Jun 092014

Recently, I have upgraded my notebook from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1, the latest version of Windows Operating System. But what makes me annoyed is that some keyboard shortcuts in Windows 7 fail to suit Windows 8.1 anymore. I spend a lot of time to search the new keyboard shortcuts in Windows 8.1. I’m sure that I am not the only one who has the confusion, so I’d like to share you new Windows 8.1 keyboard shortcuts here.

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Win + D: show and hide the desktop.

Win + E: launch File Explorer both from the Desktop and Start screen.

Win + L: lock Window 8.1 PC and takes you to the Lock screen.

Win + X: launch a hidden menu (also named WinX menu or the power user’s Start Menu)    with many useful shortcuts.

Ctrl + Shift + Esc: open Task Manager.

Win + F1: launch the Windows Help and Support documentation provided by Microsoft.

Win + C: bring out the Charms bar, where you can navigate with the arrow keys on your keyboard.

Win + I: display the Settings charm, which you can use to access Control Panel, Personalization options, the System information section and the Windows Help and Support module etc.

Win + Tab: switch between apps and the desktop.

Alt + Tab: switch between all apps, including desktop apps.

Alt + F4: completely shut down a Windows Store app and bring you to the desktop. If you are on the Desktop, it will display the old Shutdown dialog box.

Windows key: if you are on the Desktop when pressing it, it will bring you to the Start screen; press again, go back to the Desktop. If you press it when you are in a Windows 8.1 app, it takes you to the Start screen and pressing again bring you back to the app.

Escape: when you are on the Start screen, you can go back to the Desktop by pressing Esc key. But if you are on the Desktop, this shortcut makes nonsense.

End: when on the Start Screen, pressing End key will take you to the last or left-most Tile or Icon of the bottom-most row.

Win + Spacebar: choose a keyboard language and pick a different keyboard layout.

Here I list 15 new keyboard shortcuts in Windows 8.1 that you may use often. Knowing these shortcuts enables you increase productivity.

Jun 032014

Apple unveiled its latest operating system iOS 8 today at its annual WWDC event. According to Apple, iOS 8 is the biggest release since the launch of the App store, giving users new features, simpler and faster user experience. Here let’s go through the top 10 new features in iOS 8.

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More Interactive Notifications

Compared with the operating system before, iOS 8 is more actionable. You can deal with notifications for text messages, emails, reminders and Facebook without need to open their Apps. You can keep focusing on the task you are working on.

New Messages App

Apple have developed the messages app in iOS 8 and add many new functions, such as sharing map and locations with messages, supporting voice messages and videos apart from pictures and text.

Health App

The new health app in iOS 8 gathers information that users choose from various health apps and fitness devices. It can provide health data for you. At present, a new tool, HealthKit, is available for users. It is a piece of software which manages wearable devices. What’s important, it can be used as a health management platform and connect to hospitals.


Apple also introduces predictive typing in iOS 8. Apple’ Quick Type will suggest words and phrases on the basis of who the recipient is and which app users are typing in. in addition, iOS 8 supports third-party keyboards, such as Android and Swype.

Family Sharing

Family Sharing allows users to communicate and share photos, calendars and purchases with family members from the same household (as many as 6 persons). Family members can browse and download each other’s iTunes, iBooks and App Store purchases. For example, if a member of a family purchased music, films or other apps, other family members can use them with their own Apple ID.


In iOS 8, users who are using iOS and Mac devices can switch between them perfectly through Handoff. iPhone owners can answer phone calls on the Mac and iPad as well as send SMS messages from Mac and iPad. They are allowed to write an email on one device and continue on another.

New Safari and Mail Apps

Safari browser now provides Tab view on iPad. And what’s more, users can check their bookmarks, reading list and shared links in a new Sidebar. The Mail App supports gestures for labeling or marking emails as read. And it can recognize a reservation, flight confirmation or phone number in an email.

iCloud Drive

Via iCloud Drive, users can store, access and edit documents of any type across devices. And if users edit on one device, then the latest version of the document will be available across all devices, including iOS devices, Macs, Windows PCs and icloud.com.

Improved Spotlight

Spotlight in iOS 8 is no longer limited to local search. It enables users to search for Apps, news, music and films etc. on the Internet. It can also detect context and location to improve the accuracy of search results.

New Photo App

The new photo app in iOS 8 enables users to browse pictures easily and quickly. Besides, the Photo app can automatically straighten horizons and allows users to adjust light and color of photos.

That is a quick preview of the top 10 new iOS 8 features.

May 272014

Cellular Data is used for data communication in cellular networks. When your iPhone is not connected with a Wi-Fi network, any app that needs data will use the cellular data network. Once exceeding the limit of the data plan, the cost will be extremely high. Therefore, learning to manage Cellular Data Usage on iPhone is quite necessary. Here I share you some tricks about how to manage your Cellular Data Usage on iPhone.


Manage Individual Apps on your iPhone

Individual apps are important parts which will consume a great proportion of Cellular Data, so you should find out how much Cellular Data has been used by these individual Apps and to see which App can be disabled.

Pop into Settings from the home screen and tap Mobile (named Cellular on some devices).

Scroll down to Mobile Data Usage. Here you can see how much data you’ve used.


Scroll down further on the mobile screen and you will find a list of installed Apps on your iPhone. You can decide which one should be disabled here.



Automatic Downloads

Another major part that will cost your Cellular Data is iTunes, which will automatically download books, music, Apps etc. You can follow the steps below to turn off these automatic downloads:

Pop into Settings and then tap iTunes & App Store.

Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and turn off the option to Use Mobile Data.



System Service

iPhone will also use mobile data for some necessary services such as weather, time, location syncing, mapping services etc. To see how much data your iPhone uses for these services, scroll down further beyond the list of Apps and tap on System Service. For these services, you can only disable mobile data altogether to prevent your iPhone from using mobile data. It actually makes no sense to do so. But you can be aware of how much data your system services have used so that you can control Cellular Data Usage on iphone appropriately.

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Now, all parts that will consume Cellular Data on your iPhone have been covered. You can check them from time to time and manage the Cellular Data Usage better. For more iPhone tips, click here.

May 082014

Apple introduced iOS 7 in last September with improvements to its old OS. At the same time, some older features have been changed or moved. Recently, I heard some users complained that the new iOS 7 doesn’t have Spotlight. In fact, the Spotlight isn’t gone; it just improved. Below I will show you where the Spotlight search is in iOS 7 and how to use it to find apps, contacts, music and more.

Where to Spotlight search is in iOS 7?

With iOS 6 and older, you had to press the Home button twice, or swipe several times to the far left to find Spotlight search. Now in iOS 7, Spotlight search is accessible from any application page on your home screen, as opposed to just the one page in previous iOS versions.All you have to do is to swipe down on any page of your home screen to reveal the search bar.


How to Use Spotlight Search in iOS 7 to Find Apps, Contacts, Music, and More?

From search place, you can use Spotlight as you did before and type in whatever app, contact, or document you’re trying to find. And you can decide which options you want to appear during your searches to avoid something such as deleted messages to appear in the Spotlight search.



Now you must have a clear idea about open Spotlight search in iOS 7 to find apps, contacts, music, etc. For more iOS 7 tips, click here.

Apr 222014

Computer crashes randomly on startup or while working on it? And now you have to restart your computer and lose most or all of the work you’d been trying to accomplish. Windows crashes issue is really painful and the reason caused the crashes aren’t just due to the operating system. Here we list the top 10 reasons that will cause Windows crashes.

1. Hardware conflict

Hardware conflicting is a leading reason caused Windows crashes. Each hardware device communicates internally or externally with other devices. Sometimes Windows receives conflicting information from different pieces of hardware, this will cause Windows crashes. The best way to fix this problem is to remove the problem device and reinstall it.

  • To check, if your computer has hardware conflict is through the following route:
  • Go to Start –> Settings –> Control Panel –> System –> Device Manager.
  • If a device has a problem, a yellow ‘!’ appears next to its description in the Device Manager.
  • Highlight Computer (in the Device Manager) and press Properties to see the IRQ numbers used by your computer.
  • If the IRQ number appears twice, two devices may be using it.


2. Bad Memory or Motherboard

Many crashes, particularly those that result in a Blue Screen Of Death (BSOD), occur because of a memory or motherboard issue. You can use a built-in motherboard diagnostic tool to test your memory.

3. BIOS settings

Every motherboard is supplied with a range of chipset settings that are decided in the factory. If these settings are not properly set, there are chances that PCs won’t boot up properly.

4. Hard Drive Problems

A hard drive failure is a leading cause of boot issues. If your computer mysteriously loses its ability to find the boot drive, but BIOS is properly configured, a hard drive issue is the culprit.

5. Corrupt Registry

A corrupt registry can cause a computer to crash or may prevent it from booting properly. You can use a quality registry fix software Windows Boot Genius to fix this problem easily.

6. Incorrect or Corrupt Drivers

Drivers tell hardware what to do. If they aren’t working properly they can cause crashes, including BSODs, even if the hardware is perfect condition.

7. Viruses

A virus or Trojan can cause serious harm to a PC. Some viruses erase the boot sector of a hard drive, making it impossible to start. The best you can do is downloading a trusted antivirus and start scanning.

8. Software

Most software errors will not cause Windows to crash. Faulty or badly-installed software can also cause the Windows 7 crash. Incompatible software also cause of this problem.

To troubleshoot this issue, uninstall this software. Use registry to remove obsolete entries and enter Safe Mode to restore your computer to previous restore point.

9. Overheating

Computer components are sensitive to heat. Too much can cause permanent damage, so hardware will shut itself down before that point is reached. A crash error can result.

10. Power supply problems

In some cases a persistent crash issue, particularly a random reboot or a BSOD caused by hardware you’ve verified to be working properly, is the result of a power issue.

If it is due to the faulty power supply, the only solution is to replace the power supply. If it is due to the power in your home or apartment, diagnose this by moving the PC to another room to see if the crashes suddenly stop.


Now you have a clear idea about why Windows crashes, and for how to fix Windows crashes, click here.

Mar 242014

Keyboard shortcuts are combinations of two or more keys. Many actions and commands that you perform with the mouse can also be performed using combinations of keys on your keyboard. Moreover, Keyboard shortcuts can make it easier to interact with your computer, saving you time and effort.

In this article, we list some shortcuts using the Windows Key, or WinKey, which work in Windows. WinKey is the key with the Windows logo shown on it and it is usually found between the Ctrl and Alt keys on your keyboard.

Here are the common WinKey Shortcuts you need to know:

Note: It is not necessary to capitalize the letter you press in combination with the WinKey.

WinKey:  Open and close the Start Screen or Start Menu

WinKey + C: Open Charms bar

WinKey + D:  Minimize all windows to the desktop. Press again to reverse action

WinKey + E:  Open Computer in Windows File Explorer

WinKey + L:  Lock the computer

WinKey + F:  Open the Search window to find files and folders

WinKey + M:  Minimize all windows

WinKey + Shift + M :  Maxmize all windows after minimizing them

WinKey + R:  Open the Run dialog box

WinKey + X:  Open Windows Mobility Center

WinKey + U:  Open Ease Of Access Center

WinKey + Pause:  Opens the Systems Properties dialog box

WinKey + F1:  Opens Windows Help & Support

WinKey + B:  Sets focus on the Task bar, Allows navigation using arrow keys; opens applications on pressing Enter key.

That’s for the common shortcuts using the Windows Key. If you know the right shortcuts, you will definitely save a lot of time and effort as you work with Windows and other programs. For more Windows tips, click here.

Feb 222014


Windows 8 users know that we no longer press a certain key during the boot process to access the Advanced Boot Option in Windows 8. That is because Windows 8 hardware uses the UEFI replacement for the traditional BIOS. It boots so blisteringly fast that it theoretically gives you only 200 milliseconds to access the boot menu.

Generally, Windows 8 allow us to enter boot menu through PC settings or use your installation disk. However, sometimes our computer encounter may have problems and can’t boot. Worse still, the installation disk isn’t always in hand. Thus, is there any way to set up Windows 8 to use F8 to enter Advanced Boot Options?

Note: If you’ve installed Windows 8 on an existing computer that uses the legacy BIOS system, you’ll access the BIOS in the traditional way.

1, Insert Windows 8 installation disc and restart your computer

2, Choose Keyboard & Language options and click Next in the setup box

3, On the next screen, click Repair your computer

4, In Choose an option interface, go for Troubleshoot and then Advanced options

5, In Advanced options, click for Command Prompt and access system drive (For example C:)

6, Type the command line BCDEDIT /SET {DEFAULT} BOOTMENUPOLICY LEGACY and press Enter

7, Type Exit and press Enter to restart your computer

8, Now you will be able to use F8 key for displaying Advanced Boot Options

So if you want to set up Windows 8 to use F8 to enter Advanced Boot Options, just follow our easy steps.

Jan 042014

Disk partitioning is to divide the hard drive into multiple logical units. It enables you to divide your hard drive into multiple independent volumes to relieve all sorts of computer-related headaches and separate your operating system from your data to reduce the chances of your data becoming corrupted. To partition a hard drive in Windows 7 means to divide the hard drive into parts and make those parts available to the operating system. This article will show you a detailed guide about how to partition a hard drive in Windows 7.

Step1: Open the Start menu. Type “Computer Management” in the search bar of the Start menu and press enter to open the Computer Manage Tool.

Step2: Click Disk Management When Computer Management opens.

Step3: Make some space for the new partition. Right-click on the partition you wish to re-size and select the Shrink Volume option.

Note: Don’t alter the partition named System Reserved.










Step4: Enter the size you wish to shrink your drive to in megabytes (1000MB = 1GB). Then click on the Shrink button.

Step5: Now you can see a new unallocated partition in your Disk Management window. Right click the unallocated partition and select the New Simple Volume option.











Step6: Click on the Next button on the New Simple Volume Wizard to go on. Enter the amount of memory you wish to allocate for your new partition and click on the Next button.

Step7: Select a letter name for your new partition from the menu, and click on the “Next” button.

Step8: Click on the Format this volume with the following settings:

1, For File System, select NTFS

2, For Allocation unit size, select Default

3, For Volume Label, type the name you wish to give your new drive.

4, Click on the Perform a quick format

Step9: Click Finish to complete the Windows 7’s partition of the hard drive.

Step10: Now, you will get a popup asking you to partition your new drive. Click on the Format disk button and then click on “Start” -> “OK” to format your new volume.

If everything was done correctly, now you can see your new drive in the Disk Management window. For more details about Partition tips, click here.

Dec 212013

Still leave your computer at risk when you get up and walk away? It’s time to set Windows to secure itself and save power when not in use. In fact, Windows has a built-in feature to shut down itself to protect your computer and save the power when no one has touched the keyboard or mouse for a set period of time.

Below I list 3 different ways you can use to suspend Windows when you’re not using it.  All of them, by default, require you to reenter your logon password to regain access.


After Windows locked, it doesn’t power down but displays the logon screen (or the screen saver of your choice). In this way, you can protect your computer from malicious access but can’t save power.

How to set up:

1. For Windows 7, click Start, type screen saver, and select Change screen saver.

2. For Windows 8, type screen saver in Home screen, click or tap Settings, and select Change screen saver.

3. To lock the screen automatically, check the On resume option and set the Wait option to an appropriate number of minutes.











When Windows sleeps, it will go into a suspended, low-energy mode and will wake up immediately when you press the power button. After waking up, you need to enter the password to back to where you left it.

How to set up:

1. For Windows 7, click Start, type sleep, and select Change when the computer sleeps.

2. For Windows 8, type sleep in the Start screen, click or tap Settings, then Change when the computer sleeps.

3. Set the “Turn off the display” and “Put the computer to sleep”.









Unlike Lock and Sleep, a hibernating PC is a turned-off PC, effectively using no power at all. Windows copies everything in RAM to the hard drive, and then shuts the PC off entirely. When you reboot, everything is loaded back into RAM and the PC wakes up.

How to set up:

1. In the same applet where you set up Sleep, click the Change Advanced power settings link.

2. In the resulting dialog box, expand the Sleep section, then expandHibernate after, and set the minutes.

You can pick one or use all of them to set Windows to secure itself and save power when not in use. To use them, you can set up Windows to lock itself after five minutes, sleep after 20, and hibernate after 120 or any time you want.

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