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Windows 8 tips: Getting started

Windows 8 is coming; it’s very different compared to any previous Windows versions.

There is no Start menu, in comes the new touch-oriented Metro Start screen, new applications, new interfaces.

We’ve been looking into every part of Windows 8; and coming up with a list of important tips and tricks.

1. How to find Applications

The Win+X menu is useful, but no substitute for the old Start menu as it doesn’t provide access to your applications. To find this, hold down the Windows key and press Q (or right-click an empty part of the Start screen and select All Apps) to reveal a scrolling list of all your installed applications. Browse the various tiles to find what you need and click the relevant app to launch it.

2. Organizing Applications

The Start screen apps are initially displayed in a fairly random order, but if you’d prefer a more organized life then it’s easy to sort them into custom groups.

You might drag People, Mail, Messaging and Calendar over to the left-hand side, for instance, to form a separate “People” group. Click the magnifying glass icon in the bottom right corner of the screen to carry out a “semantic zoom”, and you’ll now find you can drag and drop the new group (or any of the others) around as a block.

Right-click within the block (while still in the semantic zoom view) and you’ll also be able to give the group a name, which – if you go on to add another 20 or 30 apps to your Start screen – will make it much easier to find the tools you need.

3. Navigation

Windows 8 launches with its new Metro interface, all colorful tiles and touch-friendly apps. And if you’re using a tablet then it’ll all be very straightforward: just swipe left or right to scroll the screen, and tap any tile of interest.

On a regular desktop, though, you might alternatively spin the mouse wheel to scroll backwards and forwards.

And you can also use the keyboard. Press the Home or End keys to jump from one end of your Start screen to the other, for instance, and then use the cursor keys to select a particular tile, tapping Enter to select it. Press the Windows key to return to the Metro screen; right-click (or swipe down on) apps you don’t need and select Unpin to remove them; and drag and drop the other tiles around to organize them as you like.

4. Start Menu

Windows 8 had a very basic Start menu which you could access by swiping from the right side of a touch screen, or moving the mouse cursor to the bottom left corner of the screen. This has changed a little; now you need to right-click in the bottom left corner (or hold down the Windows key and press X) for a text-based menu which provides easy access to lots of useful applets and features: Device Manager, Control Panel, Explorer, the Search dialog and more.

5. Windows 8 Lock Screen

Windows 8 opens on its lock screen, which looks nice but unfortunately displays no clues about what to do next.

It’s all very straightforward, though. Just tap the space bar, spin the mouse wheel or swipe upwards on a touch screen to reveal a regular login screen with the user name you created during installation. Enter your password to begin.

6. Shutdown, Restart

Move the mouse cursor to the bottom right corner of the screen, click the Settings icon – or just hold down the Windows key and press I – and you’ll see a power button. Click this and choose “Shut down” or “Restart”.

Some of the tricks available in previous versions of Windows still apply. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del, for instance, click the power button in the bottom right-hand corner and you’ll be presented with the same “Shut down” and “Restart” options.

And if you’re on the desktop, press Alt+F4 and you’ll be able to choose Shut Down, Restart, Sign Out or Switch User options.

MasterWorks Conference Room Setup

We were approached by an existing client to setup a State-Of-The-Art Conference Room.

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This includes a High Defintion Projector with Multiple Sources available to the client to display on both an 80″ Whiteboard/Projection Screen or the LCD Smart-TV from Samsung.

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The sleek design of the projector mount and the ability to hide all of the components inside the Credenza allowed for us to give a very clean atmosphere in the Conference Room. The use of Wireless and Bluetooth technology for the mouse and keyboard allows for mobility for the presenter. Soon to come will be a web conference system to allow for the best in webcam technology to be used for online conferences and presentations.

Contact Us if you are interested in a Free Consultation for your next Conference Room Upgrade!

Password Security – Protect Yourself and Your Identity

Here are some quick tips about passwords to help you keep your accounts safe

Your password should meet the following criteria to increase your protection:

  • It should contain at least 7 characters
  • It should have at least one upper case letter
  • It should have at least one lower case letter
  • It should contain at least one number

These additional tips will help increase the strength of your password

  • Don’t use any part of your username, full name, address, birth date, and so on. This data may be readily available to those wishing to do harm.
  • Don’t use English or even words from another language.
  • Use different kinds of characters in your password such as #@!&.
  • Change passwords often (every month to six weeks).
  • Don’t write your passwords on a sticky note and post it on your monitor/computer/desk.
  • Use Passwords for your mobile devices like iPads and smart phones.
  • Use a different password for each log-in account you have.  One for the bank, one for school, one for work, one for facebook, etc…
  • Don’t give your password to others

Windows Security, Firewall, Anti-virus

So I thought it would be a good though to talk about something that is an increasingly problem that has yet to be fully controlled or eliminated. Viruses, Spyware, Malware, Adware I am sure most of us have heard all of these terms before but does anyone really know the difference?

-Virus is a program to cause damage to computer.

—Trojan is a program which is used to gain access to a computer by installing a program on infected PC to open some backdoor. [Trojans are also known as Backdoors].

—Worm is a program which infects the computers which are connected by some network. Worms slow down the network.

-Spyware are the program which are used to monitor/Log the activity performed on a computer. These are used to spy on some one either for legal or illegal perpose. Example: Keylogger applications.

-Adware are the programs which delivers ads to your computer (generally in POP-UP’s form). They consume your network.

-Malware are the program with malicious intention. It can be damaging your computer, spying on you or any other malicious task.

Now that we all know the difference between then here are a couple of software programs we recommend for keeping your computer protected.

Norton AntiVirus 2012
MalwareBytes
Spybot S&D

Make sure when using these programs you know exactly what it is doing and what it is removing before making permanent changes to your system. If anyone would like us to do a Tune-Up on your PC and scan for all of the items listed above you can contact us to make an appointment or bring it into our office located in Gettysburg, PA. Mention this post and receive 10% off any PC Tune-up service valid for the entire month of February.

iNet Technology Group
233 Buford Ave
Gettysburg, PA 17325
717-398-2550

Top 15 Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcut Keys

Here is some of my favorite shortcut keys among the new features that Windows 7 came with was the introduction of some long awaited keyboard shortcuts. I personally use them as much as I can to save time, and I recommend the practice of using keyboard shortcuts to others too.

1. Ctrl+Shift+N to Create a New Folder

Creating a new folder in Windows explorer is something we all need to do on a frequent basis. And until now, there was no default shortcut key available for this task. But Windows 7 changed that.

You could now use Ctrl+Shift+N to quickly create a new folder in Windows or anywhere on your computer where a folder can be created.

2. Ctrl+Shift+Click to Open a Program As Administrator

There are many instances when just clicking on the icon of the application and opening it doesn’t solve your purpose. You need to right click on it and click on “Run as Administrator” so that you can make the required changes to the app.

In Windows 7, this can be done with a keyboard shortcut. You just need to point your mouse cursor on that program and then click on it while pressing Ctrl+Shift keys to open it as administrator.

3. Shift+Right-Click Enhances Send to Menu

In Windows 7, when you use Shift+Right-Click it will allow more options when you go down to the Send To menu when using on a file or folder.

4. Shift+Right-Click on a Folder to Open Command Prompt

If you do Shift+right-click on a folder, you’ll find an option that says “Open command windows here.” If you love working with the command prompt, this option should come in handy.

5. Win+Space to Quickly Show Desktop

Pressing the Win key and the space bar simultaneously shows you the desktop immediately.

 6. Win+Up/Down/Left/Right for Moving the Active Window

If you intend to quickly move the active window to make space for other apps, you could do that by using the Win key and one of the arrow keys. Each arrow key would move the window in the direction it is meant to.

7. For Dual Monitors: Win+Shift+Left Arrow Key to Move Active Window to Left Monitor

If you are on a dual monitor setup using Windows 7 then you could press the Win+Shift+Left arrow key combination to move the active application window to the left monitor.

8. For Dual Monitors: Win+Shift+Right Arrow Key to Move Active Window to Right Monitor

Similarly, if you need to move the current window to the right monitor screen, just press Win+Shift+right arrow key.

9. Win+T to Get to Taskbar Items

You could use the key combination Win+T to toggle through the applications pinned on the taskbar in Windows 7.

10. Shift+Click on a Taskbar App to Open a New Instance of the App

Let’s say you’ve got a bunch of Chrome windows open. And you need to quickly open a new blank window of the browser. Here’s the way – point your cursor to the chrome icon on the taskbar, hit Shift and click on it. There you go!

11. Win+B to Move Focus to the System Tray

This shortcut moves the focus on the system tray, and then you can use the arrow keys to cycle through the items.

12. Win+P for Quickly Connecting Your Laptop to a Projector

Windows 7 has a projection menu feature which enables you to quickly connect your laptop to a projector or an extended monitor. Win+P is the keyboard shortcut for that purpose.

13. Win+1, Win+2..so on for Opening Taskbar Programs

Want to quickly open a program that’s pinned to your Windows 7 taskbar? You can press the Win key and the number corresponding to the location of the app on the taskbar.

14. Win+Pause helps you check System Properties

Need to take a quick look at what’s the processor model you are using, or may be check the device manager, or advanced system settings? You could use Win+pause key combination to open the system properties window.

15. Ctrl+Shift+Esc Can Quickly Open Windows Task Manager

Just press the Ctrl key, Shift key and the ESC key simultaneously and you have the task manager pop right up on your screen.