In this tutorial, we will share some basic tips of Windows 8.1, which will be also helpful in Windows 8 and Win 10, that will help you in day to day normal usage.

1. Access Shutdown, Command Prompt and More

Right click on Start MenuMicrosoft has removed the start button from Win 8, and it reverted it back in Windows 8.1. It is similar to the Start button found on Windows 7. Left-click on the button redirect you to the Start Screen, while on right click it will show options for Programs and Features, Mobility Center, Power Options, Event Viewer, System, Device Manager, Network Conections, Disk Management, Command Prompt, Command Prompt (Admin), Task Manager, Control Panel, File Explorer, Search, Run, Shut down or sign out and Desktop.

2. Log In Directly To Desktop

When you start your Windows 8.1 / 8 PC, by default it take you to the Start Screen / Metro UI. To go to the Desktop instead of start screen – right-click on the desktop toolbar, select Properties and go to the Navigation tab. Select “When I sign in or close all apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start”.

Navigation TabNow, when you will restart your PC, you will directly login to Desktop, instead of start screen.

3. Customize Home Screen Tiles

You can resize the Tiles by right click on any Tiles of Start Screen in Windows 8.1 Besides resizing icons, you can move and group tiles, just go to your Start Screen and right-click out of the tiles. After grouping your tiles, you can also name them by filling in the Name Group field.

Name Groups4. Customize Start Screen Background

Windows 8.1 allows you to customize your start screen. Just swipe the Settings Charm menu and tap on Settings. Click on Personalize to change the colors of the background.

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