Windows 8.1 Tips
The Start Button
There has been a lot of talk over the Internet about this, but its here at last. It doesn’t work in the traditional sens like the button in previous versions of Windows has; this takes you to your app listing view.
Show All Apps
When in your app view, there is now a down icon at the bottom. When you select this, you will get a new view of all your installed apps.
Like wise, clicking the up arrow button will take you back to the main start view.
Boot to Desktop
If like me, you do a lot of development work on your Windows 8 machine, you will want to boot straight to desktop. This has been enabled and you can set it as the default by right clicking on the desktop task bar and selecting Properties.
Go to Navigate tab and select ‘Go to the desktop instead of Start when I sign in’
Disable Charms in Desktop Mode
Also in the same tab as that mentioned above, you can disable the charms by clearing the check box under ‘Corner navigation’ for ‘When I point to the upper-right corner, show the charms’
Add a Child Account
My son sometimes likes to play with my Surface RT device and although he is only 3, there will be a time when he wants to play with it without my help. Now you can add a child account and restrict it like this.
Go to the PC Settings view by using the charms and choose ‘Change PC Settings’
Then choose Accounts on the left menu, then click on ‘Other accounts’ and choose ‘Add a user’ from the right hand side.
Enter the child’s e-mail address, don’t worry if they don’t have one or you don’t want them to have one, you can configure it in a moment. Choose the ‘Add a child’s account’.
Now choose the ‘Add a child’s account without email’
Enter their username and password (might be wise to make it easy to remember for both the child and the Sys Admin person/dad)
That is it for setting it up, now you may want to add some restrictions to that account.
Restrict a Child Account
To add restrictions, you need to go into desktop mode and navigate to the Control Panel; you can do this by using the key combination Windows + x which brings up the following menu.
Then go to ‘User Accounts and Family Safety and choose ‘Set up Family Safety for any user’
Choose the child account you want to restrict, then start to lock it down.
You can restrict web sites.
This will also turn on SafeSearch for the main search engines
You can also restrict the installed apps as well.
Hope this helps.