6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

Operating Systems: Time-saving Windows 8.1 tweaks

About Video Transcript

Operating Systems: Time-saving Windows 8.1 tweaks

2:24 /

Speed around Windows 8.1 like a pro with these time-saving tips.

With the introduction of Windows 8.1, Microsoft has introduced a number of options to help users fine tune their experience. I'm Donald Bell, and today, I'm gonna show you four simple ways to save time in Windows 8.1. Now, if you're really not worried about strangers jumping on to your laptop, one way to save yourselves from daily hassle is to disable the Sign on Screen. From the Start Screen type 'netplwiz' and choose the account you want to automatically sign in with and then uncheck the box for 'Users must enter username and password to use this computer.' Click Okay, enter your password twice, and then the next time you wake up your computer, you'll just jump right in. Now, if you wanna boot straight into the desktop and instead of the Start Screen, here's how. From the desktop, right click on the Taskbar and select Properties, click the tab for Navigation and check the box for 'When I sign in or Close all apps on the screen, go to the desktop instead of the start,' then hit Apply. Now before you close out this window, here's another tip, the Windows button has returned to the bottom left corner, but it doesn't do what you think. Instead of acting as a shortcut for all of your applications, it toggles you right over to the Start Screen, boo. To get closer to that classic Windows start button within that same navigation tab, check the box for 'Show the apps view automatically when I go to start' and hit Apply. The start button will now toggle over to a list of all your apps. Traditionalist can go even further by checking the box at the bottom here to prioritize desktop apps in the list ahead of the more tabletized Windows 8 widgets. Finally, there are dozen different ways to shut down Windows 8, but here's the absolute fastest, no confirmations, no menus, no fuss. Hit the Window's key and the letter X and then tap the letter U twice--done. Personally, I rarely do a full shut down on my computer, so to modify this for Sleep mode, hit the Windows key and the letter X and then U and S for sleep. So there you go four tips for streamlining your time on Windows 8.1. For a bonus tip, check out Dennis O'Reilly's full post over on CNET How To. For CNET.com, I'm Donald Bell.
  • This is the interactive sidebar!

    Click any icon for more information as they appear--don't worry, we'll pause the video and wait for you to come back.

  • Links Polls Galleries
  • Video Review

New releases

Candy Crush fills up Facebook with video ads
2:55 November 24, 2014
The sequel to the popular puzzle game finds success with mobile ads, Google Maps adds new features in time for holiday travel, and...
Play video
The 404 Show 1,585: Black Seadevils terrorize the subconscious (podcast)
23:11 November 24, 2014
The world's best Bridget Carey joins Ariel and Iyaz to decipher smart phone apps, Star Wars trailers, and deadly toys.
Play video
Smarter Driver: New thinking on driver distraction
1:45 November 24, 2014
Brian Cooley runs down new research by the IIHS and Virginia Tech Transportation Institute on driver distraction and what causes i...
Play video
Car Tech 101: The future of head-up displays
4:13 November 24, 2014
Head-up displays are starting to show up everywhere. Brian Cooley tells you why HUDs may be the next revolution in car tech.
Play video
On the road: 2015 Acura TLX V6 Advance
4:00 November 24, 2014
At a time when Acura seeks to redefine what it is and where it stands in the pantheon of new cars, this all-new model draws some pretty...
Play video
Top 5: Reasons for head-up displays in your car
2:32 November 24, 2014
Head-up display technology is emerging as one answer to driver distraction. Brian Cooley offers his top five reasons you need a HUD...
Play video
Black Friday tech tips
0:59 November 24, 2014
For a lot of Americans, Thanksgiving weekend is synonymous with shopping. People line up at stores hours, and days, in advance to get...
Play video
HTC Desire 510 is a dirt-cheap way to get 4G LTE data
2:04 November 24, 2014
The HTC Desire 510 isn't the most high-specced phone around, but if you want 4G LTE and you're shopping on a tight budget, it's one...
Play video