IE10 compatibility

This week, a tip concerning Internet Explorer 10 in Windows 8 Release Preview. Not running it yet? Booo. Unless, of course, you’re now running the newly released RTM version. Hurray! Anyway. Once you have IE10, you may find that some sites don’t work as well as they’d like. There are a few ways of fixing…


Tip o’ the Week #131 – Shortcuts with Windows 8 Release Preview

This tip is being published out of sequence, like a few others before it, since it’s much more timely than it would be if published in mid-August (which is when it would otherwise be scheduled). Everyone must have seen Windows 8 by now, and many of you will be running the latest version, the Release…

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Tip o’ the Week #121 – Networking with Lync

This week, we have a semi-rehash of earlier tips (#51 and #67), based on some investigation work that’s been done inside Microsoft’s own IT group. If you’re going to join a Lync call (especially if you’re using video or app sharing, using a Roundtable/Polycom CX5000 device etc), then best practice is to use a wired…


Tip o’ the Week #120 – The colour of time

This week’s tip is a lovely little Windows app, recommended by Ceri Morris. It’s a little like the sunrise alarm clocks which start your day by gently lighting the room, or the sleep alarms which gradually fade out the radio instead of a sudden silence in place of music. This free application, called f.lux, changes…

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Tip o’ the Week #116 – Windows 8 – IE 10 desktop or Metro..?

One of the potentially confusing aspects of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview is the fact that it has two web browsers built in – the Internet Explorer we know and love has been updated to IE10 on the desktop, and a new IE10 browser has been added into the Metro UI. For the most part,…


Tip o’ the Week #115 – Windows 8 keyboard tips

The next couple of posts on this blog are out of sequence, since they concern Windows 8. I’m bringing them forward by about a month… so ToWs #115 and #116 will come soon, then we’ll revert back to ToW #111 thereafter… Windows 8 Consumer Preview has been out for a little while so it’s worth…